James Urbaniak

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James Urbaniak
James Urbaniak by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Urbaniak at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
Born James Christian Urbaniak
(1963-09-17) September 17, 1963 (age 54)
Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1994–present

James Christian Urbaniak (born September 17, 1963) is an American actor and voice actor. Urbaniak was born in Bayonne, New Jersey and currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

One of his first noteworthy roles was in the avant-garde playwright/director Richard Foreman's The Universe, for which Urbaniak won an Obie. His first media appearance occurred in 1983, when at the age of 20, James came onstage from the audience of Late Night with David Letterman, to try his hand at a monologue joke that Letterman had flubbed.[1] He has also been acclaimed for his acting in the films Henry Fool and American Splendor, in the latter of which he played legendary illustrator R. Crumb. He was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his role in Thom Pain (based on nothing).[2] He provides the voice for main character Dr. Thaddeus Venture on The Venture Bros. as well as the Doctor's brother Jonas Venture Junior and the super-villain Phantom Limb.

Urbaniak played a pizza guy in the famous "Whassup?" television commercials for Budweiser. He also portrayed the moderator in "Human Centipede Anonymous", a Funny or Die short depicting three men who grapple with their past as a human centipede.[3]

Urbaniak appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor Podcast on May 13, 2015.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 NYC 3/94 Short film
Opera No. 1 James Short film
1997 Henry Fool Simon Grim
Sticky Fingers of Time, TheThe Sticky Fingers of Time Isaac
1998 Aphrodisiac Deli Assistant
Book of Life, TheThe Book of Life True Believer
1999 Ride with the Devil Poker Player
Sweet and Lowdown Harry
2000 Intern Olivier Di Santo
2001 No Such Thing Concierge
Upheaval Martin Short film
2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Rod Flexnor
Teknolust Agent Hopper
Passengers Man Short film
Daypass Simple Simon Short film
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Lab Technician
Briar Patch Druden Hunt
Grasshopper James Short film
American Splendor Robert Crumb
2004 Thanksgiving Willy Short film
B Movie Professor Friend
Boutique Nick Short film
2005 Fortunes Lewis Croshere
Road The Ranger
Girl from Monday, TheThe Girl from Monday Funk
2006 Fay Grim Simon Grim
The Last Romantic Alex Scarvey
Death of a President Dr. James Pearn
2007 Across the Universe Sadie's Manager
Nanny Diaries, TheThe Nanny Diaries Educational Consultant
Chicago 10 Rennie Davis, Richard Schultz (voice) Documentary
2008 The Bentfootes Jim Raritan
The Diagnosis Dr. Besman Short film
2010 Beware the Gonzo Principal Roy
Hello Lonesome Gary
Human Centipede Anonymous James Short film
Drones Pete
2011 Music Never Stopped, TheThe Music Never Stopped Mike Tapplin
Sound of My Voice Mr. Pritchett
2012 Pig Goat Banana Mantis Mantis (voice) Animated short
2013 iSteve Bill Gates Internet movie[4]
Bitter Orange Sweetie Short film
2014 The Boxtrolls Sir Broderick (voice)
Ned Rifle Simon Grim
The Occupants Glen
Such Good People Dr. Cooper Whitehead
2015 Advantageous Fisher
2016 After Adderall The Agent
2017 Dave Made a Maze Harry
Rebel in the Rye Gus Lobrano
Wonderstruck Dr. Kincaid
2018 Where'd You Go, Bernadette Marcus Strang Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Sex and the City Buster Episode: "La Douleur Exquise!"
2003 Ed Gallery Owner Episode: "Blips"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dr. Roger Stern Episode: "Zoonotic"
2003–present Venture Bros., TheThe Venture Bros. Dr. Venture
Various voices
69 episodes
2004 Hi no tori Susanoo (voice) English dubbing
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Wade Donato Episode: "Head"
2006–2007 Kidnapped The Accountant 7 episodes
2007 SuperNormal Meowman/Mr. Tabby (voice) Episode: "Evil Barks and Wets the Carpet"
Numb3rs Binky Moore Episode: "Primacy"
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Cafe Manager / Sarkissian 2 episodes
Without a Trace Damon Lafloer Episode: "Closure"
Starter Wife, TheThe Starter Wife Gary 4 episodes
CSI: Miami Max Paulson Episode: "Power Trip"
2009 NCIS Dr. Rod Daniels Episode: "Love & War"
Medium Mr. Enright Episode: "Soul Survivor"
Snake 'n' Bacon Bacon (voice) Television film
Weeds The Wizard Episode: "Van Nuys"
2009–2013 Office, TheThe Office Rolf 4 episodes
2010 Life & Times of Tim, TheThe Life & Times of Tim Adam (voice) Episode: "The Salty Jazz/Jews Love to Laugh"
You Don't Know Jack Jack Lessenberry Television film
2011 Cinema Verite Dick Cavett Television film
Wizards of Waverly Place Rob Robinson Episode: "Alex the Puppetmaster"
2011–2012 Homeland Larry 2 episodes
2011–2013 H+: The Digital Series Francis Peters 5 episodes
2012 Metalocalypse Dr. Fsmilejera Irlelwoll (voice) Episode: "Going Downklok"
Electric City Mr. Orwell (voice) Episode: "What Aren't We Capable Of?"; web series
The Good Wife Judge Bernard Temple Episode: "And the Law Won"
The New Normal Mr. Blakeney Episode: "The XY Factor"
Unforgettable Walter Morgan / Richard Simmons 3 episodes
Body of Proof Daniel Grubstick Episode: "Mind Games"
2013 Scandal Mike Sylva Episode: "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot"
Childrens Hospital Future Doctor Episode: "Old Fashioned Day"
The Mentalist Aaron Kalinoski Episode: "Black-Winged Redbird"
Monsters vs. Aliens The Rule-Bot (voice) 2 episodes
Hawaii Five-0 Gary Nathan Episode: "Pukana"
2014 Teen Wolf The Chemist Episode: "Weaponized"
You're the Worst Army Priest Episode: "PTSD"
Comedy Bang! Bang! Victor Kahn Episode: "The Lonely Island Wear Holiday Sweaters & White Pants"
All Hail King Julien Lemur #1 (voice) Episode: "Enter the Fanaloka"
2014–2016 Adventure Time Various voices 2 episodes
2014–2017 Review Grant Grunderschmidt 19 episodes
2015 Agent Carter Miles Van Ert 2 episodes
Newsreaders Carob Landis Episode: "The FMK Killer; Newsreaders: Behind the Scenes"
Pig Goat Banana Cricket Nose Picker Fish (voice) Episode: "Pig Goat Banana Cricket High Five!"
Gigi Does It Gigi's Attorney Episode: "Glock Schlock"
Dr. Ken James Miller Episode: "The Seminar"
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Nick Lingeman Episode: "Boyle's Hunch"
2015–2016 The Adventures of Puss in Boots Thriffith (voice) 3 episodes
Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street Dr. Grapehall 2 episodes
2015–2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Ebony Maw / Acolyte (voice) 5 episodes
Difficult People Arthur Tack 28 episodes
2016 Dice Director of the "Welcome to Vegas" Commercial Episode: "Prestige"
2017 Supergirl Maaldorian Doctor Episode: "Supergirl Lives"
Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures M-OC (Voice) Episode: "Trouble on Tibalt"
2017–present OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Mr. Logic, Joff The Shaolin Monk (voice) Main role
Apollo Gauntlet Dr. Benign and Prince Belenus (voice) Main role

Videogames[edit]

Year Title Role
2003 Manhunt Innocentz #5
2007 Manhunt 2 Bloodhound member
2009 Avatar: The Game RDA
2011 Fallout New Vegas: Old World Blues Dr. 0
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic C2-D4, Needles,[5] Ilox, Zap Loren
2014 Star Wars: The Old Republic - Shadow of Revan' C2-D4
2015 Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Randolph Carter
2015 The Magic Circle Ishmael Gilder

Other works[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Getting On With James Urbaniak[6] Narrator Podcast
2015 Welcome to Night Vale Intern James, Leonard Burton Podcast
Episode: Intern James Urbaniak [Bonus Track]; [Best of?]
2015 Special Relativity[7] Mr. Wandell, Art Director Radio
2016 A Night Called Tomorrow Arch Hutton Podcast
Also writer and producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "James Urbanik on Letterman, 1983". Youtube. 
  2. ^ "2007 - Drama Desk Awards - Nominations". Archived from the original on 20 October 2006. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Human Centipede Anonymous". Funny or Die. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Funny Or Die (15 April 2013). "'iSteve". funnyordie.com. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  5. ^ BioWare (2011-12-20). Star Wars: The Old Republic. Electronic Arts, LucasArts. Scene: closing credits, 9:50 in, English Cast. 
  6. ^ "Getting On with James Urbaniak". gettingonwithju.libsyn.com. Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  7. ^ "Special Relativity - A Radio Comedy starring Alex Borstein". Retrieved 2015-05-18. 

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