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Mark Harelik
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Marcus Frank Harelik

(1951-06-05) June 5, 1951 (age 69)
OccupationActor, playwright
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Spencer Kayden (2004–present)

Marcus Frank Harelik (born June 5, 1951) is an American television, film, and stage actor, and playwright.

Early life

Harelik was born in Hamilton, Texas.

In 1909, Harelik's Russian Jewish grandfather, Haskell Harelik—upon whom Harelik's 1985 play, The Immigrant, is based—immigrated to Galveston, Texas.[1][2]


In 1987, he moved to Los Angeles where he co-wrote, with Randal Myler, Hank Williams: Lost Highway.[3] In 1990, he worked in the Howard Korder play Search and Destroy[3][4] and the William Ball play Cherry Orchard.[5]

Harelik has appeared in the films Election, Jurassic Park III, Eulogy, and For Your Consideration. For animation; he was the voice of Queen Uberta’s valet, Lord Rogers, in The Swan Princess. Harelik has played parts on the television series Seinfeld, Wings, Grace Under Fire, Will & Grace, NCIS, Boy Meets World, Breaking Bad, Bones, Six Feet Under and five episodes of the first season of The Big Bang Theory as Dr. Eric Gablehauser. He also played Sara Tancredi's lawyer in Prison Break. He appeared on the series finale of Cheers, in a 2002 episode of Joss Whedon's Angel as Count Kurushu, and "Counterpoint" an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. He also appeared in five episodes of short-lived NBC series Awake.[6]

In 2015, he appeared under his own name as an actor hired by the Heavenly host to play God then later as God himself in the TV series Preacher.

Harelik appeared in the Broadway musical The Light in the Piazza.[7] Harelik's play, The Immigrant, has been well-received,[8] and was adapted into a musical of the same name.

In 1997, he released a sequel, The Legacy, changing it from a true story to fiction.[9] He has appeared in several other plays including Temptation (1989),[10] The Heidi Chronicles (1991),[11] Elmer Gantry (1991),[12] Tartuffe (1999),[13] Old Money (2000),[14] The Hollow Lands (2000),[4] Be Aggressive,[15] The Beard of Avon (2001),[16] Cyrano de Bergerac (2004).[4] Harelik also played Dr. Paul Stickley in HBO's series Getting On, an American adaptation of the British sitcom of the same name.[6]

In 2015, Harelik co-starred as Jamie Thompson's father in This Isn't Funny, and in 2017, he played baseball player Hank Greenberg in the film Battle of the Sexes.

Personal life

He is married to actress Spencer Kayden, who has acted in theatre productions alongside him.[17] They have one child.[18]


Year Title Role Notes
1990 A Gnome Named Gnorm Detective Kaminsky
1994 The Swan Princess Lord Rogers Voice
1997 Seinfeld Milos
1999 Election Dave Novotny
2001 Jurassic Park III Ben Hildebrand
2004 Eulogy Burt
2006 For Your Consideration Round Table Host
2006 Grey's Anatomy 1 episode
2007 Watching the Detectives Detective Barloe
2007-2008 The Big Bang Theory Dr. Gablehauser 5 episodes
2009 Timer Dr. Serious
2009 The Job Martin
2010 Breaking Bad Doctor
2011 Meeting Spencer David Thiel
2013 42 Herb Pennock
2015 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Julian Voorhees 1 episode
2015 The Leftovers Peter
2015 This Isn't Funny Joseph Thompson
2015 Trumbo Edward 'Ed' Muhl
2016-2019 Preacher God
2017 Battle of the Sexes Hank Greenberg
2018 Castle Rock Gordon 3 episodes
2019 The Morning Show Richard 2 episodes

Awards and nominations



  1. ^ a b Glassman, Marvin (June 13, 2012). "An unusual twist to the immigrant story". Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  2. ^ Rickwald, Bethany (September 25, 2012). "Greyssan Felipe, Janet Weakly to Appear in Miami Beach Stage Door Theatre's The Immigrant". Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Christion, Lawrence (March 11, 1992). "'Immigrant' Arrives at Westwood Playhouse Stage". Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "Mark Harelik, In the Garden, South Coast Repertory". 2010. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  5. ^ Churnin, Nancy (June 10, 1990). "William Ball Stays Up After the Fall". Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  6. ^ a b Mark Harelik at IMDb
  7. ^ Elyse Sommer. "Light In the Piazza, a CurtainUp review". Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  8. ^ Brown, Dennis (June 9, 2011). "Immigration Mensch: Mark Harelik's tribute to his grandfather is a modest and charming gem". Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  9. ^ Breslauer, Jan (July 13, 1997). "Addressing Unfinished Business". Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  10. ^ Arkatov, Janice (June 25, 1989). "Looking for the Real Item". Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  11. ^ Rousuck, J. Wynn (March 29, 1991). "Artistic themes come to life in Wasserstein's 'Heidi Chronicles'". Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  12. ^ Drake, Sylvie (October 22, 1991). "STAGE REVIEW: 'Elmer Gantry' as Paradox: A Ruthless Rogue Is Born Again in La Jolla Musical". Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  13. ^ Shirley, Don (January 18, 1999). "'Tartuffe' Resonates in the Now". Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  14. ^ Dominguez, Robert (December 8, 2000). "Wasserstein time-travels over & over same ground". Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  15. ^ Ehren, Christine (August 26, 2001). "Last Cheer: Be Aggressive Closes Aug. 26 at La Jolla Playhouse". Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  16. ^ Oxman, Steven (June 4, 2001). "Reviews - The Beard of Avon - Reviews". Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  17. ^ Boehm, Mike (2004-06-20). "Think panache, not Pinocchio". Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  18. ^ Rampell, Catherine (2012-05-10). "Spencer Kayden Discusses Her Return to Broadway". Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  19. ^ "2003 Nominations and Recipients". Archived from the original on February 6, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  20. ^ Propst, Andy (December 6, 2010). "Rick Foucheux, Mark Harelik, Austin Pendleton, et al. Named 2011 Lunt-Fontanne Fellows". Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  21. ^ The Immigrant, ISBN 9780573632723
  22. ^ Harelick, Mark. "Script" The Immigrant, Samuel French, Inc., 2005, ISBN 0573632723
  23. ^ The Legacy, ISBN 9780881451320

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