September 23, 1975
|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
Karpovsky grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. He attended Boston University where he graduated in 1997 as a part of the University Professors Program. He pursued a DPhil (PhD) in visual ethnography at the University of Oxford, 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), the latter two of which were released as a double feature in New York City's Lincoln Center Theater. 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!, which was released in February 2016. Most recently, he was a series regular on Homecoming, which will be 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. In 2015 he read Etgar Keret's memoir The Seven Good Years, published by Penguin Random House.
|2005||The Hole Story||Alex||Also director, writer and producer|
|2008||Cubby Knowles||Robert Lincoln|
|2009||Harmony and Me||Mean Man Mike|
|2010||Bass Ackwards||Vlad the Store Clerk|
|2010||Lovers of Hate||Paul Lucas|
|2011||Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same||Rookie Agent|
|2011||Almost in Love||Sasha|
|2012||Sleepwalk with Me||Ian Gilmore|
|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||Inside Llewyn Davis||Marty Green|
|2014||The Foxy Merkins||Mumbling Salesman|
|2014||Summer of Blood||Jamie|
|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|
|2018||The Front Runner||Mike Stratton||Post-production|
|2012–2015||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Stephen Lomatin||2 episodes|
|2012–2017||Girls||Ray Ploshansky||42 episodes|
|2016||Deadbeat||Jerryd the Liar||Episode: "Medieval Dead"|
|2018||Drunk History||Zvi Aharoni||Episode: "Heists"|
|2017||When You Die||MGMT|
|2008||Grand Theft Auto IV||The Crowd of Liberty City (voice)|
|2018||Love (Netflix). Episode 304|
|2016||The New Yorker Presents (Amazon). Episode 105|
|2016||Girls (HBO). Episode 509|
|2009||Trust Us, This Is All Made Up|
|2006||The Hole Story|
- Laskowski, Amy (April 3, 2014). "Girls Actor Comes to Cinematheque Tomorrow". BU Today. Boston University. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
- "Alex Karpovsky". alexkarpovsky.com. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- 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.
- "Woodpecker: a film by alex karpovsky". woodpeckerfilm.com. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "Alex Karpovsky". theholestoryfilm.com. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
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