John Rothman has worked steadily on stage,screen,and television for more than forty years. A graduate of Yale Drama School,he has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway,and in many theaters beyond. He has been in plays directed by John Lithgow, Mike Nichols,Michael Blakemore,Trevor Nunn, and Simon Godwin,to name just a few. 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, produced by Wynn Handman at The American Place. The show was praised by The New Yorker as “the strongest, funniest and most exhilarating one-man show since Hal Holbrook’s Mark Twain.” He later went on to write and co-star in the Sundance-selected short Good Night Valentino,about an unlikely meeting between Mencken and Valentino.(The short is on this website)
In the movies,John worked with Mike Nichols,Woody Allen (four pictures), Paul Greengrass, Alan J.Pakula, Anthony Minghella, Penny Marshall, and many other great directors. He has worked opposite his Yale Classmate, Meryl Streep in four movies, co- starred with Sigourney Weaver in Copy Cat, and been in over a hundred other films—among them, Sophie’s Choice, Ghostbusters, Gettysburg, Prime, United 93,The Devil Wears Prada, The Report and Bombshell. In addition,he has starred in several independent seen at Sundance, Venice and Tribeca.
John was a series regular opposite Brian Dennehy on ABC’s Birdland, and stars opposite Tig Notaro on One Mississippi, streaming on Amazon Prime) and will be seen in Amazon’s upcoming film Nocturn . He has guest starred and had recurring parts on many TV series in including Law and Order SVU. He received a Emmy Award for his contributions to mini series Separate But Equal with Sidney Poitier. And a Boston Society of Film Critics award for Best Ensemble cast in United 93. He makes his home in New York City, where his wife, Susan Bolotin is the publisher and Editor in Chief of Workman Publishing Company, his daughter Lily is a senior editor at Time Magazine and his son Noah is a manager and producer at Underground Films. John has served on the New York Board and th National Board of SagAftra and on its TV/Theatrical negotiating committee. He is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio. He is also a member of Ensemble Studio Theater, and The Actors Center Workshop Company. Until recently he ran the Mentor program at Yale Drama School.