Michael Stahl-David

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Michael Stahl-David
Born(1982-10-28) October 28, 1982 (age 31)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Years active2001–present
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Michael Stahl-David
Born(1982-10-28) October 28, 1982 (age 31)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Years active2001–present

Michael Stahl-David (born October 28, 1982) is an American actor, known for his role as Sean Donnelly on the NBC drama series The Black Donnellys and his lead role in the J. J. Abrams-produced film Cloverfield.

Early life[edit]

Stahl-David was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of physicians.[1] He graduated from Columbia College Chicago. He is the older brother to Eric Stahl-David and R. Andrew Stahl-David, both of whom graduated from Whitney Young Magnet High School. Prior to his acting success, Michael Stahl-David was a well known graffiti artist in Chicago, which he has gone on to discuss recently in a Q&A with the Chicago Sun-Times.


Stahl-David began his acting career in 2001, when he played a minor role of Rossetti in New Port South. Later in 2003, he also played a minor role as Craig in Uncle Nino. During this time he was active in the Chicago theater scene. He appeared in plays at the Steppenwolf Theater (One Arm, Theater District), Victory Gardens Theater (Cider House Rules, Lost in Yonkers) and the Goodman (The Goat, Or Who is Sylvia?) Shortly after arriving in New York in 2005, he appeared as Peter in The Diary of Anne Frank at the Papermill Playhouse. In the winter of 2007 he enjoyed critical success in his role in The Overwhelming off Broadway.[2] Stahl-David began his television acting career in 2007, when he made a guest appearance as Riordan Grady in the series, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: episode "Players". Later in that year of 2007, David portrayed Sean Donnelly, one of the four Irish brothers, in the short-lived series The Black Donnellys. His most recent film appearance was in J.J. Abrams' Cloverfield as Rob. In September 2008, Stahl-David starred in and directed the web series Michael Stahl-David: Behind the Star on Crackle.[3]

Stahl-David appeared in the fall 2010 ABC documentary-style dramedy television series My Generation, which was cancelled after only 2 episodes due to low ratings.[4] Stahl-David is currently performing the role of Kevin in the Off-Broadway play Picked at the Vineyard Theatre[5]


2001New Port SouthRossetti
2003Uncle NinoCraig
2008CloverfieldRobert "Rob" Hawkins
2008Project, TheThe ProjectJustin
2010No DealMarkShort film
2012Girls Against BoysSimon
2013Bounceback, TheThe BouncebackStan
2013Congress, TheThe CongressSteve
2013Mutual FriendsPaul
2014Take CareKyleCompleted
2014In Your EyesDylan Kershaw
2007Black Donnellys, TheThe Black DonnellysSean "Seanny" DonnellyMain cast; 13 episodes
2007Law & Order: Criminal IntentRiordan GradyEpisode: "Players"
2009KingsPaul Ash3 episodes
2009NumbersJosh SkinnerEpisode: "Animal Rites"
2009MercyPhilEpisode: "I Believe You Conrad"
2010My GenerationSteven FosterMain cast; 2 episodes
2012Person of InterestWilliam Ingram2 episodes
2013Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23TeddyEpisode: "Teddy Trouble..."
2013BoomerangSam HamiltonUnsold Fox pilot
Web series
2008T TakesThe guest in room 102Episode: "Room 102"


  1. ^ Michael Stahl-David, Evil Face Interview: Bradway.com Buzz
  2. ^ New York times October 24, 2007
  3. ^ "Worth watching: 'Behind the Star' with Michael Stahl-David". LA Times. 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  4. ^ "ABC Unveils 2010-11 Primetime Schedule". The Futon Critic. May 18, 2010. Retrieved May 29, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Picked - Vineyard Theatre". Retrieved Apr 10, 2011. 

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