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Michael Ivan Cristofer (born 22 January 1945, Trenton, New Jersey) is an American playwright, filmmaker and actor. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play for The Shadow Box in 1977. Michael Cristofer was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and an Antoinette Perry “Tony” Award for the Broadway production of his play, The Shadow Box. Subsequent to New York, the play was produced in every major American city and worldwide from Europe to the Far East. Other plays include Breaking Up at Primary Stages; Ice at Manhattan Theatre Club; Black Angel at Circle Repertory Company; The Lady and the Clarinet starring Stockard Channing, produced by the Mark Taper Forum, Long Wharf Theater, Off-Broadway and on the London Fringe, and Amazing Grace starring Marsha Mason which received the American Theater Critics Award as the best play produced in the United States during the 1996-97 season. Cristofer’s film work includes the screenplays for The Shadow Box directed by Paul Newman (Golden Globe Award, Emmy nomination), Falling in Love, with Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro, The Witches of Eastwick with Jack Nicholson, The Bonfire of the Vanities directed by Brian De Palma, Breaking Up starring Russell Crowe and Salma Hayek, and Casanova starring Heath Ledger. His directing credits include Gia, for HBO Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, Mercedes Ruehl and Faye Dunaway which was nominated for five Emmys and for which he won a Director’s Guild Award. He next directed Body Shots starring Sean Patrick Flanery, Jerry O’Connell, Amanda Peet and Tara Reid and Original Sin starring Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas which was released in 2001. He is currently preparing to direct Fade Out from his own screenplay. For eight years he worked as artistic advisor and finally co-artistic director of River Arts Repertory in Woodstock, New York, a company which produced new plays by writers such as Richard Nelson, Mac Wellman, Len Jenkin, Eric Overmeyer and many others including the American premiere of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women–a production which later moved to Off-Broadway. Also at River Arts, he wrote stage adaptations of the films Love Me or Leave Me and the legendary Casablanca, and directed Joanne Woodward in his own adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts. His most recent work for the theater, The Whore and Mr. Moore, is in workshop at the Actor’s Studio where he is a member. Currently, Cristofer is a cast member on AMC's Rubicon, in which he plays Truxton Spangler.

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Michael Ivan Cristofer (born 22 January 1945, Trenton, New Jersey) is an American playwright, filmmaker and actor. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play for The Shadow Box in 1977. Michael Cristofer was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and an Antoinette Perry “Tony” Award for the Broadway production of his play, The Shadow Box. Subsequent to New York, the play was produced in every major American city and worldwide from Europe to the Far East. Other plays include Breaking Up at Primary Stages; Ice at Manhattan Theatre Club; Black Angel at Circle Repertory Company; The Lady and the Clarinet starring Stockard Channing, produced by the Mark Taper Forum, Long Wharf Theater, Off-Broadway and on the London Fringe, and Amazing Grace starring Marsha Mason which received the American Theater Critics Award as the best play produced in the United States during the 1996-97 season. Cristofer’s film work includes the screenplays for The Shadow Box directed by Paul Newman (Golden Globe Award, Emmy nomination), Falling in Love, with Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro, The Witches of Eastwick with Jack Nicholson, The Bonfire of the Vanities directed by Brian De Palma, Breaking Up starring Russell Crowe and Salma Hayek, and Casanova starring Heath Ledger. His directing credits include Gia, for HBO Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, Mercedes Ruehl and Faye Dunaway which was nominated for five Emmys and for which he won a Director’s Guild Award. He next directed Body Shots starring Sean Patrick Flanery, Jerry O’Connell, Amanda Peet and Tara Reid and Original Sin starring Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas which was released in 2001. He is currently preparing to direct Fade Out from his own screenplay. For eight years he worked as artistic advisor and finally co-artistic director of River Arts Repertory in Woodstock, New York, a company which produced new plays by writers such as Richard Nelson, Mac Wellman, Len Jenkin, Eric Overmeyer and many others including the American premiere of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women–a production which later moved to Off-Broadway. Also at River Arts, he wrote stage adaptations of the films Love Me or Leave Me and the legendary Casablanca, and directed Joanne Woodward in his own adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts. His most recent work for the theater, The Whore and Mr. Moore, is in workshop at the Actor’s Studio where he is a member. Currently, Cristofer is a cast member on AMC's Rubicon, in which he plays Truxton Spangler.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 31

Birthday 1945-01-22

Place of Birth North Trenton - New Jersey - USA

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Also Known As

  • Michael Ivan Cristofer

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 Year by the Sea as Robin
2016 The Adderall Diaries as Paul Hora
2015 Chronic as John
2015 The Girl in the Book as Dad
2015 Mr. Robot(1 episode) as Himself - Phillip Price
2015 Mr. Robot(12 episodes) as Philip Price
2015 Mr. Robot(4 episodes) as Phillip Price
2014 Emoticon as Walter Nevins
2012 Elementary(1 episode) as Isaac Pike
2011 American Horror Story(1 episode) as Harrison Renard
2011 American Horror Story(1 episode) as Mr. Foxx
2010 The Other Woman as Sheldon Greenleaf
2010 Rubicon(13 episodes)
1995 Die Hard: With a Vengeance as Jarvis
1978 An Enemy of the People as Hovstad
1977 The Andros Targets(1 episode)
1976 The Last of Mrs. Lincoln as Robert Lincoln
1976 The Entertainer as Frank
1975 Doctors' Hospital(1 episode)
1974 The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder as Alessini (as Michael Ivan Cristofer)
1974 Lincoln as John Nicolay
1973 Kojak(1 episode)
1972 The Rookies(1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke(2 episodes)

Writing

2017 ChuckScreenplay
2009 Eastwick(1 episode)Writer
2001 Original SinScreenplay
1998 GiaWriter
1997 Breaking UpScreenplay
1997 Breaking UpTheatre Play
1993 Mr. JonesScreenplay
1990 The Bonfire of the VanitiesScreenplay
1987 The Witches of EastwickScreenplay
1984 Falling in LoveScreenplay

Directing

2001 Original SinDirector
1999 Body ShotsDirector
1998 GiaDirector

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