Thelma and Louise. Groundhog Day. Memento. What do these movies have in common? Stephen Tobolowsky—arguably the most famous character actor in Hollywood. A natural storyteller, Tobolowsky enthralls live audiences with stories—about craft, human relationships, and life in general—that are at once quirky, relatable, heart-wrenching, and even momentous.
Few people know his name, but just about everyone recognizes his face. Impossibly, Stephen Tobolowsky is both a Hollywood outsider and an insider. He is a screenwriter, playwright and director, has been nominated for a Tony for Best Performance by a Featured Actor, co-wrote the film True Stories with Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, and he wrote and directed Two Idiots in Hollywood, based on his play. He is also the subject and star of the mesmerizing cult hit documentary Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party, which was named the Best Comedy and Best Documentary at the Los Angeles HD Film Festival.
Currently, Tobolowsky hosts the podcast The Tobolowsky Files, where he tells his life stories. He can be seen as a regular on FOX’s The Mindy Project and Showtime's Californication. He also has a new book, called The Dangerous Animals Club.