James Urbaniak

James Urbaniak

Urbaniak at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
Born James Christian Urbaniak
(1963-09-17) September 17, 1963
Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1994–present

James Christian Urbaniak (born September 17, 1963) is an American actor and voice actor. Urbaniak was born in Bayonne, New Jersey and currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

One of his first noteworthy roles was in the avant-garde playwright/director Richard Foreman's The Universe, for which Urbaniak won an Obie. His first media appearance occurred in 1983, when at the age of 20, James came onstage from the audience of the Late Show with David Letterman, to try his hand at a monologue joke that Letterman had flubbed.[1] He has also been acclaimed for his acting in the films Henry Fool and American Splendor, in the latter of which he played legendary illustrator R. Crumb. He was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his role in Thom Pain (based on nothing).[2] He provides the voice for main character Dr. Thaddeus Venture on The Venture Bros. as well as the Doctor's brother Jonas Venture Junior and the super-villain Phantom Limb.

Urbaniak played a pizza guy in the famous "Whassup?" television commercials for Budweiser. He also portrayed the moderator in "Human Centipede Anonymous", a Funny or Die short depicting three men who grapple with their past as a human centipede.[3]

Urbaniak appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor Podcast on May 13, 2015.


Year Title Role Notes
1994 NYC 3/94 Short film
Opera No. 1 James Short film
1997 Henry Fool Simon Grim
Sticky Fingers of Time, TheThe Sticky Fingers of Time Isaac
1998 Aphrodisiac Deli assistant
Book of Life, TheThe Book of Life True Believer
1999 Ride with the Devil Poker player
Sweet and Lowdown Harry
Sex and the City Buster Television series
2000 Intern Olivier Di Santo
2001 No Such Thing Concierge
Upheaval Martin Short film
2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Rod Flexnor
Teknolust Agent Hopper
Passengers Man Short film
Daypass Simple Simon Short film
2003 Ed Gallery owner Television series
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dr. Roger Stern Television series
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Lab technician
Briar Patch Druden Hunt
Manhunt Innocentz #5 Video game
Grasshopper James Short film
American Splendor Robert Crumb
2003–present Venture Bros., TheThe Venture Bros. Dr. Venture
Various voices
Television series
2004 Thanksgiving Willy Short film
B Movie Professor Friend
Hi no tori Susanoo (voice) English dubbing
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Wade Donato Television series
Boutique Nick Short film
2005 Fortunes Lewis Croshere
Road The Ranger
Girl from Monday, TheThe Girl from Monday Funk
2006 Fay Grim Simon Grim
Last Romantic, TheThe Last Romantic Alex Scarvey
Death of a President Dr. James Pearn
2006–2007 Kidnapped The Accountant Television series
2007 Across the Universe Sadie's manager
Manhunt 2 The Bloodhounds Video game
Nanny Diaries, TheThe Nanny Diaries Educational consultant
SuperNormal Meowman/Mr. Tabby (voice) Television series
Numb3rs Binky Moore Television series
Chicago 10 Rennie Davis / Richard Schultz (voice) Animated film
2008 Bentfootes, TheThe Bentfootes Jim Raritan
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Cafe manager / Sarkissian Television series
Diagnosis, TheThe Diagnosis Dr. Besman Short film
Without a Trace Damon Lafloer Television series
Starter Wife, TheThe Starter Wife Gary Television series
CSI: Miami Max Paulson Television series
2009 NCIS Dr. Rod Daniels Episode: "Love & War"
Weeds The Wizard Television series
Medium Mr. Enright Television series
Snake 'n' Bacon Bacon (voice) Television film
Avatar: The Game NDA Video game
2009–2013 Office, TheThe Office Rolf 4 episodes
2010 You Don't Know Jack Jack Lessenberry
Life & Times of Tim, TheThe Life & Times of Tim Adam (voice) Television series
Beware the Gonzo Principal Roy
Hello Lonesome Gary
Human Centipede Anonymous James Short film
Drones Pete
2011 Fallout New Vegas: Old World Blues Dr. 0 Video game
Music Never Stopped, TheThe Music Never Stopped Mike Tapplin
Wizards of Waverly Place Rob Robinson Television series
Cinema Verite Dick Cavett Television film
Sound of My Voice Mr. Pritchett
Star Wars: The Old Republic Needles[4] / Ilox Video game
2011–2012 Homeland Larry 2 episodes
2012 Metalocalypse Television series
Electric City Mr. Orwell Web series
Pig Goat Banana Mantis Mantis (voice) Animated short
The Good Wife Judge Bernard Temple Episode: "And the Law Won"
2013 iSteve Bill Gates Internet movie[5]
The Mentalist Aaron Kalinoski Television series
Monsters vs. Aliens The Rule-Bot (voice) 2 episodes
Hawaii Five-0 Serial Killer Gary Nathan Television series
2014 Ned Rifle Simon Grim
Adventure Time Rat King / Leaf-Beard (voice) Episode: "Little Brother"
The Boxtrolls Sir Broderick (voice) Animated film
Teen Wolf The Chemist Episode: "Weaponized"
Comedy Bang! Bang! Victor Kahn Episode: "The Lonely Island Wear Holiday Sweaters & White Pants"
All Hail King Julien Lemur #1 (voice) 1 episode
2014–present Review Grant Television series
2015 Agent Carter Miles Van Ert 2 episodes:
"Now is Not the End"
"Bridge and Tunnel"
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Randolph Carter Video game
Pig Goat Banana Cricket Nose Picker Fish (voice) 1 episode
Special Relativity[6] Mr. Wandell, Art Director Radio
Newsreaders Carob Landis Episode: "The FMK Killer; Newsreaders: Behind the Scenes"
The Magic Circle Ishmael Gilder Video game
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Nick Lingeman Episode: "Boyle's Hunch"
Dr. Ken James Miller Episode: "The Seminar"
2015–2016 The Adventures of Puss in Boots Thriffith (voice) 3 episodes
2015–present Difficult People Arthur Tack TV series
2016 Dice Director Episode: "Prestige"
2017 Rebel in the Rye Gus Lobrano In post-production
Wonderstruck In post-production

Other works

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Welcome to Night Vale Intern James, Leonard Burton Podcast
Episode: Intern James Urbaniak [Bonus Track] ; [Best of?]
2016 A Night Called Tomorrow Arch Hutton Podcast
Also Writer and Producer


  1. "James Urbanik on Letterman, 1983". Youtube.
  2. "2007 - Drama Desk Awards - Nominations". Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  3. "Human Centipede Anonymous". Funny or Die. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  4. BioWare (2011-12-20). Star Wars: The Old Republic. Electronic Arts, LucasArts. Scene: closing credits, 9:50 in, English Cast.
  5. Funny Or Die (15 April 2013). "'iSteve". funnyordie.com. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  6. "Special Relativity - A Radio Comedy starring Alex Borstein". Retrieved 2015-05-18.

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