Stephen Tobolowsky
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Stephen Harold Tobolowsky is an American character actor. He is known for film roles such as insurance agent Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day and amnesiac Sammy Jankis in Memento, as well as such television characters as Commissioner Hugo Jarry in Deadwood, Bob Bishop in Heroes, Sandy Ryerson in Glee, Stu Beggs in Californication and White Famous, "Action" Jack Barker in Silicon Valley, Dr. Leslie Berkowitz in One Day at a Time, Principal Earl Ball in The Goldbergs, and Dr. Schulman in The Mindy Project. Tobolowsky was born on May 30, 1951, in Dallas, Texas. He studied geology at Southern Methodist University but switched to theater after being cast in a production of "The Crucible." He later attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he graduated with a degree in drama. Tobolowsky began his acting career in the early 1980s, appearing in films such as The Philadelphia Experiment (1984), Nobody's Fool (1986), and Spaceballs (1987). He also had a recurring role on the television series Seinfeld (1989-1998). Tobolowsky's breakthrough role came in 1993, when he played Ned Ryerson in the comedy Groundhog Day. His performance in the film was critically acclaimed, and he has since become one of the most recognizable character actors in Hollywood. Tobolowsky has continued to work steadily in film and television over the years. He has appeared in numerous other films, including Memento (2000), Mulholland Drive (2001), and The Informant! (2009). He has also had recurring roles on the television series Deadwood (2004-2006), Heroes (2006-2007), Californication (2007-2014), and Silicon Valley (2014-2019). In addition to his acting career, Tobolowsky is also a writer and a podcaster. He has written two books, The Dangerous Animals Club (2002) and The Tobolowsky Files (2017). He also hosts the podcast The Tobolowsky Files, in which he tells stories about his life and career.
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Stephen Harold Tobolowsky is an American character actor. He is known for film roles such as insurance agent Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day and amnesiac Sammy Jankis in Memento, as well as such television characters as Commissioner Hugo Jarry in Deadwood, Bob Bishop in Heroes, Sandy Ryerson in Glee, Stu Beggs in Californication and White Famous, "Action" Jack Barker in Silicon Valley, Dr. Leslie Berkowitz in One Day at a Time, Principal Earl Ball in The Goldbergs, and Dr. Schulman in The Mindy Project. Tobolowsky was born on May 30, 1951, in Dallas, Texas. He studied geology at Southern Methodist University but switched to theater after being cast in a production of "The Crucible." He later attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he graduated with a degree in drama. Tobolowsky began his acting career in the early 1980s, appearing in films such as The Philadelphia Experiment (1984), Nobody's Fool (1986), and Spaceballs (1987). He also had a recurring role on the television series Seinfeld (1989-1998). Tobolowsky's breakthrough role came in 1993, when he played Ned Ryerson in the comedy Groundhog Day. His performance in the film was critically acclaimed, and he has since become one of the most recognizable character actors in Hollywood. Tobolowsky has continued to work steadily in film and television over the years. He has appeared in numerous other films, including Memento (2000), Mulholland Drive (2001), and The Informant! (2009). He has also had recurring roles on the television series Deadwood (2004-2006), Heroes (2006-2007), Californication (2007-2014), and Silicon Valley (2014-2019). In addition to his acting career, Tobolowsky is also a writer and a podcaster. He has written two books, The Dangerous Animals Club (2002) and The Tobolowsky Files (2017). He also hosts the podcast The Tobolowsky Files, in which he tells stories about his life and career.
Known For
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
CSI: Miami
Tony Awards
Curb Your Enthusiasm
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
L.A. Law
Crazy like a Fox
Ghost Whisperer
The Pretender
Community
Las Vegas
Boston Legal
The Practice
Desperate Housewives
Californication
Cagney & Lacey
King of the Hill
Justified
Alice
Chicago Hope
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Seinfeld
Mad About You
We Bare Bears
Green Eggs and Ham
Malcolm in the Middle
227
No Activity
Knots Landing
The Mindy Project
Glee
That '70s Show
Archer
The Really Loud House
The New Adventures of Old Christine
The West Wing
According to Jim
Shannon's Deal
Reba
The Closer
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
The Naked Truth
Dicktown
Hello Ladies
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Kingpin
The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd
Minx
Deadwood
Frog and Toad
Another Period
Raines
Fuller House
Heroes
John from Cincinnati
Harts of the West
Friends with Better Lives
Will & Grace
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
Freddy Got Fingered
Candy Cane Lane
Sneakers
View from the Top
Robots
On The Edge
Spaceballs
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
The Lorax
Black Dog
The Hotwives of Orlando
Silicon Valley
Failure to Launch
Basic Instinct
Wild Hogs
Mirror Mirror
The Country Bears
Radioland Murders
The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story
Freaky Friday 2
The Insider
Hero
Thelma & Louise
My Father the Hero
Mississippi Burning
White Famous
Poolman
Nobody's Fool
Memento
One Day at a Time
The Time Traveler's Wife
Haul Out the Holly
Hello Ladies: The Movie
Little Black Book
Freaky Friday
Bird on a Wire
Funny About Love
Mr. Magoo
Single White Female
Against the Grain
Wedlock
Toy Story of Terror!
Buried
Tagget
Beethoven's Big Break
Groundhog Day
Alien Fury: Countdown to Invasion
Fractured
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
Big Time in Hollywood, Fl
Dweebs
Christian Mingle
Mr. Rhodes
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