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Dino Stamatopoulos
Full name: Konstantinos Stamatopoulos
Birth date: December 14, 1964
Occupation: Writer, actor and producer
Also known for: Moral Orel, Late Night with Conan O'Brien
Work on Community
Title: writer, consultant, actor
Writing debut: Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas
Acting debut: Spanish 101
Active on Community: 2009-2012, 2013-present


I’m not an actor, I don’t enjoy waiting around for hours on set, I hate when people touch my eyes and neck (make-up department!), I can’t learn lines quickly (yes, even the amount of lines I get), and I don’t need other actors (Joel McHale) asking me why I never got my teeth fixed.
— Dino Stamatopoulos

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Dino Stamatopoulos
Dino Stamatopoulos (Konstantinos Stamatopoulos, Greek: Κωνσταντίνος Σταματόπουλος) is an American comedy writer, producer and actor. For three seasons on Community he worked both onscreen playing the role of "Star-Burns" and behind the scenes writing and contributing to various episodes, and acting as a consulting producer on the show. One of the Community episodes he co-wrote was the Season Two Christmas special "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" whose stop motion animation was provided by his company "Starburns Industries" . Despite his onscreen character's popularity with the fans, Dino often expressed his dislike at being an actor in various interviews. He collaborated with both Dan Harmon and Charlie Kaufman on the Kickstarter funded project "Anomalisa".


Year Title Role Type of show Character
2010–2012 Mary Shelley's Frankenhole Creator
Executive Producer
Animated series Death
The Mummy
Mother Teresa
Additional voices
2010 Yappy Broads Actor Adult Swim Pilot Co-host
2009–2012 Community Recurring Role
TV Sitcom Star-Burns
2008–2009 The Drinky Crow Show Voice actor Animated series Drinky Crow
Lt. Vronchy
Additional voices
2006 Lucky Louie Writer TV Sitcom
2005–2008, 2012 Moral Orel Creator
Executive Producer
Animated series Various characters
2004–2005 Tom Goes To The Mayor Writer
Creative Consultant
Animated series
2002–2003 Mad TV Writer Sketch Comedy series
2000–2001 TV Funhouse Writer
Executive Producer
Sketch Comedy series Chickey
Mr. Whiskers
Various characters
1996–2006 Saturday Night Live Writer (TV Funhouse)
Voice Actor
Sketch Comedy series Michael Jackson
1996–1998 Mr. Show with Bob and David Writer
Executive Producer
Sketch Comedy series Various characters
1996–1997 Late Show with David Letterman Writer Late Night Talk Show
1996 The Dana Carvey Show Writer Sketch Comedy series
1993–1999 Late Night with Conan O' Brien Writer
Sketch Actor
Late Night Talk Show Tomari the Ostrich
Kiss-Ass Turkey
Abe Lincoln
Various characters
1992–1993 The Ben Stiller Show Writer Sketch Comedy series


Show departure and return[]

Dino Stamatopoulos' character Star-Burns was supposedly killed off in the Season Three episode "Basic Lupine Urology" (although it was revealed in the season finale that he faked his death). After the show was renewed it was announced that the creator Dan Harmon would not be returning as the showrunner. Stamatopoulos officially quit his as well in solidarity with his friend's firing. Dino would later tweet this message on his twitter account:
F*** Sony. I know that they don't care about me, and I don't love acting, but I'd have done the part again ONLY if my friend wanted me to.

In 2013, when Dan Harmon returned to the show in Season Five, Dino was asked to reprise the Star-Burns character as well as consult on a few episodes. He made his return in the episode "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics".

Dino and Dan

External links[]

  1. Dino Stamatopoulous on Reddit
  2. Dino Stamatopoulod twitter account
  3. Twitter reaction to Dan Harmon's firing
  4. Entertainment Weekly article on Star-Burns' death
  5. Starburns Industries