Michael Rosenbaum

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Michael Rosenbaum
Rosenbaum in September 2010
Born Michael Owen Rosenbaum
(1972-07-11) July 11, 1972 (age 41)
Oceanside, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, producer, writer
Years active 1997–present

Michael Owen Rosenbaum (born July 11, 1972) is an American film and TV actor, director, producer and writer. He is best known for his performance in Sorority Boys and for portraying Lex Luthor on the Superman television series Smallville, a role that TV Guide included in their 2013 list of The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time.[1]

Rosenbaum is also known for portraying Dutch Nilbog on FOX's Breaking In, and voiceover work in animation, such as his role of the Flash in the DC animated universe.

Early life[edit]

Rosenbaum was born in Oceanside, New York, and raised in Newburgh, Indiana.[2] His mother, Julie (née Eckstein), is a writer, and his father, Mark Rosenbaum, worked in pharmaceuticals.[3][4] He has a brother, Eric, and a sister, Laurie. His uncle is pet behaviorist Warren Eckstein.[5] Rosenbaum is Jewish, and was "closer to religion" in New York than in Indiana.[6] Rosenbaum graduated from Castle High School in Indiana and from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, with a degree in theatre arts. Immediately after, he moved to New York City to pursue an acting career.


Once in New York, an MTV Networks intern named Vincent Letizia spotted his 8 x 10 black-and-white photo in a batch of other casting submissions for a pilot called "Talk Girl". The pilot was never green-lighted, but Rosenbaum stood out as a newly discovered talent. A new MTV pilot was conceived specifically for Rosenbaum with the working title of "The Michael Rosenbaum Project." The project later became known as "The Temp" and covered Rosenbaum in a reality television setting as a temp, who would walk into a different job each day. The pilot featured Rosenbaum as a Cat filling in on Broadway's "Cats" musical, and as a zoo keeper filling in at the zoo, sweeping animal manure and the like. The pilot never took off with MTV Executives.

In 2001, Rosenbaum received a Saturn Award for his portrayal of Lex Luthor on Smallville. Continuing in the superhero genre, he played Wally West (a.k.a. The Flash) in the DC Comics animated series Justice League, Static Shock, and Justice League Unlimited as well as portraying a younger Wally West as Kid Flash in Teen Titans. In the third season Justice League episode "Great Brain Robbery", Rosenbaum reprised his role as Lex Luthor when his character was trapped in Clancy Brown's Lex Luthor's body. In February 2007, Rosenbaum confirmed that he would be leaving Smallville after season seven of the show, but later returned to the show's final episode.

Rosenbaum has a few notable vocal impressions in his repertoire, including Christopher Walken, Keanu Reeves, and Kevin Spacey. The makers of the DCAU have used these impressions in their work, having Rosenbaum do his Walken voice for Ghoul in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and his Spacey voice for Deadshot; coincidentally, Spacey portrayed Lex Luthor in the film Superman Returns, and Walken played Max Shreck in Batman Returns. He is currently filming the SyFy comedy series Saved By Zeroes [7][8] and Breaking In.

After many months of speculation and him first turning down the contract to return, it was finally announced on February 11, 2011 that Rosenbaum would return to Smallville for the two-hour series finale, which aired on May 13, 2011[9] with Rosenbaum reprising his role as Lex Luthor.[10]

In 2014, Rosenbaum made his feature directorial and writing debut with the movie Back in the Day, a comedy where Rosenbaum stars as an actor who returns to his hometown of Indiana for a class reunion.[11] The movie was not only partially based on characters and traditions in Rosenbaum's actual hometown, but was also filmed in Newburgh and Evansville, Indiana where he was raised. [12]


Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Tom Show Jonathan Summers Episode: "The Talk"
1999 Rocket Power Sports Announcer Voice
Episode: "Super McVariel 900/Loss of Squid"
1999–2000 Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane Jack Cooper Main Cast: 24 Episodes
1999–2001 Batman Beyond Terminal/Carter Wilson
Agent West
6 Episodes
2000 The Wild Thornberrys Tom Ravenhearst Voice
Episode: "A Shaky Foundation"
2000–2004 Static Shock Trapper
The Flash
5 Episodes
2001–2008, 2011 [9] Smallville Lex Luthor 154 episodes: Seasons 1-7 (Main Cast for 153 episodes), Season 10 (Special Guest for the series finale)
Directed the 125th episode "Freak";
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series (2002)
SFX (magazine) Best Newcomer (2003)
Nominated - Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on Television (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006)
Nominated - Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Drama (2003)
Nominated - Teen Choice Awards TV - Choice Sidekick (2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009)
2001 Friends Television's director 3rd season
2001–2002 The Zeta Project Agent West Voice
8 Episodes
2001, 2002 The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn Himself 2 Episodes
2001–2006 Justice League Wally West/The Flash
56 Episodes
2003 Player$ Himself Episode: Charlie's Angels
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself 1 Episode
2004–2005 Jackie Chan Adventures Drago Voice
11 Episodes
2005–2006 Teen Titans Kid Flash Voice
2 Episodes
2005 The Tony Danza Show Himself 1 Episode
Cribs Himself 1 Episode
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Colin Episode: "Gun Fever"
Last Call with Carson Daly Himself 2 Episodes
2007 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Himself 1 Episodes
2008 PG Porn Charlie Brown Episodes: "Peanus", "A Very Peanus Christmas"
2009 Untitled Family Pilot[13] Derek Signed on for a currently untitled NBC family program
Batman: The Brave and the Bold Deadman/Triad Boss Voice
Episode: "Dawn of the Dead Man!"
2010 Saved by Zeroes Mikey Doyle Pre-production[14]
2011-2012 Breaking In[15] Dutch Nilbog Recurring (8 episodes)
2014 The GameOverGreggy Show Himself 1 Episode
Rosenbaum at the Jules Verne Adventures Film Festival in 2007
Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Devil & the Angel The Devil
The Day I Ran Into All My Ex-Boyfriends Bart
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil George Tucker
1998 1999 Brick
Urban Legend Parker Riley
2000 Eyeball Eddie Skelley Short film
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Ghoul Provided Voice
2001 Sweet November Brandon/Brandy
Rave Macbeth Marcus
2002 Poolhall Junkies Danny
Sorority Boys Adam/Adina
2003 Special Fred Molinski
Bringing Down the House Todd Gendler
2005 Cursed Kyle Uncredited
Racing Stripes Ruffshodd Provided Voice
2007 Cutlass Background Extra #2 Short film
Kickin' It Old Skool Kip
Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Tanis Half-Elven Provided Voice
2008 Shear Love [16] Short film
2009 Wing Man Rumored
2010 Father of Invention Eddie
Catch .44 Brandon
Ghild Brauly Gullivan Short film
2012 Justice League: Doom Barry Allen / The Flash Voice
Hit and Run Gil
Holy Takedown! Father Wright Also Producer; Pre-Production [17]
2014 Back in the Day Jim Owens Also Director, Writer, Executive Producer; Pre-Production [18]
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Gladius Valens Provided Voice
2006 Yakuza Akira Nishiki Provided Voice
2008 Dark Sector Hayden Tenno Provided Voice
2012 Lollipop Chainsaw Nick Carlyle Provided Voice
2013 Infinite Crisis The Flash Provided Voice[19]

Cameos in animation/comic[edit]

  • In Justice League Unlimited #38: On page 10, Giganta and Flash are having a discussion while sitting on a billboard. It reads: INJURED? Call Rosenbaum and Associates (the person in the picture bears a strong resemblance to Michael Rosenbaum).


  1. ^ Bretts, Bruce; Roush, Matt; (March 25, 2013). "Baddies to the Bone: The 60 nastiest villains of all time". TV Guide. pp. 14 - 15.
  2. ^ "Michael Rosenbaum Biography (1972-)". 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  3. ^ http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/523348%7C0/Michael-Rosenbaum/
  4. ^ http://evansville-courier.vlex.com/vid/matheny-fills-russa-big-shoes-cards-372911838
  5. ^ http://www.warreneckstein.com/b/Derek-now-lives-in-the-Hollywood-Hills/-50897426434694357.html
  6. ^ Kraus, Haggay (April 2002). "Smallville Interview". Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  7. ^ Kevin Coll. "TV News: Michael Rosenbaum and Syfy Team Up for Comedy Series Saved by Zeroes". FusedFilm. 
  8. ^ Jon Lachonis. "Smallville's Michael Rosenbaum Returning to TV". TV Overmind. 
  9. ^ a b Lynette Rice and James Hibberd (February 11, 2011). "'Smallville' scoop: Michael Rosenbaum will return for series finale". ew.com. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Michael Rosenbaum Returning to Smallville For Series Finale". TVGuide.com. Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Back in the Day Movie Premieres;". BourbonBlog.com. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  12. ^ "Back in the Day Interview;". BourbonBlog.com. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 27, 2009). "Missi Pyle joins NBC family pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. [dead link]
  14. ^ Saved by Zeroes at the Internet Movie Database
  15. ^ "Breaking News: Fox Comedy Has Big Plans For Smallville Vet Michael Rosenbaum". TVLine. 
  16. ^ Shear Love the Movie
  17. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1714849/
  18. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2246887/
  19. ^ https://twitter.com/mrosenbaum711/statuses/362988089037176832

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Preceded by
John Shea
for Lois and Clark
Actors portraying Lex Luthor
for Smallville
Succeeded by
Kevin Spacey
for Superman Returns