Stephen Tobolowsky

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Stephen Tobolowsky
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Tobolowsky at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
Born Stephen Harold Tobolowsky
(1951-05-30) May 30, 1951 (age 66)
Dallas, Texas, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1976 – present
Spouse(s) Ann Hearn (m. 1988)
Children 2

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 agent Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day[1] 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), Stu Beggs (Californication), and Action Jack Barker (Silicon Valley).

Tobolowsky has a monthly audio podcast, The Tobolowsky Files, of autobiographical stories of his acting and personal life.[2] Since March 2015 he has run a weekly second podcast called Big Problems - An Advice Podcast, though as of May 2017 it has not been updated in nearly two years.[3]

He has also authored three books: The Dangerous Animals Club and Cautionary Tales are based on original stories from his Podcast The Tobolowsky Files,.[4] My Adventures With God (Simon & Schuster April 18, 2017),[5] a humorous, introspective story collection about love, catastrophe, and triumph, all told through the lens of Tobolowsky's evolving relationship with the mystery that is “God.”

Early life and education[edit]

Tobolowsky was born to a Jewish family[6] (from Russia and Poland) in Dallas, Texas. 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.[7][8] He is the cousin of former Dallas attorney Ira Tobolowsky,[9] who was murdered in his home in 2016—a mystery that remains unsolved.[10] Tobolowsky also played in a band called A Cast of Thousands which had two songs, "Red, White and Blue" and "I Heard a Voice Last Night" on a compilation of local Dallas bands called A New Hi. Both of these songs featured Steve Vaughan on guitar who would be later known as Stevie Ray Vaughan.[11]

Career[edit]

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.[12] 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.[13][14] The show was picked up by Public Radio International in 2012.[15]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Mamaboy Reverend Weld
2017 Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown Andy Gunderson (voice)
2016 The Confirmation Father Lyons
2016 6 Love Stories Professor John Dobler
2016 Welcome to the Men's Group Carl
2015 Mamaboy Reverend Weld
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)
2014 The Barber Chief Gary Hardaway
2013 Toy Story of Terror! Ron the hotel manager (voice)
2012 Pearblossom Hwy Rick Lawler
2012 The Lorax Uncle Ubb (voice)
2012 A Little Something on the Side Larry Short film
2011 The Last Ride Ray
2011 You May Not Kiss the Bride Plumber
2010 Peep World Ephraim
2010 Hard Breakers Ephraim
2010 Buried Alan Davenport (voice)
2009 The Time Traveler's Wife Dr. Kendrick
2008 Beethoven's Big Break Sal
2008 The Rainbow Tribe Principal Sands
2007 Loveless in Los Angeles Jon
2007 Boxboarders! Dr. Stephen James
2007 Wild Hogs Charley
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 Living 'til the End Dr. Shaw
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 Garfield Happy Chapman
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 Ritual Dr. Javitz Uncredited
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 Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes Dewey Wise
2001 The Day the World Ended Principal Ed Turner
2001 The Prime Gig Mick
2000 Stanley's Gig Abe Cohen
2000 Memento Sammy Jankis
2000 The Operator Doc
2000 Bossa Nova Trevor
2000 Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes Dewey Wise
1999 Don't Look Under The Bed Michael McCausland
1999 One Man's Hero Captain Gaine
1999 The Insider Eric Kluster
1998 The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars Calculator (voice)
1998 Around the Fire Doc
1998 The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story Tabaqui (voice)
1998 Black Dog McClaren
1998 An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn Bill Bardo
1997 Mr. Magoo Agent Chuck Stupak
1997 The Curse of Inferno Lonnie Martin
1997 Boys Life 2 Father John
1996 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco Bando (voice)
1996 Power 98 Rick Harris
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
1994 My Father the Hero Mike
1994 Trevor Father Jon
1993 Groundhog Day Ned Ryerson
1993 Romeo Is Bleeding District Attorney Uncredited
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 Hero Wallace
1992 Where the Day Takes You Charles
1992 Basic Instinct Dr. Lamott
1991 Wedlock Warden Holliday
1991 Thelma & Louise Max
1990 Mirror, Mirror Mr. Anderson
1990 The Grifters Jeweler
1990 Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael Mayor Bill Klepler
1990 Funny About Love Hugo
1990 Bird on a Wire Joe Weyburn
1989 In Country Pete
1989 Great Balls of Fire! Jud Phillips
1989 Breaking In District Attorney
1989 Checking Out Pharmacist
1988 Two Idiots in Hollywood Prosecuting Attorney Also writer and director
1988 Mississippi Burning Clayton Townley
1987 Spaceballs Captain of the Guard
1986 Nobody's Fool Kirk
1984 Swing Shift French deMille / Documentary Narrator
1984 The Philadelphia Experiment Barney
1977 Keep My Grave Open Robert

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 The Loud House Principal Huggins (voice) 2 episodes
2017–present One Day at a Time Dr. Berkowitz 10 episodes
2016–2017 Justice League Action Martin Stein (voice) 5 episodes
2016 Blunt Talk Alan Rudolph Episode: "Walter Has to Look After Walter"
2016–2017 Silicon Valley Jack Barker 13 episodes
2016 Fuller House Mr. Gerald Episode: "The Not-So-Great Escape"
2015 Another Period Thomas Edison Episode: "Rejects Beach"
2015 Dr. Ken Joe Episode: "Pilot"
2015 Big Time in Hollywood, FL Alan Dolfe 8 episodes
2014 The Hotwives Phil 7 episodes
2014 Hello Ladies: The Movie Alan Television film
2014 Friends with Better Lives Dr. Adleman Episode: "Game Sext Match"
2014–2016 The Goldbergs Principal Ball 17 episodes
2012–2016 The Mindy Project Marc Shulman 4 episodes
2012–2013 Justified FBI Agent Jerry Barkley 3 episodes
2012 Work It Dr. David Deutsch Episode: "Shake Your Moneymaker"
2011–2014 Californication Stu Beggs 30 episodes
2011 Pound Puppies Mr. Geekman (voice) Episode: "Taboo"
2011 The Defenders Judge Gelineau Episode: "Nevada v. Wayne"
2011 Community Professor Peter Sheffield Episode: "Competitive Wine Tasting"
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Edwin Adelson Episode: "Bullseye"
2010 True Jackson, VP Lars Balthazar Episode: "Saving Snackleberry"
2010 The Sarah Silverman Program Bill Fantastimart Episode: "A Fairly Attractive Mind"
2009–2011 Glee Sandy Ryerson 8 episodes
2008 Rita Rocks Bill Bowman Episode: "Get Off Off of My Cloud"
2009 The New Adventures of Old Christine Principal James Merrow 2 episodes
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Spencer Freiberg Episode: "Two and a Half Deaths"
2007–2008 Heroes Bob Bishop 11 episodes
2007 Raines Wally Anderson Episode: "Stone Dead"
2007 The Valley of Light Littlefield Television film
2007 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Joe Episode: "The Friday Night Slaughter"
2007 Boston Legal Dr. Alvin Azinabinacroft Episode: "The Good Lawyer"
2007 Entourage Mayor of Beverly Hills Episode: "Sorry, Harvey"
2007 John From Cincinnati Mark Lewinsky 3 episodes
2006–2007 Big Day The Garf 6 episodes
2006 Desperate Housewives Bud Penrod Episode: "No One Is Alone"
2006 Night Stalker Titus Berry Episode: "Timeless"
2006 Ghost Whisperer Dr. Edward Episode: "Dead Man's Ridge"
2005–2006 Deadwood Hugo Jarry 9 episodes
2005 Reba Judge Episode: "Grannies Gone Wild"
2005 The Closer James Bloom Episode: "The Butler Did It"
2005 Curb Your Enthusiasm Len Dunkel Episode: "The Seder"
2005 McBride: The Doctor Is Out... Really Out Harry Evers Television film
2005 American Dragon: Jake Long Stan Lipkowski (voice) Episodes: "Old School Training," "Adventures in Troll-Sitting"
2004 According to Jim Dr. Ted Episode: "The Marriage Bank"
2004 Married to the Kellys Henry Conway Episode: "Talk Radio"
2004 Complete Savages Mr. Frehley Episode: "Voodude"
2004 The West Wing Dr. Max Milkman Episode: "The Stormy Present"
2004 It's All Relative Roy Episode: "Philip in a China Shop"
2004 Will and Grace Ned Weathers Episode: "Company"
2003–2005 CSI: Miami Assistant State Attorney Don Haffman 5 episodes
2003 The Dead Zone Dr. Jim Pratt Episode: "Plague"
2003 Oliver Beene Ringmaster Bob Episode: "Divorce-o-Rama"
2003 Lloyd in Space (voice) Episode: "At Home with the Bolts"
2003 Kingpin Dr. Klein's lawyer Episode: "Black Magic Woman"
2003 Las Vegas Donny Rollins Episode: "Donny, We Hardly Knew Ye"
2002 Do Over Mr. Meyers Episode: "The Block Party"
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jim Halliwell Episode: "Malignant"
2002 Malcolm in the Middle Mr. Fisher Episode: "Lois' Makeover"
2001 Black River Mayor Tom Thompson Television film
2001 The Lone Gunmen Adam Burgess Episode: "Madam, I'm Adam"
2001 The Day the World Ended Principal Ed Turner Television film
2001 Off Centre Milt Flack Episode: "Swing Time"
2001 King of the Hill Dr. Benson, Burt Halverstrom (voice) Episode: "The Exterminator"
2001 Bull Mr. Siegel Episode: "Blood, Flopsweat and Tears"
2001 Roswell Julius Walters Episode: "Secrets and Lies"
2000 That's Life Study Advisor Roger Robinson Episode: "The Screw-Up"
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Gil (voice) Episode: "Mindwarp"
2000 Alien Fury: Countdown to Invasion B.J. McQueen Television film
2000 Manhattan, AZ Dr. Bob 6 episodes
1999 Snoops Michael Bench 3 episodes
1999 Odd Man Out Alan Carlson Episode: "In the Name of the Father"
1999 Two Guys and a Girl Father Viteri Episode: "Berg's New Roommate"
1999 That '70s Show The Professor Episode: "Laurie and the Professor"
1999 Don't Look Under the Bed Michael McCausland Television film
1999 The Practice Clyde Burrows Episode: "Closet Justice"
1999 Mad About You Principal Hocksacker Episode: "Uncle Phil Goes Back to High School"
1998, 2000 Any Day Now Mr. Brinkman 2 episodes
1998 Vengeance Unlimited Mayor Bob Laird Episode: "Eden"
1998 Suddenly Susan Dr. Gerken Episode: "Don't Tell"
1998 Disney's Hercules: The Animated Series Numericles (voice) Episode: "Hercules and the Techno Greeks"
1998 The Closer Phil Episode: "Morality Bites"
1997–1998 Life with Louie (voice) 2 episodes
1997 Promised Land Fred Argyle Episode: "Par for the Course"
1997 Murder One Dr. Andross 3 episodes
1997 The Naked Truth Vincent Hartford Episode: "The Birds"
1997 The Drew Carey Show The Councilman Episode: "The Dog and Pony Show"
1996–1997 Mr. Rhodes Ray Heary 17 episodes
1996 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Principal Flutie Unaired pilot
1996 Night Visitors Taylor Television film
1996 The Pretender Dr. Alan Trader Episode: "Pilot"
1996 The Home Court Jeffrey Solomon Episode: "Touched by an Anger"
1995 Chicago Hope Dr. Ted Joseph 2 episodes
1995 A Whole New Ballgame Dr. Warner Brakefield 2 episodes
1995 Dweebs Karl 10 episodes
1994 Blue Skies Oak 8 episodes
1994 Harts of the West Dave's former boss Episode: "Back in the Panties Again"
1993 Against the Grain Niles Hardeman 8 episodes
1993 Café Americain Roger Episode: "Toast of the Town"
1993 When Love Kills: The Seduction of John Hearn Detective Keefe Television film
1993 Civil Wars Eugene Paxton Episode: "A Liver Runs Through It"
1993 Picket Fences Ben Sasha Episode: "Be My Valentine"
1991 Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster Sergeant Phil Baranski Television film
1991 Deadly Medicine Ron Sutton Television film
1991 The Marla Hanson Story Defense Attorney Television film
1991 Baby Talk Dr. Ezra Farr Episode: "The Whiz Kid"
1991 Down Home Honis Episode: "Mail Order Tran"
1991 Tagget Al Hentz Television film
1991 Seinfeld Tor Episode: "The Heart Attack"
1990 Last Flight Out Doctor Timothy Brandon Television film
1989 Lifestories Josh Gant Episode: "Art Conforti"
1989 L.A. Law Dr. Michael Segal Episode: "Lie Down and Deliver"
1989 Roe vs. Wade Darryl Horwath Television film
1987 The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Alex Episode: "Here's Why You Should Never Wear High Heels to the Bank"
1986 227 Professor Episode: "We the People"
1986 Designing Women Boyd Episode: "Design House"
1985 Stir Crazy Salesman Episode: "Where's Mary?"
1985 Cagney & Lacey Russell Phelps Episode: "Ordinary Hero"
1985 Falcon Crest Doctor Episode: "The Phoenix"
1985 Knots Landing Steve Comiskey Episode: "A Man of Good Will"
1985 Alice Caveman Carl Episode: "Vera, the Nightbird"
1983 Cocaine and Blue Eyes TV Clerk Television film

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Tobolowsky Files Ep. 29 – The Classic". slashfilm.com. 
  2. ^ "iTunes - Podcasts - The Tobolowsky Files by PRI". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  3. ^ "Big Problems". Retrieved 2015-04-24. 
  4. ^ "Stephen Tobolowsky at". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  5. ^ 1951-, Tobolowsky, Stephen,. My adventures with God. ISBN 9781476766461. OCLC 952647620. 
  6. ^ Tablet Magazine: "The Stephen Show Episode 92: Actor Stephen Tobolowsky tells us what it’s really like being Jewish in Hollywood and Esquire writer Stephen Marche breaks down modern gender dynamics" by Stephen Marche retrieved June 2, 2017
  7. ^ Currey, Mason. "Stephen Tobolowsky: What I learned in the seventh grade". Slate.com. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  8. ^ Cohen, Susan (2012-11-07). "Character actor Stephen Tobolowsky writes his first book". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  9. ^ Dolsten, Josefin (18 May 2016). "Who Was Prominent Dallas Lawyer Ira Tobolowsky – and Did 'Jihad' Man Want Him Dead?". Forward.com. The Forward Association. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  10. ^ Thompson, Jamie (May 2017) "‘A Place Where Something Evil Happened’" DMagazine.com | D Magazine
  11. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Various-A-New-Hi-Dallas-1971-Part-1/release/5828010
  12. ^ Phipps, Keith (2011-08-02). "Random Roles Stephen Tobolowsky". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  13. ^ Tobolowsky, Stephen (September 16, 2010). "Op-Ed Contributor - They Had Great Character". NYTimes.com. www.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  14. ^ Chapman, Glen (March 16, 2010). "Celebrating Stephen Tobolowsky". Den of Geek. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  15. ^ Public Radio International® signs actor, writer Stephen Tobolowsky to create new storytelling series for radio, prnewswire.com; accessed April 8, 2015.

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