Michael Rosenbaum has displayed his versatility as an actor by tackling diverse roles. Equally adept at comedy and drama, Rosenbaum has played characters ranging from a transvestite to a crazed fraternity boy to the intriguing Lex Luthor. In addition to his wide range of talent in front of the camera, this gifted actor is also a skillful writer and voice-over artist.
In the fall, Rosenbaum will star as Lex Luthor in the highly anticipated WB series, "Smallville," based on the original "Superman" concept. Following the story of the teenage Clark Kent in Smallville, the series shows the dynamic beginning of the relationships between Clark Kent, Lana Lang and Lex Luthor. For the role, Rosenbaum shaved his head and transformed himself into the spoiled, well-to-do son and future Superman arch-nemesis. His portrayal of Lex has garnered the attention of critics. Shot in Vancouver, the one-hour series also stars Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, John Schneider and Annett O'Toole. "Smallville" is scheduled to premiere on Tuesday, October 16th at 9:00 p.m.
Upcoming, Rosenbaum will next star in Touchstone's comedy "Sorority Boys." Directed by Wally Wolodarsky ("The Simpsons"), the film focuses on three fraternity boys who are accused of embezzling funds for their house and go undercover as homely sorority girls to gather evidence and prove their innocence. The film is described as "Some Like It Hot" meets "Animal House" and provides Rosenbaum with an opportunity to display his strong sense of physical comedy. Also starring Barry Watson and Harland Williams, the film is scheduled for a Spring 2002 release.
Rosenbaum recently completed production on the independent film "Pool Hall Junkies." Rosenbaum stars as Danny Doyle, a musician who can follow his dream of playing guitar or follow the path of his pool shark brother. The film includes a stellar cast of Christopher Walken, Chazz Palminteri, Rod Steiger and Rick Schroeder.
His additional film credits include Warner Bros. "Sweet November" with Charlize Theron and Keanu Reeves, Columbia/TriStar's thriller "Urban Legend," and Warner Bros. "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," directed by Clint Eastwood. His television credits include starring as Jack on WB's "Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane," and "The Tom Show."
Rosenbaum is also a talented voice over artist. Behind the scenes, he has voiced Flash in the upcoming animated television series "Justice League" and lent his voice in several episodes of "Batman Beyond." He also voices Agent West in "The Zeta Project," with Diedrich Bader.
Born in New York and raised in Indiana, Rosenbaum discovered his passion for acting at an early age in high school. He continued performing the leads in several stage productions while earning a Bachelor of Arts in theater and communications from Western Kentucky University. After graduation, Rosenbaum headed to New York where he appeared in several off-Broadway productions and in small independent films as well as becoming a regular on "The Conan O'Brien Show" in a sketch comedy called "The Amsterdam Kids."
Athletic and outgoing, Rosenbaum is an avid hockey player and golfer. He is also a dedicated New York Rangers fan. In addition, Rosenbaum has a passion for music, and plays both acoustic and electric guitar.
Rosenbaum currently resides in Vancouver and Los Angeles.
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