Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky

  • Highest Rated: 100% Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party (2005)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? (2014)
  • Birthday: May 30, 1951
  • Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, USA
  • Perhaps one of the most instantly recognizable -- yet seemingly unidentifiable -- character actors to have succeeded in Hollywood, Stephen Tobolowsky's non-movie star looks have enabled the native Texan to portray a wider variety of characters more conventional movie stars simply could not. Born and raised in Dallas, Tobolowsky attended Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree and went on to earn a Master's degree in acting from the University of Illinois. While at S.M.U., the young Tobolowsky won his first film role in a low-budget horror film entitled Keep My Grave Open. Soon after finishing his studies, he went west to Los Angeles and started working somewhat consistently in both television and film in the early '80s -- while gaining some notice for his work in the films Swing Shift and Mississippi Burning. After toiling on the West Coast for a few years, Tobolowsky became a bi-coastal star with a role in a 1981 Broadway production of Beth Henley's play The Wake of Jamey Foster. In 1986, he collaborated with Henley -- who also happened to be a fellow student of Tobolowsky's during his undergraduate studies at S.M.U. -- and David Byrne to co-write the script for Byrne's 1986 film True Stories. The multi-talented thespian then went on to write and direct his own play, Two Idiots in Hollywood, which he also turned into a film in 1988. The early '90s brought Tobolowsky his greatest exposure to the movie-going public, with a number of diverse and interesting roles that highlighted the actor's great range and skill -- nearly to the extent of upstaging these films' higher-profile stars. Perhaps the most prototypical Tobolowsky characterization can be found in the 1993 Harold Ramis comedy Groundhog Day, in which Tobolowsky portrayed the hapless insurance salesman Ned Ryerson. Other memorable performances from this decade include Thelma & Louise, Basic Instinct, Sneakers, and The Radioland Murders. Tobolowsky continued creating endearing characters into the 2000s, starting with Christopher Nolan's indy hit Memento. As amnesiac Sammy Jankis, Tobolowsky created one of the most powerful dramatic performances of his career. His next significant film role came via the 2002 Spike Jonze/Charlie Kaufman film Adaptation, which further displayed the nearly chameleon-like actor's range and talent that make him one of the best character actors in the industry. In the years to come, Tobolowsky would remain active on screen, appearing on shows like Glee and Californication.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

63% Fractured Dr. Berthram 2019
93% Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons' Mr. Bentley 2019
50% Strange Nature Mayor Paulson 2018
No Score Yet Welcome to the Men's Group Carl 2018
No Score Yet Six LA Love Stories Actor 2018
No Score Yet Monsters At Large Mr. Phillips 2018
No Score Yet Guys and Girls Can't Be Friends Andy 2016
90% The Confirmation Father Lyons 2016
No Score Yet Mamaboy Actor 2016
20% The Barber Chief Hardaway 2015
No Score Yet The Primary Instinct Screenwriter Executive Producer 2015
No Score Yet Hollywood Adventures Wronald Wright 2015
No Score Yet Christian Mingle The Movie Douglas McCarver $20.3K 2014
0% Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? Hugh Akston 2014
81% Mr. Peabody & Sherman Principal Purdy $101.8M 2014
44% The Last Ride Ray $16.8K 2012
53% Dr Seuss' The Lorax Uncle Ubb $214M 2012
No Score Yet Pearblossom Hwy Rick Lawler 2012
14% Hard Breakers Max 2011
25% Peep World Ephraim $11.4K 2011
No Score Yet The Rainbow Tribe Principal Sands 2011
86% Buried Alan Davenport $0.3M 2010
39% The Time Traveler's Wife Dr. David Kendrick $63.4M 2009
No Score Yet Starz Inside Actor 2009
No Score Yet Beethoven's Big Break Sal 2008
46% The Sasquatch Gang Ernie Dalrymple 2007
25% Blind Dating Dr. Perkins $62.4K 2007
No Score Yet Totally Baked: A Pot-u-mentary Actor 2007
14% Wild Hogs Charley $168.3M 2007
No Score Yet The Valley of Light Littleberry 2007
No Score Yet Pope Dreams Carl Venable 2006
24% Failure to Launch Bud $88.7M 2006
No Score Yet Loveless in Los Angeles Jon 2006
No Score Yet Boxboarders! Dr. James 2006
No Score Yet Debating Robert Lee District Judge 2006
No Score Yet Living 'til the End Dr. Shaw 2005
64% Robots Bigmouth Executive $128.2M 2005
100% Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party Actor 2005
22% Little Black Book Carl $20.5M 2004
15% Garfield - The Movie Happy Chapman $75.3M 2004
No Score Yet Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes Actor 2004
67% Frankie and Johnny Are Married Murray Mintz 2004
No Score Yet Love Hollywood Style Actor 2004
53% Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! George Ruddy $16.9M 2004
87% Freaky Friday Mr. Bates $110.2M 2003
14% View from the Top Frank Thomas $15.6M 2003
11% National Security Billy Narthax $35.8M 2003
No Score Yet Kingpin Klein's Lawyer 2003
91% Adaptation Ranger Steve Neely $22.2M 2002
30% The Country Bears Norbert Barrington $16.9M 2002
53% Love Liza Tom Bailey 2002
No Score Yet The Day the World Ended Principal Turner 2001
No Score Yet On the Edge Actor 2001
No Score Yet Dean Koontz's 'Black River' Mayor Thompson 2001
92% Memento Sammy Jankis $23.9M 2000
No Score Yet Stanley's Gig Abe 2000
73% Bossa Nova Trevor 2000
45% The Operator Doc 2000
44% The Prime Gig Mick 2000
No Score Yet Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes Dewey Wise 2000
No Score Yet Alien Fury Actor 2000
96% The Insider Eric Kluster 1999
No Score Yet Don't Look Under the Bed Michael McCausland 1999
38% One Man's Hero Captain Gaine 1999
No Score Yet Around the Fire Doc 1998
No Score Yet The Curse of Inferno Lonnie Martin 1998
40% The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars Calculator 1998
10% Black Dog Agent McClaren 1998
8% An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn Bill Bardo 1998
No Score Yet The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story Tabaqui 1998
7% Mr. Magoo Agent Chuck Stupak 1997
80% Boys Life 2 Father Joe [Trevor] 1997
12% The Glimmer Man Christopher Maynard 1996
53% Homeward Bound II - Lost in San Francisco Bando 1996
14% Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde Olivier 1995
24% Radioland Murders Max Applewhite 1994
50% Murder in the First Mr. Henkin 1994
14% My Father, the Hero Mike 1994
No Score Yet Trevor Father Joe 1994
20% The Pickle Mike Krakower 1993
96% Groundhog Day Ned Ryerson 1993
25% Josh and S.A.M. Thom Whitney 1993
11% Calendar Girl Antonio Gallo 1993
65% Hero Wallace 1992
80% Where the Day Takes You Charles 1992
78% Sneakers Dr. Werner Brandes 1992
55% Single White Female Mitchell Myerson 1992
53% Basic Instinct Dr. Lamott 1992
23% Memoirs of an Invisible Man Warren Singleton 1992
83% Roadside Prophets Ranger Bob 1992
No Score Yet Wedlock (Deadlock) Warden Holliday 1991
No Score Yet Megaville Warren Singleton 1991
84% Thelma & Louise Max 1991
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster Sgt. Phil Baranski 1991
No Score Yet Face Value Defense Attorney 1991
44% Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael Bill Klepler 1990
0% Funny About Love Hugo 1990
90% The Grifters Jeweler 1990
No Score Yet Tagget Actor 1990
32% Bird on a Wire Joe Weyburn 1990
No Score Yet Mirror, Mirror Mr. Anderson 1990
No Score Yet Last Flight Out Doctor Timothy Brandon 1990
89% Breaking In District Attorney 1989
68% In Country Pete 1989
63% Great Balls of Fire John 1989
20% Checking Out Pharmacist 1989
87% Mississippi Burning Townley 1988
No Score Yet 2 Idiots in Hollywood Screenwriter Director 1988
59% Spaceballs Captain of the Guard 1987
0% Nobody's Fool Kirk $0.6M 1986
76% True Stories Screenwriter 1986
50% The Philadelphia Experiment Barney 1984
92% Swing Shift Documentary Narrator/French de Mille 1984
No Score Yet Keep My Grave Open Actor 1980

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

73% Schooled
2019
Principal Ball
  • 2019
65% The Cool Kids
2018
Leonard
  • 2019
98% One Day at a Time
2017
Dr. Berkowitz
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Goldbergs
2013
Earl Ball Principal Ball
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
94% Silicon Valley
2014-2018
Jack Barker
  • 2017
  • 2016
86% The Mindy Project
2012-2017
Dr. Marc Shulman
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2012
73% Big Time in Hollywood, FL
2015
Alan
  • 2015
7% Dr. Ken
2015-2017
Joe
  • 2015
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
2014-2017
Appearing
  • 2015
  • 2014
9% Friends With Better Lives
2014
Dr. Adelman
  • 2014
57% Californication
2007-2014
Producer Stu Beggs
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
97% Justified
2010-2015
Barkley Jeremy Barkley
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
5% Work It
2012
Dr. David Deutsch
  • 2012
74% The Defenders
2010-2011
Judge Gelineau
  • 2011
88% Community
2009-2015
Professor Sheffield
  • 2011
  • 2010
71% Glee
2009-2015
Sandy Ryerson
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
36% Rita Rocks
2008-2009
  • 2009
No Score Yet The New Adventures of Old Christine
2006-2010
Principal Merrow
  • 2009
  • 2007
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
Spencer Freiberg
  • 2008
55% Heroes
2006-2010
Bob
  • 2008
  • 2007
86% Boston Legal
2004-2008
Alvin Azinabinacroft
  • 2007
66% Entourage
2004-2011
Mayor
  • 2007
50% John From Cincinnati
2007
Mark Lewinsky
  • 2007
50% Big Day
2006-2007
The Garf
  • 2007
  • 2006
66% Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
Bud Penrod
  • 2006
  • 2005
95% Deadwood
2004-2006
Hugo Jarry
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2017
  • 2005
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000-2017
  • 2005
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
Don Haffman
  • 2005
  • 2004
75% The West Wing
1999-2006
Max Milkman
  • 2004
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
Ned Weathers
  • 2004
No Score Yet According to Jim
2001-2009
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet Las Vegas
2003-2008
Donny Rollins
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Dead Zone
2002-2007
Jim Pratt
  • 2003
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
James Halliwell
  • 2002
No Score Yet Malcolm in the Middle
2000-2006
Mr. Fisher
  • 2002
No Score Yet Off Centre
2001-2002
Milt Platt
  • 2001
83% That's Life
2000-2002
Roger Robinson
  • 2000
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
Principal
  • 1999
20% Odd Man Out
1999-2001
Al
  • 1999
No Score Yet Snoops
1999
Bench Attorney Bench
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
Clyde Burrows
  • 1999
No Score Yet Two Guys and a Girl
1998-2001
Father Vetere
  • 1999
No Score Yet That '70s Show
1998-2006
Professor Stark
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Suddenly Susan
1996-2000
Dr. Mort Gerken
  • 1998
No Score Yet Promised Land
1996-1999
Fred Argyle
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
1995-2004
Councilman
  • 1997
No Score Yet Chicago Hope
1994-2000
Dr. Joseph
  • 1995
100% Dweebs
1995
Karl
  • 1995
82% Picket Fences
1992-1996
Sasha
  • 1993
88% Seinfeld
1989-1998
Tor Akman
  • 1991
No Score Yet Designing Women
1986-1993
Boyd
  • 1986
No Score Yet A Whole New Ballgame
1995
Dr. Warner Brakefield
73% Against the Grain
1994
Niles Hardeman
No Score Yet The Mindy Project
Dr. Marc Shulman

QUOTES FROM Stephen Tobolowsky CHARACTERS

Agent Ford
Oh spare us the physco babble will you!
Agent McClaren
If you screw this up shithead I am not going down with you!
Max
If she calls, just be gentle, you know? Like you're really happy to hear from her. Like you miss her. Women love that shit.
Principal Purdy
Pictures were taken for insurance purposes.
Agent Chuck Stupak
It's Luanne Leseur, the Black Widow. She kills all of her male accomplices. No one has ever been able to finger her.
Ned
Watch that first step. It's a doozie.
Ned
Phil, Hey Phil, Phil Connors!
Phil Connors
Ned?! [Punches Ned in face]
Phil Connors
Ned?! [punches Ned in face]
Max Applewhite
I could yell fire over the intercom and we could call it a night.
Max Applewhite
I could yell 'Fire' into the intercom and we could call it a night.
Mrs. Barrington
[To Beary] Honey, even if you were adopted, we would love you as much as we love Dexter.
Mrs. Barrington
[to Beary] Honey, even if you were adopted, we would love you as much as we love Dexter.
Norbert Barrington
Maybe more.
Mr. Bates
Who couldn't make up his... mind.
Mitchell Myerson
Black leather gloves means more than murdr, her hands are cold!
Townley
you dont know who i am