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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., November 18, 2019—Williams College will host a talk titled “Jewish Identity in the Media” with actor and producer Mark Feuerstein, who has received critical acclaim for his roles in feature film, television, and theater. Best known for his lead role as Dr. Hank Lawson in the TV series Royal Pains, for which he directed many episodes, he also co-created with his wife, Dana Klein, a CBS television show, 9JKL, in which he also starred. Feuerstein’s talk at Williams College on will take place on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in Paresky Auditorium.
Feuerstien graduated from Princeton University with a Fulbright scholarship to study abroad, and then received a degree from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Through his work in regional theatre, was discovered by renowned TV director James Burroughs, known for the shows Cheers, Friends, and Will and Grace. Burroughs “plucked him from obscurity and gave him plum roles on a bunch of hit sitcoms like Caroline in the City and Good Morning Miami.”
Screenwriter, director, producer, and playwright Aaron Sorkin cast Feuerstein as the virtuous Republican Clifford Calley on The West Wing. This and his other roles led to his expansive film career which included roles such as Sandra Bullock’s husband in Practical Magic, Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones’ sidekick in Rules of Engagement, Mel Gibson’s sidekick in What Women Want, Penelope Cruz’s love interest in Woman on Top, Albert Brooks’ nemesis in The Muse, and Toni Collete’s love interest and Cameron Diaz’s brother in law in In Her Shoes.
Feuerstein also played the role of a Jewish intellectual opposite Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber in Ed Zwick’s epic film about the largest rescue of Jews by Jews in the Holocaust, Defiance. In addition, he produced the self-funded, independent feature comedy, Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant, which also starred Henry Winkler, Stanley Tucci, Taye Diggs, Marcia Gaye Harden, Molly Shannon, Danny Pudi, Rebecca Romijn, and Jason Alexander.
Feuerstein made his Broadway debut in Alfred Uhry’s Tony Award-winning play, The Last Night of Ballyhoo. He went on to perform at the Geffen Theatre in Some Girls, written and directed by Neil LaBute. He is outspoken about his Jewish faith and gives talks on Jewish identity in the media, as well as on the importance of representation for Jews in front of the camera and in the stories that people choose to tell.
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