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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 23 July 1969Brockton, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameJohn Edward Cariani

Mini Bio (1)

John is an award-winning actor and an accomplished playwright.

As an actor, he has appeared on and Off Broadway, in several films and television shows, and at regional theaters across the country. His first break came when he was cast in the off-Broadway play "It's My Party (And I'll Die if I want To)", starring Joyce Van Patten and Academy Award Winner F. Murray Abraham. Since then, he has shared the screen with such legends as Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and Edward Asner.

In 2004, he made his Broadway debut as Motel the tailor in the Broadway Revival of "Fiddler on the Roof" starring Alfred Molina. His performance earned him an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony Award nomination.

Most people seem to know John from his work on television. From 2002-2007, he played CSU Tech Julian Beck on NBC's long-running drama Law & Order (1990). He also had recurring roles as Professor Otto Bahnoff in the final season of CBS' Numb3rs (2005) and as reporter Michael Falk on the IFC's The Onion News Network (2011).

As a playwright, he is best known for his first play, "Almost, Maine," which premiered at Portland Stage Company in 2004, opened Off Broadway in 2006, and is now featured in Smith and Kraus' "New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2006." Since its debut Off Broadway, "Almost, Maine" has become one of the most frequently produced plays in the United States, with over 2500 productions to date. It has also been translated into nearly twenty languages. His second play, 'cul-de-sac," was produced by Transport Group in 2006 and is still in development; his third play, "Last Gas," premiered at Portland Stage Company in 2010, was produced by Geva Theatre Center in 2014, and is newly published by DPS; his latest play, "LOVE/SICK," premiered at Portland Stage Company in the spring of 2013, was produced by Hartford TheaterWorks in 2014, and will be opening Off Broadway in the winter of 2015. Originally from Presque Isle, Maine, John is a graduate of Amherst College. He lives in New York City.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: FEAA

Trivia (4)

Was nominated for Broadway's Tony Award (Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical) for his work as Motel the tailor in the 2004 Broadway revival of "Fiddler on the Roof.".
Won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance as Motel the tailor in the 2004 Broadway revival of "Fiddler on the Roof." (The award was shared with Michael Cerveris.).
Grew up in Presque Isle, Maine--but was born in Brockton, Massachusetts. His family moved to Presque Isle when he was 8.
John is a successful playwright. His first play, "Almost, Maine," was work-shopped at the Cape Cod Theatre Project in 2002. It premiered at Portland (Maine) Stage Company in 2004, where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim. It opened off-Broadway in 2006, and is now featured in Smith and Kraus' "New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2006." Since its run off-Broadway, "Almost, Maine" has been produced by nearly 2000 theater companies around the world and has been translated into eleven languages.

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