Jonathan Goldstein (actor)

Jonathan Goldstein
Born Jonathan Lewis Goldstein
(1964-12-04) December 4, 1964
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, musician
Years active 1989–present

Jonathan Lewis Goldstein[1] (born December 4, 1964) is an American actor best known for his role as Walter Nichols in the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh.

Life and career

Goldstein was born and raised in Port Washington, Long Island and honed his acting skills at New York University and Northwestern University before landing a role on the soap opera All My Children and later heading for Hollywood.

Goldstein waited tables for ten years to help pay the bills between acting gigs. In a bizarre twist of fate, one of Goldstein’s regular customers turned out to be Drake & Josh producer Dan Schneider, who did not recognize his favorite waiter on the audition tape. "After he picked me his wife Lisa looked at the tape and said, ‘Hey, isn’t that our waiter Jonathan?’", Goldstein explained.

Some of his other television credits include The Riches, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, NCIS, Heroes, Grey's Anatomy, Once and Again and The Electric Company. He also directed three episodes of the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly starring his former Drake & Josh co-star Miranda Cosgrove.

Goldstein was also the lead singer in several New York bands including: The Shakers, The Cosmic Testes and The Garage Ensemble.

Goldstein was also a founding member of Los Angeles' Sacred Fools Theater Company, and served as one of its Artistic Directors during the theater's inaugural season.[2][3]

In recent years, Goldstein has taken to traveling to Bowling Green, Kentucky during the summer to direct amateur youth theatre. So far, he has directed local productions of both Romeo and Juliet and Pride and Prejudice.


Year Film Role Notes
1989 The Jitters Joey
1993 Stranger
1994 Target of Suspicion Bartender TV movie
1996 Body of Influence 2 Rick Benson
1997 Maître Da Costa TV series
1998 Shock Television Donut Shop Owner
1999 Wasteland Cigarette Guy TV series
1999 The Auteur Theory Santa Claus
2000–2001 Once and Again Fosdick TV series
2001 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Mike TV series
2002 Without a Trace Bartender TV series
2003 The Handler Paramedic TV series
2004–2007 Drake & Josh Walter Nichols TV series
2004 Tube Eric Short film
2004 The Guru Singh-Cinderelli Max Short video
2004 Half & Half Photographer TV series
2005 The West Wing Knocking Congressman TV series
2005 Herstory Mark
2006 Drake & Josh Go Hollywood Walter Nichols TV movie
2007 The Wedding Bells Bar Guy TV series
2007–2008 The Riches Wes TV series
2008 The Starter Wife Bill TV series
2008 Californication Mario TV series
2008 CSI: NY Steven Benson Video game
2008 Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh Walter Nichols TV movie
2009 Table Manners Mrs. Hayward Short film
2009 Eleventh Hour Charlie Wease TV series
2009 Meteor Walt Payne TV miniseries
2009 Party Down Douglas TV series
2009 Heroes Male Citizen TV series
2009 Private Practice Rabbi TV series
2009 Parks and Recreation Donnie Rotger TV series
2010 BioShock 2 Additional Voices - Minerva's Den Video game
2010 No Heart Feelings Joe
2010 Grey's Anatomy Ken May TV series
2010 Criminal Minds Detective John Fordham TV series
2010 The Defenders Luke Purcell TV series
2011 NCIS Glenn Block TV series
2011 Svetlana TV series
2012 Unorthodox Morty Short film
2012 Workaholics Father TV series
2014 Teacher of the Year John Collier


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