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I filmed my scene in this short (12 minutes) movie, the wonderfully titled Posthumanismaniarama!, in 2013. It began making festival rounds only a few months ago in 2015. I had a fine time playing a Steve Jobs-like character unveiling his latest creation to a waiting world (my scene starts at about 2:10), and the whole project turned out very well, as you can see here.

I played Claudius in Hamlet last summer at the Inwood Shakespeare Festival. It's a role I've long wanted to play, in one of the most beautiful (and challenging!) venues in which I've ever worked.

Earlier in 2015, I completed shooting the first episodes of a very funny Web series, HomeCookedTV. We should be going online soon, at which point the HomeCookedTV Website will be more than a placeholder.

My latest audiobook, Stitch by Richard Stern, is available now at Audible.

Less than new news: In 2013, I played Martin Dysart in Equus at the Gallery Players in Brooklyn. It's a great role in a wonderful play and the production, directed by Mark Gallagher, was very fine. Here's what one reviewer said about my performance: "Gingold is methodical and desperate for passion in a perfect balance of longing and traditional English sensibility."

Just before doing Equus, I played Polonius in the Frog & Peach Theatre Company's production of Hamlet. Here's a piece of a review: "However, it was Alfred Gingold as Polonius who absolutely stole the show. Beautifully natural as a father and counselor, he was at once gripping and hilarious in his delivery. I could have listened to him for hours."

Some information about my background:

In 2008, I resumed acting after many years of doing other things. Since then, I've appeared in plays, movies, Webisodes, a French anti-smoking PSA and a couple of commercial spots. I've also narrated ten audiobooks, all of which are available on

Prior to 2008, I worked primarily as a writer. My first book, Items From Our Catalog (Avon, 1982), was a New York Times Best Seller, as was my second, More Items From Our Catalog. Subsequent books include Snooze: The Best of Our Magazine (with John Buskin), The House Trap, Fire in the John, Snafu University: America’s Oldest Safety School and Dog World and the People Who Live There.

My wife, Helen Rogan, and I wrote The Cool Parents’ Guide to New York (City & Company, 1996) and Brooklyn’s Best (City & Company, 1998). The Cool Parents’ Guide, now published by Rizzoli, is currently in its fourth edition.

I live in Brooklyn with my wife and our dog, Gracie.

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