James Urbaniak

James Urbaniak

  • Highest Rated: 94% American Splendor (2003)
  • Lowest Rated: 30% No Such Thing (2002)
  • Birthday: Sep 17, 1963
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • 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

47% Where'd You Go, Bernadette Marcus Strong 2019
68% Wonderstruck Rose's Father $1M 2017
85% Dave Made a Maze Harry $13.7K 2017
83% Advantageous Fisher 2015
78% Ned Rifle Simon Grim 2015
77% 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 $0.4M 2012
44% Beware the Gonzo Principal Roy 2011
71% Hello Lonesome Gary 2011
67% The Music Never Stopped Mike Tappin $0.3M 2011
No Score Yet Drones Pete 2010
91% You Don't Know Jack Jack Lessenberry 2010
80% Chicago 10 Richard Schultz 2008
53% Across the Universe Sadie's Manager $24.4M 2007
34% The Nanny Diaries Educational Consultant $25.9M 2007
46% 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
41% 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
37% Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde Lab Technician $89.9M 2003
No Score Yet Plain Dirty Druden Hunt 2003
30% No Such Thing Concierge 2002
30% Teknolust Agent Hopper 2002
38% Intern Olivier 2000
77% 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

40% FAM
2018
John
  • 2019
No Score Yet OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes
2017
Voice
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
Special Agent Owen Quinn
  • 2018
95% Elementary
2012
Dr. Leo Demopoulos
  • 2018
93% The Venture Bros.
2004-2018
Voice
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2006
  • 2004
95% Difficult People
2015-2017
Arthur
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
95% Review
2014-2017
Grant
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
2014-2017
Panelist
  • 2015
7% Dr. Ken
2015-2017
James
  • 2015
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
Gary Nathan
  • 2013
93% Scandal
2012-2018
Michael Sylva
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
Aaron Kalinoski
  • 2013
76% Body of Proof
2011-2013
Daniel Grubstick
  • 2012
96% 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
70% Weeds
2005-2012
The Wizard
  • 2009
76% 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 The Jury
2004
Mason Kravitz
  • 2004
28% Whoopi
2003-2004
Elliot
  • 2004
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
Dr. Roger Stern
  • 2003
No Score Yet Space Ghost Coast to Coast
2008
  • 1994
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
Max Purdue

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