Corey Stoll biography
The Good Lie
Date of Birth: March 14, 1976
Corey Stoll was born in New York City and grew up in a progressive household. His father was an English teacher and he attended theater camp as a kid.
He graduated from Ohio's Oberlin College in 1998 and then took up studies at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Corey graduated in 2003, signed with an agent and began working on Broadway. Some of his bigger productions include 2007's Old Acquaintance and the 2010 revival of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge.
The actor first appeared onscreen in the 2001 short Okénka, which he followed up with television work. He guest-starred on episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2004), Charmed (2004), NYPD Blue (2004), Alias (2005) and Numb3rs (2005). In 2005, he made his first feature film appearance with a minor role in North Country . The Oscar-nominated drama with Charlize Theron, Jeremy Renner and Frances McDormand is a fictional account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States (which reached the courts in 1984).
Corey went back to television for an episode of each of the following series: ER (2005), CSI: Miami (2005), Law & Order (2006) and Without A Trace (2006). He then joined forces with Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu and Morgan Freeman in the 2006 crime drama Lucky Number Slevin . Also in 2006, he began playing a recurring part on the show NCIS, which he would fill for three episodes, ending in 2007.
In 2007, Corey teamed up with Jim Carrey and Virginia Madsen for the thriller The Number 23 and then Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning in 2009 for the sci-fi action film Push. The following year, he appeared alongside Angelina Jolie in the action film Salt and began work on Law & Order: LA as the character Tomas Jaruszalski. Corey appeared in a total of 22 episodes, ending his run in 2011.
Corey won a breakthrough part in 2011 when he portrayed Ernest Hemingway in Midnight in Paris . The feature was written and directed by Woody Allen, and also stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates. Corey has since said that he prepared for the role of Ernest by reading the famed author's work to his girlfriend at the time (who's now his wife). For his "scene-stealing" work in the film, as The New Yorker called it, Corey was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards. Midnight in Paris went on to earn four Oscar nominations, nabbing a win in the Best Original Screenplay category. It also won a Golden Globe.
In 2012, Corey began a string of film projects. He played Zev Vendel in The Bourne Legacy with Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton; he shared the screen with Frank Langella, Wes Bentley and Sarah Paulson in the mystery film The Time Being ; he starred opposite Jonathon Groff in the 2013 dramedy C.O.G. ; and he teamed up with Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton and Aaron Paul for the 2013 drama Decoding Annie Parker .
In 2013, Corey began filling the role of alcoholic congressman Peter Russo in the highly successful, Kevin Spacey-led series House of Cards. Since he started, he's appeared in 12 episodes of the show. It was a fruitful role for Corey, who nabbed a 2013 Critics Choice Television Award nomination and 2014 Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TV.
Building on his House of Cards accolades in 2014, Corey worked with Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore in the action thriller Non-Stop ; the emotional, Golden Globe and Emmy-winning TV movie The Normal Heart with Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Taylor Kitsch and Matt Bomer; the ensemble dramedy This Is Where I Leave You with Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver and Rose Byrne; and the Reese Witherspoon drama The Good Lie .
Also in 2014, Corey began playing CDC scientist Ephraim Goodweather in the FX thriller series The Strain, which is about a mysterious viral outbreak that leads to vampirism in New York. For much of his role in the series, which is executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, bald Corey donned a hair piece. The show continues to run and Corey has appeared in the starring role in 36 episodes.
In 2015, Corey again worked with Charlize Theron. The duo appeared in the big screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn's mystery novel Dark Places . The year also held work for Corey in the drama Anesthesia with Sam Waterston and Kristen Stewart; the superhero film Ant-Man , in which he plays the villain Darren Cross/Yellowjacket alongside Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly; and Black Mass , the biopic of South Boston criminal Whitey Bulger with Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Dakota Johnson and Kevin Bacon.
Corey returned to TV in 2016 as gay newscaster Dill Harcourt in four episodes of Girls before reuniting with Woody Allen for the romcom Café Society . In the feature film, Corey plays a 1930s Jewish gangster named Ben Dorfman, who he described to The New Yorker in August 2016 as "a working man who just happens to bury people in concrete." Café Society co-stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Steve Carell.
In August 2016, Corey took to the stage in Daniel Sullivan's Shakespeare in the Park production of Troilus and Cressida before acting alongside Matthew McConaughey and Bryce Dallas Howard as Brian Woolf in the adventure drama Gold. He played Boris Trigorin in the 2018 drama The Seagull with Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss and Annette Bening. The film is based on Anton Chekhov's play.
Most recently Corey returned to theaters in the biographical drama First Man (2018) alongside Claire Foy and Ryan Gosling.
Corey is married to actress Nadia Bowers and has one son with her. In 2015, he told Elle magazine that he was once an overweight teen who "topped out at 317."