Barry Bostwick

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Barry Bostwick
Barry Bostwick 2016.jpg
Bostwick at MagicCity ComicCon in January 2016
Born Barry Knapp Bostwick
(1945-02-24) February 24, 1945 (age 72)
San Mateo, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor / Singer
Years active 1970–present
Spouse(s) Stacey Nelkin (1987–1991)
Sherri Jensen (1994–present)
Children 2

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,[1] 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.

Early life[edit]

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.[2][3] His only sibling, Henry "Pete" Bostwick, was killed in a car accident on July 20, 1973.[4] 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.[5]

Career[edit]

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.[1]

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.[6] 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.

Other television credits include guest appearances in Charlie's Angels, Hawaii Five-O, The Golden Palace, Grace Under Fire, and Las Vegas.

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.[7] In 2011, Bostwick portrayed a small town sheriff in the John Landis-produced thriller Some Guy Who Kills People![8]

Bostwick at the premiere for Earth in April 2009

In October 2010, Bostwick briefly appeared in the Rocky Horror-themed Glee episode.[9]

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[10] and appeared in the Comedy horror film Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves.[11] In 2015 he portrayed Collin Winthrop, father of the Gig Harbor Killer, in the season-ending CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode The End Game.[12] He has also had a return to cult musical horror films in the form of Terrance Zdunich's "Alleluia! 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.

Personal life[edit]

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, a son and a daughter.

In 1997, Bostwick was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and ten days later had his prostate removed. In 2004, he won the Gilda Radner Courage Award from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Select filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1971 Jennifer on My Mind Minstrel #1
1973 Fantastic Planet Narrator Voice role
1974 Road Movie Hank
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
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Thunderbolt Voice role
2003 Swing Freddie
2004 The Skulls III Nathan Lloyd
2004 Chestnut: Hero of Central Park Thomas Trundle
2007 Nancy Drew Dashiel Zachary Biedermeyer
2007 Evening Mr. Wittenborn
2009 Hannah Montana: The Movie Mr. Bradley [13]
2010 Miss Nobody Father Grisham
2010 Bedrooms Roger
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 Finding Joy Alan
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 role[14]
2016 Range 15 President
2016 Three Days in August John
2017 Bigger Fatter Liar Larry Wolf Direct-to-video[15]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Murder by Natural Causes Gil Weston Television film
1979 You Can't Take It With You Anthony Kirby, Jr. Television film (note: filmed version of the play)
1979 Hawaii Five-O Lucas Sandover Episode: "Year of the Horse"
1980 Scruples Spider Elliot Television miniseries
1981 Red Flag: The Ultimate Game Maj. Jay Rivers Television film
1982 Working Steelworker American Playhouse production
1984 George Washington Gen. George Washington Television miniseries
1985 A Woman of Substance Major Paul McGill Television miniseries
1985 Deceptions Grant Roberts Television film
1986 George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation Gen. George Washington Television film
1986 Betrayed By Innocence Nick DeLeon Television film
1987 I'll Take Manhattan Zachary Amberville Television miniseries
1988 War and Remembrance Lieutenant Carter "Lady" Aster Television miniseries
1988 Body of Evidence Mark Dwyer Television film
1989 Till We Meet Again Terrence 'Mac' McGuire Television miniseries
1990 Challenger Comm. Francis R. Scobee Television film
1990 The Great Air Race Roscoe Turner Television film
1992 The Golden Palace Nick DiCarlo Episode: "Just a Gigolo"
1994 Once in a Lifetime Dr. Matthew Dane Television film
1996–2002 Spin City Mayor Randall Winston Main role, 144 episodes
1996 A Different Kind of Christmas Frank Mallory Television film
1997 Lexx Thodin Episode: "I Worship His Shadow"
1998 One Hot Summer Night Art Brooks Television film
2003 Scrubs Mr.Randolph Episode: "My Dirty Secret"
2004–2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Oliver Gates Recurring role, 5 episodes
2005 Las Vegas Martin Episode: "Down and Dirty"
2005 Cold Case Roy Brigham Anthony Episode: "Creatures of the Night"
2007–2012 Phineas and Ferb Grandpa Clyde Flynn Recurring role, 12 episodes
2007 Ugly Betty Roger Adams Episodes: "Odor in the Court", "Betty Suarez Land"
2007 Love is a Four Letter Word Mr. Harper Television film[16]
2008 Depth Charge President Taylor Television film
2009 Nip/Tuck Roger Payne Episode: "Don Hoberman"
2009 Supernatural The Amazing Jay Episode: "Criss Angel is a Douchebag"
2009–2010 'Til Death George Von Stuessen Episodes: "Eddie's Book," "The Baby"
2010–2012 Cougar Town Roger Frank Recurring role (seasons 1–3), 7 episodes
2010 Glee Tim Stanwick Episode: "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" (cameo)
2010 Secrets of the Mountain Henry Beecham Television film
2012 Hot in Cleveland Hugh Episode: "What's Behind the Door"
2012 The New Normal Marty Sawyer Episode: "Pardon Me"
2013 Scandal Jerry Grant Episodes: "A Criminal, a Whore, an Idiot and a Liar", "Everything's Coming Up Mellie"
2013 The Haunting Of Himself Episode: "The Haunting of Barry Bostwick"
2013 Blast Vegas Sal Television film
2013 Masters of Sex Morris Episode: "Brave New World"
2013 Teen Beach Movie Big Poppa Disney Channel Original Movie
2014 Enlisted Russell Episode: "Vets"
2014 New Girl Harland Cooper Episode: "LAXmas"
2015 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Collin Winthrop Episode: "The End Game"
2016 Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce George McCarthy Episode: "Rule #14: No...Means No"

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Research. Dr. Rust [17]

Stage productions[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1972 Tony Awards Best Actor in a Musical Grease Nominated
1976 Tony Awards 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 The Robber Bridegroom Won
1978 New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Movie Movie Nominated
1979 National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actor Movie Movie 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b What I Like About You at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "Barry Bostwick Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Barry Bostwick Biography". Yahoo! Movies. 2008. Archived from the original on 2006-09-27. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  4. ^ http://newspaperarchive.com/san-mateo-times/1973-07-20/
  5. ^ "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  6. ^ "Optimum Voice Commercial with Barry Bostwick". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  7. ^ "'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. 
  8. ^ "Some Guy Who Kills People". IMDB. 
  9. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin (September 10, 2010). "Exclusive: Rocky Horror Original Castmembers to Appear in Glee's Tribute Episode". E!. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  10. ^ Tales of Halloween Interview Spotlight: Barry Bostwick
  11. ^ Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves
  12. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4145952/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt
  13. ^ "Production On 'Hannah Montana: The Movie' Is Underway - Entertainment Tonight News Story - WJXT Jacksonville". News4jax.com. 2008-05-23. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ "From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: Ricky Garcia And Barry Bostwick Go Head To Head In The All-New Side-Splitting Comedy Bigger Fatter Liar" (Press release). Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 9, 2017 – via KUSI. 
  16. ^ "Love is a Four Letter Word | Hallmark Movies and Mysteries". Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  17. ^ http://mildlyfearsomefilms.com/Mildly_Fearsome_Films/Cast.html

Further reading[edit]

  • 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.

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