The Info List - Michael Cristofer

Michael Ivan Cristofer (born January 22, 1945) is an American playwright, filmmaker and actor. He received the Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
for Drama
and the Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Play for The Shadow Box in 1977.


1 Life and career 2 Bibliography

2.1 Plays 2.2 Screenplays

3 Filmography

3.1 Film 3.2 Television 3.3 Director

4 References 5 External links

Life and career[edit]

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Cristofer was born Michael Procaccino in Trenton, New Jersey, the son of Mary (Muccioli) and Joseph Peter Procaccino.[1] He started his theatrical career as an actor, primarily on stage. He also started writing plays. He has also written numerous screenplays for film. Cristofer was awarded a Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
for Drama
and a Tony Award
Tony Award
for the Broadway production of his play, The Shadow Box (1977). After New York City, the play was produced in every major American city and worldwide from Europe to the Far East. Other plays include Breaking Up at Primary Stages; Ice at Manhattan Theatre Club; Black Angel at Circle Repertory Company; The Lady and the Clarinet (starring Stockard Channing), produced by the Mark Taper Forum, Long Wharf Theater, Off-Broadway and on the London Fringe; and Amazing Grace (1996; starring Marsha Mason), which received the American Theater Critics Award as the best play produced in the United States during the 1996-97 season. Cristofer's film work includes the screenplays for The Shadow Box, directed by Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(Golden Globe Award, Emmy nomination); Falling in Love; The Witches of Eastwick, adapted from the novel by John Updike; The Bonfire of the Vanities, adapted from the novel by Tom Wolfe and directed by Brian De Palma; Breaking Up, and Casanova.[2] His directing credits include Gia, for HBO Pictures (starring Angelina Jolie, Mercedes Ruehl
Mercedes Ruehl
and Faye Dunaway), which was nominated for five Emmy Awards and for which he won a Directors Guild Award. He next directed Body Shots; and Original Sin, which was released in 2001.[2] For eight years he worked as artistic advisor and finally co-artistic director of River Arts Repertory in Woodstock, New York, a company which produced new plays by writers such as Richard Nelson, Mac Wellman, Eric Overmeyer, and others, including the American premiere of Edward Albee's Three Tall Women, a production which later moved to Off-Broadway. Also at River Arts, he wrote stage adaptations of the films Love Me or Leave Me and the legendary Casablanca. He directed Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
in his own adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts. His most recent work for the theater, The Whore and Mr. Moore, premiered at Dorset Theatre Festival's 2012 summer season. He collaborated with trumpeter Terence Blanchard, writing the libretto for Champion, a boxing opera in jazz music based on the life of prize fighter Emile Griffith. It premiered in June 2013 at Opera Theater of St. Louis. His latest work, Execution of the Caregiver, is based on the true story of a woman in South Carolina who killed her mother, fiance and several people for whom she was purportedly caring.[3] After a 15-year hiatus, Cristofer returned to his acting career, appearing in Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
(New York Shakespeare Festival), Trumpery by Peter Parnell, Three Sisters (Williamstown Theater), Body of Water (with Christine Lahti), and the Broadway revival of A View from the Bridge (starring Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
and Scarlett Johansson). He recently appeared in The Other Woman (with Natalie Portman), and created the role of Gus in Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures at the Public Theater. In 2010, Cristofer was a cast member on AMC's Rubicon, in which he played Truxton Spangler.[2] In 2012, he played Jerry Rand on the NBC series, Smash, husband to Anjelica Huston's character, Eileen Rand.[4] In 2013-14, he played millionaire witch-hunter Harrison Renard
Harrison Renard
in American Horror Story: Coven. In 2015, Cristofer made guest appearances in four episodes of season one of Mr. Robot as Phillip Price, the shadowy CEO of the sinister E Corp, and went on to be promoted as a cast member in season two and three.[2] Bibliography[edit] Plays[edit]

The Shadow Box, Tony Award
Tony Award
and Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
winner Breaking Up, produced by Primary Stages Ice produced by Manhattan Theatre Club Black Angel, produced by Circle Repertory Company The Lady and the Clarinet Amazing Grace The Whore and Mr. Moore Tabarja Pop Eyes Wide Open


The Shadow Box directed by Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(Golden Globe Award, Emmy nomination) Falling in Love, with Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro The Witches of Eastwick, with Jack Nicholson, Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Susan Sarandon The Bonfire of the Vanities, directed by Brian De Palma, with Tom Hanks, Melanie Griffith
Melanie Griffith
and Bruce Willis Breaking Up directed by Robert Greenwald, with Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
and Salma Hayek Casanova, with Heath Ledger Georgia O'Keeffe, with Joan Allen
Joan Allen
and Jeremy Irons

Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1973 The Exorcist Voice Uncredited

1974 The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder Alessini

1975 Crime Club Frank Swoboda Television movie

Knuckle Curly Television movie

1976 The Entertainer Frank Television movie

The Last of Mrs. Lincoln Robert Lincoln Television movie

1978 An Enemy of the People Hovstad

1984 The Little Drummer Girl Tayeh

1995 Die Hard with a Vengeance Bill Jarvis

2009 The Other Woman Sheldon

2014 Emoticon ;) Walter Nevins

2015 The Adderall Diaries Paul Hora

Chronic John

The Girl in the Book Dad

2016 Year by the Sea Robin


Year Title Role Notes

1974–1976 Carl Sandburg's Lincoln John Nicolay 5 episodes

1974 The Magician David Webster Episode: "The Illusion of Black Gold"

1974 Gunsmoke Ben 2 episodes

1975 The Rookies Charlie Phillips Episode: "Someone Who Cares"

1975 Kojak Michael Viggers, Jr. Episode: "Over the Water"

1977 The Andros Targets Ron Comack Episode: "The Surrender"

2010 Rubicon Truxton Spangler 11 episodes

2012 Suits Paul Episode: "The Choice"

2012–2013 Smash Jerry Rand 15 episodes

2013–2016 Ray Donovan Father Daniel O'Connor 5 episodes

2013–2014 American Horror Story: Coven Harrison Renard 3 episodes

2014 Elementary Isaac Pyke Episode: "Bella"

2015–present Mr. Robot Phillip Price Main role


Year Title Notes

1982 Candida Television movie

1998 Gia Television movie

1999 Body Shots

2001 Original Sin


^ Profile, Filmreference.com; accessed March 4, 2018. ^ a b c d Michael Cristofer
Michael Cristofer
on IMDb ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1992-07-08/entertainment/ca-1650_1_michael-cristofer ^ Aucoin, Don (February 6, 2012). "A familiar face in 'Smash'". Boston Globe. 

External links[edit]

Michael Cristofer
Michael Cristofer
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Michael Cristofer
Michael Cristofer
on IMDb Michael Cristofer
Michael Cristofer
at Internet Off-Broadway Database

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Directors Guild of America
Directors Guild of America
Award for Outstanding Directing – Miniseries or TV Film


Buzz Kulik for Brian's Song
Brian's Song
(1971) Lamont Johnson for That Certain Summer
That Certain Summer
(1972) Joseph Sargent
Joseph Sargent
for The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973) John Korty for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974) Sam O'Steen
Sam O'Steen
for Queen of the Stardust Ballroom
Queen of the Stardust Ballroom
(1975) Marvin J. Chomsky for Inside the Third Reich (1982) Edward Zwick
Edward Zwick
for Special Bulletin
Special Bulletin
(1983) Daniel Petrie
Daniel Petrie
for The Dollmaker (1984) John Erman for An Early Frost (1985) Lee Grant
Lee Grant
for Nobody's Child (1986) Jud Taylor for Foxfire (1987) Lamont Johnson for Lincoln (1988) Dan Curtis for War and Remembrance: "Parts VIII-XII: The Final Chapter" (1989) Roger Young for Murder in Mississippi
Murder in Mississippi
(1990) Stephen Gyllenhaal
Stephen Gyllenhaal
for Paris Trout (1991) Ron Lagomarsino for Picket Fences: "Pilot" (1992) Michael Ritchie for The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993) Rod Holcomb for ER: "Pilot" (1994) Mick Jackson for Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995) Betty Thomas
Betty Thomas
for The Late Shift (1996) John Herzfeld for Don King: Only in America (1997) Michael Cristofer
Michael Cristofer
for Gia
(1998) Mick Jackson for Tuesdays with Morrie (1999) Jeff Bleckner for The Beach Boys: An American Family (2000)


Frank Pierson
Frank Pierson
for Conspiracy (2001) Mick Jackson for Live from Baghdad (2002) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
for Angels in America (2003) Joseph Sargent
Joseph Sargent
for Something the Lord Made (2004) George C. Wolfe
George C. Wolfe
for Lackawanna Blues (2005) Walter Hill for Broken Trail
Broken Trail
(2006) Yves Simoneau for Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007) Jay Roach
Jay Roach
for Recount (2008) Ross Katz
Ross Katz
for Taking Chance
Taking Chance
(2009) Mick Jackson for Temple Grandin (2010) Jon Cassar
Jon Cassar
for The Kennedys (2011) Jay Roach
Jay Roach
for Game Change (2012) Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
for Behind the Candelabra
Behind the Candelabra
(2013) Lisa Cholodenko for Olive Kitteridge (2014) Dee Rees
Dee Rees
for Bessie (2015) Steven Zaillian for The Night Of: "The Beach" (2016) Jean-Marc Vallée
Jean-Marc Vallée
for Big Little Lies (2017)

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Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
for Drama: Authors

Jesse Lynch Williams (1918) Eugene O'Neill
Eugene O'Neill
(1920) Zona Gale
Zona Gale
(1921) Eugene O'Neill
Eugene O'Neill
(1922) Owen Davis
Owen Davis
(1923) Hatcher Hughes (1924) Sidney Howard
Sidney Howard
(1925) George Kelly (1926) Paul Green (1927) Eugene O'Neill
Eugene O'Neill
(1928) Elmer Rice
Elmer Rice
(1929) Marc Connelly
Marc Connelly
(1930) Susan Glaspell
Susan Glaspell
(1931) George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind and Ira Gershwin
Ira Gershwin
(1932) Maxwell Anderson
Maxwell Anderson
(1933) Sidney Kingsley
Sidney Kingsley
(1934) Zoe Akins
Zoe Akins
(1935) Robert E. Sherwood
Robert E. Sherwood
(1936) Moss Hart
Moss Hart
and George S. Kaufman
George S. Kaufman
(1937) Thornton Wilder
Thornton Wilder
(1938) Robert E. Sherwood
Robert E. Sherwood
(1939) William Saroyan
William Saroyan
(1940) Robert E. Sherwood
Robert E. Sherwood
(1941) Thornton Wilder
Thornton Wilder
(1943) Mary Chase (1945) Russel Crouse and Howard Lindsay (1946) Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
(1948) Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
(1949) Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
Oscar Hammerstein II
and Joshua Logan (1950) Joseph Kramm (1952) William Inge
William Inge
(1953) John Patrick (1954) Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
(1955) Albert Hackett
Albert Hackett
and Frances Goodrich (1956) Eugene O'Neill
Eugene O'Neill
(1957) Ketti Frings (1958) Archibald MacLeish
Archibald MacLeish
(1959) Jerome Weidman, George Abbott, Jerry Bock
Jerry Bock
and Sheldon Harnick
Sheldon Harnick
(1960) Tad Mosel
Tad Mosel
(1961) Frank Loesser
Frank Loesser
and Abe Burrows
Abe Burrows
(1962) Frank D. Gilroy (1965) Edward Albee
Edward Albee
(1967) Howard Sackler (1969) Charles Gordone (1970) Paul Zindel
Paul Zindel
(1971) Jason Miller (1973) Edward Albee
Edward Albee
(1975) Michael Bennett, Nicholas Dante, James Kirkwood Jr., Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban (1976) Michael Cristofer
Michael Cristofer
(1977) Donald L. Coburn (1978) Sam Shepard
Sam Shepard
(1979) Lanford Wilson
Lanford Wilson
(1980) Beth Henley (1981) Charles Fuller (1982) Marsha Norman
Marsha Norman
(1983) David Mamet
David Mamet
(1984) James Lapine
James Lapine
and Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1985) August Wilson
August Wilson
(1987) Alfred Uhry
Alfred Uhry
(1988) Wendy Wasserstein
Wendy Wasserstein
(1989) August Wilson
August Wilson
(1990) Neil Simon
Neil Simon
(1991) Robert Schenkkan
Robert Schenkkan
(1992) Tony Kushner
Tony Kushner
(1993) Edward Albee
Edward Albee
(1994) Horton Foote (1995) Jonathan Larson (1996) Paula Vogel
Paula Vogel
(1998) Margaret Edson (1999) Donald Margulies
Donald Margulies
(2000) David Auburn (2001) Suzan-Lori Parks
Suzan-Lori Parks
(2002) Nilo Cruz
Nilo Cruz
(2003) Doug Wright (2004) John Patrick Shanley
John Patrick Shanley
(2005) David Lindsay-Abaire (2007) Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
(2008) Lynn Nottage
Lynn Nottage
(2009) Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (2010) Bruce Norris (2011) Quiara Alegría Hudes (2012) Ayad Akhtar
Ayad Akhtar
(2013) Annie Baker
Annie Baker
(2014) Stephen Adly Guirgis (2015) Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2016) Lynn Nottage
Lynn Nottage

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Films directed by Michael Cristofer

(1998) Body Shots (1999) Original Sin (2001)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 64207608 LCCN: n85105664 ISNI: 0000 0001 1446 2474 GND: 124088910 SUDOC: 070499691 BNF: cb140440920 (data) BIBSYS: 3006724 SN