Michael Kostroff Biography
Michael Kostroff is an American actor. He has done both Film and television best known for the role as defense attorney Maurice Levy on the hit HBO show The Wire. Michaels’ other TV credits include The Closer, Veronica Mars, Boston Legal, and ER. He once performed as the swindling Thenardier in the national tour of Les Miserables from 2002 to 2003. He became a writer for Backstage, giving advice to actors in his columns.
Michael Kostroff Age | Parents |Siblings
in New York City, New York, USA. He is 57 years old. Michael has a sister Nina Kostroff Noble who is a producer. Noble is the daughter of mother Pat Curtice who worked as an Assistant Director on commercials and father Larry Kostroff who worked in the film industry in various positions including as producer.
Michael Kostroff Career
Before fame, he performed as the swindling Thenardier in the national tour of Les Miserables from 2002 to 2003. From 2002 to 2003, Kostroff performed in the first national tour of Mel Brooks’ Broadway hit The Producers, and from 2003 to 2004, he played the comic villain Thénardier in the touring company of Les Misérables. Kostroff is the author of the book, Letters from Backstage, a chronicle of his time on the road. He also volunteered on the Barack Obama campaign.
Kostroff is the brother of Nina Kostroff Noble, a television producer who was an executive producer of The Wire. He guests stars on the Disney Channel series Sonny with a Chance as Marshall Pike, the executive producer and the creator of So Random!. Kostroff is an active member of the Musical Theatre Guild. It is a Los Angeles–based theatre company that performs rarely seen musicals, where he was part of the touring production of Les Misérables as Monsieur Thénardier. Kostroff writes a Backstage advice column for actors.
Michael Kostroff Wife
Michael is married to Jenny Kostroff.
Michael Kostroff and his wife
Michael Kostroff Movies And Tv Shows
|1989||Return from the River Kwai||Radio Man||Unreleased in the US|
|1997||Liar Liar||Tom the Attorney|
|2011||Hit List||Mr. Weller|
|2014||Best Man in the Dark||Ricky Feruci|
|2016||Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer||Steve Goldfarb|
|Hard Sell||Mr. Harrison|
|2017||Molly’s Game||Louis Butterman|
|2018||Most Likely to Murder||Uncle Fred|
|1980||The Dream Merchants||Brooklyn A.D.||Mini-series; 2 episodes|
|1992||Knots Landing||Orderly #1||Episode: “Dedicated to the One I Love”|
|1994||The Steven Banks Show||Pepper||Episode: “Miss Janie Regrets”|
|1995||Partners||Harried Man||Episode: “City Hall”|
Episode: “Who’s the Boss: Part 2”
|1998||Dharma & Greg||Lou||Episode: “Much Ado During Nothing”|
|1999||Ladies Man||Alan||Episode: “No Cinco, Seis!”|
|Port Charles||Johnny LaLa|
|2000–2001||The Geena Davis Show||Mr. Kern||Episode: “Motherly Advice”
Episode: “Momma Bear”
Episode: “White Moms Can’t Jump”
|2001||Providence||Floral Designer||Episode: “You Can Count on Me”|
|Men, Women & Dogs||Steve||Episode: “Sick as a Dog”|
|Felicity||Bill||Episode: “A Perfect Match”|
|2001–2003||The King of Queens||Mr. Thompson||Episode: “No Retreat”
Episode: “Food Fight”
Episode: “Affidavit Justice”
|2002||Malcolm in the Middle||Toadie||Episode: “Company Picnic: Part 1”
Episode: “Company Picnic: Part 2”
|2002–2008||The Wire||Maurice Levy||Recurring (seasons 1-4)/Main (season 5) cast; 21 episodes|
|2004||The West Wing||Richard Squire||Episode: “A Change Is Gonna Come”|
|8 Simple Rules||Photographer||Episode: “A Very C.J. Christmas”|
|2005||ER||Community Theater Director||Episode: “The Show Must Go On”|
|The Inside||Rick Byers||Episode: “The Perfect Couple”|
|Episode: “The Ass Fat Jungle”; uncredited
Episode: “Helping Hands”
|Veronica Mars||Mr. Pope||Episode: “Cheatty Cheatty Bang Bang”
Episode: “Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner”
Episode: “The Quick and the Wed”
|2006||Charmed||Mr. Metcalf||Episode: “Payback’s a Witch”; uncredited|
|Commander in Chief||Reporter Cy||Episode: “State of the Unions”|
|The Closer||Dr. Aaron Sands||Episode: “Heroic Measures”|
|Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip||David Langenfeld||Episode: “Nevada Day: Part 1”
Episode: “Nevada Day: Part 2”
|2007||In Case of Emergency||Mr. Hunt||Episode: “Stuck in Amber”|
|The Wedding Bells||Milton Crest||Episode: “Partly Cloudy, with a Chance of Disaster”|
|Life||McAllister||Episode: “A Civil War”|
|2008||Without a Trace||Dr. Cappell||Episode: “Hard Reset”|
|Eli Stone||Judge Timothy Nelson||Episode: “Help!”|
|Dan’s Detour of Life||Dan Ford||Lead role; unsold pilot|
|2009–2010||Sonny with a Chance||Marshall Pike||Recurring role; 15 episodes|
|2009||Brothers & Sisters||Realtor||Episode: “From France with Love”|
|2010||Cold Case||Wilson Katz (1974)||Episode: “The Runaway Bunny”|
|The Middle||Steve||Episode: “TV or Not TV”|
|Party Down||Jeff Gold||Episode: “Jackal Onassis Backstage Party”|
|Sons of Tucson||Mr. Shuldiner||Episode: “Chicken Pox”|
|Weeds||Stroller Salesman||Episode: “A Yippity Sippity”|
|2011–present||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Evan Braun||Recurring role; 6 episodes|
|2012||NYC 22||Brandon Ken||Episode: “Self Cleaning Oven”|
|Damages||Judge Richard Gearheart||Recurring role; 5 episodes|
|Made in Jersey||Hank||Episode: “Ridgewell”|
|2013||Blue Bloods||Mr. Wojcik||Episode: “Framed”|
|Banshee||Wicks Vanderwick||Episode: “Wicks”|
|2013–2016||The Good Wife||Charles Froines||Episode: “The Bit Bucket”
Episode: “Parallel Construction, Bitches”
Episode: “All Tapped Out”
|2014||The Actress||Dr. Hersham||Episode: “The Dermatologist”|
|Black Box||Jacob Myers||Episode: “Jerusalem”|
|F to 7th||Mike||Episode: “Deny, Deny, Deny”
Episode: “Down to Zero”
|Louie||Subway Man||Episode: “Pamela: Part 1”|
|Gotham||Officer Tannenbaum||Episode: “Pilot”|
|2015||The Blacklist||Det. Martin Wilcox||Episode: “Ruslan Denisov”
Episode: “The Deer Hunter”
Episode: “The Major”
Episode: “Tom Keen”
|Deadbeat||Barrold Weinbergerstein||Episode: “Last Dance with Edith Jane”
Episode: “The Blowfish Job”
Episode: “The Polaroid Flasher”
|Elementary||Perry Franklin||Episode: “The Best Way Out Is Always Through”|
|2016||Bosch||Hank Myers||Episode: “Victim of the Night”|
|Vinyl||Allen Charnitski||Episode: “E.A.B.”|
|Luke Cage||Dr. Noah Burstein||Recurring role; 4 episodes|
|Madam Secretary||Ambassador Chuck Willis||Episode: “Tectonic Shift”|
|2017||The Wizard of Lies||Peter Madoff||TV movie|
|2017–present||The Deuce||Rizzi||Recurring role; 8 episodes|
|2018||Instinct||John Raymond||Episode: “Blast from the Past”|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||Robert Fenton||Episode: “A Diamond in the Rough”|
|2018–present||Indoor Boys||Richard||Recurring role; 3 episodes|
|Billions||Mick Nussfaur||Episode: “Hell of a Ride”
Episode: “Maximum Recreational Depth”
Michael Kostroff Net Worth
Kostroff is an American actor who has a net worth of $1 million.
Michael Kostroff The Wire
Maurice “Maury” Levy is a fictional character in the HBO drama The Wire, played by Michael Kostroff. He is a skilled defense attorney and was kept on retainer by the Barksdale Organization, representing the organization’s members at trials and advising Avon Barksdale and Stringer Bell on how to avoid investigations for drug trafficking. Levy is corrupt and unscrupulous, willing to aid his clients in furtherance of their criminal activity.
Michael Kostroff Billions
Billions is an American television drama series created by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and Andrew Ross Sorkin, starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, that premiered on Showtime on January 17, 2016. Michael appeared in Billions as Mick Nussfaur. Other recurring roles include Terry Kinney as Hall: a fixer on Axelrod’s payroll who went into hiding after Axelrod’s arrest in the finale of season 2 and returned in the middle of season 3, Ben Shenkman as Ira Schirmer: an attorney and a former law school classmate of Chuck and Dennis Boutsikaris as Kenneth Malverne, a rival of Axelrod’s who leads a competing hedge fund.
Michael Kostroff Blacklist
Kostroff portrayed Martin Wilcox in Blacklist which is an American crime thriller television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader), a former U.S. Navy officer turned high-profile criminal, voluntarily surrenders to the FBI after eluding capture for decades.
Michael Kostroff Books
- Audition Psych 101 2017
- Letters from Backstage: The Adventures of a Touring Stage Actor 2005
Michael Kostroff Workshop
Kostroff de-terrorizes the audition process — from preparation to callback — in a unique four-hour interactive lecture that uses common sense, blunt reality, humor, and a pro-actor sensibility to help actors conquer the mental gremlins that get in the way. In the decade since its inception, thousands of performers all over the country have attended Audition Psych 101, describing it as mind-blowing, practical, inspiring, eye-opening, laugh-inducing, and career-changing.
Michael Kostroff The Deuce
The Deuce is an American drama television series created by David Simon and George Pelecanos. The series’ pilot began filming in October 2015 and was commissioned in January 2016. It is broadcast by the premium cable network HBO in the United States and premiered on September 10, 2017. HBO made the pilot available through its video-on-demand services and affiliate portals on August 25, 2017. Michael as Rizzi, a desk sergeant in Alston and Flanagan’s precinct. Olivia Luccardi as Melissa, an immature sex worker who worked for Reggie Love and then for C.C. (recurring seasons 1–2, main season 3).
Michael Kostroff Sonny With A Chance
Kostroff stars on the Disney Channel Original Series Sonny With a Chance as Marshall Pike, the executive producer of So Random!. Sonny with a Chance is an American sitcom created by Steve Marmel which aired for two seasons on Disney Channel from February 8, 2009, to January 2, 2011. The series follows the experiences of teenager Sonny Munroe, portrayed by Demi Lovato, who becomes the newest accepted cast member of her favorite live comedy television show, So Random!.
Michael Kostroff Special Victims Unit
Michael Kostroff Luke Cage
Kostroff portrayed Noah Burstein in the Luke Cage episodes Step in the Arena, DWYCK, Take It Personal and You Know My Steez. Marvel’s Luke Cage, or simply Luke Cage, is an American web television series created for Netflix by Cheo Hodari Coker, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise and is the third in a series of shows that lead to The Defenders crossover miniseries. The series is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios, with Coker serving as showrunner.
Michael Kostroff Banshee
Michael Kostroff Hairspray
Kostroff portrayed Tracy’s mother Edna Turnblad in the hit musical Hairspray. Hairspray is an American musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on John Waters’s 1988 film of the same name. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and “downtown” rhythm and blues. In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight, and meets a colorful group of characters, leading to social change as Tracy campaigns for the show’s integration.
Michael Kostroff Gotham
He portrayed Officer Tannenbaum on Gotham. Season 1 “Pilot” Officer Tannenbaum. Gotham is an American crime drama television series developed by Bruno Heller and based on characters published by DC Comics and appearing in the Batman franchise, primarily those of James Gordon and Bruce Wayne.
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Alex Wyse, Wesley Taylor, Krysta Rodriguez Win 2019 Indie Series Awards for Indoor Boys
Both seasons of the streaming comedy are available on Vimeo.
For the second consecutive year, Indoor Boys—the streaming comedy from the minds of stage favorites Alex Wyse and Wesley Taylor—picked up Indie Series Awards.
The show took home four awards in total at the 10th annual ceremony April 3, including Best Comedy Series. Wyse (Waitress, Spring Awakening) and Taylor (Alice By Heart, SpongeBob SquarePants) also won Best Writing – Comedy, with Krysta Rodriguez (Spring Awakening, Smash) and Michael Kostroff (The Nance) earning Best Guest Actress and Best Guest Actor in the comedy categories.
Wyse and Taylor, along with Carolee Carmello, Veanne Cox, Michael Tacconi, Rana Roy, Frankie Grande, and Kyle Harris, were additionally nominated for their performances in the series’ second season.
Indoor Boys, available to stream on Vimeo, follows two single, gay roommates navigating life and dating—and the boundaries of their friendship—in Los Angeles in the first season and then in Manhattan in Season 2.
Taylor takes on the role of the Mad Hatter in Off-Broadway’s Alice By Heart; the MCC Theater production runs through April 7. Wyse will soon be seen in Hartford Stage’s world premiere production of The Flamingo Kid.
Note: This biography is based on the available information as of 2023, and real-time updates or developments are being updated by our editorial team.