Stephen Tobolowsky at the 2012 Texas Book Festival.
|Born||Stephen Harold Tobolowsky
May 30, 1951
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
|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, 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. He has also authored The Dangerous Animals Club and Cautionary Tales based on these original stories.
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. 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. The show was picked up by Public Radio International in 2012.
|2014||Mr. Peabody & Sherman||Principal Purdy||Voice|
|2012||The Lorax||Uncle Ubb||Voice|
|2011||You May Not Kiss the Bride||Plumber|
|2009||The Time Traveler's Wife||Dr. Kendrick|
|2008||Beethoven's Big Break||Sal|
|2007||Loveless in Los Angeles||Jon|
|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||Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous||Tom Abernathy|
|2004||Little Black Book||Carl|
|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|
|1999||Don't Look Under The Bed||Michael McCausland|
|1999||The Insider||Eric Kluster|
|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|
|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||Basic Instinct||Dr. Lamott|
|1991||Thelma & Louise||Max|
|1990||Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael||Mayor Bill Klepler|
|1990||Funny About Love||Hugo|
|1990||Bird on a Wire||Joe Weyburn|
|1989||Great Balls of Fire!||Jud Phillips|
|1989||Mississippi Burning||Clayton Townley|
|1987||Spaceballs||Captain of the Guard|
|1984||The Philadelphia Experiment||Barney|
|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||Community||Professor Peter Sheffield|
|2010||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Edwin Adelson|
|2010||True Jackson, VP||Lars Balthazar|
|2009||The New Adventures of Old Christine||Principal James Merrow|
|2008||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Spencer Freiberg|
|2007||Entourage||Mayor of Beverly Hills|
|2007||John From Cincinnati||Mark Lewinsky|
|2006-2007||Big Day||The Garf|
|2006||Desperate Housewives||Bud Penrod|
|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|
|1999||That '70s Show||The Professor|
|1997||The Drew Carey Show||The Councilman|
- "The Tobolowsky Files Ep. 29 – The Classic". /Film.
- "iTunes - Podcasts - The Tobolowsky Files by PRI". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2013-04-24.
- "Stephen Tobolowsky: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-04-24.
- Phipps, Keith (2011-08-02). "Random Roles Stephen Tobolowsky". The A. V. Club. Retrieved 2011-08-03.
- Tobolowsky, Stephen (September 16, 2010). "Op-Ed Contributor - They Had Great Character". NYTimes.com (www.nytimes.com). Retrieved 2011-02-08.
- Chapman, Glen (March 16, 2010). "Celebrating Stephen Tobolowsky". Den of Geek. Retrieved 2011-02-08.
- Public Radio International® signs actor, writer Stephen Tobolowsky to create new storytelling series for radio
- Currey, Mason. "Stephen Tobolowsky: What I learned in the seventh grade". Slate.com. Retrieved 2013-04-24.
- 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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