Bostwick at the premiere for Earth in April 2009
|Born||Barry Knapp Bostwick
February 24, 1945
San Mateo, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Stacey Nelkin (1987-1991)
Sherri Jensen (1994-2009)
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, as well as portraying Mayor Randall Winston in the sitcom Spin City. Bostwick has also had considerable success in musical theater.
Early life 
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. His only sibling, Henry "Pete" Bostwick, was killed in a car accident on July 20, 1973. 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.
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. 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 sixteen-year-old Amanda Bynes What I Like About You.
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. 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.
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. In 2011, Bostwick portrayed a small town sheriff in the John Landis-produced thriller Some Guy Who Kills People!
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 
Bostwick married Stacey Nelkin in 1987, but they were divorced in 1991. Bostwick married his second wife Sherri Ellen Jenkins in 1994 and has two children, Brian and Chelsea. He filed for divorce in June 2009.
Feature films 
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Weekend at Bernie's II
- Road Movie
- Movie, Movie
- Skulls III
- "A Different Kind of Christmas"
- The Secret Agent Club
- Spy Hard
- Fantastic Planet
- Jennifer On My Mind
- 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure
- Chestnut: Hero of Central Park
- Nancy Drew
- Depth Charge
- Holiday Baggage
- Hannah Montana: The Movie
- It's a Dog Gone Tale: Destiny's Stand
- Some Guy Who Kills People
- Miss Nobody
- The Selling
- Secrets of the Mountain
- 2010: Moby Dick
- FDR: American Badass!
|1979||Murder by Natural Causes||Gil Weston|
|1979||Hawaii Five O||Lucas Sandover||"Year of the Horse"|
|1981||Red Flag: The Ultimate Game||Maj Jay Rivers|
|1982||Working||Steelworker||American Playhouse production|
|1984||George Washington||Gen. George Washington|
|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|
|1998||One Hot Summer Night||Art Brooks|
|2004–2007||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Oliver Gates||6 episodes total|
|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"|
Stage productions 
- Grease, 1972, (Danny Zuko). Nominated for Tony Award
- They Knew What They Wanted, 1976, (Joe). Nominated for Tony Award
- The Robber Bridegroom, 1977, Tony Award, Best Actor
- Nick & Nora opposite Joanna Gleason, 1991
Further reading 
- 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.
- What I Like About You at the Internet Movie Database
- "Barry Bostwick Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
- "Barry Bostwick Biography". Yahoo! Movies. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
- "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
- "Optimum Voice Commercial with Barry Bostwick". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
- "'Private Practice' Scoop: Addison's Dad Is Sent from 'Heaven' | XFINITY TV News". Fancast.com. 2009-10-12. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
- "Some Guy Who Kills People". IMDB.
- Dos Santos, Kristin (September 10, 2010). "Exclusive: Rocky Horror Original Castmembers to Appear in Glee's Tribute Episode". E!. Retrieved September 10, 2010.
- "Production On 'Hannah Montana: The Movie' Is Underway - Entertainment Tonight News Story - WJXT Jacksonville". News4jax.com. 2008-05-23. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
- Barry Bostwick at the Internet Broadway Database
- Barry Bostwick at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Barry Bostwick at the Internet Movie Database
- Barry Bostwick at AllRovi