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Michael Chernus stars in "Manhattan" on WGN America as Louis "Fritz" Fedowitz.

Michael Chernus was recently seen in Angus MacLachlan's "Goodbye to All That," starring Paul Schneider, Melanie Lynskey and Heather Graham, Noah Buschel's "Glass Chin," starring Corey Stoll, Paul Greengrass's "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks, Tony Gilroy's "The Bourne Legacy" and Barry Sonnenfeld's "Men In Black 3." Other recent film credits include Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga's directorial debut "Higher Ground," Bradley Rust Gray's "Jack and Diane," Michael Urie's "He's Way More Famous Than You," Ed Zwick's "Love and Other Drugs," starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway, and the indie comedy "Feed the Fish," opposite Tony Shalhoub. Chernus can also be seen in the Oren Moverman drama "The Messenger," alongside Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson and Jena Malone, as well as in Bart Freundlich's comedy "The Rebound," starring Catherine Zeta-Jones. In Kirt Gunn's award-winning feature "Lovely by Surprise," which won the Special Jury Prize at the Seattle Film Festival in 2007, Chernus plays the lead role of Humkin alongside a cast that includes Dallas Roberts, Reg Rogers, Austin Pendleton, Carrie Preston and Kate Burton.

On television, Chernus recently played the recurring role of Cal Chapman in the Netflix original series "Orange Is the New Black." He made a memorable appearance in the Season 1 finale of HBO's "Bored to Death" as Zach Galifianakis' nemesis, but Chernus is probably most recognizable for his recurring role as Ryan Flanagan on the NBC hospital drama "Mercy." He also had a recurring role on Season 4 of "Damages," and had a multi-episode arc as Pastor Rick in Showtime's "The Big C." Other television appearances include episodes of "The New Normal," "Nurse Jackie," "Royal Pains" and "Nashville."

Also an accomplished stage actor, Chernus won a 2011 Obie Award and received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for his performance in Lisa Kron's "In the Wake" at The Public Theater in New York City. He recently co-starred with David Hyde Pierce in the Manhattan Theater Club production of "Close Up Space" at New York City Center.  

Other credits include such New York theaters as Playwrights Horizons, the Roundabout Theatre Company, Primary Stages, New York Theater Workshop, The Atlantic Theater Company, and many productions at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, where he played the lead role of KJ in Annie Baker's play "The Aliens," which Charles Isherwood of The New York Times named the best play of 2010.

Regional theater credits include productions at the Williamstown Theater Festival, The Yale Repertory Theatre, and the Guthrie Theater, among others. Internationally, he appeared in Adam Rapp's "Finer Noble Gases," which won the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and "London" at the Bush Theatre.

Chernus is a graduate of the Juilliard School's Drama Division.

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