Fisher Stevens

Fisher Stevens (born Steven Fisher; November 27, 1963) is an American actor, director, producer and writer. As an actor, he is best known for his portrayals of Ben Jabituya in Short Circuit (renamed "Ben Jahveri" in the sequel), Chuck Fishman on the 1990s television series Early Edition, and villainous computer genius Eugene "The Plague" Belford in Hackers. His most recent successes include winning the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for The Cove and the 2008 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature for Crazy Love. In addition, he has directed the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced documentary Before the Flood, executive produced by Martin Scorsese, which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and by National Geographic on October 21, 2016.

Fisher Stevens
Fisher Stevens at screening of Before the Flood (cropped).jpg
Stevens in 2016
Born
Steven Fisher

(1963-11-27) November 27, 1963 (age 56)
OccupationActor, director, producer, writer
Years active1981–present

Early lifeEdit

Fisher Stevens was born Steven Fisher in Chicago, the son of Sally, a painter and AIDS activist, and Norman Fisher, a furniture executive.[1]

Stevens grew up in the Chicago, Illinois area, living in Hyde Park, Highland Park, and Evanston[2] and describes himself as a "white Jewish kid from Chicago."[3] His parents divorced when he was 13, after which he moved to New York with his mother.[2] In the past, Stevens battled with Hodgkin's disease.[1]

At age 16, Stevens landed his first movie role, acting in the horror film The Burning. He completed one year at New York University before deciding to pursue acting full time.[2]

CareerEdit

He co-founded the Naked Angels Theater Company with longtime friends Rob Morrow, Nicole Burdette, Pippin Parker, Charles Landry, Nancy Travis and Ned Eisenberg in 1986. He also co-founded Greene Street Films, a film-production company located in Tribeca, New York City, in 1996. Stevens performed as Edgar Allan Poe on Lou Reed's album The Raven in 2003. He is an accomplished harmonica player.

As an actor, he is known for his roles as Chuck Fishman on Early Edition, Seamus O'Neill on Key West, Eugene "The Plague" Belford in Hackers, Iggy in Super Mario Bros., Hawk Ganz in The Flamingo Kid, and his role as Ben Jabituya/Jahveri in Short Circuit and Short Circuit 2, respectively.[3] His television credits include Columbo, Frasier, Friends, Law & Order, Key West, Damages, and Lost. He appeared on two episodes of the television series Numb3rs.[4]

Fisher also has a Broadway and off-Broadway career spanning nearly three decades. He played Jigger Craigin in the 1994 Lincoln Center revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. He had an early success in the 1982 Broadway production of Torch Song Trilogy playing David, the adopted son of the gay protagonist played by the show's writer Harvey Fierstein, and the original Broadway production of Brighton Beach Memoirs, where he succeeded Matthew Broderick in the starring role of Eugene. Throughout his career, he has acted in and directed more than 50 stage productions.[5]

In 2010, Fisher co-founded a new media and documentary film company, Insurgent Media, with Andrew Karsch and Erik H. Gordon.

In June 2010, Stevens made his major theatrical directing debut with John Leguizamo's one-man show, Ghetto Klown (originally called Klass Klown), which eventually ran on Broadway from March to July 2011.[6][7] The two had appeared together in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Public Theater about 20 years earlier. On July 13, 2012, PBS debuted Tales From a Ghetto Klown, a documentary about the development of the show which prominently features Stevens.[8]

In 2010, Stevens won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for co-producing The Cove.[9]

He directed the 2012 crime story Stand Up Guys, starring Al Pacino and Christopher Walken. He teamed up with Alexis Bloom to direct the film Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016.

FilmographyEdit

ActorEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1981 The Burning Woodstock
1983 Baby It's You Stage Manager
1984 The Brother from Another Planet Card Trickster
1984 The Flamingo Kid Hawk Ganz
1985 My Science Project Vince Latello
1986 Short Circuit Ben Jabituya
1986 The Boss' Wife Carlos Delgado
1988 Short Circuit 2 Ben Jahveri
1989 Bloodhounds of Broadway Hotfoot Harry
1990 Point of View Performer
1990 Reversal of Fortune David Marriott
1991 The Marrying Man Sammy
1991 Mystery Date Dwight
1992 Lift Joe Short
1992 Bob Roberts Rock Bork
1992 Hero Dir. of Channel 4 Crash Feature Cameo
1993 When the Party's Over Alexander
1993 Super Mario Bros. Iggy
1994 Nina Takes a Lover Paulie
1994 Only You Larry
1995 Cold Fever Jack
1995 Hackers The Plague
1996 The Pompatus of Love Sitcom Star
1997 Four Days in September Mowinkel
1999 Taxman Kenneth Green
1999 The Tic Code Morris
2000 Sam the Man Sam Manning
2000 Lisa Picard is Famous Fisher Stevens
2001 3 A.M. Haplin
2001 Prison Song Prosecutor
2001 Piñero Public Theatre Cashier
2002 Undisputed Ratbag
2003 Kill the Poor Stuffed Shirt
2003 Uptown Girls Fisher Stevens
2003 Anything Else Manager
2003 Easy Six Officer Donny
2003 Reply Blu (voice)
2004 On the Couch Gary Short
2005 Factotum Manny
2005 Undiscovered Garret Schweck
2005 Slow Burn Alan Turlock
2006 Kettle of Fish Bruce
2007 Red Angel David Short
2007 Awake Dr. Puttnam
2010 Fake Tom Kozinski
2010 Rio Sex Comedy Fish/Tourist Guide
2010 Rising Stars Mo
2010 The Experiment Archaleta
2010 Henry's Crime Eddie's Vibes
2012 One for the Money Morty Beyers
2012 LOL Roman
2013 Movie 43 Vrankovich/Minotaur
2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel M. Robin
2014 Mission Blue Himself Documentary
2014 United Passions Carl Hirschmann
2016 Hail, Caesar! Communist Writer
2018 Isle of Dogs Scrap (voice)
2019 Motherless Brooklyn Lou
2020 The French Dispatch Legal Advisor

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1980 One Life to Live Unknown role
1983 Ryan's Hope Henry Popkin
1984 CBS Schoolbreak Special Gary Gordon Season 1, episode 4
1986 Tall Tales & Legends Indian Chief Episode: Ponce de Leon
1989 Columbo Alex Brady Episode: Murder, Smoke, Shadows
1990 The Young Riders Bulldog Episode: Bull Dog
1991 General Motors Theatre Wally Zuckerman Episode: It's Called the Sugar Plum
1993 Key West Seamus O'Neill 13 episodes
1995 Friends Roger Episode: The One with the Boobies
1995 Homicide: Life on the Street Jonathan Heine Episode: Autofocus
1995 Law & Order Ross Fineman Episode: Angel
1996 The Right To Remain Silent Dale Meyerson Television Movie
1996–2000 Early Edition Chuck Fishman 48 episodes
2000 The Hunger Max Armstrong Episode: The Suction Method
2001 Frasier Dr. Sheldon Morey Episode: The Wizard and Roz
2001 100 Centre Street Ben Berkowitz Episode: Queenie's Running
2001 Jenifer Dr. Aaron Sanders Television Movie
2002 Is It College Yet? (voice) Television Movie
2002 Hack Donnie Franco Episode: Favors
2003 The Lives They Lived Narrator Television Movie
2004 Hope & Faith Nick Spinelli Episode: The Diner Show
2004 Dr. Vegas Charlie Episode: Dead Man, Live Bet
2004–07 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Performer 2 episodes
2008 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Lyle Korman Episode: Paddy's Pub: The Worst Bar in Philadelphia
2008–10 Lost George Minkowski 6 episodes
2009 Medium Neal Greybridge Episode: Medium is the Message
2009 Numb3rs John Buckley 2 episodes
2009 The Green Teem Jack Fisher Television Movie
2010 Ugly Betty Mr. Z Episode: Back in her Place
2010 The Mentalist Tolman Bunting Episode: 18-5-4
2011 Californication Zig Semetauer Episode: Monkey Business
2011 Damages Therapist 4 episodes
2012–16 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Performer 2 episodes
2015 Elementary Marty Ward Episode: Under My Skin
2015–20 The Blacklist Marvin Gerard 7 episodes
2016 The Night Of Saul the Pharmacist 3 episodes
2017 Red Oaks Jerry Episode: "Summer in the City"
2017 Vice Principals Brian Biehn 4 episodes
2017–20 The Good Fight Gabriel Kovac 3 episodes
2019 Succession Hugo Baker 5 episodes

DirectorEdit

Year Title Notes
1995 Call of the Wylie
1996 Phinehas
1998–99 Early Edition 2 episodes
2002 Just a Kiss
2007 Crazy Love co-directed with Dan Klores
2010–11 John Leguizamo - Ghetto Klown opened on Broadway, March 2011
2012 Stand Up Guys
2016 Before the Flood [10]
2016 Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
2019 And We Go Green
TBA Palmer

ProducerEdit

Year Title Notes
2000 Sam the Man
2001 The Château
2001 Piñero
2002 Swimfan
2003 Uptown Girls
2004 Yes
2005 Slow Burn
2006 A Prairie Home Companion
2006 Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos
2006 Wedding Daze
2007 Crazy Love
2007 Meet Bill
2007 Feast of Love
2007 Awake
2008 The Midnight Meat Train
2009 The Grean Teem
2009 Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach
2009 Tenderness
2009 The Cove
2011 Blank City
2011 Hollywood Renegade
2011 Bad Trip
2011 Mission Blue
2012 Beware of Mr. Baker
2015 Racing Extinction
2016 Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang
2016 Before the Flood
2020 Tiger King

WriterEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 Academy Award Best Documentary Feature The Cove Won
2012 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Documentary Series American Masters Nominated
2016 Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking Racing Extinction Nominated
2017 Bright Lights:
Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Documentary Program Nominated
2016 Cannes Film Festival Golden Eye Nominated
2016 Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award Before the Flood Nominated

NarratorEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Lipton, Michael A. (July 13, 1992). "The Two Lives of Catwoman – Couples, Batman Returns, Fisher Stevens, Michelle Pfeiffer". People. Retrieved April 22, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Johnson, Steven (June 26, 1986). "FISHER STEVENS SCOOTS INTO THE LIMELIGHT 'SHORT CIRCUIT' ROLE PUTS CHICAGO NATIVE ON FAST TRACK". Chicago Tribune. p. 11.
  3. ^ a b Steve Weinstein (August 2, 1988). "Shooting Stars: 'Short Circuit's' Stevens No Foreigner to Ethnic Roles". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 7, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  4. ^ Fisher Stevens on IMDb
  5. ^ "Biography for Fisher Stevens". Internet Movie Database.
  6. ^ Hurwitt, Robert (June 3, 2010). "John Leguizamo goes deeper, darker in 'Klown'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
  7. ^ Isherwood, Charles (March 22, 2011). "A Queens Guy Toughs It Out in Hollywood". The New York Times. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
  8. ^ Aucoin, Don (July 12, 2012). "In 'Tales From a Ghetto Klown,' Broadway minus the glitz". The Boston Globe.
  9. ^ "Nominees & Winners for the 82nd Academy Awards | Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences". Oscars.org. Archived from the original on April 8, 2010. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  10. ^ "Before the Flood [programme note]". Toronto International Film Festival. 2016. Archived from the original on August 27, 2016. Retrieved August 27, 2016.

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