Adam Rothenberg

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Adam Rothenberg
Born (1975-06-20) June 20, 1975 (age 47)
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1999–present
(m. 2021)

Adam Rothenberg (born June 20, 1975) is an American actor, best known for his role as Capt. Homer Jackson in the BBC One drama mystery series Ripper Street (2012–16). In film, he has starred in Mad Money (2008) as Bob Truman, Tennessee (2008) as Carter, and The Immigrant (2013) as Officer DeKeiffer.

Early life[edit]

Rothenberg was born to Gillian and Kenneth Rothenberg in Tenafly, New Jersey on June 20, 1975,[1] and graduated from Tenafly High School in 1998.[2] He is of Jewish ancestry on his father's side and has two brothers and three sisters.[3] In 2008, he revealed to People that, before turning to acting, he was a garbage man, a fact-checker for Mademoiselle, and a security guard.[4] Rothenberg trained as an actor at The Acting Studio - New York under James Price in New York City; while there, he performed numerous roles with Chelsea Repertory Company & LAB. From 1996 to 1997, he served in the United States Army, based in Germany.[4][5]


Rothenberg has performed on television, in film and in theatre. In New York, Rothenberg has starred in many Off-Broadway productions. These include the lead in Second Stage Theatre's revival of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (2004), as well as his critically acclaimed role in The Women's Project's Birdy (2003). In 2006, Rothenberg played the Scottish storyteller Chimney Bosch in the MCC Theater's The Wooden Breeks, directed by Trip Cullman. Outside of New York, Rothenberg starred opposite Patricia Clarkson as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Kennedy Center's Tennessee Williams Festival (2004). [6]

At the Williamstown Theatre Festival, he starred as Doug in Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros's Mother of Invention (2003), directed by Nicholas Martin, and as Lord Darlington in Lady Windermere's Fan (2005), directed by Moisés Kaufman. In 2011, he starred as Nils Krogstad in A Doll's House. Rothenberg then starred in the Mark Taper Forum's 2011 production of Burn This. Other theatre performances include Finder's Fee at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, A Steady Rain, The Center of Gravity, Mad Forest, I'm Really Here and Almost Like Being.[7][8]

In his television work, Rothenberg filmed one of the lead roles, Evan Wexler, in Fox's unaired television pilot Damages, and was also one of the leads, Eddie Caprio, in the comedy series Misconceptions, which also did not air. In 2008, he appeared as David "Augie" Augustine in the comedy-drama series The Ex List. Since 2012, he has had a starring role in the BBC One drama mystery television series Ripper Street, portraying Capt. Homer Jackson. In 2015, he was cast in the pilot of ABC's crime drama series Wicked City as Detective Jack Roth, an officer searching for a serial killer on the Sunset Strip.[9] His role was recast in July 2015 after the show received its ABC airdate, and the role was instead given to Jeremy Sisto.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Rothenberg married actress Charlene McKenna in January 2021 at Castle Leslie, Glaslough.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Modern Young Man Unknown Short film
2001 Cruise Control Flapjax Patron Short film
2003 Coyote Beach The Man Short film; also producer
2008 Mad Money Bob Truman
Tennessee Carter
2009 Under New Management Mark Boyd
2011 The Dish & the Spoon Rose's Husband
2013 The Immigrant Officer DeKeiffer
2017 Dark Ascension Keith


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Hack Greg Episode: "To Have and Have Not"
2004 The Jury Chris Benini Episode: "Three Boys and a Gun"
2006 Misconceptions Eddie Caprio Unaired; 7 episodes
Conviction Unknown 2 episodes
Damages Evan Wexler Unaired pilot episode
2008 Law & Order Marty Vance Episode: "Submission"
The Ex-List David Augustine 13 episodes
2010 House Taylor Episode: "Private Lives"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Henry Di Piano Episode: "The Mobster Will See You Now"
2011 Person of Interest Andrew Benton Episode: "Cura Te Ipsum"
2012 Alcatraz Johnny McKee Episode: "Johnny McKee"
Elementary Liam Danow Episode: "You Do It to Yourself"
2012–16 Ripper Street Capt. Homer Jackson/Matthew Judge 36 episodes
2014 The Divide Danny 7 episodes
2018 Dietland Dominic O'Shea 10 episodes
Castle Rock Reverend Matthew Deaver 5 episodes
2020 The Serpent Gilbert Redland 3 episodes
2022 Ozark[12] Mel Sattem Series regular, Season 4


Year Title Role Venue Ref
2003 Mother of Invention Doug Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, United States [13]
Birdy Sergeant Al Columbato WP Theater, New York City, United States [14]
2004 A Streetcar Named Desire Stanley Kowalski John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., United States [15]
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea Danny Second Stage Theater, New York City, United States [16]
2005 Lady Windermere's Fan Lord Darlington Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, United States [17]
2009 The Retributionists Jascha Playwrights Horizons, New York City, United States [18]
2010 There Are No More Big Secrets Gabe Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, New York City, United States [19]
2011 Burn This Pale Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, United States [20]
A Doll's House Nils Krogstad Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, United States [21]
2016 Fool for Love Eddie Found 111, London, United Kingdom [22]


  1. ^ Nathan Southern (2015). "Adam Rothenberg: About This Person". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2013. "A specialist at playing sweet-natured husbands and boyfriends, model-cum-actor Adam Rothenberg was born in Tenafly, NJ, and formally trained in New York theatre, enjoying roles in Broadway and Off-Broadway productions including A Streetcar Named Desire, Birdy, and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.
  2. ^ Stinson, Patricia W. "Rothenberg returns for her pro debut", Northern Valley Suburbanite, November 9, 2005. Accessed March 7, 2022. "Of course, she gets lots of encouragement from her older brother, Adam Rothenberg, another THS graduate -class of 1998. He is pursuing a Hollywood acting career and he just won a part on a new WB (Warner Brothers) television show called Misconceptions, scheduled to debut this January."
  3. ^ Elkin, Michael (June 4, 2009). "Road Trip With 'Tennessee' Written All Over It". The Jewish Exponent. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Rozen, Leah (January 28, 2008). "Picks and Pans Review: Adam Rothenberg Is ... Mad About Katie Holmes". People.
  5. ^ Killian, Michael (May 27, 2004). "'Streetcar' isn't a star turn at Kennedy Center". Chicago Tribune.
  6. ^ "Adam Rothenberg CV - Theatre". Hamilton Hodell. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  7. ^ "New York – Studio Alumni". The Acting Studio.
  8. ^ "Two policemen test the bonds of friendship in A Steady Rain, premiering July 12–23 at the Powerhouse Theatre". Vassar College. June 30, 2006.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 4, 2015). "Adam Rothenberg To Star In 'L.A. Crime': Holley Fain Also Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 6, 2015). "ABC's 'Wicked City' Adds Jeremy Sisto, Evan Ross in Recastings". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  11. ^ Finn, Melanie (February 16, 2021). "Charlene McKenna has lockdown wedding to Adam Rothenberg in Castle Leslie". Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (November 13, 2020). "'Ozark' Rounds Out Cast For Season 4 Of Netflix Series; Felix Solis & Damian Young Upped To Series Regulars". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  13. ^ "Mother of Invention". Williamstown Theatre Festival. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  14. ^ "William Wharton's Birdy". WP Theater. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  15. ^ "MARQUEE VALUE: A Streetcar Named Desire at The Kennedy Center". PLAYBILL. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  16. ^ "Off-Broadway's Deep Blue Sea Revival Gets a New Danny". PLAYBILL. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  17. ^ "Lady Windermere's Fan". AboutTheArtists. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  18. ^ "Overview - The Retributionists". Playwrights Horizons. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  19. ^ "Seeking Clarity and Truth at a Drunken Reunion". The New York Times. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  20. ^ "Theater review: 'Burn This' at the Mark Taper Forum". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  21. ^ "Doll's House, A". Williamstown Theatre Festival. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  22. ^ "Review: Fool for Love (Found 111)". WhatsOnStage. Retrieved November 15, 2021.

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