Alex Karpovsky

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Actor

Although Alex Karpovsky is a multi-hyphenate, writing, directing and producing in addition to acting, his big breakthrough came with an acting role in the series "Girls" (HBO 2012- ). Karpovsky was raised in the Boston suburb of Newton, MA in the 1980s, growing up in an academic environment that led him to study at the University of Oxford when he was older, majoring in visual ethnography with the intention of becoming a professor. That dream faded, though, as he began to gravitate towards film, while also dabbling in stand-up comedy. His writing and directing debut, "The Hole Story" (2005), was an award-winning indie sensation that he also starred in as an exaggerated version of himself. He followed it up with the docufiction comedy "Woodpecker" (2008), though it didn't garner as much acclaim as his debut. Over the next few years, Karpovsky appeared in a variety of indie movies, including his friend Lena Dunham's acclaimed "Tiny Furniture" (2010). During that same time, he also put directed a documentary called "Trust Us, This Is All Made Up" about a pair of Second City improv legends, T.J. Jagodowski and David Pasquesi. His work with Dunham led him to the more mainstream TV world as he co-starred in her series "Girls" (HBO 2012 - ) as Ray Polshansky, a character that sometimes drew inspiration from Karpovksy's own life. During the first season of "Girls," Karpovsky also wrote, directed, and starred in two films, "Rubberneck" (2012) and "Red Flag" (2012), which ended up being released on the same day. Karpovsky next flirted with mainstream notice with a small but memorable role in a dinner party scene in the Coen brothers' Greenwich Village period piece "Inside Llewyn Davis" (2013).

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AngelyneStream

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Jeff Glasner
Miniseries
2022
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The Ride

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Chris
Movie
2020

Oh Jerome, No

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Show
2019

Oh Jerome, No

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Show
2019

The Sound of Silence

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Landon
Movie
2019

The Return of the Yuletide Kid

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Michael
Movie
2019

Kill the Orange-Faced Bear

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Ronnie
Show
2018

Kill the Orange-Faced Bear

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Show
2018

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Craig
Series
2018
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You Can Choose Your Family

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Ross
Movie
2018

Rosy

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2018

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Mike Stratton
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2018
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Fits and Starts

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2017

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2017
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2016

My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea

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2016

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2015

Tired Moonlight

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Mike
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2015

Devil Town

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Terrence Bard
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2015

Bloomin Mud Shuffle

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Chuck
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2015

Last Week Tonight With John OliverStream

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Himself
Talk
2014

Dinner With Friends With Brett Gelman and Friends

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2014

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Jerryd the Liar
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2014

Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

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2014

Getting Doug With High

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2013

We Could Be Your Parents

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Bob
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2013

Good Night

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Jake
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2013

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Mumbling Erotic Accessory Salesman
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2013

Almost in Love

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2013

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2013
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2012
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Ray Ploshansky
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2012
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Ian Gilmore
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2012
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Rubberneck

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2012

Rubberneck

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2012

Rubberneck

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2012

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2012

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Nick
Movie
2012

Red Flag

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Movie
2012

Red Flag

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2012

Red Flag

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2012

Red Flag

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2012

Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same

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Rookie Agent
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2011

Marvin, Seth and Stanley

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2011

Wuss

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2011

The Open Mind

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2010

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Vlad
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2010

Lovers of Hate

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2010

Tiny Furniture

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2010

Incredibly Small

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2010

Trust Us, This Is All Made Up

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2009

Trust Us, This Is All Made Up

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2009

Trust Us, This Is All Made Up

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2009

Trust Us, This Is All Made Up

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2009

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2009

Harmony and Me

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Mean Man Mike
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2009

Woodpecker

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2008

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2008

Woodpecker

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2008

The Hole Story

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2005

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Officer Stephen Lomatin
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