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Ken Lerner (born May 27, 1948) is an American television, stage and film actor who is perhaps most famous for playing "Principal Flutie" in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the heartless HMO lawyer in Chicago Hope, Kurt Russells lawyer in Unlawful Entry and Rocco Malachi in Happy Days.
Ken was born in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Brooklyn College. He is the father of actors Sam Lerner and Jenny Lerner and the brother of actor Michael Lerner. Ken is well known for playing funny characters like the agent whom Arnold Schwarzenegger stabs in the back with a pen in "The Running Man."
Ken has appeared in more than 80 television shows and 44 movies. He has had recurring roles on such shows as Desperate Housewives, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Chicago Hope, Beverly Hills 90210 and Happy Days.
Ken came to Hollywood and almost immediately, was cast in the hit show Happy Days, in which he played three different characters, Rocco Malachi of the Malachi Brothers, Rocco Boruffi and Frankie Bing Bong. He also starred in Hot Tomorrows, the award-winning American Film Institute student film debut of director Martin Brest.
Kens other television appearances include The Big Bang Theory," "Desperate Housewives," "Weeds, Two And A Half Men, Castle, Without A Trace, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS, Boston Legal, NYPD Blue, Scrubs, Providence, ER, Touched By An Angel, Ally McBeal, Will & Grace, Diagnosis Murder, Judging Amy, The Drew Carey Show, The Practice, Dharma & Greg, JAG, LA Law, The Commish, Whos The Boss, The Golden Girls, Hunter, Columbo, The Facts of Life, Hill Street Blues, Newhart, Cagney & Lacey, and Laverne & Shirley.
His other movies include Undisputed II Frankie and Johnny Are Married, National Security, The Story Of Us, Godzilla, Fast Getaway, The Doctor, The Exorcist III, Immediate Family, The Fabulous Baker Boys, and Any Which Way You Can.
Ken has done numerous notable and funny commercials, including the T-Mobile "Jeremy" series, Kitchen Aids Through the Years," the acclaimed Federal Express Gotcha, Visas Bill Fight, Immodiums Carpool, and the award-winning Mars Snickers Optometrist, for which Lerner himself won the Best Actor award of The Association of Independent Commercial Directors.
Ken also has starred in plays at the Pasadena Playhouse, at Garry Marshalls Falcon Theater and at various other venues in Los Angeles and New York City.
He voiced the role of Dogbert in the Dilbert video game and performed in motion capture as "Walter Mensch" in the video game, "LA Noire."
While working steadily as an actor, Ken was asked by his acting teacher Roy London to teach acting classes. He continued in that role until Londons death in 1993, then started The Ken Lerner Studio. Ken offers cold reading and scene study classes and occasional free public seminars in which directors, casting directors, managers, agents and publicists give advice to Kens students and actors in the community at large. Ken's classes are somewhat unusual in that he steadily auditions and works as an actor and can impart firsthand knowledge of what it is like in the audition room and on set.
Ken teaches for the Screen Actors Guild and the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, for Backstage Wests Actorfest and for the New York Film Academy. He has served as a visiting lecturer at colleges and universities.
In his spare time, Ken is in demand coaching actors in person and via Skype. He is frequently called upon by networks, production companies and studios including Disney, ABC and CBS to privately coach actors for pilot, movies and television. Among the actors Ken has taught or coached are Famke Janssen, Sheena Easton, Lisa Edelstein, Mitchel Musso, Nicollette Sheridan, Emily Procter, Dayanara Torres, Christa Miller, Adrienne Wilkinson, Creed Bratton, Byron Mann, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Lou Ferrigno, Armin Shimerman, Mike Ditka, Dick Butkus, Sandra Hess, Costas Mandylor, Elizabeth Berkley, Jason Gould and Michael Trucco.
Ken also works with motivational speakers, psychologists and lawyers seeking to present a more animated, interesting and professional image.
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