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Shelley Berman

Highest Rated:   100% Divorce American Style (1967)
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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
38% You Don't Mess With the Zohan
  • Zohan's Father
$100.1M 2008
47% 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
76% The Unusuals
2009
  • Tom Speigelman
  • 2009
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000
  • Nat David
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2002
95% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000
  • Nat David
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2002
  • 2000
No Score Yet Pushing Daisies
2007-2009
  • Gustav
  • 2008
No Score Yet Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Judge Robert Sanders
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
66% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Actor
  • 2007
72% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Jed Sorrento Jed
  • 2005
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • Actor
  • 1991
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
  • Owner
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Archibald Beechcroft
  • 1961
  • 1960

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