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Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky

Actor | Ned from 'Groundhog Day' | Class of 1975

Remember that scene in 'Groundhog Day' when Bill Murray's character steps off the curb and smack into the puddle while fleeing long-lost high school classmate Ned "the Head" Ryerson?

Well, the actor who played Ned is Stephen Tobolowsky, who earned his master's from the UI and has his own misstep memory from his campus days.

"I broke my toe in dance class the last day of school," he says. "I was saved by my teacher, Blake Atherton, who lifted me up, carried me to her VW bug — keep in mind: I am 6-3, Blake was about 5-5 — drove me to the hospital and brought me chicken soup that night.

"When I was on Broadway in 2002, Blake drove down from upstate New York to see the show. I got to thank her again."