Michael Aronov
Born (1976-05-04) May 4, 1976 (age 47)
EducationSouthern Methodist University (BFA)
Occupation(s)Actor, playwright
Notable workTony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play

Michael Aronov (born May 4, 1976) is an American actor who has worked in film, television and theatre.[1][2] In 2017, he won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role as Uri Savir in the Broadway play Oslo. He is also known for playing the role of Anton Baklanov, a refusenik scientist in The Americans.

Early life

Aronov was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and he is Jewish.[3][4] He grew up in Miami, Florida and graduated from the city's New World School of the Arts.[5][6][7] In 1998 he graduated with a B.F.A in theatre at Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.[8][9]


Aronov spent three seasons on the award-winning series The Americans playing a physicist who is torn from his family and exiled as a political prisoner.[10] In 2017 The Blacklist brought him on as a new member to the show's cast, playing Smokey Putnum, the lovable hustler and sidekick to James Spader.[11] Aronov was also recurring as right-hand-man to John Malkovich in Showtime's Billions.[12] Aronov is currently playing one of the leads in a new series for Cinemax called Jett[13] and was recently seen opposite Ben Kingsley and Oscar Isaac on the big screen in Operation Finale.[14]

In film, Aronov is known for his role as Chovka, the Chechen warlord and head gangster opposite Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini in The Drop (2014).[15] Other films include Lbs.,[16] Amexicano and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The actor also played Danny Raden - a series lead opposite Larenz Tate in BET's original pilot, Gun Hill.[17] Aronov's other television work includes Count Vincent of Naples in the series Reign, Danny Lambros on The Good Wife, Michael Cahill on Person of Interest, Ricky Vintano on Blue Bloods, billionaire Brice Hunter on Without a Trace and recurring roles on Madam Secretary and The Closer.

For his stage work Aronov received the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play in 2017 for his role as Uri Savir in the Broadway play Oslo.[18] He was also honored with the Lucille Lortel Award,[19] the Obie Award, and received Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Oslo.[2] Prior to that the actor originated the role of Paul in Lyle Kessler's First Born at The Actors Studio in New York. He won "The Elliot Norton Award - Best Actor", for originating the lead role in Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius.[20] On Broadway he appeared as Siggie, in the Tony-nominated revival of Golden Boy (2012-2013), directed by Bartlett Sher. He worked with Sher and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts yet again, playing Gromov, in the American premiere of Blood and Gifts (2011). Aronov was also seen in his solo-show Manigma (2010, 2006), in New York City.[21] In Europe he portrayed Stanley Kowalski in the classic A Streetcar Named Desire (2009). The actor also took on Jean in Miss Julie (2004) at the Cherry Lane Theatre, Dionysus in The Bacchae 2.1 (2001); and Edgar in an award-winning production of King Lear (1999).



Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Beat Vendor In 1 episode, "Cueca Solo"
2000 Spin City First Protestor In 1 episode, "Airplane!"
2000 All My Children Lazlo In 1 episode
2000 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Avi In 1 episode, "One"
2000, 2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Gorsky; Igor In 2 episodes, a different character in each
2003 Threat Matrix Amir Abadiyah In 1 episode, "Patriot Acts"
2006 The Game Babak In 1 episode, "Gifted"
2008 Without a Trace Brice Hunter In 1 episode, "22 x 42"
2008 Lipstick Jungle Serge In 1 episode, "Chapter 14: Let the Games Begin"
2009 Life on Mars Yuri Demidov In 1 episode, "Take a Look at the Lawmen"
2000, 2007, 2009 Law & Order Alex Arshavin; Karl Rostov; Andre Korsakoff In 3 episodes, a different character in each
2010 White Collar Clark Maskhadov In 1 episode, "In the Red"
2010 Blue Bloods Ricky Vintano In 1 episode, "Officer Down"
2010 The Closer Armand Marku In 2 episodes
2011 Burn Notice Vlade / Serb In 1 episode, "Enemy of My Enemy"
2011 The Good Wife Danny Lambros In 1 episode, "The Death Zone"
2011 Gun Hill Danny Raden TV movie
2012 Person of Interest Michael Cahill In 1 episode, "Blue Code"
2012 Americana Alexander Orloff TV movie
2013 Golden Boy Dominic Quinlan In 1 episode, "Vicious Cycle"
2013 Elementary Andrej Bacera In 1 episode, "Heroine"
2013 Reign Count Vincent In 1 episode, "Left Behind"
2015 Forever Dasha In 1 episode, "The King of Columbus Circle"
2015 The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements Dmitri Mendeleev TV mini series documentary
2015 Quantico Hamza Kouri In 1 episode, "Go"
2014-2016 The Americans Anton Baklanov In 12 episodes
2014, 2016 Madam Secretary Anton Durchenko In 2 episodes
2016 They Shall Not Perish: The Story of Near East Relief Leslie A. Davis TV documentary
2018 Billions Michael In 3 episodes
2017-2019 The Blacklist Joe 'Smokey' Putnum In 6 episodes
2019 Jett Jack 'Jackie' Dillon In 9 episodes
2021 Hit & Run Isaac In 5 episodes
2022 The First Lady Rahm Emanuel


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Schlatko (band member)
2004 LBs. Sacco Valenzia
2007 Amexicano Alex
2008 Soldier's Heart The documentary director
2009 Cold Souls Mafioso
2010 Anomaly: Oblivion Simon (voice) Short film
2012 Happy Hour Christo Short film
2013 Fortune House Peter Short film
2014 The Drop Chovka
2018 Half Magic John
2018 Operation Finale Zvi Aharoni
2021 Crisis Minas

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2017 Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Play Oslo Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Nominated
Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Won
Obie Award Ensemble Won


  1. ^ "Michael Aronov wins the Tony Award from Michael Aronov". Retrieved Feb 18, 2019 – via www.imdb.com.
  2. ^ a b "Oslo Standout Michael Aronov Wins His First Tony Award". Broadway.com. Retrieved Feb 18, 2019.
  3. ^ Tonys Recap: Bette Midler, Ben Platt, and Rachel Bloom Steal the Show Tablet. 12 June 2017
  4. ^ Michael Aronov's Manigma Runs Off-Bway Dec. 22-Jan. 28 Broadway World. 13 December 2005
  5. ^ Michael Aronov, Actor + Writer :: 120 Seconds YouTube. 13 July 2018
  6. ^ Michael Aronov cast as Mossad agent The Jerusalem Post. 23 September 2017
  7. ^ These two men won Tony Awards after Florida Legislature wanted to defund their arts high school Miami Herald. 12 June 2017
  8. ^ Schools of the Stars: Where Oslo Cast and Creators Went to College Playbill. 13 April 2017
  9. ^ News and Events Meadows School of the Arts. 12 June 2017
  10. ^ "The Americans alum Michael Aronov wins at Tony Awards". Jun 13, 2017. Retrieved Feb 18, 2019.
  11. ^ Fierberg, Ruthie (Aug 3, 2017). "Tony Winner Michael Aronov to Appear on Season Premiere of NBC's The Blacklist". Playbill. Retrieved Feb 18, 2019.
  12. ^ ""Billions" Elmsley Count (TV Episode 2018)". Retrieved Feb 18, 2019 – via www.imdb.com.
  13. ^ "Jett (TV Series 2019– )". Retrieved Feb 18, 2019 – via www.imdb.com.
  14. ^ Gerard, Jeremy (Sep 14, 2017). "'Oslo' Tony Winner Michael Aronov Joins Cast Of Eichmann Film 'Operation Finale'". Retrieved Feb 18, 2019.
  15. ^ "'The Drop' Star James Gandolfini Remembered at NYC Premiere of Last Film". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved Feb 18, 2019.
  16. ^ "Lbs. (2004)". Retrieved Feb 18, 2019 – via www.imdb.com.
  17. ^ "Meet the Cast of Gun Hill". BET.com. Retrieved Feb 18, 2019.
  18. ^ What to Stream Now. "Backstage Portraits From the 2017 Tony Awards". Vulture. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  19. ^ "Michael Aronov - Lortel Archives". www.lortel.org. Retrieved Feb 18, 2019.
  20. ^ Hernandez, Ernio (May 22, 2007). "Boston's Mauritius, Miss Witherspoon Win Elliot Norton Awards". Playbill. Retrieved Feb 18, 2019.
  21. ^ "Manigma | Theater | reviews, guides, things to do, film". Time Out New York. Retrieved Feb 18, 2019.