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Michael Lerner (born June 22, 1941) is an American actor.


Lerner was born in Brooklyn, New Yorkmarker of Romanianmarker Jewish descent, the son of Blanche and George Lerner, who was a fisherman and antiques dealer. He was raised in Bensonhurstmarker and Red Hookmarker. His brother, Ken Lerner, is also an actor. After graduating from Brooklyn Collegemarker and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Lerner began participating in a number plays in San Franciscomarker. At the age of 24 he gave a bravura performance as Hieronymous the Miser in a KPFA radio production of Michel de Ghelderode’s Breugelesque play, Red Magic.

During the seventies, Lerner began making several guest appearances in shows such as The Brady Bunch, The Odd Couple and M*A*S*H. He appeared in three episodes of The Rockford Files. In 1970 Michael made his film debut in the Donald Sutherland picture Alex in Wonderland. He then went to appear in supporting roles in various Hollywoodmarker movies such as Robert Redford's The Candidate, Charles Bronson's St. Ives and Jack Nicholson's The Postman Always Rings Twice.In 1991, after co-starring in the Eddie Murphy comedy Harlem Nights, Michael played film producer Jack Lipnick in the Coen Brothers' Barton Fink, a performance for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Michael's recent projects include the Christmas comedy Elf and Poster Boy, as well as appearing in television programs such as Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Entourage.

British audiences know him best for his role in a 1990s TV ad for Heineken lager stating: "You like the limo? It's yours".

In 2002 he appeared in Londonmarker`s West End production of Up for Grabs with Madonna.Michael also appeared on Radio Four in 2008 as a member of the cast of David Quantick's Radio Four's series One.



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