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Also Known As: Stephen Tobolowski, Stephen Harold Tobolowsky Died:
Born: May 30, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dallas, Texas, USA Profession: actor, director, screenwriter, keyboardist, songwriter, painter

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One of the small but well-loved group of character actors whose face was more familiar to viewers than his name, Stephen Tobolowsky was a film, television and stage performer who brought a decidedly left-of-center vibe to his countless turns as socially awkward, often blissfully unaware authority figures. He found steady work on camera almost immediately after arriving in Hollywood from his native Texas, impressing directors and filmgoers alike with small but memorable roles in films like "Swing Shift" (1984), "The Grifters" (1990), "Thelma and Louise" (1991) and "Basic Instinct" (1992). "Groundhog Day" (1993) gave him his widest exposure up until that time as an obnoxious obstacle in Bill Murray's uncontrollable bursts of deja vu, but a dramatic turn as an alleged amnesiac in "Memento" (2000) showed the true scope of his acting skill. Likewise, his role as the creepy but hilarious Sandy Ryerson on Fox's hit dramedy "Glee" (2009-15) showcased his comedic chops. Like all fine character actors, Tobolowsky worked ceaselessly in all manner of projects, but in every case, he never failed to capture his audience's attention, which made him a utility player without peer in Hollywood. ...

One of the small but well-loved group of character actors whose face was more familiar to viewers than his name, Stephen Tobolowsky was a film, television and stage performer who brought a decidedly left-of-center vibe to his countless turns as socially awkward, often blissfully unaware authority figures. He found steady work on camera almost immediately after arriving in Hollywood from his native Texas, impressing directors and filmgoers alike with small but memorable roles in films like "Swing Shift" (1984), "The Grifters" (1990), "Thelma and Louise" (1991) and "Basic Instinct" (1992). "Groundhog Day" (1993) gave him his widest exposure up until that time as an obnoxious obstacle in Bill Murray's uncontrollable bursts of deja vu, but a dramatic turn as an alleged amnesiac in "Memento" (2000) showed the true scope of his acting skill. Likewise, his role as the creepy but hilarious Sandy Ryerson on Fox's hit dramedy "Glee" (2009-15) showcased his comedic chops. Like all fine character actors, Tobolowsky worked ceaselessly in all manner of projects, but in every case, he never failed to capture his audience's attention, which made him a utility player without peer in Hollywood.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Two Idiots in Hollywood (1988) Director

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 Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown (2017) Andy Gunderson
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 Barber, The (2015)
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 Pearblossom Hwy (2012)
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 Hard Breakers (2011)
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1982:
Co-starred in the Broadway production of Beth Henley's "The Wake of Jamey Foster"
1984:
Feature acting debut, "Swing Shift"
1984:
Directed the original off-Broadway production of Beth Henley's "The Miss Firecracker Contest"
1986:
Screenwriting debut (with David Byrne and Beth Henley), "True Stories"
1987:
Directed the original off-Broadway production of Beth Henley's "The Lucky Spot"
1988:
Feature directorial debut (also screenwriter), "Two Idiots in Hollywood"
1993:
TV series debut in regular role on the NBC series "Against the Grain"
1994:
Co-starred on ABC series "Blue Skies"
1995:
Featured on short-lived series "A Whole New Ballgame"
1995:
Played a regular role on short-lived CBS series "Dweebs"
1996:
Cast in the NBC sitcom "Mr Rhodes"
2000:
Cast in the independent feature "The Prime Gig"
2004:
Cast opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt and Bill Murray as Garfield in the comedy "Garfield: The Movie"
2004:
Appeared in the romantic comedy "Little Black Book"
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Education

Southern Methodist University: Dallas , Texas -
University of Illinois: -

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companion:
Beth Henley. Playwright, screenwriter. Together in the 1980s.
wife:
Ann Hearn. Actor.

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son:
Robert Alexander Tobolowsky. Born June 17, 1989; mother's surname was Simons.
son:
William Elijah Tobolowsky. Born on January 1, 1994; mother Ann Hearn.

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