John Bolton (actor)
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John Bolton (born December 29, 1965) is an American actor and Broadway regular.Bolton is best known for originating the role of 'The Old Man' (Mr. Parker) in the critically acclaimed 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 originating the role of 'The Old Man' (Mr. Parker) in A Christmas Story: The Musical! on Broadway, Bolton repeated this starring role in Boston, Hartford and in 2013 at Madison Square Garden. Bolton's other theatre credit 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.
A sought after cabaret performer, Bolton also appeared in many concert performances including Downton Abbey at 54 Below, "Titanic (musical)" reunion at Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall, and most recently he appeared in "Guys and Dolls" at Carnegie Hall with Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally]], Patrick Wilson, and Sierra Boggess.The New York Times called his performance a "stand-out."
In addition to originating 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". He also appeared in third season of Submissions Only and the short Russian Broadway Shut Down
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
- The Last Smoker in America, 2012
- Einstein's Dreams, 2009
- Five Course Love, 2005
- Señor Discretion Himself, 2004
- It's Only Life, 2004
- Show Boat at the San Francisco Opera directed by Francesca Zambello with Bill Irwin, Harriet Harris, and Patricia Racette
- Young Frankenstein at the Ogunquit Playhouse and Gateway Playhouse
- Anywhere I Wander: The Frank Loesser Songbook, 2012 Debut with the New York Philharmonic
- Same Time, Next Year with Eve Plumb, September 2011 at the Surflight Theater, Beach Haven, NJ
- A Christmas Story: The Musical!, 2009, 2010, 2011 National Tour
- The Music Man, 2011
- The Good Wife 2011 (TV Series) - Jason Doyle
- Boardwalk Empire (2011) (TV Series) - Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer
- Gossip Girl (2009–Present) (TV Series) - Bruce Caplan
- The Savages (2007 Film) - Man in Mall Lot
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2006) (TV Series) - Episode: "Vacancy"
- All My Children (2006 Season) - D.A. John Summerhill
- 2014 IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) nomination for Best Visiting Performer in A Christmas Story: The Musical!
- Named one of The Boston Globe Top Ten Performance of the year for A Christmas Story: The Musical!
- 58th Annual Drama Desk Nomination for Best Featured Actor in A Christmas Story: The Musical!
- 2012 Footlight Award for Best Actor from the Seattle Times for A Christmas Story: The Musical!
- 2008 City Spirit Award in Rochester, New York (his hometown).
- 2004 BAT (Bay Area Theatre) nomination for The Opposite of Sex
- John Bolton at the Internet Movie Database
- John Bolton at the Internet Broadway Database
- Photos of John Bolton at Broadway World
- Video interview about Curtains at theatre.com
- Interview in Theater Mania
- Article by Bolton on theater previews