David Krumholtz

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David Krumholtz
David Krumholtz 2012.jpg
Krumholtz at the 2012 PaleyFest: Fall TV CBS Preview Party
Born (1978-05-15) May 15, 1978 (age 40)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Years active1992–present
Vanessa Britting (m. 2010)

David Krumholtz (born May 15, 1978) is an American actor. He played Charlie Eppes in the CBS drama series Numb3rs from 2005 to 2010. He also played Seth Goldstein in the Harold & Kumar film trilogy and Bernard the Elf in the Santa Clause film franchise.

Early life[edit]

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


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.[5] 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, because of his filming schedule on "Numb3rs", which conflicted with the filming schedule on the second sequel, he could not reprise the role of Bernard 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 Numbers.[6] Along with his starring roles on television, Krumholtz made guest appearances on ER as schizophrenic patient Paul Sobriki, as well as on Law & Order, Undeclared, Lucky, and Freaks and Geeks.

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).[1] 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.[7]

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.

He played Charlie Eppes, a mathematical genius who helped his brother Don (Rob Morrow), an FBI agent, solve crimes using mathematics, on CBS' show Numbers. The cast of Numbers also included Judd Hirsch and Peter MacNicol, who appeared with him in Addams Family Values as a camp counselor. Television critic Matt Roush (TV Guide) called Krumholtz's work on Numbers "probably his best TV work to date".[citation needed] Numbers was officially cancelled by CBS on May 18, 2010.[8]

In 2012, Krumholtz was cast opposite Michael Urie in CBS' comedy TV series Partners[9] but the show was cancelled after six episodes.[10]

Personal life[edit]

He appeared in two documentaries on the Knocked Up DVD (one being staged and the other being genuine). "Gummy: The Sixth Roommate" tells the true story of how David dropped out of the film to play the lead part in a Woody Allen movie in Paris that got canceled before production, and Apatow would not write him back into his script. He would have played one of the main character's five roommates (along with other Freaks and Geeks alumni Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and Martin Starr).[11][12] Friend and fellow Freaks actor Jason Segel appears with him in a short scene in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny.

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.[13] They have a daughter, Pemma Mae Krumholtz, who was born in 2014, and a son, Jonas, born in 2016.[14]

In July 2011, Krumholtz was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and began a radioactive iodine treatment five months later.[15] At the end of January 2012, he was diagnosed cancer-free.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Life with Mikey Barry Corman
1993 Addams Family Values Joel Glicker
1994 The Santa Clause Bernard the Elf
1997 The Ice Storm Francis Davenport
1998 Slums of Beverly Hills Ben Abromowitz
1999 10 Things I Hate About You Michael Eckman
1999 Liberty Heights Yussel
2000 How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog Brian Sellars
2001 The Mexican Beck
2001 Sidewalks of New York Benjamin Bazler
2001 Two Can Play That Game Jason
2001 According to Spencer Ezra
2002 Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie Benny Silman Television film
2002 You Stupid Man Owen
2002 The Santa Clause 2 Bernard the Arch-elf
2002 Cheats Evan Rosengarden
2003 Scorched Max
2003 Kill the Poor Joe Peltz
2004 Looking for Kitty Abe Fiannico
2004 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Goldstein
2004 Ray Milt Shaw
2005 My Suicidal Sweetheart Max
2005 Guess Who Jerry MacNamara Uncredited
2005 Serenity Mr. Universe
2006 American Storage Kurt Short film
2006 The Nail Daniel Short film
2006 Bobby Agent Phil
2006 Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Frat boy #2 Uncredited
2007 Live! Rex
2007 Superbad Benji Austin
2007 Battle for Terra Terrian Commander (voice)
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Schwartzberg
2008 Demption Detective Joseph Schneider Short film
2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Goldstein
2009 I Love You, Man Sydney's buddy #3 Uncredited
2011 Mr. Popper's Penguins Kent
2011 A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Goldstein
2013 The Big Ask Andrew
2013 This Is the End David Krumholtz
2013 Tuna Getty
2014 The Judge Mike Kattan
2015 I Saw the Light[17] James Dolan
2016 Hail, Caesar! Communist screenwriter #4
2016 Sausage Party Kareem Abdul Lavash (voice)
2016 Casual Encounters Sammy Deetz
2016 Ghost Team Stan
2017 Wonder Wheel Jake
2018 A Futile and Stupid Gesture Time-Life Publisher
2018 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Frenchman in Saloon Post-production


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 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 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 Muchnick 5 episodes
2015–2017 All Hail King Julien Timo / Additional voices 23 episodes
2016 The Interestings Ethan Figman Pilot
2017 All Hail King Julien: Exiled Timo / Additional voices 7 episodes
2017 The Deuce Harvey Wasserman 5 episodes
2017 Difficult People Ray Episode: "Criminal Minds"
2018 Living Biblically Rabbi 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"


Year Title Role Notes
1992–1993 Conversations with My Father Young Charlie Royale Theatre
March 22, 1992 – March 14, 1993


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  12. ^ "Woody casts Paris pic". Time Out London. Archived from the original on 2012-10-01. Retrieved 2012-08-23.
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  14. ^ Finn, Natalie (7 April 2014). "David Krumholtz Is a Proud Dad, Show Off Newborn Baby Girl—See the Precious Pic!". E! Online. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
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  17. ^ 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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