Actor Ned Eisenberg

Ned Eisenberg (born January 13, 1957) is an American actor known for his recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Roger Kressler.

Early life and education

Eisenberg grew up in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx.[citation needed] He graduated from Riverdale Junior High School in 1972 and from there went on to Performing Arts High School, a subsidiary of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School.[citation needed]


Eisenberg had a leading role in the film Key Exchange (1985), followed by a major tour of the Broadway play Brighton Beach Memoirs, and guest star roles on various 1980s television series such as The Equalizer and Miami Vice. This led to a starring role in the television comedy The Fanelli Boys, which also starred Christopher Meloni and Joe Pantoliano.

Eisenberg played supporting roles in films such as The Exterminator (1980), The Burning (1981), Slayground (1983), Moving Violations (1985), Air America (1990), Last Man Standing (1996), Primary Colors (1998), A Civil Action (1998), Woody Allen’s Celebrity (1998) and Experimenter (2015).

Eisenberg appeared regularly, usually as a defense attorney, in episodes of the long-running NBC crime drama Law & Order, beginning in 1997, leading to producer Dick Wolf casting him as one of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’s most recognizable supporting characters.[citation needed] In 1999 he appeared in the first season episode Denial, Anger, Acceptance as Ariel in the HBO series The Sopranos. He has also continued his film career by appearing in Clint Eastwood’s Academy Award-winning drama Million Dollar Baby (2004) and played the role of photographer Joe Rosenthal in the 2006 film Flags of Our Fathers, also directed by Eastwood.

Eisenberg describes himself as a “street-style” actor, coming up through the ranks rather than academic programs, and his training included jazz-dance classes with Betsy Haug.[citation needed]

Eisenberg cofounded the Naked Angels Theatre Company in 1987 with longtime friend Fisher Stevens.



Year Title Role Notes
1980 The Exterminator Marty
1981 The Burning Eddy
1982 The Soldier Israeli Prisoner
1983 Deadly Force Rat Game Owner
1983 Slayground Lonzini
1984 Firstborn Learner Driver Uncredited
1985 Moving Violations Wink Barnes
1985 Key Exchange Piero
1987 Hiding Out Rodriguez
1990 Air America Pirelli
1996 Last Man Standing Fredo Strozzi
1998 Primary Colors Brad Lieberman
1998 Celebrity Elaine’s Book Party Guest
1998 A Civil Action Uncle Pete
1999 Let It Snow Carl
2003 Head of State Mike Blake
2004 Million Dollar Baby Sally Mendoza
2006 World Trade Center Officer Polnicki
2006 Flags of Our Fathers Joe Rosenthal
2011 Limitless Morris Brandt
2012 Won’t Back Down Arthur Gould
2015 Experimenter Solomon Asch
2015 Meadowland Principal Griffin
2018 Asher Abram


Year Title Role Notes
1981 We’re Fighting Back Ace Television film
1985–1989 Miami Vice Various 4 episodes
1986 Crime Story Dr. Eisenberg Episode: “Abrams for the Defense”
1986, 1987 The Equalizer Josh / Frank Stevens 2 episodes
1989 Charlie Al Hattman Television film
1990–1991 The Fanelli Boys Anthony Fanelli 19 episodes
1992 Dear John C.J. Episode: “The Big Payday”
1992 A Murderous Affair: The Carolyn Warmus Story Det. Richard Freedman Television film
1992 Reasonable Doubts Kyle Wynn Episode: “Brother’s Keeper”
1993 L.A. Law Howard Bannister Episode: “Leap of Faith”
1994 Time Trax Mitch Episode: “Missing”
1994 Star Struck Mickey Television film
1996 Public Morals Llama Salesman Episode: “The Purple Cover”
1997 Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the
World Trade Center Bombing
Emad Salem Television film
1997–2009 Law & Order James Granick 7 epiodes
1998 Exiled Jerry Kleinert Television film
1998 The First Seven Years Sobel
1999 The Sopranos Ariel Episode: “Denial, Anger, Acceptance”
1999 Dash and Lilly Bob Constantine Television film
1999–2019 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Various 24 episodes
2000 Cheaters Robert Clifford Television film
2002 NYPD Blue Vic Davis Episode: “One in the Nuts”
2002, 2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Artie Ableson / Danny Sussman 2 episodes
2003 Queens Supreme Lawyer Episode: “The House Next Door”
2003 Whoopi Judge Episode: “Shout”
2004 Dragnet Peter Radic / Vukov Regad Episode: “Retribution”
2004 The Jury Elliot Riis Episode: “Pilot”
2004 Rescue Me Burt Episode: “Orphans”
2006 3 lbs Brad Ellis Episode: “Heart Stopping”
2007 The Black Donnellys Detective Frankie Stein 4 episodes
2008 New Amsterdam Fiske Episode: “Love Hurts”
2011 The Big C Dr. Volimer Episode: “Losing Patients”
2011 Blue Bloods Sandy Episode: “Lonely Hearts Club”
2012 30 Rock Marty Episode: “Today You Are a Man”
2012 White Collar Walt Furlong Episode: “Vested Interest”
2012 Made in Jersey ADA Diego Haas 2 episodes
2013, 2016 Person of Interest Detective Joseph Soriano
2014 Madam Secretary Dan Pasternak Episode: “The Call”
2014 The Mysteries of Laura Julius Sarkissian Episode: “The Mystery of the Art Ace”
2015 The Good Wife Craig Hallman Episode: “Driven”
2016 The Night Of Lawrence Felder 2 episodes
2016 Bull Christopher Franklin Episode: “Too Perfect”
2018 Elementary Marvin Hathaway Episode: “The Geek Interpreter”
2019 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Lou Rabinowitz Episode: “Strike Up the Band”
2020 The Plot Against America Abe Steinheim Episode: “Part 2”
2020 Little Voice Al 6 episodes
2021 Mare of Easttown Detective Hauser 3 episodes

World Trade Center Bombing

External Links

Actor Ned Eisenberg – Wikipedia

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