Alex Karpovsky

Alexander Karpovsky is an American director, actor, screenwriter, producer and film editor. He is best known for playing Ray Ploshansky on the HBO comedy-drama series Girls and Craig Petrosian on the Amazon series Homecoming.

Alex Karpovsky
Alex Karpovsky
Alexander Karpovsky

OccupationActor, writer, film director, producer, film editor

Early life and education

Karpovsky grew up in a Jewish family in Newton, Massachusetts. He attended Boston University, where he graduated in 1997 as part of the University Professors Program.[1] He pursued a DPhil (PhD) in visual ethnography at the University of Oxford,[1][2] but dropped out after two years.


His debut feature, The Hole Story, earned him a slot in Filmmaker magazine's 25 new faces of independent film. His subsequent feature-length films include Woodpecker (SXSW Film Festival, 2008), Trust Us, This Is All Made Up (SXSW Film Festival, 2009), Rubberneck (Tribeca Film Festival, 2012), and Red Flag (LA Film Festival, 2012),[3] the latter two of which were released as a double feature in New York City's Lincoln Center Theater.[4] In 2016 he directed an episode of Girls and in 2017 he directed an episode of Love.

As an actor, he played Ray Ploshansky in the HBO comedy series Girls and has portrayed characters in films that have been featured at Sundance, Cannes, SXSW, Berlinale, Los Angeles & Tribeca film festivals. Karpovsky also appeared in the Coen Brothers' most recent films, Inside Llewyn Davis and Hail, Caesar!, the latter of which was released in February 2016. Most recently, he was a series regular on Homecoming, which was released on Amazon in November 2018.

Karpovsky has read hundreds of stories for live and radio audiences, including NPR's Selected Shorts, The Paris Review, The New York Times' Modern Love, n+1, Grand Theft Auto IV, and This American Life.



2005The Hole StoryAlexAlso director, writer and producer
2008Cubby KnowlesRobert Lincoln
2009BeeswaxMerrill Graf
2009Harmony and MeMean Man Mike
2010Bass AckwardsVlad the Store Clerk
2010Lovers of HatePaul Lucas
2010Tiny FurnitureJed
2011Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks SameRookie Agent
2011WussWally Combs
2011Almost in LoveSasha
2012Sleepwalk with MeIan Gilmore
2012Supporting CharactersNick Berger
2012RubberneckPaul HarrisAlso director, writer, producer and editor
2012Marvin Seth and StanleySeth Greenstein
2012Red FlagAlexAlso director, writer and producer
2013Good NightJake
2013Inside Llewyn DavisMarty Green
2014The Foxy MerkinsMumbling Salesman
2014Summer of BloodJamie
2014Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and FriendsHimselfTelevision Special
2015Tired MoonlightMikeAlso associate producer
20157 Chinese BrothersKaminsky
2015Bloomin Mud ShuffleChuck
2015Devil TownTerrence Bard
2015Happy BabyBen Peterson
2016Hail, Caesar! Mr. Smitrovich
2016Folk Hero & Funny GuyPaul Scott
2016My Entire High School Sinking Into the SeaDrake (voice)
2017The Vanishing of Sidney HallDavid Bauer
2017Girlfriend's DayStyvesan
2018The Front RunnerMike Stratton
2019The Sound of SilenceLandon
2019Being FrankRossFilmed in 2018


2012–2015Law & Order: Special Victims UnitStephen Lomatin2 episodes
2012–2017GirlsRay Ploshansky42 episodes
2016DeadbeatJared the LiarEpisode: "Medieval Dead"
2018Drunk HistoryZvi AharoniEpisode: "Heists"
2018HomecomingCraig10 episodes

Music video

2017When You DieMGMT

Video game

2008Grand Theft Auto IVThe Crowd of Liberty City (voice)


2018Love (Netflix). Episode 304
2016The New Yorker Presents (Amazon). Episode 105
2016Girls (HBO). Episode 509
2012Red Flag[5]
2009Trust Us, This Is All Made Up[7]
2006The Hole Story[9]


  1. Laskowski, Amy (April 3, 2014). "Girls Actor Comes to Cinematheque Tomorrow". BU Today. Boston University. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  2. "Alex Karpovsky". Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  3. Neil Genzlinger, Film Festival Blooms With Ripe Perversity, The New York Times, April 22, 2012
  4. "Alex Karpovsky of Girls helms two new films, talks directing". UKScreen. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  5. "RED FLAG - A GRAVE COMEDY FROM ALEX KARPOVSKY". Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  6. "RUBBERNECK — A Film By Alex Karpovsky & Garth Donovan". Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  7. "Trust Us, This Is All Made Up". Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  8. "Woodpecker: a film by alex karpovsky". Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  9. "Alex Karpovsky". Retrieved August 7, 2015.
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