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Fred Melamed

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Fred Melamed (born May 13, 1956) is a U.S. actor and writer. He was born in New York City, and received his theatrical training at Hampshire College and the Yale School of Drama. At Yale, he was a Samuel F. B. Morse College Graduate Fellow. He was also a nominee for the Irene Ryan Award, a prize conferred upon the most promising young actors in the United States. While still at Yale, he was an instructor at the well-known performing arts camp, Stagedoor Manor. After his training, he appeared on stage with several resident theatre companies, including The Guthrie Theater, The Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts, The Yale Repertory Theater, and on Broadway in the Tony Award-Winning Amadeus. Following Amadeus, Melamed entered what he called "a period of personal darkness", during which he effectively stopped acting on stage. At the same time, he became established as a vocal actor, and continued to do film work. Melamed's voice became a familiar presence on television, serving as the sound of the Olympics, Mercedes Benz, CBS Sports, USA Network, the Superbowl, and numerous commercials and television programs. He became known within the industry as a voice actor, appearing in the Grand Theft Auto series, and dubbing several actors' entire performances in films. But it was for his portrayal of "sensitive" villain Sy Ableman, in Joel and Ethan Coen's 2009 film, A Serious Man, which was nominated for Best Picture, at the 2010 Academy Awards, that he became most widely known. About that character, Film Confessional said, "Sy Ableman is as great a contemporary movie villain as The Joker, Hans Landa, or Anton Chigurh...The character Fred Melamed contrives is the year's most brilliant force of destruction." For his somewhat titular performance in A Serious Man, Melamed, along with the Coen Brothers, the film's Ensemble and Casting Directors, won Film Independent's Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award. New York Magazine listed Melamed's work as among the Best Performances of 2009, and Empire called Sy Ableman "One of The Best Alternative Coen Characters of All Time". Several leading U.S. critics, including A.O. Scott of The New York Times, Michael Philips of The Chicago Tribune and Roger Ebert said his performance was worthy of Academy Award nomination. In addition, Melamed has appeared in a host of Woody Allen films, including Hannah and Her Sisters, Radio Days, Another Woman, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Shadows and Fog, Husbands and Wives, and Hollywood Ending. He has also played significant supporting roles in Suspect, The Good Mother, The Mission, The Pickup Artist and other films. On television, he appears as Larry David's smug psychiatrist, Dr. Simon Thurgood, on Curb Your Enthusiasm, and tough-talking child advocate/attorney Dan Goldberg, on Law & Order SVU. He is slated to star in the stoner odyssey, Harold & Kumar 3, and as Elliot Gould's son, auteur/director Bob Wilson, in the upcoming independent film, Fred, a movie about a stubborn patriarch and the family that must grapple with him. As a writer, he has produced screenplays including Girl of the Perfume River, A Jones for Gash, The Asshat Project, and most recently, The Preservationist, a fictional film inspired by the case of Melamed's college friend, Edward Forbes Smiley III, a renowned cartographic expert and dealer, who admitted to having been the most brazen and prolific map thief of all time. He lives with his wife and twin sons on the East End of Long Island. Both of the Melamed children were born with autism, and Melamed and his wife have been involved in advocacy for persons living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. Description above from the Wikipedia article Fred Melamed, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
May 13, 1956 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
24
First Appeared:
In the movie Hannah and Her Sisters 1986-02-07
Latest Project:
Movie Brawl in Cell Block 99 2017-12-31
Known For
Poster of You Are Whole
Poster of Benched
Poster of In Search of Shakespeare
Poster of Law & Order
Filmography

Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)

Thriller
Movie
as Mr Irving

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

Comedy Drama Mystery
Movie
as Communist Writer
5.7 1062 votes

Passengers (2016)

Adventure Drama Romance Science Fiction
Movie
as Observatory (voice)
6.6 2745 votes

Some Kind of Beautiful (2015)

Comedy
Movie
as Piggott
5.5 136 votes

You Are Whole (2015)

Comedy Drama Mystery
Movie
as Norman
9 1 votes

Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Horror Western Adventure Drama
Movie
as Clarence
6.7 425 votes

Fargo (2014)

Crime Drama Thriller
Series
as Howard Zimmerman
8.2 421 votes

Dinner With Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends (2014)

Comedy
Movie
as Fred

Get on Up (2014)

Drama Music
Movie
as Syd Nathan
6.4 137 votes

Smart Pipe (2014)

Comedy
Movie
as Andrew Gold

Benched (2014)

Comedy
Series
as Judge Don Nelson
5.4 7 votes

Hairbrained (2013)

Comedy
Movie
as Bennie
5.1 19 votes

In a World... (2013)

Comedy
Movie
as Sam "Sotto" Solomon
6.4 207 votes

Blumenthal (2013)

Comedy
Movie
as Jimmy Basmati

Fred Won't Move Out (2012)

Drama
Movie
as Bob
5 2 votes

A Serious Man (2009)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Sy Ableman
6.6 371 votes

In Search of Shakespeare (2004)

Documentary
Series
as Announcer

Silk Stalkings (1991)

Crime Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Announcer
5.9 5 votes

Law & Order (1990)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.1 98 votes

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as The Dean (uncredited)
7.4 161 votes

Another Woman (1988)

Drama
Movie
as Engagement Party Guest
6.7 42 votes

Biography (1987)

Documentary
Series
as Unknown
8.7 3 votes

Suspect (1987)

Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as Morty Rosenthal
6.4 35 votes

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Dr. Grey
7.5 172 votes