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From the 1970s until today, John Rothman has worked steadily on stage, screen, and television. A graduate of the Yale Drama School, he appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway and beyond in plays directed by Mike Nichols, Michael Blakemore, Daniel Sullivan, Trevor Nunn, Jo Bonney, Brian Kulick and Simon Godwin to name a few. He is especially proud of his work with playwright and director Richard Nelson, and has appeared in four of his plays.

Starting Out

As a young actor, John Rothman 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  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 (viewable on this website) about an unlikely meeting between Mencken and Valentino. In a film career that began with Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories and to date includes more than 100 movies, he has worked with Mike Nichols, Paul Mazursky, Penny Marshall, Paul Greengrass, Alan J. Pakula,  Anthony Minghella, and many other great directors. His films include Sophie’s Choice, Ghostbusters, Gettysburg, Prime, United 93, and The Devil Wears Prada, The Report, and Bombshell, as well as many independent films that have been seen at Sundance, Venice, and Tribeca. He has a major role in Laurie Simmons” film My Art, now available on Amazon Prime Video.


John was a series regular on ABC’s Birdland, and is a star of Tig Notaro’s series, One Mississippi, streaming on Amazon Prime. He will appear as Mortimer Sackler in the upcoming Netflix limited series : Painkiller.” Has guest starred and had recurring parts on many TV series, including Law and Order SVU where he played Judge Edward Kofax; he appeared several times on Law and Order, and Law and Order Criminal Intent. He was also a recurring character on Dick Wolf’s FEDS. Received an Emmy Award for his contributions to the miniseries Separate But Equal with Sidney Poitier, and a Boston Society of Film Critics award for Best Ensemble cast in United 93. Makes his home in New York City, where his wife, Susan Bolotin, is Editorial Director and Publisher of Workman Publishing; his daughter, Lily, is a Assistant Managing Editor of Time magazine and his son, Noah, is a manager, producer and partner at Canopy Media Partners. John has served on the New York and national board of SAG/AFTRA and on its TV/Theatrical negotiating committee. He is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio, a member of Ensemble Studio Theater, and The Actors Center Workshop Company.

View John’s full film career on IMDB.