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Judah Friedlander
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Friedlander at the New York Comic Convention in Manhattan, October 9, 2010
Born March 16, 1969 (1969-03-16) (age 52)
Occupation actor/comedian
Years active 1989–present

Judah Friedlander (born March 16, 1969) is an American actor and comedian, known for playing the role of writer Frank Rossitano on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock. Friedlander is also known for his role as Toby Radloff in the film American Splendor, a role that earnt him favorable reviews and a nomination for best supporting actor at the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards.

Earlier in his career he was recognized as "the hug guy" from the music video for the 2001 Dave Matthews Band single "Everyday".

Friedlander is known for his distinctive look, which includes oversized glasses, shaggy hair, a T-shirt and trucker hat, and a generally unkempt appearance. It is a look he maintains as a stand-up comedian, during most of his public appearances, and which he has used in some of his acting roles.

In 2007, Heeb magazine included Friedlander in their list of "100 people you need to know about".

Personal life

Friedlander has lived in the New York City area over most of his career, with the exception of two years in Los Angeles. Currently residing in Queens, he has stated that he prefers living in New York.

Friedlander enjoys playing ping-pong. As a child he had played the sport competitively, and he took it up again in 2008. He is a big fan of professional wrestling, which is often used as subject matter for his trademark hats and shirts. He is also a fan of the New York Red Bulls, he has attended games at Red Bull Arena, and has appeared in commercials for the team.

As a child, Friedlander drew political cartoons and made animated films. He first tried stand-up comedy in 1989 at the age of 19 while attending New York University.

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