David Krumholtz

Active - 1993 - 2019  |   Born - May 15, 1978 in New York, New York, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Drama

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Biography by Rebecca Flint Marx

One of the more accomplished young actors to be immortalized on celluloid in the late 1990s, David Krumholtz has distinguished himself with both talent and the sort of unconventional looks that allow him to be both dashing and nebbish at the same time.

A native of New York City, where he was born May 15, 1978, Krumholtz began his professional career at the age of 13, when he starred opposite Judd Hirsch in the Broadway production of Conversations with My Father. He went on to make his film debut in 1993, appearing as an obnoxious child actor in the Michael J. Fox comedy Life with Mikey. That same year, he had a small role as Wednesday Addams' (Christina Ricci) socially stunted love interest in Addams Family Values.

Krumholtz's first truly memorable film role was that of Francis Davenport, the Upper East Side brat who gets Katie Holmes drunk in Ang Lee's The Ice Storm (1997). He'd go on to play Natasha Lyonne's older brother in The Slums of Beverly Hills, and a high schooler in 10 Things I Hate About You (1999). As the years wore on, Krumholtz would prove himself to be a viable force on screen, appearing in movies like Ray, Serenity, Walk Hard, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle and This is the End,, and on the popular crime proceedural Numb3rs.

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  • Played Santa's hilariously sarcastic head elf in 1994's The Santa Clause opposite Tim Allen; he reprised the role in a 2002 sequel.
  • Portrayed the real-life Benny Stillman in 2002's Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie.
  • Refers to himself as a "complete moron" when it comes to math, despite his role as a mathematical genius on NUMB3RS. He would get a packet of equations along with his scripts every week from Caltech professor Gary Lorden for the show.
  • Was involved with five failed series before NUMB3RS came along.