Jack Plotnick
Jack Stuart Plotnick

(1968-10-30) October 30, 1968 (age 52)
Years active1995–present

Jack Stuart Plotnick (born October 30, 1968) is an American film and television actor, writer, and producer.


Plotnick is possibly best known for his role as Edmund Kay in the 1998 period drama Gods and Monsters, which won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and recurring roles on the television series Ellen and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, his role as part of the main cast of Drawn Together, his leading performance in the film Wrong[1] and his drag persona, "Evie Harris" in Girls Will Be Girls.[2] He had a recurring role on The Mentalist as Red John suspect Brett Partridge. Plotnick directed and co-wrote the 2014 science fiction comedy Space Station 76.[3]

Personal life

Plotnick was born in Worthington, Ohio, the youngest of four children, and graduated from Worthington High School in 1987. He attended Carnegie Mellon University. Plotnick was raised Jewish,[4] and is openly gay.[5]


Along with co-stars Miss Coco Peru and Varla Jean Merman, Plotnick shared the Best Actor Grand Jury Award at Outfest 2003 and "Best Actress" honors at the 2003 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival for his role in Girls Will Be Girls.


Notable or recurring television roles

Mr. Show- Button Gwinnett

Select film roles

Other Work

Plotnick performed in the July 2012 edition of Don't Tell My Mother! (Live Storytelling), a monthly showcase in which actors, authors, screenwriters and comedians share true stories they would never want their mothers to know.[6]

In 2015 he released the e-book New Thoughts for Actors which he offers for free, writing "I wrote it as a way to give back to my community."[7]

In 2018, he made a cameo in Brandon Rodgers' A Day at the Beach as Lyle Lemon. The video is currently on YouTube and has over 4 million views. He was also featured in Brandon Rodgers’ “North Pole Complaints (Offensive)” as Tiny Toni. As of right now, the video has 1.1 million views. In 2019, he made a cameo as Coach Best in Brandon Rogers' Blame the Hero episode 3 and 7.


  1. ^ Mancini, Vince (January 18, 2013), Daily Weirdness: Quentin Dupieux's 'Wrong' and 'Wrong Cops', with Marilyn Manson
  2. ^ Mackie, Drew (August 28, 2006), Jack Plotnick Is More Than "That Guy From Ellen", retrieved 2008-02-27
  3. ^ Variety Film Review: 'Space Station 76' by Joe Leydon
  4. ^ "Q & A with Jack Plotnick--Comedian, Actor and Acting Guru".
  5. ^ "Jack Plotnick on Acting 'Straight'". Brains of Minerva: The Guide to the L. A. Actor Hustle. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Telling Secrets for Laughs at Band Comedy Theatre". Retrieved 24 July 2012.
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