Hunk of the Week 1/19/09 - Michael Rosenbaum

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by Turbo, Jan 19, 2009.

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Michael Rosenbaum: Hot or Not?

  1. Yeah! (Thumbs up)

    28.6%
  2. No! (Thumbs down)

    47.6%
  3. Meh. (Thumbs sideways)

    23.8%
  1. Turbo

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    Biography: (Abridged from his official website)
    Michael Rosenbaum has displayed his versatility as an actor by tackling diverse roles. Equally adept at comedy and drama, Rosenbaum has played characters ranging from a transvestite to a crazed fraternity boy to the intriguing Lex Luthor. In addition to his wide range of talent in front of the camera, this gifted actor is also a skillful writer and voice-over artist.

    Born in New York in 1972 and raised in Indiana, Rosenbaum discovered his passion for acting at an early age in high school. He continued performing the leads in several stage productions while earning a Bachelor of Arts in theater and communications from Western Kentucky University. After graduation, Rosenbaum headed to New York where he appeared in several off-Broadway productions and in small independent films as well as becoming a regular on "The Conan O'Brien Show" in a comedy sketch called "The Amsterdam Kids."

    Athletic and outgoing, Rosenbaum is an avid hockey player and golfer. He is also a dedicated New York Rangers fan. In addition, Rosenbaum has a passion for music, and plays both acoustic and electric guitar. Rosenbaum currently resides in Los Angeles - traveling back and forth to Vancouver for work.

    Since the fall of 2001, Rosenbaum has starred as Lex Luthor in the highly successful Smallville, based on the original "Superman" concept. For the role, Rosenbaum shaved his head and transformed himself into the spoiled, well-to-do son and future Superman arch-nemesis. His portrayal of Lex has garnered the attention of critics and fans alike. Shot in Vancouver, the one-hour series also stars Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, John Schneider and Annette O'Toole.

    In the spring of 2002, Rosenbaum starred in the comedy Sorority Boys. The film focused on three fraternity boys who are accused of embezzling funds from their house and must go undercover as homely sorority girls to gather evidence in order to prove their innocence. The film, described as "Some Like It Hot" meets "Animal House", provided Rosenbaum with an opportunity to display his strong sense of physical comedy.

    In the summer of 2002 , the independent film [i[Poolhall Junkies[/i] premiered at the CineVegas Film Festival in Las Vegas. Rosenbaum starred as Danny Doyle, a musician who can follow his dream of playing guitar or follow the path of his pool shark brother. The film hit theaters in limited release at the beginning of 2003 before being released on DVD in August 2003.

    In 2003, Rosenbaum appeared onscreen alongside one of his comedy idols, Steve Martin, in the film Bringing Down the House. The film, which also starred Eugene Levy and Queen Latifah, told the story of a middle aged lawyer (Martin) whose life is turned upside down by an escaped convict (Latifah) who arrives on his doorstep looking for help in proving she was framed. Rosenbaum took on the supporting role of Todd Gendler, a cocky and ambitious young lawyer looking to one-up Martin's character.

    Michael Rosenbaum's additional film credits include Sweet November, Urban Legend, and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, directed by Clint Eastwood. His television credits include starring as Jack on WB's Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane, and The Tom Show.

    Rosenbaum is also a talented voice over artist. His most notable role was the voice of The Flash on the animated series Justice League. He has also lent his voice to several episodes of such animated series as Batman Beyond, The Zeta Project, and The Wild Thornberries. In 2003, Rosenbaum was featured as the voice of Valens in the LucasArts video game Gladius, and in 2006, he had a voice role in the movie Racing Stripes.


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    Urban Legend (1998)
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    Zoe, Duncan, Jack, & Jane (1999)
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    Rave Macbeth (2001)
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    Sorority Boys (2002)
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    Bringin' Down the House (2003)
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    Cursed (2004)
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    Kickin' it Old School (2007)
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    And, of course, his most famous role:

    Justice League (2001-2006)
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    Smallville (2001-Present)
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  2. auntiehill

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    Hmm. Doesn't do anything for me, but then I never watched Smallville, either. I'll have to give him thumbs down.

    Interesting choice, though. I think he actually looks better without hair.
     
  3. WillsBabe

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    Meh from me. Well, sometimes he catches my attention, I think when he looks a little older. There's something smooth about him that doesn't appeal. He's not a turn off, though.
     
  4. PKTrekGirl

    PKTrekGirl Arrogant Niner Thug Admiral

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    I give him a thumbs up!

    The only thing I've ever watched him in is Smallville so I'm not used to seeing him with hair! He's actually ADORABLE with hair! :techman:

    As for Smallville...well, while I'm not generally into bald, I have to mention a couple of things that mitigate this for him on this show:

    1. Michael Rosenbaum is BY FAR the best actor on Smallville. So much so, in fact, that you'd be hard pressed to find a Smallville fan who would disagree. He is head and shoulders above every other actor on that show. In short, he is a tremendous talent...and I hope he does well now that he's left that show after 7 seasons.

    2. Lex is pretty evil and agenda-driven (but conflicted too, if that is possible - fighting his Luther 'destiny'!)...but exceedingly cool at the same time. No one has ever made evil yet conflicted look so utterly cool! :lol: And regardless of talent, that takes being sort of cool IRL, I think.

    In short, I really like this guy. Even more since I've seen these photos with hair...but Michael as Lex is totally spongeworthy as well.

    Good choice! And great job, Turbo! :techman:
     
  5. HighteeHeller

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    He was kind of hot as a girl in Soroirty Boys, hotter than Barry Watson and :shudder: Harland Williams.

    As a man, eh I can see him being "hunky."
     
  7. Temis the Vorta

    Temis the Vorta Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Meh, but a terrific actor.
     
  8. Super Grover

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    He was hilarious in that movie too.
     
  9. Turbo

    Turbo Vice Admiral Admiral

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    I had a feeling that Rosenbaum wouldn't be universally popular, but there's something about him that really gets me. It may be connected to the fact that he's by FAR the best actor on Smallville.
     
  10. PKTrekGirl

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    I totally agree.

    He is so doggone talented that you can't help but be impressed with the guy.

    He is one of two men I am aware of who have made shaved-head 'bald' into 'cool' - the other being Avery Brooks. :cool:

    I like him as a choice for this poll - you did good! Tom Welling is no-brainer beautiful. But Michael Rosenbaum takes more consideration. And that's what makes this fun.
     
  11. sidious618

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    Yeah, I just don't see it.
     
  12. Turbo

    Turbo Vice Admiral Admiral

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    I'll be honest - Tom Welling does nothing for me. But Michael Rosenbaum does. But in either case, I'm glad I'm not the only one to think the latter is hot!
     
  13. Orac Zen

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    Not so much. The bit I saw of Smallville revealed he and John Glover were by a distance the best actors on it, but that's kinda damning him with faint praise. I can't say he does anything for me.
    Ewwww. Welling does less than nothing for me. He's anti-hot.
     
  14. DAK

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    Ugh, thumbs down. I think he actually looks better as a woman!! :lol:
     
  15. little_chris

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    Somone needs to make a live action flash movie with him as Wally West...
     
  16. Praetor

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    I'd say yes, but it may be because of the personality and charm really.
     
  17. Othello

    Othello Commodore Commodore

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    Ok.. does anyone else feel that the guy looks WAYYYY better bald than with hair? I mean some of those hairdos are god awful!! I wear a hat 99% of the time I leave the house nowadays and am the least fasion/looks conscious person I know and I wouldn't be caught dead with hair like that. :guffaw::guffaw::guffaw:

    I mean look at that first pic as Lex and then the rest like Urban Legend, etc. No comparison. Those are soem REALLY ratty and bad hairdos. LOL
     
  18. kitkat

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    Thumbs down.

    I definitely like the branching out in choices, you know, keeping a good variety, he is just really odd looking to me.

    I gotta agree. Tom Welling is terribly unattractive and I have never gotten the fuss about him at all. :p:p
     
  19. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

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    I've never seen him in anything, but he's handsome and seems to have a disarming smile (although he looks like a jerk in shades). So Thumbs Up. :bolian:
     
  20. RJDiogenes

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    New Thread tomorrow!