Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky

May. 30th, 1951
Born in
Dallas, Texas, USA
6' 2

Stephen Tobolowsky's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Heroes TV Show
Heroes Unmasked (UK) TV Show
Heroes Unmasked (UK)
Blue Skies TV Show
Blue Skies
Against the Grain TV Show
Against the Grain
Kingpin TV Show
Dweebs TV Show
Mr. Rhodes TV Show
Mr. Rhodes
Shannon's Deal TV Show
Shannon's Deal
A Whole New Ballgame TV Show
A Whole New Ballgame
Down Home TV Show
Down Home
Lifestories TV Show
The Home Court TV Show
The Home Court

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Stephen Harold Tobolowsky (born May 30, 1951) is an American actor and author. He played annoying insurance salesman Ned Ryerson in the 'Bill Murray' film, Groundhog Day, as well as such television characters as Commissioner Hugo Jarry in Deadwood and Bob Bishop in Heroes. He has had recurring roles as Sandy Ryerson on Glee, and as Stu Beggs on Californication.

In addition to acting, Tobolowsky does an audio podcast about once a month of autobiographical stories of his acting and personal life. He has also authored The Dangerous Animals Club and Cautionary Tales based on these original stories.
Tobolowsky has appeared in over 200 films and at least as many television projects with mostly minor roles. In 1994's Radioland Murders, he portrayed Max Applewhite, a gentle sound man with a dark secret. He appeared on Seinfeld as Tor Eckman, Kramer's holistic healer, in the second season episode, "The Heart Attack". He is also known for having played "Sammy Jankis" in 2000's Memento, starring Guy Pearce. In 2005, he was the eponymous subject of the documentary film, Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party, that featured him preparing for, and hosting, his own birthday party, while delivering a series of anecdotes from his life. He was a member of the cast of NBC's television series Heroes for its second season, portraying Bob, the new boss of "The Company".

He has worked in the theater as well, directing and acting in plays in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He directed one movie, Two Idiots in Hollywood, based on his play of the same name. He also co-wrote the film True Stories with David Byrne and then-girlfriend Beth Henley. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for the 2002 revival of Morning's at Seven.

On October 29, 2009, Tobolowsky started a new podcast on Film called The Tobolowsky Files, where he tells stories, in a similar fashion to Tobolowsky's film Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party.

  • His name is pronounced tow-buh-law-skee
  • 'Edwin Tobolowsky' (qv) is his third cousin.
  • Was nominated for a Tony award in 2002 as Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role in the revival of "Morning's At Seven".
  • Was almost murdered twice in one week in Hartford, Connecticut by different people. As he admitted, "That's unusual." The first instance occurred when he was in a pub with 'Beth Henley' (qv) . After a brawl with a man who was attacking Henley, he was held at gunpoint at the pub. Later that week, when he and Henley went to a pizza parlor next to the pub, where he was stabbed. Fortunately, the knife only partly penetrated his belt buckle.
  • He played Principal Flutie in the unaired _"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997)_ (qv) pilot episode.
  • Attended Kimball High School. High School Debate champ.
  • Attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, with actress 'Patricia Richardson (I)' (qv) and playwright 'Beth Henley' (qv) during late 1960s and early 1970s.
  • Was the lead singer in the first band formed by guitar legend 'Stevie Ray Vaughan' (qv). They went to school together in Dallas.

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