Ed Metzger, an accomplished actor and writer, has the unique ability to portray real-life famous people. In major films, on television and the Broadway stage, his list of characters include Albert Einstein, Ernest Hemingway, Teddy Roosevelt, George Washington as well as cops, mobsters and gangsters.
The most famous of Metzger's performances is Albert Einstein . . . complete with wild hair and all. He is extremely proud that he is the only actor who has ever received an Endorsement from the Einstein family who recognized Metzger's talents to personify their relative, the most famous man of the 20th Century. A quote from Einstein's first cousin said, “The family felt as though they were in the presence of their dear cousin Albert."
Metzger stars in his nationally acclaimed one-man live stage show,
ALBERT EINSTEIN: THE PRACTICAL BOHEMIAN, at major theaters throughout the country as well as on Broadway and at The Kennedy Center. Metzger's portrayal provides insight into Einstein's history, The Theory of Relativity, his religious beliefs, his personal life, his politics, the Holocaust, the Manhattan Project and The Atom Bomb.
In addition to bringing the notable professor to life on stage, Metzger has portrayed "Einstein" in feature films, FDR:
A CONVERSATION WITH EINSTEIN
JOE'S ROTTEN WORLD.
On television, his Einstein characterization was seen in the Chris Rock series,
EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS,
as well as
THE SUPER MARIO BROS,
In director David Fincher's brilliant film,
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, Metzger personified President Theodore Roosevelt and created the essence of the great historical visionary. Fincher's Oscar nominated film starred Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchette.
For his depiction of the celebrated novelist, Ernest Hemingway, Metzger takes the audience on a guided tour of the robust, artistic, and explosive life story in theatrical on-stage performances of HEMINGWAY: ON THE EDGE. Metzger selected Hemingway as the subject of his second one-man play because of the many exciting elements in the writer's life. Bullfighting, big-game hunting, brawling, drinking and womanizing were as much a part of Hemingway's life as they were of his many novels and short stories.
According to Metzger, "Hemingway was a man who fed his writing by seeking visceral experiences. He challenged life at its most basic level."
Metzger wrote, created and stars in two distinctly different theatrical on-stage impersonations. Since Einstein and Hemingway were at opposite ends characteristically, Metzger recognized the common denominator between the two great men was the pure devotion each had to their work. Both men were Nobel Prize winners.
Delving into more historical visionaries, Metzger portrayed the first president of the United States, George Washington, in:
THE SUPER MARIO BROTHERS SUPER SHOW.
Speaking of his many unique depictions and interpretations of men in history, Metzger says, “Every once in a while an actor has the opportunity to probe into the characteristics of famous men and honor them with a unique portrait.”
Metzger's distinctive Broadway stage career includes performances in
THE RESISTABLE RISE OF ARTURO UI starring Al Pacino,
BRECHT ON BRECHT,
and many other productions.
As much as Metzger enjoys performing on stage or in front of the camera, he is also delighted when invited as a featured guest to be interviewed on tv and radio talk shows, including:
THE TODAY SHOW
STUDS TERKEL SHOW
VOICE OF AMERICA
ALL THINGS CONSIDERED
TALK OF THE NATION
THE TONIGHT SHOW
GOOD MORNING AMERICA, and many major talk-shows throughout the country. He is regularly invited as a Keynote Speaker for Corporate Events.
“Metzger’s characterization is strong and genius.” THE NEW YORK TIMES
“A tour de force.” THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
“Metzger does for Einstein what Hal Holbrook did for Mark Twain.” THE DETROIT NEWS
“Metzger is authentic right down to the bone.” CHICAGO TRIBUNE
“Einstein would have been proud of Metzger’s portrayal.” HOLLYWOOD DAILY VARIETY
“I had the feeling I was in the presence, as once upon a time, of my dear cousin, Albert Einstein.” EINSTEIN’s 1st COUSIN, HERTHA EINSTEIN NATHORFF
Before becoming a well-known actor, Metzger grew up in Brooklyn and developed an interest in medicine, which became his major at The University of Alabama and The University of Florida. However, the acting bug bit him. He moved to Los Angeles for drama training at the prominent Pasadena Playhouse. Eventually returning to New York, he studied at the prestigious Actors Studio with the honored Method master, Lee Strasberg.
Years later when Metzger became interested in extraordinary men in history, he never expected his scientific education and interest in world visionaries would be used in drama portrayals.
Knowing the powerful effect Theater Arts can have on students, Metzger created ACTORFEST as a valuable therapeutic tool for students to enhance discipline and self-esteem. Metzger's program has been highly regarded by specialized facilities which search for ways to add values to incarcerated youth.
Passionate for anything Einstein, Metzger developed a nationally acclaimed science education school out-reach presentation, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH EINSTEIN. This interactive dynamic assembly program encourages curiosity in science, technology engineering and math (STEM) for under-served students throughout the country inspiring them to consider science as a future career.
Metzger’s writings include both one-man stage shows,
ALBERT EINSTEIN: THE PRACTICAL BOHEMIAN
HEMINGWAY: ON THE EDGE.
In addition, he wrote
NO NAKED HEROES, a play about the great French sculptor August Rodin.
SANCTIMONIOUS RAGE -- One Act Play.
Other writings include the book
ASSASSINATE EINSTEIN "Hitler's Secret Order" -- A Novel.
and other books,
EINSTEIN GOES HOLLYWOOD and EINSTEIN: VANILLA IS MY FAVORITE.
Ed Metzger is proud to be the recipient of the following Awards:
THE WALK OF FAME permanent photographic display by The W.K. KELLOGG FOUNDATION at The Battle Creek River Park for the work Ed did with his motivating school out-reach program, which stimulates K-12 at-risk students in science, technology, engineering and math.
THE STATE OF MICHIGAN AWARD OF ACHIEVEMENT for presenting "Close Encounters With Einstein" to an all-time high number of urban and rural students throughout the State of Michigan.
THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD from Pike High School, Indianapolis for Professional and Caring Instruction in Theater Arts.
Metzger's wife Laya Gelff, is an accomplished talent agent, manager, co-writer, producer, photographer and film maker. She always has her cameras with her as she is usually seen on set documenting Ed and his work. Laya's behind the scenes endeavors are an integral component to their success. Ed and Laya live in the Los Angeles area. They love traveling together with their many projects.
Metzger is a member of the acting unions: SAG, AFTRA and AEA.
He is available for ALL media interviews. Live TV, talk-show radio, newspapers and magazines.
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