Stephen Tobolowsky

Actor, Screenwriter, Director
One of the small but well-loved group of character actors whose face was more familiar to viewers than his name, Stephen Tobolowsky was a film, television and stage performer who brought a decidedly left-of-center vibe ... Read more »
Born: 05/29/1951 in Dallas, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (184)

Big Time in Hollywood, FL 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Hello Ladies: The Movie 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Confirmation 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Goldbergs 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Hugh Akston (Actor)

Boxboarders! 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Californication 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Christian Mingle: The Movie 2014 (Movie)

Douglas McCarver (Actor)

Friends With Better Lives 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Loveless in Los Angeles 2014 (Movie)

Jon (Actor)

Mr. Peabody & Sherman 2014 (Movie)

Principal Purdy (Voice)

Pope Dreams 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hotwives of Orlando 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rainbow Tribe 2014 (Movie)

Principal Sands (Actor)

Toy Story Of Terror! 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Voice

Justified 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax 2012 (Movie)

Uncle Ubb (Voice)

The Mindy Project 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Work It 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Community 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Glee 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hard Breakers 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Pearblossom Hwy 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Defenders 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Last Ride 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Buried 2010 (Movie)

Alan Davenport (Actor)

The Sarah Silverman Program 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

True Jackson, VP 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rita Rocks 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Time Traveler's Wife 2009 (Movie)

Dr Kendrick (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Heroes 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Big Day 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blind Dating 2007 (Movie)

Dr Perkins (Actor)

Boston Legal 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Entourage 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

John from Cincinnati 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Raines 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Sasquatch Gang 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Totally Baked: A Pot-u-mentary 2007 (Movie)

American Farmer (Actor)

Valley of Light 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Hogs 2007 (Movie)

Charley (Actor)

Deadwood 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Failure to Launch 2006 (Movie)

Bud (Actor)

Night Stalker 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ghost Whisperer 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living 'til the End 2005 (Movie)

Dr. Shaw (Actor)

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous 2005 (Movie)

Tom Abernathy (Actor)

Reba 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Robots 2005 (Movie)

Bigmouth Executive/Forge (Voice)

According to Jim 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Complete Savages 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Frankie and Johnny are Married 2004 (Movie)

Murray (Actor)

Franky & Johnny are Married 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Garfield 2004 (Movie)

Happy Chapman (Actor)

It's All Relative 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Little Black Book 2004 (Movie)

Carl (Actor)

The West Wing 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! 2004 (Movie)

George Ruddy (Actor)

Arli$$ 1996 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Freaky Friday 2003 (Movie)

Mr Bates (Actor)

Kingpin 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Las Vegas 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

National Security 2003 (Movie)

Billy Narthax (Actor)

Off Centre 2001 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Oliver Beene 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

View From the Top 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Adaptation 2002 (Movie)

Ranger Steve Neely (Actor)

Chicago Hope 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Civil Wars 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Disney/Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Do Over 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love Liza 2002 (Movie)

Tom Bailey (Actor)

Malcolm in the Middle 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Picket Fences 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Promised Land 1997 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Roswell 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Suddenly Susan 1997 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

That's Life 1997 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Country Bears 2002 (Movie)

Norbert Barrington (Actor)

The Drew Carey Show 1997 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Prime Gig 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Two Guys and a Girl 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dean Koontz's Black River 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Off-Ramp 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

King of the Hill 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

Manhattan, AZ 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Memento 2001 (Movie)

Sammy Jankins (Actor)

Par 6 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Lone Gunmen 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Operator 2001 (Movie)

Doc (Actor)

Alien Fury 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Any Day Now 1998, 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bossa Nova 2000 (Movie)

Trevor (Actor)

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Don't Look Under the Bed 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Odd Man Out 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Snoops 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

One Man's Hero 1999 (Movie)

Captain Gaine (Actor)

Stanley's Gig 1999 (Movie)

Abe Cohen (Actor)

That '70s Show 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Insider 1999 (Movie)

Eric Kluster (Actor)

The Practice 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Vengeance Unlimited 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Around the Fire 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Black Dog 1998 (Movie)

Agent McClaren (Actor)

Burn, Hollywood, Burn 1998 (Movie)

Bill Bardo (Actor)

The Closer 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story 1998 (Movie)

Voice of Tabaqui (Actor)

Mr. Magoo 1997 (Movie)

Agent Chuck Stupak (Actor)

Mr. Rhodes 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Trevor 1997 (Movie)

Father Joe (Actor)

Dweebs 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco 1996 (Movie)

of Bando (Voice)

The Glimmer Man 1996 (Movie)

Christopher Maynard (Actor)

The Home Court 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

A Whole New Ballgame 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Skies 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Jekyll and MS. Hyde 1995 (Movie)

Oliver Mintz (Actor)

Murder in the First 1995 (Movie)

Mr Henkin (Actor)

Against the Grain 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Cafe Americain 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Harts of the West 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

My Father, the Hero 1994 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Radioland Murders 1994 (Movie)

Max Applewhite (Actor)

Calendar Girl 1993 (Movie)

Antonio Gallo (Actor)

Groundhog Day 1993 (Movie)

Ned (Actor)

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

Thom Whitney (Actor)

The Pickle 1993 (Movie)

Mike Krakower (Actor)

Basic Instinct 1992 (Movie)

Dr Lamott (Actor)

Hero 1992 (Movie)

Wallace (Actor)

Memoirs of An Invisible Man 1992 (Movie)

Warren Singleton (Actor)

Roadside Prophets 1992 (Movie)

Ranger Bob (Actor)

Single White Female 1992 (Movie)

Mitchell Meyerson (Actor)

Sneakers 1992 (Movie)

Dr Werner Brandes (Actor)

Where the Day Takes You 1992 (Movie)

Charles (Actor)

Seinfeld 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Marla Hanson Story 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Marriage Counselor 1987 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Thelma & Louise 1991 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Bird on A Wire 1990 (Movie)

Joe Weyburn (Actor)

Funny About Love 1990 (Movie)

Hugo (Actor)

The Grifters 1990 (Movie)

Jeweler (Actor)

Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael 1990 (Movie)

Mayor Bill Klepler (Actor)

Breaking In 1989 (Movie)

District Attorney (Actor)

Checking Out 1989 (Movie)

Pharmacist (Actor)

Great Balls of Fire 1989 (Movie)

John Phillips (Actor)

Hot Prospects 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

In Country 1989 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

Mirror, Mirror 1989 (Movie)

Mr Anderson (Actor)

Mississippi Burning 1988 (Movie)

Townley (Actor)

Ohara 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Spaceballs 1987 (Movie)

Captain of the Guard (Actor)

Nobody's Fool 1986 (Movie)

Kirk (Actor)

Swing Shift 1984 (Movie)

Documentary Narrator (Actor)

The Philadelphia Experiment 1984 (Movie)

Barney (Actor)

Cocaine and Blue Eyes (TV Show)

Actor

Deadlock (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Medicine (TV Show)

Actor

Face Value (Movie)

Defense Attorney (Actor)

Last Flight Out (TV Show)

Actor

Night Visitors (TV Show)

Actor

On the Edge (TV Show)

Actor

Power 98 (TV Show)

Actor

Roe vs. Wade (TV Show)

Actor

Tagget (TV Show)

Actor

The Curse of Inferno (TV Show)

Actor

The Day the World Ended (TV Show)

Actor

To the Moon, Alice (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (3)

Two Idiots in Hollywood 1988 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Two Idiots in Hollywood 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

True Stories 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

Two Idiots in Hollywood 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

One of the small but well-loved group of character actors whose face was more familiar to viewers than his name, Stephen Tobolowsky was a film, television and stage performer who brought a decidedly left-of-center vibe to his countless turns as socially awkward, often blissfully unaware authority figures. He found steady work on camera almost immediately after arriving in Hollywood from his native Texas, impressing directors and filmgoers alike with small but memorable roles in films like "Swing Shift" (1984), "The Grifters" (1990), "Thelma and Louise" (1991) and "Basic Instinct" (1992). "Groundhog Day" (1993) gave him his widest exposure up until that time as an obnoxious obstacle in Bill Murray's uncontrollable bursts of deja vu, but a dramatic turn as an alleged amnesiac in "Memento" (2000) showed the true scope of his acting skill. Likewise, his role as the creepy but hilarious Sandy Ryerson on Fox's hit dramedy "Glee" (2009- ) showcased his comedic chops. Like all fine character actors, Tobolowsky worked ceaselessly in all manner of projects, but in every case, he never failed to capture his audience's attention, which made him a utility player without peer in Hollywood.

Relationships

Ann Hearn

Wife

Beth Henley Screenplay

Companion
together in the 1980s

Robert Tobolowsky

Son
born June 17, 1989 mother's surname was Simons

William Tobolowsky

Son
born on January 1, 1994 mother Ann Hearn

EDUCATION

Southern Methodist University

Dallas , Texas

University of Illinois

Illinois
attended graduate program

Milestones

2004

Cast opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt and Bill Murray as Garfield in the comedy "Garfield: The Movie"

2004

Appeared in the romantic comedy "Little Black Book"

2000

Cast in the independent feature "The Prime Gig"

1999

Had featured role in the Oscar-nominated "The Insider"

1996

Cast in the NBC sitcom "Mr Rhodes"

1995

Featured on short-lived series "A Whole New Ballgame"

1995

Played a regular role on short-lived CBS series "Dweebs"

1994

Co-starred on ABC series "Blue Skies"

1993

TV series debut in regular role on the NBC series "Against the Grain"

1988

Feature directorial debut (also screenwriter), "Two Idiots in Hollywood"

1987

Directed the original off-Broadway production of Beth Henley's "The Lucky Spot"

1986

Acted and provided staging for the Shakespearean sequences in the Beth Henley-scripted "Nobody's Fool"

1986

Screenwriting debut (with David Byrne and Beth Henley), "True Stories"

1984

Directed the original off-Broadway production of Beth Henley's "The Miss Firecracker Contest"

1984

Feature acting debut, "Swing Shift"

1982

Co-starred in the Broadway production of Beth Henley's "The Wake of Jamey Foster"

Wrote songs and played keyboards for the rock band the L.A. Slugs

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