Mike Burstyn


Born in New York to a famed family of actors, Mike has enjoyed a unique international career entertaining audiences throughout the world. "The Komediant," a documentary about Mike and his family, won the Israeli Academy Award and is currently being distributed throughout the USA.

Mike just completed a sold-out concert tour of Israel celebrating his 50th Anniversary in Show Business. He recently co-starred with Valerie Harper in the National tour of "The Tale Of The Allergist's Wife. Prior to that he starred in a National tour garnering rave reviews as Al Jolson in the musical "Jolson." He won an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination starring as Mike Todd in the Broadway musical "Ain’t Broadway Grand" and a Drama Desk Award nomination for his portrayal of Mayer Rothschild in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway revival of "The Rothschilds." Mike starred on Broadway as P.T. Barnum in the Tony Award winning musical "Barnum" (a role he recreated in the Dutch language production in The Netherlands). Other Broadway credits include "Inquest," in which he was hissed and booed as Roy Cohn.

Regional credits include acclaimed portrayals of Tevye in "Fiddler On The Roof" at Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Theatre and at the Westchester Broadway Theatre; as Nathan Detroit in "Guys & Dolls" with Vic Damone; "1040," a new musical by Jerry Bock ("Fiddler On The Roof") and Jerry Sterner ("Other People’s Money") at the University of Houston and as Kurt Weill in "Berlin To Broadway" at the Coconut Grove Playhouse (Carbonell Award Nomination.)

Recent U.S. TV appearances include "As The World Turns," "The Cosby Mysteries," "Law & Order" and HBO’s "Dog Watch" with Sam Elliot and Paul Sorvino.

Overseas, Mike has been one of Israel’s all-time popular stars since settling there with his parents and twin sister, Susan, in 1962. He is the winner of two Israeli Academy Awards for his screen portrayal of Kuni Leml, a kind of Israeli Forrest Gump. The Israel Cinematheque saluted his achievements in the Israeli film industry by honoring him at a special ceremony. Over the past decades he has had several successful television shows and been a recording artist for CBS Israel.

Mike hosted and starred in his own TV variety show in Holland. Among the many guest artists to make their Dutch television debuts on the show were Mike’s friends Ben Vereen and Chita Rivera.

Among his other numerous achievements: Mike had the honor of performing before President Reagan, Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands, and the Presidents and Prime Ministers of Israel; starred in a Royal Variety Show at London’s famed Paladium; and as a soldier in the Israel Defence Forces entertained the troops during three wars, performing with Danny Kaye following the Six Day War. He is fluent in and has performed in eight languages.

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