Michael Lerner (actor)
Michael C. Lerner (born June 22, 1941) is an American character actor in film, television and theater. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Barton Fink (1991). Lerner has also played Arnold Rothstein in Eight Men Out (1988), Phil Gillman in Amos & Andrew (1993), Mayor Ebert in Roland Emmerich's Godzilla (1998), Mr. Greenway in Elf (2003), and Senator Brickman in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
|Alma mater||Brooklyn College|
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
|Relatives||Ken Lerner (brother)|
Sam Lerner (nephew)
Jenny Lerner (niece)
Patti Klein (sister-in-law)
|Awards||Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor|
Life and career
Lerner was born in Brooklyn, New York, of Romanian-Jewish descent, the son of Blanche and George Lerner, a fisherman and antiques dealer. He was raised in the Bensonhurst and Red Hook neighborhoods. His brother, Ken Lerner, is also an actor, as is his nephew, Sam Lerner.
After graduating from Brooklyn College and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Lerner began his acting career in the late 1960s at the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) in San Francisco. At the age of 24 he appeared as "Hieronymous the Miser" in a KPFA radio production of Michel de Ghelderode's Breugelesque play, Red Magic.
During the seventies, Lerner began making several guest appearances in television shows such as The Brady Bunch, The Odd Couple and M*A*S*H. He appeared in three episodes of The Rockford Files. In 1974, he appeared in the teleplay The Missiles of October, playing Pierre Salinger.
In 1970, Lerner made his film debut in Alex in Wonderland. He then went on to appear in supporting roles in various Hollywood movies such as The Candidate, St. Ives and the 1981 remake of The Postman Always Rings Twice. In 1991, after co-starring in Harlem Nights, Lerner played film producer Jack Lipnick in Barton Fink, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
In 2002, he appeared in London's West End production of Up for Grabs with Madonna. Michael also appeared on BBC Radio Four in 2008 as a member of the cast of David Quantick's Radio Four's series One. He portrayed Senator Brickman in the Marvel Comics/Twentieth Century Fox film, X-Men: Days of Future Past.
In 2013, Lerner appeared in a Season 4 episode of Glee as Sidney Greene, an investor in the revival of Broadway musical Funny Girl. His character is on the panel of judges, watching the Rachel Berry character audition for the lead role. He reprised his role as Sidney in Season 5 in several New York-based episodes of the series, as Funny Girl opens on Broadway.
His favorite actor is the late Edward G. Robinson.
|1963||Dr. Kildare||Dr. Brown||1 episode|
|1969||The Good Guys||Arthur||2 episodes|
|Three's a Crowd||Sid Bagby||Television film|
|The Brady Bunch||Johnny||1 episode|
|1970||The Young Lawyers||Anthony Maroni|
|The Doris Day Show||Mr. Murray||2 episodes|
|1971||That Girl||Charlie||1 episode|
|The D.A.||Mark Warren|
|What's a Nice Girl Like You...?||Fats Detroit||Television film|
|1972||The Bold Ones: The New Doctors||Jack Watson||1 episode|
|Night Gallery||Dr. Burgess|
|The Delphi Bureau||Cy Turrell|
|The Streets of San Francisco||Lou Watkins|
|1973||Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice||Dr. Nasserman|
|Firehouse||Ernie Bush||Television film|
|The Bob Newhart Show||Mr. Carolla||1 episode|
|Love Story||Lou Graham|
|The New Perry Mason||Derek Stocker|
|1974||M*A*S*H||Captain Bernie Futterman|
|The Rockford Files||Dr. Ruben Steelman|
|Arnold Love||2 episodes|
|Love, American Style||Karatz||1 episode|
|The Odd Couple||Sgt. Chomsky|
|Reflections of Murder||Jerry Steele||Television film|
|The Missiles of October||Pierre Salinger|
|1975||Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic||Dr. Marvin Kittredge|
|The Dream Makers||Mike|
|A Cry for Help||Philip Conover|
|Starsky & Hutch||Fat Rolly||2 episodes|
|Lucas Tanner||Artie||1 episode|
|1976||Jigsaw John||Arthur Devore|
|Harry O||Wilt Kane|
|The Rockford Files||Murray Rosner|
|1978||Ruby and Oswald||Jack Ruby||Television film|
|Kojak||Dr. Samuel Fine||1 episode|
|Wonder Woman||Ashton Ripley|
|1980||Barnaby Jones||Albert Kruger|
|This Year's Blonde||Jack L. Warner||Television film|
|1982||Hart to Hart||Art Radner||1 episode|
|1983||Hill Street Blues||Rollie Simone||4 episodes|
|Blood Feud||Eddie Cheyfitz||Television film|
|Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess||Harry Cohn|
|1985||Hollywood Beat||Pilot||Pilot episode|
|The A-Team||Jerry||1 episode|
|1987||Amazing Stories||Mr. Marvin|
|Hands of a Stranger||Capt. Cirrillo||Television film|
|The King of Love||Nat Goldberg|
|1988||Great Performances||Oscar Hammerstein||1 episode|
|1991||Omen IV: The Awakening||Earl Knight||Television film|
|1992||The Comrades of Summer||George|
|1993||Tales from the Crypt||Mr. Byrd||1 episode|
|Courthouse||Judge Myron Winkleman||11 episodes|
|1996-97||Clueless||Mel Horowitz||18 episodes|
|1998-99||Godzilla: The Series||Mayor Ebert||Voice role;
|2000||Murder at the Cannes Film Festival||Morrie Borelli||Television film|
|2001||Third Watch||Seymour Morgenstern||1 episode|
|2003-06||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Morty Berger||2 episodes|
|2004||Kingdom Hospital||Sheldon Fleischer||3 episodes|
|2007||Entourage||Joe Roberts||1 episode|
|2008||Dirty Sexy Money||Martin|
|2009||Saving Grace||Rebbe Jory Quecksilber|
|2010||The Bannen Way||The Mensch||Web series;
|2012||The Good Wife||Judge Dwight Sobel||1 episode|
|2013-14||Glee||Sidney Greene||5 episodes|
|2015||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Darren Schlepping||1 episode|
- Kaplan, Michael (January 1999). "Interview with Michael Lerner". Cigar Aficionado. Archived from the original on March 10, 2010. Retrieved November 23, 2013.
- "Michael Lerner Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on May 22, 2011. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
- "Lea Michele and Michael Lerner". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
Lea Michele and Michael Lerner on the set of "Glee" on March 16, 2014, in New York City.