Michael Stuhlbarg biography
The Shape of Water
Date of Birth: July 5, 1968
Michael Stuhlbarg received his BFA from The Juilliard School. He also studied at UCLA; at the Vilnius
Conservatory in Lithuania's Chekhov Studies unit; at the British-American Drama Academy at
Baliol and Keble Colleges in Oxford; and, on a full scholarship, with Marcel Marceau.
In 2005, Stuhlbarg was a Tony Award nominee and a Drama Desk Award winner for his
performance in Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman. He has also been
honored with the New Dramatists Charles Bowden Actor Award and the Elliot Norton Boston
Theatre Award, the latter for his performance in Long Day's Journey into Night.
The actor's other Broadway credits include the National Actors Theatre productions of Saint
Joan, Three Men on a Horse, Timon of Athens, The Government Inspector, Ronald
Harwood's Taking Sides, Sam Mendes' revival of Cabaret and Tom
Stoppard's The Invention of Love.
Stuhlbarg's New York Shakespeare Festival stage credits include Twelfth Night, as
Aguecheek, and Richard II, in the lead role. He has starred in a host of off-Broadway
productions, playing the title roles in Oskar Eustis' staging of Hamlet, for which he won a Drama
League Award; and David Warren's staging of The Voysey Inheritance, for which he received
Obie, Callaway, and Lucille Lortel Award nominations. He has also starred off-Broadway in such
shows as Cymbeline, reprising his role in a U.K. stint of the production; The Waverly Gallery; Old
Wicked Songs, for which he was a Drama League Award recipient; and The Grey Zone.
When the latter show's playwright Tim Blake Nelson adapted and directed a feature film
version, Mr. Stuhlbarg appeared in the movie as well, playing a different role than he had in the
stage version. His other films include Ridley Scott's Body of Lies, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio;
Boaz Yakin's A Price Above Rubies; Antonio Campos' Afterschool, which was showcased at the 2008 New York and Cannes International Film Festivals, and Sophie Barthes' Cold Souls, with Paul Giamatti and David Strathairn. For his work in Ethan and Joel Coen's A Serious Man, he received a Golden Globe nomination.
He reteamed with Scorsese, co-starring in the prohibition series Boardwalk Empire. He has also made guest appearances on such television series as Damages and, most memorably, Ugly Betty.
In recent years, he landed the role of Griffin in the sequel Men in Black 3 (2012), followed by a role in the Woody Allen drama Blue Jasmine (2013), in the thriller Cut Bank (2015), and in the Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead (2015). Stuhlbarg can now be seen in the space drama Arrival (2016) starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, the Marvel reboot Doctor Strange (2016) starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and the action thriller Miss Sloane (2016) starring Jessica Chastain.
Call Me by Your Name
The Shape of Water
Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Second Season
Men in Black 3
A Serious Man
Body of Lies
The Grey Zone