Eric Bogosian

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Eric Bogosian
Eric Bogosian by David Shankbone.jpg
Bogosian at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
Born (1953-04-24) April 24, 1953 (age 67)
OccupationActor, playwright, monologuist, novelist, historian
Years active1983–present
m. 1980)

Eric Bogosian (born April 24, 1953) is an American actor, playwright, monologuist, novelist, and historian. Descended from Armenian American immigrants, he grew up in Watertown and Woburn, Massachusetts, and attended University of Chicago and Oberlin College. His numerous plays include subUrbia (1994) and the Pulitzer-nominated Talk Radio (1987), both of which were adapted to film.

Bogosian has appeared in a variety of plays, films, and television series throughout his career. His television roles include Captain Danny Ross in Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2006–10), Lawrence Boyd on Billions (2017–2018), and Gil Eavis on Succession (since 2018). He has also been involved in New York City ballet production, and has written several novels as well as the historical nonfiction Operation Nemesis (2015).

Personal life[edit]

Bogosian was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Edwina (née Jamgochian), a hairdresser and instructor, and Henry Bogosian, an accountant.[1][2] He spent his early childhood in Watertown, Massachusetts, home to a large Armenian-American community which included his grandparents, survivors of the Armenian Genocide. His family moved to nearby Woburn in 1960. He became interested in theater while attending Woburn Memorial High School, and would later base his play subUrbia on his youth in Woburn's Four Corners neighborhood.[3]

He attended the University of Chicago before graduating from Oberlin College. In 1980, he married Jo Anne Bonney, with whom he has two sons, Harry and Travis Bogosian.


Bogosian is an author and actor known for his plays Talk Radio[4] and subUrbia as well as numerous one-man shows. In recent years he has starred on Broadway in Donald Margulies' Time Stands Still, published three novels, and was featured on Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Captain Danny Ross.[4]


Between 1980 and 2000, six major solos written and performed by Eric Bogosian were produced Off-Broadway, garnering him three Obie Awards as well as the Drama Desk award. His first two solos, Men Inside and funHouse were presented at the New York Shakespeare Festival. His third, Drinking in America, was produced by American Place Theater. Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee were all produced commercially Off-Broadway by Frederick Zollo.

Eric is also the author of six produced plays, including 1987's Talk Radio. Talk Radio was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, but lost to Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy.[5] In 2007, a Broadway revival of Talk Radio directed by Robert Falls starred Liev Schreiber. subUrbia was directed by Robert Falls and produced by Lincoln Center Theater in 1994. Other titles include Griller (Goodman Theater); Humpty Dumpty (The McCarter); Red Angel (Williamstown Theater Festival) and 1+1 (New York Stage and Film). Bogosian's one-person drama, Notes from Underground has had several productions, most recently starring Jonathan Ames at Performance Space 122.

In addition to his many appearances in his solo work and starring in his play, Talk Radio, Bogosian has also starred in Stephen Adly Guirgis' The Last Days of Judas Iscariot directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman (LAByrinth) and Donald Margulies' Time Stands Still directed by Daniel Sullivan (Manhattan Theater Club/Broadway).


Bogosian's play Talk Radio was adapted to film in 1988 by Oliver Stone, garnering Bogosian the prestigious Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear. The film version of subUrbia (1996) was directed by Richard Linklater. His play Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll was adapted to film in 1991.[4] He has starred in several other films including Under Siege 2: Dark Territory and Wonderland. In addition, he has been featured in films by such directors as Woody Allen, Robert Altman, Taylor Hackford, Atom Egoyan and Agnieszka Holland.


In television, Bogosian is best known for his starring role as Captain Danny Ross in the series Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In addition, he has appeared as a guest star on dramas and in 1994 created with Steven Spielberg the series High Incident for ABC television. He portrayed Barney Greenwald, defense attorney, in the TV film The Caine Mutiny Court Martial. He also appeared in the episode "His Story" on Scrubs as Dr. Cox's therapist and was recurring character Lawrence Boyd in Billions' second season. In 1993, Bogosian played the role of Stan Paxton, Larry's ex standup partner in the series 'The Larry Sanders Show'. He has also appeared in HBO's show Succession as Senator Gil Eavis.


Bogosian is the author of three novels published by Simon & Schuster: Mall, Wasted Beauty, and Perforated Heart. All of his dramatic work is in print, published by Theater Communication Group. In 2015, he published Operation Nemesis: The Secret Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide, a history of Operation Nemesis which involved a group of Armenian assassins who set out to avenge the deaths of the one and a half million victims of the Armenian Genocide.


Bogosian founded the dance series at The Kitchen. During his charter tenure there, he produced the first concerts in New York City by Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, Karole Armitage and Molissa Fenley as well as dozens of other choreographers. In 2006, Bogosian acted as producer on the New York City Ballet's documentary, Bringing Back Balanchine.


In addition to working with Jo Bonney and Tad Savinar, other notable collaborations include Michael Zwack (“I Saw the Seven Angels”); Joe Hannan (“The Ricky Paul Show”); Glenn Branca (“The New World”); Robert Longo (“American Vanity”); Ann Magnuson (sketches at Folk City) and Elliot Sharp (“This Is Now!”). For the past six years Bogosian has been filming the series with Travis Bogosian and Good Baby Films.


Bogosian has won the Obie Award three times as well as the Drama Desk Award. He received the prestigious "Silver Bear" at the 1989 Berlin Film Festival for his work on Talk Radio. He is a 2004 Guggenheim fellow[6] and the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Born in Flames CBS Technician Film Debut
1984 Special Effects Christopher Neville
1985 The Stuff Supermarket Clerk Uncredited
1988 Talk Radio Barry Champlain
1991 Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll Himself
1993 The Thief and the Cobbler Phido Voice
1994 Witch Hunt Senator Larson Crockett
1995 Dolores Claiborne Peter
1995 Under Siege 2: Dark Territory Travis Dane
1996 Beavis and Butt-Head Do America Old Faithful Ranger / White House Press Secretary / Strategic Air Command Lieutenant Voice
1997 Office Killer Peter Douglas Uncredited
1997 Deconstructing Harry Burt
1998 Safe Men Edward Templeton, Sr. Voice
1998 A Bright Shining Lie Doug Elders
2000 Gossip Professor Goodwin
2000 In the Weeds Simon
2002 Igby Goes Down Mr. Nice Guy
2002 Ararat Rouben
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Alan Caulfield
2003 Wonderland Eddie Nash
2004 King of the Corner Rabbi Evelyn Fink
2004 Blade: Trinity Bentley Tittle
2005 Heights Henry
2008 Cadillac Records Alan Freed
2010 Don't Go in the Woods Producer
2014 Listen Up Philip Narrator Voice
2017 Rebel in the Rye Harold Ross
2019 Uncut Gems Arno
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Miami Vice Zeke "Milk Run"
1985 Tales from the Darkside Junkie "The Tear Collector"
1985 The Twilight Zone Jackie Thompson "Healer"
1986 Reading Rainbow Conan the Librarian "Alistair in Outer Space", voice
1986 Crime Story Dee 2 episodes
1992–93 Law & Order Gary Lowenthal 2 episodes
1993 The Larry Sanders Show Stan Paxton "Larry's Partner"
2000 Welcome to New York Robby "The Crier"
2001 Third Watch Lieutenant Lewis "The Self-Importance of Being Carlos"
2003 Scrubs Dr. Gross "His Story"
2006–10 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Captain Danny Ross 61 Episodes
2006 Love Monkey Phil Leshing 5 episodes
2014 The Good Wife Nelson Dubeck 3 episodes
2015 Elementary Collin Eisely "A Stitch in Time"
2016–17 The Get Down Roy Asheton 7 episodes
2017–18 Billions Lawrence Boyd 10 episodes
2018– Succession Gil Eavis 5 episodes

Writing credits[edit]


  1. ^ "Eric Bogosian Biography (1953-)".
  2. ^ "Henry Bogosian - Obituary - Watertown, MA - Aram Bedrosian Funeral Home -".
  3. ^ "In 'Operation Nemesis,' Eric Bogosian revisits his roots - The Boston Globe". Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Eric Bogosian". The New York Times. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  5. ^ "Finalist: Talk Radio, by Eric Bogosian". Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  6. ^ "John Simon Guggenheim Foundation | Eric Bogosian". Retrieved December 27, 2019.

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