Philip Bosco

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Philip Bosco
Born Philip Michael Bosco
(1930-09-26) September 26, 1930 (age 83)
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1961—present
Spouse(s) Nancy Ann Dunkle (1957–present)

Philip Michael Bosco (born September 26, 1930) is an American actor.

Personal life[edit]

Bosco was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Margaret Raymond (née Thek), a policewoman, and Philip Lupo Bosco, a carnival worker.[1] His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of German ancestry.[2] Bosco went to high school at St. Peter's Preparatory School in Jersey City.[3] He studied under Rev. Gilbert V. Hartke, OP in the Department of Drama at Catholic University of Washington, D.C., where he made a notable success in the title role of Shakespeare's Richard III[4] Bosco married a fellow CU student, Nancy Ann Dunkle, on January 2, 1957. They have seven children, Jenny, Diane, Philip, Chris, John, Lisa, Celia and 15 grandchildren.[1] A long-time resident of Teaneck, New Jersey, Bosco now lives in Haworth, New Jersey.[3][5]


Bosco began his career in Broadway theatre. He received a Tony Award nomination for his debut in The Rape of the Belt in 1960 and spent the next three decades supporting major stars in classic revivals like Cyrano de Bergerac, King Lear, and Twelfth Night. His speciality was George Bernard Shaw, winning raves for Broadway revivals of Man and Superman, Saint Joan, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Major Barbara, Heartbreak House (opposite Rex Harrison), and You Never Can Tell, winning Tony nominations for the last three. He also appeared with Shirley Knight in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Come Back, Little Sheba.

Following his Tony-winning performance in the farce Lend Me a Tenor in 1990, Bosco appeared on Broadway in An Inspector Calls (1994), The Heiress (1995), Twelfth Night (1998), Copenhagen (2000), and Twelve Angry Men (2004). He played "Grandpa Potts" in the 2005 Broadway production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and capped his Shawian work as the aged Captain Shotover in a Broadway revival of Heartbreak House in 2006. He retired from the stage in 2009, after appearing in the City Center Encores production of Finian's Rainbow, although he leant his voice to Douglas Carter Beane's 2010 play "Mr. and Mrs. Fitch."

Bosco has appeared regularly in the Law & Order franchise of television series, in various roles ranging from judges to lawyers to villains. (He is perhaps known for his role of Judge Joseph Terhune on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit). His film credits include Hogan's Goat, Working Girl, Children of a Lesser God, Walls of Glass, Nobody's Fool, Wonder Boys, The Money Pit, Quick Change, The First Wives Club and The Savages, with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney. Bosco narrated the 1991 documentary film Coney Island, directed by Ric Burns and did the voice of a number of characters for his brother Ken's documentaries for PBS. Bosco also portrayed Vincenzo the butler in the 1995 comedy It Takes Two, co-starring Steve Guttenberg, Kirstie Alley and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and portrayed Walter Wallace, father of the bride-to-be in the 1997 romantic comedy My Best Friend's Wedding, co-starring Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz and Dermot Mulroney.

In 1988, Bosco won a Daytime Emmy award for his appearance in the ABC Weekend Special 'Read Between The Lines'. Bosco was a series regular on the FX original series Damages. He read Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro Cactus by Barbara Bash as its narrator on the PBS series Reading Rainbow in its sixty-second episode on March 27, 1990. It was shot in Arizona's Sonoran Desert. In 1998, Bosco was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Philip Bosco Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  2. ^,+our+Gielgud+%E2%80%94+%22&hl=en
  3. ^ a b Rohan, Virginia. "Haworth's Philip Bosco is a seasoned star", The Record (Bergen County), November 14, 2007.
  4. ^ Philip Bosco Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  5. ^ Beckerman, Jim. "'Resilience' is theme of Teaneck film fest", The Record (Bergen County), November 19, 2009. Accessed June 5, 2012. "Philip Bosco of Haworth will be on-site at the screening of his When the Evening Comes (7 p.m. Saturday)"
  6. ^ "Philip Bosco". 

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