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Maury Chaykin

Highest Rated:   100% The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Lowest Rated:   4% Gone Fishin' (1997)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
80% Barney's Version
  • Actor
2011
38% Casino Jack
  • Big Tony
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
43% Blindness
  • The Accountant
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
2005
No Score Yet Hunt for the BTK Killer
  • Robert Beattie
2005
71% Wilby Wonderful
  • Mayor Brent Fisher
2005
76% Being Julia
  • Walter Gibbs
2004
No Score Yet Sex Traffic
  • Actor
2004
86% Sugar
  • Stanley
2004
No Score Yet Camp Hollywood
  • Actor
2004
79% Owning Mahowny
  • Frank Perlin
2003
No Score Yet Plan B
  • Donnie
2002
No Score Yet Past Perfect
  • Actor
2002
35% Bartleby
  • Ernie
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 Nero Wolfe - The Doorbell Rang
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet On Their Knees
  • Norman
2001
No Score Yet Varian's War
  • Marcello
2000
16% The Art of War
  • Capella
2000
52% What's Cooking?
  • Herb Seelig
2000
No Score Yet Golden Spiders
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang
  • Mr. Cooper/Louie Loser
1999
57% Let the Devil Wear Black
  • Bruce
1999
38% Mystery, Alaska
  • Bailey Pruitt
1999
11% Joan of Arc
  • Sir Robert De Baudricourt
1999
38% Entrapment
  • Conrad Greene
1999
83% The Mask of Zorro
  • Prison Warden
1998
86% Love and Death on Long Island
  • Irv
1998
75% Jerry and Tom
  • Billy Kovachy
1998
43% 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
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
87% Devil in a Blue Dress
  • Matthew Terell
1995
74% Unstrung Heroes
  • Arthur Lidz
1995
40% Camilla
  • Harold Cara
1994
27% Beethoven's 2nd
  • Cliff Klamath
1994
No Score Yet Money for Nothing
  • Vincente Goldoni
1993
63% Sommersby
  • Lawyer Dawson
1993
No Score Yet Northern Extremes
  • Dexter
1993
14% Josh and S.A.M.
  • Pizza Man
1993
68% Hero
  • Winston
1992
73% The Adjuster
  • Bubba
1992
85% My Cousin Vinny
  • Sam Tipton
1992
No Score Yet The Pianist
  • Cody
1992
No Score Yet Split Images
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Montreal Vu Par... (six Variation Sur Un Theme(
  • [En Passant]
1992
25% Leaving Normal
  • Leon Pendleton
1992
No Score Yet George's Island
  • Mr. Droonfield
1991
82% Dances With Wolves
  • Maj. Fambrough
1990
38% Mr. Destiny
  • Guzelman
1990
11% Where the Heart Is
  • Harry
1990
89% Breaking In
  • Tucci
1989
11% Millennium
  • Roger Keane
1989
No Score Yet Cold Comfort
  • Floyd Lucas
1989
34% 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
No Score Yet Wild Thing
  • Detective Trask
1987
86% 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
40% Mrs. Soffel
  • Guard Reynolds
1984
No Score Yet The Guardian
  • Rudy Simbro
1984
22% Harry & Son
  • Lawrence
1984
No Score Yet Vindicator
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Hockey Night
  • Bum Johnston
1984
No Score Yet Of Unknown Origin
  • Dan
1983
93% WarGames (War Games)
  • Jim Sting
1983
60% 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
No Score Yet Sweetheart!
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Harvey Weingard
No Score Yet Eureka
2006-2012
  • Sheriff Cobb
Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Ryan Myerson
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • John Landers
No Score Yet La Femme Nikita
1997-2001
  • Rudy
The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • Fats

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