Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky


Famed character actor Stephen Tobolowsky was born in Dallas, Texas. Over the past three decades, Tobolowsky has chalked up an impressive and wide-ranging list of roles in movies and television.

Stephen attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas to study geology, but he was quickly drawn into acting there. He later attended the University of Illinois, where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting. Working primarily in theater during his early career, he also wrote and directed plays, including Two Idiots in Hollywood and True Stories, which he later turned into a film, co-written with David Byrne and Beth Henley.

USA Today lists Stephen as the 9th most frequently seen actor in movies. He’s that guy you know you’ve seen somewhere before. As Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day, Sammy Jankis in Memento, Werner Brandes in Sneakers, Happy Chapman in Garfield, and Mr. Bates in Freaky Friday. On television, he played Tor Ekland on Seinfeld, Hugo Jarry on Deadwood, Bob Bishop on Heroes, Sandy Ryerson on Glee and Stu Beggs on Californication. The credits go on and on, with over 200 appearances in movies and on television.

To showcase his storytelling gifts, he wrote and performed Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party. The film led to his podcast with David Chen, The Tobolowsky Files, then to sold-out live shows, and was picked up by several public radio stations. Next Stephen wrote his first book of stories, The Dangerous Animals Club, published by Simon & Schuster.

Stephen lives in Los Angeles with his wife, fellow actor Ann Hearn, and has two children.