Maury Chaykin

Maury Chaykin

Highest Rated: 100% The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

Lowest Rated: 4% Gone Fishin' (1997)

Birthday: Jul 27, 1949

Birthplace: Not Available

A talented character actor whose pudgy frame and adaptable face allows him to alternate between meek and imposing at the drop of a hat, Maury Chaykin endeared himself to television audiences as razor-sharp detective Nero Wolfe, though he has been appearing in film and television since the late '70s. Raised in Brooklyn, NY, Chaykin took a shine to acting while attending James Madison High School. Following his dream to the University of Buffalo, where he majored in theater, it was there that Chaykin would found The Swampfox Theater in 1968. An avant-garde troupe that became the talk of the town after crashing Toronto's Festival of Underground Theater in 1970, The Swampfox troupe would later gain accolades as the most original group at the Yale Drama Festival. Following such strong beginnings, it was clear to many that great things were in store for Chaykin. Spending a few years at North Buffalo's American Contemporary Theater following his college graduation, Chaykin would later move on to work in experimental theater in Toronto. Alternating frequently between television and film in his early years, small early roles in such popular films as 1983's WarGames insured the burgeoning actor increased visibility, and following roles in such high-profile fare as Mrs. Soffel (1983) and Turk 182! (1984), Chaykin made a lasting impression when promoted to leading-man status in 1985's Canada's Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal C. Banks. Flawlessly essaying the role of a Canadian union-leader who presided over the country's shipping industry in the 1950s and '60s, the film found Chaykin gaining near universal critical accolades in addition to winning a Nellie Award for his spot-on performance. Despite his success in the role of Banks, Chaykin rounded out the '80s with appearances in such schlocky films as Meatballs III (1987) and Iron Eagle II (1988), with only the occasional dark drama such as Cold Comfort (1989) offering the rare opportunity for him to truly shine. Things began to look up for Chaykin in the 1990s, and appearances in such acclaimed efforts as Dances With Wolves (1990) and My Cousin Vinny (1992) ensured that he would retain a high profile in the coming years. Though Chaykin's roles were far from top-billed, appearances in Sommersby (1993) and Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) served well to balance out forgettable turns in such efforts as Josh and S.A.M. (1993). In addition to an affecting turn as a faded rock star who attempts to create music that will allow him to communicate with nature in 1994's Whale Music, a haunting turn in the downbeat drama The Sweet Hereafter (1997) provided Chaykin with one of his most memorable roles of the decade. As the 1990s drew to a close, his turn as a biker inmate in the long-running HBO series Oz found a virtually unrecognizable Chaykin using his imposing frame to surprising effect. Rounding out the decade with roles in Entrapment and Mystery, Alaska (both 1999), it seemed that Chaykin was finally getting the recognition he deserved. At the dawn of the new millennium, television audiences began to warm up to Chaykin when A Nero Wolfe Mystery debuted in 2001. That same year Chaykin would take a memorable turn as a bumbling bureaucrat in director Jonathan Parker's Bartleby, and a dramatic role as a husband suffering after the tragic loss of a child in the made-for-television Crossed Over (2002) proved that he could alternate between mystery, comedy, and drama with unprecedented ease. In the following years, Chaykin could be spotted in substantial roles in such films as Owning Mahowney (2003) and Being Julia (2004).

Highest Rated Movies



79% Barney's Version Actor $7.6M 2011
40% Casino Jack Big Tony $1.1M 2010
43% Cooking with Stella High Commissioner Mr. Durand 2009
No Score Yet Production Office Actor 2009
No Score Yet Elijah Howard Pawley 2008
No Score Yet Bull Roland Gow 2008
44% Blindness The Accountant $3.1M 2008
67% It's a Boy Girl Thing Stan Deane 2006
No Score Yet Intern Academy Dr. Roger Toussant 2006
No Score Yet Heavens Fall Lyle Harris 2006
41% Where the Truth Lies Sally Sanmarco $0.8M 2005
No Score Yet Hunt for the BTK Killer Robert Beattie 2005
71% Wilby Wonderful Mayor Brent Fisher 2005
76% Being Julia Walter Gibbs $7.7M 2004
No Score Yet Sex Traffic Actor 2004
86% Sugar Stanley 2004
No Score Yet Camp Hollywood Actor 2004
79% Owning Mahowny Frank Perlin $0.8M 2003
No Score Yet Plan B Donald Rossi 2002
35% Bartleby Ernie $60.8K 2002
No Score Yet Crossed Over Ethan Lowry 2002
No Score Yet Bleacher Bums Scorekeeper No. 2 2001
No Score Yet On Their Knees Actor 2001
No Score Yet On Their Knees Norman 2001
No Score Yet Varian's War Marcello 2000
16% The Art of War Capella $29.5M 2000
52% What's Cooking? Herb Seelig $0.7M 2000
No Score Yet Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang Mr. Cooper/Louie Loser 1999
57% Let the Devil Wear Black Bruce 1999
37% Mystery, Alaska Bailey Pruitt 1999
10% Joan of Arc Sir Robert De Baudricourt 1999
38% Entrapment Conrad Greene 1999
82% The Mask of Zorro Prison Warden 1998
87% Love and Death on Long Island Irv 1998
75% Jerry and Tom Billy Kovachy 1998
42% Mouse Hunt Alexander Falco 1997
100% The Sweet Hereafter Wendell Walker 1997
39% A Life Less Ordinary Tod 1997
No Score Yet Northern Lights Ben Rubadue 1997
No Score Yet Strip Search Tomas 1997
4% Gone Fishin' Kirk, The Waiter $19.8M 1997
No Score Yet Keeping the Promise Ben Loomis 1997
No Score Yet Pale Saints The Pirate 1997
38% Cutthroat Island John Reed 1995
No Score Yet Sugartime Tony Accardo 1995
No Score Yet Whale Music Desmond Howl 1995
88% Devil in a Blue Dress Matthew Terell 1995
74% Unstrung Heroes Arthur Lidz 1995
40% Camilla Harold Cara 1994
23% Beethoven's 2nd Cliff Klamath 1994
No Score Yet Money for Nothing Vincente Goldoni 1993
62% Sommersby Lawyer Dawson 1993
25% Josh and S.A.M. Pizza Man 1993
No Score Yet Northern Extremes Dexter 1993
65% Hero Winston 1992
71% The Adjuster Bubba 1992
86% My Cousin Vinny Sam Tipton 1992
No Score Yet The Pianist Cody $32.1M 1992
No Score Yet Montreal Vu Par... (six Variation Sur Un Theme( [En Passant] 1992
40% Leaving Normal Leon Pendleton 1992
No Score Yet Split Images Actor 1992
No Score Yet George's Island Mr. Droonfield 1991
83% Dances With Wolves Maj. Fambrough 1990
38% Mr. Destiny Guzelman 1990
10% Where the Heart Is Harry 1990
89% Breaking In Tucci 1989
11% Millennium Roger Keane 1989
No Score Yet Cold Comfort Floyd Lucas 1989
44% Twins Burt Klane 1988
No Score Yet Iron Eagle II Downs 1988
No Score Yet Higher Education Guido 1988
No Score Yet Stars and Bars Freeborn 1988
No Score Yet Caribe Capt. Burdoch 1987
40% Wild Thing Detective Trask 1987
76% The Bedroom Window Pool Player 1987
No Score Yet Nowhere to Hide Marchais 1987
40% Hearts of Fire Charlie Kelso 1987
No Score Yet The Vindicator Burt Arthurs 1986
No Score Yet Act of Vengeance Claude Vealey 1986
20% Turk 182! Man in Wheelchair 1985
No Score Yet Def-Con 4 Vinny 1985
36% Mrs. Soffel Guard Reynolds 1984
No Score Yet The Guardian Rudy Simbro 1984
36% Harry & Son Lawrence 1984
No Score Yet Hockey Night Bum Johnston 1984
57% Of Unknown Origin Dan 1983
93% WarGames (War Games) Jim Sting 1983
57% Curtains Monty 1983
20% Overdrawn at the Memory Bank Gondol 1983
No Score Yet Soup for One Dr. Wexler 1982
17% Death Hunt Clarence 1981
No Score Yet El Secuestro del Presidente Harvey Cannon 1980
No Score Yet Nothing Personal Kanook 1980
No Score Yet Highpoint Falco 1979
No Score Yet Riel Howard 1979


66% Entourage
Harvey Weingard 2007
86% Boston Legal
Ryan Myerson 2006
81% Eureka
Sheriff Cobb 2006
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
John Landers 2004
No Score Yet A Nero Wolfe Mystery
Nero Wolfe 2002
No Score Yet Due South
Pike Jasper Gutman 1998
No Score Yet La Femme Nikita
Rudy 1997
82% The Twilight Zone
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
Fats 1989


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