Alex Karpovsky

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Alex Karpovsky
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Alex Karpovsky
Alexander Karpovsky

OccupationActor, writer, film director, producer, film editor

Alexander Karpovsky is an American director, actor, screenwriter, producer and film editor. He is best known for playing Ray Ploshansky on the HBO comedy-drama series Girls and Craig Petrosian on the Amazon series Homecoming.

Early life and education[edit]

Karpovsky grew up in a Jewish family in Newton, Massachusetts. He attended Boston University, where he graduated in 1997 as part of the University Professors Program.[1] He pursued a DPhil (PhD) in visual ethnography at the University of Oxford,[1][2] but dropped out after two years.


His 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),[3] the latter two of which were released as a double feature in New York City's Lincoln Center Theater.[4] In 2016 he directed an episode of Girls and in 2017 he directed an episode of Love.

As an actor, he played Ray Ploshansky in the HBO comedy series Girls and has portrayed characters in films that have been featured at Sundance, Cannes, SXSW, Berlinale, Los Angeles & Tribeca film festivals. Karpovsky also appeared in the Coen Brothers' most recent films, Inside Llewyn Davis and Hail, Caesar!, the latter of which was released in February 2016. Most recently, he was a series regular on Homecoming, which was released on Amazon in November 2018.

Karpovsky has read hundreds of stories for live and radio audiences, including NPR's Selected Shorts, The Paris Review, The New York Times' Modern Love, n+1, Grand Theft Auto IV, and This American Life.



Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Hole Story Alex Also director, writer and producer
2008 Cubby Knowles Robert Lincoln
2009 Beeswax Merrill Graf
2009 Harmony and Me Mean Man Mike
2010 Bass Ackwards Vlad the Store Clerk
2010 Lovers of Hate Paul Lucas
2010 Tiny Furniture Jed
2011 Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same Rookie Agent
2011 Wuss Wally Combs
2011 Almost in Love Sasha
2012 Sleepwalk with Me Ian Gilmore
2012 Gayby Peter
2012 Supporting Characters Nick Berger
2012 Rubberneck Paul Harris Also director, writer, producer and editor
2012 Marvin Seth and Stanley Seth Greenstein
2012 Red Flag Alex Also director, writer and producer
2013 Good Night Jake
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Marty Green
2014 The Foxy Merkins Mumbling Salesman
2014 Summer of Blood Jamie
2014 Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends Himself Television Special
2015 Tired Moonlight Mike Also associate producer
2015 7 Chinese Brothers Kaminsky
2015 Bloomin Mud Shuffle Chuck
2015 Devil Town Terrence Bard
2015 Happy Baby Ben Peterson
2016 Hail, Caesar! Mr. Smitrovich
2016 Folk Hero & Funny Guy Paul Scott
2016 My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea Drake (voice)
2017 The Vanishing of Sidney Hall David Bauer
2017 Girlfriend's Day Styvesan
2018 Rosy Marty
2018 The Front Runner Mike Stratton
2019 The Sound of Silence Landon
2019 Being Frank Ross Filmed in 2018


Year Title Role Notes
2012–2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Stephen Lomatin 2 episodes
2012–2017 Girls Ray Ploshansky 42 episodes
2016 Deadbeat Jared the Liar Episode: "Medieval Dead"
2018 Drunk History Zvi Aharoni Episode: "Heists"
2018 Homecoming Craig 10 episodes

Music video[edit]

Year Title Artist(s)
2017 When You Die MGMT

Video game[edit]

Year Title Role
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV The Crowd of Liberty City (voice)


Year Title
2018 Love (Netflix). Episode 304
2016 The New Yorker Presents (Amazon). Episode 105
2016 Girls (HBO). Episode 509
2012 Red Flag[5]
2012 Rubberneck[6]
2009 Trust Us, This Is All Made Up[7]
2008 Woodpecker[8]
2006 The Hole Story[9]


  1. ^ a b c Laskowski, Amy (April 3, 2014). "Girls Actor Comes to Cinematheque Tomorrow". BU Today. Boston University. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  2. ^ "Alex Karpovsky". Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  3. ^ Neil Genzlinger, Film Festival Blooms With Ripe Perversity, The New York Times, April 22, 2012
  4. ^ "Alex Karpovsky of Girls helms two new films, talks directing". UKScreen. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  5. ^ "RED FLAG - A GRAVE COMEDY FROM ALEX KARPOVSKY". Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  6. ^ "RUBBERNECK — A Film By Alex Karpovsky & Garth Donovan". Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  7. ^ "Trust Us, This Is All Made Up". Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  8. ^ "Woodpecker: a film by alex karpovsky". Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  9. ^ "Alex Karpovsky". Retrieved August 7, 2015.

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