Maury Ginsberg

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Maury Ginsberg
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Maury Ginsberg at the second season premiere of Jessica Jones in New York, March 7, 2018
Born (1970-07-15) July 15, 1970 (age 49)
ResidenceNew York City
EducationBard College
Known forJessica Jones, The Week Of, 5 Flights Up

Maury Ginsberg born July 15, 1970 is an American theater, film and television actor. He is best known for his recurring role as Steven Benowitz on season 2 of Jessica Jones. Ginsberg is a graduate of Bard College and resides in the New York metro area.



Ginsberg has been active in the theater community since performing in both The American Clock and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.[1][2] He spent three seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival where he met friend and mentor Olympia Dukakis. The two have worked together on a number of plays over the last twenty years including Mother Courage and The Cherry Orchard.[3] In 2015, an "excellent Maury Ginsburg"[4] appeared in the Off Broadway Cherry Lane Theater's "Laugh it Up, Stare it Down", playing a series of different characters that impact the protagonists' lives.[5] In 2016, he appeared in the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Disgraced, at The Cincinnati Playhouse. The Cincinnati Gazette described his work as "distinctive and outstanding", The Cincinnati Enquirer referred to it as "superb".[6][7] In 2019, on the heels of the Tree of Life synagogue incident in Pittsburgh, Ginsberg performed in Paula Vogel’s Indecent at the Pittsburgh Public Theater.[8] The Pittsburgh Current described his performance as “the foundational center of this production playing Lemml with a power as quiet as it is electrifying.”[9]

He appeared in many other plays including The Lion in Winter, The Substance of Fire, Freedomland, Intimate Apparel, and The Underpants.[10][11][12][13][14] Erin Morrison Fortunato of the Rochester City Newspaper said of the play The Underpants, "Maury Ginsberg's neurotic, nearly Woody Allen-esque portrayal of Cohen, a hypochondriac geek with spastic tendencies, is the standout. One can't help but feel for this socially backwards introvert while at the same time hating him for preventing Louise from reaching sexual satisfaction with Versati."[15]


Ginsberg has made guest appearances in several TV shows since 1995. He first appeared in Murphy Brown as Scuz in 1995.[16] In 1996 he played a hippie also named Maury Ginsberg in "Death Wish", an episode of Star Trek: Voyager.[16][17][18][19] The following year he made a guest appearance on two episodes of Friends in "The One Where Ross and Rachael Take a Break" and "The One the Morning After" as Isaac, the copy shop clerk.[16][20] From 1998-1999 he played the recurring role of Kamen on Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place opposite Ryan Reynolds and Nathan Fillion.[16][17] He has appeared in many episodes of Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.[16] Additional TV appearances include NYPD Blue, Without a Trace, Joan of Arcadia, House of Cards, Blue Bloods, Damages and Louie, among others.[16][17][21][22] More recent appearances include episodes of The Blacklist, Madam Secretary, Elementary, What We Do in the Shadows and Jessica Jones.[23][24][25]

Ginsberg has appeared in two made for TV films, Lansky in 1999 opposite Richard Dreyfuss and Divas in 1996.[17]


Ginsberg has also appeared in many films starting in his role as Deitz in occult horror flick Voodoo in 1995.[26] Four years later Ginsberg appeared in Where’s Marlowe? as a surly cop.[16] Ginsberg played a small part as a video store clerk in The Ring, but the scenes only appeared in the Deleted Scenes portion of the DVD, and he went uncredited for this role.[16] He starred alongside Jonah Hill, Denis O’Hare and Reece Thompson in the 2007 Sundance winner comedy-drama Rocket Science as the hopeless speech pathologist, Mr. Lewinsky.[16][17][27][28][29][30][31] That same year he also appeared as Marcus Broyard with Sigourney Weaver in The Girl in the Park.[16][17] In 2009, Ginsberg appeared in My One and Only with Renee Zellweger, Chris Noth and Kevin Bacon as Mr. Dillon. That same year he also appeared alongside Hilary Duff, Evan Ross, Michael Murphy and Ellen Burstyn as Lou in According to Greta.[16][17] In 2012, Ginsberg starred alongside Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski in the family drama Big Miracle.[16][17] He starred alongside actors Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton in the 2015 film 5 Flights Up.[32] In 2018, he starred in the Netflix feature The Week Of, with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock.[33]



TV Movie[edit]

  • Lansky (1999)
  • Divas (1996) The Yard Engineer




  1. ^ a b "The American Clock". Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  2. ^ a b "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui". Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  3. ^ "Pac Rep throws a bash celebrating 20 years of community theater and its new life as a professional company". Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  4. ^ McCall, Tulis (September 10, 2015). "Laugh It Up, Stare It Down". New York Theater Guide. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  5. ^ Soloski, Alexis (September 10, 2015). "Review: 'Laugh It Up, Stare It Down,' on Love and Marriage". New York Times. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  6. ^ Partin, James (October 2, 2016). "Disgraced". The Cincinnati Gazette. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  7. ^ Lyman, David (October 2, 2016). "Review 'Disgraced" Wades Through Social Turbulence". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  8. ^ Hoover, Ted. "PPT's 'Indecent' Is An 'Impeccably Crafted' Production".
  9. ^ Eberson, Sharon. "Review: A scandalous Yiddish play gets a moving tribute in 'Indecent'".
  10. ^ Brandes, Philip (1994-11-16). "Theater Review : Handsome 'Lion in Winter' a Bit Too Tame". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  11. ^ Churnin, Nancy (1996-01-15). "Old Globe Finds More Substance in 'Fire'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  12. ^ "PTC's 'Intimate Apparel'". Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  13. ^ "It's Only Fitting". Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  14. ^ "The Underpants". Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  15. ^ Morrison-Fortunato, Emily (January 10, 2007). "Geva's new comedy will get you knickers in a twist". Rochester City Newspaper. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
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  17. ^ a b c d e f g h "Maury Ginsberg". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  18. ^ Ruditis, Paul (2003). Star Trek Voyager Companion. ISBN 9780743417518. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  19. ^ "Ginsberg, Maury". Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  20. ^ "Friends: The Complete Third Season, Ep. 16 "The One With the Morning After"". Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  21. ^ "House of Cards". Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  22. ^ "Maury Ginsberg: Credits". Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  23. ^ "The Blacklist Full Cast and Credits". Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  24. ^ Somosot, Janice (March 14, 2016). "'Madam Secretary' Season 2 Spoilers: A Plane Crashes During Peace Talks". International Business Times. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  25. ^ "Maury Ginsberg". TV Guide. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  26. ^ "Voodoo". Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  27. ^ "Rocket-Science". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  28. ^ Piccalo, Gina (2007-08-05). "An impediment got 'Rocket Science' going". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  29. ^ "Rocket Science". Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  30. ^ "Rocket Science". Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  31. ^ "Movie Review Rocket Science". Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  32. ^ Renshaw, Scott (2015). "5 Flights Up". Salt Lake City Weekly. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  33. ^ Vogt, Tiffany (March 14, 2018). "Exclusive: Jessica Jones Season 2 Scoop: Shining the Spotlight on Maury Ginsberg". Seat 42F. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  34. ^ "Shattered Bits (2005) Review". Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  35. ^ Hurwitt, Robert (2001-07-17). "An 'Orchard' with shallow roots / Carmel production short on poignancy". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  36. ^ "Olympia Dukakis' star turn in The Cherry Orchard is perfect for Chekhov". Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  37. ^ "Review: 'Mizlansky/Zilinsky'". Variety. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  38. ^ "Review: 'Freedomland'". Variety. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  39. ^ Shirley, Don (1993-05-25). "THEATER REVIEW : Father Knows Best in 'Alone Together'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  40. ^ "Review: 'Alone Together'". Variety. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  41. ^ "Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charen". Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  42. ^ "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  43. ^ "Mother". Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  44. ^ "Henry the IV Parts I & II". Retrieved 2013-11-19.

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