May 22, 1961|
New York City, New York, U.S.
Michael Kostroff (born May 22, 1961) is an American actor. He appeared on the HBO program The Wire as defense attorney Maurice Levy. Kostroff starred in the fifth season of the series and appeared in all four earlier seasons as a guest star.
Life and career
From 2002 to 2003, Kostroff performed in the first national tour of Mel Brooks' Broadway hit The Producers, and from 2003 to 2004, he played the comic villain Thénardier in the touring company of Les Misérables.
Kostroff is the author of the book, Letters from Backstage, a chronicle of his time on the road.
Kostroff is the brother of Nina Kostroff Noble, a television producer who was an executive producer of The Wire.
Kostroff is an active member of the Musical Theatre Guild, a Los Angeles–based theatre company that performs rarely seen musicals, where he was part of the touring production of Les Misérables as Monsieur Thénardier.
Kostroff writes a Backstage advice column for actors.
|1994||The Steven Banks Show||Pepper||Television guest appearances|
|1995||Partners||Harried Man||TV series|
|1995||General Hospital||Francis||TV series|
|1999||Ladies Man||Alan||TV series|
|1999||Port Charles||Johnny LaLa||TV series|
|2000–2001||The Geena Davis Show||Mr. Kern||TV series, 3 episodes|
|2001||Surviving Gilligan's Island: The Incredibly True Story of the Longest Three Hour Tour in History||Editor||TV movie|
|2001||Blunt||Det. Prang||TV movie|
|2001||Providence||Floral Designer||TV series, 1 episode|
|2001||Men, Women & Dogs||Steve||1 episode|
|2001||Marco Polo: Return to Xanadu||Kubla Khan||TV movie|
|2001–2003||The King of Queens||Mr. Thompson||TV series, 3 episodes|
|2002||Malcolm in the Middle||Toadie||TV series|
|2002–2008||The Wire||Maurice 'Maury' Levy||TV series|
|2004||The West Wing||Richard Squire||TV series, 1 episode|
|2004||8 Simple Rules||Photographer||TV series, 1 episode|
|2005||The Inside||Rick Byers||TV series, 1 episode|
|2005||ER||Community Theatre Director||TV series, 1 episode|
|2006||Stacked||Alan||TV series, 1 episode|
|2006||Charmed||Mr. Metcalf||TV series, 1 episode|
|2005–2006||Boston Legal||Dr. David Cannon||TV series, 2 episodes|
|2005–2006||Veronica Mars||Mr. Pope||TV series, 3 episodes|
|2006||Commander in Chief||Reporter Cy||TV series, 1 episode|
|2006||The Closer||Dr. Sands||TV series, 2 episodes|
|2006||Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip||David Langenfeld||TV series, 2 episodes|
|2007||In Case of Emergency||Mr. Hunt||TV series, 1 episode|
|2007||The Wedding Bells||Milton Crest||TV series, 1 episode|
|2007||Dan's Detour of Life||Dan Ford||TV series, 1 episode|
|2008||Without a Trace||Dr. Cappell||TV series, 2 episodes|
|2009||Trust Me||Unknown||TV series, 1 episode|
|2009||Brothers & Sisters||Unknown||TV series, 1 episode|
|2009||Hit List||Mr. Weller||TV movie|
|2009–2010||Sonny with a Chance||Marshall Pike||TV series, recurring role|
|2010||Cold Case||Wilson Katz||TV series, 1 episode|
|2010||Sons of Tucson||Mr. Shuldiner||1 episode|
|2010||Party Down||Jeff Gold||1 episode|
|2010||Weeds||unnamed yet||TV series, 1 episode|
|2010||The Middle||unnamed yet||TV series, guest appearance|
|2012||Damages||Judge Richard Gearheart||5 episodes|
|2014||Louie||Man on Train||1 episode: Season 4 Episode 10|
|2014||Gotham||Officer Tannenbaum||1 episode: Season 1 Episode 1|
|2015||The Blacklist||Det. Martin Wilcox||4 episodes Season 2|
|2016||Vinyl||Allen Charnitski||1 episode|
|2016||Luke Cage||Dr. Noah Burstein||4 episodes|
|2017||The Wizard of Lies||Peter Madoff||TV movie|
|2017||The Deuce||Rizzi||6 episodes|
|1997||Liar Liar||Tom the Attorney|
|2011||Hit List||Mr. Weller|
|2016||Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer||Steve Goldfarb|
|2016||Hard Sell||Mr. Harrison|
|2017||Molly's Game||Louis Butterman|
|2018||Most Likely to Murder||Billy's Uncle Fred|
- "Cast & Crew - Michael Kostroff as Maurice "Maury" Levy". HBO. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
- "Character profile - Maurice "Maury" Levy". HBO. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
- Letters from Backstage
- J. Patrick Coolican. "Actor wired in to Obama camp", Las Vegas Sun, 2008 January 13. Retrieved on 2008 June 27.