Michael Owen Rosenbaum (born July 11, 1972 in Oceanside, New York) is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Lex Luthor on Smallville. Continuing in the comic book genre, he voiced Wally West (a.k.a The Flash) in the DC Comics animated series Justice League. Rosenbaum has also done film and other voiceover work.
Though born on Long Island, Rosenbaum was raised in Newburgh, Indiana. He graduated from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky with a degree in theatre arts, and immediately moved to New York City to pursue an acting career.
Rosenbaum is also known for his love of ice hockey, a sport he grew up playing. He is an ardent New York Rangers fan, and often plays iin charity hockey games.
Rosenbaum did not shave his head before auditioning for the part of Lex Luthor.
Ironically, in an episode of Justice League Unlimited, the Flash trades bodies with Lex Luthor for a brief period of time. Unlike most animated series' that have used this situation, the voice actors continued to provide the voices of their character's normal bodies, so The Flash's body still sounded like the Flash, even while it was inhabited by Luthor's mind. Thus Rosenbaum voiced Lex Luthor for most of the episode.
He is left handed.
In 2001, Michael Rosenbaum received a Saturn Award for his portrayal of Lex Luthor. In an interview he stated that actor John Shea of Lois and Clark was his inspiration for portraying the character.
He has the dubious distinction of having been knocked unconscious more times than any other character on Smallville (35 times as of season 5).
His favorite band is Guns N' Roses
Rosenbaum has a couple of notable vocal impressions in his repertoire, including Christopher Walken and Kevin Spacey. The makers of the DCAU have used these impressions in their work, having Rosenbaum do his Walken voice for Ghoul in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and his Spacey voice for Deadshot.
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