Tobolowsky at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
|Born||Stephen Harold Tobolowsky
May 30, 1951
Dallas, Texas, United States
|Years active||1976 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Ann Hearn (m. 1988)|
Stephen Harold Tobolowsky (born May 30, 1951) is an American character actor, author, and musician. He is known for film roles such as annoying insurance salesman Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day and amnesiac Sammy Jankis in Christopher Nolan's Memento, as well as such television characters as Commissioner Hugo Jarry (Deadwood), Bob Bishop (Heroes), Sandy Ryerson (Glee), and Stu Beggs (Californication).
Tobolowsky has a monthly audio podcast, The Tobolowsky Files, of autobiographical stories of his acting and personal life. He has also authored The Dangerous Animals Club and Cautionary Tales based on these original stories. Since March 2015 he has run a weekly second podcast called Big Problems - An Advice Podcast.
Tobolowsky has appeared in over 200 films, plus many television projects. He has worked in the theater as well, directing and acting in plays in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He directed one movie, Two Idiots in Hollywood, based on his play of the same name. He also co-wrote the film True Stories with David Byrne and Beth Henley. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for the 2002 revival of Mornings at Seven.
On October 29, 2009, Tobolowsky started a new podcast on /Film called The Tobolowsky Files, where he tells stories, in a similar fashion to Tobolowsky's film Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party. The show was picked up by Public Radio International in 2012.
Tobolowsky was born in Dallas, Texas, to a Jewish family (from Russia and Poland). He grew up creating imaginative games with his brother and his story The Dangerous Animals Club paints a picture of how unsupervised children in the 20th century could amuse themselves. He showed talent at baseball, but a serious childhood illness stopped his career as an athlete before it got started. He graduated from Justin F. Kimball High School and Southern Methodist University. He is the cousin of former Dallas attorney, Ira Tobolowsky.
|2016||The Confirmation||Father Lyons|
|2015||Hollywood Adventures||Wronald Wright|
|2014||Christian Mingle||Douglas McCarver|
|2014||Atlas Shrugged: Part III||Dr. Hugh Akston|
|2014||Mr. Peabody & Sherman||Principal Purdy||Voice|
|2013||Toy Story of Terror!||Ron the hotel manager||Voice|
|2012||The Lorax||Uncle Ubb||Voice|
|2011||The Last Ride||Ray|
|2011||You May Not Kiss the Bride||Plumber|
|2009||The Time Traveler's Wife||Dr. Kendrick|
|2008||Beethoven's Big Break||Sal|
|2007||Loveless in Los Angeles||Jon|
|2007||Boxboarders!||Dr. Stephen James|
|2006||National Lampoon's Totally Baked: A Potumentary||Jesco Rollins|
|2006||Blind Dating||Dr. Perkins|
|2006||Pope Dreams||Carl Venable|
|2006||Failure to Launch||Bud|
|2006||The Sasquatch Gang||Ernie Dalrymple|
|2005||Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party||Himself|
|2005||Robots||Bigmouth Executive, Forge||Voice|
|2005||Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous||Tom Abernathy|
|2004||Debating Robert Lee||Debate Judge|
|2004||Little Black Book||Carl|
|2004||Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!||George Ruddy|
|2003||Frankie and Johnny Are Married||Murray Mintz|
|2003||Freaky Friday||Mr. Bates|
|2003||View from the Top||Frank Thomas||Uncredited|
|2003||National Security||Billy Narthax|
|2002||Adaptation||Ranger Steve Neely||Scenes cut|
|2002||The Country Bears||Norbert Barrington|
|2002||Love Liza||Tom Bailey|
|2001||Freddy Got Fingered||Uncle Neil||Scenes cut|
|2001||The Day the World Ended||Principal Ed Turner|
|1999||Don't Look Under The Bed||Michael McCausland|
|1999||The Insider||Eric Kluster|
|1998||The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars||Calculator||Voice|
|1997||Mr. Magoo||Agent Chuck Stupak|
|1996||Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco||Bando||Voice|
|1996||The Glimmer Man||Christopher Maynard|
|1995||Murder in the First||Mr. Henkin|
|1995||Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde||Oliver Mintz|
|1994||Radioland Murders||Max Applewhite|
|1993||Groundhog Day||Ned Ryerson|
|1993||The Pickle||Mike Krakower|
|1993||Calendar Girl||Antonio Gallo|
|1993||Josh and S.A.M.||Thom Whitney|
|1992||Sneakers||Dr. Werner Brandes|
|1992||Single White Female||Mitchell Myerson|
|1992||Memoirs of an Invisible Man||Warren Singleton|
|1992||Basic Instinct||Dr. Lamott|
|1991||Thelma & Louise||Max|
|1990||Mirror, Mirror||Mr. Anderson|
|1990||Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael||Mayor Bill Klepler|
|1990||Funny About Love||Hugo|
|1990||Bird on a Wire||Joe Weyburn|
|1989||Great Balls of Fire!||Jud Phillips|
|1988||Mississippi Burning||Clayton Townley|
|1987||Spaceballs||Captain of the Guard|
|1984||The Philadelphia Experiment||Barney|
|2017||One Day at a Time||Dr. Berkowitz|
|2016||Blunt Talk||Alan Rudolph||Episode: "Walter Has to Look After Walter"|
|2016||Silicon Valley||Jack Barker||7 episodes|
|2016||Fuller House||Mr. Gerald||Episode: "The Not-So-Great Escape"|
|2015||Another Period||Thomas Edison||Episode: "Rejects Beach"|
|2015||Big Time in Hollywood, FL||Alan Dolfe|
|2014||Friends with Better Lives||Dr. Adleman|
|2014–2016||The Goldbergs||Principal Ball||17 episodes|
|2012–2013||Justified||FBI Agent Jerry Barkley||3 episodes|
|2012, 2016||The Mindy Project||Marc Shulman||4 episodes|
|2012||Work It||Dr. David Deutsch||Episode: "Shake Your Moneymaker"|
|2011–2014||Californication||Stu Beggs||30 episodes|
|2011||Community||Professor Peter Sheffield||Episode: "Competitive Wine Tasting"|
|2010||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Edwin Adelson|
|2010||True Jackson, VP||Lars Balthazar|
|2009–2011||Glee||Sandy Ryerson||8 episodes|
|2009||The New Adventures of Old Christine||Principal James Merrow|
|2008||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Spencer Freiberg||Episode: "Two and a Half Deaths"|
|2007–2008||Heroes||Bob Bishop||11 episodes|
|2007||Entourage||Mayor of Beverly Hills||Episode: "Sorry, Harvey"|
|2007||John From Cincinnati||Mark Lewinsky|
|2006–2007||Big Day||The Garf|
|2006||Desperate Housewives||Bud Penrod||Episode: "No One Is Alone"|
|2005||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Len Dunkel|
|2004||Complete Savages||Mr. Frehley|
|2004||The West Wing||Dr. Max Milkman||Episode: "The Stormy Present"|
|2004||Will and Grace||Ned Weathers|
|2003–2005||CSI: Miami||Assistant State Attorney Don Haffman|
|2003||Las Vegas||Donny Rollins|
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Jim Halliwell|
|2002||Malcolm in the Middle||Mr. Fisher|
|2001||The Lone Gunmen||Adam Burgess|
|2001||Off Centre||Milt Flack|
|1999||That '70s Show||The Professor|
|1997||The Drew Carey Show||The Councilman||Episode: "The Dog and Pony Show"|
|1993||Civil Wars||Eugene Paxton||Episode: "A Liver Runs Through It"|
|1991||Seinfeld||Tor||Episode: "The Heart Attack"|
|1989||L.A. Law||Dr. Michael Segal||Episode: "Lie Down and Deliver"|
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