Michael Louis Chernus (born August 8, 1977) 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 (2013–2019). Chernus played Phineas Mason / Tinkerer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was released on July 7, 2017.
Michael Louis Chernus
August 8, 1977
Rocky River, Ohio, U.S.
|Education||Juilliard School (BFA)|
Life and careerEdit
Chernus was born in Rocky River, Ohio. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School's Drama Division. An accomplished stage actor, Michael won a 2011 Obie Award and received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination 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. 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.
His most recent role was Second Stage Theatre's production of Lips Together, Teeth Apart, co-starring America Ferrera. 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.
|2007||Lovely by Surprise||Humpkin|
|2008||High Street Plumbing||Kirby||Short film|
|2009||The Rebound||Actor #3|
|2009||Feed the Fish||JP|
|2010||Love & Other Drugs||Jerry|
|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||Captain Phillips||Shane Murphy|
|2014||Goodbye to All That||Freddie|
|2014||Alex of Venice||Trofimov|
|2014||Glass Chin||Brian Colby|
|2014||The Rub||Henry||Short film|
|2015||People Places Things||Gary|
|2015||The Family Fang||Kenny|
|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|
|2009||Bored to Death||Francis Hamm||Episode: "Take a Dive"|
|2009–2010||Mercy||Ryan Flanagan||Recurring role, 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"|
|2013–2019||Orange Is the New Black||Cal Chapman||Recurring role, 17 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||Main role, 22 episodes|
|2015||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Tommy Sullivan||Episode: "Parole Violations"|
|2015–2017||Patriot||Congressman Edward Tavner||Main role, 10 episodes|
|2015||The Good Wife||Spencer Harman||Episode: "Discovery"|
|2017||Wormwood||Dr. James Starrs||3 episodes|
|2019||Ramy||Guy at mosque||1 episode|
|2020||Tommy||Ken Rosey||Main role, 12 episodes|
|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
|2011||In the Wake||Lucille Lortel Awards||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play||Nominated|
|Obie Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Featured Actor||Won|
- "Personal Details for Michael L Chernus, "United States Public Records, 1970-2009"". FamilySearch. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
- Jackson, Susan. "Spotlight on Danielle Brooks | The Juilliard School". Juilliard. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
- "Obie Awards Ceremony". NY Theatre Wire. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
- "26th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards Recipients Announced" (PDF). Lortel Awards. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
- "Close Up Space with David Hyde-Pierce Review". The New York Times. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
- "Theater Reviews : Aliens". The New York Times. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
- "America Ferrera and Michael Chernus Star in Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Beginning Tonight". Playbill. October 7, 2014. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
- Friedlander, Whitney (March 24, 2014). "'Orange Is the New Black's 'Michael Chernus Heads to 'Manhattan'". Variety. Retrieved June 19, 2015.