David Costabile

A prolific and well-respected character actor on television throughout the 2000s, David Costabile played intense, occasionally offbeat figures on such critical and audience hits as "Flight of the Conchords" (HBO ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1966 in Washington D.C., USA

Filmography

Actor (38)

Billions 2015 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Suits 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Making of Dig 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Ripper Street 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Somewhere Slow 2014 (Movie)

Robert Thompson (Actor)

The Blacklist 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Breaking Bad 2010 - 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Low Winter Sun 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Runner, Runner 2013 (Movie)

Professor Horstein (Actor)

Side Effects 2013 (Movie)

Carl (Actor)

Elementary 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lincoln 2012 (Movie)

James Ashley (Actor)

The Good Wife 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lie to Me 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Person of Interest 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Royal Pains 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Unforgettable 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Solitary Man 2010 (Movie)

Gary Porter (Actor)

The Bounty Hunter 2010 (Movie)

Arthur (Actor)

The Office 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Afterschool 2009 (Movie)

Mr Anderson (Actor)

Damages 2007, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Flight of the Conchords 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Notorious 2009 (Movie)

Mr Webber (Actor)

The Unusuals 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Three Rivers 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

United States of Tara 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wire 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Prime 2005 (Movie)

Jason (Actor)

Without A Trace 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 (Movie)

Biker Who (Actor)

Isn't She Great 2000 (Movie)

Junior Editor (Actor)

Cradle Will Rock 1999 (Movie)

Beaver Man (Actor)

Dellaventura 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Siege 1998 (Movie)

Fingerprint Expert (Actor)

Biography

A prolific and well-respected character actor on television throughout the 2000s, David Costabile played intense, occasionally offbeat figures on such critical and audience hits as "Flight of the Conchords" (HBO 2007-09), "The Wire" (HBO 2002-08) "Damages" (FX/DirecTV Network 2007-2012) and "Breaking Bad" (AMC 2008-2013). Costabile emerged from the New York theater scene in the late 1990s to work steadily if somewhat anonymously in features and on television. He hit his stride in the late 2000s with simultaneous recurring roles on "Conchords," "The Wire" and "Damages." Each was very different from the other, which underscored his versatility. Costabile soon moved into major supporting roles before landing his fourth standout recurring character, the eccentric chemist Gale Boetticher, on "Breaking Bad." The critical and audience praise heaped on that series boosted Costabile's profile, affording him access to major projects like Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" (2012). But he soon returned to network television, joining the cast of the ratings-challenged but critically praised "Low Winter Sun" (AMC 2013- ), which allowed him to parlay his particular talent of disappearing into roles with remarkable skill and affirming his status as one of the better character actors of the 21st century.

EDUCATION

Tufts University

New York University

1995

Gonzaga College High School

1985

Milestones

2013

Series regular on "Low Winter Sun"

2013

Supporting role in Steven Soderbergh's "Side Effects"

2012

Cast as James Ashley in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"

2012

Recurring role on "Suits"

2010

Recurring role as Gale Boetticher on "Breaking Bad"

2008

Recurring role as Thomas Klebanow on "The Wire"

2007

Recurring role as Detective Rick Messer on "Damages"

2007

Recurring role as Doug on "Flight of the Conchords"

1998

First feature film, "The Siege"

1997

Television debut on "Dellaventura"

Bonus Trivia

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Taught drama at New York University after graduating from its masters program

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His Italian heritage and ability to speak Italian helped him to master the difficult lyrics for the song "Crapa Pelada," which he performed on "Breaking Bad"

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Was a dedicated fan of "Breaking Bad" prior to being cast on the series.

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The character of Thomas Klebanow was based on real-life Baltimore Sun editor Bill Marinow, with whom "Wire" creator David Simon had a contentious relationship during his tenure with the paper.

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