Jonathan Silverman, American actor. Co-founder Artists for a Free South Africa, Los Angeles, since 1989. Member Young Artists United (honorary New York and Los Angeles chapter 1990, 91).
Silverman was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Devora (née Halaban) and Hillel Emanuel Silverman, a rabbi. He is the grandson of famous Conservative Rabbi Morris Silverman. His mother is from Jerusalem, Israel, where her family has lived for generations.
Student, University Southern California.
He is perhaps best known for his role in Weekend at Bernie's and its sequel Weekend at Bernie's II. Silverman is known for his roles in the TV series Gimme A Break!, as well as in the films Brighton Beach Memoirs (a film version of the first play of Neil Simon's Eugene Trilogy), Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Caddyshack II, Little Big League, and Weekend at Bernie's. Silverman played the title role in the mid-1990s television sitcom The Single Guy (which aired on NBC), as well as the lead role in the early 1990s movie Little Sister. He has also appeared on CSI: Miami (in a third season episode called "Under the Influence").
He last starred in the short-lived sitcom In Case of Emergency, which was a mid-season replacement on ABC for the 2006 season. He also played the role of Eddie in Beethoven's Big Break. He later guest starred in Psych in February 2009 and in Hot in Cleveland in 2012.
He was also in the movie Jam. He appeared in the television show White Collar in the episode "Veiled Threat" as a con artist. He has also been in Inkubus and the upcoming Self Stored by Wood Haven Productions.
He guest starred as a controversial standup comedian in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2014. He will also guest star in Elementary in early 2016. In 2004, Silverman was a participant in the first-ever US television advertising campaign supporting donations to Jewish federations.
The program featured "film and television personalities celebrating their Jewish heritage and promoting charitable giving to the Jewish community" and included Greg Grunberg, Marlee Matlin, Joshua Malina, and Kevin Weisman.
Co-founder Artists for a Free South Africa, Los Angeles, since 1989. Member Young Artists United (honorary New York and Los Angeles chapter 1990, 91).