Martin James Pflieger Schienle
July 30, 1982
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Martin James Pflieger Schienle (born July 30, 1982), professionally known as Martin Starr, is an American actor and comedian. He is known for the television roles of Bill Haverchuck on the short-lived comedy-drama Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000), Roman DeBeers on the comedy series Party Down (2009–2010), Bertram Gilfoyle on the HBO series Silicon Valley (2014–2019), for his film roles in Knocked Up (2007) and Adventureland (2009), and as Roger Harrington in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films The Incredible Hulk (2008), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).
Starr was born in Santa Monica, California,[non-primary source needed] the son of actress Jean St. James (née Pflieger) and James Schienle. Of German, British and eastern European descent, he is a Buddhist.
In an interview with Wired, Starr admitted to feeling "frustrated and depressed" after Freaks and Geeks was cancelled, due to lack of offers at the age of 22. He had fired his agent and decided to quit acting altogether. He trialled for a barista job as well but didn't take it. However, a few years later he was offered Knocked Up, and other offers then started to come his way.
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Starr was cast as Bill Haverchuck in the NBC sitcom Freaks and Geeks. The series received positive reviews from critics, but it suffered from low ratings and was canceled after only one season. It gained a strong cult following. Starr then had a number of guest appearances and one-time roles on shows such as Ed, Mysterious Ways, Providence, King of the Hill, and Normal, Ohio. He had a small recurring role during the third season of Roswell as the character Monk. In 2002, Starr appeared in the films Stealing Harvard and Cheats. He reunited with both Freaks and Geeks producer Judd Apatow and Freaks and Geeks co-star Seth Rogen when he made a guest appearance on Apatow's situational comedy Undeclared in the episode "The Perfect Date". In 2005, he appeared in the miniseries Revelations and the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.
Starr co-starred in the 2007 comedy film Knocked Up, which was directed by Judd Apatow. The same year, he had small appearances in Superbad and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, both of which were produced by Apatow. Knocked Up was critically praised and was a smash at the box office. The success of Knocked Up led to Starr having larger roles in films, such as Good Dick and Adventureland. Starr also appears in many well-received short films that premiere at film festivals, such as the Sundance Film Festival.
In 2008, Starr cameoed as a college student in The Incredible Hulk. He reprised the role as a teacher and academic decathlon coach named Roger Harrington, in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).
From 2009 to 2010, Starr was a series regular portraying Roman DeBeers on the Starz sitcom Party Down. The series was cancelled after two seasons and there were discussions of adapting the series into film, but this never came to fruition. Since 2011, he has co-starred on the Adult Swim television series NTSF:SD:SUV::, in which he plays Sam Stern. In 2011, Starr had a major role in the film A Good Old Fashioned Orgy and also had guest appearances on television series such as Mad Love, Community, and Childrens Hospital. In the latter he reprised his role of Roman DeBeers from Party Down. Starr reunited with Freaks and Geeks and Party Down cast member Lizzy Caplan in the 2012 film Save the Date, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The same year he had a supporting role in the thriller film Deep Dark Canyon, as well as guest starring on sitcoms Parks and Recreation and New Girl.
In 2013, he had a small role playing himself in This Is the End, which was directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. He had a starring role in the Kristen Bell film The Lifeguard, later working with her again in the film Veronica Mars. He has guest starred on The Aquabats! Super Show!, Franklin & Bash, and Drunk History. In 2014 he was cast to play Bertram Gilfoyle in the HBO comedy Silicon Valley. The show garnered several Emmy award nominations for its first two seasons, and he has since reprised his role in the show's sixth and final season.
|1992||Hero||Allen in Coma||Credited as Martin Schienle|
|1995||Xtro 3: Watch the Skies||Biff Atkins||Credited as Martin Schienle|
|2001||Eyeball Eddie||Eddie Malick||Short film|
|2002||Stealing Harvard||Liquor Store Clerk|
|2003||Band Camp||Shane||Short film|
|2004||Who's Your Daddy?||Scooter||Direct-to-video|
|2004||Fish Burglars||Marty||Short film|
|2005||The Toast||No Friend of the Groom|
|2005||Kicking & Screaming||Beantown Customer|
|2006||American Storage||Charlie||Short film|
|2006||A Midsummer Night's Rewrite||John||Short film|
|2007||Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Schmendrick|
|2008||The Incredible Hulk||Roger Harrington||Credited as "Computer Nerd"|
|2009||Big Breaks||Barista||Short film|
|2009||Oh Joy||Best Friend||Short film|
|2009||The Invention of Lying||Waiter #1||Cameo|
|2009||The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu||Clarence|
|2009||1-900-Drinking-Buddy||Young Jock||Short film|
|2010||Church & State||Jesus||Short film|
|2011||A Good Old Fashioned Orgy||Doug Duquez|
|2011||Fight For Your Right: Revisited||Police||Short film|
|2011||6 Month Rule||Alan|
|2012||Save the Date||Andrew|
|2012||Angel of Death||Victim 3||Short film|
|2012||Deep Dark Canyon||Lloyd Cavanaugh|
|2013||This Is the End||Himself|
|2013||The Sidekick||Blood Diamond||Short film|
|2013||The Apocalypse||Kyle||Short film|
|2013||Seasick Sailor||Bookbinder||Short film|
|2014||Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead||Daniel|
|2014||Veronica Mars||Stu "Cobb" Cobbler|
|2014||Leonard in Slow Motion||Leonard||Short film|
|2014||Amira & Sam||Sam Seneca|
|2014||Playing It Cool||Lyle|
|2015||I'll See You in My Dreams||Lloyd|
|2016||Operator||Joe Larsen||Also co-producer|
|2017||Grow House||Conspiracy Chris|
|2017||Spider-Man: Homecoming||Roger Harrington|
|2018||The Escape of Prisoner 614||Jim Doyle|
|2019||Spider-Man: Far From Home||Roger Harrington|
|1999||G vs. E||Episode: "Cougar Pines"|
|1999–2000||Freaks and Geeks||Bill Haverchuck||18 episodes|
|2000||Normal, Ohio||Howie the Electronics Store Manager||Episode: "Working Girl"|
|2001||Ed||Clark Salinger||Episode: "Exceptions"|
|2001||Mysterious Ways||Dwayne Banbury||Episode: "One of Us"|
|2001–2002||Roswell||Monk Pyle||3 episodes|
|2002||Undeclared||Theo||Episode: "The Perfect Date"|
|2002||Providence||Episode: "Truth and Consequences"|
|2003||King of the Hill||Andrew/Tommy (voice)||Episode: "I Never Promised You an Organic Garden"|
|2005||How I Met Your Mother||Kevin||Episode: "The Duel"|
|2006||Clark and Michael||Burger Stand Employee||1 episode|
|2007||Wainy Days||Sketchy Laborer #1||Episode: "Tough Guy"|
|2009–2010||Party Down||Roman DeBeers||20 episodes|
|2010–2016||Hawaii Five-0||Adam 'Toast' Charles||4 episodes|
|2010||The League||Stu "Box of Frogs" Pompeu||Episode: "High School Reunion"|
|2011||Mad Love||Clyde||2 episodes|
|2011||Community||Professor Cligoris||Episode: "Geography of Global Conflict"|
|2011||Childrens Hospital||Roman DeBeers||Episode: "Party Down"|
|2012||Parks and Recreation||Kevin||Episode: "Operation Ann"|
|2012||New Girl||Dirk||Episode: "Fancyman: Part 2"|
|2013||The Aquabats! Super Show!||Shred Center M.C.||Episode: "The AntiBats!"|
|2013||Franklin & Bash||Wendell Singletary||Episode: "By the Numbers"|
|2013||Burning Love||Leo||11 episodes|
|2013–2018||Drunk History||Various||4 episodes|
|2014||The Goldbergs||Andre||Episode: "The Other Smother"|
|2014–2019||Silicon Valley||Bertram Gilfoyle||Main cast|
|2014||Newsreaders||Philip Baker||Episode: "America's Unknown President; Reporter on House Arrest"|
|2015||Kirby Buckets||The Claude||Episode: "Failure to Launch"|
|2015–2019||Life in Pieces||Oscar||5 episodes|
|2017||Bill Nye Saves the World||Doug the Caveman||Episode: "This Diet is Bananas"|
|2017||Future Man||Lyle Karofsky||Episode: "A Fuel's Errand"|
|2019||Game of Thrones||Ironborn soldier||Episode: "Winterfell" |
|2020||‘’Tacoma FD’’||Tothar||2 Episodes|
|2012||Dating Rules from My Future Self||Vincent||4 episodes|
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