Bostwick at the MagicCity ComicCon, January 16, 2016
|Born||Barry Knapp Bostwick
February 24, 1945
San Mateo, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor / Singer|
|Spouse(s)||Stacey Nelkin (1987–1991)
Sherri Jensen (1994–2009)
Barry Knapp Bostwick (born February 24, 1945) is an American stage and screen actor. He is known for playing Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). He replaced Peter Scolari as Mr. Tyler in the sitcom What I Like About You, as well as portraying Mayor Randall Winston in the sitcom Spin City and the father of the President in the TV series Scandal. Bostwick has also had considerable success in musical theater.
Bostwick was born in San Mateo, California. He is the son of Elizabeth "Betty" (née Defendorf), a housewife, and Henry "Bud" Bostwick, a city planner and actor. His only sibling, Henry "Pete" Bostwick, was killed in a car accident on July 20, 1973. Bostwick attended San Diego's United States International University in 1967, majoring in acting, got his start on the Hillbarn Theatre stage now located in Foster City, and worked for a time as a circus performer. He also attended NYU's Graduate Acting Program, graduating in 1968.
In 1970, Bostwick was a member of a pop group called The Klowns, assembled and promoted by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, whose members performed wearing stylized clown makeup and costumes. Their sole album, released in 1970, was produced by Jeff Barry, and generated a minor Billboard hit single, "Lady Love".
Bostwick replaced C.C. Courtney in the musical Salvation. His next stage appearance was in the 1971 rock opera Soon, which closed after three performances. In 1972, Bostwick originated the role of bad boy Danny Zuko in the stage production of Grease, earning a Tony Award nomination for his performance. This was followed by a voice role as Terr in the English-dubbed version of Fantastic Planet in 1973. He later starred with Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) portraying the character of Brad Majors. He also won a Tony Award for his performance in the 1977 musical The Robber Bridegroom. In 1981, Bostwick starred in the TV series adaptation of the 1978 movie Foul Play, with his role modeled after Chevy Chase's and co-star Deborah Raffin in Goldie Hawn's part. The following year, he starred in Megaforce. Bostwick starred, along with Carl Weintraub, as Rick Armstrong in the short-lived ABC sitcom Dads during the 1986-87 season. From 1996 to 2002, Bostwick portrayed Randall Winston, the mayor of New York City in the sitcom Spin City opposite Michael J. Fox and his successor, Charlie Sheen. In 2006, Bostwick replaced Peter Scolari as Mr. Tyler, the father of Amanda Bynes' and Jennie Garth's lead characters, on What I Like About You.
Since 2004, Bostwick has had a recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He has also had leading roles in various miniseries, including George Washington, its sequel George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation, Scruples, A Woman of Substance, War and Remembrance, and Till We Meet Again.
Bostwick served as host of the nationally televised annual Capitol Fourth celebration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for eight years. Bostwick was also seen in a Pepsi Twist' commercial. In the Cold Case episode "Creatures of the Night", in which he is the main suspect, the theme of the episode revolves around The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which is among his best-known performances to date.
In 2003, Bostwick appeared on Scrubs as a patient diagnosed with prostate cancer, a disease Bostwick had in real life. In 2008, he appeared in an episode of TV series Ugly Betty as an attorney to the Meade family. In 2007, Bostwick gained a recurring role, as Grandpa Clyde Flynn on the animated television series, Phineas and Ferb. Bostwick is also the spokesperson for Optimum Voice. In June 2009 he played Father Jimmy, the ineffective exorcist in the independent horror comedy The Selling, written by Gabriel Diani and directed by Emily Lou.
Bostwick was supposed to appear on season 3 of Private Practice as "the Captain", a father of the Addison Montgomery character, but had to resign due to a scheduling conflict. In 2011, Bostwick portrayed a small town sheriff in the John Landis-produced thriller Some Guy Who Kills People!
Since 2009, Bostwick has had a recurring role as Roger Frank on the sitcom Cougar Town which stars Courteney Cox. In season 3 of the show we learn that Bostwick's character has become mayor of the town the comedy is set in, Gulf Haven. In 2015, he starred in Darren Lynn Bousman's Segment of the Anthology film Tales of Halloween, which is the second acting stint under Bousman, after The Devil's Carnival and appeared in the Comedy horror film Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves. In 2015 he portrayed Collin Winthrop, father of the Gig Harbor Killer, in the season-ending CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode The End Game. He has also had a return to cult musical horror films in the form of Terrance Zdunich's "Allaluia: The Devil's Carnival," which is a sequel to the 2012 short film "The Devil's Carnival," which he was not previously a cast member of, being a newcomer to the franchise.
Bostwick married Stacey Nelkin in 1987, but they were divorced in 1991. Bostwick married his second wife Sherri Ellen Jensen in 1994, they have two children, Brian and Chelsea.
|1971||Jennifer on My Mind||Minstrel #1|
|1975||The Rocky Horror Picture Show||Brad Majors|
|1978||Movie Movie||Johnny Danko / Dick Cummings|
|1982||Megaforce||Commander Ace Hunter|
|1993||Weekend at Bernie's II||Arthur Hummel|
|1996||The Secret Agent Club||Vincent Scarletti|
|1996||Spy Hard||Norm Coleman|
|1996||A Different Kind of Christmas||Frank Mallory|
|2003||101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure||Thunderbolt||Voice|
|2004||The Skulls III||Nathan Lloyd|
|2004||Chestnut: Hero of Central Park||Thomas Trundle|
|2007||Nancy Drew||Dashiel Zachary Biedermeyer|
|2009||Hannah Montana: The Movie||Mr. Bradley|
|2010||Secrets of the Mountain||Henry Beecham|
|2010||Miss Nobody||Father Grisham|
|2010||Moby Dick||Captain Ahab|
|2010||It's a Dog Gone Tale: Destiny's Stand||Arlen Hanley|
|2011||The Selling||Father Jimmy|
|2012||Some Guy Who Kills People||Sheriff Walt Fuller|
|2012||FDR: American Badass!||Franklin Delano Roosevelt|
|2013||Teen Beach Movie||Big Poppa|
|2015||Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival||The Watchword|
|2015||"The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power"||Sorrell|
|2016||The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave||Grandpa Longneck||Voice|
|2016||Three Days in August||John|
|1979||Murder by Natural Causes||Gil Weston|
|1979||You Can't Take It With You||Anthony Kirby, Jr.||Filmed version of play|
|1979||Hawaii Five-O||Lucas Sandover||"Year of the Horse"|
|1981||Red Flag: The Ultimate Game||Maj. Jay Rivers|
|1982||Working||Steelworker||American Playhouse production|
|1984||George Washington||Gen. George Washington||"A Woman of Substance" (miniseries) Major Paul McGill|
|1986||George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation||Gen. George Washington|
|Betrayed By Innocence||Nick DeLeon|
|1987||I'll Take Manhattan||Zachary Amberville|
|1988||War and Remembrance||Lieutenant Carter “Lady” Aster|
|Body of Evidence||Mark Dwyer|
|1989||Till We Meet Again||Terrence 'Mac' McGuire|
|1990||Challenger||Comm. Francis R. (Dick) Scobee|
|1990||The Great Air Race||Roscoe Turner|
|1992||The Golden Palace||Nick DiCarlo, a gigolo|
|1994||Once in a Lifetime||Dr. Matthew Dane|
|1996–2002||Spin City||Mayor Randall Winston||144 episodes|
|1998||One Hot Summer Night||Art Brooks|
|2004–07||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Oliver Gates||6 episodes total|
|2005||Las Vegas||Martin||Season 3, Episode 11 - "Down and Dirty"|
|2005||Cold Case||Roy Brigham Anthony||Season 2, Episode 21 - "Creatures of the Night"|
|2007–12||Phineas and Ferb||Grandpa Clyde Flynn|
|2007||Ugly Betty||Claire Meade's attorney||Episodes "Odor in the Court," "Betty Suarez Land"|
|2008||Depth Charge||President Taylor|
|2009||Nip/Tuck||Roger Payne||"Don Hoberman"|
|2009||Supernatural||The Amazing Jay||"Criss Angel is a Douchebag"|
|2009–10||'Til Death||George Von Stuessen||"Eddie's Book," "The Baby"|
|2010–12||Cougar Town||Roger Frank||Seasons 1-3, 7 episodes|
|2010||Glee||Tim Stanwick||Cameo in "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" with Meat Loaf|
|2012||Hot in Cleveland||Hugh||Season 3, Episode 23: "What's Behind the Door"|
|2012||The New Normal||Marty Sawyer||Season 1, Episode 9: "Pardon Me"|
|2012–14||Scandal||Gerald Grant||Various episodes|
|2013||The Haunting Of||Himself||Season 2, Episode 1: "The Haunting of Barry Bostwick"|
|2013||Masters of Sex||Morris||Season 1, Episode 6, "Brave New World"|
|2014||Enlisted||Russell||Season 1, Episode 8: "Vets"|
|2014||New Girl||Harland Cooper||Season 4, Episode 11: "LAXmas"|
|2015||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Collin Winthrop||Season 15, Episode 18: "The End Game"|
|2016||Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce||George McCarthy||Season 2, Episode 7: "Rule #14: No...Means No"|
- Grease, 1972, (Danny Zuko). Nominated for Tony Award
- They Knew What They Wanted, 1976, (Joe). Nominated for Tony Award
- The Robber Bridegroom, 1977, Tony Award, Best Actor
- Nick & Nora opposite Joanna Gleason, 1991
Awards and nominations
|1972||Tony Awards||Best Actor in a Musical||Grease||Nominated|
|1976||Best Featured Actor in a Play||They Knew What They Wanted||Nominated|
|1977||Drama Desk Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Musical||The Robber Bridegroom||Nominated|
|Tony Awards||Best Actor in a Musical||Won|
|1978||New York Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Movie Movie||Nominated|
|1979||National Society of Film Critics Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|1989||Golden Globe Awards||Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||War and Remembrance||Won|
|2013||Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Some Guy Who Kills People||Nominated|
- Evans, David and Scott Michaels. Rocky Horror: Concept to Cult. London: Sanctuary, 2002.
- Lipton, Michael A. and Nancy Matsumoto. “Serial Dad: Michael J. Fox Looks Up to 6’4” Actor”. People March 10, 1997: 99.
- Uhry, Alfred. "The Trail of the Robber B". The Robber Bridegroom CD Liner Notes 1998: 2.
- Hunt, Paula. "Bostwick Tells Story of Survival". Express-News, March 6, 2006.
- What I Like About You at the Internet Movie Database
- "Barry Bostwick Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
- "Barry Bostwick Biography". Yahoo! Movies. 2008. Archived from the original on 2006-09-27. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
- "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
- "Optimum Voice Commercial with Barry Bostwick". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
- "'Private Practice' Scoop: Addison's Dad Is Sent from 'Heaven' | XFINITY TV News". Fancast.com. 2009-10-12. Archived from the original on 2009-12-13. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
- "Some Guy Who Kills People". IMDB.
- Dos Santos, Kristin (September 10, 2010). "Exclusive: Rocky Horror Original Castmembers to Appear in Glee's Tribute Episode". E!. Retrieved September 10, 2010.
- Tales of Halloween Interview Spotlight: Barry Bostwick
- Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves
- "Production On 'Hannah Montana: The Movie' Is Underway - Entertainment Tonight News Story - WJXT Jacksonville". News4jax.com. 2008-05-23. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
- Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (December 17, 2015). "From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave". PR Newswire. Retrieved February 1, 2016.