Michael Lerner (actor)

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Michael Lerner
Born(1941-06-22) June 22, 1941 (age 73)
Brooklyn, New York
Years active1969–present
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Michael Lerner
Born(1941-06-22) June 22, 1941 (age 73)
Brooklyn, New York
Years active1969–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 Barton Fink (1991).

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][2] He was raised in Bensonhurst and Red Hook. His brother, Ken Lerner, is also an actor.[3] After graduating from 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, The Odd Couple and M*A*S*H. He appeared in three episodes of The Rockford Files. In 1974, he appeared in the teleplay 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 Alex in Wonderland, starring 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 St. Ives and Jack Nicholson's The Postman Always Rings Twice. In 1991, after co-starring in the Eddie Murphy comedy Harlem Nights, Michael played film producer Jack Lipnick in the Coen Brothers' Barton Fink, a performance for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Lerner's later projects include the Christmas comedy Elf and Poster Boy, as well as appearing in television programs such as Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and 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 Glee. Lerner plays Sidney Greene, one of the investors in the revival of Broadway musical Funny Girl. His character is on the panel of judges, watching the shows main character, 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.[4] He portrayed Senator Brickman in the Marvel Comics/Twentieth Century Fox film, X-Men: Days of Future Past.


1968Smile (Original Title "No. 5")MichaelDirected by John Lennon & Yoko Ono
1969The Brady BunchJohnny
1970Alex in WonderlandLeo
1972The CandidateCorliss
1973FirehouseErnie Bush
M*A*S*HCaptain Bernie Futterman
Newman's LawFrank Acker
The Missiles of OctoberPierre Salinger
1975Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage AlcoholicDr. Marvin Kittredge
1976Dark VictoryManny
St. IvesMyron Green
Scott FreeSantini
1977The Other Side of MidnightBarbet
Killer on BoardDr. Berglund
Outlaw BluesHatch
1978A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig StoryDr. Canlan
Ruby and OswaldJack Ruby
KojakDr. Fine
1980The Baltimore BulletPaulie
Coast to CoastDr. Frederick Froll
BorderlineHenry Lydell
1981The Postman Always Rings TwiceMr. Katz
ThresholdHenry de Vici
1982National Lampoon's Class ReunionDr. Robert Young
1983Hill Street BluesRollie Simone
Strange InvadersWillie Collings
Rita Hayworth: The Love GoddessHenry Cohn
1984Movers & ShakersArnie
1985The ExecutionSidney Ferraro
The Child is MineAbe Rosenberg
1986That Secret SundayMario Pinelli
1987AnguishJohn Pressman
Hands of a StrangerCapt. Cirrillo
The King of LoveNat Goldberg
1988Any Man's DeathHerb Denner
VibesBurt Wilder
Eight Men OutArnold Rothstein
1989Harlem NightsBugsy Calhoune
1990FramedElliot Shane
Maniac Cop 2Edward Doyle
1991Barton FinkJack LipnickAcademy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Omen IV: The AwakeningEarl Knight
The Comrades of SummerGeorge
1993Amos & AndrewPhil Gillman
1994Blank CheckBiderman
Radioland MurdersLieutenant Cross
The Road to WellvilleGoodloe Bender
No EscapeWarden
1995Girl in the CadillacPal
No Way BackFrank Serlano
A Pyromaniac's Love StoryPerry
1997For Richer or PoorerPhillip Kleinman
1998GodzillaMayor Ebert
Safe MenBig Fat Bernie Gayle
CelebrityDr. Lupus
Tale of the MummyProfessor Marcus
1999The Mod SquadHoward
My Favorite MartianMr. Channing
2000Murder at the Cannes Film FestivalMorrie Borelli
Attention ShoppersKhourosh
2001Mockingbird Don't SingDr. Stan York
2002101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London AdventureProducerVoice only
Nobody Knows Anything!Uncle Lou
2004The Calcium KidArtie Cohen
Poster BoyJack Kray
2005When Do We Eat?Ira Stuckman
Love and Other DisastersMorty
2006The Last TimeLeguzza
2007A Dennis the Menace ChristmasMr. Souse
2008EntourageGuest Star
Yonkers JoeStanley
2009A Serious ManSolomon Schlutz
Life During WartimeHarvey Wiener
2010Wax On, Fuck OffCy Rosenthal
Pete Smalls Is DeadLeonard Proval
2011Atlas ShruggedWesley Mouch
2012Mirror MirrorBaron
Burning Man: MetropolisHoover Robinson
2013-2014GleeSidney Greene5 episodes
2014X-Men: Days of Future PastSenator Brickman


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