May 25, 1980
Will Janowitz is an American film, television and stage actor as well as writer. He is a first generation American, with his mother having been born in the Czech Republic and his father in Berlin, Germany.
After graduating from The North Carolina School of the Arts in 2000, he began acting professionally, and worked briefly as Mary-Louise Parker's personal assistant on several film and television projects. One of his earliest film credits was a role in David Gordon Green's George Washington (2000). In 2003, Will and college friend Bill English starred in The Pavement Series 2003 for Showtime, in which they played zany sports inventors. In 2002, he had a role on Law & Order, and the same year booked a recurring role on The Sopranos as Meadow Soprano's (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) boyfriend Finn De Trolio. He would go on to do one season of the show (fifth season), portraying a novice's perspective of the organized crime ring and most notably outing Vito Spatafore (Joe Gannascoli) one of Tony Sopranos (James Gandolfini) best earning captains. Later he would appear on Law & Order: Criminal Intent in 2004- 2008. From 2004 and on Will appeared in various independent features including Bristol Boys 2005 a crime comedy alongside his Sopranos co-star Max Casella and David Zayas (Dexter) and a supporting role in Backseat 2005; in the same year appeared in the cult video game Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories as the voice of Donald Love. Also, in that same year Janowitz joined Julianna Margulies and Michael Rispoli in Francine Volpe's Late Fragment, to be directed by Sopranos co-star Michael Imperioli. However due to scheduling conflicts the play did not premiere. Most recently Janowitz joined the ensemble cast of Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock in 2009 and brandished a blonde wig and moustache to play Chip Monck, the festivals production designer. The same summer he went down south to Marietta, Georgia to play the role of Leo Frank alongside HBO alumni Seth Gilliam (The Wire) in The People v. Leo Frank. The film explores the life and trial of Leo Frank an American born Jew who was lynched in Marietta, Georgia August 17, 1915 after being wrongly accused of the murder of a little girl who worked in his pencil factory. The case is widely regarded as a vast miscarriage of justice. Janowitz can be seen briefly in an ad for the fast food chain Wendy's.
In the midst of his acting Janowitz has had several plays of his own creation produced. The most notable; Gnome a character he created at North Carolina, then more extensively at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. The show premiered at New York City's Zipper Theater 2006. The two man play explores the life of Gnome; a reclusive hundred and fifty year old author who claims to be the offspring of a Jewish mother and forest dwelling creature who left New York City and has taken up permanent residence in Central Park. Most recently Janowitz has written and developed a television series for Fox Studios called SuperEgo 2009 in which he plays Dr. Charlie Knight, a young, out of the box psychiatrist that uses his unorthodox approach to unlock patients potential.