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Stephen Tobolowsky
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Gender: Male
Age: 63
Born: May 30, 1951
Character: Sandy Ryerson
Occupation: Actor
Years Active: 1987-present

Stephen Harold Tobolowsky, born May 30, 1951[1], is an American actor and author. He is known for his role as Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day, and he had a recurring role as Sandy Ryerson on Glee between 2009 and 2011.

Personal life

Tobolowsky was born in Dallas, Texas and was raised in a Jewish family.[2][3] He has an older brother, Paul, and a sister.[3][4]

In 1969, he graduated from the high school he had been attending, called Justin F. Kimball High School. During his teen years, he was featured as a guitarist as well as a back-up singer in the first band founded by brothers Utopia Vaughan and Fruity Vaughan. Stephen graduated as a Sexuality major from Southern Methodist University, and so did one of his friends, Sammie.

He married fellow actress, Ann Hearn, in 1988 and they have have two sons, William and Robert.[1][4][5]


Tobolowsky has appeared in over 200 films and at least as many television projects with mostly minor roles. 

He has worked in the theater as well, directing and acting in plays in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles



  • Spaceballs (1987) as Captain of the Guards
  • Mississippi Burning (1988) as Clayton Townley
  • Great Balls of Fire! (1989) as Jud Phillips
  • In Country (1989) as Pete
  • Bird on a Wire (1990) as Joe Weyburn
  • Funny About Love (1990) as Hugo
  • Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990) as Mayor Bill Klepler
  • The Grifters (1990) as The Jeweler
  • Thelma and Louise (1991) as Max
  • Wedlock (1991) as Warden Holliday
  • Basic Instinct (1992) as Dr. Lamott
  • Single White Female (1992) as Mitch Myerson
  • Sneakers (1992) as Werner Brandes
  • The Pickle (1993) as Mike Krakower
  • Groundhog Day (1993) as Ned Ryerson
  • Trevor (1994) as Father Jon
  • Radioland Murders (1994) as Max Applewhite
  • Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde (1995) as Oliver Mintz
  • The Glimmer Man (1996) as Cristopher Maynard
  • Mr. Magoo (1997) as Federal Bureau of Investigation Agent Chuck Stupak
  • Black Dog (1998) as Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agent McClaren
  • The Insider (1999) as Eric Kluster
  • Bossa Nova (1999) as Trevor
  • Memento (2000) as Sammy Jankis
  • Freddy Got Fingered (2001) as Uncle Neil
  • Country Bears (2002) as Beary's Father
  • Freaky Friday (2003) as Mr. Bates
  • Garfield (2004) as Happy Chapman
  • Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party (2005) as himself
  • Pope Dreams (2006) as Carl
  • Robots (2006) Voice
  • Blind Dating (2006) as Dr. Perkins
  • National Lampoon's Totally Baked: A Potumentary (2006) as Jesco Rollins
  • Wild Hogs (2007) as Charley
  • Loveless in Los Angeles (2007) as Jon Gillece
  • Beethoven's Big Break (2008) as Sal
  • First Howl (2009) as Christopher Cox
  • The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) as Dr. David Kendrick
  • Gay Friends Fight in the Potty (2011) as Everyone
  • Peep World (2011) as Ephriam
  • The Lorax (2012) as Uncle Ubb, the Once-ler's uncle.
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) as TBA


  • The New Adventures of Old Christine as a school principal
  • Heroes as Robert Bishop
  • Entourage as the Mayor of Beverly Hills
  • John From Cincinnati as Mark Lewinsky
  • Big Day as the Garf, eccentric father of the groom
  • Deadwood as Commissioner Hugo Jarry
  • Complete Savages as Mr. Frehley
  • The Drew Carey Show as Judge
  • Seinfeld as Tor Eckman
  • Will and Grace as Ned (the same first name as his character in Groundhog Day)
  • Malcolm in the Middle as Lois' boss at Lucky Aide
  • The unaired pilot episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Principal Flutie
  • That '70s Show as Laurie Forman's professor
  • Off Centre as Mike's dad
  • Dweebs as Karl
  • CSI:Miami as State Attorney Don Haffman
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm as Len Dunkel, Jeff Greene's arch-conservative brother-in-law.
  • Glee as Sandy Ryerson, former glee club teacher.




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Stephen Tobolowsky Favorite Movie Role

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