Alex Karpovsky
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Alex Karpovsky
Alexander Karpovsky

(1975-09-23) September 23, 1975 (age 47)
EducationBoston University (BA)
University of Oxford (MA)
Occupation(s)Actor, writer, film director, producer, film editor

Alexander Karpovsky (born September 23, 1975)[2] is an American director, actor, screenwriter, producer and film editor. He is best known for playing Ray Ploshansky on the HBO comedy-drama series Girls and Craig Petrosian on the Amazon series Homecoming.

Early life and education

Alex Karpovsky was born in Israel and raised in Newton, Massachusetts. He earned a bachelor's degree from Boston University before receiving a master's degree in visual ethnography at the University of Oxford.[1][3]


His debut feature, The Hole Story, earned him a slot in Filmmaker magazine's 25 new faces of independent film. His subsequent feature-length films include Woodpecker (SXSW Film Festival, 2008), Trust Us, This Is All Made Up (SXSW Film Festival, 2009), Rubberneck (Tribeca Film Festival, 2012), and Red Flag (LA Film Festival, 2012),[4] the latter two of which were released as a double feature in New York City's Lincoln Center Theater.[5] In addition to these films, Alex has directed episodes of TV, commercials, and music videos.

As an actor, he played Ray Ploshansky in the HBO comedy series Girls and has portrayed characters in films that have been featured at Sundance, Cannes, SXSW, Berlinale, Los Angeles & Tribeca film festivals. Karpovsky also appeared in the Coen Brothers' films Inside Llewyn Davis and Hail, Caesar!, was a series regular on Amazon's Homecoming, and has a leading role in the NBC/Peacock limited series, Angelyne.[6]

Karpovsky has read hundreds of stories for live and radio audiences, including NPR's Selected Shorts, The Paris Review, The New York Times' Modern Love, n+1, Grand Theft Auto IV, and This American Life.



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Cry Funny Happy Henry
2005 The Hole Story Alex
2008 Cubby Knowles Robert Lincoln
2009 Beeswax Merrill Graf
2009 Harmony and Me Mean Man Mike
2010 Bass Ackwards Vlad
2010 Lovers of Hate Paul Lucas
2010 Tiny Furniture Jed
2010 Incredibly Small Tom
2011 Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same Rookie Agent
2011 Wuss Wally Combs
2011 Almost in Love Sasha
2012 Sleepwalk with Me Ian Gilmore
2012 Gayby Peter
2012 Supporting Characters Nick Berger
2012 Rubberneck Paul Harris
2012 Marvin, Seth and Stanley Seth Greenstein
2012 Red Flag Alex
2013 Good Night Jake
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Marty Green
2014 The Foxy Merkins Merkin Man
2014 Summer of Blood Jamie
2015 Tired Moonlight Mike
2015 Possibilia Rick
2015 Bloomin Mud Shuffle Chuck
2015 7 Chinese Brothers Kaminsky
2016 Hail, Caesar! Mr. Smitrovich
2016 Folk Hero & Funny Guy Paul Scott
2016 My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea Drake (voice)
2017 The Vanishing of Sidney Hall David Bauer
2017 Fits and Starts Charles
2017 Girlfriend's Day Styvesan
2018 The Front Runner Mike Stratton
2018 Being Frank Ross
2019 The Sound of Silence Landon
2019 The Return of the Yuletide Kid Michael
2020 The Ride Chris
2021 Cryptozoo David (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
2012–2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Stephen Lomatin 2 episodes
2012–2017 Girls Ray Ploshansky 42 episodes
2014 Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends Himself Television Special
2015 The Show About The Show Himself 2 episodes
2016 Deadbeat Jared the Liar Episode: "Medieval Dead"
2018 Drunk History Zvi Aharoni Episode: "Heists"
2018–2020 Homecoming Craig Petrosian 13 episodes
2020 Curb Your Enthusiasm Doctor Seiderman Episode: "The Spite Store"
2022 Angelyne Jeff Glaser 5 episodes

Music video

Year Title Artist(s)
2017 When You Die MGMT

Video game

Year Title Role
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV The Crowd of Liberty City (voice)


Year Title Role Notes Network/Festival
2019 Oh Jerome, No Writer/Director Episodes 101-108 FXX
2018 Love Director Episode 304 Netflix
2016 The New Yorker Presents Director Episode 105 Amazon
2016 Girls Director Episode 509 HBO
2012 Red Flag[7] Writer/Director feature LA Film Festival
2012 Rubberneck[8] Writer/Director feature Tribeca
2009 Trust Us, This Is All Made Up [9] Writer/Director feature SXSW
2008 Woodpecker [10] Writer/Director feature SXSW
2006 The Hole Story[11] Writer/Director feature Harvard Film Archive


  1. ^ a b Laskowski, Amy (April 3, 2014). "Girls Actor Comes to Cinematheque Tomorrow". BU Today. Boston University. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  2. ^ Rick Porter, Alex Karpovsky - Apple TV, Apple TV
  3. ^ "Alex Karpovsky". Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  4. ^ Neil Genzlinger, Film Festival Blooms With Ripe Perversity, The New York Times, April 22, 2012
  5. ^ "Alex Karpovsky of Girls helms two new films, talks directing". UKScreen. Archived from the original on December 13, 2013. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  6. ^ Rick Porter, Martin Freeman, Alex Karpovsky Join 'Angelyne' Limited Series at Peacock, The Hollywood Reporter, February 12, 2020
  7. ^ "RED FLAG - A GRAVE COMEDY FROM ALEX KARPOVSKY". Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  8. ^ "RUBBERNECK — A Film By Alex Karpovsky & Garth Donovan". Archived from the original on August 10, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  9. ^ "Trust Us, This Is All Made Up". Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  10. ^ "Woodpecker: a film by alex karpovsky". Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  11. ^ "Alex Karpovsky". Retrieved August 7, 2015.

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