Ike Barinholtz

Ike Barinholtz

Birth name: Isaac Barinholtz
Born: February 18, 1977
Age: 46
Birthplace: Rogers Park, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
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Isaac Barinholtz (born February 18, 1977) is an American comedian, actor and screenwriter. He was a cast member on MADtv from 2002 to 2007, Eastbound & Down (2012), and had a regular role on The Mindy Project. In his film work, he is best known for his acting roles in Neighbors (2014) and its sequel, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), Sisters (2015), Suicide Squad (2016) and Blockers (2018), as well as for co-writing the screenplay for the 2016 comedy film Central Intelligence.

Barinholtz was born in the Rogers Park area of Chicago, Illinois, and was raised in its Lake View neighborhood,[1] the son of Peggy and Alan Barinholtz, an attorney.[2] Barinholtz has described his parents as "liberal people with great senses of humor," and has said that he was raised in a "very funny home."[3] Barinholtz is Jewish,[4] and attended Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, before attending The Latin School of Chicago for high school. He had planned on becoming a politician,[3] but decided to move to Los Angeles, California, to be an actor instead. He worked at a telemarketing company and as a busboy before starting a career in comedy.[5]

Barinholtz also attended Boston University and after dropping out, he worked for the Chicago Transit Authority before starting his comedy career.[1] In a 2013 interview, he said he dropped out of school because he hated it and was doing poorly.[5]

In a 2012 phone interview, Barinholtz said he was inspired to pursue a career in comedy after attending a comedy show at The Vic Theatre and seeing several other comedians.[1] Afterwards, he started taking comedy classes at The Second City, ImprovOlympic and Annoyance Theatre, and was not successful at first, but chose to stick with it.[5] His younger brother Jon Barinholtz is also an actor and comedian.



Barinholtz spent two years in Amsterdam with the famed comedy troupe Boom Chicago, along with Jordan Peele, Josh Meyers and Nicole Parker. Barinholtz hosted the 'Worst of Boom Night' during a 10-year anniversary of the improv troupe Boom Chicago, where they performed their worst material from previous shows.

He has appeared in the films The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend (2005), Love, Fear and Rabbits (2005) and Down (2001). Barinholtz currently lives in Los Angeles. Barinholtz is a founding member of The Lindbergh Babies, an improv group directed by Del Close, who worked with John Belushi, Bill Murray, Mike Myers and Chris Farley.

In 2012, Barinholtz joined the cast of the third season of the HBO series Eastbound & Down, playing the role of Ivan Dochenko, Kenny Powers' Russian rival.

He starred alongside Seth Rogen in the 2014 comedy Neighbors, as well as its 2016 sequel. Also in 2016, Barinholtz played prison guard Griggs in the DC Comics film Suicide Squad.

Barinholtz appeared in a regular role as nurse Morgan Tookers on the Hulu comedy series The Mindy Project. He was also a writer and story editor on the series. He also has a role in Friends from College, a Netflix original.


Barinholtz officially joined the cast of MADtv in 2002 as a feature performer for the eighth season. He was later promoted to a repertory performer status the following season. Barinholtz would often pair up with fellow cast member Josh Meyers in various sketches for the eighth and ninth seasons similar to the Mike Myers/Dana Carvey and Jimmy Fallon/Horatio Sanz duos on Saturday Night Live. Barinholtz also paired up with fellow cast member Bobby Lee in some of his sketches in the later seasons. Some of his famous characters included Abercrombie & Fitch model Dutch and Principal Lankenstein from the Coach Hines sketches.

Barinholtz performs celebrity impressions, including Alex Trebek, Andy Dick, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ashton Kutcher, Bo Bice, Dane Cook, Felicity Huffman, Fidel Castro, Howard Dean, Howie Long, Kevin Federline, Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, Nick Lachey, Nick Nolte, Pat Sajak, and Ralph Nader.

In 2007, he decided not to renew his contract for the 13th season of MADtv. His contract, like most other MADtv cast members, was for five seasons which was up for renewal at the conclusion of the show's 12th season. Barinholtz has commented that he started getting "restless" and did not see eye to eye with some of the MADtv bosses about how decisions were being made.[5]

In 2009, he performed at the Chicago Improv Festival alongside former MADtv cast member Jordan Peele.[6] In 2012, Barinholtz performed at another Chicago Improv Festival event with his brother, Jon.[7]

He has frequently worked with comedian Dave Stassen, with whom he also went to high school.[1] They co-wrote a SPIKE pilot in which Barinholtz also starred, Mega Winner,[8] and the 2016 film Central Intelligence.[9]


Character Sketch Notes
Adam Bice QVC: Quacker Factory
Eli The B.S.
Duncan Kruskal The Silver Fox
Dutch Abercrombie & Fitch
Jeffrey "Jeff" DeShazer Coach Hines
oops Knobs
Mitchel "Mitch" Ruffin
Principal Lankenstein Coach Hines He is the principal of St. Francis High and Coach Hines' nemesis.
Roy Schenk Feuding Parents
Steven "Steve" Wellington

The Mindy Project

In 2012, Barinholtz began working as a writer on The Mindy Project and was cast as Nurse Morgan Tookers.

Personal life

Barinholtz is married to Erica Hanson, with whom he has three daughters.[10][11]

Barinholtz was shooting his film Blockers when he suffered an accident during a fall stunt. The accident left him with two fractured cervical vertebrae in his neck.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Down Assistant Milligan
2006 The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend Bar Jerk Short film
2007 Bunny Whipped Joe
Twisted Fortune Dave Armstrong
2008 Meet the Spartans Dane Cook look-alike
Bond Villain
Disaster Movie Wolf
Javier Bardem look-alike
Police Officer
Prince Caspian
Lock and Roll Forever Lomax
2009 Shrink Steve Uncredited
2010 How to Make Love to a Woman David
Vampires Suck Bobby White Uncredited
2013 The Sidekick Lightning Mike Short film
Inventing Adam Telly
2014 Neighbors Jimmy Blevins
2015 Sisters James
2016 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Jimmy Blevins
The Angry Birds Movie Tiny (voice)
Central Intelligence Writer
Suicide Squad[12] Griggs
Storks Miscellaneous Stork (voice)
2017 The Disaster Artist Himself Cameo
Snatched Jeffrey Middleton
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House Angelo Lano
Bright Pollard
2018 Blockers Hunter
The Oath Chris Also director, writer, and producer


Year Title Credit Role Notes
2002-2007, 2016 MADtv Cast member Various characters 116 episodes
2005 E! Hollywood Hold'em Himself Episode: "Laura Prepon"
2008 Family Guy Dane Cook Voice role; Episode: "I Dream of Jesus"
2008-2009 Rita Rocks Fly 6 episodes
2010 Weeds Daryl Episode: "Fran Tarkenton"
2010-2015 The League Frank Gibiatti 4 episodes
2011 Childrens Hospital Peter Principato Episode: "Newsreaders"
2012 Eastbound & Down Ivan Dochenko 6 episodes
NTSF:SD:SUV Maitre'D Episode: "Sabbath-tage"
Megawinner Writer
Executive producer
Cliff Planker TV movie
2012-2017 The Mindy Project Writer
Executive story editor
Morgan Tookers 115 episodes
2013 Drunk History August Spies Episode: "Chicago"
High School USA! Cyber Bully Voice role; Episode: "Bullies"
The Soup Himself October 23 episode
The Pete Holmes Show Episode: "Ike Barinholtz"
2013-2015 The Awesomes Muscleman Voice role; 30 episodes
2014 Kroll Show Zach Sword Episode: "Oh Armond"
Chozen Hunter (voice) 4 episodes
Married Bruce Episode: "The Old Date"
Garfunkel and Oates First Door on the Right Director Episode: "Hair Swap"
@midnight Himself January 8 episode
American Dad! (voice) Episode: "Blonde Ambition"
2016 Animals. Alan (voice) Episode: "Pigeons."
2017 Friends from College Degrasso 2 episodes
Neo Yokio Jeffrey (voice) Episode: "Hamptons Water Magic"

Video games

Year Title Role
2016 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare A.J.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2013 Writers Guild of America Award New Series The Mindy Project Nominated

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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