Richest CelebritiesActors
Net Worth:
$3 Million
Jun 22, 1941 - Apr 8, 2023 (81 years old)
5 ft 6 in (1.7 m)
Actor, Voice Actor
United States of America
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Michael Lerner is an American actor who has a net worth of $3 million at the time of his death in April 2023. Michael Lerner's career spanned over four decades and included more than 200 acting credits. Best known for his memorable roles in films such as "Barton Fink," "Eight Men Out," "No Escape," "Elf," and "Godzilla," Lerner's remarkable acting prowess and incredible versatility earned him critical acclaim and numerous accolades. Lerner was nominated for an Academy Award in 1992 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for "Barton Fink." He was also known for countless television roles. In 1995 he starred as Judge Myron Winkleman on the television series "Courthouse." Lerner starred as Mel Horowitz on the TV series "Clueless" from 1996 to 1997. He has had recurring roles on TV series including "Hill Street Blues," "Glee," and more. Michael Lerner died on April 8, 2023 at the age of 81. Throughout his life, Lerner remained a consummate professional, dedicated to his craft, and respected by his peers. Adept at portraying diverse characters, Lerner left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans and fellow actors alike.

Early Life

Born on June 22, 1941, in Brooklyn, New York, Michael Lerner was raised in a family that deeply valued the arts. His parents, George and Blanche Lerner, were both involved in the entertainment industry, which fueled Michael's passion for acting from a young age. After graduating from Brooklyn's prestigious James Madison High School, Lerner pursued higher education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he studied acting and honed his skills.

Stage Career and Transition to Film

Lerner's acting career began in the late 1960s with appearances in stage productions in Los Angeles. His talent and charisma were evident from the start, as he captivated audiences with his powerful stage presence. Throughout the 1970s, Lerner continued to refine his craft in theater, eventually transitioning to film and television roles. His early work in movies such as "Alex in Wonderland" (1970) and "The Candidate" (1972) garnered the attention of both critics and audiences, establishing him as a gifted actor with a bright future in Hollywood.


Breakthrough Roles

In 1991, Lerner's career reached new heights with his unforgettable performance as studio executive Jack Lipnick in the Coen Brothers' film "Barton Fink." This role earned Lerner an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, cementing his status as a formidable talent in the industry. Throughout the 1990s, Lerner continued to impress with his versatile acting abilities, appearing in a wide variety of films, including "Amos & Andrew" (1993), "The Road to Wellville" (1994), and "Godzilla" (1998).

Later Career

Lerner's success continued into the new millennium, as he remained a sought-after actor for both film and television projects. One of his most notable roles during this period was his portrayal of the grumpy, yet endearing, store manager in the holiday classic "Elf" (2003), starring Will Ferrell. Lerner's performance resonated with audiences, further solidifying his reputation as an actor capable of embodying a range of characters. Throughout the 2000s and 2010s, Lerner appeared in numerous films and TV series, showcasing his exceptional talent and dedication to his craft.


Unfortunately Michael Lerner died on April 8, 2023 at the age of 82. Michael Lerner's impressive body of work serves as a testament to his immense talent and passion for acting. His dedication to his craft and his ability to bring diverse characters to life on screen have left an indelible mark on the world of film and television.

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