Who is Stephen Kunken?
New York City, the United States of America
Kunken graduated from Tufts and from Julliard School’s Graduate Acting program. He is married to stage director Jenn Thompson, and they have a daughter. They married in 2005.
The actor has done extensive work on Broadway. He was in The Columnist, in High, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Frost/Nixon, Festen, and Proof. For his work in Frost/Nixon in 2007, he earned nominations for the Outer Critics Circle Award as Outstanding Featured Actor and the Drama League Award. His work in Enron, where he played Andrew Fastow, earned him a Tony Award nomination for Featured Actor in a Play in 2010. Off-Broadway, he was in That Hopey Changey Thing, Sweet and Sad, Regular Singing, Nikolai and the Others in 2013, among others. For his work in A Very Common Procedure, he was nominated for another Drama League Award.
Kunken debuted in film in 2000. His first credit was in the film Bamboozled. He would go on to appear in The Girl in the Park and Light and the Sufferer in 2007, in Taking Woodstock in 2009, in All Good Things, in 2010, in Extremely Loud, and Incredibly Close in 2011, in Price Check and The Bay in 2012, and more.
In 2013, Kunken was in The Wolf of Wall Street, playing Jerry Fogel. The next year he was in Still Alice. In 2015, he appeared in Bridge of Spies, followed by roles in Custody, Cafe Society, and Jason Bourne in 2016.
In 2019, he appeared in Otherhood and the next year, in Hillbilly Elegy.
On television, Kunken has done extensive work as well. He started out in The Affair and Mary and Rhoda in 2000. He would go on to appear in series like The Sopranos, Spin City, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Unforgettable, Gossip Girl, The Unusuals, New Amsterdam, Blue Bloods, and others.
Kunken plays Commander Warren Putnam in the dystopian series The Handmaid’s Tale. Putnam was the first Commander of Janice.
He also has a recurring role in the popular drama series Billions, centered around finances, wealth, and the dark side of Wall Street. He plays Ari Spyros, a colleague of main character Chuck Rhoades and his former classmate. Since season 3, Spyros joins the ranks of the company of Rhoades’s nemesis, Axelrod.
Other cast members seen in Billions include Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff, Malin Åkerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, Condola Rashād, Daniel K. Isaac, Dan Soder, Asia Kate Dillon, Jeffrey DeMunn, Kelly Aucoin, Zina Wilde, Terry Kinney, Corey Stoll, Daniel Breaker and Glenn Fleshler.
Kunken’s adopted daughter Naomi comes from Ethiopia.
The actor studied with David Denman and Alan Tudyk. They both are recognized professionals and popular performers.
Kunken’s mother was a grade school teacher, and his father was a dentist.
Between 1993 and 1997, Kunken was a member of Group 26 of the Drama Division. He received The John Houseman Prize, the Pearl, and Rolands Grant.
In addition to stage, film, and television performances, Kunken also does voice work.
The actor has worked with top-notch directors, such as Martin Scorcese.
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