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American Splendor (20-Jan-2003)

Directors: Robert Pulcini; Shari Springer Berman

Writers: Robert Pulcini; Shari Springer Berman

From comic book: American Splendor by Harvey Pekar

Based on a book: Our Cancer Year by Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner

Music by: Mark Suozzo

Producer: Ted Hope

Keywords: Drama, Comic Book, Biography, Halloween

Biopic dramatizes the offbeat life and career of comic book author Harvey Pekar.

VA hospital clerk Harvey Pekar is a curious man desiring something more out of his world, entertaining himself through his monotonous existence by talking to co-workers about various issues in life and taking refuge in his hobbies and love of thrifting. A chance encounter with would-be underground comic sensation Robert Crumb at a Cleveland-area garage sale drives Harvey to enter the world for himself, starting down a road that would lead to the creation of renowned underground comic American Splendor. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Hope Davis
23-Mar-1964   American Splendor
Judah Friedlander
16-Mar-1969   Baseball-capped comedian, 30 Rock
Paul Giamatti
6-Jun-1967   John Adams
Josh Hutcherson
12-Oct-1992   Bridge to Terabithia
Donal Logue
27-Feb-1966   Jimmy the Cab Driver
James McCaffrey
1959   Jimmy Keefe on Rescue Me
Harvey Pekar
8-Oct-1939 12-Jul-2010 American Splendor
Molly Shannon
16-Sep-1964   Saturday Night Live
Madylin Sweeten
27-Jun-1991   Ally Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond
James Urbaniak
17-Sep-1963   Dr. Venture on The Venture Bros.


Paul Giamatti   ...   Harvey Pekar
Hope Davis   ...   Joyce Brabner
Judah Friedlander   ...   Toby Radloff
James Urbaniak   ...   Robert Crumb
Earl Billings   ...   Mr. Boats
James McCaffrey   ...   Fred
Maggie Moore   ...   Alice Quinn
Vivienne Benesch   ...   Lana
Harvey Pekar   ...   Real Harvey
Chris Ambrose   ...   Superman
Joey Krajcar   ...   Batman
Josh Hutcherson   ...   Robin
Cameron Carter   ...   Green Lantern
Daniel Tay   ...   Young Harvey
Mary Faktor   ...   Housewife
Shari Springer Berman   ...   Interviewer
Larry John Myers   ...   Throat Doctor
Barbara Brown   ...   Nurse
Danny Hoch   ...   Marty
Eli Ganias   ...   Pahls
Sylvia Kauders   ...   Old Jewish Lady
Rebecca Borger   ...   Cashier
Nick Baxter   ...   Mattress Guy #1
Allen Branstein   ...   Mattress Guy #2
Dick Prochaska   ...   WWII Patient
Charles Eduardos   ...   Doctor
Robert Pulcini   ...   Bob The Director
Toby Radloff   ...   Real Toby
Bianca Santos   ...   Counter Girl
Mike Rad   ...   Rand
Amy K. Harmon   ...   Cheery Waitress
Joyce Brabner   ...   Real Joyce
Donal Logue   ...   Stage Actor Harvey
Molly Shannon   ...   Stage Actor Joyce
Eytan Mirsky   ...   Guitarist
Rob Grader   ...   Stage Manager
Terrence Sullivan   ...   Letterman Regular
Ebon Moss-Bachrach   ...   MTV Director
Patrick Lafferty   ...   Yuppie
Jesse Perez   ...   Miguel
Jeff Peters   ...   Talk Show Host
Ola Creston   ...   PA #1
Robert J. Williams   ...   Cancer Doctor
Madylin Sweeten   ...   Danielle
Danielle Batone   ...   Real Danielle
Jason Stevens   ...   Letterman Regular Voice
Todd Cummings   ...   Talk Show Host Voice


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