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Michael Owen Rosenbaum (born July 11, 1972
in Oceanside, New York) is an American actor. He is best known for
portraying Lex Luthor on Smallville. Continuing in the comic book genre,
he has performed as the voice of Wally West (a.k.a Flash), in the DC
Comics animated series Justice League. Rosenbaum has also done film and
voice over work.
Although born on Long Island, Rosenbaum was
raised in Newburgh, Indiana. He graduated from Western Kentucky
University in Bowling Green, Kentucky with a degree in Theatre Arts,
then immediately moved to New York City to become a professional actor.
Rosenbaum is also known for his love of ice
hockey, a sport he grew up playing. He is an ardent New York Rangers
fan, and can often be seen playing in charity hockey games.
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (segment:
"The Amsterdam Kids")
The Rinky Dinky Show (550)
Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane (1999-2000) (as
Smallville (2001-present) (as Lex Luthor)
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005)
(episode: Gun Fever, as Colin)
Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight
(2007), will provide voice for Tanis Half-Elven.
Kicking It Old Skool (2006)
Bringing Down the House (2003)
Sorority Boys (2002)
Poolhall Junkies (2001)
Rave Macbeth (2001)
Sweet November (2001)
Eyeball Eddie (2000)
Urban Legend (1998)
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
The Day I Ran Into All My Ex-Boyfriends
The Devil & the Angel (1997)
Batman Beyond (1999-2001) (various
Justice League (2001-2004) (as The Flash
Justice League Unlimited (2004-2006) (as
The Flash, Deadshot, and Doctor Polaris)
The Zeta Project (2001-2002) (as Agent
Static Shock (2000-2004) (Trapper (Series
1, 2 & 4), various voices, and guest appearance as The Flash in a 2003
Jackie Chan Adventures (2000-2005) as
Teen Titans (2005) as Kid Flash
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000)
Racing Stripes (2005) (as Ruffshodd)
Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight (in
production) (as Tanis Half-Elven)
Gladius (2003) as Valens
Yakuza (2006) as Akira Nishiki
Rosenbaum did not shave his head before
auditioning for the part of Lex Luthor.
Ironically, in an episode of Justice League
Unlimited, the Flash trades bodies with Lex Luthor for a brief period of
time. Unlike most animated series' that have used this situation, the
voice actors continued to provide the voices of their character's normal
bodies, so The Flash's body still sounded like the Flash, even while it
was inhabited by Luthor's mind. Thus Rosenbaum voiced Lex Luthor for
most of the episode.
He is left handed.
In 2001, Michael Rosenbaum received a
Saturn Award for his portrayal of Lex Luthor. In an interview he stated
that actor John Shea of Lois and Clark was his inspiration for
portraying the character.
He has the dubious distinction of having
been knocked unconscious more times than any other character on
Smallville during the span of the show (35 times as of season 5).
His favorite band is Guns N' Roses
Rosenbaum, according to the producers of
Batman Beyond, does an excellent imitation of actor Christopher Walken.
Has an uncanny resemblance to Alan Ruck.
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