Michael S. Stuhlbarg(born July 5, 1968) is an American theatre, film and television actor.
Stuhlbarg was born in Long Beach, Californiaand raised in Reform Judaism.He trained at Juilliard School and also studied acting at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, University of London and UCLA. After university he became a noted theater actor appearing in several productions including award winning performances in Old Wicked Songs in 1996, Long Day’s Journey into Night in 1997 and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for The Pillowman in 2005 (for which he also received his first Tony Award nomination).
He has appeared in a number of television shows including Law & Order, Ugly Betty and The American Experience. He will play organized crime boss Arnold Rothstein in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
His film credits had been limited to a handful of minor roles, including a lawyer in Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies and a hedge fund consultant in Sophie Barthes’ Cold Souls,until his first lead role as the troubled 1960s university professor Larry Gopnik in the Coen brothers 2009 black comedy A Serious Man.