Actress and playwright Halley Feiffer, the daughter of famed satirist, playwright, and cartoonist Jules Feiffer, won a national Young Playwrights Festival in 2002 and has acted on stage in such productions as "subUrbia," "Election Day," "None of the Above," and "Some Americans Abroad."
Meanwhile, on the big screen, she has appeared in the films "You Can Count on Me" (2000), "The Squid and the Whale" (2005), "Stephanie Daley" (2006), "Margot at the Wedding" (2007), and "The Messenger" (2009). She will next be seen in the upcoming films "Fighting Fish" and "Gentlemen Broncos" with Michael Angarano, Jemaine Clement, Sam Rockwell, and Jennifer Coolidge.
The Feiffers Legacy
Childhood and Family:
Daughter of famed satirist, playwright, and cartoonist Jules Feiffer (born on January 26, 1929), Halley Feiffer was born on November 20, 1984. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2007.
You Can Count on Me
Following her father's footsteps, Halley Feiffer has worked as a playwright and has been produced an off-Broadway play at the Cherry Lane Theatre and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2002, she won the National Young Playwrights' Contest.
Feiffer also took the stage as an actress. She has performed off-Broadway in "subUrbia" (as Bee-Bee Douglas at Second Stage Theatre, New York City, New York), "Election Day," "None of the Above," and "Some Americans Abroad."
Meanwhile, Feiffer entered the big screen in 2000 in Kenneth Lonergan's Academy Award-nominated drama film, "You Can Count on Me," starring Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo, Rory Culkin, and Matthew Broderick. She then guest-starred in a May 2001 episode of NBC's police procedural and legal drama television series "Law & Order" and appeared in her second film, the critically-acclaimed "The Squid and the Whale," in 2005. In the Noah Baumbach's semi-autobiographical drama film, she co-starred as Sophie Greenberg, opposite Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, and Owen Kline.
Feiffer's voice subsequently could be heard as the narrator in Gene Deitch's 10-minute short animated film "I Lost My Bear" (2005). In the following years, she was cast alongside Amber Tamblyn, Tilda Swinton, and Timothy Hutton in Hilary Brougher's award-winning 2006 film, "Stephanie Daley," as well as with Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Jack Black in Noah Baumbach's tragicomedy, "Margot at the Wedding," which was premiered August 31, 2007 at the 34th Telluride Film Festival.
Recently, Feiffer appeared in Oren Moverman's directorial debut, "The Messenger" (2009), starring Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, and Samantha Morton. The war/romance/drama film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was in competition at Berlin International Film Festival 2009 where it won a Silver Bear '09 - Best Screenplay and Berlinale Peace Film Award '09.
On the small screen, Feiffer was spotted as a guest in a March 2009 episode of the HBO Emmy Award-nominated musical sitcom, "The Flight of the Conchords."
Feiffer will soon complete filming her upcoming film projects, "Fighting Fish," a drama written and directed by Annette Apitz in which Feiffer co-stars with Val Emmich and Anna Moore, and "Gentlemen Broncos," a comedy co-written and directed by Jared Hess starring Michael Angarano, Jemaine Clement, Sam Rockwell, and Jennifer Coolidge.