Received a Tony nomination for his tole in Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" playing the older brother. He lost to Matthew Broderick, who played the younger brother in the same play. Ironically Broderick would play the title role in the Cable TV version of "Master Harold... and the Boys," a role Ivanek had originated on the...
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5' 7" (1.7 m)
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[Interview for "Films in Review" in 1985] There's a thrill in performance on the stage that you don't get in a movie. There's a feeling that you are communicating something to an audience that you just don't have during take 16 on a sound stage. A year later you see it on a screen and feel frustrated about things you've missed. Why didn't I do this? Why didn't I do that?
Tony award nominations: 1983, Featured Actor in a Play, Brighton Beach Memoirs (nom); 1992, Featured Actor in a Play, Two Shakespearean Actors (nom.) Drama Desk Awards: 1992, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Two Shakespearean Actors (nom;)
Frequently plays ruthless, morally ambiguous authority figures