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Geoffrey Cantor (actor)

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Geoffrey Cantor
Geoffrey Paul Cantor

Alma materAmherst College
Occupation(s)Actor, acting coach
Years active1987–present

Geoffrey Paul Cantor is an American actor and acting coach. He is primarily known for his portrayal as Mitchell Ellison on Daredevil and The Punisher.

Early life and education[edit]

Cantor was born on an Air Force base in California. When his father, an Air Force captain and flight surgeon, finished his service, the family moved to Philadelphia. They moved a few more times (Newton Center, Massachusetts and Cherry Hill, New Jersey) as his father completed his internship and residency, and settled in Bergen County. His father was (and is still) involved in community theatre and his mother is a painter. Both of them enjoyed the arts and this resulted in Cantor's appreciation as well, especially the theater. "We were sort of progressive, liberal, Jewish people. I grew up in a time when were sort of at the cutting edge of that." Cantor graduated from Pascack Hills High School.[1]

While attending Amherst College, Cantor came to find acting the most rewarding and intriguing art form, particularly British theatre which he found the most inspirational.[2] Cantor graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with a degree in theater, and furthered his acting education at Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and then at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London, England.


He made his TV acting debut in Night Network before appearing in a variety of television shows such as The Street, The Kill Point, All My Children, Life on Mars, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Deception and House of Cards[3] He gained sudden recognition in 2015 for his role in Daredevil as Mitchell Ellison, the editor-in-chief of the New York Bulletin and boss to Ben Urich. A comic book fan, Cantor thinks his knowledge of Daredevil may have helped him get the role, even though his character does not appear in the comic book series. Despite this Cantor found his work on Daredevil the same as any other job, "Daredevil happened while I was about to do a play. For me there is no real difference between the core of the work. The real difference is the end experience."[2] Cantor would reprise the role in season 2 of Daredevil, which sees Ellison take on a mentor role towards Karen Page,[4] and as a guest star in The Punisher. He also voiced the paparazzo Beverly Felton in the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V.


Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1987–1988 Night Network Axeman / Himself 2 episodes
1997 Law & Order Mirvis Episode: "Terminal"
2000–2001 The Street J.D. 4 episodes
2000 Law & Order Dr. Luther Wilding Episode: "Collision"
2001 Third Watch Lewis Episode: "Act Brave"
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Ronald Hardin Episode: "Anti-Thesis"
Ed Opposing Lawyer Episode: "Small Town Guys"
2003 Queens Supreme Haddad's Lawyer Episode: "Permanent Markers"
Rubout Steve / Raoul TV movie
Ed Jim Adams Episode: "Partners"
2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Will Timmons Episode: "Pas de Deux"
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Ronald Hardin Episode: "Blue Wall"
2006 The Bedford Diaries Episode: "The Passion of the Beaver"
Law & Order Adam Stein Episode: "Fame"
2007 The Sopranos Eli Kaplan Episode: "Chasing It"
The Kill Point Abe Shelton 8 episodes
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dukay's Attorney Episode: "Endgame"
2007–2008 All My Children Carl 3 episodes
2008 Guiding Light Mr. Combs 1 episode
Brotherhood Milton Episode: "The Chimes at Midnight"
Law & Order Jim Dooley Episode: "Zero"
2008–2009 Life on Mars Ed Redlich 2 episodes
2009 Mercy Dr. Pell Episode: "Can We Get That Drink Now?"
The Broadroom Gus Episode: "Alice in Imposter Land"
Bored to Death Mr. Eaton Episode: "The Case of the Beautiful Blackmailer"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ed Mangini Episode: "Crush"
2010 The Stay-At-Home Dad Gay Dad webseries
2011 Untitled Jersey City Project Ed Smith 3 episodes
Pan Am Mr. Claymore Episode: "The Genuine Article"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Ethan Lowe Episode: "Cadaver"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Victor Episode: "Mask"
2012 Smash Bobby Raskin Episode: "Chemistry"
The Big C Fred Bobick Episode: "Family Matters"
Damages Clark Reinsdorf 2 episodes
Person of Interest Sebastian Alta Episode: "Critical"
2013 Deception Tom Vanderfield 5 episodes
Zero Hour Professor Chalis Episode: "Sync"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Gene Fierstein Episode: "Rapist Anonymous"
2014 The Americans Thane Rosenbloom Episode: "Arpanet"
The Following Detective Episode: "Silence"
Good Medicine Party Clown Episode: "Tina"
Believe Dr. Taussig 2 episodes
Forever Alienist Episode: "Skinny Dipper"
2014–2015 The Blacklist Phil Ryerson 3 episodes
2014–2016 House of Cards Ben Goldstein 2 episodes
2015 Karl Manhair, Postal Inspector Karl Manhair 6 episodes
Elementary Maurice Antonov Episode: "Evidence of Things Not Seen"
2015–2018 Daredevil Mitchell Ellison 16 episodes
2016 Feed the Beast Christian 5 episodes
Sublets Eddie Falcon Episode: "No Exit"
Madam Secretary Tom Murphy Episode: "South China Sea"
The Daily Show Dr. Jerry Baxter Episode: "Common"
2017 The Wizard of Lies SEC Agent Ostrow TV movie
The Punisher Mitchell Ellison 2 episodes
Civil Bobby Fletcher TV movie
2018 The Tick Agent Adams 3 episodes
Maniac Frank 4 episodes
2019 Bumbld Yosef Episode: "Adulting"
The Deuce Health Commissioner Episode: "Finish It"
2019-2020 The Resident Zip Betournay 3 episodes
2021 Foundation Ambassador Thanwall 3 episodes
2023 Harlan Coben's Shelter Barry "Mr. V" Vollmer 2 episodes
Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Anima Cam
1999 Speed of Life Carter
2001 Double Whammy Maitre'd
2002 Crazy Little Thing Todd
Garmento Fred Macmoudi
2005 One Last Thing... Raul
The Notorious Bettie Page Director at Audition
2007 Suburban Girl Library Curator
Heavy Petting Stefan Roche
2009 Public Enemies Harry Suydam
2010 When in Rome Dr. Moscowitz
Christopher Dispossessed Stephen Short
Fair Game Ari Fleischer
2012 Man on a Ledge Gordon Evans
Men in Black 3 Technician Uncredited
Thanks for Sharing Addict #4
2013 Syrup Executive #2
Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship Gerry the Editor
2014 Beach Pillows Larry Fumuso
We'll Never Have Paris Neighbor
Creamen Mr.Popivanov (voice) Short
Bird People Allan
The Longest Week Intellectual #1 Subway
2015 A Warrior's Tail Semi-Baron Fafl (English voice)
Fishbowl Gerry Saxon
411 Arthur Short
2016 Hail, Caesar! Sid Siegelstein
Bling Additional Voices
2017 Ironwood Professor Gerry Williams
This isn't happening Edgar Short
On the Way North The Bearded Man Short
Anna & The Asteroid Homeless Man Short
2018 Hot Air Stanley
2019 Telephone Dr. Rand Short
2020 Brighton Beach Miroslav Roach, ESQ
An American Pickle David Greenbaum
Blackjack: The Jackie Ryan Story Peter Vecsey
Video game roles
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Manhunt Innocent
2010 Alan Wake Clay Steward, Alvyn Derleth, Mr. Jones
2011 Saints Row: The Third Radio Voices
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Beverly Felton


  1. ^ "Geoffrey Cantor, Cathleen Donnelly", The Record, September 2, 1992. Accessed October 3, 2022, via Newspapers.com. "Cathleen Elizabeth Donnelly and Geoffrey Paul Cantor were married Sunday in the Woman's Club of Ridgewood, where a reception followed.... The bridegroom is a graduate of Pascack Hills High School, Montvale, and Amherst (Mass.) College."
  2. ^ a b hecklerkane (February 20, 2017). "Actor Geoffrey Cantor On Daredevil's Mitchell Ellison". Heckler Kane Creations. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  3. ^ "Geoffrey Cantor". The Beast Within Productions. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  4. ^ Coratelli, Carlo (April 7, 2016). "The Karen Page's mentor – Interview to actor Geoffrey Cantor (Daredevil)". The White Space. Retrieved April 9, 2019.

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