‘Boardwalk Empire’ actor Michael Stuhlbarg returns to Broadway stage after Central Park rock attack

The show must go on.

Actor Michael Stuhlbarg was in full attendance at the curtain call for Monday night’s premiere of his new Broadway production, “The Patriots,” which began screening the day after he was allegedly attacked by a homeless man with a long rap sheet. He was smiling.

The 55-year-old “Boardwalk Empire” star’s name was on the marquee at the Barrymore Theater when he played the role of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky in the play about the rise of Vladimir Putin.

Photos from the premiere show actors dressed in black looking up at the audience and applauding.

Michael Stuhlbarg attends the first curtain call for his new play “The Patriots” at Broadway’s Barrymore Theater on Monday night. Bruce Grikas/WireImage
The 55-year-old “Boardwalk Empire” star played the role of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky in the play, which depicts the rise of Vladimir Putin. Bruce Grikas/WireImage

The new film opened on Monday, a day after Stuhlbarg was walking near Central Park on the Upper East Side when 27-year-old Xavier Israel struck him in the back of the neck with a rock, leaving him with abrasions. .

Israel, who is homeless and on parole, has previously been arrested for two counts of assault and attempted robbery, both in January 2022, police and sources told The Post.

Stuhlberg was attacked less than three miles from where Arnold Rothstein, the character from the HBO drama series “Boardwalk Empire,” was shot and killed.

Israel was arraigned Monday in Manhattan Criminal Court. Curtis Means/Pool
Video shows the suspect fleeing on the sidewalk shortly after Michael Stuhlbarg was attacked. Obtained from NY Post
The video shows the actor attempting to pursue the suspect from the bike lane. Obtained from NY Post

Police and officials said the man refused medical help after the attack, even though he reported pain and bruises to the back of his neck to authorities. The newspaper has contacted Stuhlbarg’s representatives for comment.

After Israel allegedly threw a rock at Mr. Stuhlberg, the actor chased him down the block.

Surveillance footage of the pursuit obtained by the newspaper shows Stuhlberg running in the bike lane shortly after the assailant sprints past him on the sidewalk.

The footage shows Israel walking past wearing white pants, a cropped white top and a large white hat that almost covers most of his face. Moments later, he saw Mr. Stuhlbarg, dressed in all black, chasing him down the street.

Surveillance video shows a homeless man, Xavier Israel, on Wednesday, January 12, allegedly beating and robbing San Trick, a good Samaritan who provided him with a coat.

Israel was eventually arrested by police outside the Russian consulate at 9 East 91st Street.

Police charged him with assault. He awaited arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday.

Israel’s long rap sheet includes several random assaults in Central Park.

In 2022, he was caught on surveillance footage punching a good Samaritan who gave him a coat and stealing his wallet on a cold January morning, law enforcement officials said at the time. did.

Stuhlbarg was seen leaving his home on Monday morning carrying a large backpack and bag. GN Miller/New York Post
Stuhlbarg played New York crime boss Arnold Rothstein in seasons 1-4 of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Hbo/Kobal/Shutterstock

He was later arrested on suspicion of stealing nearly $1,500 from an unknown man.

In the same week, Israel attacked another stranger who tried to offer him help.

A few days earlier, he brutally attacked a 49-year-old woman who was reportedly trying to help him. He was arrested, charged with assault and released on a summons, officials told the Post.

Around the same time, he is also said to have assaulted two 18-year-old boys in Central Park.

He was accused of randomly punching a male and female teenager who were sitting on a rock in the park.

He was also charged in the incident.