Stephen Tobolowsky

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Stephen Tobolowsky
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Stephen Tobolowsky at the 2012 Texas Book Festival.
Born Stephen Harold Tobolowsky
(1951-05-30) May 30, 1951 (age 63)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Ann Hearn (1988–present; 2 children)

Stephen Harold Tobolowsky (born May 30, 1951) is an American actor and author. He played annoying insurance salesman Ned Ryerson in the Bill Murray film Groundhog Day,[1] as well as such television characters as Commissioner Hugo Jarry in Deadwood and Bob Bishop in Heroes. He has had recurring roles as Sandy Ryerson on Glee, and as Stu Beggs on Californication.

In addition to acting, Tobolowsky does an audio podcast about once a month of autobiographical stories of his acting and personal life.[2] He has also authored The Dangerous Animals Club and Cautionary Tales based on these original stories.[3]

Career[edit]

Tobolowsky has appeared in over 200 films and at least as many television projects with mostly minor roles. In 1994's Radioland Murders, he portrayed Max Applewhite, a gentle sound man with a dark secret. He appeared on Seinfeld as Tor Eckman, Kramer's holistic healer, in the second season episode, "The Heart Attack". He is also known for having played "Sammy Jankis" in 2000's Memento, starring Guy Pearce. In 2005, he was the eponymous subject of the documentary film, Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party, that featured him preparing for, and hosting, his own birthday party, while delivering a series of anecdotes from his life. He was a member of the cast of NBC's television series Heroes for its second season, portraying Bob, the new boss of "The Company".

He has worked in the theater as well, directing and acting in plays in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He directed one movie, Two Idiots in Hollywood, based on his play of the same name. He also co-wrote the film True Stories with David Byrne and then-girlfriend Beth Henley.[4] He was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for the 2002 revival of Morning's at Seven.

On October 29, 2009, Tobolowsky started a new podcast on /Film called The Tobolowsky Files, where he tells stories, in a similar fashion to Tobolowsky's film Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party.[5][6] The show was picked up by Public Radio International in 2012.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Tobolowsky was born in Dallas, Texas to a Jewish family. He graduated from Justin F. Kimball High School in Dallas and Southern Methodist University.[8][9]

Selected filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Principal Purdy Voice
2012 The Lorax Uncle Ubb Voice
2011 You May Not Kiss the Bride Plumber
2011 Peep World Ephraim
2010 Buried Alan Davenport
2009 The Time Traveler's Wife Dr. Kendrick
2008 Beethoven's Big Break Sal
2007 Loveless in Los Angeles Jon
2007 Wild Hogs Charley
2007 Boxboarders! Dr. Stephen James
2006 National Lampoon's Totally Baked: A Potumentary Jesco Rollins
2006 Failure to Launch Bud
2006 Blind Dating Dr. Perkins
2006 Pope Dreams Carl Venable
2005 Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party Himself
2005 Robots Bigmouth Executive
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Tom Abernathy
2004 Little Black Book Carl
2004 Garfield Happy Chapman
2003 National Security Billy Narthax
2003 Freaky Friday Mr. Bates
2002 The Country Bears Norbert Barrington
2002 Love Liza Tom Bailey
2001 Freddy Got Fingered Uncle Neil
2001 The Day the World Ended Principal Ed Turner
2000 Memento Sammy Jankis
1999 Bossa Nova Trevor
1999 Don't Look Under The Bed Michael McCausland
1999 The Insider Eric Kluster
1998 Black Dog McClaren
1997 Mr. Magoo Agent Chuck Stupak
1996 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco Bando
1996 The Glimmer Man Christopher Maynard
1995 Murder in the First Mr. Henkin
1995 Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde Oliver Mintz
1994 Radioland Murders Max Applewhite
1994 Trevor Father Jon
1993 Groundhog Day Ned
1993 Calendar Girl Antonio Gallo
1993 The Pickle Mike Krakower
1992 Sneakers Dr. Werner Brandes
1992 Single White Female Mitchell Myerson
1992 Memoirs of an Invisible Man Warren Singleton
1992 Hero Wallace
1992 Basic Instinct Dr. Lamott
1991 Wedlock Warden Holliday
1991 Thelma & Louise Max
1990 The Grifters Jeweler
1990 Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael Mayor Bill Klepler
1990 Funny About Love Hugo
1990 Bird on a Wire Joe Weyburn
1989 In Country Pete
1989 Great Balls of Fire! Jud Phillips
1989 Checking Out Pharmacist
1989 Mississippi Burning Clayton Townley
1987 Spaceballs Captain of the Guard
1984 The Philadelphia Experiment Barney

Television[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Friends with Better Lives Dr. Adleman
2012-2013 Justified FBI Agent Jerry Barkley
2012 The Mindy Project Marc Shulman2004
2012 Work It Dr. David Deutsch
2011-2014 Californication Stu Beggs
2011 Community Professor Peter Sheffield
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Edwin Adelson
2010 True Jackson, VP Lars Balthazar
2009-2011 Glee Sandy Ryerson
2009 The New Adventures of Old Christine Principal James Merrow
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Spencer Freiberg
2007-2008 Heroes Bob Bishop
2007 Entourage Mayor of Beverly Hills
2007 John From Cincinnati Mark Lewinsky
2006-2007 Big Day The Garf
2006 Desperate Housewives Bud Penrod
2005-2006 Deadwood Hugo Jarry
2005 Curb Your Enthusiasm Len Dunkel
2004 Complete Savages Mr. Frehley
2004 The West Wing Dr. Max Milkman
2004 Will and Grace Ned Weathers
2003-2005 CSI: Miami Assistant State Attorney Don Haffman
2003 Las Vegas Donny Rollins
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jim Halliwell
2002 Malcolm in the Middle Mr. Fisher
2001 The Lone Gunmen Adam Burgess
2001 Off Centre Milt Flack
2001 Roswell Julius Walters
1999 That '70s Show The Professor
1997 The Drew Carey Show The Councilman
1995 Dweebs Karl
1991 Seinfeld Tor
1986 Designing Women Boyd

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Tobolowsky Files Ep. 29 – The Classic". /Film. 
  2. ^ "iTunes - Podcasts - The Tobolowsky Files by PRI". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  3. ^ "Stephen Tobolowsky: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  4. ^ Phipps, Keith (2011-08-02). "Random Roles Stephen Tobolowsky". The A. V. Club. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  5. ^ Tobolowsky, Stephen (September 16, 2010). "Op-Ed Contributor - They Had Great Character". NYTimes.com (www.nytimes.com). Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  6. ^ Chapman, Glen (March 16, 2010). "Celebrating Stephen Tobolowsky". Den of Geek. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  7. ^ Public Radio International® signs actor, writer Stephen Tobolowsky to create new storytelling series for radio
  8. ^ Currey, Mason. "Stephen Tobolowsky: What I learned in the seventh grade". Slate.com. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  9. ^ Cohen, Susan (2012-11-07). "Character actor Stephen Tobolowsky writes his first book | Features". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 

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