Youthful character actor Fisher Stevens was first seen on Broadway at age 19 in Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy; he followed this with a plum role in Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs. Stevens' film resumé includes The Flamingo Kid (1984), The Boss' Wife (1986), Reversal of Fortune (1990), and The Marrying Man (1991). During what may turn out to be the most highly publicized period in his life, Stevens was once the Significant Other of actress Michelle Pfeiffer. Stevens is familiar to most filmgoers, however, for his role as malaprop-laden Indian technical whiz Ben Jabituya in the two Short Circuit films of the late '80s. In the 2000s, Stevens found new success on the other side of the camera, as a prolific producer of both independent and mainstream Hollywood films, even winning the Oscar for Best Documentary for his 2009 film about the slaughtering of dolphins, The Cove. Stevens would also remain active on screen, appearing in films like LOL and on the series Lost.
Biography by Hal Erickson
- Made his stage debut at age 14 in an off-off-Broadway production of A Christmas Carol; made his film debut in the 1981 slasher flick The Burning.
- Succeeded Matthew Broderick on Broadway in Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy in 1982.
- Cofounded New York's Naked Angels Theater Company in 1986.
- Is an advisory-board member of the Adrienne Shelley Foundation, which supports female filmmakers.
- Co-owner of the New York production company GreeneStreet Films.
- Cofounder of the documentary company Insurgent Media.
- Plays the harmonica.
- Enjoys scuba diving.