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Actor, author to discuss latest book, career at UJ


► What: Stephen Tobolowsky Sponsored by the University of Jamestown Theatre Department ► When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21. Doors open at 7 p.m. ► Where: DeNault Auditorium, Reiland Fine Arts Center, University of Jamestown ► Tickets: $10/general public, free to UJ students and employees. Tickets sold only at the door.

Stephen Tobolowsky is best known as the actor who played Ned Ryerson in the film “Groundhog Day.” His character in the film is so popular, he said, that fans come up and quote lines from the movie to him and then ask “Has anyone ever done that to you?”

“I go, ‘Like once a day,’” he said.

But he appreciates the enthusiasm.

Tobolowsky has been in more than 250 movies and television shows. Beyond “Groundhog Day,” Tobolowsky is currently playing the principal on “The Goldbergs,” on ABC, Jack Barker in HBO’s comedy “Silicon Valley,” and is part of the cast on Netflix’s version of “One Day at a Time.”

Tobolowsky will talk about his career as an actor and about his new book, “My Adventures with God,” published by Simon & Schuster in April on Thursday at the University of Jamestown.

Tobolowsky said he has had two books published by Simon & Schuster, the first being “The Dangerous Animals Club.” He said he is in North Dakota this week touring to support his book in part because he had a pleasant experience last year at the South Dakota Film Festival. Tobolowsky said he will be appearing at the film festival again this year; he likes visiting this area.

“I’m from Texas, so I love this country,” he said about visiting the Dakotas. “I love wideopen skies. I love being here; it’s beautiful.”

Tobolowsky said one of the weirdest encounters he had with a fan was he was standing in line for a movie in Los Angeles and a man turned and said he recognized Tobolowsky’s voice as he had been the voice for Bando the Country Dog in the film “Homeward Bound 3.”

“Sometimes it isn’t so bad (being recognized by fans),” he said.

Tobolowsky said his new book includes stories about his life, his family and friends growing up in Texas and experiences he has had. Beyond being an actor in film, television and on the stage, Tobolowsky has survived a plane crash in his life, broke his neck while riding a horse on the side of an active volcano in Iceland and recently had heart surgery.

He said in Jamestown he will talk about his career, read passages from his book and answer questions from the audience.

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Chris Olson

Hometown: Traverse City, MI College: Northwestern Michigan College and Michigan State University

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