Alex Karpovsky

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Alex Karpovsky
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Alex Karpovsky
Born Alexander Karpovsky
(1975-09-23) September 23, 1975 (age 41)
Newton, Massachusetts[1]
Occupation Actor, writer, film director, producer, film editor

Alexander "Alex" Karpovsky (born September 23 1975) 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.

Life and career[edit]

Karpovsky grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. He attended Boston University where he graduated in 1997 as a 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. On Marc Maron's WTF podcast, Karpovsky said his time at Oxford was "probably the best two years of my life."

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),[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.

Karpovsky also collaborates with Teddy Blanks. Known together as Spielbergs, they have co-directed numerous music videos and commercials as well as a segment for The New Yorker Presents, an upcoming Amazon show.

As an actor, he plays 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 appears in the last two Coen Brothers films - Inside Llewyn Davis and Hail, Caesar!, which was released in February, 2016.

Karpovsky has read hundreds of stories for live and radio audiences, including NPR's Selected Shorts, The Paris Review, n+1, Grand Theft Auto IV, and This American Life. In 2015 he read Etgar Keret's memoir The Seven Good Years, published by Penguin Random House.

Personal life[edit]

In March 2016, Karpovsky endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for President of the United States.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
2017 Girlfriend's Day Styvesan Film
2017 Rosy Marty Film
2017 Sidney Hall Bauer Film
2016 My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea Drake (voice) Film
2016 Deadbeat Jerryd the Liar TV - 1 episode
2016 Hail, Caesar! Mr. Smitrovich Film
2016 Folk Hero & Funny Guy Paul Scott Film
2015 Tired Moonlight Mike 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
2015 Amy Saddler Short film
2014 Summer of Blood Jamie Film
2014 The Foxy Merkins Merkin Dealer Film
2014 Possibilia Rick Short film
2012–present Girls Ray Ploshansky TV - series regular
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Marty Green Film
2013 We Could Be Your Parents Bob Short film
2013 Good Night Jake Film
2013 The Young Housefly Housefly (voice) Short film
2012 Supporting Characters Nick Berger Film
2012–2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Officer Stephen Lomatin TV - 2 episodes
2012 Marvin Seth & Stanley Seth Film
2012 Rubberneck Paul Harris Film
2012 Red Flag Alex Film
2012 Gayby Peter Film
2012 Sleepwalk with Me Ian Gilmore Film
2011 Almost in Love Sasha Film
2011 Wuss Wally Combs Film
2011 Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same Rookie Agent Film
2010 The Grownups Paul Short film
2010 Tiny Furniture Jed Film
2010 Bass Ackwards Vlad Film
2010 Lovers of Hate Paul Lucas Film
2009 Harmony and Me Mean Man Mike Film
2009 Beeswax Merrill Graf Film
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV The Crowd of Liberty City (voice) Videogame
2005 The Hole Story Alex Film


Year Title
2016 Girls (episode: "Love Stories")
2012 Red Flag[6]
2012 Rubberneck[7]
2009 Trust Us, This Is All Made Up[8]
2008 Woodpecker[9]
2006 The Hole Story[10]


  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. 
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  6. ^ "RED FLAG - A GRAVE COMEDY FROM ALEX KARPOVSKY". Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ "RUBBERNECK — A Film By Alex Karpovsky & Garth Donovan". Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Trust Us, This Is All Made Up". Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Woodpecker: a film by alex karpovsky". Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Alex Karpovsky". Retrieved August 7, 2015. 

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