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, a fisherman and antiques dealer.[1] He was raised in the Bensonhurst and Red Hook neighborhoods. His brother, Ken Lerner, is also an actor.[2]

After graduating from Brooklyn College and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), 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 playing Pierre Salinger.

In 1970 Lerner made his film debut in Alex in Wonderland. He then went on to appear in supporting roles in various Hollywood movies such as The Candidate, St. Ives and the 1981 remake of The Postman Always Rings Twice. In 1991, after co-starring in Harlem Nights, Lerner played film producer Jack Lipnick in Barton Fink, 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.

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. He portrayed Senator Brickman in the Marvel Comics/Twentieth Century Fox film, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

In 2013, Lerner appeared in a season 4 episode of Glee as Sidney Greene, an investor in the revival of Broadway musical Funny Girl. His character is on the panel of judges, watching the Rachel Berry character audition for the lead role. He reprised his role as Sidney in season 5 in several New York-based episodes of the series, as Funny Girl opens on Broadway.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]

1970Alex in WonderlandLeo
1972The CandidateCorliss
1974M*A*S*H (TV series)Captain Bernie Futterman1 episode
Newman's LawFrank Acker
The Missiles of OctoberPierre Salinger
1975Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage AlcoholicDr. Marvin Kittredge
1976Dark VictoryManny
St. IvesMyron Green
1977The Other Side of MidnightBarbet
1978Ruby and OswaldJack Ruby
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 Blues (TV series)Rollie Simone4 episodes
Strange InvadersWillie Collings
Rita Hayworth: The Love GoddessHenry Cohn
1984Movers & ShakersArnie
1987AnguishJohn Pressman
Hands of a StrangerCapt. Cirrillo
The King of LoveNat Goldberg
1988VibesBurt Wilder
Eight Men OutArnold Rothstein
1989Harlem NightsBugsy Calhoune
1990Maniac 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
1995Courtroom (TV series)Judge Myron Winkleman11 episodes
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
2001Mockingbird Don't SingDr. Stan York
2002101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London AdventureProducerVoice only
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
2010Pete Smalls Is DeadLeonard Proval
2011Atlas ShruggedWesley Mouch
2012Mirror MirrorBaron
2013-2014GleeSidney Greene5 episodes
2014X-Men: Days of Future PastSenator Brickman
2015AshbyIn production


  1. ^ Profile, CigarAficionado.com; accessed August 23, 2014.
  2. ^ Michael Lerner profile, Yahoo! Movies; accessed August 23, 2014.
  3. ^ Info re Glee, latimes.com; accessed August 23, 2014.

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