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      Michael Chernus

      Michael Chernus

      Highest Rated: 100% The Courtroom (2022)

      Lowest Rated: 15% Jack and Diane (2012)

      Birthday: Aug 8, 1977

      Birthplace: Rocky River, Ohio, USA

      Best-known for his portrayal of Piper's slacker brother in "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix, 2013-), character actor Michael Chernus also played key roles in "Lovely by Surprise" (2007), "Captain Phillips" (2013) and "Manhattan" (WGN America, 2014-). Born in Rocky River, OH in 1977, Chernus studied at the Juilliard School's Drama Division before making his on-screen debut in indie family drama "Winter Passing" (2005). Two years later, Chernus was cast as Humkin, a fictional creation who escapes from the pages of a novel, in "Lovely by Surprise" (2007), and following minor roles in war tale "The Messenger" (2009), neo-noir sitcom "Bored to Death" (HBO, 2009-2011) and small-town drama "Nonames" (2010), he bagged his first recurring part as Ryan Flanagan in medical series "Mercy" (NBC, 2009-2010). After adding romantic comedy "Love and Other Drugs" (2010), sports drama "Coach" (2010) and Vera Farmiga's directorial debut "Higher Ground" (2011) to his filmography, Chernus enjoyed multi-episode stints on "Damages" (FX, 2007-2012) and "The Big C" (Showtime, 2010-13), and played electronics store clerk Jeffrey Price in "Men in Black III" (2012), NRAG investigator Arthur Ingram in "The Bourne Legacy" (2012) and real-life first officer Shane Murphy in "Captain Phillips" (2013). Chernus landed one of his most memorable roles in 2013 when he was cast as Piper's underachieving sibling Cal in "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix, 2013-). During his scene-stealing stint on the prison drama, Chernus also played himself in Hollywood satire "He's Way More Famous Than You" (2013), and appeared in a string of indie movies including "Mutual Friends" (2013), "Goodbye to All That" (2014) and "Alex of Venice" (2014). Chernus then signed on to play scientist Louis 'Fritz' Fedowitz in "Manhattan" (WGN America, 2014-), the 1940s-set period drama about the race to develop the first atomic bomb, worked with acclaimed directors Noah Baumbach on "Mistress America" (2015) and Cameron Crowe on "Aloha" (2015), and guested on "Nashville" (ABC, 2012-) and "Elementary" (CBS, 2012-) before showing up in comedy dramas "People Places Things" (2015) and "The Family Fang" (2015).

      Highest rated movies

      The Courtroom
      Molli and Max in the Future
      Captain Phillips Spider-Man: Homecoming The Kindergarten Teacher
      The Messenger
      Werewolves Within
      Glass Chin

      Photos

      Michael Chernus COMPLETE UNKNOWN, from left: Chris Lowell, Michael Chernus, Rachel Weisz, Azita Ghanizada (blue), director Joshua Marston (standing), Frank De Julio (vest), cinematographer Christos Voudouris (arms folded), Condola Rashad, on set, 2016. ph: Jason Robinette/© IFC Films The Big C, Michael Chernus, 'How Bazaar', Season 3, Ep. #7, 05/20/2012, ©SHO Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Christian Frazier (L), Michael Chernus (R), 'Parole Violations', Season 16, Ep. #17, 03/25/2015, ©NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Christian Frazier (L), Michael Chernus (R), 'Parole Violations', Season 16, Ep. #17, 03/25/2015, ©NBC Orange Is the New Black, Michael Chernus (L), Taylor Schilling (R), '40 OZ of Furlough', Season 2, Ep. #9, 06/06/2014, ©NETFLIX COMPLETE UNKNOWN, from left: Michael Chernus, Rachel Weisz, Azita Ghanizada, Frank De Julio, Condola Rashad, Omar Metwally, 2016. ph: Jeong Park/© IFC Films Orange Is the New Black, Tracee Chimo (L), Michael Chernus (C), Taylor Schilling (R), '40 OZ of Furlough', Season 2, Ep. #9, 06/06/2014, ©NETFLIX Orange Is the New Black, Michael Chernus, '40 OZ of Furlough', Season 2, Ep. #9, 06/06/2014, ©NETFLIX Orange Is the New Black, Tracee Chimo (L), Michael Chernus (C), Taylor Schilling (R), '40 OZ of Furlough', Season 2, Ep. #9, 06/06/2014, ©NETFLIX COMPLETE UNKNOWN, from left: Michael Chernus, Rachel Weisz, Frank De Julio, 2016. ph: Jeong Park/© IFC Films Nashville, Michael Chernus (L), Hayden Panettiere (C), Edward Amatrudo (R), 'They Don't Make 'Em Like My Daddy Anymore', Season 2, Ep. #15, 02/26/2014, ©ABC Orange Is the New Black, Michael Chernus, '40 OZ of Furlough', Season 2, Ep. #9, 06/06/2014, ©NETFLIX Orange Is the New Black, from left: Bill Hoag, Deborah Rush, Mary Looram, Michael Chernus, 'I Wasn't Ready', Season 1, Ep. #1, 07/11/2013, ©NETFLIX Nashville, Michael Chernus (L), Edward Amatrudo (C), Hayden Panettiere (R), 'They Don't Make 'Em Like My Daddy Anymore', Season 2, Ep. #15, 02/26/2014, ©ABC Nashville, Edward Amatrudo (L), Michael Chernus (R), 'They Don't Make 'Em Like My Daddy Anymore', Season 2, Ep. #15, 02/26/2014, ©ABC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Raul Esparza (L), Michael Chernus (R), 'Parole Violations', Season 16, Ep. #17, 03/25/2015, ©NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Michael Chernus, 'Parole Violations', Season 16, Ep. #17, 03/25/2015, ©NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Michael Chernus (L), Marin Ireland (R), 'Parole Violations', Season 16, Ep. #17, 03/25/2015, ©NBC THE MOST HATED WOMAN IN AMERICA, FROM LEFT: MICHAEL CHERNUS, PETER FONDA, MELISSA LEO, JUNO TEMPLE, 2017. PH: BETH DUBBER/© NETFLIX

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Out of My Mind Unknown (Character) - 2024
      98% 100% Molli and Max in the Future Unknown (Character) - 2023
      100% No Score Yet The Courtroom Unknown (Character) - 2022
      86% 80% Werewolves Within Pete (Character) $575.6K 2021
      71% No Score Yet Materna David (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inez & Doug & Kira Doug (Character) - 2019
      90% 67% The Kindergarten Teacher Grant Spinelli (Character) - 2018
      92% 87% Spider-Man: Homecoming Phineas Mason/The Tinkerer (Character) $334.4M 2017
      36% 40% The Most Hated Woman in America Jon Garth Murray (Character) - 2017
      46% 16% The Dinner Dylan Heinz (Character) $1.3M 2017
      51% 25% Complete Unknown Clyde (Character) $166.8K 2016
      83% 48% The Family Fang Kenny (Character) $240.1K 2015
      82% 66% Mistress America Dylan (Character) $2.4M 2015
      77% 71% People, Places, Things Gary (Character) $407.2K 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mutual Friends Chernus (Character) - 2014
      86% 44% Glass Chin Brian Colby (Character) - 2014
      64% 31% Goodbye to All That Freddie (Character) $9.0K 2014
      93% 89% Captain Phillips Shane Murphy (Character) $107.1M 2013
      15% 21% Jack and Diane Jaimie (Character) - 2012
      56% 58% The Bourne Legacy Arthur Ingram (Character) $113.2M 2012
      67% 70% Men in Black 3 Jeffrey Price (Character) $179.0M 2012
      82% 62% Higher Ground Ned (Character) $841.2K 2011
      No Score Yet 83% NoNAMES Danny (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 38% Coach Michael (Character) - 2010
      90% 75% The Messenger Alan (Character) $1.1M 2009
      No Score Yet 61% Lovely by Surprise Humkin (Character) - 2007

      TV

      Credit
      100% 88% Carol & the End of the World Eric (Voice) 2023
      97% 84% Little America Paul (Character) 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Accidental Wolf Unknown (Character) 2020-2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cinema Toast Man (Voice) 2021
      58% 87% Prodigal Son Jerry (Guest Star) 2021
      68% 68% Tommy Ken Rosey (Character) 2020
      90% 86% Easy Kyle (Character) 2016-2017 2019
      91% 89% Patriot Edward Tavner (Character) 2015 2017-2018
      91% 91% Manhattan Louis "Fritz" Fedowitz (Character) 2014-2015
      93% 90% The Good Wife Spencer Harman (Guest Star) 2015
      90% 82% Orange Is the New Black Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2013-2015
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jay Delaney (Guest Star) 2011 2015
      95% 88% Elementary Edwin Borstein (Guest Star) 2014
      91% 72% Nashville Callie Khouri (Guest Star) 2014
      94% 75% Royal Pains Pat McRevis (Guest Star) 2013
      81% 88% Nurse Jackie Louie (Guest Star) 2013