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Stephen Harold Tobolowsky (born May 30, 1951) is an Americanmarker actor. He is well known for his role as Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day, as well as portraying Commissioner Hugo Jarry in Deadwood for nine episodes and Bob Bishop in Heroes for eleven episodes over the second and third seasons.

Early life

Tobolowsky was born and raised to a middle-class family in Dallasmarker, Texasmarker, and graduated from Justin F. Kimball High School in 1969. While attending high school, he was also a guitarist and back-up singer in the first band formed by musician Stevie Ray Vaughan and Stevie Ray's brother Jimmie Vaughan. Tobolowsky later graduated from Southern Methodist Universitymarker, majoring in theater, along with his friend Patricia Richardson.


Tobolowsky has appeared in over 200 films and at least as many television projects with mostly minor roles. In 1994's Radioland Murders, he portrayed Max Applewhite, a gentle sound man with a dark secret. He appeared on Seinfeld as Tor Eckman, Kramer's holistic healer, in the second season episode, "The Heart Attack". He is also known for playing Sammy Jankis in 2001's Memento, starring Guy Pearce. In 2005, he was the eponymous subject of the documentary film, Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party, that featured him preparing for, and hosting, his own birthday party, while delivering a series of anecdotes from his life. He was a member of the cast of NBC's television series Heroes for its second season, portraying Bob, the new boss of The Company.

Tobolowsky is well known for his role in the 1993 film, Groundhog Day, in which he played Bill Murray's annoying former high school classmate - and now insurance salesman - Ned Ryerson. Murray's character (Phil Connors) continuously runs into Ryerson when reliving the day of February 2. Tobolowsky reunited with Murray 11 years later, appearing in the movie version of the comic strip Garfield, playing the sinister dog trainer Happy Chapman, with Murray providing the voice of Garfield.

Tobolowsky has also been involved in theater; directing and acting in plays in New York Citymarker, San Franciscomarker and Los Angelesmarker. He has directed one movie, Two Idiots in Hollywood, based on his play of the same name. He also co-wrote the film True Stories with David Byrne. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for the 2002 revival of Morning's at Seven.

On October 29, 2009, Stephen started a new podcast on / called The Toboloswky Files, where he tells stories that are brought up by /Film writer David Chen, in a similar fashion to Tobolowsky's film Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party.

Personal life

On August 5, 2008, on the 11th episode of the /Filmcast, Tobolowsky revealed that he had been thrown off of a horse in Iceland and broke his neck in five places, but has since made a full recovery.





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