Alan Rosenberg

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Alan Rosenberg
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Alan Rosenberg, January 2007
President of the Screen Actors Guild
In office
Preceded by Melissa Gilbert
Succeeded by Ken Howard
Personal details
Born (1950-10-04) October 4, 1950 (age 65)[1]
Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.
Spouse(s) Robin Bartlett (1976-1984; divorced)
Marg Helgenberger (1989-2010; divorced; 1 child)
Occupation Actor

Alan Rosenberg (born October 4, 1950) is an American stage and screen actor. From 2005 to 2009, he was president of the Screen Actors Guild, the principal motion picture industry on-screen performers' union.

Early life[edit]

Rosenberg was born and raised in Passaic, New Jersey. He was raised in Conservative Judaism.[2][3] Alan's late brother, Mark, was a political activist in the 1960s, later a film producer; his first cousin, also from Passaic, is musician/songwriter Donald Fagen, co-founder of the group Steely Dan.[1]

Alan's parents gave him money to apply to graduate school.[3] Rosenberg said that upon graduating in 1972 from Case Western Reserve University, he found another passion, poker, and subsequently gambled away most of the money his parents sent him, leaving him only able to afford one application, to the Yale School of Drama. Rosenberg dropped out halfway through his second year at Yale. His "greatest influence and best friend" while there was classmate Meryl Streep.[1]


Rosenberg is perhaps best known for his character Eli Levinson which appeared in both the series Civil Wars and the popular L.A. Law. In 1979, he appeared in the movie The Wanderers, as Turkey. He is also well known for his character Ira Woodbine in the sitcom Cybill. More recently he was seen in the legal drama The Guardian as Alvin Masterson.

Rosenberg supplied the voice of the bounty hunter Boba Fett on NPR's adaptation of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Rosenberg is also known for his appearance as the crazed "Mad Bomber" in the 1986 cult-classic Stewardess School and Paul Bartel's screwball comedy Not for Publication opposite Nancy Allen (1984).

In 1991, he appeared in the TV film The Boys.

In 1995, he received an Emmy Award nomination for a guest-starring role in the hit drama ER. He starred in the Temptations miniseries in 1998, as long-time manager Shelly Berger.

In 1999, he began a recurring role as the hospital legal counsel, Stuart Brickman, on Chicago Hope. Halfway through their final season he was added to the opening titles as a series regular.

He appeared on Broadway in What's Wrong With This Picture and Lost In Yonkers, and off-Broadway in Isn't It Romantic, A Prayer for My Daughter, and Kid Champion. He most recently starred at the Delaware Theatre Company production of Partners, written by Allan Katz.

He was elected the 24th president of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) on September 23, 2005. Rosenberg succeeded Melissa Gilbert, who served as president since 2001 and chose not to run for a third two-year term. Rosenberg received 39.99 percent (10,748 total votes) of the nationwide vote of the Guild’s general membership, defeating Morgan Fairchild and Robert Conrad.

In 2005, he appeared as shady defense attorney Adam Novak in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation co-starring alongside his real life wife Marg Helgenberger. Novak was portrayed as a womanizer who encountered Catherine (Helgenberger) in a bar and later became the prime suspect in two homicides. He appeared once again in the 2007 episode "Leaving Las Vegas" as a lawyer defending a client who turned out to be guilty of two separate crimes, and yet the evidence failed to pin him down, resulting in a not guilty verdict which annoyed Catherine so much that she began to undertake further investigation.

In 2006, he appeared in a very small part as Bruce Steinerman, the divorce attorney of James Wilson in the television-series House M.D., adding yet another legal character to his CV.

In 2007, he started hosting a Public Television program, Life: Part 2,[4] produced in St. Paul, Minnesota. He moderates panel discussions about issues that baby boomers face as they age.

In 2015 he appeared as Dr. William Golliher in the Amazon original series, Bosch.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Originally married to actress Robin Bartlett, Rosenberg met Marg Helgenberger in New York in 1984, while guest-starring on her soap Ryan's Hope. The two became friends and started dating in 1986. They married in 1989 and have one son, Hugh Howard Rosenberg (born October 21, 1990). On December 1, 2008, Rosenberg and Helgenberger announced their separation.[6] On March 25, 2009, Helgenberger filed for divorce.[7]

As a result of Helgenberger's mother's 27 year battle against breast cancer, Helgenberger and Rosenberg became involved in the fight against breast cancer. Marg helped her mother fight breast cancer. They have hosted a benefit called Marg and Alan's Celebrity Weekend every year in Omaha, Nebraska since 1999.


  1. ^ a b c "In Theater and Politics, Alan Rosenberg Affirms the Lessons of His Undergraduate Years". art/sci by Case Western Reserve. Spring 2009 (5:2). Retrieved 4 April 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help) art/sci misspells Fagen's name but identification is clear.
  2. ^ The Jewish Journal: "Is SAG’s Rosenberg Serving the Cause, or Wreaking Havoc?" By Danielle Berrin March 18, 2009
  3. ^ a b Pfefferman, Naomi (June 6, 2002). "‘Letters’ From the Heart". Jewish 
  4. ^ "Life: Part 2". 
  5. ^ "Amazon squeezes quality pulp out of 'Bosch'". 
  6. ^ Fleeman, Mike. Marg Helgenberger & Husband Separate After 19 Years. Rosenberg's wife Marg Helgenberger files for divorce. People, December 1, 2008.
  7. ^ Lee, Ken (March 25, 2009). "CSI Star Marg Helgenberger Files for Divorce". Retrieved August 17, 2010. 

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