Jonathan Silverman

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Jonathan Silverman
Silverman in 2012
Jonathan Elihu Silverman

(1966-08-05) August 5, 1966 (age 57)
Years active1984–present
(m. 2007)

Jonathan Elihu Silverman (born August 5, 1966) is an American actor,[1] known for his roles in the comedy films Brighton Beach Memoirs, Weekend at Bernie's, and its sequel Weekend at Bernie's II.

Early life and education[edit]

Silverman was born in Los Angeles, California, to a Jewish family. He is the son of Hillel Emanuel Silverman, a rabbi and Devora (née Halaban) Silverman. He is the grandson of famous Conservative Rabbi Morris Silverman. His mother is from Jerusalem, where her family has lived since the establishment of Israel.[2] He graduated Beverly Hills High School in 1984 and is friends with David Schwimmer, who was a classmate.


Silverman is known for his roles the films Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985),[3] Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) (a film version of the first play of Neil Simon's Eugene Trilogy),[4] Caddyshack II (1988),[5] Weekend at Bernie's (1989),[6] Little Sister (1992),[7] and Little Big League (1994),[8] He played the role of Eddie in Beethoven's Big Break, as well as starred in the film Jam (2006).[9]

Silverman began his career on television, with a recurring role on the sitcom Gimme A Break! from 1984 to 1986. From 1995 to 1997, Silverman played the title role in the television NBC sitcom The Single Guy.[10] In the 2000s. Silverman was a main cast member on the sitcoms In Case of Emergency.[11] and Significant Mother. He has also made guest appearances on Friends (in the episode "The One with the Birth"),[12] CSI: Miami,[13] Psych, Hot in Cleveland, and White Collar. In 2014, he guest starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as a controversial standup comedian.

Personal life[edit]

Silverman has been married to actress Jennifer Finnigan since 2007; the two met at a barbecue in 2004.[14] They have a daughter.[15]


In 2004, Silverman was a participant in the first-ever US television advertising campaign supporting donations to Jewish federations. The program featured "film and television personalities celebrating their Jewish heritage and promoting charitable giving to the Jewish community" and included Greg Grunberg, Marlee Matlin, Joshua Malina, and Kevin Weisman.[16]



Year Film Role Notes
1985 Girls Just Want to Have Fun Drew Boreman
1986 Brighton Beach Memoirs Eugene Morris Jerome Silverman had earlier played the same role on Broadway.[4]
1988 Caddyshack II Harry
1988 Stealing Home Teenage Alan Appleby
1989 Weekend at Bernie's Richard Parker [6]
1991 Class Action Brian
1991 Age Isn't Everything Seymour
1992 Death Becomes Her Jay Norman
1992 Little Sister Bobby / Roberta
1992 Breaking the Rules Rob Konigsberg
1992 Blue Champagne Bob
1993 Weekend at Bernie's II Richard Parker
The Pitch Gary Short
12:01 Barry Thomas
1994 Teresa's Tattoo Rick
1994 Little Big League Jim Bowers [8]
1995 French Exit Davis
1996 Two Guys Talkin' About Girls Lenny Kaminski
1998 The Odd Couple II Brucey Madison
1998 Denial Joel
1998 Border to Border Suicide Guy
1998 12 Bucks Hyper
1998 Just a Little Harmless Sex Danny
1999 Freak City Lenny Stanapolous
2000 Dirk and Betty Tow Truck Guy
2000 Men Named Milo, Women Named Greta The Voice of Reason Short
2001 Made Bachelor
2001 Lip Service Bobby
2001 It is What it Is Benjamin Malvern
2001 The Medicine Show Taylor Darcy
2004 The Cookout Wes
2005 Laura Smiles Paul
2005 The Life Coach Jonny
2006 Jam Gary
2006 Shoot Jack Puig Short
2006 Coffee Date Barry
2006 Farce of the Penguins Seal Critics Voice role
2007 Jekyll Lanyon
2008 Beethoven's Big Break Eddie Direct-to-video
2011 Conception Brad
2011 Cookie Johnny Short
2011 Swinging with the Finkels Peter
2011 Inkubus Office Tech
2011 National Lampoon's Snatched Johnny
2012 Another Dirty Movie Uncle Erwin Also director and executive producer
2013 Crawlspace Tim Gates
2013 G.B.F. Mr. Daniels
2013 Self Storage Jonah Also producer
2014 The Hungover Games Chineca Lame
2014 The Opposite Sex Tom Also director and producer[17]
2014 Beethoven's Treasure Tail Eddie Direct-to-video[18]
2014 A Magic Christmas Robert Jones [19]
2015 Baby, Baby, Baby Jacob Carlin [20]
2016 Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse Shane
2017 An American Dog Story Slibs
2018 Andover Adam Slope Also producer
2018 Frank & Ava Mannie Sacks
2019 Pegasus: Pony with a Broken Wing Josh Killian


Year Film Role Notes
1984 E/R David Sheinfeld Episode: "Son of Sheinfeld"
1984–86 Gimme a Break! Jonathan Maxwell Recurring role (16 episodes)
1985 Challenge of a Lifetime Steven Schoonover Television film
1989 Traveling Man Billy Fox Television film
1992 For Richer, For Poorer Michael Katourian Television film
1992 Broadway Bound Stanley Jerome Television film; Silverman plays the older brother of the character he had originally played on Broadway.
1993 12:01 Barry Thomas Television film
1994 Couples Jamie Television film
1994 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Pugh Episode: "Don't Just Do It"/"Joined at the Hip" (voice role)
1995 Sketch Artist II: Hands That See Glenn Television film
1995 Friends Dr. Franzblau Episode: "The One with the Birth"
1995 Caroline in the City Jonathan Eliot Episode: "Caroline and the Folks"
1995–97 The Single Guy Jonathan Eliot Lead role (41 episodes)
1996 London Suite Paul Dolby Television film; uncredited
1996 Arliss Jonathan Silverman Episode: "The Client's Best Interest"
1998 The Inspectors Inspector Alex Urbina Television film
2000 The Inspectors 2: A Shred of Evidence Alex Urbina Television film; also co-executive producer
2000 Good as Gold Television film
2001 These Old Broads Wesley Westbourne Television film
2002 Bobbie's Girl David Lewis Television film
2003 Miss Match Barry Episode: "The Price of Love"
2003 Deacons for Defense Michael Deane Television film
2003 Free for All Johnny Jenkins Lead role (7 episodes)
2004 CSI: Miami Jay Seaver Episode: "Under the Influence"
2004 Pryor Offenses Ian Television film
2004 DeMarco Affairs Eddie Rosen Television film
2004–05 Kim Possible Jimmy Ding Episodes: "Ron Millionaire" (voice role)
Episode: "Dimension Twist" (voice role)
2005 Related Brad Episode: "Sex and the Sisters"
2007 In Case of Emergency Harry Kennison Main role (13 episodes)
2007 Close to Home Pete Durkin 3 episodes
2008 Numb3rs Kurt Young Episode: "Blowback"
2009 Psych Lyin' Ryan Episode: "Truer Lies"
2009 Married Not Dead Gordon Television film
2010 Medium Matt Mulhearn Episode: "Sal"
2010 Jack's Family Adventure Jack Vickery Television film
2011 Paul the Male Matchmaker Brian Episode: "Don't Be a Meanie"
2011 Greek Lasker Parkes 3 episodes
2011 White Collar Gerald Jameson Episode: "Veiled Threat"
2012 Hot in Cleveland Dr. Minton Episode: "The Gateway Friend"
2013 Monday Mornings Dr. John Lieberman Recurring role (5 episodes)
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Josh Galloway Episode: "Comic Perversion"
2014 Significant Mother Harrison Marlowe Main role (8 episodes)[21]
2015 Getting On Dr. Happy Gladner Recurring role (5 episodes)
2016 Baby Daddy Malcolm Episode: "Homecoming and Going"
2016 Castle Alan Masters Episode: "Dead Again"
2017 Rosewood Bastion Bleiweiss Episode: "Blistering Heat & Brotherly Love"
2017 Still the King Bob Episode: "The Hungover Games"
2018 K.C. Undercover Mitch Bishop Recurring role (4 episodes)
2018 Scandal Robert Bacall Episode: "Army of One"
2018 Take Two Bradley Marsh Episode: "Smoking Gun"
2018 Salvation Roland Cavanaugh Recurring role (4 episodes)[22]
2019 No Good Nick Paul Recurring role (5 episodes)
2020 Station 19 Ted Episode: "Dream a Little Dream of Me"
2021 Good Girls Dave Recurring role (13 episodes)
2021-2023 Moonshine Daniel Bennett Recurring role (9 episodes)
2023 Goosebumps Perry Biddle Episode: "Night of the Living Dummy"


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  2. ^ Miller, Gerri. "Actor Jonathan Silverman: A lover, a joker, an online minister". Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. July 29, 2015.
  3. ^ Girls Just Want to Have Fun Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Maslin, Janet. "Screen: 'Brighton Beach Memoirs'". The New York Times. December 25, 1986
  5. ^ "Stealing Home""Caddyshack II". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Holden, Stephen. "Review/Film; Spoofing Hamptons Life With a Mobster Murder" The New York Times, July 5, 1989
  7. ^ Little Sister, retrieved October 19, 2017
  8. ^ a b Lowry, Brian. Little Big League Variety, June 17, 1994
  9. ^ Caprario, M. D (June 29, 2009). "'Jam' Makes Los Angeles Debut at 2006 Hollywood Film Festival". LA Splash. Retrieved October 19, 2017
  10. ^ King, Susan (September 24, 1995). "Profile: The Most Eligible Guy". Los Angeles Times.
  11. ^ "In Case of Emergency". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  12. ^ "Our guide to top Friends eps from season 1". Entertainment Weekly. January 8, 2004.
  13. ^ "CSI. Under The Influence". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  14. ^ "OK! Exclusive: Jonathan Silverman & Jennifer Finnigan Married!". OK! Magazine. July 28, 2007. Archived from the original on December 7, 2007. Retrieved April 24, 2009.
  15. ^ Juneau, Jen (October 6, 2017). "Jennifer Finnigan and Jonathan Silverman Welcome Daughter Ella Jack". People. Retrieved March 20, 2022.
  16. ^ "Film and Television Celebrities Promote Jewish Federations in First-Ever National Television Advertising Campaign" (Press release). United Jewish Communities. August 2, 2004. Archived from the original on November 3, 2013.
  17. ^ "The Opposite of Sex". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  18. ^ "Beethoven's Treasure Tail". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  19. ^ "A Magic Christmas". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  20. ^ "Baby, Baby, Baby". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  21. ^ Goldberg, Leslie (April 10, 2015}. "CW Orders Comedy Series 'Significant Mother' for Summer". The Hollywood Reporter.
  22. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (April 3, 2018). "Salvation Adds Jonathan Silverman for Season 2, Brings Back Taylor Cole". TVLine. Retrieved April 3, 2018.

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