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Mike Nussbaum      

Actor and Director

Mike Nussbaum, 94, has been called the oldest professional actor in theater.

He has directed and acted in Chicago theaters for more than 50 years, originating roles in David Mamet’s American Buffalo, Life in the Theatre, Glengarry Glen Ross and others. He appeared in the Peter Brook production of The Cherry Orchard, which opened in New York and toured Russia and Japan. He has worked on and off-Broadway, and in Dublin, Vancouver, with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, England, and theaters across the US, including Hartford Stage, Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Company, Theater J and Second Stage Theater. Shakespearean roles include Polonius, Shylock, Friar Laurence and John of Gaunt at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Nussbaum has appeared on film in "House of Games", "Fatal Attraction", "Field of Dreams" and "Men in Black". His work has been honored with an Emmy and a Drama Desk Award, and by the Joseph Jefferson Committee, DePaul University, the Illinois Legend Award, the University Club of Chicago, the Sarah Siddons Society, Next Theater's 2014 Award and the Spirit of Shakespeare Award from Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Nussbaum, who didn’t even pursue acting full-time until he was in his 40s, still works with the hunger of a newbie.


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