David Moscow

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David Moscow
Born David Raphael Moscow
(1974-11-14) November 14, 1974 (age 42)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Karen Riotoc (2014-present)
Partner(s) Kerry Washington (2004–2007)

David Raphael Moscow (born November 14, 1974) is an American film and stage actor, writer, director, producer and activist.[1][2][1] He is best known for his roles as the young Josh Baskin in the 1988 film Big, in which his character was magically transformed into an adult played by Tom Hanks,[3][4] as well as co-starring opposite Christian Bale in the 1992 filmed version of the musical Newsies.[5][6] He also appears in a leading role opposite Jessica Alba in the film Honey[7] and has starred on several network television series including Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane. Moscow was also featured on the television series Seinfeld as the character Lomez Jr in the episode The Van Buren Boys. He’s also appeared in leading roles on Broadway, including Artie in the production What’s Wrong with This Picture at the Brooks Atkinson Theater;[8][9] and ran A Theater Co. in New York along side actors Tom Everett Scott from That Thing You Do[10] and Michael Kelly from House of Cards. He also co-developed and co-produced Lin-Manuel Miranda's first production of In the Heights with his ex-fiance actress Kerry Washington.[11][12][13]

As a producer, his 2012 project, Hellbenders, was acquired by Lionsgate for North American and foreign distribution;[14] and his film Desolation, David’s directorial debut,[15][16][17] was partially funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. Desolation has already been screened and honored at film festivals around the world including the Wroclaw festival in Poland .[18]

David Moscow has a long history as an activist, which began in 1992 after dropping out of college to track wolves for the Round River Conservations Studies.[19] He also built a mixed income green housing facility in Harlem in 2006.[20] David was active in the Bernie Sanders campaign where he produced several PSA’s in 2016.[21]

Early life and education[edit]

Moscow was born in New York City, the son of Patricia (née Sterner) and Jon Moscow.[22] His mother's family is from Murray, Utah.[23] His father is Jewish and his mother is Mormon, but he was not raised in either religion.[24]

Moscow attended Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, in the 1990s.[25]


In 1988, he played the young Josh Baskin in Big, and landed the role of David Jacobs in Newsies in 1992.[26]

He is friends with Max Casella and Luke Edwards from the latter film. Moscow was engaged to actress Kerry Washington from October 2004 to March 2007. Also in 2007, the magazine Time Out New York reported Moscow's involvement in developing sustainable and economic housing in Harlem.[27]

His younger brother Lev was an extra in Newsies and is a history teacher at The Beacon School in New York City.

Moscow is making his directorial debut in the psychological thriller, Desolation.[26] He launched a Kickstarter to help fund post production with a video reenactment of the Zoltar "wish" scene from Big.[28] The Kickstarter raised more than $70,000.[29]



  1. ^ a b "Whatever Happened to 'Big' Star David Moscow?". thefw.com. 
  2. ^ "25 Years After Playing Young Tom Hanks in 'Big,' David Moscow Looks Back on Child Stardom, Penny Marshall's Direction, and The Making of a Classic". indiewire.com. 
  3. ^ "'Big' at 25: David Moscow grows up". usatoday.com. 
  4. ^ "What the Little Kid From "Big" Looks Like Now". goodhousekeeping.com. 
  5. ^ "How Does Newsies Hold Up?". vulture.com. 
  6. ^ "'Newsies' Cast: Where Are The Actors From The 1992 Disney Movie Today?". huffingtonpost.com. 
  7. ^ "Honey". ew.com. 
  8. ^ "Inside the Playbill: What's Wrong with This Picture? - Opening Night at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre". playbill.com. 
  9. ^ "THEATER REVIEW: WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?; A Family Laughing Until It's Crying". nytimes.com. 
  10. ^ "Tom Everett Scott". tvguide.com. 
  11. ^ "Lin-Manuel Miranda's First Ever Interview". theaterppl.com. 
  12. ^ "IN THE HEIGHTS Reunion! Kerry Washington Visits Lin-Manuel Miranda at HAMILTON". broadwayworld.com. 
  13. ^ "Kerry Washington: From Heartbreak to Happiness". people.com. 
  14. ^ "Lionsgate takes on 'Hellbenders'". variety.com. 
  15. ^ "'Big' child actor revisits famous scene in Kickstarter promo". ew.com. 
  16. ^ "6th US in Progress winners announced". 7.americanfilmfestival.pl. 
  17. ^ "'Big' star David Moscow recreates iconic Zoltar scene for Kickstarter project". screenertv.com. 
  18. ^ "Participants and partners of US in Progress Wrocław 2016 announced". 7.americanfilmfestival.pl. 
  19. ^ "Programs". roundriver.org. 
  20. ^ "David Moscow". tmz.com. 
  21. ^ "Susan Sarandon, Mark Ruffalo, Danny DeVito, and Rosario Dawson are just a few of the Hollywood stars pleading with supporters of Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders to show up and vote in a new political ad.". breitbart.com. 
  22. ^ David Moscow Biography (1974-), Film Reference
  23. ^ "The Salt Lake Tribune - Archives". Nl.newsbank.com. 1992-04-10. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  24. ^ Pearlman, Jeff (September 15, 2015). "David Moscow". JeffPearlman.com. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Hampshire College - Alumni & Post-Grads". College Prowler. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  26. ^ a b Alexander, Bryan (December 28, 2013). "'Big' at 25: David Moscow grows up". USA Today. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  27. ^ Plot Development - Time Out New York
  28. ^ Rothman, Michael (October 6, 2015). "'Big' Star David Moscow Recreates Iconic Scene Almost 30 Years Later". ABC News. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Desolation". Kickstarter. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 

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