Photo of Stephen Tobolowsky Stephen Tobolowsky

A ubiquitous character actor with a long list of credits, Stephen Tobolowsky was born in Dallas on May 30, 1951, and began his career onstage at Southern Methodist University.

After snagging small roles in movies and television, he collaborated with playwright Beth Henley and Talking Heads front man David Bryne to write the small-town comedy True Stories (1986) and appeared the following year in Spaceballs, playing the commander of Dark Helmet's guard. Memorable roles followed in high-profile films such as Mississippi Burning (1988), Sneakers (1992), Basic Instinct (1992) and Groundhog Day (1993), in which Tobolowsky delivered one of his most recognizable characters to date as insurance salesman Ned Ryerson.

More recent film work includes The Insider (1999), Memento (2000), Adaptation (2002) and Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party (2006), a documentary about his experiences in Hollywood.

Stephen Tobolowsky in Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

1993 PG

Sent to cover the annual appearance of world-famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, a self-centered TV weatherman unleashes his bitterness -- and soon realizes he's doomed to repeat Groundhog Day until he learns that his actions can affect the outcome.

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  • Stephen Tobolowsky in The Time Traveler's Wife The Time Traveler's Wife
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Sneakers Sneakers
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Basic Instinct Basic Instinct
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Murder in the First Murder in the First
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Memento Memento
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Thelma & Louise Thelma & Louise
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Bird on a Wire Bird on a Wire
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Mississippi Burning Mississippi Burning
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in The Insider The Insider
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Freaky Friday Freaky Friday
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Garfield: The Movie Garfield: The Movie
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Buried Buried
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Christian Mingle Christian Mingle
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Blind Dating Blind Dating
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in The Barber The Barber
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Single White Female Single White Female
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in The Country Bears The Country Bears
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Beethoven's Big Break Beethoven's Big Break
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Black Dog Black Dog
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Where the Day Takes You Where the Day Takes You
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in National Security National Security
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Loveless in Los Angeles Loveless in Los Angeles
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Peep World Peep World
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in You May Not Kiss the Bride You May Not Kiss the Bride
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in 227: Season 1 227: Season 1
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Memoirs of an Invisible Man Memoirs of an Invisible Man
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in The Prime Gig The Prime Gig
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Freddy Got Fingered Freddy Got Fingered
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in The Lone Gunmen: The Complete Series The Lone Gunmen: The Complete Series
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in The Day the World Ended The Day the World Ended
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Kingpin Kingpin
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Frankie and Johnny Are Married Frankie and Johnny Are Married
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Little Black Book Little Black Book
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Debating Robert Lee Debating Robert Lee
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Living 'til the End Living 'til the End
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Love Hollywood Style Love Hollywood Style
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in Starz Inside: The Face Is Familiar Starz Inside: The Face Is Familiar
  • Stephen Tobolowsky in The Last Ride The Last Ride