Barry Bostwick

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Barry Bostwick
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Bostwick at the premiere for Earth in April 2009
Born Barry Knapp Bostwick
(1945-02-24) February 24, 1945 (age 69)
San Mateo, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor / Singer
Years active 1970–present
Spouse(s) Stacey Nelkin (1987-1991)
Sherri Jensen (1994-present)
Children 2

Barry Knapp Bostwick (born February 24, 1945) is a Tony Award winning American stage and screen actor. He is known for playing Brad Majors in the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He replaced Peter Scolari as Mr. Tyler in the sitcom What I Like About You,[1] as well as portraying Mayor Randall Winston in the sitcom Spin City. Bostwick has also had considerable success in musical theater.

Early life[edit]

Bostwick was born in San Mateo, California. He is the son of Elizabeth "Betty" (née Defendorf), a housewife, and Henry "Bud" Bostwick, a city planner and actor.[2][3] His only sibling, Henry "Pete" Bostwick, was killed in a car accident on July 20, 1973.[4] Bostwick attended San Diego's United States International University in 1967, majoring in acting, got his start on the Hillbarn Theatre stage now located in Foster City, and worked for a time as a circus performer. He also attended NYU's Graduate Acting Program, graduating in 1968.[5]

Career[edit]

In 1970, Bostwick was a member of a pop group called The Klowns, assembled and promoted by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, whose members performed wearing stylized clown makeup and costumes. Their lone, 1970 album was produced by Jeff Barry, and generated a minor Billboard hit single, "Lady Love".

He replaced C.C. Courtney in the musical Salvation. His next stage appearance was in the 1971 rock opera Soon, which closed after three performances. In 1972, Bostwick originated the role of bad boy Danny Zuko in the stage production of Grease, earning a Tony Award nomination for his performance. In 1975 he starred with Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon in The Rocky Horror Picture Show portraying the character of Brad Majors. He also won a Tony Award for his performance in the 1977 musical The Robber Bridegroom. In 1982 he starred in Megaforce, widely considered one of the worst films ever made. Bostwick starred, along with Carl Weintraub, as Rick Armstrong in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Dads" from 1986 to 87. From 1996 to 2002, Bostwick portrayed Randall Winston, the mayor of New York City in the sitcom Spin City opposite Michael J. Fox and his successor, Charlie Sheen. In 2006 Bostwick landed a role replacing Peter Scolari as Mr. Tyler in the relatively unknown star vehicle sitcom for then-16-year-old Amanda Bynes What I Like About You.[1]

Since 2004, Bostwick has had a recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He has also had leading roles in various miniseries, including George Washington, its sequel The Forging of a Nation, Scruples, A Woman of Substance, War and Remembrance, and Till We Meet Again.

Bostwick served as host of the nationally televised annual Capitol Fourth celebration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for eight years. Bostwick was also seen in a Pepsi Twist' commercial. In the Cold Case episode "Creatures of the Night", in which he is the main suspect, the theme of the episode revolves around The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which is among his best-known performances to date.

In 2003, Bostwick appeared on Scrubs as a patient diagnosed with prostate cancer, a disease Bostwick had in real life. In 2008, he appeared in an episode of TV series Ugly Betty as an attorney to the Meade family. In 2007, Bostwick gained a recurring role, as Grandpa Clyde Flynn on the animated television series, Phineas and Ferb. Bostwick is also the spokesperson for Optimum Voice.[6] In June 2009 he played Father Jimmy, the ineffective exorcist in the independent horror comedy The Selling, written by Gabriel Diani and directed by Emily Lou.

Other television credits include guest appearances in Charlie's Angels, Hawaii Five-O, The Golden Palace, Grace Under Fire, and Las Vegas.

Barry Bostwick was supposed to appear on season 3 of Private Practice as "the Captain", a father of the Addison Montgomery character, but had to resign due to a scheduling conflict.[7] In 2011, Bostwick portrayed a small town sheriff in the John Landis-produced thriller Some Guy Who Kills People![8]

In October 2010, Bostwick briefly appeared in the Rocky Horror-themed Glee episode.[9]

Since 2009, Bostwick has had a recurring role as Roger Frank on the sitcom Cougar Town which stars Courteney Cox. In season 3 of the show we learn that Bostwick's character has become mayor of the town the comedy is set in, Gulf Haven.

Personal life[edit]

Bostwick married Stacey Nelkin in 1987, but they were divorced in 1991. Bostwick married his second wife Sherri Ellen Jensen in 1994 and has two children, Brian and Chelsea.

In the 1980's, Barry lived upstairs from Scott Kennedy in the Piano Factory building in the Hell's Kitchen area of New York City. He developed a strong relationship with Mr. Kennedy that consisted of many heartfelt conversations on the building stairs.

In 1997, Bostwick was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and 10 days later had his prostate removed. In 2004, he won the Gilda Radner Courage Award from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Filmography[edit]

Feature films[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Character Notes
1979 Murder by Natural Causes Gil Weston
1979 Hawaii Five O Lucas Sandover "Year of the Horse"
1980 Scruples Spider Elliot
1981 Red Flag: The Ultimate Game Maj Jay Rivers
1982 Working Steelworker American Playhouse production
1984 George Washington Gen. George Washington
1985 Deceptions Grant Roberts
1986 George Washington: Forging of a Nation Gen. George Washington
Betrayed By Innocence Nick DeLeon
1987 I'll Take Manhattan Zachary Amberville
1988 War and Remembrance Lieutenant Carter “Lady” Aster
Body of Evidence Mark Dwyer
1989 Till We Meet Again Terrence 'Mac' McGuire
1990 Challenger Comm. Francis R. (Dick) Scobee
1990 The Great Air Race Roscoe Turner
1992 The Golden Palace Nick DiCarlo, a gigolo
1994 Once in a Lifetime Dr. Matthew Dane
1996–2002 Spin City Mayor Randall Winston 144 episodes
1997 Lexx Thodin
1998 One Hot Summer Night Art Brooks
2003 Scrubs Mr.Randolph
2004–2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Oliver Gates 6 episodes total
2005 Las Vegas Martin Season 3, Episode 11 - "Down and Dirty"
2005 Cold Case Roy Brigham Anthony Season 2, Episode 21 - "Creatures of the Night"
2007–present Phineas and Ferb Grandpa Clyde Flynn
2007 Ugly Betty Claire Meade's attorney Episodes "Odor in the Court," "Betty Suarez Land"
2008 Depth Charge President Taylor
2009 Nip/Tuck Roger Payne "Don Hoberman"
2009 Supernatural The Amazing Jay "Criss Angel is a Douchebag"
2009-2010 'Til Death George Von Stuessen "Eddie's Book," "The Baby"
2010-12 Cougar Town Roger Frank Seasons 1-3, 7 episodes
2010 Glee Tim Stanwick Cameo in "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" with Meat Loaf
2012 Hot in Cleveland Hugh Season 3, Episode 23: "What's Behind the Door"
2012 The New Normal Marty Sawyer Season 1, Episode 9: "Pardon Me"
2013 The Haunting Of Himself Season 2, Episode 1: "The Haunting of Barry Bostwick"
2013 Masters of Sex 70 year old married man at Miami hotel with wife Season 1, Episode 6, "Brave New World"
2014 Enlisted (TV series) Russell, a Korean War veteran Season 1, Episode 8: "Vets"

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Research.[11] Dr. Rust

Stage productions[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Evans, David and Scott Michaels. Rocky Horror: Concept to Cult. London: Sanctuary, 2002.
  • Lipton, Michael A. and Nancy Matsumoto. “Serial Dad: Michael J. Fox Looks Up to 6’4” Actor”. People March 10, 1997: 99.
  • Uhry, Alfred. "The Trail of the Robber B". The Robber Bridegroom CD Liner Notes 1998: 2.
  • Hunt, Paula. "Bostwick Tells Story of Survival". Express-News, March 6, 2006.

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