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.
- The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)
- Spaceballs (1987)
- Mississippi Burning (1988)
- Checking Out (1989)
- Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
- In Country (1989)
- Bird on a Wire (1990)
- Funny About Love (1990)
- Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990)
- The Grifters (1990)
- Thelma & Louise (1991)
- Wedlock (1991)
- Basic Instinct (1992)
- Hero (1992)
- Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)
- Single White Female (1992)
- Sneakers (1992)
- The Pickle (1993)
- Calendar Girl (1993)
- Groundhog Day (1993)
- Trevor (1994)
- Radioland Murders (1994)
- Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde (1995)
- Murder in the First (1995)
- The Glimmer Man (1996)
- Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (1996)
- Mr. Magoo (1997)
- Black Dog (1998)
- The Insider (1999)
- Don't Look Under The Bed (1999)
- Bossa Nova (1999)
- Memento (2000)
- Freddy Got Fingered (2001)
- Love Liza (2002)
- The Country Bears (2002)
- Freaky Friday (2003)
- National Security (2003)
- Garfield (2004)
- Little Black Book (2004)
- Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005)
- Robots (2005) Voice
- Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party (2005)
- Pope Dreams (2006)
- Blind Dating (2006)
- Failure to Launch (2006)
- National Lampoon's Totally Baked: A Potumentary (2006)
- Boxboarders! (2007)
- Wild Hogs (2007)
- Loveless in Los Angeles (2007)
- Beethoven's Big Break (2008)
- First Howl (2009)
- The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
- Buried (2010)
- Peep World (2011)
- You May Not Kiss the Bride (2011)
- The Lorax (2012)
- Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
- Big Day
- Californication 30 episodes (2011-2014)
- Complete Savages
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
- CSI: Miami
- Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Designing Women
- Desperate Housewives
- John From Cincinnati
- Las Vegas
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
- The Lone Gunmen
- Malcolm in the Middle
- Off Centre
- That '70s Show
- The Drew Carey Show
- The New Adventures of Old Christine
- The Mindy Project 3 episodes (2012)
- The West Wing
- True Jackson, VP
- Will and Grace
- Friends with Better Lives
- Work It
- "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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