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Michael Stuhlbarg (/ˈstlˌbɑːrɡ/; born July 5, 1968)[1] is an American actor. He played troubled university professor Larry Gopnik in the 2009 dark comedy film A Serious Man, organized-crime boss Arnold Rothstein in the HBO television series Boardwalk Empire (2010–2013), René Tabard in Hugo (2011), Griffin in Men in Black 3 (2012), Dr. Flicker in Blue Jasmine (2013), Edward G. Robinson in Trumbo (2015), computer scientist and inventor Andy Hertzfeld in the biopic Steve Jobs (2015), and Nicodemus West in superhero film Doctor Strange (2016).

Michael Stuhlbarg
Michael Stuhlbarg at Artios.jpg
Michael Stuhlbarg at the Casting Society of America Artios Awards in 2016
Born (1968-07-05) July 5, 1968 (age 49)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Alma mater Juilliard School
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Mai-Linh Lofgren


Personal life and educationEdit

Stuhlbarg was born in Long Beach, California,[2] the son of Susan and Mort Stuhlbarg, a philanthropist.[3][4] Stuhlbarg said: "I went to a reform Jewish synagogue growing up."[5] He was raised as a Reform Jew.[1] He added: "It's more of a spiritual resonance as opposed to particularly of Judaism."[6] Stuhlbarg trained at The Juilliard School in New York City,[7] where he was a member of the Drama Division's Group 21 (1988–1992).[8] He graduated from Juilliard with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1992.

Stuhlbarg also studied acting at the University of California, Los Angeles,[9] the Vilnius Conservatory in Lithuania, the British American Drama Academy at Oxford, and the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain at the University of London. He also studied mime with Marcel Marceau.[10] Stuhlbarg is married to Mai-Linh Lofgren.[11]


Stuhlbarg appeared in several stage productions, including award-winning performances in Old Wicked Songs in 1996, Long Day's Journey into Night in 1997, and The Pillowman in 2005 (for which he won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play and received his first Tony Award nomination).[12] He has appeared in a number of television shows, including Law & Order, Ugly Betty, The American Experience and Fargo.

His film credits began with a handful of minor roles, including playing a lawyer in Body of Lies and a hedge fund consultant in Cold Souls.[12]

He was then cast in the starring role of the Coen brothers' 2009 dark comedy A Serious Man, in which he portrayed the troubled 1960s university professor Larry Gopnik. His role as Gopnik was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.[7]

Starting in 2010, Stuhlbarg portrayed organized crime boss Arnold Rothstein in a major role in the first four seasons of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

Stuhlbarg starred in an adaptation of André Aciman's novel Call Me by Your Name, directed by Luca Guadagnino. Filming began in May 2016, and the movie premiered at Sundance in 2017.[13]



Year Title Role Director Notes
1998 Price Above Rubies, AA Price Above Rubies Young Hassid Boaz Yakin
1999 Macbeth in Manhattan Robert / Ross Greg Lombardo
2001 Grey Zone, TheThe Grey Zone Cohen Tim Blake Nelson
2008 Afterschool Mr. Burke Antonio Campos
Body of Lies Ferris' Attorney Ridley Scott
2009 Cold Souls Hedge Fund Consultant Sophie Barthes
Serious Man, AA Serious Man Larry Gopnik Joel Coen and Ethan Coen Independent Spirit Awards – Robert Altman Award
Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Virtuoso Award
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated – London Film Critics Circle Award for Actor of the Year
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
2011 Hugo René Tabard Martin Scorsese
2012 Men in Black 3 Griffin Barry Sonnenfeld
Seven Psychopaths Tommy Martin McDonagh
Lincoln George Yeaman Steven Spielberg
Hitchcock Lew Wasserman Sacha Gervasi
2013 Blue Jasmine Dr. Flicker[14] Woody Allen
2014 Cut Bank Derby Milton Matt Shakman
Pawn Sacrifice Paul Marshall Edward Zwick
2015 Steve Jobs Andy Hertzfeld Danny Boyle
Trumbo Edward G. Robinson Jay Roach
Miles Ahead Harper Hamilton Don Cheadle
2016 Arrival Agent Halpern Denis Villeneuve
Doctor Strange Nicodemus West Scott Derrickson
Miss Sloane Pat Connors John Madden
2017 Call Me by Your Name Mr. Lyle Perlman Luca Guadagnino
The Shape of Water Hoffstetler Guillermo del Toro
The Post Abe Rosenthal Steven Spielberg Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Prey Dr. Ed Tate Episode: "Hungry for Survival" (unaired pilot)
1999 The Hunley Wicks Television film
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Marcel Costas Episode: "Slither"
2006–2007 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Jerry 2 episodes
2006–2010 American Experience, TheThe American Experience Various Characters 4 episodes
2007 Damages Dr. Bernard Herschenfeld Episode: "And My Paralyzing Fear of Death"
2008 Law & Order Timothy Pace Episode: "Bogeyman"
2009 Ugly Betty Heinrich Episode: "There's No Place Like Mode"
2010–2013 Boardwalk Empire Arnold Rothstein 32 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2010, 2011)
2015–2016 Transparent Chaim 2 episodes
2017 Fargo Sy Feltz 8 episodes


  1. ^ a b Wloszczyna, Susan (October 11, 2009). "Michael Stuhlbarg: Coen brothers get their 'Serious Man'". USA Today. Retrieved December 16, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Michael Stuhlbarg". Retrieved September 16, 2009. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Michael Stuhlbarg". Retrieved 2017-06-27. 
  4. ^ "When Mort Stuhlbarg spoke, everyone listened: Rich Archbold". Retrieved 2017-06-27. 
  5. ^ "An Interview with Michael Stuhlbarg, Star of A Serious Man". February 9, 2010. Retrieved November 21, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Exclusive Interview: A Serious Man Star Michael Stuhlbarg". CinemaBlend. October 2, 2009. Retrieved November 21, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Grosz, Christy (September 13, 2009). "The Coens found Michael Stuhlbarg to be 'A Serious Man'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 14, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. September 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. 
  9. ^ "Notable Alumni Actors". UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Michael Stuhlbarg". Back Stage. September 3, 1999. 
  11. ^ "19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals". Getty Images. Retrieved 2017-06-27. 
  12. ^ a b "Cast and Crew – Michael Stuhlbarg". Archived from the original on November 3, 2009. Retrieved September 14, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Michael Stuhlbarg, Armie Hammer & More Leading Luca Guadagnino's 'Call Me By Your Name'". The Film Stage. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  14. ^ "Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine". Sony Pictures. January 8, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 

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