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Michael Panes



One of those screen performers whose genial off-center quality practically predestined him to a career as a character actor, Michael Panes graduated from Brown University with a music degree before moving into film. He made one of his earliest impressions as Levi, a violin-toting, self-professed doppelgänger of Peter Sellers (with horn-rimmed glasses) who turns up for a Hollywood get-together in the star-studded ensemble comedy The Anniversary Party (2001). The performer then shifted genres ad extremis to play an oddball analyst -- and the object of a sick patient's delusions -- in Ari Kirschenbaum's mind-bending psycho thriller Fabled. Panes further unveiled his proclivity for offbeat assignments with a seriocomic portrayal of a dorky loser who graduates to the jet set after winning a pile of money on a reality game show, in indie helmer Greg Pritikin's Surviving Eden (2004) (a film he also co-produced), and evoked an early Gore Vidal in Douglas McGrath's Truman Capote biopic Infamous (2005) before re-teaming with that film's co-star, Peter Bogdanovich, for a small supporting turn in the Zoe Cassavetes-directed romantic comedy Broken English (2007).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Architect
  • Adjuster
2016
19% The Perfect Guy
  • Cooper
2015
18% Free the Nipple
  • Lawyer
2014
66% We Bought a Zoo
  • Principal
2011
No Score Yet Bat Shit Crazy
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet The Love Guide
  • Ira
2011
No Score Yet Falling Up
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Backwash
  • Actor
2010
65% (Untitled)
  • Grant
2009
64% Broken English
  • Glen
2007
No Score Yet Watching the Detectives
  • Lucien
2007
73% Infamous
  • Gore Vidal
2006
No Score Yet The Californians
  • Marion Pardon
2006
55% Adam & Steve
  • Lou
2005
32% Eulogy
  • Adult Film Director
2004
15% Surviving Eden
  • Dennis Flotchky
  • Producer
2004
40% Fabled
  • Dr. Frumkes
2002
60% The Anniversary Party
  • Levi Panes
2001

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Roger Porter
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Clerk

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