David Krumholtz

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David Krumholtz
David Krumholtz 2012.jpg
Krumholtz at the 2012 PaleyFest: Fall TV CBS Preview Party
Born(1978-05-15) May 15, 1978 (age 36)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Vanessa Britting (m. 2010)
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David Krumholtz
David Krumholtz 2012.jpg
Krumholtz at the 2012 PaleyFest: Fall TV CBS Preview Party
Born(1978-05-15) May 15, 1978 (age 36)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Vanessa Britting (m. 2010)

David Krumholtz (born May 15, 1978) is an American actor, known for playing Charlie Eppes in the CBS drama series Numbers. He appeared as Seth Goldstein in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and its two sequels, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. He is also known for his role as Bernard the Arch-Elf in The Santa Clause and its sequel, The Santa Clause 2. Additionally, he is known for his role as Mr. Universe in the 2005 film Serenity. He also played Michael, the AV geek, in 10 Things I Hate About You.

Early life[edit]

Krumholtz was born in Queens, New York City. He is the son of Judy, a Dental Assistant, and Michael Krumholtz, a postal worker. He grew up in a "very working-class, almost poor" Jewish family.[1][2] His mother moved from Hungary to the U.S. in 1956,[3] and his paternal grandparents emigrated from Poland.[1]


Krumholtz began his acting career at the age of 13 when he followed his friends to an open audition for the Broadway play Conversations with My Father (1992). When he tried out, he won the role of Young Charlie opposite Judd Hirsch, Tony Shalhoub, and Jason Biggs, who was also making his Broadway debut. Soon after his run on Broadway, Krumholtz co-starred in two feature films, Life With Mikey (1993) opposite Michael J. Fox, and Addams Family Values (1993) opposite Christina Ricci. For his role in Mikey, David was nominated for a 1993 Young Artist Award.[4] Although his work in these two films garnered him critical attention, David is probably best known by children as the sarcastic head elf Bernard from The Santa Clause (1994) and its sequel The Santa Clause 2 (2002) but, because of filming overlap with Numb3rs, was unable to take part in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006).[citation needed]

In 1994, Krumholtz co-starred in his first television series, Monty, with Henry Winkler; the show lasted only a few episodes. Krumholtz later starred in several short-lived series over the years. Along the way, he had the opportunity to work with Jason Bateman (Chicago Sons, 1997), Tom Selleck (The Closer, 1998), Jon Cryer (The Trouble with Normal, 2000), and Rob Lowe (The Lyon's Den, 2003). In 2005 he finally found television success with the CBS series Numbers.[5] Along with his starring roles on television, Krumholtz made guest appearances on ER as schizophrenic patient Paul Sobriki, as well as on Law & Order, Undeclared, Lucky, and Freaks and Geeks.

Krumholtz at the premiere of Serenity in September 2005

He broke out of the children's movie genre with The Ice Storm (1997), directed by Ang Lee, and Slums of Beverly Hills (1998), starring Alan Arkin and Natasha Lyonne. In 1999, David starred as Michael Eckman in the popular teen movie 10 Things I Hate About You with Larisa Oleynik, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Julia Stiles, and Heath Ledger. That same year, he portrayed a completely different teen character – that of Yussel, a young conflicted Jewish man in Liberty Heights (1999).

It was the role of Yussel that brought Krumholtz to the attention of actor and filmmaker Edward Burns, who cast him in the independent film Sidewalks of New York (2001).[1] Playing the romantic and slightly obsessed Benny, Krumholtz was on a path to larger, more complex film roles. His first role as a leading man was in the romantic comedy You Stupid Man (2002), opposite Milla Jovovich. Although never released theatrically in the United States, You Stupid Man, directed by Edward Burns's brother Brian Burns, was released on DVD (2006). Krumholtz carried his first leading role in a released American film when he starred Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie (2002), which premiered on FX Networks.

Big Shot was a true story based on the Arizona State University basketball fixing scandal in 1994. Krumholtz played Benny Silman, a college student and campus bookmaker, who was jailed for his part in shaving points off key Arizona State basketball games. Benny was unlike any character Krumholtz had played before; and he garnered critical praise for his performance, proving that he was not just a sidekick.[6]

In 2005, Krumholtz played Max in My Suicidal Sweetheart (formerly Max and Grace), once again starring opposite actress Natasha Lyonne. Krumholtz also returned to smaller key roles in the successful films Ray (2004) and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004). In September 2005, he was seen in Joss Whedon's science fiction film Serenity as "Mr. Universe", a hacker and information broker. Most recently, in early 2006, Krumholtz's 2003 film Kill the Poor screened in New York City at IFC Center and across the country on Comcast's On Demand cable service.

From 2005, he portrayed Charlie Eppes, a mathematical genius who helped his brother Don (Rob Morrow), an FBI agent, solve crimes using mathematics, on CBS' show Numbers. The cast of Numbers also included Judd Hirsch and Peter MacNicol, who appeared with him in Addams Family Values as a camp counselor. Television critic Matt Roush (TV Guide) called Krumholtz's work on Numbers "probably his best TV work to date".[citation needed] Numbers was officially cancelled by CBS on May 18, 2010.[7]

In 2012, Krumholtz was cast opposite Michael Urie in CBS' comedy TV series Partners[8] but the show was cancelled after six episodes.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He appears in two documentaries on the Knocked Up DVD (one being staged and the other being genuine). "Gummy: The Sixth Roommate" tells the true story of how David dropped out of the film to play the lead part in a Woody Allen movie in Paris that got canceled before production, and Apatow would not write him back into his script. He would have played one of the main character's five roommates (along with other Freaks and Geeks alumni Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and Martin Starr).[10][11] Friend and fellow Freaks actor Jason Segel appears with him in a short scene in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny.

On May 22, 2010, Krumholtz married actress Vanessa Britting (born Vanessa Almeda Goonan), at The Plaza Hotel, in New York City; they had been engaged since July 2008.[12]

In July 2011, Krumholtz was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and began a radioactive iodine treatment five months later.[13] At the end of January 2012 was diagnosed cancer-free.[14]


1993Life with MikeyBarry Corman
1993Addams Family ValuesJoel Glicker
1994Santa Clause, TheThe Santa ClauseBernard the Elf
1997Ice Storm, TheThe Ice StormFrancis Davenport
1998Slums of Beverly HillsBen Abromowitz
199910 Things I Hate About YouMichael Eckman
1999Liberty HeightsYussel
2000How to Kill Your Neighbor's DogBrian Sellars
2001Mexican, TheThe MexicanBeck
2001Sidewalks of New YorkBenjamin Bazler
2001Two Can Play That GameJason
2001According to SpencerEzra
2002Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus BookieBenny SilmanTelevision film
2002You Stupid ManOwen
2002Santa Clause 2, TheThe Santa Clause 2Bernard the Arch-elf
2002CheatsEvan Rosengarden
2003Kill the PoorJoe Peltz
2004Looking for KittyAbe Fiannico
2004Harold & Kumar Go to White CastleGoldstein
2004RayMilt Shaw
2005My Suicidal SweetheartMax
2005Guess WhoJerry MacNamaraUncredited
2005SerenityMr. Universe
2006American StorageKurtShort film
2006Nail, TheThe NailDanielShort film
2006BobbyAgent Phil
2006Tenacious D in The Pick of DestinyFrat boy #2Uncredited
2007SuperbadBenji Austin
2007Battle for TerraTerrian commanderVoice only
2007Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox StorySchwartzberg
2008DemptionDetective Joseph SchneiderShort film
2008Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo BayGoldstein
2009I Love You, ManSydney's buddy #3Uncredited
2011Mr. Popper's PenguinsKent
2011Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, AA Very Harold & Kumar 3D ChristmasGoldstein
2013Teddy Bears (aka The Big Ask)Andrew
2013This Is the EndDavid Krumholtz
2014Judge, TheThe JudgeMike Kattan
2014Casual EncountersSammy DeetzPost-production
2016Sausage PartyVoice
2015I Saw the Light[15]James DolanFilming
1993Law & OrderScott FisherEpisode: "Sweeps"
1994MontyDavid RichardsonMain cast; 5 episodes
1995Pig StyTimmyEpisode: "Tess Makes the Man"
1997Chicago SonsBilly KulchakMain cast; 13 episodes
1997Justice League of AmericaMartin WaltersUnsold CBS pilot
1997Union SquareRussell2 episodes
1998Closer, TheThe CloserBruno VermaMain cast; 10 episodes
2000, 2002ERPaul Sobriki3 episodes
2000Trouble with Normal, TheThe Trouble with NormalBob WexlerMain cast; 13 episodes
2000Freaks and GeeksBarry SchweiberEpisode: "Noshing and Moshing"
2001–2002UndeclaredGreg2 episodes
2003LuckyTonyEpisode: "Savant"
2003Lyon's Den, TheThe Lyon's DenJeff FinemanMain cast; 13 episodes
2005–2010NumbersCharlie EppesMain cast; 118 episodes
2010Law & Order: Special Victims UnitVincent ProchikEpisode: "Wet"
2011Playboy Club, TheThe Playboy ClubBilly RosenMain cast; 3 episodes
2012Raising HopeCarl2 episodes
2012Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23Patrick KellyEpisode: "Shitagi Nashi..."
2012Newsroom, TheThe NewsroomDr. Jacob "Jack" Habib3 episodes
2012PartnersJoe GoodmanMain cast; 13 episodes
2012Childrens HospitalDookieEpisode: "Wisedocs"
2013-2014League, TheThe LeagueJoel CocqueEpisodes: "Rafi and Dirty Randy" and "When Rafi Met Randy"
2014Men at WorkMyron5 episodes
2007Wainy DaysOrtezEpisode: "Tough Guy"
2011MarcyAgent RoseEpisode: "Marcy Does an Agent"
2013Breaking FatMale detective2 episodes


1992–1993Conversations with My FatherYoung CharlieRoyale Theatre
March 22, 1992 – March 14, 1993


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  6. ^ "DVD Review: Big Shot...Confessions of a Campus Bookie". Currentfilm.com. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  7. ^ Joyce Eng (May 18, 2010). "CBS cancels seven series, including Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs and Cold Case". TV Guide. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ Michael Ausiello (March 1, 2012). "Scoop: David Krumholtz eyes lead role opposite Michael Urie in CBS comedy pilot Partners". TVLine.com. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich (November 16, 2012). "CBS pulls the plug on Partners". TVLine.com. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Everything is Numb3rs :: Actors always familiar in Judd Apatow's films". Everythingisnumb3rs.eponym.com. 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  11. ^ "Woody casts Paris pic – News – Film – Time Out London". Timeout.com. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  12. ^ Wihlborg, Ulrica (May 22, 2010). "David Krumholtz Ties the Knot". People. Time, Inc. Retrieved May 23, 3010.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  13. ^ David Krumholtz on his cancer diagnosis on Twitter. December 9, 2011. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  14. ^ http://www.assignmentx.com/2012/interview-partners-star-david-krumholtz-on-his-new-cbs-comedy-series/
  15. ^ Rebecca Ford (15 October 2014). "Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Rounds Out Cast". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 

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