Judah Friedlander

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Date of Birth March 16, 1969
Place of Birth Gaithersburg, Maryland
Age 51 years old
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Judah Friedlander

Judah Friedlander 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 garnered 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 employed in some of his acting roles.

Born: March 16, 1969, Gaithersburg, Maryland, U.S.
Alma mater: New York University
Occupation: Actor, comedian
Years active: 1989–present
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About Judah Friedlander

Staff writer Frank Rossitano on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock who is also a popular stand-up comedian and author of a humor book, How to Beat Up Anybody. He received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards for his role in the Harvey Pekar biopic American Splendor.

Before Fame

He appeared in a music video for the Dave Matthews Band single 'Everyday,' where he hugged random people for the duration of the song; through the popularity of that video he became known as 'the hug guy.'


His ever-changing lineup of trucker hats became a running gag on 30 Rock; he made the hats, complete with slogans, at home, and changed them for almost every scene on the show.

Family Life

He was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland, to Shirley and Art Friedlander. His father is of Russian-Jewish descent, and his mother is Croatian-American.


He appeared on numerous late night talk shows, cracking wise with Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart and others.

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