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Mark Feuerstein

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Mark Feuerstein
Mark Feuerstein 2009.jpg
Feuerstein in 2009
Born (1971-06-08) June 8, 1971 (age 50)
Years active1995–present
Dana Klein
(m. 2005)

Mark Feuerstein (/ˈfɔɪ.ərstn/; born June 8, 1971) is an American actor, writer, producer and director. He first came to public notice in a guest appearance in an episode of Season 2 of Sex and the City and went on to appear in TV series The West Wing (2001–2005), Royal Pains (2009–2016) and Prison Break (2017). He co-wrote, co-produced as well as starred in the short-lived CBS sitcom 9JKL.

Early life and education

Feuerstein was born in New York City, the son of Audrey, a school teacher, and Harvey Feuerstein, a lawyer.[1] He was raised in a Jewish family, and celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in an Orthodox synagogue.[2] He was a wrestler in high school and won the state championship. Feuerstein attended the Dalton School, and graduated from Princeton University in 1993.[3] He won a Fulbright scholarship[4] and studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art[5] and at L'École Phillipe Gaulier in France.


Feuerstein got his break-through on television as a cop on the daytime soap opera Loving. When director Nancy Meyers was casting What Women Want, her daughter recognized Feuerstein from Practical Magic (1998), and insisted that her mother cast him.

He came to public attention in a guest appearance in an episode of Season 2 of Sex and the City entitled "They Shoot Single People, Don't They?", playing an ophthalmologist named Josh who has sex with Miranda (played by Cynthia Nixon) but fails to give her an orgasm, despite repeated attempts and Miranda's coaching tips. The episode concludes with Miranda realizing that Josh will never satisfy her sexually and decides to fake her orgasm one last time. Josh punches the air with pride and yells "I'm the man!", while Miranda privately resolves to avoid him in the future. Feuerstein has publicly expressed regret for taking the role and has referred to it as his most-hated performance.

Feuerstein had a recurring role in Season 3 of The West Wing as a lawyer, and returned in the same role in Season 6. Feuerstein reunited with Practical Magic co-star, Sandra Bullock as her love interest in the film Two Weeks Notice (2002), but his scenes were deleted from the film. He was named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2003. In January 2009, Feuerstein began appearing in the web series The Hustler on Crackle.[6]

Feuerstein in 2009
Feuerstein in 2009

Feuerstein starred in the lead role on the USA Network television show Royal Pains, from 2009 to 2016.[7] He appeared as the super guest host of the June 14, 2010 edition of WWE Raw to promote the Royal Pains episode "Keeping the Faith".[8]

In spring 2017, Feuerstein appeared as rogue CIA operative Jacob Ness in the Fox revival of its original hit series Prison Break.

Feuerstein co-created, with his wife, Dana Klein, and stars in the CBS sitcom 9JKL, which debuted in October 2017. Upon release, it received negative reviews from critics, with a 13% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[9] On May 12, 2018, the series was canceled after one season.[10]

Personal life

He married television writer Dana Klein in 2005.[11] They live in Los Angeles and have three children: Lila, Frisco, and Addie.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Practical Magic Michael film debut
1999 Giving It Up Ralph Gagnate
1999 The Muse Josh Martin
1999 30 Days Actor
2000 Rules of Engagement Tom Chandler
2000 Woman on Top Cliff Lloyd
2000 What Women Want Morgan Farwell Nominated - Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor - Comedy/Romance
2002 Abandon Robert Hanson
2002 Three Days of Rain Car Buyer
2002 Balkanization Matt Harding Short film
2002 Two Weeks Notice Rich Beck scenes deleted
2005 In Her Shoes Simon Stein
2006 The Wedding Weekend Greg
2006 Lucid Case Short film
2008 Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh Antoine Tissandier/Yoel Pagli (voice role) Documentary
2008 Defiance Isaac Malbin
2010 Knucklehead Eddie Sullivan
2010 Love Shack Marty Sphincter Direct-to-Video
2013 Artists Writers Softball Game Commercial unknown role Short film
2014 Life Partners Casey
2014 In Your Eyes Philip Porter
2015 Meadowland Rob
2015 Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant Larry Elizabeth Gaye also Producer
2016 Baked in Brooklyn Businessman
2017 Last Night in Rozzie Ronnie Russo Short film
Northeast Film Festival Award for Best Actor in a Short Film
Philadelphia Independent Film Festival Award for Best Actor in a Short Film
Nominated - Hill Country Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Nominated - SoHo International Film Festival Award for Best Lead Actor in a Short Film


Year Title Role Notes
1995–1996 Loving Officer Phil unknown episodes
1996–1997 Caroline in the City Joe DeStefano television debut

eight episodes; recurring role

1997 Guiding Light Dr. Steven Levine unknown episode
1997–1998 Fired Up Danny Reynolds Series regular; 28 episodes
1998 Conrad Bloom Conrad Bloom Series regular; 13 episodes
1999 Sex and the City Josh Episode: "They Shoot Single People, Don't They?"
2000 Ally McBeal Hammond Deering Episode: "Pursuit of Loneliness"
2000 An American Daughter Morrow McCarthy Television movie
2000–2001 Once and Again Leo Fisher 5 episodes; recurring role
2001 The Heart Department William "Bump" Daley Television movie
2001–2005 The West Wing Clifford Calley seven episodes; recurring role
Nominated - Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2002)
2002–2004 Good Morning, Miami! Jake Silver Series regular; 40 episodes
2005 The Closer Dr. Jerome Episode: "Flashpoint"
2005 Law & Order Eric Speicher Episode: "Bible Story"
2006 Masters of Horror Alex O'Shea Episode: "Pro-Life"
2006 3 lbs. Dr. Jonathan Seger seven episodes; recurring role
2007 Shark Mitchell Latimer Episode: "Porn Free"
2007 Dance Man unknown role Television movie
2009 The Hustler The Hustler Series regular; 11 episodes
also Director/Executive Producer/Writer
2009–2016 Royal Pains Dr. Henry "Hank" Lawson series regular; 104 episodes
also Producer of 29 episodes
also Co-Producer of 16 episodes
also Co-Executive Producer of 16 episodes
also Writer of five episodes
2014 Friends with Better Lives Simon Episode: "Something New"
2015 Nurse Jackie Barry Wolfe five episodes; recurring role
2016 One & Done Boxout Bernie Episode: "Temple Four"
2017 Prison Break Jacob Anton Ness nine episodes; recurring role
2017 Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later Mark 8 episodes; recurring role
2017–2018 9JKL Josh Series regular; 16 episodes
also Creator/Writer/Executive Producer
2018 BoJack Horseman Himself Episode: "BoJack the Feminist"
2019 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Heath Barron Episode: "Plastic"
2019 Better Things Himself Episode: "The Unknown"
2020 It's Pony Mr. Pancks Voice role[13]
2020 Power Steven Ott 2 episodes
2020–2021 The Baby-Sitters Club Watson Brewer Main role
Netflix series
2020 Power Book II: Ghost Steven Ott 6 episodes
2021 Coyote Frank
2021 Green Eggs and Ham TBA (Voice) Episode: TBA


  1. ^ "Dana Klein, Mark Feuerstein". The New York Times. 10 July 2005.
  2. ^ Naomi Pfefferman (7 February 2008). "Theater: Mark Feuerstein is the "Some Girls" guy". Retrieved 2011-06-22.
  3. ^ "The envelope, please ...Mark Feuerstein '93". Princeton Alumni Weekly. 4 March 2009. Retrieved 2011-06-22.
  4. ^ "'Royal' role: Tiger of the Week: Mark Feuerstein '93". Princeton Alumni Weekly. 3 January 2017. Retrieved 2011-06-22.
  5. ^ Greg Hernandez (8 August 2009). "Saturday Morning Man: Mark Feuerstein!". Greg in Hollywood. Retrieved 2011-06-22.
  6. ^ Vander Wal, Chris (5 February 2009). "The Hustler Seeks the Funny In Revenge". NewTeeVee Station. The GigaOM Network. Archived from the original on 26 February 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  7. ^ "CHARACTER PROFILE: Dr. Hank Lawson". Royal Pains official site. USA Network. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Another RAW Guest Host Revealed". USA Network. 20 May 2010. Archived from the original on 23 May 2010. Retrieved 2009-02-24.
  9. ^ 9JKL, retrieved 2017-11-10
  10. ^ "'Living Biblically' Basically Dead at CBS". 19 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Dana Klein and Mark Feuerstein". The New York Times. 2005-07-10. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-27.
  12. ^ "Mark Feuerstein: A Mighty Heart". Retrieved 2019-08-27.
  13. ^ "Nickelodeon Debuts Brand-New Animated Series, It's Pony, Saturday, Jan. 18" (Press release). Nickelodeon Press. December 9, 2019. Retrieved April 15, 2020.

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