Barrett Foa

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Barrett Foa
Barrett Foa.jpg
Foa in 2015
Born (1977-09-18) September 18, 1977 (age 42)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Years active2001–present

Barrett Foa (born September 18, 1977) is an American actor, known for his role as Eric Beale on the CBS series NCIS: Los Angeles.

Early life and education[edit]

Barrett Foa was born in Manhattan, New York. At the age of three he put together a puzzle in record time, gaining him entry to the Dalton School which he attended through high school. Foa spent his high school summer breaks at the Interlochen Arts Camp in northern Michigan, pursuing live theatre.

He continued his theatrical studies at the University of Michigan, graduating with honors and earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre performance. Foa also spent a semester abroad studying Shakespeare and acting at Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. During the beginning of each summer in college, Foa interned at Johnson-Liff Casting. He also spent time in a number of summer stock theater groups, including the New London Barn Playhouse, Maine State Music Theater, Music Theater of Wichita, and the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In February 2019, Foa publicly came out as gay on social media.[1]


After college, Foa landed his first major role, starring as Jesus in the off-Broadway revival of Godspell. He went on to act in many other productions, and made his Broadway debut in 2001 in the original cast of Mamma Mia! After six months with the show, Foa left to accept a three-month job at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, California, where he created the lead role in a musical called Kept with music by Henry Kreiger and lyrics by Bill Russell.[citation needed]

After playing Matt in The Fantasticks at The Muny in St. Louis, Foa was picked to play Claudio in a dual production of Much Ado About Nothing at Hartford Stage and the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. He played Mordred in Camelot at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, and later was cast in the role of Cupid in the four-person off-Broadway production of Cupid and Psyche in New York City.

While still performing as Cupid, Foa began the audition process for Broadway's Avenue Q. After two months, five auditions, and a lot of puppet practice, he became an understudy to the roles of Princeton/Rod in December 2003. After the show had run for about a year, Foa was promoted and began to perform the lead role on February 1, 2005. He continued in the lead role for a year and a half. While performing in Avenue Q, Foa was offered the role of Leaf Coneybear in the Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. For two weeks he rehearsed for Spelling Bee during the day and performed Avenue Q in the evening. His stint as Leaf Coneybear lasted from July 11, 2006 until April 15, 2007.

He played his last performance as Frederic in Pirates! an updated version of The Pirates of Penzance, on July 8, 2007, again, at the Paper Mill Playhouse. He played Karel in The Lady In Question, a play by and starring Charles Busch from August 14 through September 2, 2007.[citation needed]

From March 13 to April 20, 2008, he played Eddie in The Drunken City at Playwrights Horizons. He also played Tu-Ping in a workshop presentation of The Nightingale with music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater at the New York Theatre Workshop directed by James Lapine.

In May 2008, he played Jordy in a workshop of Giant, a new musical with music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa and book by Sybille Pearson, based on the Edna Ferber novel and the movie with Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean.

In March 2009, Foa was cast in a recurring role on the CBS series NCIS: Los Angeles as Eric Beale,[2] a technical operator in the Office of Special Projects. In January 2010, the role was upgraded to series regular.

Foa appeared in the musical revue For the Record: John Hughes at Show at Barre in Los Angeles, which ran from November 2010 to January 2011 and also stars Tracie Thoms, Von Smith, and Ty Taylor.


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Six Degrees Dylan Episode: "Get a Room"
2008 Prop 8: The Musical California Gays and The People That Love Them Short Film
2009 Schoolhouse Rock! Vocals 01 Episode
2009 Numbers Andrew Gibbons Episode: "First Law"
The Closer Travis Myers Episode: "Walking Back the Cat"
NCIS Eric Beale 2 pilot episodes: "Legend"
2009–present NCIS: Los Angeles Main cast
2009, 2010 Entourage Matt Wolpert 2 episodes
2011 Submissions Only Gil Bure Web series; episode: "Yore So Bad"
2013 My Synthesized Life Craig Carter Web series; 2 episodes
2019 Will & Grace Paul Guest role


  1. ^ "Barrett Foa on Instagram: "Tonight I will guest star on one of my favorite shows of all time. Tonight I will kiss a man on national broadcast television and not be…"". Instagram. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  2. ^ BWW News Desk (March 20, 2009). "Barrett Foa Joins Cast of CBS' 'NCIS:LEGEND' Pilot". Broadway World. Retrieved August 11, 2009.

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