Michael Lerner, born June 22, 1941, is a 77-year-old American actor. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Barton Fink. He guest starred on Glee.

Personal life

Lerner was born Brooklyn, New York. He has a brother, Ken and a nephew, Sam. Lerner got a BA at City University of New York, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY and a MA at the University of California, Berkeley, CA.[1]


Lerner made his television debut on Dr. Kildare in 1963 and his film debut in Alex in Wonderland in 1970. He would guest star on The Brady Bunch, The Good Guys, The Doris Day Show in the late 1960s and That Girl, Ironside, The New Perry Mason, M*A*S*H, Emergency! and The Bob Newhart Show in the early 1970s.

Lerner would guest on The Rockford Files for four episodes in early-late 1970s, Hill Street Blues for four episodes in early-mid 1980s, Courthouse for eleven episodes in 1995, and Clueless for eighteen episodes in late 1990s.

He had a role in Godzilla in 1998 and would reprise it in the animated Godzilla: The Series. Lerner appeared on Suburgatory, The Good Wife, Matumbo Goldberg and was in an X-Men sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

He guest starred on Glee for five episodes as Funny Girl producer, Sidney, in 2013 and 2014.


Year Title Role Notes
1963 Dr. Kildare Dr. Brown uncredited (The Oracle)
1964 The Doris Day Show Fat Man/Mr. Murray 1969 - 70 (Singles Only and The Duke Returns)
The Brady Bunch Johnny (Every Boy Does It Once)
Three's a Crowd Sid Bagby TV Movie
The Good Guys Customer/Arthur (Two's a Crowd and Claudia Sows a Few)
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Jack Walton 1969 - 72 (To Save a Life and Is This Operation Necessary?)
1970 Alex in Wonderland Leo
1971 What's a Nice Girl Like You...? Fats Detroit TV Movie
The Ski Bum Rod
Marriage: Year One Lemberg TV Movie
Thief Jack Cutter TV Movie
The D.A. Mark Warren (The People vs. Saydo)
That Girl Charlie (Two for the Money)
Ironside Joe Yarby/Adrian Father 1971 - 72 (The Professionals and Down Two Roads)
1972 The Delphi Bureau Cy Turrell (The Top Secret Secret Project)
The Streets of San Francisco Lou Watkins (The Takers)
Night Gallery Dr. Burgess (segment "You Can Come Up Now, Mrs. Millikan"
Magic Carpet Michael Glassman TV Movie
Banacek Bartender (Let's Hear It for a Living Legend)
The Candidate Paul Corliss
1973 The New Perry Mason Derek Stocker (The Case of the Furious Father)
Love Story Lou Graham (Love Came Laughing)
Emergency! Martin Noble (Honest)
The Bob Newhart Show Mr. Carolla (The Man with the Golden Wrist)
Firehouse Ernie Bush TV Movie
1974 The Missiles of October Pierre Salinger, Whitehouse Press Secretary TV Movie
Reflections of Murder Jerry Steele TV Movie
Hangup Fred Richards
Newman's Law Frank Acker
The Odd Couple Sergeant Chomsky (New York's Oddest)
Busting Marvin
Chase Cupid (Remote Control)
M*A*S*H Captain Futterman (For Want of a Boot)
Love, American Style Karatz (segment "Love and the Image Makers")
The Rockford Files Dr. Ruben Seelman/Murray Rosner/Arnold Love 1974 - 76 (Backlash of the Hunter, Profit and Loss, Profit and Loss, and Piece Work)
1975 F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood Marvin Margulies TV Movie
Rhoda Ralph Bentley (Myrna's Story)
Starsky and Hutch Fat Rolly (Pilot and Texas Longhorn)
Grandpa Max Paul Sherman TV Movie
Lucas Tanner Artie (The Noise of a Quiet Weekend)
A Cry for Help Phillip Conover TV Movie
Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic Dr. Marvin Kittredge TV Movie
The Dream Makers Mike TV Movie
1976 Police Woman Guidera (Tennis Bum)
Scott Free Santini TV Movie
St. Ives Myron Green
Harry O Wilt Kane (Victim)
Jigsaw John (Too Much, Too Soon)
Dark Victory Manny TV Movie
1977 Killer on Board Dr. Berglund TV Movie
Outlaw Blues Hatch
The Other Side of Midnight Barbet
1978 Wonder Woman Ashton Ripley (My Teenage Idol Is Missing)
Vega$ Nate Stephanson (High Roller)
Kojak Dr. Samuel Fine (The Halls of Terror)
Ruby and Oswald Jack Ruby TV Movie
A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story Dr. Canlan TV Movie
1979 Goldengirl Sternberg
Hart to Hart Poker Player/Arthur Radner 1979 - 82 (Hart to Hart and Blue and Broken-Harted)
1980 Borderline Henry Lydell
Coast to Coast Dr. Frederick Froll
Gridlock Marv TV Movie
This Year's Blonde Jack Warner TV Movie
The Baltimore Bullet Paulie
Barnaby Jones Albert Krueger (Run to Death)
1981 Threshold Henry De Vici
The Postman Always Rings Twice Mr. Katz
1982 Class Reunion Dr. Robert Young
1983 Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess Harry Cohn TV Movie
Strange Invaders Willie Collins
Blood Feud Eddie Cheyfitz (Hoffa's attorney) TV Movie
Hill Street Blues Meyer Rabinowitz/Rollie Simone 1983 - 85 (4 episodes)
1984 I Gave at the Office Larry Brinker
1985 This Child Is Mine Abe Rosenberg TV Movie
The A-Team Jerry (Where Is the Monster When You Need Him?)
MacGyver Gantner (Pilot)
Hollywood Beat Max (Pilot)
Movers & Shakers Arnie
The Execution Sidney Ferraro TV Movie
1986 That Secret Sunday Mario Pinelli TV Movie
1987 The King of Love Nat Goldberg TV Movie
Hands of a Stranger Captain Cirillo TV Movie
Anguish John
Amazing Stories Mr. Marvin (The 21-Inch Sun)
1988 Eight Men Out Arnold Rothstein
Vibes Burt Wilder
The Equalizer Amar (No Place Like Home)
Great Performances Oscar Hammerstein (Melba)
1989 Harlem Nights Bugsy Calhoune
1990 The Closer Chester's Doctor uncredited
Maniac Cop 2 Edward Doyle
Framed Elliot Shane TV Movie
Any Man's Death Herb Denner
1991 Omen IV: The Awakening Earl TV Movie
Barton Fink Jack Lipnick
1992 The Comrades of Summer George TV Movie
Newsies Weasel
1993 Tales from the Crypt Mr. Byrd (People Who Live in Brass Hearses)
Amos & Andrew Phil Gillman
1994 The Road to Wellville Goodloe Bender
Radioland Murders Lieutenant Cross
No Escape (The Warden)
Blank Check Biderman
1995 Courthouse Judge Myron Winkleman (11 episodes)
Girl in the Cadillac Pal
Picture Windows The Conductor (Language of the Heart)
No Way Back Frank Serlano
A Pyromaniac's Love Story Perry
1996 Clueless Mel Horowitz 1996 - 97 (18 episodes)
1997 For Richer or Poorer Phil Kleinman
The Beautician and the Beast Jerry Miller
1998 Desperation Boulevard
Celebrity Dr. Lupus
Safe Men Big Fat Bernie Gayle
Godzilla Mayor Ebert
Tale of the Mummy Professor Marcus
Godzilla: The Series Mayor Ebert 1998 - 99, voice (3 episodes)
1999 The Mod Squad Howard
My Favorite Martian Mr. Channing
2000 Murder at the Cannes Film Festival Morrie Borelli TV Movie
Attention Shoppers Khourosh
2001 Third Watch Seymour Morgenstern (Adam 55-3)
Mockingbird Don't Sing Dr. Stan York
2002 29 Palms The Judge
2003 Elf Fulton
Nobody Knows Anything! Uncle Lou
101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Producer voice
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Morty Berger 2003 - 06 (Fallacy and Taboo)
2004 Pigeon Man on Train short
Poster Boy Jack Kray
The Calcium Kid Artie Cohen
Kingdom Hospital Sheldon Fleischer (The West Side of Midnight, Black Noise, and Heartless)
2005 When Do We Eat? Ira Stuckman
2006 The Last Time Leguzza
Love and Other Disasters Marvin Bernstein
Art School Confidential Art Dealer
2007 A Dennis the Menace Christmas Mr. Souse
Flattest Secretary Gates short
Slipstream Big Mikey
Entourage Joe Roberts (The Resurrection)
2008 Dirty Sexy Money Martin (The Star Witness)
Yonkers Joe Stanley
2009 A Serious Man Solomon Schlutz
Life During Wartime Harvey
Saving Grace Rebbe Jory Quecksilber (Moooooooo)
2010 Death by Fungus Hirsch short
Pete Smalls Is Dead Leonard Proval
Wax On, Fuck Off Cy Rosenthal short
The Bannen Way The Mensch
2011 Matumbo Goldberg Rabbi (5 episodes)
Tumor & Gooch short
Atlas Shrugged: Part I Wesley Mouch
2012 Mirror Mirror Baron
Suburgatory Aaron Laynberg (Sex and the Suburbs)
The Good Wife Judge Dwight Sobel (Bitcoin for Dummies)
2013 Glee Sidney Greene 2013 - 14 (Sweet Dreams, New New York, Bash, Opening Night and The Back-Up Plan)
Dead 2 Kill Alpohnse Dente
Immigrant Rabbi Malenkovich
Brahmin Bulls David
Somebody Marry Me Phil Rosenberg
2014 Switching Lanes David Smith post-production
Recorded Lives Dad
X-Men: Days of Future Past Senator Brickman
2015 Ashby Entwhistle filming