John Magaro

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John Magaro
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Magaro at the 2012 New York Film Festival
John Robert Magaro

(1983-02-16) February 16, 1983 (age 38)
Years active2005–present

John Robert Magaro (born February 16, 1983) is an American actor. He starred in Not Fade Away (2012). He also had roles in The Big Short, Carol (2015) and the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black and The Umbrella Academy. He made his Broadway debut as Earl Williams, the escaped convict, in the hit revival of The Front Page in 2016.

Life and career[edit]

John Magaro was born February 16, 1983 in Akron, Ohio, the son of Wendy and James Magaro,[1] and grew up in its nearby suburb of Munroe Falls. His father is of Italian descent and his mother is Jewish; he was raised in his mother's religion. His parents were teachers. While attending school within the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District, John began acting in local theater, including shows at the Cleveland Play House and the Kent State Porthouse Theatre at Blossom Music Center, and Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio. As a youth, John Magaro also appeared in television commercials, and had a role in a Rescue 911 episode.[2][3][4][5] In addition John was a member of the Stow-Monroe Falls swim team.

After graduating from Stow-Munroe Falls High School in 2001, John went on to study theater at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. John Magaro lives in and works out of New York. Among his acting highlights are The Big Short and Carol (2015). His early film work included The Brave One, the HBO film Taking Chance and a lead role in the horror film My Soul to Take.[2][6][7] John also appeared in eleven episodes of Orange Is the New Black, spanning seasons 3-7.

Magaro was the lead in the 2012 film Not Fade Away, which earned him the HFF Spotlight award. In 2019 he portrayed the lead role of “Cookie” in Kelly Reichardt’s critically acclaimed film First Cow, for which he was nominated for a 2020 Gotham Award as Best Actor.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Prisoners of War Prisoner Short film
2006 Level Red Putski Short film
2007 Bomb Smack Short film
The Brave One Ethan
The Life Before Her Eyes Michael Patrick
2008 Assassination of a High School President Cipriato
We Pedal Uphill Kyle Written and directed by Roland Tec
2009 The Box Charles
2010 My Soul to Take Alex
2011 Down the Shore Martin
2012 Liberal Arts[8] Dean
Not Fade Away Douglas Damiano Hollywood Film Award — Spotlight Award
2013 Deep Powder Cota
2014 Unbroken Frank A. Tinker
2015 Don't Worry Baby Robert Lang
Carol Dannie McElroy
The Big Short Charlie Geller Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2016 The Finest Hours Ervin Maske
2017 War Machine Cory Staggart
Marshall Irwin Friedman
2018 Overlord Private First Class Lyle Tibbet
2019 First Cow Otis "Cookie" Figowitz Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor (Runner-up)
Nominated—Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actor
2020 Sylvie's Love Sid Schuur
2021 The Birthday Cake Cousin Joey
Lansky Young Meyer Lansky
The Many Saints of Newark Silvio Dante[9]
TBA Showing Up Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Conviction Jiggy Episode: "Denial"
2007 Law & Order Nathan Gersh Episode: "Talking Points"
2009 Taking Chance Rich Brewer TV movie
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Andrew Hingham Episode: "Conned"
2011 Body of Proof Chuck Foster Episode: "Buried Secrets"
2012 Person of Interest Carl Elias (Age 22) Episode: "Flesh and Blood"
2013 The Greatest Event in Television History Paul Episode: "Hart to Hart"
2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Keith Musio Episode: "Institutional Fail"
2015–2019 Orange Is the New Black Vince Muccio 11 episodes
2015–2016 The Good Wife Roland Hlavin 3 episodes
2016 Angie Tribeca Snick Episode: "The Coast Is Fear"
2016 Crisis in Six Scenes Alan Brockman 5 episodes
2018 Jack Ryan Victor Polizzi Recurring; 3 episodes
2019 The Umbrella Academy Leonard Peabody / Harold Jenkins Main role

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role
2006 Bully Sheldon
2008 Bully: Scholarship Edition


  1. ^ Lokting, Britta (February 26, 2016). "'Big Short' Actor John Magaro is Hiding in Plain Sight". The Forward. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Heldenfels, Rich (October 8, 2010). "Slasher film star chases after dream: Stow grad John Magaro carves out acting career, stars in Wes Craven flick". Akron Beacon Journal. Beacon Journal Publishing Co.
  3. ^ Sell, Jill (June 10, 1994). "'Oliver' proves quick study". The Plain Dealer. The Plain Dealer Publishing Co. p. 38 - Friday.
  4. ^ "'Lillian Yuralia' at La MaMa Theater". All About Jewish Theatre. November 2008. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
    • "Mazel Tov!!" (PDF). Hashomer. 66 (4). Congregation Etz Chayim. December 2008. p. 9. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 26, 2011.
  5. ^ Musarra, Russ (January 18, 1998). "Acting is kid stuff: talented young thespians are taking center stage at area community theaters". Akron Beacon Journal. Beacon Journal Publishing Co. p. D1 - Entertainment.
  6. ^ Stow-Munroe Falls High School 2005 Alumni Directory, Chesapeake, Virginia: B.C. Harris Publishing Company, Inc., 2005, pp. 302–360
  7. ^ "Review: My Soul to Take (2010)". Dread Central Media, LLC. October 8, 2010. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
  8. ^ Sneider, Jeff (May 24, 2011). "Richard Jenkins enrolls in 'Liberal Arts'". Reed Business Information. Retrieved June 12, 2011.
  9. ^ "John Magaro on 'First Cow' Frontier Boot Camp and the Emotional 'Many Saints of Newark' Set | Hollywood Reporter". Retrieved December 17, 2020.

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