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Michael Louis Chernus (born August 8, 1977)[2] is an American actor. He has acted on film, television, and the stage. He is perhaps best known for his role as Cal Chapman on the Netflix original comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black (2013–present). Chernus played Phineas Mason/Tinkerer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was released on July 7, 2017.

Michael Chernus
Born Michael Louis Chernus[1]
(1977-08-08) August 8, 1977 (age 41)
Rocky River, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005–present


Life and careerEdit

Chernus was born in Rocky River, Ohio. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School's Drama Division.[3] An accomplished stage actor, Michael won a 2011 Obie Award[4] and received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination[5] for his performance in Lisa Kron's In the Wake at The Public Theater in New York City. On stage, he co-starred with David Hyde Pierce in the Manhattan Theater Club production of Close Up Space at New York City Center.[6] Other New York credits include such theaters as Playwrights Horizons, the Roundabout Theatre Company, Primary Stages, New York Theatre Workshop, The Atlantic Theater Company, and many productions at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, where he played the lead role of KJ in Annie Baker's play, The Aliens, which Charles Isherwood, of The New York Times, named the best play of 2010.[7]

His most recent role was Second Stage Theatre's production of Lips Together, Teeth Apart, co-starring America Ferrera.[8] Chernus has acted in films such as Men in Black 3, Captain Phillips, The Bourne Legacy, and Jack and Diane. His most notable role to date is Cal Chapman, protagonist Piper Chapman's brother, in the Netflix original comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Winter Passing Ben
2007 Lovely by Surprise Humpkin
2008 High Street Plumbing Kirby Short film
2009 The Messenger Alan
2009 The Rebound Actor #3
2009 Feed the Fish JP
2010 Nonames Danny
2010 Coach Michael
2010 Love & Other Drugs Jerry
2011 Split Chris Short film
2011 Higher Ground Ned
2011 The Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia The Man
2012 Jack & Diane Jaimie
2012 Men in Black 3 Jeffrey Price
2012 The Bourne Legacy Arthur Ingram
2013 He's Way More Famous Than You Himself
2013 The Mouseketeer Short film
2013 Mutual Friends Chernus
2013 Captain Phillips Shane Murphy
2014 Goodbye to All That Freddie
2014 Alex of Venice Trofimov
2014 Glass Chin Brian Colby
2014 Mistress America Dylan
2014 The Rub Henry Short film
2015 People Places Things Gary
2015 Aloha Roy
2015 The Family Fang Kenny
2016 Complete Unknown Clyde
2017 The Dinner Dylan Heinz
2017 The Most Hated Woman in America Jon Garth Murray
2017 The Meyerowitz Stories Male Nurse
2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming Phineas Mason / Tinkerer
2018 The Kindergarten Teacher Grant Spinelli
2018 Furlough Bus Driver


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Bored to Death Francis Hamm Episode: "Take a Dive"
2009–2010 Mercy Ryan Flanagan 9 episodes
2011 Damages New Jersey Bar Owner 2 episodes
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jay Delaney Episode: "Educated Guess"
2012 The Big C Pastor Rick 4 episodes
2012 The New Normal Paul Episode: "Nangasm"
2013 Nurse Jackie Louie Episode: "Walk of Shame"
2013–2018 Orange Is the New Black Cal Chapman 14 episodes
2013 Royal Pains Pat McRevis Episode: "Can of Worms"
2013 Nashville Howie V Episode: "They Don't Make 'Em Like My Daddy Anymore"
2014 Elementary Edwin Borstein Episode: "Bella"
2014–2015 Manhattan Louis "Fritz" Fedowitz 22 episodes
2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Tommy Sullivan Episode: "Parole Violations"
2015–present Patriot Congressman Edward Tavner 10 episodes
2015 The Good Wife Spencer Harman Episode: "Discovery"
2016–2017 Easy Kyle 3 episodes
2017 Wormwood Dr. James Starrs 3 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Aliens KJ Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
2011 In the Wake Danny The Public Theater
2011 Close Up Space Steve New York City Center
2014 Lips Together, Teeth Apart Sam Second Stage Theatre

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Nominated work Award Category Result
2011 In the Wake Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Nominated
Obie Awards Outstanding Performance by a Featured Actor Won


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