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James Urbaniak



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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
80% Advantageous
  • Fisher
2015
80% Ned Rifle
  • Simon Grim
2015
75% The Boxtrolls
  • Sir Broderick/Male Workman 1 and 2
2014
No Score Yet The Occupants
  • Glen
2014
No Score Yet Such Good People
  • Dr. Cooper Whitehead Ph.D.
2014
No Score Yet From The Head
  • Actor
2013
75% Sound of My Voice
  • Mr. Pritchett
2012
44% Beware the Gonzo
  • Principal Roy
2011
71% Hello Lonesome
  • Gary
2011
65% The Music Never Stopped
  • Mike Tappin
2011
No Score Yet Drones
  • Pete
2010
No Score Yet You Don't Know Jack
  • Jack Lessenberry
2010
80% Chicago 10
  • Richard Schultz
2008
53% Across the Universe
  • Sadie's Manager
2007
34% The Nanny Diaries
  • Educational Consultant
2007
44% Fay Grim
  • Simon Grim
2007
37% Death of a President
  • Dr. James Pearn
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
2003
38% Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde
  • Lab Technician
2003
No Score Yet Plain Dirty
  • Druden Hunt
2003
29% No Such Thing
  • Concierge
2002
30% Teknolust
  • Agent Hopper
2002
No Score Yet Fortunes
  • Actor
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
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Max Purdue
No Score Yet Body of Proof
2011-2013
  • Daniel Grubstick
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Aaron Kalinoski
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
2014
  • Panelist
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • Dr. Rod Daniels
No Score Yet Unforgettable
2011
  • Walter Morgan Richard Simmons
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Dr. Roger Stern
No Score Yet Review
2014-2015
  • Grant
No Score Yet Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
2008-2009
  • Sarkissian Cafe manager
92% Difficult People
2015
  • Arthur
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
  • Damon Lafloer
7% Dr. Ken
2015
  • James
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Gary Nathan
No Score Yet The Venture Bros.
2004
  • Voice
77% Weeds
2005-2012
  • The Wizard
94% Scandal
2012
  • Michael Sylva
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Judge Temple
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Binky Moore

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