On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, brought to you by Scapegrace Dry Gin, SAG Award-winning actor Michael Zegen—the Marvelous Mister Maisel himself!—talks screen, spirits, and more with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash.
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Michael Jonathan Zegen is an American actor, best known for his roles on the television series Rescue Me, Boardwalk Empire, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Zegen was born to a teacher mother and lawyer father and lived in Glen Rock, New Jersey, before moving to nearby Ridgewood when he was five. He has two brothers. His mother was born in Austria, in a displaced persons camp, and his maternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors from Ukraine and Poland. He attended Ridgewood High School, where he was active in the school's theater program. Zegen is a 2001 graduate of Skidmore College.
His role on Rescue Me began as a recurring character in seasons 1–3, playing the nephew of series lead Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary). In seasons 5–6, he joined the principal cast when his character began probationary firefighter school to become a firefighter. In 2010, Zegen was cast as gangster Bugsy Siegel for the second, third, and fifth seasons of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. In 2011, Zegen, along with James Ransone, was cast in supporting roles in the HBO comedy series How To Make It In America. In mid-2011, Zegen was cast in a recurring guest role in the second season of the AMC series The Walking Dead. In 2014 he created the role of Liam off-Broadway in the dark comedy Bad Jews. Since 2017, Zegen has portrayed Joel Maisel in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime. For that role, he has won two Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series awards from the Screen Actors Guild.
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