Jonathan Silverman

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Jonathan Silverman
BornJonathan Elihu Silverman
(1966-08-05) August 5, 1966 (age 52)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1984–present

Jonathan Elihu Silverman (born August 5, 1966) is an American actor.[1] Known for his role in the comedies 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 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 for generations.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He has been married to actress Jennifer Finnigan since 2007; the two met at a barbecue in 2004.[3] He and Finnigan have a daughter, born in September 2017.[4]


Silverman is known for his roles in the TV series Gimme A Break!, as well as in the films Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) (a film version of the first play of Neil Simon's Eugene Trilogy)[5], Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)[6], Caddyshack II (1988) [7], Little Big League (1994)[8], and Weekend at Bernie's (1989).[9]

Silverman played the title role in the television sitcom The Single Guy (which aired on NBC starting in 1995)[10], as well as the lead role in the 1992 movie Little Sister.[11] He has appeared on CSI: Miami (in a third-season episode called "Under the Influence"). [12] He made a guest appearance on Friends in the episode "The One with the Birth." [13]

He appeared briefly on The Bold and the Beautiful in the early 2000s. He starred in the short-lived sitcom In Case of Emergency, which was a mid-season replacement on ABC for the 2006 season.[14] He played the role of Eddie in Beethoven's Big Break. He later guest starred in Psych in February 2009 and in Hot in Cleveland in 2012. He was in the movie Jam (2006)[15] He appeared in the television show White Collar in the episode "Veiled Threat" as a con artist. He has also been in Inkubus and the upcoming Self Stored by Wood Haven Productions. He guest starred as a controversial standup comedian in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2014. He also guest starred in Elementary in early 2016.


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
1984 E/R David Sheinfeld TV series
Episode: "Son of Sheinfeld"
1984-1986 Gimme a Break! Jonathan Maxwell TV series
16 episodes
1985 Challenge of a Lifetime Steven Schoonover TV movie
Girls Just Want to Have Fun Drew Boreman
1986 Brighton Beach Memoirs[5] Eugene Morris Jerome Silverman had earlier played the same role on Broadway.
1988 Caddyshack II Harry
Stealing Home Teenage Alan Appleby
1989 Traveling Man Billy Fox TV movie
Weekend at Bernie's[9] Richard Parker
1991 Class Action Brian
Age Isn't Everything Seymour
1992 For Richer, For Poorer Michael Katourian TV movie
Broadway Bound Stanley Jerome TV movie; Silverman plays the older brother of the character he had originally played on Broadway.
Death Becomes Her Jay Norman
Little Sister Bobby / Roberta
Breaking the Rules Rob Konigsberg
Blue Champagne Bob Video
1993 12:01 Barry Thomas TV movie
Weekend at Bernie's II Richard Parker
The Pitch Gary Short
1994 Teresa's Tattoo Rick
Little Big League[8] Jim Bowers
Couples Jamie TV movie
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Pugh (voice) Animated series
Episode: "Don't Just Do It"/"Joined at the Hip"
1995 Sketch Artist II: Hands That See Glenn TV movie
Friends Dr. Franzblau TV series
Episode: "The One with the Birth"
French Exit Davis
Caroline in the City Jonathan Eliot TV series
Episode: "Caroline and the Folks"
1995-1997 The Single Guy Jonathan Eliot TV series
40 episodes
1996 Two Guys Talkin' About Girls Lenny Kaminski Video
London Suite Paul Dolby Uncredited
TV movie
Arliss Jonathan Silverman TV series
Episode: "The Client's Best Interest"
1998 The Odd Couple II Brucey Madison
Border to Border Suicide Guy
Denial Joel
The Inspectors Inspector Alex Urbina TV movie
Just a Little Harmless Sex Danny
12 Bucks Hyper
1999 Freak City Lenny Stanapolous
2000 Dirk and Betty Tow Truck Guy
Men Named Milo, Women Named Greta The Voice of Reason Short
The Inspectors 2: A Shred of Evidence Alex Urbina Also co-executive producer
TV movie
Good as Gold TV movie
2001 These Old Broads Wesley Westbourne TV movie
Made Bachelor
Lip Service Bobby
It is What it Is Benjamin Malvern
The Medicine Show Taylor Darcy
2002 Bobbie's Girl David Lewis TV movie
Miss Miami TV movie
2003 Miss Match Barry TV series
Episode: "The Price of Love"
Deacons for Defense Michael Deane TV movie
Free for All Johnny Jenkins TV series
7 episodes
Crazy Love TV movie
2004 The Cookout Wes
CSI: Miami Jay Seaver TV series
Episode: "Under the Influence"
Pryor Offenses Ian TV movie
DeMarco Affairs Eddie Rosen TV movie
2004-2005 Kim Possible Jimmy Ding (voice) Animated series
Episodes: "Ron Millionaire" & "Dimension Twist"
2005 Untitled Bruckheimer/McCall Project TV movie
Related Brad TV series
Episode: "Sex and the Sisters"
The Life Coach Jonny
2006 Farce of the Penguins Seal Critics (voice)
Jam Gary
Shoot Jack Puig Short
Laura Smiles Paul
Coffee Date Barry
2007 In Case of Emergency Harry Kennison TV series
13 episodes
Close to Home Pete Durkin TV series
3 episodes
Jekyll Lanyon
2008 Numb3rs Kurt Young TV series
Episode: "Blowback"
Beethoven's Big Break Eddie Direct-to-video
2009 Psych Lyin' Ryan TV series
1 episode
Married Not Dead Gordon TV movie
2010 Medium Matt Mulhearn TV series
Episode: "Sal"
Jack's Family Adventure Jack Vickery TV movie
2011 Paul the Male Matchmaker Brian TV series
Episode: "Don't Be a Meanie"
Greek Lasker Parkes TV series
3 episodes
Conception Brad
Cookie Johnny Short
Swinging with the Finkels Peter
White Collar Gerald Jameson TV series
Episode: "Veiled Threat"
Inkubus Office Tech
National Lampoon's Snatched Johnny
2012 Hot in Cleveland Dr. Minton TV series
Episode: "The Gateway Friend"
2013 Crawlspace Tim Gates
Monday Mornings Dr. John Lieberman TV series
5 episodes
G.B.F. Mr. Daniels
Another Dirty Movie Uncle Erwin Also executive producer and director
Self Storage Jonah Also producer
2014 The Hungover Games Chineca Lame
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Josh Galloway TV series
Episode: "Comic Perversion"
The Opposite of Sex[17] Tom Also producer and director
Beethoven's Treasure Tail[18] Eddie Direct-to-video
Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse Shane Post-production
A Magic Christmas[19] Robert Jones
Significant Mother[20] Harrison Marlowe TV series on The CW
6 episodes
Icky: An American Dog Story Slibs Post-production
2015 Baby, Baby, Baby[21] Jacob Carlin
2018 Salvation[22] Roland Kavanaugh Recurring role (season 2)
2018 Andover Adam Slope Main role


  1. ^ Koven, Mikel J. (2008). Film, Folklore, and Urban Legends. Scarecrow Press. pp. 57–. ISBN 9780810860254. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  2. ^ Miller, Gerri. "Actor Jonathan Silverman: A lover, a joker, an online minister" Jewish Journal, July 29, 2015
  3. ^ "OK! Exclusive: Jonathan Silverman & Jennifer Finnigan Married!". OK! Magazine. 2007-07-28. Archived from the original on 2007-12-07. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
  4. ^ Juneau, Jen (October 6, 2017). "Jennifer Finnigan and Jonathan Silverman Welcome Daughter Ella Jack". Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Maslin, Janet. "Screen: 'Brighton Beach Memoirs'" The New York Times, December 25, 1986
  6. ^ Girls Just Want to Have Fun, retrieved October 19, 2017
  7. ^ Caddyshack II, retrieved October 19, 2017
  8. ^ a b Lowry, Brian. Little Big League Variety, June 17, 1994
  9. ^ a b Holden, Stephen. "Review/Film; Spoofing Hamptons Life With a Mobster Murder" The New York Times, July 5, 1989
  10. ^ King, Susan. "Profile: The Most Eligible Guy" Los Angeles Times, September 24, 1995
  11. ^ Little Sister, retrieved October 19, 2017
  12. ^ CSI. Under The Influence, retrieved October 19, 2017
  13. ^ "Our guide to top Friends eps from season 1", January 8, 2004
  14. ^ In Case of Emergency, retrieved October 19, 2017
  15. ^ Caprario, M. D ." 'Jam' Makes Los Angeles Debut at 2006 Hollywood Film Festival", 2006, retrieved October 19, 2017
  16. ^ Jewish Federations of North America: "Film and Television Celebrities Promote Jewish Federations in First-Ever National Television Advertising Campaign - Jewish Stars Promote Federations' Initiatives and Mission" Archived 2013-11-03 at the Wayback Machine. August 2, 2004
  17. ^ The Opposite of Sex, retrieved October 19, 2017
  18. ^ Beethoven's Treasure Tail, retrieved October 19, 2017
  19. ^ A Magic Christmas, retrieved October 19, 2017
  20. ^ Goldberg, Leslie. "CW Orders Comedy Series 'Significant Mother' for Summer" Hollywood Reporter, April 10, 2015
  21. ^ Baby, Baby, Baby, retrieved October 19, 2017
  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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