“It's because of ‘ER’ that I've gotten the opportunity to get the work.” Abraham Benrubi
American actor Abraham Benrubi is best recognized for playing Jerry Markovic on the long running NBC series “ER” (1994-2009). He also had regular roles in “Parker Lewis Can't Lose” (Fox, 1990-1993), “Sleepwalkers” (NBC, 1997-1998) and “Men in Trees” (ABC, 2006-2008) and has guest starred in a number of TV shows, including “Growing Pains,” “Roseanne,” “Married with Children,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “The X Files.” He also provided the voices of various characters in the animated series “Robot Chicken” (2005-2009), including Darth Vader, a voice role he recreated in the TV films “Robot Chicken: Star Wars” (2007) and “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II” (2008). On the wide screen, the broad shouldered Benrubi, who made his debut in “Diving In” (1989), is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Mose Harris in the movie “Open Range” (2003), which was directed by and starred Kevin Costner. Other film credits include “Twister” (1996), “George of the Jungle” (1997), “The Rugrats Movie” (1998, as the voice of Serge), “The Man Who Wasn't There” (2001), “Without a Paddle” (2004), “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous” (2005), “Wristcutters: A Love Story” (2006), “Charlotte's Web” (2006) and “Venus & Vegas” (2009).
“I would like to personally thank each and every person who has ever watched anything I've been involved in. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you....etc.” Abraham Benrubi
Benrubi will play Coach Dewey in the comedy film “Calvin Marshall” (2010) and Big Dave Duncan in the new TV series “Happy Town” (ABC, 2010).
Benrubi owns a pub in his hometown of Indianapolis called Brugge Brasserie. In the late 1990s, he dated actress Kirsten Holly Smith, whom he met on the set of “Twister.”
Childhood and Family:
Born Abraham Rubin Hercules Benrubi on October 4, 1969, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to a Jewish family, Abraham Benrubi is the son of Asher Benrubi, who is better known to St. Louis radio audiences as the DJ “Smash” and as the front man of the popular St. Louis band The Smash Band, and Patricia Benrubi. His parents later divorced. Abraham attended Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis.
A big fan of games, Abraham enjoys playing “City of Heroes.” He is also an avid collector of comic books.
Men in Trees
Abraham Benrubi made his professional acting debut in “Diving In,” an independent movie directed by Strathford Hamilton and starring Matt Adler. He quickly left Indianapolis for Hollywood and had his first TV appearance in a 1990 episode of the hit sitcom “Growing Pains.” His big breakthrough arrived later that same year when he landed the regular role of Larry Kubiac, a high school bully, in the Fox teen sitcom “Parker Lewis Can't Lose” (1990-1993). Meanwhile, he also made episodic appearances in such series as “Wings” (1990), where he played R.J. Biggins, a role he later reprised in the 1996 episode “Sons and Lovers,” “Blossom,” “Roseanne” (both 1992) and “Married with Children,” where he played two different characters, Baby and Jimmy, in the episodes “She's Having a Baby: Part 1” (1991) and “The Wedding Repercussions” (1993). He made his TV movie debut in “Angel Street” (1992).
Benrubi next appeared in the movie “Crossing the Bridge” (1992), which was directed and written by Mike Binder and starred Josh Charles, Jason Gedrick and Stephen Baldwin. He followed it up with supporting roles in such movies as David S. Ward's football themed “The Program” (1993, with James Caan and Halle Berry), the Alec Baldwin headlined action film “The Shadow” (1994), the western movie “Wagons East” (1994, opposite John Candy), “Magic Island” (1995, as Duckbone) and “Out There” (1995, TV). In the commercially successful disaster movie “Twister,” directed by Jan de Bont, he was cast in the small role of Bubba.
Abraham’s popularity increased significantly when he joined the cast of the NBC popular medical series “ER” in the supporting role of admission clerk Jerry Markovic. He made his debut performance in the episode “24 Hours,” which aired on September 19, 1994, and would keep his role until early 2009. In 1997, Benrubi added a series regular gig to his resume with work in the short lived NBC science fiction series “Sleepwalkers,” where he portrayed Vincent Konefke and costarred with Naomi Watts and Bruce Greenwood.
Benrubi returned to the big screen in the role of Thor in “George of the Jungle” (1997), which starred Brendan Fraser in the title role. Subsequent film credits included the independent action film “Under Oath” (1997, directed by David Payne), “Border to Border” (1998), “I Woke Up Early the Day I Died” (1999) and “Out in Fifty” (premiered at the 1999 Oldenburg International Film Festival). He also provided the voice of Serge in the blockbuster animated film “The Rugrats Movie” (1998). With an estimated budget of $24 million, the successful film received a worldwide gross of more than $140 million.
Opening the new millennium, Benrubi appeared in episodes of “Dark Angel” (2000), “Going to California” (2002) and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (2 episodes, 2001-2002; as Olaf). He also acted in the movies “War Story” (2001), an award winning 30 minute short directed and written by John Baumgartner, the Coen brothers' comedy “The Man Who Wasn't There” (2001, starred Billy Bob Thornton and Frances McDormand), and David S. Goyer's big screen adaptation of “ZigZag” (2002, starred John Leguizamo, Wesley Snipes, Oliver Platt and Natasha Lyonne). He did not score his movie breakout role until he was cast as Mose Harris in the western film “Open Range” (2003). An adaptation of Lauran Paine's novel, the film, which was directed, co-produced and starred Kevin Costner (also starred Robert Duvall and Annette Bening) was a minor success at the box office but earned generally positive reviews from critics.
After “Open Range,” Benrubi gave memorable performances in the comedy “Without a Paddle” (2004, starred Matthew Lillard, Seth Green and Dax Shepard) and “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous” (2005, starred Sandra Bullock). Both movies were commercial hits but poorly received by critics. Following guest spots in “American Dad” (as the voice of Todd) and “Criminal Minds” (both 2005), he was cast in the comedy “National Lampoon's TV the Movie'” (2006), the Goran Dukic acclaimed drama “Wristcutters: A Love Story” (2006) and voiced Uncle the Pig in Gary Winick's family “Charlotte's Web” (2006). He also contributed his vocal to the Cartoon Network series “Robot Chicken,” a gig he held from 2005 to 2009, and provided the voice of Darth Vader in the 2007 TV movie version “Robot Chicken: Star Wars” and the 2008 installment “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II” (both directed by Seth Green).
Back to series TV as a regular cast member, Benrubi starred in the ABC drama series “Men in Trees,” which ran from September 2006 to June 2008. Costars of the series included Anne Heche, Emily Bergl, Sarah Strange, James Tupper and Timothy Webber.
Recently playing Bruno in the film “Venus & Vegas” (2009), opposite Eddie Kaye Thomas, Donald Faison, Molly Sims and Roselyn Sanchez, Benrubi has completed filming the comedy film “Calvin Marshall,” which was directed and written by Gary Lundgren and starred Alex Frost in the title role. The film is set to be released in March 2010. On television, he will portray Big Dave Duncan in the upcoming TV drama series “Happy Town,” which will air on ABC in 2010.