John Cariani

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23, 1969
Brockton, MA
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23, 1969 (age 52)
Brockton, MA


Broadway and television actor notable for performing on stage in the Tony Award winning musicals Something Rotten! and The Band's Visit. He was previously nominated for a Tony Award for his role as Motel the Tailor in the revival of Fiddler on the Roof. On TV, he is best known for playing Julian Beck in Law & Order.

Before Fame

He was active in the music and theater programs at Presque Isle High School. He then attended Amherst College and joined the school's oldest a cappella group, the Zumbyes, and the Glee Club. He earned a History degree there.


His first play as a playwright was titled Almost, Maine. He also wrote plays called cul-de-sac, Last Gas and Love/Sick.

Family Life

He moved with his family from Brockton to Presque Isle, Maine when he was 8 years old.

Associated With

He was cast in the off-Broadway play It's My Party (And I'll Die if I Want To) starring F. Murray Abraham for his first acting break in 1999.