The Single Guy
American actor of television, film and stage Jonathan Silverman rose to fame with his role as Eugene Jerome, Neil Simon's teenaged alter ego, on Simon's Broadway play “Brighton Beach Memoirs” (1984) and in a 1986 movie version of the same name. The gangling, chipmunk-faced actor also has recreated the role for the follow-up plays “Biloxi Blues” and “Broadway Bound.” Silverman furthered gained popularity with his role as Andrew McCarthy's cohort in the surprise hit film “Weekend at Bernie's” (1989) and its unnecessary sequel in 1993, “Weekend at Bernie's II,” and for starring as Jonathan Eliot on the high-rated, but short-lived sitcom “The Single Guy” (1995-1997). Silverman's more recent film and upcoming credits include “Class Action” (1991), “The Odd Couple II” (1998), “Just a Little Harmless Sex” (1999), “The Life Coach” (2005), “Laura Smiles” (2006), “Coffee Date” (2006), “Jekyll” (2007) and “Punctured” (2008). Silverman starred as Harry Kennison on the ABC new series “In Case of Emergency” (2007), with David Arquette. He also has acted in a number of TV films and appeared as guest star in many TV shows.
Off camera, 6-foot-0½-inch Silverman is the husband of screen beauty Jennifer Finnigan, whom he married in June 2007. His love life was also been linked to Annalee Fery and Kim Cattrall (dated in the 1980s).
Childhood and Family:
Jonathan Elihu Silverman was born on August 5, 1966, in Los Angeles, California, to Morris Silverman and Devora. His grandfather, Morris Silverman, is the world-renowned Rabbi. Jonathan attended Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, California, the same prestigious school where Angelina Jolie, Michael Klesic, Nicolas Cage, Lenny Kravitz, David Schwimmer, Gina Gershon, Albert Brooks and Betty White, among others also once became students.
On Christmas 2004, Jonathan was engaged to actress Jennifer Finnigan, who played Bridget Forrester on the series “The Bold and the Beautiful” and stars as Annabeth Chase on “Close to Home” (2005-present). They eventually married on June 7, 2007.
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Spotted while acting in a play at Beverly Hills High School, Jonathan Silverman was shot to stardom when he landed the role of Eugene Morris Jerome, the young incarnation of young Neil Simon in the playwright's autobiographical “Brighton Beach Memoirs” (1984) on Broadway, a role originally intended for Matthew Broderick. He next recreated the role on play's first national tour and in Simon's follow-ups “Biloxi Blues” (1985) and “Broadway Bound.” Impressed by his performance, Simon used the young actor again in the 1986 motion picture version of the play, directed by Gene Saks. Silverman made his feature film debut as Drew Boreman on “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (1985). It was also in 1985 that he made his TV movie bow in “Challenge of a Lifetime,” costarring with Penny Marshall and Richard Gilliland, and had a recurring gig on the hit NBC sitcom “Gimme a Break,” playing Laurie Hendler's husband.
After “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” Silverman returned to film in 1988 when he was cast as Harry on the sport-themed “Caddyshack II” and the young Alan Appleby on the drama “Stealing Home,” starring Mark Harmon. He went on to appear in the indie-crime/thriller “Murder Story” (1989) and the made-for-TV “Traveling Man” (also 1989), starring opposite John Lithgow, but it was Silverman's turn as a more dimwitted cohort, Richard Parker, on the low-key comedy “Weekend at Bernie's” (1989) that brought him a surprise box office victory.
Silverman found himself acting with Gene Hackman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio on the drama “Class Action” (1991), played Seymour in an unusual comedy written and directed by Douglas Katz, “Age Isn't Everything” (1991), and starred as a college freshman named Bobby in the comedy “Little Sister” (1992) before taking on the role of Stan Jerome, Eugene's older brother, on the 1992 TV adaptation of Neil Simon's “Broadway Bound” (ABC). The same year, he also starred opposite Jack Lemmon on the TV film “For Richer, for Poorer.” After roles in “Death Becomes Her” (1992), “Breaking the Rules” (1992), “The Pitch” (1993) and “12:01” (1993, TV), Silverman reprised his role as Richard Parker on the less successful sequel “Weekend at Bernie's II” (1993).
The button-eyed performer maintained his active streak in the following years by playing roles in such movies as “Teresa's Tattoo” (1994), “Little Big League” (1994), “Couples” (1994, TV), “Sketch Artist II: Hands That See” (1995, TV) and “French Exit” (1995). He also appeared in episodes of “Friends” and “Caroline in the City” (both 1995), and was returned to the spotlight with his role on the NBC comedy series “The Single Guy,” about Jonathan Eliot, a struggling New York writer who tries to find success and dates. The show proved high-rated, but was canceled after two seasons in 1997. In addition to starring in the title role, Silverman also served as program consultant.
Back to film, the dark-haired Silverman took on the supporting role of Hyper in the drama “12 Bucks” and starred as Joel in Adam Rifkin's “Denial” (both 1998). Also in 1998, he teamed up with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau for the Neil Simon-penned “The Odd Couple,” appeared in the independent film “Border to Border” and shared the screen with Louis Gossett Jr in the Showtime movie “The Inspectors.” He closed out the 1990s with supporting roles in the Showtime drama “Freak City,” written by Jane Shepard, and the independent film “Just a Little Harmless Sex,” which starred Alison Eastwood and Rachel Hunter.
Entering the new millennium, Silverman rejoined Gossett for Showtime's installment “Inspectors 2: A Shred of Evidence” (2000), reprising his role as Inspector Alex Urbina, and was discovered on the stage in L.A for a premiere show of Warren Leight's play “Glimmer, Glimmer and Shine,” in the next year. 2001 also saw the actor act in five films, including the ABC movie “These Old Broads,”opposite Shirley MacLaine, Debbie Reynolds, Joan Collins and Elizabeth Taylor, and the Indie-comedy “Lip Service.” From 2002 to 2005, Silverman made a number of TV films such as “Miss Miami” (2002), Showtime's “Deacons for Defense” (2003, as Michael Deane), “Pryor Offenses” (2004), and also acted in the David E. Kelley unsold pilot “The DeMarco Affairs” (2004) as well as in the movies “The Cookout” and “The Life Coach” (2005). His fans could heard his voice on the animated comedy series “Free for All” (2003), as Johnny G. Jenkins, and in two episodes of “Kim Possible” (2004-2005), as Jimmy Ding.
In 2006, Silverman had four movies under his belt. He first appeared as Gary in the drama “Jam” and then was cast as Jack Puig in the short “Shoot.” He also teamed up with Kip Pardue for director-writer Jason Ruscio's existential drama, “Laura Smiles,” and supported Jonathan Bray and Wilson Cruz in the comedy “Coffee Date,” directed by Stewart Wade. In early 2007, the actor returned to series TV as a regular role on the ABC new comedy series “In Case of Emergency,” opposite David Arquette. There he portrayed Harry Kennison. He also had a three-episode role on his wife's series, “Close to Home” (2007), as Pete Durkin.
Recently costarring as Dr. Lanyon on the horror/thriller film “Jekyll” (2007), along side Matt Keeslar, the 41-year-old player will work with Eugene Levy for the upcoming comedy “Punctured” (2008), helmed by Shari Hamrick and written by Karl Williams.