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Starr in July 2011
|Born||Martin James Pflieger Schienle
July 30, 1982
Santa Monica, California, United States
Martin Starr (born Martin James Pflieger Schienle; July 30, 1982) is an American actor, known for his television roles as Bill Haverchuck on the short-lived NBC comedy-drama Freaks and Geeks, Roman DeBeers on the Starz comedy series Party Down, and Bertram Gilfoyle in the HBO series Silicon Valley, as well as for his film roles in Knocked Up, Cheats, Adventureland, and Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead. Starr is a vocal lover of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Starr was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Jean St. James (née Pflieger), an actress, and Jim Schienle, an instructor at Pasco-Hernando Community College. His father is from Wisconsin and his mother is from Kansas. His ancestry includes German, English, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Bohemian (Czech), Polish, Austrian, and Hungarian. He is a Buddhist.
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. After cancellation, the series gained a strong cult following.
After Freaks and Geeks, Starr 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 also 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.
From 2009 to 2010, Starr was a series regular on the Starz sitcom, Party Down, portraying Roman DeBeers. The series was cancelled after two seasons and there was discussions of adapting the series into film, but it 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 and had a starring role in the Kristen Bell film The Lifeguard, later working with her again (alongside Party Down star Ryan Hansen and creator Rob Thomas) in the film Veronica Mars. He also guest starred in The Aquabats! Super Show!, Franklin & Bash, and Drunk History. In 2014 he was casted to play Bertram Gilfoyle in the HBO comedy Silicon Valley. The show has since received widespread critical acclaim and has garnered several Emmy award nominations for its first two seasons. Starr will reprise his role as Gilfoyle in season 3 which will premiere in spring of 2016.
|1992||Hero||Allen in Coma||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||Computer Nerd||Cameo|
|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|
|2014||Playing It Cool||Lyle|
|2015||I'll See You in My Dreams||Lloyd|
|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, 2013||Hawaii Five-0||Adam 'Toast' Charles||3 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||Snow Globe Museum Attendant||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|
|2013–2015||Drunk History||Art Thief / Abraham Lincoln / Alexander Graham Bell||3 episodes|
|2014||The Goldbergs||Andre||Episode: "The Other Smother"|
|2014–present||Silicon Valley||Bertram Gilfoyle||18 episodes|
|2014||Newsreaders||Philip Baker||Episode: "America's Unknown President; Reporter on House Arrest"|
|2015||Last Week Tonight||Gambler||Episode: 34; Season 2|
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