Josh Charles

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Josh Charles
Born Joshua Aaron Charles
(1971-09-15) September 15, 1971 (age 43)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Sophie Flack (m. 2013)

Joshua Aaron "Josh" Charles (born September 15, 1971) is an American stage, film and television actor. He is best known for the roles of Dan Rydell on Sports Night, Will Gardner on The Good Wife, and his early work as Knox Overstreet in Dead Poets Society.

Personal life[edit]

Charles was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Laura (née Heckscher), a gossip columnist for The Baltimore Sun newspaper, and Allen Charles, an advertising executive.[1][2] He began his career performing comedy at the age of nine. As a teenager, he spent several summers at Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Center in New York, and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts. Charles dropped out of high school, never receiving a diploma. He is a fan of the Baltimore Orioles (baseball) and Baltimore Ravens (American football). In September 2013, he married ballet dancer and author Sophie Flack.[3][4] As of August 2014, Charles and Flack are expecting their first child.[5] Charles is of Jewish heritage on his father's side, and has described himself as Jewish.[6][7]


Charles's film debut was in fellow Baltimore native John Waters's Hairspray in 1988. The following year, he starred alongside Robin Williams and Ethan Hawke in the Oscar-winning Dead Poets Society. Subsequent film roles have included Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, Threesome, Pie in the Sky, Muppets from Space, S.W.A.T, Four Brothers, After.Life, Crossing the Bridge, and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.

On television, Charles played sports anchor Dan Rydell in Aaron Sorkin's Emmy Award-winning Sports Night, which ran for two years (1998–2000) on ABC and earned Charles a Screen Actors Guild nomination. In 2008, Charles played the role of Jake in Season 1 of HBO's In Treatment. In 2009, he returned to network television in the CBS drama The Good Wife. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2011.

In 1986, Charles headlined a production of Jonathan Marc Sherman's Confrontation. In 2004, he appeared on stage in New York in a revival of Neil LaBute's The Distance From Here, which received a Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble Cast. In January 2006 he appeared in the world premiere of Richard Greenberg's The Well-Appointed Room for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, and followed this with a run at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, portraying the cloned brothers in Caryl Churchill's A Number. In 2007, he appeared in Adam Bock's The Receptionist at the Manhattan Theatre Club. In 2011, Charles was the narrator for NFL Network's A Football Life's debut episode on New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Hairspray Iggy
1989 Dead Poets Society Knox Overstreet
1990 Murder in Mississippi Andrew Goodman Television movie
1991 Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Bryan
1992 Crossing the Bridge Mort Golden
1993 Cooperstown Jody Television movie
1994 Threesome Eddy
1995 Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Bruce Uncredited
1995 Coldblooded Randy
1996 The Grave Tyn
1996 Crossworlds Joe Talbot
1996 Pie in the Sky Charlie Dunlap
1996 Norma Jean & Marilyn Eddie Jordan Television movie
1997 Cyclops, Baby Brush Brody
1997 The Underworld Ehrlich Television movie
1997 Little City Adam
1999 Muppets from Space Agent Barker
2000 Meeting Daddy Peter Silverblatt
2002 Our America Dave Isay Television movie
2003 S.W.A.T. T. J. McCabe
2004 Seeing Other People Lou
2005 Four Brothers Detective Fowler
2006 The Darwin Awards Paramedic
2007 The Ex Forrest Mead
2009 After.Life Tom Peterson
2009 Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Subject No. 2
2014 Bird People Gary Newman


Year Title Role Notes
1998–2000 Sports Night Dan Rydell 45 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series
2005 Stella Jeremy Episode: "Meeting Girls"
2007 Six Degrees Ray Jones 4 episodes
2008 In Treatment Jake 9 episodes
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sean Kelley Episode: "Confession"
2009–2014 The Good Wife Will Gardner 106 episodes
People's Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Television Actor
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2010–12)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2011, 2014)
2014 Inside Amy Schumer JJ Episode: "A Chick Who Can Hang"
2014 Inside Amy Schumer Fleet Weekums Episode: "Tyler Perry's Episode"


  1. ^ Sandler, Gilbert (16 July 1996). "Baltimore Glimpses: the Hollywood trail". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 8 September 2013. "Josh Charles is the son of Laura and Allen Charles" 
  2. ^ My grandpa, Wilbur Heckscher Josh Charles on Twitter. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  3. ^ Goldstein, Meredith (October 10, 2011). "A novel life: A former dancer’s new career takes shape - Boston Globe". Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  4. ^ Webber, Stephanie (7 September 2013). "Josh Charles Wedding: Good Wife Star Marries Girlfriend Sophie Flack!". Us Weekly. Retrieved 8 September 2013. "Josh Charles ... married longtime girlfriend Sophie Flack on Friday, Sept. 6" 
  5. ^ Rivera, Zayda (August 24, 2014). "Josh Charles, wife Sophie Flack expecting first child". Daily News (New York City). Retrieved October 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ Feinberg, Scott (June 21, 2012). "Emmys 2012: Josh Charles on Falling in Love with 'The Good Wife' (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  7. ^ "Charles Gets Married". Jewz in the Newz. The American Israelite. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Forsberg, Chris. "Belichick documentary set for NFL Network - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston". Retrieved 2012-09-11. 

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