|Date of Birth
||15 May 1978
|Place of Birth
||New York, USA
Young David Krumholtz was never particularly interested in acting. Encouraged by her mother, he entered an open audition for the Broadway play “Conversations with my Father” (1992) and surprisingly won the role of Young Charlie, opposite Tony-winner Judd Hirsch, and actors Jason Biggs and Tony Shalhoub. For the next six months, 13-year-old Krumholtz spent time working in the production. Soon after his Broadway debut, he was cast in another major role in his first silver screen movie, Life With Mikey (1993), opposite Michael J. Fox. Finely portraying Barry Corman, he earned a Young Artist nod for Best Youth Actor Leading Role in a Motion Picture Comedy. Later that same year, he starred as Joel Glicker, the love interest to Wednesday Addams (Christina Ricci), in the comedy film Addams Family Values, starring Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia.
Though his work in these two films won him critical notice, Krumholtz did not score a hit until he was cast as the cynical head elf, Bernard, in the popular comedy The Santa Clause, starring Tim Allen. The performance made him a favorite among children and the young-at-heart. Also in 1994, he made his television series debut as a regular when he landed the role of the younger son of a conventional talk show host (Henry Winkler) in the Fox sitcom “Monty.” Unfortunately, the show was cancelled after only a month airings. A guest appearance on an episode of UPN’s sitcom “Pig Sty” (1995) followed, and in 1997 he had a supporting role in his television film debut, Justice League of America. He continued with a regular role on the failed sitcom “Chicago Sons” (1997, opposite Jason Bateman) and a two-episodic role in the ill-fated series “Union Square” (also 1997) before returning to movie with a small part in Ang Lee’s tremendous suburban drama The Ice Storm (1997).
The following year, Krumholtz received positive reviews for his portrayal of Natasha Lyonne’s brother in Slums of Beverly Hills, also starring Alan Arkin, and revisited television sitcom with a costarring role as a copywriter named Bruno Verma on Tom Selleck’s “The Closer,” that same year. But, the show left the airwaves in less than three months. He rounded out the decade with a pivotal role as the nebbishy teen Michael Eckman on the popular teen movie 10 Things I Hate About You, a modern take on Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles, and a less crucial part as a young conflicted Jewish, Yusse, in Barry Levinson’s coming-of-age drama Liberty Heights.
A short comeback to the small screen found Krumholtz in episodes of “ER” and “Freaks and Geeks” before getting a starring regular role as Bob Wexler, a normal guy visiting a therapist who abruptly believes the world is out to get him in the ABC comedy “The Trouble with Normal” (2000), which only lasted a season. He then took on small roles in the films the Julia Roberts and Brat Pitt starring vehicle The Mexican, the Edward Burns-directed indie Sidewalks of New York, the comedy/romance Two Can Play That Game and the straight-to-video comedy According to Spencer (all 2001) and graduated to a leading man in 2002’s You Stupid Man, opposite Milla Jovovich. Although never released theatrically in the United States, the romantic comedy was released on DVD in 2006. He carried his first leading role in a released American film when he starred as Benny Silman in Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie, which premiered on FX Networks in 2002. The performance brought him critical praise, proving that he was not just a sidekick.
Krumholtz reprised his elf role for the anticipated sequel to the 1994 comedy hit The Santa Clause, The Santa Clause 2: The Mrs. Clause (2002), which was followed by roles in couple minor films Cheats (2002) and Scorched (2003). After a performance opposite Rob Lowe on the short-lived show “The Lyon’s Den” (2003), as Jeff Fineman, he rejoined director-actor Edward Burns for the drama film Looking for Kitty (2004) and briefly appeared on the flourishing films Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and Ray (both 2004). 2005 found roles in such films as Guess Who, My Suicidal Sweetheart and the sci-fi adventure Serenity, where he offered a hilarious supporting portrayal of Mr. Universe, a withdrawn information broker who resides on an isolated moon with a comely robotic companion. More recently, he appeared in drama film Kill the Poor (2006), the short American Storage (2006), Emilio Estevez’s Bobby (2006) and Tenacious D in ‘The Pick of Destiny’ (2006).
A veteran of short-lived shows, Krumholtz currently enjoys massive TV success as mathematical genius Charlie Eppes, who helps his brother Don (Rob Morrow), an FBI agent, solve crimes using math, on the popular CBS series “Numb3rs,” also starring Judd Hirsch. Premiered in 2005, the crime series became the most watched show on Friday nights in 2005. As for Krumholtz, his work on “Numb3rs” was regarded by TV critic Matt Roush (TV Guide) as his best TV work to date.
28-year-old Krumholtz is scheduled to star with Eva Mendes in the comedy/drama Live!, which for 2007 release. The upcoming film, written and directed by Bill Guttentag, also stars Eric Lively, Katie Cassidy, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Rob Brown and Jay Hernandez.