Shelley Berman

Shelley Berman

  • Highest Rated: 100% Divorce American Style (1967)
  • Lowest Rated: 37% You Don't Mess With the Zohan (2008)
  • Birthday: Feb 3, 1926
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A trained dramatic actor, Shelley Berman rose to fame in the 1950s by becoming the first "sit-down" comedian. Berman's calculatedly self-pitying nightclub monologues concerned his tiltings with the minor frustrations of everyday life. His specialty was the "telephone" monologue; seated on a stool and holding an imaginary receiver, Berman invariably cast himself as the victim of Ma Bell bureaucracy and thick-headed unseen "second parties." He tended to wear his neuroses on his sleeve, and was well-known for his unpredictable temperament; in one notorious TV-special appearance of the 1960s, Berman was interrupted in mid-monologue by a ringing offstage pay phone, whereupon he stomped backstage and tore the offending phone off the wall. A busy TV guest-star, Berman showed up frequently on the Paar/Sullivan/Allen variety show circuit of the 1950s and 1960s, and played seriocomic roles on such TV series as Peter Gunn, The Twilight Zone and The Girl From UNCLE. He also played a recurring role on the satirical soap opera Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1977), and was co-producer of the 1970 summer replacement series Comedy Tonight. Berman's film credits include The Best Man (1964), Divorce American Style (1967) and Son of the Blob (1970). Dropping out of public view due to profound personal problems (not least of which was the death of his son), Shelley Berman staged a comeback in the 1980s with appearances in such films as Teen Witch (1989) and Elliot Faumann MD (1990).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Compass Cabaret 55 Actor 2015
67% When Jews Were Funny Actor 2013
37% You Don't Mess With the Zohan Zohan's Father $100.1M 2008
49% The Holiday Norman $63.3M 2006
79% The Aristocrats Actor $6.2M 2005
39% Meet the Fockers Judge Ira $279.2M 2004
No Score Yet In God We Trust Actor 2000
60% Motorama Million Dollar Driver 1992
38% Teen Witch Mr. Weaver 1989
No Score Yet Rented Lips Bill Slotnik 1988
No Score Yet More Laughing Room Only Actor 1986
No Score Yet The Young at Heart Comedians Actor 1984
No Score Yet Beware! The Blob Hair Stylist 1972
No Score Yet Think Dirty Nat Kaplan 1970
100% Divorce American Style David Grieff 1967
No Score Yet The Best Man Sheldon Bascomb 1964
No Score Yet The Wheeler Dealers Actor 1963

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
Morty Sapperstein
  • 2012
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
George Savar
  • 2009
78% The Unusuals
2009
Tom Speigelman
  • 2009
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000-2017
Nat David
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2002
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2017
Nat David
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2002
  • 2000
No Score Yet Hannah Montana
2006-2011
Dentist
  • 2008
96% Pushing Daisies
2007-2009
Gustav
  • 2008
  • 2007
87% Boston Legal
2004-2008
Judge Robert Sanders
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
66% Entourage
2004-2011
  • 2007
80% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Jed Sorrento Jed
  • 2005
87% Dead Like Me
2003-2004
Al
  • 2004
No Score Yet The King of Queens
1998-2007
Skitch
  • 2003
100% Lizzie McGuire
2001-2004
Nobby Frostybump
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Living Single
1993-1998
Hyman
  • 1995
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet Night Court
1984-1992
Al
  • 1988
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
Bill
  • 1987
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
Owner
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1970-1977
Dr. Udall
  • 1976
  • 1970
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1964-1968
Veblan
  • 1966
No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
  • 1964
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
  • 1962
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Archibald Beechcroft
  • 1961
  • 1960
No Score Yet Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
1976-1977
Mel Beach
No Score Yet Walter and Emily
1992
Albert

QUOTES FROM Shelley Berman CHARACTERS

Zohan's Father
Hello down there! Hello in the faggala hole!