Michael Owen Rosenbaum (born July 11, 1972) is an American actor, producer, and comedian. He is known for his performance in Sorority Boys and for portraying Lex Luthor on the Superman television series Smallville, a role that TV Guide included in their 2013 list of The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time.
Rosenbaum in September 2010
|Born||Michael Owen Rosenbaum
July 11, 1972
Oceanside, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, producer, comedian|
Rosenbaum is also known for portraying Dutch Nilbog on FOX's Breaking In, and voiceover work in animation, such as his role of Wally West/the Flash in the DC animated universe. Between 2015 and 2016, he played the lead role in the TV Land comedy series Impastor.
Rosenbaum was born in Oceanside, New York and raised in Newburgh, Indiana. His mother, Julie (née Eckstein), is a writer who published the book "Journey of a Lifetime," and has acted in many plays. His father, Mark Rosenbaum, used to work in pharmaceuticals. He is one of six children with two brothers, Eric and Adam, and a sister, Laurie. After his parents' divorce, his mother remarried sports reporter Gordon Engelhardt, and his father remarried Alexis Peregrino, a starting performer, with whom he had two daughters, Rosenbaum's half-sisters Ava and Lia. His uncle is pet behaviorist Warren Eckstein. Rosenbaum is Jewish, and says he was "closer to religion" in New York than in Indiana.
He graduated from Castle High School in Indiana and from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, with a degree in theatre arts. Immediately after, he moved to New York City to pursue an acting career.
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Once in New York, Vincent Letizia, an MTV Networks intern spotted his 8 x 10 black-and-white photo in a batch of other casting submissions for a pilot called "Talk Girl". The pilot was never green-lighted, but Rosenbaum stood out as a newly discovered talent. A new MTV pilot was conceived specifically for Rosenbaum with the working title of The Michael Rosenbaum Project. The project later became known as "The Temp" and covered Rosenbaum in a reality television setting as a temp, who would walk into a different job each day. The pilot featured Rosenbaum as a Cat filling in on Broadway's "Cats" musical, and as a zoo keeper filling in at the zoo, sweeping animal manure and the like. The pilot never took off with MTV Executives.
In 2001, Rosenbaum received a Saturn Award for his portrayal of Lex Luthor on Smallville. Continuing in the superhero genre, he played Wally West (a.k.a. The Flash) in the DC Comics animated series Justice League, Static Shock, and Justice League Unlimited as well as portraying a younger Wally West as Kid Flash in Teen Titans. In the third season Justice League Unlimited episode "Great Brain Robbery", Rosenbaum reprised his role as Lex Luthor when his character was trapped in Clancy Brown's Lex Luthor's body. In February 2008, Rosenbaum confirmed that he would be leaving Smallville after the seventh season of the show, but in 2011, he returned for the series finale.
After many months of speculation and him first turning down the contract to return, it was announced on February 11, 2011 that Rosenbaum would return to Smallville for the two-hour series finale, which aired on May 13, 2011, with Rosenbaum reprising his role as Lex Luthor.
Rosenbaum has a few notable vocal impressions in his repertoire, including Christopher Walken, Keanu Reeves, and Kevin Spacey. The makers of the DCAU have used these impressions in their work, having Rosenbaum do his Walken voice for Ghoul in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and his Spacey voice for Deadshot; coincidentally, Spacey portrayed Lex Luthor in the film Superman Returns, and Walken played Max Shreck in Batman Returns. He filmed the original SyFy comedy series Saved By Zeroes; yet was never picked up. He recurred in Fox's original sitcom Breaking In; getting cancelled initially, the show got a second chance, and Rosenbaum was promoted to series regular. Yet the series was cancelled again after a few episodes of the second season.
In 2014, Rosenbaum made his feature film directorial and writing debut with the comedy Back in the Day, where Rosenbaum stars as an actor who returns to his hometown in Indiana for a class reunion. The movie was filmed in Newburgh and Evansville, Indiana.
Prior to the production of Back in the Day, Rosenbaum planned to direct another comedy film, titled Sorry is For Sissies. The film had a cast including Jon Heder and Colin Hanks, however, at least half of the film's budget was lost, therefore the film was scrapped.
On June 17, 2014, Rosenbaum was cast as the lead in the TV Land original sitcom Impastor. The plot has been summarised as a "low-life who hides out in a small town by conning the residents into thinking he is their newly hired gay pastor".
|1997||The Devil & the Angel||The Devil|
|1997||The Day I Ran Into All My Ex Boyfriends||Bart|
|1997||Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil||George Tucker|
|1998||Urban Legend||Parker Riley|
|2000||Eyeball Eddie||Skelley||Short film|
|2000||Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker||Ghoul||Voice|
|2003||Bringing Down the House||Todd Gendler|
|2007||Cutlass||Background Extra #2||Short film|
|2007||Kickin' It Old Skool||Kip|
|2007||Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight||Tanis Half-Elven||Voice|
|2008||Shear Love||Short film|
|2010||Father of Invention||Eddie|
|2010||Ghild||Brauly Gullivan||Short film|
|2012||Justice League: Doom||Barry Allen / The Flash||Voice|
|2012||Hit and Run||Gil|
|2014||Back in the Day||Jim Owens||Also director, writer, & executive producer|
|2015||Justice League: Throne of Atlantis||Drift Leader||Voice|
|2017||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||Martinex T'Naga|
|2018||Last Days of Summer|
|1998||The Tom Show||Jonathan Summers||Episode: "The Talk"|
|1999||Rocket Power||Sports Announcer||Voice
Episode: "Super McVariel 900/Loss of Squid"
|1999–2000||Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane||Jack Cooper||Main cast
|2000||The Wild Thornberrys||Tom Ravenhearst||Voice
Episode: "A Shaky Foundation"
|2001–2008, 2011||Smallville||Lex Luthor||154 episodes
Main cast (Seasons 1-7)
Special guest (Season 10)
Directed the 125th episode "Freak"
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television (2002)
SFX Award for Best Newcomer (2003)
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television (2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006)
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series Drama (2003)
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV Sidekick (2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009)
|2001–2002||The Zeta Project||Agent West||Voice
|2001–2006||Justice League / Justice League Unlimited||Wally West/The Flash
|2003||Player$||Himself||Episode: "Charlie's Angels"|
|2004–2005||Jackie Chan Adventures||Drago||Voice
|2005–2006||Teen Titans||Kid Flash||Voice
|2005||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Colin||Episode: "Gun Fever"|
|2008||PG Porn||Charlie Brown||2 episodes|
|2009||Untitled Family Pilot||Derek||Failed Pilot|
|Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Deadman||Voice
Episode: "Dawn of the Dead Man!"
|2011–2012||Breaking In||Dutch Nilbog||8 episodes|
|2015–2016||Impastor||Buddy Dobbs||Lead role|
|2008||Dark Sector||Hayden Tenno|
|2012||Lollipop Chainsaw||Nick Carlyle|
|2013||Infinite Crisis||The Flash|
|2015||Batman: Arkham Knight||Johnny Charisma|
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