James Urbaniak

A comedic actor who was equally at home portraying counterculture cartoonist Robert Crumb in "American Splendor" (2003) or washed-up mad scientist Dr. Rusty Venture in "The Venture Bros" (Adult Swim 2003-13), James ... Read more »
Born: 09/17/1963 in Bayonne, New Jersey, USA


Actor (45)

Advantageous 2015 (Movie)

Fisher (Actor)

Gigi Does It 2015 (Tv Show)


Marvel's Agent Carter 2015 (Tv Show)


Ned Rifle 2015 (Movie)

Simon Grim (Actor)

Review 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)


Review with Forrest MacNeil 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)


Thanksgiving 2015 (Movie)


Comedy Bang! Bang! 2014 (Tv Show)


Fortunes 2014 (Movie)

Lewis Croshere (Actor)

From the Head 2013 (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

Scandal 2013 (Tv Show)


The Mentalist 2013 (Tv Show)


Homeland 2012 (Tv Show)


Metalocalypse 2003 - 2006, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)


The Venture Bros. 2003 - 2006, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)


Beware the Gonzo 2011 (Movie)

Principal Roy (Actor)

Hello Lonesome 2011 (Movie)

Gary (Actor)

The Music Never Stopped 2011 (Movie)

Mike Tappin (Actor)

Wizards of Waverly Place 2011 (Tv Show)


You Don't Know Jack 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


Drones 2009 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

The Starter Wife 2008 (Tv Show)


Without A Trace 2008 (Tv Show)


Across the Universe 2007 (Movie)

Sadie's Manager (Actor)

Fay Grim 2007 (Movie)

Simon Grim (Actor)

Numb3rs 2007 (Tv Show)


The Nanny Diaries 2007 (Movie)

Educational Consultant (Actor)

Death of a President 2006 (Movie)

Dr. James Pearn (Actor)

The Last Romantic 2006 (Movie)


The Girl From Monday 2005 (Movie)


Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2004 (Tv Show)


Road 2004 (Movie)


Teknolust 2004 (Movie)

Agent Hopper (Actor)

American Splendor 2003 (Movie)

Robert Crumb (Actor)

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde 2003 (Movie)

Lab Technician (Actor)

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 (Movie)

Rod Flexner (Actor)

Passengers 2001 (Movie)


Ride With the Devil 1999 (Movie)

Poker Player (Actor)

Sex and the City 1999 (Tv Show)


Sticky Fingers of Time 1999 (Movie)

Isaac (Actor)

Sweet and Lowdown 1999 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

The Book of Life 1999 (Movie)


Aphrodisiac 1998 (Movie)


Henry Fool 1998 (Movie)

Simon Grim (Actor)

Pig Goat Banana Cricket (TV Show)



A comedic actor who was equally at home portraying counterculture cartoonist Robert Crumb in "American Splendor" (2003) or washed-up mad scientist Dr. Rusty Venture in "The Venture Bros" (Adult Swim 2003-13), James Urbaniak could go for the jugular without breaking stride. Born in Bayonne, New Jersey in 1963, Urbaniak quickly established his credentials when he played the anti-social garbageman turned controversial author Simon Grim in Hal Hartley's comic drama "Henry Fool" (1997). That critically-acclaimed cult favorite marked the beginning of a long career in theatre, television and film for Urbaniak , who became the comic character actor of choice for anyone with an appreciation for indie films, off-Broadway theatre and alternative comedy. As his career matured, his choices ranged from sincere dramatic leads to the voice of some of the wackiest characters in animated television. In the mid-1990s Urbaniak began to take on character roles in a wide range of films, including Woody Allen's period jazz drama "Sweet and Lowdown" (1999) and George Clooney's surreal Chuck Barris biopic "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002). In addition, he guest-starred on prominent TV series including "Sex and the City" (HBO 1998-2004), the procedural dramas "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC 2001-2011) and "Numb3rs" (CBS 2007), and the hit series "The Office" (NBC 2005-2013), in which he had a recurring role as Dwight Schrute's socially maladroit best friend Rolf Ahl. During this period, he also returned to the role that made him famous, working again opposite Parker Posey as Henry's sister Fay in Hartley's sequel "Fay Grim" (2006). His best-known TV work came in the long-running animated series "The Venture Brothers," in which he starred as mad scientist Dr. Rusty Venture, who tried to fix his daddy issues with his world-famous father while parenting his own pair of would-be teen adventurers. His work on this cult hit led to an increasing amount of jobs on other adult-skewing cartoons and in video games, where he became a familiar presence.



Robert Crumb in "American Splendor"


Dr. Rusty Venture, "The Venture Bros." (Adult Swim)


Simon Grim in "Henry Fool"