John Rothman is that rarest of breeds: an actor who has worked steadily on stage, screen, and television for forty years. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, he has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in many regional theaters, in plays directed by such illustrious directors as Mike Nichols, Michael Blakemore, and, this past season, Trevor Nunn, to name three. He is especially proud of his work with playwright and director Richard Nelson and has appeared in four of his plays.
As a young actor, John wrote and starred in the Off-Broadway hit The Impossible H.L. Mencken, which was praised by The New Yorker as "the strongest, funniest and most exhilarating since Hal Holbrook's Mark Twain." He later went on to write and co-star in the Sundance-selected short Good Night Valentino, a movie about Mencken and Valentino’s unlikely friendship. In his film career, John has worked with Paul Greengrass, Alan J. Pakula, Anthony Minghella, Penny Marshall, and many other great directors. His first film was Woody Allen's Stardust Memories; he was featured in three more movies directed by Woody Allen. He has been in over a hundred films—among them, Sophie’s Choice, Ghostbusters, Gettysburg, Picture Perfect, Prime, United 93, and The Devil Wears Prada, as well as many independent films that have been seen at Sundance and other film festivals. Laurie Simmons’ film My Art, in which he is one of the stars, will open in New York in January 2018.
John was a series regular on ABC's Birdland, and is currently a star of Tig Notaro's Amazon Prime series, One Mississippi, which is in its second critically acclaimed season and is available on Amazon Prime. He has guest-starred and had recurring parts on many TV series. He starred in the Emmy Award winning mini series " Separate But Equal" with Sidney Poitier and the HBO TV Movie Hostile Waters with Martin Sheen
He makes his home in New York City, where his wife is the publisher of Workman Publishing, his daughter the history editor of Time magazine, and his son a talent manager and producer at Underground Films. John serves on the New York New York board of SagAftra, on the Unions' national TV/Theatrical negotiating committee. He is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio, Ensemble Studio Theater, and The Actors Center. He is also currently running the Mentor Program for Yale School of Drama.