ARHS grad Ebon Moss-Bachrach wins best supporting actor in a comedy series for ‘The Bear’

Ebon Moss-Bachrach, right, and outstanding lead actor in a comedy series Jeremy Allen White pose during the 75th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Monday.

Ebon Moss-Bachrach, right, and outstanding lead actor in a comedy series Jeremy Allen White pose during the 75th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Monday. AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Actor Ebon Moss-Bachrach, right, a native of Amherst, kisses chef and actor Matty Matheson as the cast and crew of “The Bear” accept the award for outstanding comedy series onstage during the 75th Emmy Awards Monday.

Actor Ebon Moss-Bachrach, right, a native of Amherst, kisses chef and actor Matty Matheson as the cast and crew of “The Bear” accept the award for outstanding comedy series onstage during the 75th Emmy Awards Monday. AFP/GETTY IMAGES/TNS

By SCOTT MERZBACH

Staff Writer

Published: 01-25-2024 11:11 AM

AMHERST — A 1995 Amherst Regional High School graduate’s work on the first season of the FX/Hulu television series “The Bear” has earned him a Primetime Emmy Award.

Ebon Moss-Bachrach took home the best supporting actor in a comedy series award at the television industry’s ceremony, held Monday at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles to recognize shows that aired between June 1, 2022 and May 31, 2023.

The plot of “The Bear,” which is about to begin filming its third season, centers on fine dining chef Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto, played by Jeremy Allen White, taking over a rundown restaurant in Chicago left to him by his late brother, and his efforts to turn the place into a next-level dining spot. Moss-Bachrach plays Berzatto’s family friend and shop manager, Richie Jerimovich.

When he graduated from high school, Moss-Bachrach listed several of his activities in a Gazette supplement printed at the time, including the ARHS Theatre Co. and ARHS Chorale, the Third Mile Jazz Quintet, Ultimate and Chai BBYO.

He then studied at Columbia University and, since getting his college degree, has an extensive list of television, film and theater credits.

Moss-Bachrach is the son of Amherst residents Renee Moss and Eric Bachrach. Moss ran children’s clothing store Lots for Littles and was also director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, while Bachrach ran the Community Music School of Springfield.

At the Emmys, Moss-Bachrach beat out six other actors vying for the award, including Anthony Carrigan and Henry Winkler, both for “Barry,” Phil Dunster and Brett Goldstein, both for “Ted Lasso,” James Marsden for “Jury Duty” and Tyler James Williams for “Abbott Elementary.”

In accepting the award, Moss-Bachrach spoke briefly, thanking the Chicago crew, his wife, Yelena Yemchuk, and others.

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“This job is such a gift,” Moss-Bachrach said. “It’s such a privilege to work with these wonderful actors.”

While Moss-Bachrach received recognition, so did his castmates, including White, who earned the Emmy for best actor in a comedy series, and Ayo Edebiri, a Boston native, who earned best supporting actress in a comedy series. The show also won an Emmy for outstanding comedy series, with Storer getting separate awards for best directing and best writing.

Moss-Bachrach joins a short list of Amherst Regional graduates who have gained some level of fame from their careers in television, including 1989 graduate Eric Mabius, one of the leads in the sitcom “Ugly Betty,” and 1998 graduate Julie McNiven, who had recurring roles in the drama “Mad Men” and science fiction show “Stargate Universe.”

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.