The Only Murders in the Building cast features Selena Gomez, Steve Martin and Martin Short. This info article includes minor spoilers for the Hulu series. Check out Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section for more streaming guides.
Only Murders in the Building follows three true crime fans who live at The Arconia in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The protagonists initially bond while discussing the “All Is Not OK in Oklahoma” podcast, and then create their own production when a resident of their building mysteriously passes away. However, the youngest member of the group, Mabel Mora, doesn’t reveal her personal connection to the case while investigating with Charles Haden-Savage and Oliver Putnam. Here’s every main performer and character in Only Murders in the Building, a Hulu original series.
Only Murders in the Building Cast: Selena Gomez as Mabel Mora
Character Profile: A Bayport, Long Island native who lives at The Arconia. She resides in her aunt’s apartment that’s being renovated, and lies about not knowing a man named Tim Kono who presumably committed suicide in the building. Mabel privately documents her life story in case someone tries to kill her.
Gomez’s Resume: An Iconic 20th Century American Pop Star — Also, Alex Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place (2007-12), Faith in Spring Breakers (2012), Mavis Dracula in the Hotel Transylvania Movie Franchise (2012-), Zoe in The Dead Don’t Die (2020)
Only Murders in the Building Cast: Steve Martin as Charles Haden-Savage
Character Profile: A famous TV actor who has lived as The Arconia for 28 years. He starred as the title character in a popular detective show called “Brazzos,” and recites memorized dialogue when discussing his childhood with Mabel. Charles lives a comfortable life but rubs people the wrong way with his elitist demeanor.
Martin’s Resume: Lucky Day in Three Amigos! (1986), Neal Page in Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), George Banks in Father of the Bride (1991), Bowfinger in Bowfinger in (1999), Captain Smek in Home (2015)
Only Murders in the Building Cast: Martin Short as Oliver Putnam
Character Profile: An Arconia resident who directed 212 theatre shows in the past. He hasn’t paid his building fees in eight months, and reaches out to his estranged son, Will, for money. Oliver is well-known amongst colleagues for his failed production of “Splash! The Musical.”
Short’s Resume: Ned Nederlander in Three Amigos! (1986), Clifford Daniels in Clifford (1994), Desmond Forrest Oates in Get Over It (2001), Rudy Blatnoyd in Inherent Vice (2014), Dick Lundy in The Morning Show (2019)
Only Murders in the Building Cast: Aaron Dominguez as Oscar Torres
Character Profile: Mabel’s childhood friend from Long Island. He’s set to be released from prison, presumably because of his involvement in the death of a woman named Zoe. Oscar’s father lives at The Arconia and doesn’t seem thrilled about speaking with Mabel.
Dominguez’s Resume: Javier Roberto in Breathe (2014), Eddie Dominguez in Shaft (2019), Todd in Words on Bathroom Walls (2020), AJ in Pink Opaque (2020), Emmanuel in Two Sides (2021)
Only Murders in the Building Cast: Julian Cihi as Tim Kono
Character Profile: A resident of The Arconia who dies in the building. His suspicious death inspires Charles and Oliver to create a true crime podcast. Mabel doesn’t reveal that she grew up with Tim, and tries to figure out if he was actually murdered by a mutual acquaintance.
Cihi’s Resume: Marcel in Mr. Robot (2016), Male Barista Max in Gypsy (2017), Globo in High Maintenance (2018), Edgelord in The Tick (2019), Guru in Homebody (2021)
Only Murders in the Building Cast: Amy Ryan as Jan
Character Profile: A first chair bassoon in the city symphony. She flirts with Charles and plays a window duet with him from opposite sides of the building. Jan invites Martin’s character to dinner and doesn’t enjoy his unwillingness to share personal stories.
Ryan’s Resume: Beatrice “Beadie” Russell in The Wire (2003-08), Helene McCready in Gone Baby Gone (2007), Holly Flax in The Office (2008-11), Sylvia in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), Mari Gilbert in Lost Girls (2020)
Only Murders in the Building Cast: Tina Fey as Cinda Canning
Character Profile: The host of the “All Is Not OK in Oklahoma” podcast. She tells the main protagonists to “embrace the mess.” Cinda shows interest in the Tim Kono case but doesn’t offer to participate in the “Only Murders in the Building” project.
Fey’s Resume: A Former Saturday Night Live Cast Member and the Creator of 30 Rock — Also, Liz Lemon in 30 Rock (2006-13), Kim Baker in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016), 22 in Soul (2020)
Only Murders in the Building Cast: Nathan Lane as Teddy
Character Profile: Oliver’s former theatre producer. He’s still upset about investing money in “Splash! The Musical.” Teddy lives with his deaf son, and reluctantly agrees to sponsor Oliver’s podcast.
Lane’s Resume: Timon in The Lion King (1994), Albert in The Birdcage (1996), Max Bialystock in The Producers (2005), F. Lee Bailey in American Crime Story (2016), Lewis Michener in Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (2020)
Only Murders in the Building Cast: Michael Cyril Creighton as Howard Morris
Character Profile: A resident of The Arconia. He’s questioned by the focal podcasters about his cat’s death on the night of Tim’s alleged suicide. Howard is ruled out as a suspect when he reveals that he has vasovagal syncope, which means that he faints at the sight of blood.
Creighton’s Resume: Joe Crowley in Spotlight (2015), Patrick in High Maintenance (2016-19), Jake in The Post (2017), Bill in Game Night (2018), Harry in Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
Only Murders in the Building Cast: Sting as Himself
Character Profile: A resident of The Arconia. He chastises Oliver for his dog’s behavior in an elevator. Sting is positioned as Tim Kono’s potential killer in episode 3.
Sting’s Resume: The Former Lead Singer of The Police and a 17-Time Grammy Award Winner — Also, Ace Face in Quadrophenia (1979), Feyd Rautha in Dune (1984), JD in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Horsa in Kaamelott: First Installment (2021)
The Only Murders in the Building cast also includes Vanessa Aspillaga (Flesh and Bone, Hustlers), Ryan Broussard (The Big Short, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back), James Caverly (Chicago Med, A Bennett Song Holiday), Russell G. Jones (The Americans, Tommy), Jayne Houdyshell (The Bounty Hunter, Little Women) and Jeena Yi (Manifest, Modern Love).
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