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      James Urbaniak

      James Urbaniak

      Highest Rated: 94% American Splendor (2003)

      Lowest Rated: 22% BEAUTY (2022)

      Birthday: Sep 17, 1963

      Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, USA

      A comedic actor who was equally at home portraying counterculture cartoonist Robert Crumb in "American Splendor" (2003) or washed-up mad scientist Dr. Rusty Venture in "The Venture Bros" (Adult Swim 2003-13), James Urbaniak could go for the jugular without breaking stride. Born in Bayonne, New Jersey in 1963, Urbaniak quickly established his credentials when he played the anti-social garbageman turned controversial author Simon Grim in Hal Hartley's comic drama "Henry Fool" (1997). That critically-acclaimed cult favorite marked the beginning of a long career in theatre, television and film for Urbaniak, who became the comic character actor of choice for anyone with an appreciation for indie films, off-Broadway theatre and alternative comedy. As his career matured, his choices ranged from sincere dramatic leads to the voice of some of the wackiest characters in animated television. In the mid-1990s Urbaniak began to take on character roles in a wide range of films, including Woody Allen's period jazz drama "Sweet and Lowdown" (1999) and George Clooney's surreal Chuck Barris biopic "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002). In addition, he guest-starred on prominent TV series including "Sex and the City" (HBO 1998-2004), the procedural dramas "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC 2001-2011) and "Numb3rs" (CBS 2007), and the hit series "The Office" (NBC 2005-2013), in which he had a recurring role as Dwight Schrute's socially maladroit best friend Rolf Ahl. During this period, he also returned to the role that made him famous, working again opposite Parker Posey as Henry's sister Fay in Hartley's sequels "Fay Grim" (2006) and "Ned Rifle" (2014). His best-known TV work came in the long-running animated series "The Venture Brothers," in which he starred as mad scientist Dr. Rusty Venture, who tried to fix his daddy issues with his world-famous father while parenting his own pair of would-be teen adventurers. His work on this cult hit led to an increasing amount of jobs on other adult-skewing comedies such as "Review" (Comedy Central 2014-16) and "Difficult People" (Hulu 2015- ), on which he costarred as Arthur, the long-suffering boyfriend of Julie (series co-creator Julie Klausner).

      Highest rated movies

      94% American Splendor
      89% The Book of Life
      89% Henry Fool
      87% Advantageous
      86% Dave Made a Maze
      83% The Sticky Fingers of Time
      80% From the Head
      78% Ned Rifle

      Photos

      James Urbaniak Pig Goat Banana Cricket, James Urbaniak, 'Prank Thy Neighbor', Season 1, Ep. #5, ©NICKCOM Pig Goat Banana Cricket, James Urbaniak (L), Candi Milo (R), ©NICKCOM Pig Goat Banana Cricket, James Urbaniak (L), Candi Milo (R), 'Angry Old Raisin', Season 1, Ep. #13, ©NICKCOM Pig Goat Banana Cricket, James Urbaniak, 'Prank Thy Neighbor', Season 1, Ep. #5, ©NICKCOM Pig Goat Banana Cricket, James Urbaniak (L), Candi Milo (R), ©NICKCOM Unforgettable, Poppy Montgomery (L), James Urbaniak (R), 'The Comeback', Season 1, Ep. #18, 03/20/2012, ©CBS Unforgettable, Poppy Montgomery (L), James Urbaniak (R), 'The Comeback', Season 1, Ep. #18, 03/20/2012, ©CBS HENRY FOOL, Thomas Jay Ryan, James Urbaniak, 1998 Dr. Ken, James Urbaniak (L), Ken Jeong (R), 'Ken Helps Pat', Season 1, Ep. #3, 10/16/2015, ©ABC Marvel's Agent Carter, James Urbaniak (L), Shea Whigham (R), 'Bridge and Tunnel', Season 1, Ep. #2, 01/06/2015, ©ABC Marvel's Agent Carter, James Urbaniak, 'Bridge and Tunnel', Season 1, Ep. #2, 01/06/2015, ©ABC Review, James Urbaniak (L), Andrew Daly (R), ©CC NED RIFLE, James Urbaniak, 2014 NED RIFLE, James Urbaniak, 2014 The Office, James Urbaniak (L), Rainn Wilson (R), 'Junior Salesman', Season 9, Ep. #13, 01/31/2013, ©NBC The Office, James Urbaniak (L), John Krasinski (C), Rainn Wilson (R), 'Junior Salesman', Season 9, Ep. #13, 01/31/2013, ©NBC FAY GRIM, James Urbaniak, 2006. ©Magnolia Pictures AMERICAN SPLENDOR, Paul Giamatti, James Urbaniak, 2003, (c) Fine Line HELLO LONESOME, l-r: Lynn Cohen, James Urbaniak, 2010, ©Film Movement

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      63% 55% Thelma the Unicorn Confused Fan (Voice) - 2024
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Puddysticks Unknown (Character) - 2024
      38% 81% The Country Club Victor Simmons (Character) - 2023
      40% 51% Condor's Nest Heinrich Himmler (Character) - 2023
      57% No Score Yet Gonzo Girl Unknown (Character) - 2023
      92% No Score Yet The Venture Bros.: Radiant Is the Blood of the Baboon Heart Dr. Venture (Voice) - 2023
      22% 0% BEAUTY Unknown (Character) - 2022
      38% 23% Things Heard & Seen Bram (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet For Madmen Only: The Stories of Del Close Self - 2020
      92% 80% For Madmen Only Self - 2020
      51% 74% Where'd You Go, Bernadette Agent Marcus Strang (Character) $9.2M 2019
      88% 70% Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay Professor Pyg (Voice) - 2018
      68% 55% Wonderstruck Dr. Kincaid, Rose's Father (Character) $1.0M 2017
      30% 64% Rebel in the Rye Gus Lobrano (Character) $376.7K 2017
      86% 70% Dave Made a Maze Harry (Character) $13.2K 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jack Jack (Character) - 2016
      78% 55% Ned Rifle Simon (Character) - 2015
      87% 72% Advantageous Fisher (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 33% Such Good People Dr. Cooper Whitehead Ph.D. (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 39% iSteve Bill Gates (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 5% The Occupants Glen (Character) - 2013
      80% 83% From the Head Danny (Character) - 2012
      67% 81% The Music Never Stopped Mike Tappin (Character) $258.1K 2011
      No Score Yet 65% Drones Pete (Character) - 2010
      71% 59% Hello Lonesome Gary (Character) - 2010
      44% 47% Beware the Gonzo Principal Roy (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 71% The Last Romantic Alex Sarvey (Character) - 2006
      47% 57% Fay Grim Simon Grim (Character) $61.8K 2006
      40% 40% Road Unknown (Character) - 2005
      41% 33% The Girl From Monday Funk (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fortunes Lewis Croshere (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 71% Briar Patch Druden Hunt (Character) - 2003
      94% 86% American Splendor Robert Crumb (Character) $6.0M 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Daypass Simple Simon (Character) - 2002
      30% 41% Teknolust Agent Hopper (Character) $28.8K 2002
      38% 28% Intern Olivier Di Santo (Character) $4.0K 2000
      77% 82% Sweet and Lowdown Harry (Character) $4.2M 1999
      89% 71% The Book of Life True Believer (Character) - 1998
      89% 83% Henry Fool Simon Grim (Character) $1.3M 1997
      83% 83% The Sticky Fingers of Time Isaac (Character) $20.1K 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet NYC 3/94 Unknown (Character) - 1994

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 72% 9-1-1: Lone Star Imp (Guest Star) 2021
      94% 89% Lodge 49 Unknown (Guest Star) 2019
      95% 87% Documentary Now! Unknown (Guest Star) 2019
      40% 68% Fam John (Guest Star) 2019
      No Score Yet 86% Criminal Minds Special Agent Owen Quinn (Guest Star) 2018
      95% 89% Elementary Dr. Leo Demopoulos (Guest Star) 2018
      96% 84% Difficult People Arthur Tack (Character) 2015-2017
      No Score Yet 86% Apollo Gauntlet Orenthal Bellenus (Voice) 2017
      95% 92% Review Grant (Character) 2014-2015 2017
      88% 47% Supergirl Maaldorian Doctor (Guest Star) 2017
      100% 94% Adventure Time Rat King/Leaf Beard (Guest Voice) 2014 2016
      95% 88% Brooklyn Nine-Nine Nick Lingeman (Guest Star) 2015
      7% 59% Dr. Ken James Miller (Guest Star) 2015
      29% No Score Yet Gigi Does It Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pig Goat Banana Cricket Nose Picker Fish (Guest Voice) 2015
      No Score Yet 89% The Adventures of Puss in Boots Unknown (Guest Voice) 2015
      86% 77% Marvel's Agent Carter Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 92% Comedy Bang! Bang! Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet 69% Hawaii Five-0 Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet 89% The Mentalist Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      93% 72% Scandal Mike Sylva (Character) 2013
      85% 86% Homeland Larry (Guest Star) 2011-2012
      93% 91% The Good Wife Judge Bernard Temple (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 55% Unforgettable Walter Morgan (Guest Star) 2012
      76% 60% Body of Proof Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 88% Wizards of Waverly Place Rob Robinson (Guest Star) 2011
      81% 89% The Office Rolf (Guest Star) 2009-2010
      70% 80% Weeds The Wizard (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 75% Medium Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 83% NCIS Dr. Rod Daniels (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 65% CSI: Miami Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      85% 86% Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet 93% Numb3ers Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      78% 81% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Wade Donato (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet 71% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      70% 78% Sex and the City Buster (Guest Star) 1999