John Robert Magaro (born February 16, 1983) is an American actor. He has acted in the films Not Fade Away (2012), The Big Short (2015), Carol (2015), First Cow (2019), Showing Up (2022), and Past Lives (2023). He has also acted in Netflix series Orange Is the New Black (2015-2019) and The Umbrella Academy (2019) and the Amazon series Crisis in Six Scenes (2016). He made his Broadway debut as Earl Williams, the escaped convict, in the revival of The Front Page in 2016.
John Robert Magaro
February 16, 1983
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
Early life edit
John Magaro was born February 16, 1983, in Akron, Ohio, the son of Wendy and James Magaro, and grew up in its nearby suburb of Munroe Falls. His father is of Italian descent and his mother is Jewish; he was raised in his mother's religion. His parents were teachers. While attending school within the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District, John began acting in local theater, including shows at the Cleveland Play House and the Kent State Porthouse Theatre at Blossom Music Center, and Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio. As a youth, John Magaro also appeared in television commercials, and had a role in a Rescue 911 episode. In addition John was a member of the Stow-Munroe Falls swim team. He also starred as the lead in his high school performance of Barnum and was on his student council.
After graduating from Stow-Munroe Falls High School in 2001, John went on to study theater at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. John Magaro lives in and works out of New York. Among his acting highlights are The Big Short and Carol (2015). His early film work included The Brave One, the HBO film Taking Chance and a lead role in the horror film My Soul to Take. John also appeared in eleven episodes of Orange Is the New Black, spanning seasons 3-7. In 2008, Magaro starred in the popular Walmart x Coke holiday commercial, which played in movie theaters across the country.
Magaro was the lead in the 2012 film Not Fade Away, which earned him the HFF Spotlight award. In 2019, he portrayed the lead role of “Cookie” in Kelly Reichardt’s critically acclaimed film First Cow, for which he was nominated for a 2020 Gotham Award as Best Actor.
Personal life edit
|2005||Prisoners of War||Prisoner||Short film|
|2006||Level Red||Putski||Short film|
|The Brave One||Ethan|
|The Life Before Her Eyes||Michael Patrick|
|2008||Assassination of a High School President||Cipriato|
|We Pedal Uphill||Kyle|
|2010||My Soul to Take||Alex|
|2011||Down the Shore||Martin|
|Not Fade Away||Douglas Damiano|
|2014||Unbroken||Frank A. Tinker|
|2015||Don't Worry Baby||Robert Lang|
|The Big Short||Charlie Geller|
|2016||The Finest Hours||Ervin Maske|
|2017||War Machine||Cory Staggart|
|2018||Overlord||Private First Class Lyle Tibbet|
|2019||First Cow||Otis "Cookie" Figowitz|
|2020||Sylvie's Love||Sid Schuur|
|2021||The Birthday Cake||Cousin Joey|
|Lansky||Young Meyer Lansky|
|The Many Saints of Newark||Silvio Dante|
|2022||Call Jane||Detective Chilmark|
|Showing Up||Sean Carr|
|Big George Foreman||Desmond|
|Day of the Fight|
|Under the Boardwalk||Manny||Voice|
|2024||The Shallow Tale||Post-production|
|2007||Law & Order||Nathan Gersh||Episode: "Talking Points"|
|2009||Taking Chance||Rich Brewer||TV movie|
|2010||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Andrew Hingham||Episode: "Conned"|
|2011||Body of Proof||Chuck Foster||Episode: "Buried Secrets"|
|2012||Person of Interest||Carl Elias (Age 22)||Episode: "Flesh and Blood"|
|2013||The Greatest Event in Television History||Paul||Episode: "Hart to Hart"|
|2015||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Keith Musio||Episode: "Institutional Fail"|
|2015–2019||Orange Is the New Black||Vince Muccio||11 episodes|
|2015–2016||The Good Wife||Roland Hlavin||3 episodes|
|2016||Angie Tribeca||Snick||Episode: "The Coast Is Fear"|
|2016||Crisis in Six Scenes||Alan Brockman||5 episodes|
|2018||Jack Ryan||Victor Polizzi||Recurring; 3 episodes|
|2019||The Umbrella Academy||Leonard Peabody / Harold Jenkins||Main role|
|2022||Super Pumped||John Zimmer||Episode: "War"|
|2016||The Front Page||Earl Williams||Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway debut|
Video games edit
|2008||Bully: Scholarship Edition|
Awards and nominations edit
|2012||Hollywood Film Awards||Spotlight Award||Not Fade Away||Won|
|2015||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture||The Big Short||Nominated|
|2019||Florida Film Critics Circle||Best Actor||First Cow||Runner-up|
|Gotham Independent Film Award||Best Actor||Nominated|
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- Heldenfels, Rich (October 8, 2010). "Slasher film star chases after dream: Stow grad John Magaro carves out acting career, stars in Wes Craven flick". Akron Beacon Journal. Beacon Journal Publishing Co.
- Sell, Jill (June 10, 1994). "'Oliver' proves quick study". The Plain Dealer. The Plain Dealer Publishing Co. p. 38 - Friday.
- "'Lillian Yuralia' at La MaMa Theater". Jewish-Theatre.com. All About Jewish Theatre. November 2008. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
- Musarra, Russ (January 18, 1998). "Acting is kid stuff: talented young thespians are taking center stage at area community theaters". Akron Beacon Journal. Beacon Journal Publishing Co. p. D1 - Entertainment.
- Stow-Munroe Falls High School 2005 Alumni Directory, Chesapeake, Virginia: B.C. Harris Publishing Company, Inc., 2005, pp. 302–360
- "Review: My Soul to Take (2010)". DreadCentral.com. Dread Central Media, LLC. October 8, 2010. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
- "Nominations Announced for 30th IFP Gotham Awards". Independent Filmmaker Project. November 12, 2020. Retrieved September 13, 2022.
- John Magaro Refuses to Play the Hollywood Schmuck
- Sneider, Jeff (May 24, 2011). "Richard Jenkins enrolls in 'Liberal Arts'". Variety.com. Reed Business Information. Retrieved June 12, 2011.
- Production starts for Tolga Karaçelik's 'The Shallow Tale' in New York