Michael Kostroff

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Michael Kostroff
Born (1961-05-22) May 22, 1961 (age 57)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present

Michael Kostroff (born May 22, 1961) is an American actor. He appeared on the HBO program The Wire as defense attorney Maurice Levy.[1][2] Kostroff starred in the fifth season of the series and appeared in all four earlier seasons as a guest star.

Life and career[edit]

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.[3]

He also volunteered on the Barack Obama campaign.[4]

Kostroff is the brother of Nina Kostroff Noble, a television producer who was an executive producer of The Wire.

Kostroff guest stars on the Disney Channel series Sonny with a Chance as Marshall Pike, the executive producer and the creator of So Random!.

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.



Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Steven Banks Show Pepper Television guest appearances
1995 Partners Harried Man TV series
1995 General Hospital Francis TV series
1997 NewsRadio Carl 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 Felicity Bill 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
2013 Banshee Wicks 1 episode
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
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Liar Liar Tom the Attorney
2008 Eagle Eye Jeweler
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


  1. ^ "Cast & Crew - Michael Kostroff as Maurice "Maury" Levy". HBO. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  2. ^ "Character profile - Maurice "Maury" Levy". HBO. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  3. ^ Letters from Backstage
  4. ^ J. Patrick Coolican. "Actor wired in to Obama camp", Las Vegas Sun, 2008 January 13. Retrieved on 2008 June 27.

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