MICHAEL NATHANSON played series regular ‘Sam Stein’ on Marvel’s The Punisher for Netflix. He also played series regular 'Dr. Levi Zinberg' on the HBO/Cinemax series 'The Knick', produced and directed by Steven Soderbergh. Other TV credits include: ‘Succession’ ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’, ‘Madam Secretary’, ‘Unforgettable’, 'Chicago Med,' 'The Good Wife,' '30 Rock,' 'Rescue Me,' 'Elementary,' 'Law & Order,' 'Onion News Network,' 'Orange is the New Black,' 'Life with Kids,' a CBS pilot with Debra Messing. Film credits include: Side Effects (Dir. Steven Soderbergh, starring Jude Law and Rooney Mara); The Wolf of Wall Street (Dir. Martin Scorsese); Time Freak (Academy Award Nominee, Best Live-Action Short); The Happy Sad (dir. Rodney Evans,); After Party (dir. Amos Posner). Theatre Credits include shows with: Lincoln Center, Hangar Theatre, Yale Rep, Hartford Stage, Bucks County Playhouse, Two River Theater, and the Disney national tour of 'The Lion King,' in which he performed as Ed the Hyena, Timon, & Zazu. His most recent theater role was 'Ali Hakim' in the critically acclaimed sold out run of 'OKLAHOMA!' at St.Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY, named Best Show of the Year by Time Magazine. You've also seen him in many national commercials and heard him in many voiceovers and animated roles and audiobooks.
As a writer and producer, He is in development on a half hour TV comedy series about parenting, co-created with Zach Baylin ('King Richard', 'Creed 3') called 'Drop-Off' and has another half hour comedy TV pilot in development called “The Single Girl’s Guide to the Mutant Apocalypse” with producers Aaron Boyd and Ryan Frost. His single cam dramedy 'The Commons' based on his non neurotypical sister's life is also currently in pitch development...
He is creative producer on several projects from animator/writer Jason Porath (‘The Croods,’ ‘How to Train Your Dragon’) and is currently in development as producer/co-creator on a number of features, including: 'I Can Change' which he wrote with Amy Lowe Starbin ('Kelly & Cal' w/ Juliette Lewis), with Jennifer Carpenter ('Dexter') attached to star and Liz Manashil ("Speed of Life", "Bread & Butter”) as director; ‘Everything Hurts’ a dark relationship comedy in which he is also set to star, written and directed by Tom Putnam (‘The Dark Divide’, starring David Cross & Debra Messing) ; ’Juliet’ a feature based on Ira Storozhenko’s short, producing with Ross Meyerson. Michael has a number of festival shorts to his credit, including 'Tribute', distributed by Shorts Int’l and available on ITUNES.
He is currently Host and creator of ‘You’re Dead To Me’, a soon to be released Podcast produced by Lionsgate Studios and Charlie Webster for their new division Lionsgate Sound.
Michael was a creative producer and director with the NYC based immersive cinema event production company BBQ FILMS, where he has collaborated with movie studios, production companies, and branded content partners from all over the globe, including the 'Blade Rave' at Terminal 5 in NYC, ‘Ghostbusters HQ’ with Sony and 'Return to TWIN PEAKS' with Showtime.
Michael is a graduate of the theater program at Northwestern University and attended RADA in London. He also trained in Improv at UCB and The Pit in NYC. Michael is represented by Innovative Artists, for Acting and Literary.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, twin 8 year old daughters and their dog, Willa.