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      James Urbaniak

      James Urbaniak

      Highest Rated: 94% American Splendor (2003)

      Lowest Rated: 22% BEAUTY (2022)

      Birthday: Sep 17, 1963

      Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, USA

      A comedic actor who was equally at home portraying counterculture cartoonist Robert Crumb in "American Splendor" (2003) or washed-up mad scientist Dr. Rusty Venture in "The Venture Bros" (Adult Swim 2003-13), James Urbaniak could go for the jugular without breaking stride. Born in Bayonne, New Jersey in 1963, Urbaniak quickly established his credentials when he played the anti-social garbageman turned controversial author Simon Grim in Hal Hartley's comic drama "Henry Fool" (1997). That critically-acclaimed cult favorite marked the beginning of a long career in theatre, television and film for Urbaniak, who became the comic character actor of choice for anyone with an appreciation for indie films, off-Broadway theatre and alternative comedy. As his career matured, his choices ranged from sincere dramatic leads to the voice of some of the wackiest characters in animated television. In the mid-1990s Urbaniak began to take on character roles in a wide range of films, including Woody Allen's period jazz drama "Sweet and Lowdown" (1999) and George Clooney's surreal Chuck Barris biopic "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002). In addition, he guest-starred on prominent TV series including "Sex and the City" (HBO 1998-2004), the procedural dramas "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC 2001-2011) and "Numb3rs" (CBS 2007), and the hit series "The Office" (NBC 2005-2013), in which he had a recurring role as Dwight Schrute's socially maladroit best friend Rolf Ahl. During this period, he also returned to the role that made him famous, working again opposite Parker Posey as Henry's sister Fay in Hartley's sequels "Fay Grim" (2006) and "Ned Rifle" (2014). His best-known TV work came in the long-running animated series "The Venture Brothers," in which he starred as mad scientist Dr. Rusty Venture, who tried to fix his daddy issues with his world-famous father while parenting his own pair of would-be teen adventurers. His work on this cult hit led to an increasing amount of jobs on other adult-skewing comedies such as "Review" (Comedy Central 2014-16) and "Difficult People" (Hulu 2015- ), on which he costarred as Arthur, the long-suffering boyfriend of Julie (series co-creator Julie Klausner).

      Highest rated movies

      American Splendor poster
      American Splendor
      The Book of Life poster
      The Book of Life
      Henry Fool poster
      Henry Fool
      Dave Made a Maze poster Dave Made a Maze Advantageous poster
      Advantageous
      The Sticky Fingers of Time poster
      The Sticky Fingers of Time
      From the Head poster
      From the Head
      Ned Rifle poster
      Ned Rifle

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      40% 77% Condor's Nest Heinrich Himmler (Character) - 2023
      22% 0% BEAUTY Unknown (Character) - 2022
      39% 22% Things Heard & Seen Bram (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet For Madmen Only: The Stories of Del Close Self - 2020
      92% 80% For Madmen Only Self - 2020
      50% 74% Where'd You Go, Bernadette Agent Marcus Strang (Character) $9.2M 2019
      88% 70% Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay Professor Pyg (Voice) - 2018
      68% 55% Wonderstruck Dr. Kincaid, Rose's Father (Character) $1.0M 2017
      29% 64% Rebel in the Rye Gus Lobrano (Character) $376.7K 2017
      86% 70% Dave Made a Maze Harry (Character) $13.2K 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jack Jack (Character) - 2016
      78% 55% Ned Rifle Simon (Character) - 2015
      86% 62% Advantageous Fisher (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 33% Such Good People Dr. Cooper Whitehead Ph.D. (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 39% iSteve Bill Gates (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 5% The Occupants Glen (Character) - 2013
      80% 83% From the Head Danny (Character) - 2012
      67% 81% The Music Never Stopped Mike Tappin (Character) $258.1K 2011
      No Score Yet 65% Drones Pete (Character) - 2010
      73% 59% Hello Lonesome Gary (Character) - 2010
      44% 47% Beware the Gonzo Principal Roy (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 60% The Last Romantic Alex Sarvey (Character) - 2006
      47% 57% Fay Grim Simon Grim (Character) $61.8K 2006
      40% 40% Road Unknown (Character) - 2005
      41% 33% The Girl From Monday Funk (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fortunes Lewis Croshere (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 71% Briar Patch Druden Hunt (Character) - 2003
      94% 86% American Splendor Robert Crumb (Character) $6.0M 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Daypass Simple Simon (Character) - 2002
      30% 40% Teknolust Agent Hopper (Character) $28.8K 2002
      38% 28% Intern Olivier Di Santo (Character) $4.0K 2000
      77% 82% Sweet and Lowdown Harry (Character) $4.2M 1999
      89% 71% The Book of Life True Believer (Character) - 1998
      89% 82% Henry Fool Simon Grim (Character) $1.3M 1997
      83% 83% The Sticky Fingers of Time Isaac (Character) $20.1K 1997

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 69% 9-1-1: Lone Star Imp (Guest Star) 2021
      93% 89% Lodge 49 Unknown (Guest Star) 2019
      95% 87% Documentary Now! Unknown (Guest Star) 2019
      40% 70% Fam John (Guest Star) 2019
      No Score Yet 85% Criminal Minds Special Agent Owen Quinn (Guest Star) 2018
      95% 88% Elementary Dr. Leo Demopoulos (Guest Star) 2018
      96% 86% Difficult People Arthur Tack (Character) 2015-2017
      No Score Yet 80% Apollo Gauntlet Orenthal Bellenus (Voice) 2017
      95% 90% Review Grant (Character) 2014-2015 2017
      88% 46% Supergirl Maaldorian Doctor (Guest Star) 2017
      100% 92% Adventure Time Rat King/Leaf Beard (Guest Voice) 2014 2016
      95% 87% Brooklyn Nine-Nine Nick Lingeman (Guest Star) 2015
      7% 59% Dr. Ken James Miller (Guest Star) 2015
      29% 50% Gigi Does It Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pig Goat Banana Cricket Nose Picker Fish (Guest Voice) 2015
      No Score Yet 87% The Adventures of Puss in Boots Unknown (Guest Voice) 2015
      86% 77% Marvel's Agent Carter Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 92% Comedy Bang! Bang! Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet 71% Hawaii Five-0 Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet 89% The Mentalist Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      93% 72% Scandal Mike Sylva (Character) 2013
      85% 86% Homeland Larry (Guest Star) 2011-2012
      93% 91% The Good Wife Judge Bernard Temple (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 59% Unforgettable Walter Morgan (Guest Star) 2012
      76% 59% Body of Proof Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 92% Wizards of Waverly Place Rob Robinson (Guest Star) 2011
      81% 89% The Office Rolf (Guest Star) 2009-2010
      70% 79% Weeds The Wizard (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 75% Medium Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 83% NCIS Dr. Rod Daniels (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 69% CSI: Miami Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet 66% Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      85% 85% Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet 93% Numb3ers Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Wade Donato (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet 84% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      70% 79% Sex and the City Buster (Guest Star) 1999