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Stephen Tobolowsky

"I did children's theatre for three years, 1977-1979. We played at a school where three kids were killed in race riots that week. We entered the school under police escort. People threw bottles and debris at us on stage, but we continued our show about racism."
Stephen Tobolowsky

"I would not have so many scripts being driven by demographics. The play's the thing - not the 18-35 year old male age group."
Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Harold Tobolowsky is an incredibly prolific character actor. He is perhaps the patron saint of Hey, It's That Guy!, having appeared in over 200 movies and TV episodes. He's perhaps best known for playing Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day, and has been seen rather recently in Glee as Sandy Ryerson. He also appeared in Memento as Sammy Jankis. He can currently be seen as a regular on The Mindy Project.

Stephen Tobolowsky is also a gifted storyteller, and has a storytelling Podcast called The Tobolowsky Files where he regales us with tales of life, love and the entertainment industry. These podcasts detail his emotional journeys through every aspect of Hollywood, while also recounting his personal relationships with friends, girlfriends, family and faith. They are often hilarious, heartwarming and tearjerking. You have been warned.

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  • Actor Allusion: Sandy Ryerson's last name is also that of Ned from Groundhog Day. This was intentional.
  • Badass
    • Took a Level in Badass: Remaining outwardly calm with a gun to his head in a grocery store and keeping the crazed gunman talking long enough for a SWAT team to swoop in for the rescue.
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Butt Monkey: Poor guy has had some pretty rotten stuff happen to him. Some of the more unusual and prominent situations he's been pulled into include being held hostage at gunpoint, being almost murdered twice, and breaking his neck in five places in Iceland.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When asked about the fact that he was almost murdered twice, he simply responded, "That's unusual."
  • Hey, It's That Guy!
  • Jewish and Nerdy
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor
  • Punch Spin Gape: In the DVD commentary for Groundhog Day, the director claims that all he had planned for the scene in which Bill Murray (playing Phil Conners) punches Tobolowski (playing Ned Ryerson) was just a simple faked punch. Toblowski, who admits he can be a Large Ham sometimes, turned it into a full-on spin-and-stare-directly-into-the-camera-then-fall maneuver in reaction to the punch. And did so on every single take they tried. Eventually, the director just threw it in.


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