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.
|Occupation||Actor, 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. He pursued a DPhil (PhD) in visual ethnography at the University of Oxford, 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), the latter two of which were released as a double feature in New York City's Lincoln Center Theater. 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.
|2005||The Hole Story||Alex||Also director, writer and producer|
|2008||Cubby Knowles||Robert Lincoln|
|2009||Harmony and Me||Mean Man Mike|
|2010||Bass Ackwards||Vlad the Store Clerk|
|2010||Lovers of Hate||Paul Lucas|
|2011||Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same||Rookie Agent|
|2011||Almost in Love||Sasha|
|2012||Sleepwalk with Me||Ian Gilmore|
|2012||Supporting Characters||Nick Berger|
|2012||Rubberneck||Paul Harris||Also director, writer, producer and editor|
|2012||Marvin Seth and Stanley||Seth Greenstein|
|2012||Red Flag||Alex||Also director, writer and producer|
|2013||Inside Llewyn Davis||Marty Green|
|2014||The Foxy Merkins||Mumbling Salesman|
|2014||Summer of Blood||Jamie|
|2014||Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends||Himself||Television Special|
|2015||Tired Moonlight||Mike||Also associate producer|
|2015||7 Chinese Brothers||Kaminsky|
|2015||Bloomin Mud Shuffle||Chuck|
|2015||Devil Town||Terrence Bard|
|2015||Happy Baby||Ben Peterson|
|2016||Hail, Caesar!||Mr. Smitrovich|
|2016||Folk Hero & Funny Guy||Paul Scott|
|2016||My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea||Drake (voice)|
|2017||The Vanishing of Sidney Hall||David Bauer|
|2018||The Front Runner||Mike Stratton|
|2019||The Sound of Silence||Landon|
|2019||Being Frank||Ross||Filmed in 2018|
|2012–2015||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Stephen Lomatin||2 episodes|
|2012–2017||Girls||Ray Ploshansky||42 episodes|
|2016||Deadbeat||Jared the Liar||Episode: "Medieval Dead"|
|2018||Drunk History||Zvi Aharoni||Episode: "Heists"|
|2008||Grand Theft Auto IV||The Crowd of Liberty City (voice)|
- Laskowski, Amy (April 3, 2014). "Girls Actor Comes to Cinematheque Tomorrow". BU Today. Boston University. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
- "Alex Karpovsky". alexkarpovsky.com. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- Neil Genzlinger, Film Festival Blooms With Ripe Perversity, The New York Times, April 22, 2012
- "Alex Karpovsky of Girls helms two new films, talks directing". UKScreen. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "RED FLAG - A GRAVE COMEDY FROM ALEX KARPOVSKY". redflagfilm.com. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "RUBBERNECK — A Film By Alex Karpovsky & Garth Donovan". rubberneckfilm.com. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "Trust Us, This Is All Made Up". trustusfilm.com. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "Woodpecker: a film by alex karpovsky". woodpeckerfilm.com. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "Alex Karpovsky". theholestoryfilm.com. Retrieved August 7, 2015.