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Fred Melamed

 
Bio:
Fred Melamed (born 13 May 1956) is an American actor and writer. He was born and raised in New York City, in a show business family. His mother was actress Syma Melamed, and father, Lou, was right hand man to television pioneer Nat Hiken, and producer of many early shows, including The Nat King ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Fred Melamed (born 13 May 1956) is an American actor and writer. He was born and raised in New York City, in a show business family. His mother was actress Syma Melamed, and father, Lou, was right hand man to television pioneer Nat Hiken, and producer of many early shows, including The Nat King ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2011
Father
Funeral Director
Dr. Brill (Understudy)

Fred Melamed Biography

Fred Melamed (born 13 May 1956) is an American actor and writer. He was born and raised in New York City, in a show business family. His mother was actress Syma Melamed, and father, Lou, was right hand man to television pioneer Nat Hiken, and producer of many early shows, including The Nat King Cole Show, Let’s Pretend, Sgt. Bilko, and Car 54 Where Are You? Melamed was adopted, and as an adult became acquainted with his biological parents, Actor/Director Nancy Zala(Round Numbers), and British psychoanalyst, Stanley Silverstone, who was related to noted theatrical family, the Adlers, including Luther and Stella Adler.

Fred received his theatrical training at Hampshire College and the Yale School of Drama. At Yale, he was a Samuel F. B. Morse College Graduate Fellow. He was also a nominee for the Irene Ryan Award, a prize conferred upon the most promising young actors in the United States. While still at Yale, he was an instructor at the well-known performing arts camp, Stagedoor Manor. After his training, he appeared on stage with several resident theatre companies, including The Guthrie Theater, The Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts, The Yale Repertory Theater, and on Broadway in the Tony Award-Winning Amadeus. At the same time, he became established as a voice actor, and began to do film work.

At about the same time, Fred began his long association with Woody Allen. He has appeared in a total of 9 Woody Allen/Marshall Brickman films. Fred’s collaborations with Allen have included the Oscar-Winning Hannah and Her Sisters, Another Woman, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Radio Days, Husbands & Wives, Hollywood Ending, and Shadows and Fog. His filmography also includes Peter Yates’ Suspect, with Cher, Dennis Quaid and Liam Neeson, The Good Mother, with Diane Keaton and Jason Robards, Roland Joffe’s The Mission, with Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons, James Toback’s The Pickup Artist, with Robert Downey, Jr. and Dennis Hopper, and Marshall Brickman’s Lovesick, with Dudley Moore and Sir Alec Guinness, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Lying and Stealing, The Vigil, Shiva Baby, Rumble.

But it was for his portrayal of "sensitive" villain Sy Ableman, in Joel and Ethan Coen's 2009 film, A Serious Man, which was nominated for Best Picture, at the 2010 Academy Awards, that he became most widely known. About that character, Film Confessional said, "Sy Ableman is as great a contemporary movie villain as The Joker, Hans Landa, or Anton Chigurh. The character Fred Melamed contrives is the year's most brilliant force of destruction."
For his performance in A Serious Man, Melamed won The Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award. New York Magazine listed Melamed's work as among the Best Performances of 2009, and Empire called Sy Ableman "One of The Best Coen Bros. Characters of All Time". Several leading American critics, including A.O. Scott of The New York Times, Michael Philips of The Chicago Tribune and Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times said his performance was worthy of Academy Award nomination.

Melamed starred in Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator, as Elliott Gould’s son, the independent feature, Fred, as Brian Cox’s friend, agent, and possibly, lover, in Passing Harold Blumenthal, and as an old-school bookie opposite Parker Posey in BirdBrained.

TV fans will recognize him as Larry David’s name-dropping psychiatrist, Arthur Thurgood, from Curb Your Enthusiasm, and tough-guy jurist, Alan Karpman, on The Good Wife. Other tv credits include The Morning Show, Superstore, Adventure Time, Lady Dynamite, Brooklyn-99, New Girl, The Detour, Benched, Girls, House of Lies, Blunt Talk, Wanda Vision, Casual, F is for Family.

In fall of 2011, Melamed made a return to Broadway in Relatively Speaking, a trio of one-acts by Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen, but his run was short, leaving the company after five weeks of rehearsal and two weeks of previews. He cited conflicts with film projects that he wanted to pursue as the reason.

As a writer, he has produced screenplays including Girl of the Perfume River, A Jones for Gash, The Asshat Project, and most recently The Preservationist, a fictional film inspired by the case of Melamed's college friend, Edward Forbes Smiley III, a renowned cartographic expert and dealer, who admitted to having been the most brazen and prolific map thief of all time. Melamed has said publicly that he intends to direct this film himself, and will not sell it under any circumstances.

He lives with his wife and twin sons on the East End of Long Island. Both of the Melamed children were born with autism, and Melamed and his wife have been involved in advocacy for persons living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.





Fred Melamed News

Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez Win Emmy For 'Agatha All Along' From WANDAVIS Photo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez Win Emmy For 'Agatha All Along' From WANDAVISION
by Stephi Wild - Sep 13, 2021

Songwriting duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez have won their first Emmy Award for the song 'Agatha All Along' from WandaVision.

AGLIFF Community Screening And Events Announced for the Remainder Of 2020 Photo AGLIFF Community Screening And Events Announced for the Remainder Of 2020
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 26, 2020

Austin's oldest film festival, The All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF) announces community screenings and events for the remainder of 2020.

Photo Flash: Eugene Pack, Laraine Newman, George Wendt, and More at THE PACK @ The Pi Photo Photo Flash: Eugene Pack, Laraine Newman, George Wendt, and More at THE PACK @ The Pico
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 6, 2020

THE PACK @ The Pico returned on March 3 with staged readings of short new comedies by Drama Desk Award Winner and Emmy® nominee Eugene Pack.

SF Sketchfest Adds The Venture Bros, Mira Sorvino, Julie Hagerty, and More To 2020 Sa Photo SF Sketchfest Adds The Venture Bros, Mira Sorvino, Julie Hagerty, and More To 2020 San Francisco Comedy Festival
by Stephi Wild - Dec 20, 2019

SF Sketchfest announces more additions to the lineup for the 19th annual San Francisco Comedy Festival happening January 9-26. A vital part of the Bay Area entertainment scene year after year, SF Sketchfest features something for everyone with more than 250 shows over 18 days in 20 venues with more than 900 performers including major comedy stars and the best up-and-coming comedians from around the world. SF Sketchfest features non-stop entertainment including sketch, stand-up, alternative comedy, music, improv, films, tributes, live podcasts, storytelling, family shows, workshops, panels and more. Tickets for all new shows and all previously announced shows are on sale now at sfsketchfest.com.

VIDEO: Netflix Releases Trailer for MEDICAL POLICE Photo VIDEO: Netflix Releases Trailer for MEDICAL POLICE
by Stage Tube - Dec 19, 2019

Netflix has released a new trailer for Medical Police. From the inimitable team behind Childrens Hospital, Medical Police follows two American physicians (Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel) stationed at a pediatric hospital in SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil who unwittingly discover a civilization-threatening virus. They're soon recruited as secret government agents and find themselves in a race against time to find a cure, all the while uncovering a dark conspiracy at the center of the outbreak. Building on the legacy of its predecessor Childrens Hospital, Medical Police triples as an action-packed thriller, a mystery-wrapped love story and, ultimately, a globetrotting comedy series.

MEDICAL POLICE Premieres Friday, January 10 on Netflix Photo MEDICAL POLICE Premieres Friday, January 10 on Netflix
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Dec 16, 2019

From the inimitable team behind Childrens Hospital, Medical Police follows two American physicians (Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel) stationed at a pediatric hospital in SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil who unwittingly discover a civilization-threatening virus.

ROOM 104 Returns to HBO on September 13 Photo ROOM 104 Returns to HBO on September 13
by Kaitlin Milligan - Jul 25, 2019

ROOM 104 returns for its third season FRIDAY, SEPT. 13 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on HBO.

BWW Interview: WordTheatre's Cedering Fox Blending Heart-Felt Prose With Beautiful Mu Photo BWW Interview: WordTheatre's Cedering Fox Blending Heart-Felt Prose With Beautiful Music
by Gil Kaan - May 8, 2019

The Grammy Museum will be hosting NOTES ON LIVING: ALL-STAR JAZZ WITH TALES BY BRIAN DOYLE May 14, 2019 as a joint benefit for WordTheatre in the Schools (WITS) and the Grammy Museum. WordTheatre's artistic director Cedering Fox will be producing and directing this evening of selected stories by award-winning author Brian Doyle, read by a star-studded cast, and accompanied by an all-star jazz band led by Starr Parodi. Cedering opened up some of her early evening time to speak to me.

Scoop: Coming Up On An All New LIFE IN PIECES on CBS - Today, March 8, 2018 Photo Scoop: Coming Up On An All New LIFE IN PIECES on CBS - Today, March 8, 2018
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2018

Get all the scoop on Coming Up On An All New LIFE IN PIECES , airing on CBS today, March 8, 2018!

Scoop: BROOKLYN NINE-NINE on FOX - Today, November 28, 2017 Photo Scoop: BROOKLYN NINE-NINE on FOX - Today, November 28, 2017
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2017

Get all the scoop on BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, airing on FOX today, November 28, 2017!

Fred Melamed Videos

VIDEO: Netflix Releases Trailer for MEDICAL POLICE Videoplay
VIDEO: Netflix Releases Trailer for MEDICAL POLICE

by Stage Tube - Dec 19, 2019

Netflix has released a new trailer for Medical Police. From the inimitable team behind Childrens Hospital, Medical Police follows two American physicians (Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel) stationed at a pediatric hospital in SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil who unwittingly discover a civilization-threatening virus. They're soon recruited as secret government agents and find themselves in a race against time to find a cure, all the while uncovering a dark conspiracy at the center of the outbreak. Building on the legacy of its predecessor Childrens Hospital, Medical Police triples as an action-packed thriller, a mystery-wrapped love story and, ultimately, a globetrotting comedy series.

VIDEO: LMria Bamford Returns for LADY DYNAMITE Season 2 on Netflix, Today Videoplay
VIDEO: LMria Bamford Returns for LADY DYNAMITE Season 2 on Netflix, Today

by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2017

Maria Bamford returns as Maria Bamford in season two of the acclaimed comedy series LADY DYNAMITE, returning to Netflix on November 10. Check out the announcement video below!

VIDEO: LMria Bamford Returns for LADY DYNAMITE Season 2 on Netflix, 11/10 Videoplay
VIDEO: LMria Bamford Returns for LADY DYNAMITE Season 2 on Netflix, 11/10

by Caryn Robbins - Sep 7, 2017

Maria Bamford returns as Maria Bamford in season two of the acclaimed comedy series LADY DYNAMITE, returning to Netflix on November 10. Check out the announcement video below!

BWW TV: Inside the Opening Night Party of RELATIVELY SPEAKING!
by Broadway Beat - Oct 21, 2011

The world premiere production of RELATIVELY SPEAKING - three one-act comedies by the prolific writing trio of Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen, and directed by John Turturro - opened last night October 20 at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Broadway Beat was on hand for the opening night, and takes you inside the after party below!

BWW TV: RELATIVELY SPEAKING Performance Highlights - Opens Tonight, 10/20!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 20, 2011

The world premiere production of RELATIVELY SPEAKING- three one-act comedies by the prolific writing trio of Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen, and directed by John Turturro- opens tonight October 20 at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Click below for a sneak peek of the production onstage!

BWW TV: Meet the Company of Woody Allen, Ethan Coen, Elaine May's RELATIVELY SPEAKING!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 9, 2011

This September, Broadway welcomes the world premiere of three one-act comedies, together entitled RELATIVELY SPEAKING, about mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, parents and children, written by four-time Oscar winner Ethan Coen (True Grit, Fargo), two-time Oscar nominee Elaine May (Heaven Can Wait, The Birdcage) and Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris). Broadway Beat was on hand to meet the cast and brings you interview highlights below!


Fred Melamed Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Fred Melamed been in?
Fred Melamed has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has Fred Melamed been in?
Fred Melamed has not appeared in the West End