Who Is Clark Rockefeller?

Who Is Clark Rockefeller? Information

Who Is Clark Rockefeller? is a 2010 American police procedural television film directed by Mikael Salomon and written by Edithe Swensen. It stars Eric McCormack as Christian Gerhartsreiter/Clark Rockefeller and Sherry Stringfield as Sandra Boss. It is based on the life of Christian Gerhartsreiter, a German con artist who for years impersonated many people, at one point claiming to be part of the Rockefeller family going by the faux name "Clark Rockefeller", and kidnapping his daughter. Filming took place in Toronto in October 2009 and was released on March 13, 2010 on the Lifetime network to mixed reviews.

Plot summary


  • Eric McCormack as Christian Gerhartsreiter/Clark Rockefeller, a German con artist. In order to prepare for the role, McCormack read everything about Gerhartsreiter's case, studied Natalie Morales's jailhouse interview, and also read his Vanity Fair profile. McCormack said, "The dialogue in the scene was based on public record".
  • Sherry Stringfield as Sandra Boss, Gerhartsreiter's ex-wife
  • Regina Taylor as Megan, a FBI detective
  • Philip Akin as Det. Lewis Cook
  • Stephen McHattie as Mark, a FBI detective
  • Emily Alyn Lind as Reigh ("Snooks"), Gerhartsreiter and Sandra's daughter

Critical reviews

The film was met with mixed reviews. Brian Lowry of Variety said, "Who Is Clark Rockefeller? plays a bit like The Great Imposter, only with a woman caught up in the 'She's young, beautiful — and she married a con man!' scenario in the best Lifetime tradition. Sherry Stringfield stars as the hapless gal, whose character would be more sympathetic if she hadn't agreed to call her daughter 'Snooks'." He went on to praise McCormack's performance by saying, "But the real kitsch factor resides in Eric McCormack's performance as the suave charmer, which adds an element of high camp to the proceedings. Mike Hale of The New York Times said in his review that, "As a mystery and a police procedural, Who Is Clark Rockefeller? attains glossy mediocrity, but every few minutes Mr. McCormack shows up and says something like, 'You were tedious about money when I married you, and you're still tedious,' and it feels like Will & Grace all over again." He went on to praise Stringfield's performance by saying, "[she] gives a dignified, believable performance as Sandra Boss."

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