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Michael Stuhlbarg Poster

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Overview (2)

Born in Long Beach, California, USA
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Michael Stewart Stuhlbarg was born in Long Beach, California. He attended UCLA, and then The Juilliard School in New York City, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. His other studies included time at the Vilnius Conservatory in Lithuania, the British American Drama Academy at Baliol and Keble Colleges at Oxford, and the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain in London, and at Northwestern University's National High School Institute "Cherub" Program . While at UCLA, he was awarded a scholarship to study with Marcel Marceau.

During the 1990s and most of the 2000s, Stuhlbarg was primarily a theatrical actor, working on Broadway in such productions as Cabaret, Taking Sides, Saint Joan, The Government Inspector, and The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh, which earned him a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, and his first nomination for a Tony Award. His numerous Off-Broadway credits include the title roles in Hamlet and Richard II with the New York Shakespeare Festival, and David Mamet's adaptation of The Voysey Inheritance, which earned him an OBIE.

Stuhlbarg's first major film role was as Laurence Gopnik in Joel and Ethan Coen's A Serious Man, for which he received his first Golden Globe nomination. His first major television role came in HBO and Martin Scorsese's period drama series, Boardwalk Empire, in which he was cast as the organized crime figure Arnold Rothstein. Most recently, he appeared in the highly acclaimed FX series Fargo, and will be seen in 2018 in The Looming Tower on Hulu.

Stuhlbarg has continued to appear regularly in a number of high-profile films in recent years, including: Arrival, Steve Jobs, Blue Jasmine, Hugo, Seven Psychopaths, Men In Black III, Trumbo, Lincoln, Miss Sloane, Doctor Strange, Miles Ahead, and Pawn Sacrifice to name a few. This season he is appearing in three films: Luca Guadinino and James Ivory's Call Me By Your Name, Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, and Steven Spielberg's The Post.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Mai-Linh Lofgren (August 2013 - present)

Trade Mark (1)

Frequently plays real life characters.

Trivia (8)

He had been a professional stage actor for 10 years when he made his first screen appearance (in an unnamed part) in A Price Above Rubies (1998). It would be another 11 years before he became a well-known screen actor, thanks to the Coen Brothers A Serious Man (2009).
He studied at Juilliard school from 1988 to 1992, having been a member of the Drama Division's Group 21. He studied acting almost around the world, including at University of California in Los Angeles, the Vilnius Conservatory in Lithuania, the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, and the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain at the University of London. He also studied mime with the great Marcel Marceau at the World Centre.
Has been married to Mai-Linh Lofgren since August 2013.
Researched his role as Arnold Rothstein in Boardwalk Empire (2010) so thoroughly that the show's writers often used him as a reference point.
As of 2018, has appeared in seven films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: A Serious Man (2009), Hugo (2011), Lincoln (2012), Arrival (2016), Call Me by Your Name (2017), The Shape of Water (2017) and The Post (2017). His presence in three Best Picture nominees in 2017 makes him only the second person to achieve this feat in the new millennium after John C. Reilly in 2002. Of these, The Shape of Water is a Best Picture winner.
He constantly plays real life figures, most notably supporting roles in films such as The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer (2008), Lincoln (2012), Hitchcock (2012), Pawn Sacrifice (2014), Trumbo (2015), Steve Jobs (2015) and Miles Ahead (2015); as a lead he portrayed Edward Hopper in two short films: La Muse (2012) and Hopper Stories (2012); and on TV, he's best known for portraying Arnold Rothstein in Boardwalk Empire.
He has worked with 7 directors who have won a Best Director Oscar: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Danny Boyle, and Guillermo del Toro.
His family heritage traces back to Russia, Hungary, England, and Germany.

Personal Quotes (10)

Film, for me, has been a process of learning on the job.
I've done a lot of theater work that has been quite diverse. I feel very fortunate to have had many different people think of me in many different ways. So, as an actor that's all you - all I want is diversity. So far in film and television work I have done has not been as diverse, and I hope it grows to be.
I think the theater work and the on-camera work feed off each other. My theater work has become more simple, and my on-camera work has become more energized or more spontaneous.
Most of the people in New York are very often from somewhere else.
I wanted to be a cartoonist. I was one of those kids who sat around and drew in my room all the time.
Things never go the way you expect them to. That's both the joy and frustration in life. I'm finding as I get older that I don't mind, though. It's the surprises that tickle me the most, the things you don't see coming.
My mom and my dad are ebullient people, and I think I carry that with me.
I was thrown into a community production of 'Bye Bye Birdie' or something when I was a kid. I wanted to just build the sets, but I wasn't allowed to just build the sets unless I auditioned for the play. So I auditioned for the play and was thrown into the chorus. During the course of that I fell in love with it, and I never really turned back.
I've found in my own life, if you try to struggle against what the universe is telling you, you set yourself up for more of a battle.
I was raised in a reform synagogue. I think we all bring with us a sense of when hard things happen to us, we find ourselves asking questions of why are these things happening to me at this time in my life. I think in that sense, there's a certain resonance that I carry. It's more of a spiritual resonance as opposed to particularly of Judaism.

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