Michael Stahl-David

Michael Stahl-David (born October 28, 1982) is an American actor, known for his role as Sean Donnelly on the NBC drama series The Black Donnellys and his lead role as Robert "Rob" Hawkins in the J. J. Abrams-produced film Cloverfield and the fanmade short film The Cloverfield Files.

Michael Stahl-David
Born (1982-10-28) October 28, 1982 (age 38)
OccupationActor, director
Years active2001–present

Early lifeEdit

Stahl-David was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of physicians.[1] He graduated from Columbia College Chicago. He is the older brother to Eric Stahl-David and R. Andrew Stahl-David, both of whom graduated from Whitney Young Magnet High School. Prior to his acting career, Stahl-David was a graffiti artist in Chicago.[2]


Stahl-David began his acting career in 2001, when he played a minor role of Rossetti in New Port South. Later in 2003, he also played a minor role as Craig in Uncle Nino. During this time he was active in the Chicago theater scene, appearing in plays at the Steppenwolf Theatre (One Arm, Theater District), Victory Gardens Theater (Cider House Rules, Lost in Yonkers), and the Goodman Theatre (The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?) Shortly after arriving in New York in 2005, he appeared as Peter in The Diary of Anne Frank at the Papermill Playhouse. In the winter of 2007 he enjoyed critical success in his role in The Overwhelming Off-Broadway.[3] Stahl-David began his television acting career in 2007, when he made a guest appearance as Riordan Grady in the series Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode "Players". Later in 2007, he portrayed Sean Donnelly, one of the four Irish brothers, in the short-lived series The Black Donnellys. His most recent film appearance was in J.J. Abrams' Cloverfield reprising his role as Rob. In September 2008, Stahl-David starred in and directed the web series Michael Stahl-David: Behind the Star on Crackle.[4]

In 2010, Stahl-David starred in the ABC mockumentary series My Generation,[5] which was cancelled after two episodes due to low ratings.[6] Stahl-David starred as Kevin in the Off-Broadway play Picked at New York City's Vineyard Theatre from April 6 to May 15, 2011.[7] Stahl-David also starred in the 2014 paranormal romance film In Your Eyes as one of the lead roles.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 New Port South Rossetti
2003 Uncle Nino Craig
2008 Cloverfield Robert "Rob" Hawkins
2008 The Project Justin
2010 No Deal Mark Short film; also producer and writer
2012 Girls Against Boys Simon
2013 Love & Air Sex Stan
2013 The Congress Steve
2013 Mutual Friends Paul
2014 Take Care Kyle
2014 In Your Eyes Dylan Kershaw
2015 Lay in Wait Robert Short film
2016 LBJ Robert F. Kennedy
2016 The Promise Brad
2017 The Light of the Moon Matt
2019 The Cloverfield Files Robert "Rob" Hawkins


Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Black Donnellys Sean "Seanny" Donnelly Main role; 13 episodes
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Riordan Grady Episode: "Players"
2009 Kings Paul Ash 3 episodes
2009 Numbers Josh Skinner Episode: "Animal Rites"
2009 Mercy Phil Episode: "I Believe You Conrad"
2010 My Generation Steven Foster Main role; 2 episodes
2012 Person of Interest William Ingram 2 episodes
2013 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Teddy Episode: "Teddy Trouble..."
2014 New Girl Ian Episode: "Goldmine"
2015 Newsreaders Chip Dunstreet Episode: "How the Sausage Is Made; Lottery Winners Lose"
2015 The Good Wife Nathan Bacevich Episode: "Undisclosed Recipients"
2015 Show Me a Hero James Surdoval Miniseries; 6 episodes
2015 Just in Time for Christmas Jason Stewart Television film
2017 Narcos DEA agent Chris Feistl Main role (season 3)
2018 The Deuce Kenneth Main role (season 2)
2019 Evil Tom McCrystal Episode: "Rose390"
TBA Good Sam Caleb


Year Title Role Notes
2008 T Takes The guest in room 102 Episode: "Room 102"


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Strangers Knocking N/A Acorn Theater
May 14 – June 3, 2007
2007 The Overwhelming Geoffrey Exley Laura Pels Theatre
October 23 – December 23, 2007
2011 Picked Kevin Vineyard Theatre
April 6 – May 15, 2011
2013–2014 The Commons of Pensacola Gabe Manhattan Theatre Club
November 21, 2013 – February 9, 2014
2015–2016 Buzzer Don The Public Theater
March 21 – April 28, 2015


  1. ^ "Michael Stahl-David, Evil Face Interview: Bradway.com Buzz". Broadway.com. Retrieved 2016-05-06. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Elder, Robert K. (January 18, 2008). "'Cloverfield' star a local artist in several media". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 16, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ New York Times October 24, 2007
  4. ^ "Worth watching: 'Behind the Star' with Michael Stahl-David". LA Times. 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2009-03-02. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "ABC Unveils 2010–11 Primetime Schedule". The Futon Critic. May 18, 2010. Retrieved May 29, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Gorman, Bill (October 1, 2010). "ABC Cancels 'My Generation'". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Archived from the original on November 28, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Picked". Vineyard Theatre. Retrieved July 7, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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