Michael Stahl-David

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Michael Stahl-David
Born (1982-10-28) October 28, 1982 (age 34)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 2001–present

Michael Stahl-David (born October 28, 1982) is an American actor, known for his role as Sean Donnelly on the NBC drama series The Black Donnellys and his lead role as Robert Hawkins in the J. J. Abrams-produced film Cloverfield.

Early life[edit]

Stahl-David was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of physicians.[1] He graduated from Columbia College Chicago. He is the older brother to Eric Stahl-David and R. Andrew Stahl-David, both of whom graduated from Whitney Young Magnet High School. Prior to his acting career, Stahl-David was a graffiti artist in Chicago.[2]


Stahl-David began his acting career in 2001, when he played a minor role of Rossetti in New Port South. Later in 2003, he also played a minor role as Craig in Uncle Nino. During this time he was active in the Chicago theater scene, appearing in plays at the Steppenwolf Theatre (One Arm, Theater District), Victory Gardens Theater (Cider House Rules, Lost in Yonkers), and the Goodman Theatre (The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?) Shortly after arriving in New York in 2005, he appeared as Peter in The Diary of Anne Frank at the Papermill Playhouse. In the winter of 2007 he enjoyed critical success in his role in The Overwhelming Off-Broadway.[3] Stahl-David began his television acting career in 2007, when he made a guest appearance as Riordan Grady in the series Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode "Players". Later in 2007, he portrayed Sean Donnelly, one of the four Irish brothers, in the short-lived series The Black Donnellys. His most recent film appearance was in J.J. Abrams' Cloverfield as Rob. In September 2008, Stahl-David starred in and directed the web series Michael Stahl-David: Behind the Star on Crackle.[4]

In 2010, Stahl-David starred in the ABC mockumentary series My Generation,[5] which was cancelled after two episodes due to low ratings.[6] Stahl-David starred as Kevin in the Off-Broadway play Picked at New York City's Vineyard Theatre from April 6 to May 15, 2011.[7] Stahl-David also starred in the 2014 paranormal romance film In Your Eyes as one of the lead roles.


Year Title Role Notes
2001 New Port South Rossetti
2003 Uncle Nino Craig
2008 Cloverfield Robert "Rob" Hawkins
2008 Project, TheThe Project Justin
2010 No Deal Mark Short film; also producer and writer
2012 Girls Against Boys Simon
2013 Love & Air Sex Stan
2013 Congress, TheThe Congress Steve
2013 Mutual Friends Paul
2014 Take Care Kyle
2014 In Your Eyes Dylan Kershaw
2014 Lay in Wait Robert Short film
2016 LBJ Robert F. Kennedy In post-production
2016 Promise, TheThe Promise Brad
2017 Light of the Moon, TheThe Light of the Moon Matt In post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Black Donnellys, TheThe Black Donnellys Sean "Seanny" Donnelly Main cast; 13 episodes
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Riordan Grady Episode: "Players"
2009 Kings Paul Ash 3 episodes
2009 Numbers Josh Skinner Episode: "Animal Rites"
2009 Mercy Phil Episode: "I Believe You Conrad"
2010 My Generation Steven Foster Main cast; 2 episodes
2012 Person of Interest William Ingram 2 episodes
2013 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Teddy Episode: "Teddy Trouble..."
2014 New Girl Ian Episode: "Goldmine"
2015 Newsreaders Chip Dunstreet Episode: "How the Sausage Is Made; Lottery Winners Lose"
2015 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Nathan Bacevich Episode: "Undisclosed Recipients"
2015 Show Me a Hero James Surdoval Miniseries; 6 episodes
2015 Just in Time for Christmas Jason Stewart Television film
2017 Narcos DEA agent Chris Feistl Main cast for Season 3
Year Title Role Notes
2008 T Takes The guest in room 102 Episode: "Room 102"


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Strangers Knocking N/A Acorn Theater
May 14 – June 3, 2007
2007 Overwhelming, TheThe Overwhelming Geoffrey Exley Laura Pels Theatre
October 23 – December 23, 2007
2011 Picked Kevin Vineyard Theatre
April 6 – May 15, 2011
2013–14 Commons of Pensacola, TheThe Commons of Pensacola Gabe Manhattan Theatre Club
November 21, 2013 – February 9, 2014
2015–16 Buzzer Don The Public Theater
March 21, 2015 – April 28, 2015


  1. ^ "Michael Stahl-David, Evil Face Interview: Bradway.com Buzz". Broadway.com. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  2. ^ Elder, Robert K. (January 18, 2008). "'Cloverfield' star a local artist in several media". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ New York times October 24, 2007
  4. ^ "Worth watching: 'Behind the Star' with Michael Stahl-David". LA Times. 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  5. ^ "ABC Unveils 2010–11 Primetime Schedule". The Futon Critic. May 18, 2010. Retrieved May 29, 2010. 
  6. ^ Gorman, Bill (October 1, 2010). "ABC Cancels 'My Generation'". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Picked". Vineyard Theatre. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 

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