September 23, 1975
|Occupation||Actor, writer, film director, producer, film editor|
Life and career
Karpovsky grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, Mark and Maya Karpovsky. His father, Mark G. Karpovsky, is an electrical and computer engineering professor at Boston University.
After graduating from Boston University in 1997, Karpovsky pursued a PhD in visual ethnography at the University of Oxford, but dropped out after two years. Karpovsky has said his time at Oxford was "probably the best two years of my life." He moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1999.
His award-winning debut feature, The Hole Story, earned him a slot in Filmmaker magazine's 25 new faces of independent film. His subsequent feature-length films include Woodpecker (SXSW Film Festival, 2008), Trust Us, This Is All Made Up (SXSW Film Festival, 2009), Rubberneck (Tribeca Film Festival, 2012), and Red Flag (LA Film Festival, 2012), the latter two of which were released as a double feature in New York City's Lincoln Center Theater.
As an actor, he plays Ray Ploshansky in the HBO comedy series Girls and played Marty Green in the 2013 Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis. Karpovsky's most recent roles include Bob Byington's film 7 Chinese Brothers, which will be released in 2015, and Mr Smitrovich in the upcoming Coen brothers film Hail, Caesar!
|2016||Hail, Caesar!||Mr. Smitrovich||Film|
|2016||Folk Hero & Funny Guy||Paul Scott||Film|
|2015||7 Chinese Brothers||Kaminsky||Film|
|2015||Actor Seeks Role||Paul||Short Film|
|2015||Happy Baby||Ben Peterson||Film|
|2015||Bloomin Mud Shuffle'||Chuck||Film|
|2014||Summer of Blood||Jamie||Film|
|2014||The Foxy Merkin||Merkin Dealer||Film|
|2012–Present||Girls||Ray Ploshansky||Series Regular|
|2013||Inside Llewyn Davis||Marty Green||Film|
|2013||We Could Be Your Parents||Bob||Short Film|
|2013||The Young Housefly||Housefly||Short Film|
|2012||Supporting Characters||Nick Berger||Film|
|2012||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Officer Stephen Lomatin||Episode: "Manhattan Vigil"|
|2012||Marvin Seth & Stanley||Seth||Film|
|2012||Sleepwalk with Me||Ian Gilmore||Film|
|2011||Almost in Love||Sasha||Film|
|2011||Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same||Rookie Agent||Film|
|2010||The Grownups||Paul||Short Film|
|2010||Lovers of Hate||Paul Lucas||Film|
|2009||Harmony and Me||Mean Man Mike||Film|
|2008||Grand Theft Auto||Various Russian Gangsters (Voiceover)||Video Game|
|2006||The Hole Story||Alex Karpovsky||Film|
|2009||Trust Us, This Is All Made Up|
|2006||The Hole Story|
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- Neil Genzlinger, Film Festival Blooms With Ripe Perversity, The New York Times, April 22, 2012
- "Alex Karpovsky of Girls helms two new films, talks directing". UKScreen. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "RED FLAG - A GRAVE COMEDY FROM ALEX KARPOVSKY". redflagfilm.com. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "RUBBERNECK — A Film By Alex Karpovsky & Garth Donovan". rubberneckfilm.com. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "Trust Us, This Is All Made Up". trustusfilm.com. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
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