Fisher Stevens

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Fisher Stevens
Stevens at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival
Born Steven Fisher
(1963-11-27) November 27, 1963 (age 52)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, producer and writer
Years active 1981–present

Fisher Stevens (born Steven Fisher; November 27, 1963) is an American actor, director, producer and writer. His most recent successes include the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for his film The Cove and the 2008 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature for his film Crazy Love.

Early life[edit]

He was born Steven Fisher in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Sally, a painter and AIDS activist, and Norman Fisher, a furniture executive.[1] His father is Jewish, and Stevens has described himself as a "thin, white Jewish kid from Chicago".[2]


He co-founded the Naked Angels Theater Company with longtime friends Rob Morrow, Nicole Burdette, Pippin Parker, Charles Landry, Nancy Travis and Ned Eisenberg in 1986. He also co-founded Greene Street Films, a film-production company located in Tribeca, New York City, in 1996. Stevens performed as Edgar Allan Poe on Lou Reed's album The Raven in 2003. He is also an accomplished harmonica player.

As an actor, he is known for his portrayals of Chuck Fishman on Early Edition, Seamus O'Neill on Key West, Eugene "The Plague" Belford in Hackers, Iggy in Super Mario Bros., Hawk Ganz in The Flamingo Kid, and Ben Jabituya/Jahveri in Short Circuit and Short Circuit 2.[3] His television credits include Frasier, Friends, Law & Order, Key West, Damages, and Lost. He appeared on two episodes of the television series Numb3rs.[4]

Fisher also has a Broadway and off-Broadway career spanning nearly three decades. He played Jigger Craigin in the 1994 Lincoln Center revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. He had an early success in the 1982 Broadway production of Torch Song Trilogy playing David, the adopted son of the gay protagonist played by the show's writer Harvey Fierstein, and the original Broadway production of Brighton Beach Memoirs, where he succeeded Matthew Broderick in the starring role of Eugene. Throughout his career, he has acted in and directed more than 50 stage productions.[5]

In 2010, Fisher co-founded a new media and documentary film company, Insurgent Media, with Andrew Karsch and Erik H. Gordon.

In June 2010, Stevens made his major theatrical directing debut with John Leguizamo's one-man show, Ghetto Klown (originally called Klass Klown), which eventually ran on Broadway from March to July 2011.[6][7] The two had appeared together in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Public Theater about 20 years earlier. On July 13, 2012, PBS debuted Tales From a Ghetto Klown, a documentary about the development of the show which prominently features Stevens.[8]

In 2010, Stevens won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for co-producing The Cove.[9]


Stevens' characterization of Ben Jabituya/Jahveri in Short Circuit and Short Circuit 2 has been repeatedly critiqued as an offensive racial stereotype.[10][11][12][13][14][15]

In interviews, Stevens has stated that he is interested in reprising the role in another sequel.[16][17]



Television films[edit]




Written work[edit]



  1. ^ Lipton, Michael A. (July 13, 1992). "The Two Lives of Catwoman – Couples, Batman Returns, Fisher Stevens, Michelle Pfeiffer". People. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ Weinstein, Steve (August 2, 1988). "Shooting Stars : 'Short Circuit's' Stevens No Foreigner to Ethnic Roles". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  3. ^ "Shooting Stars: 'Short Circuit's' Stevens No Foreigner to Ethnic Roles". Los Angeles Times. August 2, 1988. Retrieved January 1, 2011. 
  4. ^ Fisher Stevens at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ "Biography for Fisher Stevens". Internet Movie Database. 
  6. ^ Hurwitt, Robert (June 3, 2010). "John Leguizamo goes deeper, darker in 'Klown'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ Isherwood, Charles (March 22, 2011). "A Queens Guy Toughs It Out in Hollywood". The New York Times. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ Aucoin, Don (July 12, 2012). "In 'Tales From a Ghetto Klown,' Broadway minus the glitz". The Boston Globe. 
  9. ^ "Nominees & Winners for the 82nd Academy Awards | Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences". Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  10. ^ Freeman, Hadley (May 11, 2015). "Blacking up, wacky Asians and the Libyans: the worst of 80s movie racism". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved November 7, 2015. 
  11. ^ Bozdech, Betsy (April 9, 2015). "Watch Out! Classic Movies With Offensive Racial Stereotypes". The Huffington Post. Retrieved November 7, 2015. 
  12. ^ Weinstein, Steve (August 2, 1988). "Shooting Stars : 'Short Circuit's' Stevens No Foreigner to Ethnic Roles". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  13. ^ Canby, Vincent (July 6, 1988). "Short Circuit 2 - Review/Film; More Adventures of a Robot". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved November 7, 2015. 
  14. ^ Wilmington, Michael (July 6, 1988). "Movie Review : Number Five Comes Alive in 'Circuit 2'". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved November 7, 2015. 
  15. ^ Jao, Charline (October 26, 2015). "Aziz Ansari And Minority Accents in Hollywood". The Mary Sue. Retrieved November 7, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Fisher Stevens -- I've Been Contacted for 'Short Circuit' Remake TMZ: Interview Fisher Stevens on Short Circuit Remake". TMZ. July 19, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2015. 
  17. ^ Rabin, Nathan (August 19, 2009). "Fisher Stevens". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved November 7, 2015. 

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