Patrick S. Fischler (born December 29, 1969) is an American actor best known for his roles as Jimmy Barrett on the drama series Mad Men, Dharma Initiative worker Phil on the drama series Lost and Detective Kenny No-Gun on the police drama Southland. He has had more than 60 film and television credits, including the films Mulholland Drive (2001), Ghost World (2001), Old School (2003), The Black Dahlia (2006) and Dinner for Schmucks (2010).
Fischler at the 2018 New York Comic Con
Patrick S. Fischler
December 29, 1969
Lauren Bowles (m. 2004)
Fischler portrayed real-life gangster Mickey Cohen in the 2011 video game L.A. Noire, which utilized facial performance-capture technology to convert performances in the game's graphics. Two years later he played gangster Meyer Lansky in scenes with Cohen's character in the TNT miniseries Mob City. In 2012, he appeared in One for the Money, a crime thriller adapted from Janet Evanovich's novel of the same name.
Early life and careerEdit
Patrick Fischler was born in Los Angeles, California, on December 29, 1969. His father, Bill, purchased a restaurant on the Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, when Fischler was five years old, and named it "Patrick's Roadhouse" after him. The restaurant has since become a hotspot for such celebrities as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sean Penn, Goldie Hawn and Johnny Carson. After graduating from high school, Fischler attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he met and started dating his future wife, actress Lauren Bowles, the half-sister of actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus. After graduating from Tisch, Fischler and Bowles moved back to Los Angeles, where, along with other New York University graduates, they formed a theater group called Neurotic Young Urbanites. An agent who saw Fischler perform at a Neurotic Young Urbanites production arranged for him to attend an audition for the 1994 action film Speed, which became Fischler's first film acting job. In the film, Fischler played one of the men trapped inside an elevator that nearly falls due to an attack by a bomber.
In 1998, Fischler starred in the independent film The Week That Girl Died, a romantic comedy about three long-time friends in a small New England fishing town. For the part, he received a best lead actor award by the American Film Institute International Film Festival's New Directions jury, which honors independent films. Fischler also appeared in David Lynch's 2001 psychological thriller Mulholland Drive as a man describing a horrible nightmare he had. He also appeared in the 2002 television film Gilda Radner: It's Always Something, a biopic about comedian Gilda Radner, where he played the real-life comedian Eugene Levy. He appeared in the films Twister (1996), Ghost World (2001), and Old School (2003). and The Great Buck Howard (2008), and played assistant district attorney Ellis Loew in Brian De Palma's 2006 crime film The Black Dahlia. The character was referred to in the film as "Jewboy", Film reviewer Stephen Cole called his role in that film "a caricature that is as coarsely anti-Semitic as any sequence in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ." Fischler also appeared as a guest star in television shows Angel, Nash Bridges, Burn Notice, Lie to Me, Bones, Cold Case, Monk, Star Trek: Enterprise, Girlfriends, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami and CSI: NY. By 2009, he had more than 60 film and television credits.
Education and trainingEdit
A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Fischler co-founded the Los Angeles-based theater group Neurotic Young Urbanites. During a performance there, he was approached by an agent to audition for the action film Speed (1994), his first film credit. After guest starring on several television shows, Fischler received increased exposure for his role on Mad Men, for which he based his character in part on entertainer Joey Bishop. Fischler filmed his parts for Lost and Southland simultaneously and, although originally only slated for two Lost episodes, he actually appeared in nine.
Fischler auditioned for the role of insult comic Jimmy Barrett on the AMC drama series Mad Men, of which he was a fan. Alex Witchel, a writer from The New York Times Magazine who sat in on Fischler's audition, said he was "breathtakingly good". The character, Jimmy Barrett, is a client of the advertising company within the show, and his wife sleeps with protagonist Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm. Series creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner cast Fischler because he felt the actor had a "New York quality" that he wanted the character to have. Weiner said of him: "Patrick has this tremendous edge. There was something very old-fashioned about the way he dealt with the character." Fischler said entertainer Joey Bishop was a major influence on how he played the role because he wanted Jimmy Barrett to have a charming element to him and make people laugh even while he said horrible things, as Bishop did. Fischler received a great deal of exposure and increase in name recognition after his role on Mad Men. During one episode, Fischler's character tells Don's wife Betty about her husband's infidelity, then confronts Don and tells him off about his cheating. Fischler called receiving that script "the highlight of my career so far", adding: "After Mad Men I got a lot of 'How dare you speak to Don Draper like that? ... People, mainly women, were mad at me that I told Don off. I took it as a compliment." Fischler had been in talks to appear on the Showtime drama series Californication, but he was unable to do so due to scheduling conflicts with Mad Men.
Starting in 2009, Fischler became a recurring cast member on both the ABC drama series Lost and the NBC police drama Southland. He was cast in Lost immediately after the pilot for Southland was filmed and worked on both shows over the course of six months. To do so, he constantly flew back and forth between Hawaii, where Lost is filmed, and Los Angeles, where Southland is filmed, while simultaneously dealing with his wife's pregnancy. Fischler said the Lost producers were "incredibly accommodating" to his schedule. On Southland he played Detective Kenny No-Gun; series creator Ann Biderman described him as a "brilliant, incredibly versatile actor". Although originally expected to appear in only two Lost episodes, he ended up guest starring in nine, appearing in the fifth season as Phil, a member of the Dharma Initiative during a part of the show set in 1977. When he auditioned for the role, Fischler did not know the storyline would move from the present to the past, and did not learn this until he was handed his first script. In a May 2009 interview, Fischler said, "This is not a joke: a year ago if you were to ask me what are the two shows I want to be on, I would have said Mad Men and Lost."
Fischler appeared in the 2010 comedy film Dinner for Schmucks as Vincenzo, one of the guests at a dinner where rich people bring eccentric guests and compete for who can bring the biggest loser. In the film, Fischler's character has a pet vulture, which he feeds by chewing food and spitting it directly into the bird's mouth. Fischler also portrayed the real-life gangster Mickey Cohen in the video game L.A. Noire, which was released in May 2011. The game uses a facial performance-capture technology called MotionScan to record the performances of actors, then convert them to the graphics of the game. The game's casting directors worked on Mad Men and specifically approached Fischler for the Cohen character, and he accepted because he likes the film noir genre. Fischler said of the experience: "You really get to act in those scenes cause they’re capturing every moment on your face. A slight smile. A small frown. Everything."
Fischler appeared in Red State as ATF Agent Hammond in 2011.
In January 2012, Fischler appeared in One for the Money, a crime thriller film adapted from the 1994 novel of the same name by Janet Evanovich, the first in a series featuring bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. He portrayed Vinnie Plum, a bail bondsman and Stephanie Plum's cousin. He portrayed poet Lew Welch in the 2013 Michael Polish film Big Sur, based on the autobiographical novel by Jack Kerouac. He played the antagonistic Author in the second half of the fourth season of ABC's Once Upon a Time. In 2016, he appeared in The Coen brothers' Hail, Caesar!
|1994||Speed||Friend of Executive|
|Swimming with Sharks||Moe|
|1998||The Week That Girl Died||Ralph|
|Ghost World||Masterpiece Video Clerk|
|2002||Full Frontal||Harvey - probably's Assistant|
|Something's Gotta Give||Stage Manager|
|2004||Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!||Waiter||Uncredited|
|2005||The Seat Filler||Irwin|
|2006||The Black Dahlia||Deputy DA Ellis Loew|
|2007||Three Days to Vegas||Kenneth|
|2008||The Great Buck Howard||Michael Perry|
|Finding Amanda||Kevin - TV Executive|
|2010||Miss Nobody||Pierre JeJeune|
|Dinner for Schmucks||Vincenzo - Vulture Lover|
|2011||Red State||Agent Hammond|
|Atlas Shrugged: Part I||Paul Larkin|
|2012||One for the Money||Vinnie Plum|
|2013||Big Sur||Lew Welch|
|The Test||Short film|
|2 Guns||Dr. Ken|
|Haunted Trumpet||Short film|
|2014||The Pact 2||FBI Agent Ballard|
|2016||Hail, Caesar!||Communist Writer #2|
|Rules Don't Apply||Director|
|Her Last Will||Gill Cotton|
|2018||Under the Silver Lake||Comic Fan|
|2018||The Standoff at Sparrow Creek||Beckmann|
|1990||Knots Landing||Office Worker #2||Episode: "Blind Side"|
|1993||Love & War||Delivery Boy||Episode: "The Big Lie"|
|Flying Blind||Steve||Episode: "The People That Time Forgot"|
|The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.||Guard||Episode: "Crystal Hawks"|
|1994||Sister, Sister||Lenny||Episode: "Free Billy"|
|1995||Double Rush||Anthony||Episode: "The Show We Wrote the Day We Found Out We Were Going on Opposite Roseanne"|
|1996, 2001||NYPD Blue||Johnny DuMont / Ken Thornton||2 episodes|
|1996–2001||Nash Bridges||Pepe||Recurring role; 11 episodes|
|1997||The Pretender||Toby||Episode: "Exposed"|
|2001||18 Wheels of Justice||Andrew 'Andy' Jacobs||Episode: "Past Imperfect"|
|2002||Off Centre||Donald||Episode: "Marathon Man"|
|Charmed||Foreman||Episode: "Trial by Magic"|
|Gilda Radner: It's Always Something||Eugene Levy||TV movie|
|Judging Amy||Phil Brown||Episode: "Thursday's Child"|
|2003||Birds of Prey||Dr. Will Kroner||Episode: "Feat of Clay"|
|Angel||Ted||Episode: "The Magic Bullet"|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Mr. Lee / Wolfie||Episode: "Fur and Loathing"|
|Line of Fire||James Henkel||Episode: "Undercover Angel"|
|2004||ER||Chamber Tech||Episode: "Blood Relations"|
|My Wife & Kids||Director||Episode: "Hand Model"|
|The West Wing||Walter Sprout||Episode: "Impact Winter"|
|2005||Monk||Eddie||Episode: "Mr. Monk vs. the Cobra"|
|CSI: NY||Brent the Screenwriter||Episode: "The Fall"|
|Star Trek: Enterprise||Mercer||Episode: "Demons"|
|CSI: Miami||Vince Nolan||2 episodes|
|E-Ring||Mark Sinclair||Episode: "Cemetery Wind: Part 1"|
|2006||Four Kings||Server Phil||Episode: "Night of the Iguana"|
|The New Adventures of Old Christine||David||Episode: "Open Water"|
|Him and Us||Dr. Parker||TV movie|
|2007||What About Brian?||Schmitty||2 episodes|
|According to Jim||Darryl||Episode: "Any Man of Mine"|
|Veronica Mars||Russell Marchant||Episode: "Weevils Wobble But They Don't Go Down"|
|Bones||Gil Bates||Episode: "The Boy in the Time Capsule"|
|2008||NCIS||George Stenner||Episode: "In the Zone"|
|The Middleman||Dr. Rollin Newleaf||Episode: "The Manicoid Teleportation Conundrum"|
|Burn Notice||Jimmy||Episode: "Breaking and Entering"|
|Mad Men||Jimmy Barrett||Recurring role; 4 episodes|
|Cold Case||Monty Moran '53||Episode: "Pin Up Girl"|
|Pushing Daisies||The Waffle Nazi||Episode: "Comfort Food"|
|2009||Lost||Phil||Recurring role; 9 episodes|
|2009–2010||Southland||Detective Kenny 'No-Gun'||Recurring role; 8 episodes|
|2010||Dark Blue||Ray Blake||Episode: "Brother's Keeper"|
|Weeds||Don, the hotel manager||Episode: "A Yippity Sippity"|
|Lie to Me||Olson||Episode: "Darkness and Light"|
|The Whole Truth||Medical Examiner||Episode: "When Cougars Attack"|
|Chase||Ed Castwick||Episode: "The Longest Night"|
|Law & Order: LA||Josh Solomon||Episode: "Ballona Creek"|
|2011||Criminal Minds||Jack Fahey||Episode: "Lauren"|
|Franklin & Bash||John Stills||Episode: "Big Fish"|
|Curb Your Enthusiasm||Stu||Episode: "The Smiley Face"|
|Grimm||Billy Capra||Episode: "Lonelyhearts"|
|Body of Proof||Joey Jablonsky||Episode: "Occupational Hazards"|
|Grey's Anatomy||Jake Steiner||Episode: "Migration"|
|The Finder||Jason Stefanian||Episode: "The Boy with the Bucket"|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Dr. Gene Brightman||Episode: "Strange Beauty"|
|Scandal||Arthur 'Artie' Hornbacher||Episode: "Hunting Season"|
|Castle||Leo||Episode: "After Hours"|
|2013||Hawaii Five-0||Ryan Webb||Episode: "Hana I Wa'la"|
|Newsreaders||Bram Strunk||Episode: "CCSI/Boston"|
|The Mentalist||Gary Beinhart||Episode: "Red Velvet Cupcakes"|
|Mob City||Meyer Lansky||Episode: "Stay Down"|
|2014||Maron||Ted Curtis||Episode: "Radio Cowboy"|
|2014–2016||Suits||A. Elliott Stemple||2 episodes|
|2015||Battle Creek||Attorney Milner||Episode: "The Hand-Off"|
|Silicon Valley||Dr. Davis Bannercheck||3 episodes|
|Shameless||Wade Shelton||2 episodes|
|2015–2017||Once Upon a Time||Isaac Heller||Recurring role; 8 episodes|
|2016||Fresh Off the Boat||Mr. Jaffey||Episode: "Rent Day"|
|2017||Rosewood||Chuck Furwell||Episode: "White Matter and the Ways Back"|
|Code Black||CDC DD Gareth Reddick||2 episodes|
|Doubt||ADA Alan Markes||2 episodes|
|Scorpion||Kapper||Episode: "Strike on Mars"|
|Twin Peaks||Duncan Todd||6 episodes|
|2017–2019||Happy!||Smoothie||Main cast; 16 episodes|
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