Michael Chernus

Michael Chernus

Highest Rated: 93% Captain Phillips (2013)

Lowest Rated: 12% Jack and Diane (2012)

Birthday: Aug 08, 1977

Birthplace: Rocky River, Ohio, USA

Best-known for his portrayal of Piper's slacker brother in "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix, 2013-), character actor Michael Chernus also played key roles in "Lovely by Surprise" (2007), "Captain Phillips" (2013) and "Manhattan" (WGN America, 2014-). Born in Rocky River, OH in 1977, Chernus studied at the Juilliard School's Drama Division before making his on-screen debut in indie family drama "Winter Passing" (2005). Two years later, Chernus was cast as Humkin, a fictional creation who escapes from the pages of a novel, in "Lovely by Surprise" (2007), and following minor roles in war tale "The Messenger" (2009), neo-noir sitcom "Bored to Death" (HBO, 2009-2011) and small-town drama "Nonames" (2010), he bagged his first recurring part as Ryan Flanagan in medical series "Mercy" (NBC, 2009-2010). After adding romantic comedy "Love and Other Drugs" (2010), sports drama "Coach" (2010) and Vera Farmiga's directorial debut "Higher Ground" (2011) to his filmography, Chernus enjoyed multi-episode stints on "Damages" (FX, 2007-2012) and "The Big C" (Showtime, 2010-13), and played electronics store clerk Jeffrey Price in "Men in Black III" (2012), NRAG investigator Arthur Ingram in "The Bourne Legacy" (2012) and real-life first officer Shane Murphy in "Captain Phillips" (2013). Chernus landed one of his most memorable roles in 2013 when he was cast as Piper's underachieving sibling Cal in "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix, 2013-). During his scene-stealing stint on the prison drama, Chernus also played himself in Hollywood satire "He's Way More Famous Than You" (2013), and appeared in a string of indie movies including "Mutual Friends" (2013), "Goodbye to All That" (2014) and "Alex of Venice" (2014). Chernus then signed on to play scientist Louis 'Fritz' Fedowitz in "Manhattan" (WGN America, 2014-), the 1940s-set period drama about the race to develop the first atomic bomb, worked with acclaimed directors Noah Baumbach on "Mistress America" (2015) and Cameron Crowe on "Aloha" (2015), and guested on "Nashville" (ABC, 2012-) and "Elementary" (CBS, 2012-) before showing up in comedy dramas "People Places Things" (2015) and "The Family Fang" (2015).


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet No Score Yet Materna David (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inez & Doug & Kira Doug (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet 60% The Kindergarten Teacher Grant Spinelli (Character) - 2018
36% 39% The Most Hated Woman in America Jon Garth Murray (Character) - 2017
46% 16% The Dinner Dylan Heinz (Character) $1.3M 2017
92% 87% Spider-Man: Homecoming Phineas Mason/The Tinkerer (Character) $334.4M 2017
52% 24% Complete Unknown Clyde (Character) $166.8K 2016
76% 72% People, Places, Things Gary (Character) $407.2K 2015
81% 66% Mistress America Dylan (Character) $2.4M 2015
83% 47% The Family Fang Kenny (Character) $240.1K 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mutual Friends Chernus (Character) - 2014
62% 31% Goodbye to All That Freddie (Character) $9K 2014
85% 45% Glass Chin Brian Colby (Character) - 2014
93% 89% Captain Phillips Shane Murphy (Character) $107.1M 2013
12% 20% Jack and Diane Jaimie (Character) - 2012
55% 58% The Bourne Legacy Arthur Ingram (Character) $113.2M 2012
68% 70% Men in Black 3 Jeffrey Price (Character) $179M 2012
82% 62% Higher Ground Ned (Character) $841.2K 2011
No Score Yet 38% Coach Michael (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 83% NoNAMES Danny (Character) - 2010
90% 75% The Messenger Alan (Character) $1.1M 2009
No Score Yet 61% Lovely by Surprise Humkin (Character) - 2007


No Score Yet 68% Tommy Ken Rosey (Character) 2020
90% 86% Easy Kyle (Character) 2019 2016-2017
91% 90% Patriot Edward Tavner (Character) 2017-2018 2015
91% 92% Manhattan Louis "Fritz" Fedowitz (Character) 2014-2015
94% 92% The Good Wife Spencer Harman (Guest Star) 2015
90% 81% Orange Is the New Black Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
78% 93% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jay Delaney (Guest Star) 2015 2011
95% 89% Elementary Edwin Borstein (Guest Star) 2014
90% 70% Nashville Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
94% 74% Royal Pains Pat McRevis (Guest Star) 2013
81% 86% Nurse Jackie Louie (Guest Star) 2013


Shane Murphy says: "Everything okay?"

Shane Murphy says: Everything okay?

Captain Richard Phillips says: "I don't like the look of that."

Captain Richard Phillips says: I don't like the look of that.

Shane Murphy says: "They're coming in fast!"

Shane Murphy says: They're coming in fast!

Jeffrey Price says: But first we gotta get high.

Agent J says: My man, for real?

Jeffrey Price says: No, real high.

Jeffrey Price says: Just jump.

Agent J says: You want me to jump?! I am NOT going to jump off this building!

Jeffrey Price says: Uh, time-JUMP?

Griffin says: All you gotta do is jump.

Obadiah Price says: All you gotta do is jump.

Jeffrey Price says: All you gotta do is jump.

J says: You want me to jump?!

Young Agent K says: You want me to jump?!

Griffin says: Time-jump.

Obadiah Price says: Time-jump.

Jeffrey Price says: Time-jump.

Griffin says: First we gotta get high.

Jeffrey Price says: First we gotta get high.

J says: My man, for real?

Young Agent K says: My man, for real?

Griffin says: No, real HIGH

Griffin says: No, real HIGH.

Jeffrey Price says: No, real HIGH.