Mike Nussbaum

Mike Nussbaum

Highest Rated: 96% House of Games (1987)

Lowest Rated: 0% T.R. Baskin (1971)

Birthday: Dec 29, 1923

Birthplace: Not Available

Though eminently distinguished, actor Mike Nussbaum built a screen career tackling the most difficult sort of onscreen character roles: that of the everyman. After serving in World War II, Nussbaum applied to the esteemed Goodman School of Drama but was rejected; he subsequently started an exterminator business and became active in community theater before achieving his break at the hands of Hull House theater proprietor Bob Sickinger and developing a particularly strong reputation for Chicago-area work in the plays of Beckett, Ionesco, and Pinter. Nussbaum debuted on film in the late '60s and early '70s, with bit parts in features such as The Monitors (1969), T.R. Baskin (1971), and Harry and Tonto (1974), and in the mean time remained extremely active on the stage, particularly Windy City and Gotham productions, where he excelled in David Mamet-authored plays including American Buffalo and Glengarry Glen Ross. In fact, Nussbaum's onscreen activity re-crescendoed to no small degree in the late '80s thanks largely to Mamet, who cast him in two films -- the 1987 thriller House of Games (1987, with prominent billing as a snaky con man) and the gentle 1988 comedy Things Change (as a Mafia don). Subsequent projects included Steal Big, Steal Little (1995), Men in Black (1997), and Osso Bucco (2007).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Osso Bucco Uncle Sal 2008
26% Le match de leur vie Johnny Abruzzo $0.4M 2005
No Score Yet The Con Harry 1998
92% Men in Black Gentle Rosenberg 1997
No Score Yet Shadow of a Doubt Nate Golden 1995
15% Steal Big, Steal Little Sam Barlow 1995
45% Losing Isaiah Dr. Jamison 1995
57% Gypsy Actor 1993
No Score Yet Love, Honor & Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage Gaspar DiGregorio 1993
No Score Yet The Water Engine Mr. Wallace 1992
31% Gladiator Doctor 1992
No Score Yet Overexposed Bob Davis 1992
83% Separate But Equal Justice Frankfurter 1991
36% Desperate Hours Mr. Nelson 1990
No Score Yet Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again Pops 1990
87% Field of Dreams Principal 1989
83% Things Change Mr. Greene 1988
96% House of Games Joey 1987
75% Fatal Attraction Bob Drimmer 1987
78% Five Corners Actor 1987
No Score Yet The Dollmaker Car Dealer 1984
No Score Yet Towing Phil 1978
83% Harry and Tonto Old Age Home Clerk 1974
0% T.R. Baskin Office Manager 1971
No Score Yet The Monitors Exercise Chief 1969


75% The X-Files
Dr. Goldstein 1997
No Score Yet The Commish
Ben Metzger 1996
93% Frasier
Owner 1995
No Score Yet The Equalizer
Grocery-Store Owner 1987


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