David Krumholtz (born May 15, 1978) is an American actor and comedian. He played Mr. Universe in Serenity, Charlie Eppes in the CBS drama series Numb3rs, and starred in the Harold & Kumar and Santa Clause film franchises.
Krumholtz was born in Queens, New York City. He is the son of Michael, a postal worker, and Judy Krumholtz, a dental assistant. He grew up in a “very working-class, almost poor”, Jewish family. His paternal grandparents had immigrated from Poland, and his mother moved from Hungary to the U.S. in 1956.
At the age of 13, Krumholtz followed his friends to an open audition for the Broadway play Conversations with My Father (1992). When he tried out, he won the role of Young Charlie, with Judd Hirsch, Tony Shalhoub and Jason Biggs, who was also making his Broadway debut. Soon after his run on Broadway, Krumholtz co-starred in two feature films, Life With Mikey (1993) with Michael J. Fox and Addams Family Values (1993) with Christina Ricci. For his role in Mikey, David was nominated for a 1993 Young Artist Award. Although his work in these two films garnered him critical attention, David is probably best known by children as the sarcastic head elf Bernard from The Santa Clause (1994) and its first sequel The Santa Clause 2 (2002). However, due to a scheduling conflict, he could not reprise the role in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006). In 1994, Krumholtz co-starred in his first television series, Monty, with Henry Winkler; the show lasted only a few episodes. Krumholtz later starred in several short-lived series over the years. Along the way, he had the opportunity to work with Jason Bateman (Chicago Sons, 1997), Tom Selleck (The Closer, 1998), Jon Cryer (The Trouble with Normal, 2000), and Rob Lowe (The Lyon's Den, 2003). In 2005, he finally found television success with the CBS series Numb3rs. Along with his starring roles on television, Krumholtz made guest appearances on ER as schizophrenic patient Paul Sobriki, as well as on Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Lucky, Freaks and Geeks, and Undeclared.
He broke out of the children's movie genre with The Ice Storm (1997), directed by Ang Lee, and Slums of Beverly Hills (1998), starring Alan Arkin and Natasha Lyonne. In 1999, Krumholtz starred as Michael Eckman in the popular teen movie 10 Things I Hate About You with Larisa Oleynik, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Julia Stiles, and Heath Ledger. That same year, he portrayed a completely different teen character – that of Yussel, a young conflicted Jewish man in Liberty Heights (1999).
It was the role of Yussel that brought Krumholtz to the attention of actor and filmmaker Edward Burns, who cast him in the independent film Sidewalks of New York (2001). Playing the romantic and slightly obsessed Benny, Krumholtz was on a path to larger, more complex film roles. His first role as a leading man was in the romantic comedy You Stupid Man (2002), opposite Milla Jovovich. Although never released theatrically in the United States, You Stupid Man, directed by Edward Burns's brother Brian Burns, was released on DVD (2006). Krumholtz carried his first leading role in a released American film when he starred Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie (2002), which premiered on FX Networks.
Big Shot was a true story based on the Arizona State University basketball fixing scandal in 1994. Krumholtz played Benny Silman, a college student and campus bookmaker, who was jailed for his part in shaving points off key Arizona State basketball games. Benny was unlike any character Krumholtz had played before; and he garnered critical praise for his performance, proving that he was not just a sidekick.
In 2005, Krumholtz played Max in My Suicidal Sweetheart (formerly Max and Grace), once again starring opposite actress Natasha Lyonne. Krumholtz also returned to smaller key roles in the successful films Ray (2004) and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004). In September 2005, he was seen in Joss Whedon's science fiction film Serenity as "Mr. Universe", a hacker and information broker. Most recently, in early 2006, Krumholtz's 2003 film Kill the Poor screened in New York City at IFC Center and across the country on Comcast's On Demand cable service.
From 2005 to 2010, Krumholtz starred on the CBS television show Numb3rs. Krumholtz portrayed Charlie Eppes, a genius who used mathematics to help his FBI agent brother Don (Rob Morrow) solve crimes. The cast of Numbers also included Judd Hirsch and Peter MacNicol, who appeared with Krumholtz in Addams Family Values as a camp counselor. Hirsch is a veteran of three other TV series produced by Paramount Television. critic Matt Roush (TV Guide) called Krumholtz's work on Numbers "probably his best TV work to date". Numbers was cancelled by CBS on May 18, 2010. He starred in Tax Man on Fox but was not picked up to series. He starred in The Playboy Club on NBC in 2011, but the show was cancelled after three episodes.
In 2012, Krumholtz was cast opposite Michael Urie in CBS' comedy TV series Partners but the show was cancelled after six episodes. In 2015, he played the titular role wearing heavy prosthetics as an elderly Jewish woman in the IFC comedy series Gigi Does It.
In recent years, he has had minor roles in the Coen brothers films Hail Caesar! (2016) and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), while also appearing in films such as This Is the End (2013), The Judge (2014), Sausage Party (2016), and Wonder Wheel (2017).
He had a prominent recurring role as adult filmmaker Harvey Wasserman in the first two seasons of the HBO drama series The Deuce, before being promoted to a series regular for the third season. In 2020, he appeared as a series regular playing Monty Levin in the HBO miniseries The Plot Against America.
Starting in 2020, Krumholtz began releasing rap music with the group Hemogoblin under the moniker Beengod Stillgod.
On May 22, 2010, Krumholtz married actress Vanessa Britting (born Vanessa Almeda Goonan), at The Plaza Hotel in New York City; they had been engaged since July 2008. They have a daughter, Pemma Mae Krumholtz, who was born in 2014 and a son Jonas born in 2016.
In July 2011, Krumholtz was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. He began a radioactive iodine treatment five months later. At the end of January 2012, he was pronounced cancer-free.
|1993||Life With Mikey||Barry Corman|
|1993||Addams Family Values||Joel Glicker|
|1994||The Santa Clause||Head Elf Bernard|
|1997||The Ice Storm||Francis Davenport|
|1998||Slums of Beverly Hills||Ben Abromowitz|
|1999||10 Things I Hate About You||Michael Eckman|
|2000||How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog||Brian Sellars|
|Sidewalks of New York||Benjamin Bazler|
|Two Can Play That Game||Jason|
|According to Spencer||Ezra|
|2002||Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie||Benny Silman||Television film|
|You Stupid Man||Owen|
|The Santa Clause 2||Head Elf Bernard|
|Kill the Poor||Joe Peltz|
|2004||Looking for Kitty||Abe Fiannico|
|Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle||Goldstein|
|2005||Guess Who||Jerry MacNamara||Uncredited|
|My Suicidal Sweetheart||Max|
|2006||American Storage||Kurt||Short film|
|The Nail||Daniel||Short film|
|Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny||Frat boy #2||Uncredited|
|Battle for Terra||Terrian Commander (voice)|
|Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Schwartzberg|
|2008||Demption||Detective Joseph Schneider||Short film|
|Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay||Goldstein|
|2009||I Love You, Man||Sydney's buddy #3||Uncredited|
|2011||Mr. Popper's Penguins||Kent|
|A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas||Goldstein|
|The Big Ask||Andrew|
|This Is the End||Himself|
|2014||The Judge||Mike Kattan|
|2015||I Saw the Light||James Dolan|
|2016||Hail, Caesar!||Communist screenwriter #4|
|Sausage Party||Kareem Abdul Lavash (voice)|
|Casual Encounters||Sammy Deetz|
|2018||A Futile and Stupid Gesture||Time-Life Publisher|
|The Ballad of Buster Scruggs||Frenchman in Saloon||Segment: "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"|
|2019||Frances Ferguson||Group Therapy Leader|
|Crown Vic||Stroke Adams|
|2020||Asking for It||The Cop|
|1993||Law & Order||Scott Fisher||Episode: "Sweeps"|
|1994||Monty||David Richardson||5 episodes|
|1995||Pig Sty||Timmy||Episode: "Tess Makes the Man"|
|1997||Chicago Sons||Billy Kulchak||13 episodes|
|1997||Justice League of America||Martin Walters||Pilot|
|1997||Union Square||Russell||2 episodes|
|1998||The Closer||Bruno Verma||10 episodes|
|2000–2002||ER||Paul Sobriki||3 episodes|
|2000||The Trouble with Normal||Bob Wexler||13 episodes|
|2000||Freaks and Geeks||Barry Schweiber||Episode: "Noshing and Moshing"|
|2003||The Lyon's Den||Jeff Fineman||13 episodes|
|2005–2010||Numb3rs||Charlie Eppes||118 episodes|
|2007||Wainy Days||Ortez||Episode: "Tough Guy"|
|2010||Tax Man||The Terminator||Not picked up to series|
|2010||Law & Order: SVU||Dr. Vincent Prochik||Episode: "Wet"|
|2011||The Playboy Club||Billy Rosen||7 episodes|
|2012||Raising Hope||Carl||2 episodes|
|2012||Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23||Patrick Kelly||Episode: "Shitagi Nashi..."|
|2012||The Newsroom||Dr. Jacob "Jack" Habib||3 episodes|
|2012||Partners||Joe Goodman||13 episodes|
|2012||Childrens Hospital||Dookie||Episode: "Wisedocs"|
|2013–2014||The League||Joel Cocque||2 episodes|
|2014||Newsreaders||Mark Jones||Episode: "Motorboating Dads; the Negative $100,000 Question"|
|2014||Key & Peele||Terrorist #3||Episode: "Terrorist Meeting"|
|2014||Men at Work||Myron||5 episodes|
|2014–2016||The Good Wife||Josh Mariner||7 episodes|
|2015||Forever||1984 Abe||Episode: "Punk is Dead"|
|2015||Gigi Does It||Gigi||8 episodes; also co-creator and executive producer|
|2015||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Himself||Episode: "David Krumholtz Wears a Blue Zip-Up Jacket and Grey Sneakers"|
|2015||Master of None||Nathan||Episode: "Plan B"|
|2015–2016||Mom||Gregory Muchnick||5 episodes|
|2015–2017||All Hail King Julien||Timo, Mom-Bot / Additional voices||30 episodes|
|2016||The Interestings||Ethan Figman||Pilot|
|2017–2019||The Deuce||Harvey Wasserman||20 episodes|
|2017||Difficult People||Ray||Episode: "Criminal Minds"|
|2018||Living Biblically||Rabbi Gil Ableman||13 episodes|
|2018||Star vs. the Forces of Evil||Cobalt Ferrero (voice)||Episode: "Is Another Mystery/Marco Jr."|
|2018||Billions||Frotty Anisman||Episode: "Redemption"|
|2019||At Home with Amy Sedaris||Angelo DiBeverly||Episode: "Game Night"|
|2020||Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens||Jerry Harrison||Episode: "Launch Party"|
|2020||The Plot Against America||Monty Levin||6 episodes|
|2020||The Twilight Zone||Mayor John Conway||Episode: "A Small Town"|
|2021||WWE Monday Night Raw||Fake Drew McIntyre||Episode: "Jan 18th, 2021"|
|1992–1993||Conversations with My Father||Young Charlie||Royale Theatre|
March 22, 1992 – March 14, 1993
|2011||Copenhagen||Werner Heisenberg||LA Theatre Works|
|2013||The Columnist||David Halberstam||LA Theatre Works|