Maury Chaykin

Actor
A character actor possessing a menacing but often sympathetic presence, Maury Chaykin specialized in small but startling performances in American features, including the pivotal role of Major Fambrough in Kevin ... Read more »
Born: 07/26/1949 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (110)

Bull 2014 (Movie)

Roland Gow (Actor)

Gay Like Me? 2014 (Movie)

Hank Douche (Actor)

Barney's Version 2010 (Movie)

Wedding Guest (Actor)

Casino Jack 2010 (Movie)

Big Tony (Actor)

Adoration 2009 (Movie)

Third Passenger (Actor)

Blindness 2008 (Movie)

Accountant (Actor)

Entourage 2005, 2007 (Tv Show)

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Superstorm 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Big Nothing 2006 (Movie)

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Boston Legal 2006 (Tv Show)

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Eureka 2006 (Tv Show)

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It's a Boy Girl Thing 2006 (Movie)

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Stargate SG-1 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Heaven's Fall 2005 (Movie)

Lyle Harris (Actor)

Where the Truth Lies 2005 (Movie)

Sally SanMarco (Actor)

Being Julia 2004 (Movie)

Walter Gibbs (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2004 (Tv Show)

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Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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Wilby Wonderful 2004 (Movie)

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Intern Academy 2003 (Movie)

Dr. Roger "Tony" Toussant (Actor)

Owning Mahowny 2003 (Movie)

Frank Perlin (Actor)

Sugar 2003 (Movie)

Stanley (Actor)

Tracey Ullman in The Trailer tales 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Bartleby 2002 (Movie)

Ernie (Actor)

Nero Wolfe 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Plan B 2002 (Movie)

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The Hostage 2002 (Movie)

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Jerry & Tom 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The Art of War 2000 (Movie)

Cappella (Actor)

The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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What's Cooking? 2000 (Movie)

Herb Seelig (Actor)

Entrapment 1999 (Movie)

Conrad Greene (Actor)

Jacob Two Two Meets The Hooded Fang 1999 (Movie)

Store Owner (Actor)

Let the Devil Wear Black 1999 (Movie)

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Lexx 1999 (TV Show)

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Mystery, Alaska 1999 (Movie)

Bailey Pruitt (Actor)

Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Love and Death on Long Island 1998 (Movie)

Irving Buckmuller (Actor)

Pale Saints 1998 (Movie)

The Pirate (Actor)

The Mask of Zorro 1998 (Movie)

Prison Warden (Actor)

Touched 1998 (Movie)

Bert (Actor)

A Life Less Ordinary 1997 (Movie)

Tod (Actor)

Mouse Hunt 1997 (Movie)

Alexander Falko (Actor)

Strip Search 1997 (Movie)

Tomas (Actor)

The Sweet Hereafter 1997 (Movie)

Wendell Walker (Actor)

Cutthroat Island 1995 (Movie)

John Reed (Actor)

Devil in A Blue Dress 1995 (Movie)

Matthew Terell (Actor)

Sugartime 1995 (Movie)

Tony Accardo (Actor)

Unstrung Heroes 1995 (Movie)

Arthur Lidz (Actor)

Whale Music 1995 (Movie)

Desmond Howl (Actor)

Camilla 1994 (Movie)

Harold Cara (Actor)

Beethoven's 2nd 1993 (Movie)

Cliff Klamath (Actor)

Josh and S.A.M. 1993 (Movie)

Pizza Man (Actor)

Money for Nothing 1993 (Movie)

Vincente Goldoni (Actor)

Sommersby 1993 (Movie)

Lawyer Dawson (Actor)

Conspiracy of Silence 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Hero 1992 (Movie)

Winston (Actor)

Leaving Normal 1992 (Movie)

Leon "Crazy-As" Pendleton (Actor)

My Cousin Vinny 1992 (Movie)

Sam Tipton (Actor)

The Adjuster 1992 (Movie)

Bubba (Actor)

Buried on Sunday 1991 (Movie)

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George's Island 1991 (Movie)

Mr Droonfield (Actor)

The Pianist 1991 (Movie)

Cody (Actor)

Dances With Wolves 1990 (Movie)

Major Fambrough (Actor)

Hearts of Fire 1990 (Movie)

Charlie Kelso (Actor)

Montreal Vu Par... 1990 (Movie)

("En Passant") (Actor)

Mr. Destiny 1990 (Movie)

Guzelman (Actor)

Where the Heart Is 1990 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Breaking In 1989 (Movie)

Tucci (Actor)

Millennium 1989 (Movie)

Roger Keane (Actor)

Caribe 1988 (Movie)

Captain Burdoch (Actor)

Cold Comfort 1988 (Movie)

Floyd (Actor)

Iron Eagle II 1988 (Movie)

Downs (Actor)

Stars & Bars 1988 (Movie)

Freeborn (Actor)

Twins 1988 (Movie)

Burt Klane (Actor)

Nowhere to Hide 1987 (Movie)

Marchais (Actor)

The Bedroom Window 1987 (Movie)

Pool Player (Actor)

Wild Thing 1987 (Movie)

Trask (Actor)

Higher Education 1986 (Movie)

Guido (Actor)

Canada's Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal C. Banks 1985 (Movie)

Hal C Banks (Actor)

Def-Con 4 1985 (Movie)

Vinny (Actor)

The Guardian 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Turk 182 1985 (Movie)

Man in Wheelchair (Actor)

Harry & Son 1984 (Movie)

Lawrence (Actor)

Mrs. Soffel 1984 (Movie)

Guard Reynolds (Actor)

Curtains 1983 (Movie)

Monty (Actor)

Of Unknown Origin 1983 (Movie)

Dan Errol (Actor)

The Vindicator 1983 (Movie)

Burt (Actor)

Wargames 1983 (Movie)

Jim Sting (Actor)

Soup For One 1982 (Movie)

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Death Hunt 1980 (Movie)

Clarence (Actor)

Nothing Personal 1980 (Movie)

Kancok (Actor)

The Kidnapping of the President 1979 (Movie)

Harvey Cannon (Actor)

Highpoint 1978 (Movie)

Falco (Actor)

Act of Vengeance (TV Show)

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Bleacher Bums (TV Show)

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Crossed Over (TV Show)

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Hot Paint (TV Show)

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In Like Flynn (TV Show)

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Jimmy B. & Andre (TV Show)

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Joan of Arc (TV Show)

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Keeping the Promise (TV Show)

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Northern Lights (TV Show)

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Sex Traffic (TV Show)

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Split Images (TV Show)

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The Hunt for the BTK Killer (TV Show)

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The Industry (TV Show)

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Varian's War (TV Show)

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Biography

A character actor possessing a menacing but often sympathetic presence, Maury Chaykin specialized in small but startling performances in American features, including the pivotal role of Major Fambrough in Kevin Costner's Oscar-winning drama, "Dances With Wolves" (1990) and memorable parts in "WarGames" (1983) and "My Cousin Vinny" (1992). His sporadically recurring role on HBO's "Entourage" (2004- ) as volatile movie producer Harvey Weingard never failed to amuse, while he made a true name for himself on television with the starring turn as Detective Nero Wolfe on the A&E series, "A Nero Wolfe Mystery" (2001-02). He went on to find his true niche in Canada, where his physical appearance - being on the heftier side - did not impede his opportunity to land interesting leading roles.

Relationships

Rose

Daughter
Mother, Susannah Hoffmann

Irving Chaykin

Father
1912-2007

Clarice Chaykin

Mother
Born in Winnipeg, Canada

Ilana Frank Executive Producer

Wife
Divorced in 1993

Susannah Hoffmann

Wife
Born March 20, 1963

EDUCATION

American Conservatory Theatre

San Francisco , California
studied there for two years; received classical training; also worked with playwright Samuel Beckett on the only adaptation of the writer's novel "The Unnameable" of which Beckett approved

State University of New York, Buffalo

Buffalo , New York 1968 - 1972
graduated

Milestones

2010

Cast in a supporting role opposite Kevin Spacey and Kelly Preston in "Casino Jack"

2008

Cast in Fernando Meirelles-directed mystery drama "Blindness"

2008

Appeared in the Canadian TV series "Less Than Kind"

2005

Cast as mob boss, San Marco in Atom Egoyan's "Where the Truth Lies" starring Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth

2005

Cast in a recurring role as Hollywood producer Harvey Weingard on HBO's "Entourage"

2004

Starred in "Being Julia," based on the novel "Theatre," by W. Somerset Maugham

2001

Reprised title role in the A&E series "Nero Wolfe"

2000

Portrayed Nero Wolfe in A&E TV-movie "The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery"

2000

Played Kyra Sedgwick's aging father confronting his daughter's lesbianism when she brings her girlfriend to Thanksgiving dinner in "What's Cooking?"; screened at the Sundance Film Festival

1999

Doubled as a store owner and a wacky, crying lawyer for the dream sequences in "Jacob Two Two and the Hooded Fang"

1999

Reteamed with Amiel on "Entrapment", playing a dissipated underworld figure with a comically monstrous belly

1998

Portrayed the prison warden in "The Mark of Zorro"

1997

Worked in third film with Egoyan, "The Sweet Hereafter"; gave an unexpectedly disturbing performance as a choleric, cuckhold

1995

Played a menacing, rotund, depraved politician in "Devil in a Blue Dress"

1995

Teamed with Michael Richards as the seriously goofy uncles in Diane Keaton's "Unstrung Heroes"

1994

Played Jessica Tandy's movie-producer son in "Camilla"; Atom Egoyan appeared as a film director

1994

Received second Genie Award for portrayal of a deeply-troubled Brian Wilson-like musician in "Whale Music"

1993

Appeared in first film with director Jon Amiel, "Sommersby"

1992

Worked on fourth film with Donovan, "Buried on Sunday"

1992

Portrayed friendly truck driver Leon "Crazy-As" Pendleton in Edward Zwick's "Leaving Normal"

1992

Made TV miniseries debut in "Conspiracy of Silence", which originally premiered on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in December, 1991 and later aired on CBS

1992

Cast in a supporting role in "My Cousin Vinny"

1991

Began collaboration with writer-director Atom Egoyan with the "En Passant" segment of "Montreal vu par..." and "The Adjuster"

1990

Offered a memorable turn as the suicidal cavalry major who sends Kevin Costner west in "Dances with Wolves"

1986

Played title role in the Canadian-made docudrama feature, "Canada's Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal C. Banks"

1983

Breakthrough role in Hollywood films, "WarGames"

1983

Appeared in first film with Canadian producer-director-writer Paul Donovan, "Def-Con 4"

1981

Made U.S. feature film debut in "Death Hunt"

1980

Appeared in first U.S. TV movie, "Jimmy B. & Andre" (CBS)

1979

Returned to Canada

1979

Earliest feature film appearances included a role in the Canadian-made comedy-thriller, "Highpoint"

1979

Acted in "Leave It to Beaver Is Dead", an off-Broadway musical play presented by Joseph Papp and the New York Shakespeare Festival

1978

Returned to NYC, joining the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Dodget Theatre Company to act in a production of "Gimme Shelter" by Barry Keefe

1975

Unable to find show business work in NYC, journeyed to Canada to act in a stage play, "Hooray for Johnny Canuck"; subsequently acted in a number of productions at Toronto's Factory Theatre Lab

1968

Formed and ran the Swamp Fox Group with some high school friends while in college at the State University of New York, Buffalo; the troupe toured widely, performing original material, and won an award at the 1969 Yale Drama Festival (dates approximate)

Moved to New York after studying at San Francisco's ACT; took various odd jobs to pay the rent

Performed in other Off-Broadway theater productions, including "Fat Fell Down" and "A Man's a Man"

Bonus Trivia

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On Hollywood's obsession with beauty: "It's just brutal. You have to look great. It has nothing to do with the way most people are, the way most people are built. It's sick . . . I can't expect people to say, 'Let's star Maury Chaykin in, you know, the next Disney movie.' It's easier for me to make that happen in Canada. I've played so many leading roles there. They were not huge, box-office commercial films. But they were lovely, beautiful films." --Maury Chaykin, quoted in The New York Times, March 18, 2000.

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