Jonathan Elihu Silverman
August 5, 1966
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Early life and education
Silverman was born in Los Angeles, California, to a Jewish family. He is the son of Devora (née Halaban) and Hillel Emanuel Silverman, a rabbi. 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. 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), Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) (a film version of the first play of Neil Simon's Eugene Trilogy), Caddyshack II (1988), Weekend at Bernie's (1989), Little Sister (1992), and Little Big League (1994), He played the role of Eddie in Beethoven's Big Break, as well as starred in the film Jam (2006).
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. In the 2000s. Silverman was a main cast member on the sitcoms In Case of Emergency. and Significant Mother. He has also made guest appearances on Friends (in the episode "The One with the Birth"), CSI: Miami, Psych, Hot in Cleveland, and White Collar. In 2014, he guest starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as a controversial standup comedian.
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.
|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.|
|1988||Stealing Home||Teenage Alan Appleby|
|1989||Weekend at Bernie's||Richard Parker|||
|1991||Age Isn't Everything||Seymour|
|1992||Death Becomes Her||Jay Norman|
|1992||Little Sister||Bobby / Roberta|
|1992||Breaking the Rules||Rob Konigsberg|
|1993||Weekend at Bernie's II||Richard Parker|
|1994||Little Big League||Jim Bowers|||
|1996||Two Guys Talkin' About Girls||Lenny Kaminski|
|1998||The Odd Couple II||Brucey Madison|
|1998||Border to Border||Suicide Guy|
|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||It is What it Is||Benjamin Malvern|
|2001||The Medicine Show||Taylor Darcy|
|2005||The Life Coach||Jonny|
|2006||Farce of the Penguins||Seal Critics||Voice role|
|2008||Beethoven's Big Break||Eddie||Direct-to-video|
|2011||Swinging with the Finkels||Peter|
|2011||National Lampoon's Snatched||Johnny|
|2012||Another Dirty Movie||Uncle Erwin||Also director and executive producer|
|2013||Self Storage||Jonah||Also producer|
|2014||The Hungover Games||Chineca Lame|
|2014||The Opposite Sex||Tom||Also director and producer|
|2014||Beethoven's Treasure Tail||Eddie||Direct-to-video|
|2014||A Magic Christmas||Robert Jones|||
|2015||Baby, Baby, Baby||Jacob Carlin|||
|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|
|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||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)|
|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)|
|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||Moonshine||Daniel Bennett||Recurring role (4 episodes)|
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