Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthAugust 5, 1966
SpouseJennifer Finnigan
FactGrandfather is the world-famous Rabbi Morris Silverman. His father is 'Hillel Silverman'.


Who is Jonathan Silverman?

Jonathan Elihu Silverman was born on 5 August 1966, in Los Angeles, California, USA, and is an actor, best known for his appearances in the comedy films “Weekend at Bernie’s” and its sequel “Weekend at Bernie’s II”. Apart from numerous feature films, he’s also worked on various television shows during his career.

The Net Worth of Jonathan Silverman

As of early-2020, Jonathan Silverman’s net worth is estimated to be over $3 million, earned through a successful career in the acting profession, consistently working in major projects since 1984. He also probably benefits if necessary from the success of his actress wife Jennifer Finnigan, who has a reputed net worth of over $500,000.

Early Life and Career Beginnings

Jonathan grew up in Los Angeles, and is of Jewish descent with his father serving as a rabbi in his area, and from a family of rabbis with his grandfather being Morris Silverman who is known for his stance on Conservative beliefs. The family originally hailed from Jerusalem, though they moved to the US in search of better opportunities.

Jonathon developed an interest in acting at a young age, and began pursuing it as soon as he could. His television debut was in an episode of “ER” in 1984, and shortly afterwards he gained his first regular role on television in “Gimme a Break!”

The sitcom aired on NBC for six years, though he was only there for three seasons during the middle of its run. Following this role, he continued to take on other projects, and also worked on theatre in a production of “Brighton Beach Memoirs”, and later reprised his role as Eugene Morris Jerome in a film adaptation of the play. The comedy film is a semi-autobiographical take on the life of writer Neil Simon.

Weekend at Bernie’s

After a few more films and television shows, Silverman was cast in one of his biggest and most notable roles in 1989, when he was cast as Richard Parker in “Weekend at Bernie’s”.

Jonathan Silverman

The comedy film stars him alongside Andrew McCarthy, as two insurance corporation employees who discover their boss dead, implicating them as suspects in his death, as he had planned to use them to cover up embezzlement. This leads to the two attempting to make it look as if their boss Bernie is still alive. The film was successful at the box office, earning double its budget. The film received mixed reviews, but was very memorable during its time, leading it to become a pop culture reference in future programs.

Jonathan then appeared in projects such as “Age Isn’t Everything”, “Little Sister”, and “Death Becomes Her”, before in 1993 reprising his role in “Weekend at Bernie’s II”, which attracted negative reviews, and was only a minor success in the box office, because the sequel felt forced as there was no logical way to continue the story.

The filming was also troubled as it coincided with the riots in Los Angeles in 1992.

Life After the Weekend at Bernie’s

Following those two films, Jonathan continued making guest appearances in shows and working on television movies, and even lent his voice for an episode of “Aahh!!! Real Monsters”. He became a recognized icon, and made a guest appearance in the television series “Friends”, considered one of the most popular shows of the 1990s.

Following, he had his next regular television role in “The Single Guy”, which aired for two seasons on NBC, and tells the story of a writer in New York City, his friends, acquaintances, and struggles in his career.

While working on the show, he made appearances in “Arliss” and “London Suite”, though his role was uncredited in the latter. In 1998 he was cast in “Just a Little Harmless Sex” which starred Alison Eastwood and Rachel Hunter, but the film didn’t fare well with the critics, or at the box office. Approaching the 2000s, he did more independent film projects, including shorts and straight-to-video releases; some of his most notable projects during this time included “CSI: Miami”, “Kim Possible”, “In Case of Emergency”, and “Numb3rs”.

Recent Projects

In 2011, Silverman had a three-episode role in the show “Greek”, which is a series following the exploits of students within the Greek system of a fictitious university. Near the end of the year, he participated in the filming of “National Lampoon’s Snatched” which starred Andrew McCarthy and Ernest Borgnine, and other notable projects included “Law & Order Special Victims Unit” and “Significant Mother”. In 2018, he was cast as a lead character in the film “Andover”, in which he worked alongside his wife Jennifer Finnigan. The film had a limited run in theaters and attracted mixed reviews.

At around the same time, he had a recurring role during the final season of the show “KC Undercover”, which aired on the Disney Channel. He also had a recurring role in the show “Salvation” which aired on CBS. The show follows the story of people who must anticipate a large asteroid that will hit the earth in six months, and ran for two seasons before being canceled due to low ratings. His latest project is the Netflix show “No Good Nick” in 2019, which sees him work alongside Melissa Joan Hart and Sean Astin, and follows the story of the titular character. The show was noted for its use of many teenage and child stars from Disney, as well as from Nickelodeon but it was eventually canceled.

Personal Life

In 2004, Jonathan met actress Jennifer Finnigan at a barbecue event and the two began dating. After three years together, the couple married and had a daughter in 2017. His wife is known for her work in the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful”, playing the role of Bridget Forrester. The couple has worked together on several projects including “Salvation”.

During his free time, he enjoys supporting various Jewish organizations in the US. He promotes the celebration of Jewish heritage, and giving back to his community, often working with other actors of Jewish descent.

General Info

Full NameJonathan Silverman
Date Of BirthAugust 5, 1966
Height1.84 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Voice Actor
EducationBeverly Hills High School
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseJennifer Finnigan
ParentsHillel Emanuel Silverman, Devora Silverman

Accomplishments

NominationsHelen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, Visiting Production
MoviesWeekend at Bernie's, Beethoven's Big Break, Weekend at Bernie's II, The Opposite Sex, Beethoven's Treasure Tail, Swinging with the Finkels, The Odd Couple II, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Stealing Home, The Cookout, Little Big League, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Caddyshack II, Laura Smiles, Coffee Date,...
TV ShowsIn Case of Emergency, Free for All, Gimme a Break!, The Single Guy

Social profile links

Facts

#Fact
1On Weekend at Bernie's his character's love interest is named Gwen. 27 years later, on a guest appearance on Castle, he also had a love interest named Gwen.
2Thought that he was going to wait tables after high school graduation.
3Became engaged to Jennifer Finnigan on Christmas 2004.
4He attended Beverly Hills High School, the same high school as Logan Lerman, Angelina Jolie, Michael Klesic, Nicolas Cage, Lenny Kravitz, David Schwimmer, Gina Gershon, Rhonda Fleming, Jackie Cooper, Rob Reiner, Antonio Sabato Jr., Pauly Shore, Michael Tolkin, Betty White, Corbin Bernsen, Elizabeth Daily, Albert Brooks and Crispin Glover, among others.
5Grandfather is the world-famous Rabbi Morris Silverman. His father is 'Hillel Silverman'.
6School friends with David Schwimmer from TV series Friends (1994).

Pictures

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Robo-Dog: Airborne2017completedCarson Perry
Frank and Ava2017filmingMannie Sacks
Icky: An American Dog Story2017completedSlibs
Andover2016post-productionAdam Slope
Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse2016Shane
Castle2016TV SeriesAlan Masters
Baby Daddy2016TV SeriesMalcolm
Getting On2015TV SeriesDr. Happy Gladner
A Christmas Eve Miracle2015Robert Jones
Baby, Baby, Baby2015Jacob Carlin
Significant Mother2015TV SeriesHarrison Marlowe
Significant Mother:Jimmy Loves Your Mamma2015TV MovieHarrison Marlowe
A Magic Christmas2014Robert Jones
The Opposite Sex2014Tom
Beethoven's Treasure Tail2014VideoEddie Thornton
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2014TV SeriesJosh Galloway
The Hungover Games2014Chineca Lame
Self Storage2013/IJonah
G.B.F.2013Mr. Daniels
Monday Mornings2013TV SeriesDr. John Lieberman
Crawlspace2013Tim Gates
Hot in Cleveland2012TV SeriesDr. Minton
Another Dirty Movie2012Uncle Erwin
Snatched2011Johnny
Inkubus2011Officer Tech
White Collar2011TV SeriesGerald Jameson
Swinging with the Finkels2011Peter
Cookie2011ShortJohnny
Conception2011Brad
Greek2011TV SeriesLasker Parkes
Paul the Male Matchmaker2011TV SeriesBrian
Jack's Family Adventure2010TV MovieJack Vickery
Medium2010TV SeriesMatt Mulhearn
Married Not Dead2009TV MovieGordon
Psych2009TV SeriesLyin' Ryan
Beethoven's Big Break2008VideoEddie
Numb3rs2008TV SeriesKurt Young
Jekyll2007Lanyon
Close to Home2007TV SeriesPete Durkin
In Case of Emergency2007TV SeriesHarry Kennison
Coffee Date2006Barry
Shoot2006ShortJack Puig
Jam2006/IGary
Farce of the Penguins2006Seal Critics (voice)
The Life Coach2005Jonny
Related2005TV SeriesBrad
Laura Smiles2005Paul
Kim Possible2004-2005TV SeriesJimmy Ding
Untitled Bruckheimer/McCall Project2005TV Movie
DeMarco Affairs2004TV MovieEddie Rosen
Pryor Offenses2004TV MovieIan
CSI: Miami2004TV SeriesJay Seaver
The Cookout2004Wes
Crazy Love2003TV Movie
Free for All2003TV SeriesJohnny Jenkins
Deacons for Defense2003TV MovieMichael Deane
Miss Match2003TV SeriesBarry
Miss Miami2002TV Movie
Bobbie's Girl2002TV MovieDavid Lewis
The Medicine Show2001Taylor Darcy
It Is What It Is2001/IBenjamin Malvern
Lip Service2001Bobby
Made2001Bachelor
These Old Broads2001TV MovieWesley Westbourne
Good as Gold2000TV Movie
The Inspectors 2: A Shred of Evidence2000TV MovieAlex Urbina
Men Named Milo, Women Named Greta2000ShortThe Voice of Reason
Dirk and Betty2000Tow Truck Guy
Freak City1999TV MovieLenny Stanapolous
12 Bucks1998Hyper
Just a Little Harmless Sex1998Danny
The Inspectors1998TV MovieInspector Alex Urbina
Denial1998/IIJoel
Border to Border1998Suicide Guy
The Odd Couple II1998Brucey Madison
The Single Guy1995-1997TV SeriesJonathan Eliot
London Suite1996TV MoviePaul Dolby (uncredited)
Two Guys Talkin' About Girls1996VideoLenny Kaminski
Caroline in the City1995TV SeriesJonathan Eliot
French Exit1995Davis
Friends1995TV SeriesDr. Franzblau
Sketch Artist II: Hands That See1995TV MovieGlenn
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters1994TV SeriesPugh
Couples1994TV MovieJamie
Little Big League1994Jim Bowers
Teresa's Tattoo1994Rick
The Pitch1993ShortGary
Weekend at Bernie's II1993Richard Parker
12:011993TV MovieBarry Thomas
Blue Champagne1992VideoBob
Breaking the Rules1992Rob Konigsberg
Little Sister1992Bobby / Roberta
Death Becomes Her1992Jay Norman
Broadway Bound1992TV MovieStanley Jerome
For Richer, for Poorer1992TV MovieMichael Katourian
Age Isn't Everything1991Seymour
Class Action1991Brian
Traveling Man1989TV MovieBilly Fox
Weekend at Bernie's1989Richard Parker
Stealing Home1988Teenage Alan Appleby
Caddyshack II1988Harry
Brighton Beach Memoirs1986Eugene Morris Jerome
Gimme a Break!1984-1986TV SeriesJonathan Maxwell
Girls Just Want to Have Fun1985Drew
Challenge of a Lifetime1985TV MovieSteven Schoonover
E/R1984TV SeriesDavid Sheinfeld

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Single Guy1996-1997TV Series program consultant - 15 episodes

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Andover2016producer post-production
A Christmas Eve Miracle2015executive producer
The Opposite Sex2014producer
Self Storage2013/Iproducer
Another Dirty Movie2012executive producer
The Inspectors 2: A Shred of Evidence2000TV Movie co-executive producer

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Significant Mother2015TV Series 1 episode
The Opposite Sex2014
Another Dirty Movie2012

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 84th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade2015TV MovieHimself
The Talk2015TV SeriesHimself
Dinner at Tiffani's2015TV SeriesHimself
Go Deep Inside the Hungover Games2014Video documentary shortHimself
Island Summer Celebrity Sports Invitational2009TV MovieHimself
Head Case2007-2009TV SeriesHimself
Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget2008TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
The Brewing of Coffee Date2007Video documentary shortHimself / Barry
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2007TV SeriesHimself
Coffee Date: Gag Reel2007Video shortHimself / Barry
The Mark Twain Prize: Neil Simon2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The TV Set2006Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2001-2004TV SeriesHimself
Playboy Exposed: Playboy Mansion Parties Uncensored2001Video documentaryHimself
The Howard Stern Radio Show2000TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Biography2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The Daily Show1997-1998TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1995-1997TV SeriesHimself
The Rodman World Tour1997TV SeriesHimself
65th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade1996TV SpecialHimself
1996 VH1 Fashion Awards1996TV SpecialHimself
Arli$$1996TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1996TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1995-1996TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHimself
The 41st Annual Tony Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Performer

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2014Jury AwardHoboken International Film FestivalBest Supporting ActorSnatched (2011)
2013Best DirectionL.A. Comedy Film Festival and Screenplay CompetitionKickass FeaturesAnother Dirty Movie (2012)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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