Martin Starr

Martin Starr (born Martin James Pflieger Schienle; July 30, 1982) is an American actor and comedian. He is known for the television roles of Bill Haverchuck on the short-lived comedy-drama Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000), Roman DeBeers on the comedy series Party Down (2009–2010), and Bertram Gilfoyle in the HBO series Silicon Valley (2014–2019), as well as for his film roles in Knocked Up (2007), Adventureland (2009), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).

Martin Starr
Starr at the 2011 Comic Con in San Diego July 2011
Martin James Pflieger Schienle

(1982-07-30) July 30, 1982
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1992–present

Personal life

Starr was born in Santa Monica, California,[1] the son of actress Jean St. James (née Pflieger) and James Schienle.[2][3] Of German, British and eastern European descent, he is a Buddhist.[4]

In an interview to Wired magazine, Starr admitted to feeling "frustrated and depressed", after Freaks & Geeks was cancelled, due to lack of offers at the age of 22. He had fired his agent and decided to quit acting altogether. He trialled for a barista job as well but didn't take it. However, a few years later he was offered Knocked Up and after that other offers started to come his way.[5]


Starr was cast as Bill Haverchuck in the NBC sitcom Freaks and Geeks. The series received positive reviews from critics, but it suffered from low ratings and was canceled after only one season.[6] The series then gained a strong cult following.[7] Starr then had a number of guest appearances and one-time roles on shows such as Ed, Mysterious Ways, Providence, King of the Hill, and Normal, Ohio. He had a small recurring role during the third season of Roswell as the character Monk. In 2002, Starr appeared in the films Stealing Harvard and Cheats. He reunited with both Freaks and Geeks producer Judd Apatow and Freaks and Geeks co-star Seth Rogen when he made a guest appearance on Apatow's situational comedy Undeclared in the episode "The Perfect Date". In 2005, he appeared in the miniseries Revelations and the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

Starr co-starred in the 2007 comedy film Knocked Up, which was directed by Judd Apatow. The same year, he had small appearances in Superbad and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, both of which were produced by Apatow. Knocked Up was critically praised and was a smash at the box office.[8] The success of Knocked Up led to Starr having larger roles in films, such as Good Dick and Adventureland. Starr also appears in many well-received short films that premiere at film festivals, such as the Sundance Film Festival.[9]

In 2008, Starr cameoed as a college student in The Incredible Hulk. He reprised the role as a teacher and academic decathlon coach named Roger Harrington, in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).[10]

From 2009 to 2010, Starr was a series regular portraying Roman DeBeers on the Starz sitcom, Party Down. The series was cancelled after two seasons and there was discussions of adapting the series into film, but it never came to fruition.[11] Since 2011, he has co-starred on the Adult Swim television series NTSF:SD:SUV::, in which he plays Sam Stern. In 2011, Starr had a major role in the film A Good Old Fashioned Orgy and also had guest appearances on television series such as Mad Love, Community and Childrens Hospital. In the latter he reprised his role of Roman DeBeers from Party Down. Starr reunited with Freaks and Geeks and Party Down cast member Lizzy Caplan in the 2012 film Save the Date, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.[11] The same year he had a supporting role in the thriller film Deep Dark Canyon, as well as guest starring on sitcoms Parks and Recreation and New Girl.

In 2013, he had a small role playing himself in This Is the End, which was directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. He had a starring role in the Kristen Bell film The Lifeguard, later working with her again in the film Veronica Mars. He has guest starred on The Aquabats! Super Show!, Franklin & Bash, and Drunk History. In 2014 he was cast to play Bertram Gilfoyle in the HBO comedy Silicon Valley.[12] The show garnered several Emmy award nominations for its first two seasons, and he has since reprised his role in the show's sixth and final season.

In 2019, Party Down's co-creator and producer Dan Etheridge announced plans for a Party Down reunion with the original cast (including Starr) during a discussion at Vulture Festival[13].



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Hero Allen in Coma Credited as Martin Schienle
2001 Eyeball Eddie Eddie Malick Short film
2002 Stealing Harvard Liquor Store Clerk
2002 Cheats Applebee
2003 Band Camp Shane Short film
2004 Who's Your Daddy? Scooter Direct-to-video
2004 Fish Burglars Marty Short film
2005 The Toast No Friend of the Groom
2005 Kicking & Screaming Beantown Customer
2006 American Storage Charlie Short film
2006 A Midsummer Night's Rewrite John Short film
2007 Knocked Up Martin
2007 Superbad James Masselin
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Schmendrick
2008 Good Dick Simon
2008 The Incredible Hulk Roger Harrington Credited as "Computer Nerd"
2009 Big Breaks Barista Short film
2009 Adventureland Joel
2009 Oh Joy Best Friend Short film
2009 The Invention of Lying Waiter #1 Cameo
2009 The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu Clarence
2009 1-900-Drinking-Buddy Young Jock Short film
2009 Paper Heart Himself
2010 Church & State Jesus Short film
2010 Lovepocalypse Ernie Short film
2011 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy Doug Duquez
2011 Fight For Your Right: Revisited Police Short film
2011 6 Month Rule Alan
2012 Save the Date Andrew
2012 Angel of Death Victim 3 Short film
2012 Deep Dark Canyon Lloyd Cavanaugh
2013 This Is the End Himself
2013 The Sidekick Blood Diamond Short film
2013 The Lifeguard Todd
2013 The Apocalypse Kyle Short film
2013 Seasick Sailor Bookbinder Short film
2014 Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead Daniel
2014 Veronica Mars Stu "Cobb" Cobbler
2014 Leonard in Slow Motion Leonard Short film
2014 Amira & Sam Sam Seneca
2014 Playing It Cool Lyle
2015 I'll See You in My Dreams Lloyd
2015 Intruders Perry Cuttner
2016 Operator Joe Larsen Also co-producer
2017 Lemon Adam
2017 Infinity Baby Malcolm
2017 Grow House Conspiracy Chris
2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming Roger Harrington
2018 The Escape of Prisoner 614 Jim Doyle
2019 Honey Boy Alec
2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home Roger Harrington


Year Title Role Notes
1999 G vs. E Episode: "Cougar Pines"
1999–2000 Freaks and Geeks Bill Haverchuck 18 episodes
2000 Normal, Ohio Howie the Electronics Store Manager Episode: "Working Girl"
2001 Ed Clark Salinger Episode: "Exceptions"
2001 Mysterious Ways Dwayne Banbury Episode: "One of Us"
2001–2002 Roswell Monk Pyle 3 episodes
2002 Undeclared Theo Episode: "The Perfect Date"
2002 Providence Episode: "Truth and Consequences"
2003 King of the Hill Andrew/Tommy (voice) Episode: "I Never Promised You an Organic Garden"
2005 Revelations Rubio 5 episodes
2005 How I Met Your Mother Kevin Episode: "The Duel"
2006 Clark and Michael Burger Stand Employee 1 episode
2007 Wainy Days Sketchy Laborer #1 Episode: "Tough Guy"
2009–2010 Party Down Roman DeBeers 20 episodes
2010–2016 Hawaii Five-0 Adam 'Toast' Charles 4 episodes
2010 The League Stu "Box of Frogs" Pompeu Episode: "High School Reunion"
2011 Mad Love Clyde 2 episodes
2011 Community Professor Cligoris Episode: "Geography of Global Conflict"
2011 Childrens Hospital Roman DeBeers Episode: "Party Down"
2011–2013 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Sam 31 episodes
2012 Parks and Recreation Kevin Episode: "Operation Ann"
2012 New Girl Dirk Episode: "Fancyman: Part 2"
2012 Christine Oz 2 episodes
2013 The Aquabats! Super Show! Shred Center M.C. Episode: "The AntiBats!"
2013 Franklin & Bash Wendell Singletary Episode: "By the Numbers"
2013 Burning Love Leo 11 episodes
2013–2018 Drunk History Various 4 episodes
2014 The Goldbergs Andre Episode: "The Other Smother"
2014–2019 Silicon Valley Bertram Gilfoyle Main cast
2014 Newsreaders Philip Baker Episode: "America's Unknown President; Reporter on House Arrest"
2015 Married Judah Episode: "Murder!"
2015 Kirby Buckets The Claude Episode: "Failure to Launch"
2015–2019 Life in Pieces Oscar 5 episodes
2017 Bill Nye Saves the World Doug the Caveman Episode: "This Diet is Bananas"
2017 Future Man Lyle Karofsky Episode: "A Fuel's Errand"
2019 Game of Thrones Ironborn soldier Episode: "Winterfell"


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Dating Rules from My Future Self Vincent 4 episodes


  1. According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.
  2. "Ryan Mortuary & Crematory - Edwin E. Pflieger obituary". Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  3. "Martin Starr found amusements in city and filming". Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  4. "Blythe Danner on the Marginalization of Older Actors and Why She Loves Indie Film". Indiewire. May 15, 2015. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  5. "The Silicon Valley Boys Aren't Just Brilliant -- They're Part of a Comedy Revolution". Wired. March 2016. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  6. Coffin J. 2010. Teenagers Portrayed in Television. Journal of Psychology 41:2, pp. 23-25
  7. Longo, Chris (September 2, 2013). "Freaks and Geeks: The Enduring Legacy of a Short-Lived Show". Den of Geek. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
  8. "Knocked Up". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  9. "12 Sundance Short Films Available on YouTube; Includes BROKEN NIGHT, a Short Film by BABEL Writer Guillermo Arriaga". January 17, 2013. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  10. Outlaw, Kofi (May 16, 2019). "Kevin Feige Confirms Two Marvel Cinematic Universe Characters Are Actually the Same Person". Comic Book. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  11. Nicoletti, Karen (January 19, 2012). "Martin Starr on His Sundance Premiere Save the Date and the Party Down Movie: 'There's Nothing Official'". Movieline. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  12. Semigran, Aly (April 6, 2016). "The 'Silicon Valley' Cast is Full of Funny Dudes Who You Should Definitely Recognize". Bustle. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  13. "'Party Down' Producers Say They May "Get The Gang Back Together Again" For Reunion". Deadline. November 10, 2019. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
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