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John Bolton (born December 29, 1965) is an American actor and Broadway regular. He was born in Rochester, New York and grew up in LeRoy, New York. Bolton is best known for originating the role of 'The Old Man' (Mr. Parker) in the Broadway show, A Christmas Story: The Musical!, based on the classic 1983 movie A Christmas Story, which itself was based on stories by legendary radio humorist Jean Shepherd.
In addition to A Christmas Story, Bolton's theatre career includes many Broadway musicals that have won the Tony Award including original productions of Curtains with David Hyde Pierce, Debra Monk, and Karen Ziemba; Spamalot with Tim Curry, David Hyde Pierce, and Sara Ramirez, directed by Mike Nichols; Contact directed by Susan Stroman; and Titanic with John Cunningham, Michael Cerveris and Victoria Clark; and revivals of Damn Yankees with Victor Garber; How to Succeed in Business with Matthew Broderick and Megan Mullally eventually playing the role of Finch opposite Sarah Jessica Parker.
Additionally, John Bolton has performed in television shows and many TV commercials. He played the recurring character D.A. John Summerhill on the soap opera "All My Children" in 2006. Mr. Bolton appeared in "Vacancy", a 2006 episode of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent", and has played Bruce Caplan on the television series "Gossip Girl" since 2009. Bolton has also made guest star appearances as Carl Switzer on the critically acclaimed HBO television series "Boardwalk Empire", and, as Jason Doyle on the Emmy Award winning television series "The Good Wife".
Major Theatre Credits
- A Christmas Story: The Musical!, 2008-2012
- Curtains, 2007
- Spamalot, 2005–2006 (Tony Award for Best Musical)
- Chess, 2003
- Funny Girl, 2002
- Contact, 2000–2002 (Tony Award for Best Musical)
- Titanic, 1997–1999 (Tony Award for Best Musical)
- How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, 1995–1996* Dreamgirls, 2001
- Damn Yankees, 1994–1995