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Patrick Fischler
Patrick Fischler (2018 crop)
General Information
Gender: Male
Birthday: December 29, 1969
Age: 47
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other Information
Occupation(s): Actor
Education: New York University's Tisch School of the Arts
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Family: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (sister-in-law)
Bill (father)
Fia Lucille (daugher)
Relationships: Lauren Bowles (wife)
Series Information
Character: Isaac Heller
First appearance: Best Laid Plans
Last appearance: Mother's Little Helper

Patrick S. Fischler is an American actor best known for his roles as Jimmy Barrett on the drama series Mad Men, Dharma Initiative worker Phil on the drama series Lost and Detective Kenny No-Gun on the police drama Southland. He has had more than 60 film and television credits, including the films Mulholland Drive (2001), Ghost World (2001), Old School (2003), The Black Dahlia (2006) and Dinner for Schmucks (2010).

Fischler portrayed real-life gangster Mickey Cohen in the 2011 video game L.A. Noire, which utilized facial performance-capture technology to convert performances in the game's graphics. Two years later he played gangster Meyer Lansky in scenes with Cohen's character in the TNT mini-series Mob City. In 2012, he appeared in One for the Money, a crime thriller adapted from Janet Evanovich's novel of the same name.

The Santa Monica restaurant "Patrick's Roadhouse" was started by his father and is named for him.

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Early life and career

Patrick Fischler was born in Los Angeles, California, on December 29, 1969. His father, Bill, purchased a restaurant on the Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, when Fischler was five years old, and named it "Patrick's Roadhouse" after him. The restaurant has since become a hotspot for such celebrities as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sean Penn, Goldie Hawn and Johnny Carson. After graduating from high school, Fischler attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he met and started dating his future wife, actress Lauren Bowles, the half-sister of actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus. After graduating from Tisch, Fischler and Bowles moved back to Los Angeles, where, along with other New York University graduates, they, formed a theater group called Neurotic Young Urbanites. An agent who saw Fischler perform at a Neurotic Young Urbanites production arranged for him to attend an audition for the 1994 action film Speed, which became Fischler's first film acting job. In the film, Fischler played one of the men trapped inside an elevator that nearly falls due to an attack by a bomber.

In 1998, Fischler starred in the independent film The Week That Girl Died, a romantic comedy about three long-time friends in a small New England fishing town. For the part, he received a best lead actor award by the American Film Institute International Film Festival's New Directions jury, which honors independent films. Fischler also appeared in David Lynch's 2001 psychological thriller Mulholland Drive as a man describing a horrible nightmare he had. He also appeared in the 2002 television film Gilda Radner: It's Always Something, a biopic about comedian Gilda Radner, where he played the real-life comedian Eugene Levy. He appeared in the films Twister (1996), Ghost World (2001), Old School (2003), The Great Buck Howard (2008), and played assistant district attorney Ellis Loew in Brian De Palma's 2006 crime film The Black Dahlia. The character was referred to in the film as "Jewboy", film reviewer Stephen Cole called his role in that film "a caricature that is as coarsely anti-Semitic as any sequence in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ." Fischler also appeared as a guest star in television shows Angel, Nash Bridges, Burn Notice, Lie to Me, Bones, Cold Case, Monk, Star Trek: Enterprise, Girlfriends, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami and CSI: NY. By 2009, he had more than 60 film and television credits.

Education and training

A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Fischler co-founded the Los Angeles-based theater group Neurotic Young Urbanites. During a performance there, he was approached by an agent to audition for the action film Speed (1994), his first film credit. After guest starring on several television shows, Fischler received increased exposure for his role on Mad Men, for which he based his character in part on entertainer Joey Bishop. Fischler filmed his parts for Lost and Southland simultaneously and, although originally only slated for two Lost episodes, he actually appeared in nine.

Increased recognition

Fischler auditioned for the role of insult comic Jimmy Barrett on the AMC drama series Mad Men, of which he was a fan. Alex Witchel, a writer from The New York Times Magazine who sat in on Fischler's audition, said he was "breathtakingly good". The character, Jimmy Barrett, is a client of the advertising company within the show, and his wife sleeps with protagonist Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm. Series creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner cast Fischler because he felt the actor had a "New York quality" that he wanted the character to have. Weiner said of him: "Patrick has this tremendous edge. There was something very old-fashioned about the way he dealt with the character." Fischler said entertainer Joey Bishop was a major influence on how he played the role because he wanted Jimmy Barrett to have a charming element to him and make people laugh even while he said horrible things, as Bishop did. Fischler received a great deal of exposure and increase in name recognition after his role on Mad Men. During one episode, Fischler's character tells Don's wife Betty about her husband's infidelity, then confronts Don and tells him off about his cheating. Fischler called receiving that script "the highlight of my career so far", badding: "After Mad Men I got a lot of 'How dare you speak to Don Draper like that? ... People, mainly women, were mad at me that I told Don off. I took it as a compliment." Fischler had been in talks to appear on the Showtime drama series Californication, but he was unable to do so due to scheduling conflicts with Mad Men.

Starting in 2009, Fischler became a recurring cast member on both the ABC drama series Lost and the NBC police drama Southland. He was cast in Lost immediately after the pilot for Southland was filmed and worked on both shows over the course of six months. To do so, he constantly flew back and forth between Hawaii, where Lost is filmed, and Los Angeles, where Southland is filmed, while simultaneously dealing with his wife's pregnancy. Fischler said the Lost producers were "incredibly accommodating" to his schedule. On Southland he played Detective Kenny No-Gun; series creator Ann Biderman described him as a "brilliant, incredibly versatile actor". Although originally expected to appear in only two Lost episodes, he ended up guest starring in nine, appearing in the fifth season as Phil, a member of the Dharma Initiative during a part of the show set in 1977. When he auditions for the role, Fischler did not know the storyline was moving from the present to the past, and did not learn it until he was handed his first script. In a May 2009 interview, Fischler said, "This is not a joke: a year ago if you were to ask me what are the two shows I want to be on, I would have said Mad Men and Lost."

Recent projects

Fischler appeared in the 2010 comedy film Dinner for Schmucks as Vincenzo, one of the guests at a dinner where rich people bring eccentric guests and compete for who can bring the biggest loser. In the film, Fischler's character has a pet vulture, which he feeds by chewing food and spitting it directly into the bird's mouth. Fischler also portrayed the real-life gangster Mickey Cohen in the video game L.A. Noire, which was released in May 2011. The game uses a facial performance-capture technology called MotionScan to record the performances of actors, then convert them to the graphics of the game. The game's casting directors worked on Mad Men and specifically approached Fischler for the Cohen character, and he accepted because he likes the film noir genre. Fischler said of the experience: "You really get to act in those scenes cause they’re capturing every moment on your face. A slight smile. A small frown. Everything."

Fischler appeared in Red State as ATF Agent Hammond in 2011.

In January 2012, Fischler appeared in One for the Money, a crime thriller film adapted from the 1994 novel of the same name by Janet Evanovich, the first in a series featuring bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. He portrayed Vinnie Plum, a bail bondsman and Stephanie Plum's cousin. He portrayed poet Lew Welch in the 2013 Michael Polish film Big Sur, based on the autobiographical novel by Jack Kerouac. He played the antagonistic Author on the second half of the fourth season of ABC's Once Upon a Time. In 2016, he appeared in The Coen brothers' Hail, Caesar!

Personal life

Patrick Fischler and Lauren Bowles were married in 2004. They have a daughter named Fia Lucille (born April 2009).

Filmography

Year Title Type Role
1990 Knots Landing TV Series Office Worker #2
1993 Love & War TV Series Delivery Boy
1993 Flying Blind TV Series Steve
1993 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. TV Series Guard
1994 Speed Friend of Executive
1994 The Shadow Sailor
1994 Swimming with Sharks Moe
1994 Sister, Sister TV Seroes Lenny
1995 Double Rush TV Series Anthony
1996 Twister The Communicator
1997 The Pretender TV Series Toby
1998 The Week That Girl Died Ralph
1996 - 2001 NYPD Blue TV Series Johnny DuMont / Ken Thornton
1996 - 2001 Nash Bridges TV Series Pepe
2001 18 Wheels of Justice TV Series Andrew 'Andy' Jacobs
2001 Mulholland Drive Dan
2001 Ghost World Masterpiece Video Clerk (as Patrick Fishler)
2002 Off Centre TV Series Donald
2002 Charmed TV Series Foreman
2002 Gilda Radner: It's Always Something TV Movie Eugene Levy
2002 Full Frontal Harvey - probably's Assistant
2002 Judging Amy TV Series Phil Brown
2003 Old School Michael
2003 Birds of Prey TV Series Dr. Will Kroner
2003 Angel TV Series Ted
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation TV Series Mr. Lee / Wolfie
2003 Something's Gotta Give Stage Manager
2003 Line of Fire TV Series James Henkel
2004 Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Waiter (uncredited)
2004 ER TV Series Chamber Tech
2004 My Wife and Kids TV Series Director
2004 The Seat Filler Irwin
2004 The West Wing TV Series Walter Sprout
2005 Monk TV Series Eddie
2005 CSI: NY TV Series Brent the Screenwriter
2005 Star Trek: Enterprise TV Series Mercer
2005 CSI: Miami TV Series Vince Nolan
2005 E-Ring TV Series Mark Sinclair
2006 Four Kings TV Series Server Phil
2006 The New Adventures of Old Christine TV Series David
2006 The Black Dahlia Deputy DA Ellis Loew
2006 Idiocracy Yuppie Husband
2006 Him and Us TV Movie Dr. Parker
2007 What About Brian TV Series Schmitty
2007 Live! Trevor
2007 According to Jim TV Series Darryl
2007 Veronica Mars TV Series Russell Marchant
2007 Moonlight TV Series Alan
2007 Bones TV Series Gil Bates
2004 - 2007 Girlfriends TV Series Clark
2007 Three Days to Vegas Kenneth
2007 Drive TV Series Brad
2008 The Great Buck Howard Michael Perry
2008 NCIS TV Series George Stenner
2008 Finding Amanda Kevin - TV Executive
2008 Garden Party Anthony
2008 The Middleman TV Series Dr. Rollin Newleaf
2008 Burn Notice TV Series Jimmy
2008 Mad Men TV Series Jimmy Barrett
2008 Cold Case TV Series Monty Moran '53
2008 Pushing Daisies TV Series The Waffle Nazi
2009 Lost TV Series Phil
2009 - 2010 Southland TV Series Detective Kenny 'No-Gun'
2010 Miss Nobody Pierre JeJeune
2010 Dinner for Schmucks Vincenzo - Vulture Lover
2010 Dark Blue TV Series Ray Blake
2010 Weeds TV Series Don, the hotel manager
2010 Lie to Me TV Series Olson
2010 The Whole Truth TV Series Medical Examiner
2010 Chase TV Series Ed Castwick
2010 Law & Order: LA TV Series Josh Solomon
2011 Red State Agent Hammond
2011 Criminal Minds TV Series Jack Fahey
2011 Atlas Shrugged: Part I Paul Larkin
2011 L.A. Noire Video Game Mickey Cohen (voice)
2011 Franklin & Bash TV Series John Stills
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm TV Series Stu
2011 Grimm TV Series Billy Capra
2012 One for the Money Vinnie Plum
2012 Body of Proof TV Series Joey Jablonsky
2012 Grey's Anatomy TV Series Jake Steiner
2012 The Finder TV Series Jason Stefanian
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit TV Series Dr. Gene Brightman
2012 Veep TV Series Ken
2012 Scandal TV Series Arthur 'Artie' Hornbacher
2012 Castle TV Series Leo
2012 County TV Movie Hendricks
2013 Hawaii Five-0 TV Series Ryan Webb
2013 Big Sur Lew Welch
2013 Newsreaders TV Series Bram Strunk
2012 - 2013 Californication TV Series Gabriel
2013 The Test Short
2013 The Mentalist TV Series Gary Beinhart
2013 2 Guns Dr. Ken
2013 Haunted Trumpet Short
2013 Mob City TV Series Meyer Lansky
2014 Maron TV Series Ted Curtis
2014 The Pact II FBI Agent Ballard
2015 Shameless TV Series Wade Shelton
2015 The Diabolical Austin
2015 Battle Creek TV Series Attorney Milner
2015 Silicon Valley TV Series Dr. Davis Bannercheck
2014 - 2015 Married TV Series Jay
2015 Grandfathered TV Series Frederick
2016 Hail, Caesar! Communist Writer
2016 Fresh Off the Boat TV Series Mr. Jaffey
2014 - 2016 Suits TV Series Elliott Stemple
2016 Rules Don't Apply Director
2016 Her Last Will Gill Cotton
2017 Rosewood TV Series Chuck Furwell
2017 Code Black TV Series CDC DD Gareth Reddick
2015 - 2017 Once Upon a Time TV Series Isaac Heller
2017 Scorpion TV Series Kapper
2017 Doubt TV Series ADA Alan Markes
2017 Kingdom TV Series Dan
2017 Twin Peaks: The Return TV Series Duncan Todd
2017 Dice TV Series Toby
2018 Timeless TV Series Joseph Pope
2018 Under the Silver Lake Comic Man
2018 Bedtime Story Short Melvin
2018 The Standoff at Sparrow Creek Beckmann
2017 - 2019 Happy! TV Series Smoothie
2019 The Right Stuff TV Series Bob Gilruth
2020 Defending Jacob (filming) TV Series Dan Rifkin
Undergods (post-production) Harry

Trivia

  • Founded and is co-artistic director of the Neurotic Young Urbanites, a Los Angeles theater group created by NYU graduates to give young actors a working environment to continue developing their skills. In addition to appearing in many of their productions, he has co-directed musical productions.
  • He is the brother-in-law of actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus (as she mentioned on the show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)).
  • The famous Patrick's Roadhouse restaurant in Santa Monica is named after him.
  • Appeared as a guest star in Castle and Scandal. Both episodes aired in 2012 and just a month apart. Patrick played the same type of role on both shows.
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