David Krumholtz

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David Krumholtz
David Krumholtz 2012.jpg
Krumholtz at the 2012 PaleyFest
Born (1978-05-15) May 15, 1978 (age 44)
Years active1992–present
Vanessa Britting
(m. 2010)

David Krumholtz (born May 15, 1978) is an American actor and comedian. He played Mr. Universe in Serenity, Charlie Eppes in the CBS drama series Numb3rs, and starred in the Harold & Kumar and The Santa Clause film franchises.

Early life[edit]

Krumholtz was born in Queens, New York City. He is the son of Michael, a postal worker, and Judy Krumholtz, a dental assistant.[1] He grew up in a "very working-class, almost poor", Jewish family.[2][3][4] His paternal grandparents had immigrated from Poland,[2] and his mother moved from Hungary to the U.S. in 1956.[5]


At the age of 13, Krumholtz followed his friends to an open audition for the Broadway play Conversations with My Father (1992). When he tried out, he won the role of Young Charlie, with Judd Hirsch, Tony Shalhoub and Jason Biggs, who was also making his Broadway debut. Soon after his run on Broadway, Krumholtz co-starred in two feature films, Life With Mikey (1993) with Michael J. Fox and Addams Family Values (1993) with Christina Ricci. For his role in Mikey, David was nominated for a 1993 Young Artist Award.[6] Although his work in these two films garnered him critical attention, David is probably best known by children as the sarcastic head elf Bernard from The Santa Clause (1994) and its first sequel The Santa Clause 2 (2002). However, due to a scheduling conflict, he could not reprise the role in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006). In 1994, Krumholtz co-starred in his first television series, Monty, with Henry Winkler; the show lasted only a few episodes. Krumholtz later starred in several short-lived series over the years. Along the way, he had the opportunity to work with Jason Bateman (Chicago Sons, 1997), Tom Selleck (The Closer, 1998), Jon Cryer (The Trouble with Normal, 2000), and Rob Lowe (The Lyon's Den, 2003). In 2005, he finally found television success with the CBS series Numb3rs.[7] Along with his starring roles on television, Krumholtz made guest appearances on ER as schizophrenic patient Paul Sobriki, as well as on Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Lucky, Freaks and Geeks, and Undeclared.

Krumholtz at the premiere of Serenity in September 2005

He broke out of the children's movie genre with The Ice Storm (1997), directed by Ang Lee, and Slums of Beverly Hills (1998), starring Alan Arkin and Natasha Lyonne. In 1999, Krumholtz starred as Michael Eckman in the popular teen movie 10 Things I Hate About You with Larisa Oleynik, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Julia Stiles, and Heath Ledger. That same year, he portrayed a completely different teen character – that of Yussel, a young conflicted Jewish man in Liberty Heights (1999).

It was the role of Yussel that brought Krumholtz to the attention of actor and filmmaker Edward Burns, who cast him in the independent film Sidewalks of New York (2001).[2] Playing the romantic and slightly obsessed Benny, Krumholtz was on a path to larger, more complex film roles. His first role as a leading man was in the romantic comedy You Stupid Man (2002), opposite Milla Jovovich. Although never released theatrically in the United States, You Stupid Man, directed by Edward Burns's brother Brian Burns, was released on DVD (2006). Krumholtz carried his first leading role in a released American film when he starred Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie (2002), which premiered on FX Networks.

Big Shot was a true story based on the Arizona State University basketball fixing scandal in 1994. Krumholtz played Benny Silman, a college student and campus bookmaker, who was jailed for his part in shaving points off key Arizona State basketball games. Benny was unlike any character Krumholtz had played before; and he garnered critical praise for his performance, proving that he was not just a sidekick.[8]

In 2005, Krumholtz played Max in My Suicidal Sweetheart (formerly Max and Grace), once again starring opposite actress Natasha Lyonne. Krumholtz also returned to smaller key roles in the successful films Ray (2004) and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004). In September 2005, he was seen in Joss Whedon's science fiction film Serenity as "Mr. Universe", a hacker and information broker. Most recently, in early 2006, Krumholtz's 2003 film Kill the Poor screened in New York City at IFC Center and across the country on Comcast's On Demand cable service.

From 2005 to 2010, Krumholtz starred on the CBS television show Numb3rs.[9] Krumholtz portrayed Charlie Eppes, a genius who used mathematics to help his FBI agent brother Don (Rob Morrow) solve crimes. The cast of Numbers also included Judd Hirsch and Peter MacNicol, who appeared with Krumholtz in Addams Family Values as a camp counselor. Hirsch is a veteran of three other TV series produced by Paramount Television. critic Matt Roush (TV Guide) called Krumholtz's work on Numbers "probably his best TV work to date".[citation needed] Numbers was cancelled by CBS on May 18, 2010.[10] He starred in Tax Man on Fox but was not picked up to series. He starred in The Playboy Club on NBC in 2011, but the show was cancelled after three episodes.

In 2012, Krumholtz was cast opposite Michael Urie in CBS' comedy TV series Partners[11] but the show was cancelled after six episodes.[12] In 2015, he played the titular role wearing heavy prosthetics as an elderly Jewish woman in the IFC comedy series Gigi Does It.

In recent years, he has had minor roles in the Coen brothers films Hail Caesar! (2016) and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), while also appearing in films such as This Is the End (2013), The Judge (2014), Sausage Party (2016), and Wonder Wheel (2017).

He had a prominent recurring role as adult filmmaker Harvey Wasserman in the first two seasons of the HBO drama series The Deuce, before being promoted to a series regular for the third season. In 2020, he appeared as a series regular playing Monty Levin in the HBO miniseries The Plot Against America.

Starting in 2020, Krumholtz began releasing rap music with the group Hemogoblin under the moniker Beengod Stillgod.[13]

Personal life[edit]

On May 22, 2010, Krumholtz married actress Vanessa Britting (born Vanessa Almeda Goonan), at The Plaza Hotel in New York City; they had been engaged since July 2008.[14] They have a daughter, Pemma Mae Krumholtz, who was born in 2014 and a son Jonas born in 2016.[15]

In July 2011, Krumholtz was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. He began a radioactive iodine treatment five months later.[16] At the end of January 2012, he was pronounced cancer-free.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Life With Mikey Barry Corman
1993 Addams Family Values Joel Glicker
1994 The Santa Clause Head Elf Bernard
1997 The Ice Storm Francis Davenport
1998 Slums of Beverly Hills Ben Abromowitz
1999 10 Things I Hate About You Michael Eckman
Liberty Heights Yussel
2000 How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog Brian Sellars
2001 The Mexican Beck
Sidewalks of New York Benjamin Bazler
Two Can Play That Game Jason
According to Spencer Ezra
2002 Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie Benny Silman Television film
You Stupid Man Owen
The Santa Clause 2 Head Elf Bernard
Cheats Evan Rosengarden
2003 Scorched Max
Kill the Poor Joe Peltz
2004 Looking for Kitty Abe Fiannico
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Goldstein
Ray Milt Shaw
2005 Guess Who Jerry MacNamara Uncredited
My Suicidal Sweetheart Max
Serenity Mr. Universe
2006 American Storage Kurt Short film
The Nail Daniel Short film
Bobby Agent Phil
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Frat boy #2 Uncredited
2007 Live! Rex
Superbad Benji Austin
Battle for Terra Terrian Commander (voice)
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Schwartzberg
2008 Demption Detective Joseph Schneider Short film
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Goldstein
2009 I Love You, Man Sydney's buddy #3 Uncredited
2011 Mr. Popper's Penguins Kent
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Goldstein
2013 Tuna Getty
The Big Ask Andrew
This Is the End Himself
2014 The Judge Mike Kattan
2015 I Saw the Light[18] James Dolan
2016 Hail, Caesar! Communist screenwriter #4
Sausage Party Kareem Abdul Lavash (voice)
Casual Encounters Sammy Deetz
Ghost Team Stan
2017 Wonder Wheel Jake
2018 A Futile and Stupid Gesture Time-Life Publisher
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Frenchman in Saloon Segment: "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"
2019 Frances Ferguson Group Therapy Leader
Crown Vic Stroke Adams
2020 Asking for It The Cop
2023 Oppenheimer Filming[19]


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Law & Order Scott Fisher Episode: "Sweeps"
1994 Monty David Richardson 5 episodes
1995 Pig Sty Timmy Episode: "Tess Makes the Man"
1997 Chicago Sons Billy Kulchak 13 episodes
1997 Justice League of America Martin Walters Pilot
1997 Union Square Russell 2 episodes
1998 The Closer Bruno Verma 10 episodes
2000–2002 ER Paul Sobriki 3 episodes
2000 The Trouble with Normal Bob Wexler 13 episodes
2000 Freaks and Geeks Barry Schweiber Episode: "Noshing and Moshing"
2001–2002 Undeclared Greg 2 episodes
2003 Lucky Tony Episode: "Savant"
2003 The Lyon's Den Jeff Fineman 13 episodes
2005–2010 Numb3rs Charlie Eppes 118 episodes
2007 Wainy Days Ortez Episode: "Tough Guy"
2010 Tax Man The Terminator Not picked up to series
2010 Law & Order: SVU Dr. Vincent Prochik Episode: "Wet"
2011 The Playboy Club Billy Rosen 7 episodes
2012 Raising Hope Carl 2 episodes
2012 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Patrick Kelly Episode: "Shitagi Nashi..."
2012 The Newsroom Dr. Jacob "Jack" Habib 3 episodes
2012 Partners Joe Goodman 13 episodes
2012 Childrens Hospital Dookie Episode: "Wisedocs"
2013–2014 The League Joel Cocque 2 episodes
2014 Newsreaders Mark Jones Episode: "Motorboating Dads; the Negative $100,000 Question"
2014 Key & Peele Terrorist #3 Episode: "Terrorist Meeting"
2014 Men at Work Myron 5 episodes
2014–2016 The Good Wife Josh Mariner 7 episodes
2015 Forever 1984 Abe Episode: "Punk is Dead"
2015 Gigi Does It Gigi 8 episodes; also co-creator and executive producer
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "David Krumholtz Wears a Blue Zip-Up Jacket and Grey Sneakers"
2015 Master of None Nathan Episode: "Plan B"
2015–2016 Mom Gregory Munschnick (Violet's fiancé) 5 episodes
2015–2017 All Hail King Julien Timo, Mom-Bot / Additional voices 30 episodes
2016 The Interestings Ethan Figman Pilot
2017–2019 The Deuce Harvey Wasserman 20 episodes
2017 Difficult People Ray Episode: "Criminal Minds"
2018 Living Biblically Rabbi Gil Ableman 13 episodes
2018 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Cobalt Ferrero (voice) Episode: "Is Another Mystery/Marco Jr."
2018 Billions Frotty Anisman Episode: "Redemption"
2019 At Home with Amy Sedaris Angelo DiBeverly Episode: "Game Night"
2020 Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens Jerry Harrison Episode: "Launch Party"
2020 The Plot Against America Monty Levin 6 episodes
2020 The Twilight Zone Mayor John Conway Episode: "A Small Town"
2021 WWE Monday Night Raw Fake Drew McIntyre Episode: "Jan 18th, 2021"
2021 Blue's Clues & You! Mr. Oregano Episode: "Blue's Big Neighborhood Adventure"
2021 Crackhead Barney & Friends The elf from The Santa Clause 2 / himself Episode: Episode 67
2022 Super Pumped Sergey Brin 2 episodes
2022 The Santa Clauses Bernard [20]


Year Title Role Notes
1992–1993 Conversations with My Father Young Charlie Royale Theatre
March 22, 1992 – March 14, 1993
2011 Copenhagen Werner Heisenberg[21] LA Theatre Works
2013 The Columnist David Halberstam[22] LA Theatre Works


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  18. ^ Rebecca Ford (15 October 2014). "Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Rounds Out Cast". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
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