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Also Known As: Craig P Bierko Died:
Born: August 18, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Rye, New York, USA Profession: actor, singer, screenwriter

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A sitcom actor who seemed to personify the non-neurotic yet full-blown anxiety of the 1990s male, Craig Bierko had several high-profile roles during the decade, although none of the shows clicked with the audience. He was the uptight attorney who hired private investigator Valerie Bertinelli on the short-lived "Sydney" (CBS, 1990), the eager reporter with eyes for Dabney Coleman's daughter in "Madman of the People" (NBC, 1994-95), and Julie Warner's husband, joining her in watching their baby's every breath, in "Pride & Joy" (NBC, 1995).Bierko came from a theatrical family: his parents operated a theater in Rye, New York, where the budding thespian made his stage debut at age ten in a production of "Gypsy". After studying broadcast journalism at Boston University, he transferred to the famed theater arts department at Northwestern University, from which he graduated. Moving to Los Angeles, Bierko was cast in a production of "The Boys From Syracuse" produced by a troupe backed by Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett and Carol Channing. His early TV work included a role in "The Day My Kid Went Punk", a 1987 "ABC Afterschool Special". After landing a three-year deal with NBC, the handsome actor co-starred in the...

A sitcom actor who seemed to personify the non-neurotic yet full-blown anxiety of the 1990s male, Craig Bierko had several high-profile roles during the decade, although none of the shows clicked with the audience. He was the uptight attorney who hired private investigator Valerie Bertinelli on the short-lived "Sydney" (CBS, 1990), the eager reporter with eyes for Dabney Coleman's daughter in "Madman of the People" (NBC, 1994-95), and Julie Warner's husband, joining her in watching their baby's every breath, in "Pride & Joy" (NBC, 1995).

Bierko came from a theatrical family: his parents operated a theater in Rye, New York, where the budding thespian made his stage debut at age ten in a production of "Gypsy". After studying broadcast journalism at Boston University, he transferred to the famed theater arts department at Northwestern University, from which he graduated. Moving to Los Angeles, Bierko was cast in a production of "The Boys From Syracuse" produced by a troupe backed by Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett and Carol Channing. His early TV work included a role in "The Day My Kid Went Punk", a 1987 "ABC Afterschool Special". After landing a three-year deal with NBC, the handsome actor co-starred in the 1993 TV-movie "Danielle Steel's 'Star'" for NBC.

His motion picture career has been slower in developing. Bierko landed his first screen role in "Victimless Crimes" (1991), but the movie went the direct-to-video route. By the late 90s, he was again trying to establish a foothold in movies. In "The Long Kiss Goodnight" (1996), he played off his stalwart good looks as a villainous hit man tracking Geena Davis and Samuel L Jackson. After providing the radio voice of a preacher for "johns", he was cast as the object of Jeanne Tripplehorn's crush in the romantic comedy "'Til There Was You" (both 1997). His feature film fortunes improved when he was cast in the co-starring role as Steven Weber's cousin battling over money in Larry David's "Sour Grapes" (1998) and as the lead as a man who may or may not have committed a murder in the thriller "The Thirteenth Floor" (1999).

In 2000, Bierko surprised many by landing the much coveted lead in the revival of "The Music Man". Although some felt his interpretation of the role did not stray afield from Robert Preston's definitive interpretation, the actor proved a more than competent stage presence, earning, among other distinctions, a Tony nomination for his efforts. He followed up the role with a Broadway turn in Susan Stroman's "Thou Shalt Not."

Bierko remained visible on film and television with an uncredited cameo in the hit romantic comedy "Kate & Leopold" (2001) and a very funny pair of appearances on the 2001-2002 season of "Sex and the City" as Sarah Jessica Parker's jazz-obsessed lover Ray. The actor joined the cast of the short-lived Supreme Court series "The Court" (ABC, 2002) starring Sally Field, and appeared in the feature "I'm With Lucy" (2002) and the telepic "Sudden Fear" (2002). Bierko was back on the big screen as George, the adoptive father of David Spade's grown kiddie actor in "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" (2003), and he made a powerful impression as boxing legend Max Baer, who hits the ring opposite Depression Era folk hero Jim Braddock (Russell Crowe) in director Ron Howard's uplifting biopic "Cinderella Man" (2005)-reportedly, to keep up the tension between their characters, Bierko and Crowe indulged in a not-so-civil relationship off screen as well. In "Scary Movie 4" (2006), Bierko spoofed Tom Cruise's character from "War of the Worlds" (2005), playing a bumbling and moronic dad heroically trying to save his children from rampaging beings on giant tripods.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 After the Fall (2013)
2.
3.
 Change-Up, The (2011)
4.
 Superhero Movie (2008)
5.
 Scary Movie 4 (2006)
7.
 Danika (2006)
8.
 Cinderella Man (2005) Max Baer
9.
 Hair High (2004)
10.
 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003) George Finney
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1974:
Made stage debut in production of "Gypsy" at his parents' theater in Westchester County, NY (date approximate)
:
Played Antipholus in L.A. production of "The Boys From Syracuse"
1987:
Had early TV role in "The Day My Kid Went Punk," an "ABC Afterschool Special"
1989:
Reportedly offered the role of Enjolras in the San Francisco production of the musical "Les Miserables"; turned it down to make an unsold pilot for a comedy series
1990:
Garnered attention for his guest appearance as a bumbling eco-terrorist who takes Candice Bergen hostage on an episode of CBS' "Murphy Brown"
1990:
First regular series role, as an uptight lawyer on "Sydney" (CBS)
1991:
Made feature debut in the direct-to-video release "Victimless Crimes"
:
Signed three-year deal with NBC to appear in series and TV-movies
1992:
Had recurring role on "The Powers That Be" (NBC)
1993:
Co-starred in TV-movie "Danielle Steel's 'Star'" (NBC)
1994:
Co-starred with Dabney Coleman on "Madman of the People" (NBC)
1995:
Played husband to Julie Warner on the short-lived NBC sitcom "Pride & Joy"
1996:
First substantial feature role, a villain in Renny Harlin's "The Long Kiss Goodnight"
1997:
Landed featured role as Jeanne Tripplehorn's date in the romantic comedy "'Til There Was You"
1998:
Appeared opposite Steven Weber in "Sour Grapes"
1999:
Starred in the special effects-laden thriller "The Thirteenth Floor"
2000:
Made Broadway musical debut in the title role of "The Music Man" under the direction of Susan Stroman; received Tony nomination as Actor in a Musical
2001:
Landed two-episode appearance on HBO's "Sex and the City" as a love interest for Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker)
2001:
Starred in the Broadway musical "Thou Shall Not," adapted from Emile Zola's novel <i>Therese Raquin</i>; Harry Connick Jr. wrote the score and Stroman staged the piece
2002:
Returned to series TV as a reporter covering the U.S. Supreme Court on "The Court" (ABC)
2005:
Cast as boxer Max Baer opposite Russell Crowe in the Depression era drama "Cinderella Man," directed by Ron Howard
:
Will play Marisa Tomei's husband in the independent thriller "Danika" (lensed 2005)
2006:
Cast in Christopher Guest's comedy "For Your Consideration"
2006:
Appeared on ABC courtroom drama "Boston Legal"
2011:
Guest starred on the USA Network series "Necessary Roughness"
2012:
Appeared in the big screen remake of "The Three Stooges," directed by the Farrelly brothers
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Education

School of Public Communications, Boston University: Boston , Massachusetts -
School of Speech, Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois - 1986

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Charlize Theron. Actor. Together from c. 1996 to 1998.
companion:
Janeane Garofalo. Actor, comedian. Appeared together in the short "The Cherry Picker" (1999); dated from 1999 to 2000; no longer together.
companion:
Gretchen Mol. Actor. Met in 1998; dated briefly in 2000.
companion:
Meg Ryan. Actor. Reportedly dating as of early 2002.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Rex Bierko. Born in July 1936 was involved with Harrison Players in Westchester County, New York.
mother:
Pat Bierko. Was involved with Harrison Players in Westchester County, New York.
brother:
Scott Bierko. Born on March 9. 1962.

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