Martin Starr

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Actor

Birth Name: Martin James Pflieger Schienle

Birth Date: July 30, 1982

Age: 41 years old

Birth Place: Santa Monica, California

A graduate of the Judd Apatow stable, Martin Starr might not have the profile of Seth Rogen or James Franco, but he quietly became a permanent fixture of American comedy, having appeared in over a dozen sitcoms, several box-office hits and a number of under-rated cult favorites.

Starr first attracted attention as the geeky oddball Bill Haverchuck in the criminally-ignored "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC 1999-2000) and subsequently became a Frat Pack regular, stealing scenes in the likes of "Knocked Up" (2007), "Superbad" (2007) and "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" (2007). But it was on the small screen where Starr was allowed to truly showcase his talents, most notably as frustrated writer Roman DeBeers on "Party Down" (Starz 2009-10) and computer wizard Sam Stern on "NTSF: SD:SUV::" (Adult Swim 2011-13), while a string of guest parts on the likes of "Parks and Recreation" (NBC 2009-15), "Community" (NBC 2009-15; Yahoo!, 2015) and "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS 2005-14) further established his funnyman credentials.

Born in Santa Monica, CA in 1982 to an actress mother and teacher father, Starr made his on-screen debut in the Dustin Hoffman comedy-drama "Hero" (1992) where he was credited under his real name, Martin Schienle. But he didn't appear in front of the camera again until 1999 when Judd Apatow cast him as the bespectacled social misfit Bill Haverchuck in the short-lived but much-loved "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC 1999-2000).

Following the show's undeserved cancellation, Starr made brief appearances in comedy-drama "Ed" (NBC 2000-04), sci-fi fantasy "Mysterious Ways" (NBC 2000-02) and John Goodman sitcom "Normal, Ohio" (Fox 2000), before guesting as security guard Monk Pyle on three episodes of alien teen soap opera "Roswell" (The WB 1999-2002).

After playing a liquor store clerk in crime comedy "Stealing Harvard" (2002), a crib sheet genius who tries to outsmart the high school system in "Cheats" (2002) and a coffee shop customer in Will Ferrell's soccer vehicle "Kicking and Screaming" (2005), Starr returned to television with a recurring role on controversial miniseries "Revelations" (NBC, 2005) and a guest spot as Robin's date on "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS 2005-2014).

Having briefly reunited with Apatow on college sitcom "Undeclared" (Fox 2001-02), Starr then teamed up again with the director for three consecutive films, appearing as Seth Rogen's permanently stoned roommate Martin in "Knocked Up" (2007), the bearded coke fiend who forces Michael Cera's character to sing in "Superbad" (2007), and a Hasidic record label boss in music biopic spoof "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" (2007).

Starr then returned to his nerdy roots in indie rom-com "Good Dick" (2008) and "The Incredible Hulk" (2008) before landing the role of sarcastic amusement park worker Joel in the nostalgic "Adventureland" (2009) and minor parts in the Ricky Gervais fable "The Invention Of Lying" (2009) and horror comedy "The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu" (2009).

Later that year, he added yet another unfairly cancelled sitcom to his resume when he starred as waiter/aspiring Hollywood writer Roman DeBeers in "Party Down" (Starz 2009-10). Starr then graced a whole host of other TV comedies including "The League" (FX 2009-15) as Pete's old high schoolfriend Stu Pompeu, "Community" (NBC 2009-) as Professor Cligoris and "Mad Love" (CBS 2011) as stalkerish neighbour Clyde.

After appearing as wannabe musician Doug Duquez in ensemble sex farce "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy" (2011), Starr worked with former "Party Down" cast mate Lizzy Caplan in romantic comedy "Save The Date" (2011) and found himself playing yet another computer nerd in police procedural parody "NTSF:SD:SUV::" (Adult Swim 2011-13).

Starr then popped up as a snow globe museum attendant in "Parks and Recreation" (NBC 2009-), Nick's heartbroken law school cohort Dirk in "New Girl" (Fox 2011-) and grown-up premature baby Leo in web series "Burning Love" (2013) before guesting as hacker Adam 'Toast' Charles in three episodes of "Hawaii Five-0" (CBS 2010- ) and working with Kristen Bell on both Sundance hit "The Lifeguard" (2013) and the Kickstarter-funded big-screen adventure, "Veronica Mars" (2014).

Starr returned to series television as one of the stars of Mike Judge's tech world satire "Silicon Valley" (HBO 2014- ).

Credits

STARZ: Party Down

Actor
Roman DeBeers
Show
2023

There's Something in the Barn

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Bill
Movie
2023

There's Something in the Barn

Executive Producer
Movie
2023

Lousy Carter

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Kaminsky
Movie
2023

Tulsa KingStream

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Bodhi
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79%

Cabinet of CuriositiesStream

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Series
2022
93%

SamaritanStream

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Albert Casler
Movie
2022
38%

Beavis and Butt-Head Do the UniverseStream

Voice
Corrections Officer/Ball-Kicking Biker
Movie
2022
95%

Spider-Man: No Way HomeStream

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Mr. Harrington
Movie
2021
93%

A Little Late With Lilly Singh

Guest
Talk
2019
82%

SchooledStream

Guest Star
Andre
Series
2019
73%

Spider-Man: Far From HomeStream

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Mr. Harrington
Movie
2019
90%

Honey Boy

Actor
Alec
Movie
2019

Frances Ferguson

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Mel
Movie
2019

The Escape of Prisoner 614

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Jim Doyle
Movie
2018

Silver Lake

Actor
Movie
2018

Silver Lake

Producer
Movie
2018

Spider-Man: Homecoming: Extras

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Show
2017

Spider-Man: HomecomingStream

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Mr. Harrington
Movie
2017
92%

Lemon

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Adam
Movie
2017

Infinity Baby

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Malcolm
Movie
2017

Grow House

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Conspiracy Chris
Movie
2017

YoYo

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2017

The Elevator Talk Show With Pete Holmes

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2016

Operator

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Joe Larsen
Movie
2016

Life in PiecesStream

Guest Star
Oscar
Series
2015

I'll See You in My DreamsStream

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Lloyd
Movie
2015
93%

Shut In

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Perry Cuttner
Movie
2015

Hot Sugar's Cold World

Actor
Movie
2015

Last Week Tonight With John OliverStream

Guest Star
Himself
Talk
2014

Silicon ValleyStream

Actor
Gilfoyle
Series
2014
94%

Silicon Valley: Extras

Actor
Show
2014

Amira & Sam

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Sam
Movie
2014

Playing It CoolStream

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Lyle
Movie
2014
14%

Burning Love 2

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Leo
Movie
2014

The GoldbergsStream

Guest Star
Andre
Series
2013

Drunk HistoryStream

Guest Star
Series
2013

The Sidekick

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Blood Diamond
Movie
2013

This Is the EndStream

Self
Movie
2013
83%

The Lifeguard

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Todd
Movie
2013

Larry King NowStream

Guest
Talk
2012

Save the Date

Actor
Andrew
Movie
2012

Deep Dark Canyon

Actor
Lloyd Cavanaugh
Movie
2012

New GirlStream

Guest Star
Dirk
Series
2011
95%

NTSF:SD:SUV

Actor
Show
2011

Franklin & BashStream

Guest Star
Wendell Singletary
Series
2011
61%

Mad Love

Guest Star
Series
2011
43%

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

Actor
Doug Duquez
Movie
2011

6 Month Rule

Actor
Alan
Movie
2011

Hawaii Five-0Stream

Guest Star
Series
2010

The LeagueStream

Guest Star
Stu Pompeu
Series
2009
81%

CommunityStream

Guest Star
Professor Cligoris
Series
2009
88%

Parks and RecreationStream

Guest Star
Series
2009
93%

Party DownStream

Actor
Roman Debeers
Series
2009
94%

1-900-Drinking-Buddy

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Young Jock
Movie
2009

The Invention of LyingStream

Actor
Waiter No. 1
Movie
2009
56%

AdventurelandStream

Actor
Joel
Movie
2009
88%

Good Dick

Actor
Simon
Movie
2008

Knocked UpStream

Actor
Martin
Movie
2007
89%

How I Met Your MotherStream

Guest Star
Kevin
Series
2005
84%

RevelationsStream

Guest Star
Miniseries
2005

The Soup

Actor
Talk
2004

Cheats

Actor
Jonathan Jacob Applebee the Crib Master
Movie
2002

UndeclaredStream

Guest Star
Series
2001
93%

Ed

Guest Star
Series
2000

Mysterious Ways

Guest Star
Show
2000

Eyeball Eddie

Actor
Eddie Malick
Movie
2000

RoswellStream

Guest Star
Series
1999

Freaks and GeeksStream

Actor
Bill Haverchuck
Series
1999
100%

King of the HillStream

Guest Voice
Andrew/Tommy
Series
1997

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