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Michael Stuhlbarg stars as New York crime boss Arnold Rothstein in the first, second, third and fourth seasons.


In 2005, Michael Stuhlbarg was a Tony Award nominee and a Drama Desk Award winner for his performance in Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, staged by John Crowley. He has also been honored with the New Dramatists Charles Bowden Actor Award and the Elliot Norton Boston Theatre Award, the latter for his performance in Long Day’s Journey into Night.

The actor’s other Broadway credits include the National Actors Theatre productions of Saint Joan, Three Men on a Horse, Timon of Athens, and The Government Inspector; Ronald Harwood’s Taking Sides, staged by David Jones; Sam Mendes’ revival of Cabaret; and Tom Stoppard’s The Invention of Love, staged by Jack O’Brien.

Mr. Stuhlbarg’s New York Shakespeare Festival stage credits include Twelfth Night, as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and Richard II, in the lead role. He has starred in a host of off-Broadway productions, playing the title roles in Oskar Eustis’ staging of Hamlet, for which he won a Drama League Award; and David Warren’s staging of The Voysey Inheritance, for which he received Obie and Callaway Awards and a Lucille Lortel Award nomination. He has also starred off-Broadway in such shows as Cymbeline, reprising his role in a U.K. stint of the production; Old Wicked Songs, for which he was a Drama League Award recipient; Measure For Pleasure which earned him a Lucille Lortel Award nomination and The Grey Zone.

When the latter show’s playwright Tim Blake Nelson adapted and directed a feature film version, Mr. Stuhlbarg appeared in the movie as well, playing a different role than he had in the stage version. His other films include Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio; Boaz Yakin’s A Price Above Rubies; Antonio Campos’ Afterschool, which was showcased at the 2008 New York and Cannes International Film Festivals, and which will be released in the fall of 2009; Sophie Barthes’ Cold Souls, with Paul Giamatti and David Strathairn; and Martin Scorsese’s short homage to Alfred Hitchcock, The Key to Reserva. He recently reteamed with Mr. Scorsese, costarring in the latter’s just-wrapped cable pilot Boardwalk Empire.

He has made guest appearances on such television series as Damages and, most recently and memorably, Ugly Betty.

Mr. Stuhlbarg received his BFA from The Juilliard School. He also studied at UCLA; at the Vilnius Conservatory in Lithuania’s Chekhov Studies unit; at the British-American Drama Academy at Baliol and Keble Colleges in Oxford; and, on a full scholarship, with Marcel Marceau.



Season 1 credits
Boardwalk Empire The Ivory Tower Broadway Limited Anastasia *
Nights in Ballygran Family Limitation Home * Hold Me in Paradise
Belle Femme The Emerald City Paris Green A Return to Normalcy
Season 2 credits
21 Ourselves Alone A Dangerous Maid What Does the Bee Do?
Gimcrack & Bunkum * The Age of Reason Peg of Old * Two Boats and a Lifeguard
Battle of the Century * Georgia Peaches Under God's Power She Flourishes * To the Lost
Season 3 credits
"Resolution" "Spaghetti and Coffee" "Bone for Tuna" * "Blue Bell Boy"
"You'd Be Surprised" "Ging Gang Goolie" "Sunday Best" "The Pony"
"The Milkmaid's Lot" "A Man, A Plan..." "Two Imposters" "Margate Sands"
Season four credits
"New York Sour" "Resignation" "Acres of Diamonds" "All In"
"Erlkonig" "The North Star" "William Wilson" "The Old Ship of Zion"
"Marriage and Hunting" "White Horse Pike" "Havre De Grace" "Farewell Daddy Blues"

* - credit only, did not appear.