Barinholtz in 2018
February 18, 1977
Isaac Barinholtz (born February 18, 1977) is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, and producer. He is best known for his starring roles in the comedy series MADtv (2002–2007), Eastbound & Down (2012), The Mindy Project (2012–2017), and Bless the Harts (2019–present).
Barinholtz also appeared in films, such as Disaster Movie (2008), Neighbors (2014), Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Snatched (2017), Blockers (2018), Late Night (2019), and The Hunt (2020). He co-wrote the action comedy film Central Intelligence (2016), and directed, wrote, produced, and starred in the comedy film The Oath (2018).
Early life and education
Barinholtz was born in the Rogers Park area of Chicago, Illinois, and was raised in its Lake View neighborhood, the son of Peggy and Alan Barinholtz, an attorney. His brother, Jon Barinholtz, is also an actor, playing the recurring character Marcus on Superstore, and acted together with his brother in The Mindy Project. Barinholtz has described his parents as "liberal people with great senses of humor," and has said that he was raised in a "very funny home." Barinholtz is Jewish, and attended Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, and then The Latin School of Chicago for high school. He had planned on becoming a politician, but decided to move to Los Angeles, California, to be an actor instead. He worked at a telemarketing company and as a busboy before starting a career in comedy.
Barinholtz also attended Boston University and after dropping out, he worked for the Chicago Transit Authority before starting his comedy career. In a 2013 interview, he said he dropped out of school because he hated it and was doing poorly.
In a 2012 phone interview, Barinholtz said he was inspired to pursue a career in comedy after attending a comedy show at The Vic Theatre and seeing several other comedians. Afterwards, he started taking comedy classes at The Second City, ImprovOlympic and Annoyance Theatre, and was not successful at first, but chose to stick with it.
Barinholtz spent two years in Amsterdam with the famed comedy troupe Boom Chicago, along with Jordan Peele, Josh Meyers and Nicole Parker. Barinholtz hosted the 'Worst of Boom Night' during a 10-year anniversary of the improv troupe Boom Chicago, where they performed their worst material from previous shows.
He has appeared in the films The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend (2005), Love, Fear and Rabbits (2005) and Down (2001). Barinholtz currently lives in Los Angeles. Barinholtz is a founding member of The Lindbergh Babies, an improv group directed by Del Close, who worked with John Belushi, Bill Murray, Mike Myers and Chris Farley.
Barinholtz appeared in a regular role as nurse Morgan Tookers on the comedy series The Mindy Project. He was also a writer and story editor on the series. He also has a role in Friends from College, a Netflix original.
Barinholtz officially joined the cast of MADtv in 2002 as a feature performer for the eighth season. He was later promoted to a repertory performer status the following season. Barinholtz would often pair up with fellow cast member Josh Meyers in various sketches for the eighth and ninth seasons similar to the Mike Myers/Dana Carvey and Jimmy Fallon/Horatio Sanz duos on Saturday Night Live. Barinholtz also paired up with fellow cast member Bobby Lee in some of his sketches in the later seasons. Some of his famous characters included Abercrombie & Fitch model Dutch and Principal Lankenstein from the Coach Hines sketches.
Barinholtz performs celebrity impressions, including Alex Trebek, Andy Dick, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ashton Kutcher, Bo Bice, Dane Cook, Felicity Huffman, Fidel Castro, Howard Dean, Howie Long, Kevin Federline, Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, Nick Lachey, Nick Nolte, Pat Sajak, and Ralph Nader.
In 2007, he decided not to renew his contract for the 13th season of MADtv. His contract, like most other MADtv cast members, was for five seasons which was up for renewal at the conclusion of the show's 12th season. Barinholtz has commented that he started getting "restless" and did not see eye to eye with some of the MADtv bosses about how decisions were being made.
In 2009, he performed at the Chicago Improv Festival alongside former MADtv cast member Jordan Peele. In 2012, Barinholtz performed at another Chicago Improv Festival event with his brother, Jon.
He has frequently worked with comedian Dave Stassen, with whom he also went to high school. They co-wrote a SPIKE pilot in which Barinholtz also starred, Mega Winner, and the 2016 film Central Intelligence.
|Adam Bice||QVC: Quacker Factory|
|Duncan Kruskal||The Silver Fox|
|Dutch||Abercrombie & Fitch|
|Jeffrey "Jeff" DeShazer||Coach Hines|
|Mitchel "Mitch" Ruffin|
|Principal Lankenstein||Coach Hines||He is the principal of St. Francis High and Coach Hines' nemesis.|
|Roy Schenk||Feuding Parents|
|Steven "Steve" Wellington|
The Mindy Project
In 2012, Barinholtz began working as a writer on The Mindy Project and was cast as Nurse Morgan Tookers.
Barinholtz was shooting his film Blockers when he suffered an accident during a fall stunt. The accident left him with two fractured cervical vertebrae in his neck.
|2006||The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend||Bar Jerk||Short film|
|Twisted Fortune||Dave Armstrong|
|2008||Meet the Spartans||Various|
|Lock and Roll Forever||Lomax|
|2010||How to Make Love to a Woman||David|
|Vampires Suck||Bobby White||Uncredited|
|For Christ's Sake||Buster Chery|
|2013||The Sidekick||Lightning Mike||Short film|
|2016||Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising||Jimmy Blevins|
|The Angry Birds Movie||Tiny (voice)|
|Storks||Miscellaneous Stork (voice)|
|Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House||Angelo Lano|
|The Disaster Artist||Himself||Cameo|
|Song of Back and Neck||Nurse|
|The Oath||Chris Montana||Also director, writer, and producer|
|2019||Late Night||Daniel Tennant|
|The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part||Lex Luthor (voice)|
|2020||The Hunt||Moses / Staten Island|
|2002–2007, 2016||MADtv||Various characters||116 episodes|
|2005||E! Hollywood Hold'em||Himself||Episode: "Laura Prepon"|
|2008||Family Guy||Dane Cook (voice)||Episode: "I Dream of Jesus"|
|2008–2009||Rita Rocks||Fly||6 episodes|
|2010||Weeds||Daryl||Episode: "Fran Tarkenton"|
|2010–2015||The League||Frank "The Body" Gibiatti||4 episodes|
|2011||Childrens Hospital||Peter Principato||Episode: "Newsreaders"|
|2012||Eastbound & Down||Ivan Dochenko||6 episodes|
|Megawinner||Cliff Planker||Television film; also writer and executive producer|
|2012–2017||The Mindy Project||Morgan Tookers||115 episodes; also writer and executive story editor|
|2013||Drunk History||August Spies||Episode: "Chicago"|
|High School USA!||Cyber Bully (voice)||Episode: "Bullies"|
|The Soup||Himself||Episode dated October 23rd|
|The Pete Holmes Show||Episode: "Ike Barinholtz"|
|2013–2015||The Awesomes||Muscleman (voice)||30 episodes|
|2014||Kroll Show||Zach Sword||Episode: "Oh Armond"|
|Chozen||Hunter (voice)||4 episodes|
|Married||Bruce||Episode: "The Old Date"|
|Garfunkel and Oates||First Door on the Right Director||Episode: "Hair Swap"|
|@midnight||Himself||Episode dated January 8th|
|American Dad!||Unknown (voice)||Episode: "Blonde Ambition"|
|2016||Animals.||Alan (voice)||Episode: "Pigeons."|
|2017||Friends from College||Degrasso||2 episodes|
|Neo Yokio||Jeffrey (voice)||Episode: "Hamptons Water Magic"|
|2019||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Gintars Irbe||Episode: "Gintars"|
|The Twilight Zone||Mike||Episode: "Not All Men"|
|What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage||Himself||Episode: "Elevator"|
|Live in Front of a Studio Audience||Michael Stivic||Episode: "Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons"|
|2019–present||Bless the Harts||Wayne Edwards (voice)||19 episodes|
|2020||Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?||Himself||Episode: "In The Hot Seat: Anthony Anderson, Ike Baronholtz And Hannibal Buress"|
|Mapleworth Murders||Richard Belt||3 episodes|
|TBA||The Afterparty||Brett||Upcoming series|
|2016||Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare||A.J.|
Awards and nominations
|2013||Writers Guild of America Award||New Series Shared with Jeremy Bronson, Linwood Boomer, Adam Countee, Harper Dill, Mindy Kaling, Chris McKenna, B.J. Novak, David Stassen, and Matt Warburton||The Mindy Project||Nominated|
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