Michael Stuhlbarg

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Michael Stuhlbarg
Born Michael S. Stuhlbarg
(1968-07-05) July 5, 1968 (age 46)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Alma mater

The Juilliard School (BFA 1992)

University of California, Los Angeles UCLA Film school
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present

Michael S. Stuhlbarg[1] (born July 5, 1968)[1][2] is an American theatre, film, and television actor. He is best known for portraying organized crime boss Arnold Rothstein in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, as well as troubled 1960s university professor Larry Gopnik in the Coen brothers' 2009 dark comedy A Serious Man.

Early life[edit]

Stuhlbarg was born in Long Beach, California,[3] the son of Susan and Mort Stuhlbarg.[4] He was raised in Reform Judaism.[2] He trained at The Juilliard School in New York City,[5] where he was a member of the Drama Division's Group 21 (1988–1992).[6] Stuhlbarg graduated from Juilliard with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1992.

He also studied acting at the University of California at Los Angeles, the Vilnius Conservatory in Lithuania, the British American Drama Academy at Oxford, and the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain at the University of London. He studied mime with Marcel Marceau at the World Centre.[7]


Stuhlbarg became a theater actor appearing in several productions including award winning performances in Old Wicked Songs in 1996, Long Day's Journey into Night in 1997 and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for The Pillowman in 2005 (for which he also received his first Tony Award nomination).[8]

He has appeared in a number of television shows including Law & Order, Ugly Betty and The American Experience. Since 2010, he has appeared as organized crime boss Arnold Rothstein in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

His film credits had been limited to a handful of minor roles, including a lawyer in Ridley Scott's Body of Lies and a hedge fund consultant in Sophie Barthes' Cold Souls,[8] until his first lead role in the Coen brothers' 2009 dark comedy A Serious Man, as the troubled 1960s university professor Larry Gopnik for which he was a Golden Globe-nominee.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Price Above Rubies, AA Price Above Rubies Young Hassid
2001 Grey Zone, TheThe Grey Zone Cohen
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Marcel Costas Television program
Season 5, Episode 11: "Slither"
2006–2007 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Jerry Television program
2 episodes
2006–2010 American Experience, TheThe American Experience Various Roles Documentary television program
4 episodes
2008 Law & Order Timothy Pace Television program
Season 18, Episode 15: "Bogeyman"
2008 Afterschool Mr. Burke
2008 Body of Lies Ferris' Attorney
2009 Cold Souls Hedge Fund Consultant
2009 Serious Man, AA Serious Man Larry Gopnik Independent Spirit Awards - Robert Altman Award
Santa Barbara International Film Festival - Virtuoso Award
Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for Actor of the Year
Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
2009 Ugly Betty Heinrich Television program
1 episode
2010–present Boardwalk Empire Arnold Rothstein Television program
32 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2010, 2011)
2011 Hugo René Tabard
2012 Men in Black 3 Griffin
2012 Seven Psychopaths Tommy
2012 Lincoln George Yeaman
2012 Hitchcock Lew Wasserman
2013 Blue Jasmine[9] Dr. Flicker
2014 Cut Bank
2014 Pawn Sacrifice
2015 Miles Ahead Filming


  1. ^ a b According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/39461
  2. ^ a b Wloszczyna, Susan (October 11, 2009). "Michael Stuhlbarg: Coen brothers get their 'Serious Man'". USA Today. Retrieved December 16, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Michael Stuhlbarg". Broadway.com. Retrieved September 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/michael-stuhlbarg/bio/298785
  5. ^ a b Grosz, Christy (September 13, 2009). "The Coens found Michael Stuhlbarg to be 'A Serious Man'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 14, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. September 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. 
  7. ^ "Michael Stuhlbarg". Back Stage. September 3, 1999. 
  8. ^ a b "Cast and Crew – Michael Stuhlbarg". FilmInFocus.com. Retrieved September 14, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine". Sony Pictures. January 8, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 

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