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James Urbaniak

Highest Rated:   94% American Splendor (2003)
Lowest Rated:   29% No Such Thing (2002)
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Tall, dark, and scarecrow-thin, James Urbaniak is probably best known to art house audiences for his work in Hal Hartley's Henry Fool (1997) and The Book of Life (1998). Urbaniak, who met Hartley in the mid-1990s, made his film debut courtesy of the director, who cast the actor in his short Comedy Central film Opera No. 1 (1994), which also featured Adrienne Shelly and future Henry Fool co-star Parker Posey.A product of New Jersey, where he was born in 1963, Urbaniak graduated from high school in 1981. Following a brief stint at community college, he spent the next several years "bumming around" (in his own words) New Jersey, working odd jobs, and doing community theatre. A 1987 introduction to theatre director Karin Coonrod led to the creation of the Arden Party theatre company, which had its debut on the Jersey shore that same year. The company moved to New York the following year and eventually became something of a downtown theatre institution with productions of such works as The Importance of Being Earnest and Romeo and Juliet. In addition to his work as the co-founder of the Arden Party, Urbaniak also performed with a number of other off-off-Broadway theatre companies, and in 1996, he won a Village Voice Obie award for his performance in avant-garde director and playwright Richard Forman's The Universe.After becoming acquainted with director Hartley, who cast him in his aforementioned 1994 film debut, Urbaniak starred in Henry Fool as Simon Grim, an unassuming and oft-abused garbage man who turns out to be a Nobel Prize-winning literary genius. The film, and Urbaniak's performance, earned a number of positive reviews and a strong art house showing, and the following year the actor could be seen in Hartley's Book of Life, a comedy about Christ's Second Coming that premiered at the Cannes Festival. In addition to his work for Hartley, Urbaniak began appearing in the films of other directors, most notably Hilary Brougher's The Sticky Fingers of Time (1997), which cast him as a 1950s science editor who travels across time; and Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown (1999), which featured the actor in a small role as a musician in Sean Penn's band.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
78% Dave Made a Maze
  • Harry
$13.7k 2017
82% Advantageous
  • Fisher
2015
77% Ned Rifle
  • Simon Grim
2015
75% The Boxtrolls
  • Sir Broderick/Male Workman 1 and 2
$52.1M 2014
No Score Yet Such Good People
  • Dr. Cooper Whitehead Ph.D.
2014
No Score Yet The Occupants
  • Glen
2014
No Score Yet From The Head
  • Actor
2013
75% Sound of My Voice
  • Mr. Pritchett
$0.3M 2012
44% Beware the Gonzo
  • Principal Roy
2011
71% Hello Lonesome
  • Gary
2011
65% The Music Never Stopped
  • Mike Tappin
$0.3M 2011
No Score Yet Drones
  • Pete
2010
90% You Don't Know Jack
  • Jack Lessenberry
2010
81% Chicago 10
  • Richard Schultz
2008
53% Across the Universe
  • Sadie's Manager
$24.4M 2007
34% The Nanny Diaries
  • Educational Consultant
$25.9M 2007
45% Fay Grim
  • Simon Grim
$62.3k 2007
37% Death of a President
  • Dr. James Pearn
$0.2M 2006
No Score Yet The Last Romantic
  • Alex Scarvey
2006
No Score Yet Fortunes
  • Actor
2005
38% The Girl from Monday
  • Funk
2005
40% Road
  • Ranger
2005
79% Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
  • Rod Flexner
2003
94% American Splendor
  • Robert Crumb
$6M 2003
38% Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde
  • Lab Technician
$89.9M 2003
No Score Yet Plain Dirty
  • Druden Hunt
2003
29% No Such Thing
  • Concierge
2002
30% Teknolust
  • Agent Hopper
2002
No Score Yet Intern
  • Olivier
2000
78% Sweet and Lowdown
  • Harry
1999
63% Ride With the Devil
  • Poker Player
1999
80% The Sticky Fingers of Time
  • Isaac
1999
89% The Book of Life
  • Actor
1998
89% Henry Fool
  • Simon Grim
1998

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
92% Difficult People
2015
  • Arthur
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
100% Review
2014
  • Grant
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Venture Bros.
2004-2016
  • Voice
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2006
  • 2004
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
2014
  • Panelist
  • 2015
7% Dr. Ken
2015
  • James
  • 2015
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Gary Nathan
  • 2013
94% Scandal
2012
  • Michael Sylva
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Aaron Kalinoski
  • 2013
No Score Yet Body of Proof
2011-2013
  • Daniel Grubstick
  • 2012
95% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Judge Temple
  • 2012
No Score Yet Unforgettable
2011-2016
  • Walter Morgan Richard Simmons
  • 2012
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • Dr. Rod Daniels
  • 2009
77% Weeds
2005-2012
  • The Wizard
  • 2009
No Score Yet Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
2008-2009
  • Sarkissian Cafe manager
  • 2008
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
  • Damon Lafloer
  • 2008
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Binky Moore
  • 2007
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Dr. Roger Stern
  • 2003
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Max Purdue

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