Michael Lerner Born June 22, 1941 Brooklyn, New York Occupation Actor Years active 1969–present Michael Lerner (born June 22, 1941) is an American actor. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in (1991). Barton Fink Life and career [edit ]
Lerner was born in
Brooklyn, New York, of Romanian Jewish descent, the son of Blanche and George Lerner, who was a fisherman and antiques dealer. [1 ] He was raised in [2 ] Bensonhurst and Red Hook. His brother, Ken Lerner, is also an actor. After graduating from [3 ] Brooklyn College and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Lerner began his acting career in the late 1960s at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. At the age of 24 he appeared as Hieronymous the Miser in a KPFA radio production of Michel de Ghelderode’s Breugelesque play, Red Magic.
During the seventies, Lerner began making several guest appearances in
television shows such as , The Brady Bunch and The Odd Couple . He appeared in three episodes of M*A*S*H . In 1974, he appeared in the teleplay The Rockford Files The Missiles of October as President John F. Kennedy's press secretary Pierre Salinger.
In 1970 Lerner made his film debut in the
Paul Mazursky picture , starring Alex in Wonderland Donald Sutherland. He then went on to appear in supporting roles in various Hollywood movies such as Robert Redford's , The Candidate Charles Bronson's and Jack Nicholson's St. Ives . In 1991, after co-starring in the The Postman Always Rings Twice Eddie Murphy comedy , Michael played film producer Jack Lipnick in the Harlem Nights Coen Brothers' , a performance for which he received an Barton Fink Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Lerner's later projects include the
Christmas comedy and Elf , as well as appearing in television programs such as Poster Boy and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit . Entourage
British audiences know him best for his role in a 1990s TV ad for
Heineken lager saying, "You like the limo? It's yours".
In 2002 he appeared in
London`s West End production of Up for Grabs with Madonna. Michael also appeared on Radio Four in 2008 as a member of the cast of David Quantick's Radio Four's series One.
In 2013, Lerner appeared in a
season 4 episode of . Lerner plays Sidney Greene, one of the investors in the revival of Broadway musical Glee . His character is on the panel of judges, watching the shows main character, Funny Girl Rachel Berry, audition for the lead role. Lerner reprised his role as Sidney in season 5 in several New York based episodes, as Funny Girl opens on Broadway. He portrayed Senator Brickman in the [4 ] Marvel Comics/ Twentieth Century Fox film, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Filmography [edit ] References [edit ] External links [edit ]