John Bolton (actor)

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John Bolton
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Born (1965-12-29) December 29, 1965 (age 52)

John Bolton (born December 29, 1965) is an American actor and Broadway regular. Bolton is best known for originating the role of "The Old Man" (Mr. Parker) in the Broadway show A Christmas Story: The Musical. He portrays Vlad Popov in the 2017 Broadway production of Anastasia.


Bolton appeared in the Broadway revival of Dames at Sea, starring as The Captain/Hennesey. The musical ran from October 22, 2015 to January 3, 2016.[1]

Bolton originated the role of "The Old Man" (Mr. Parker) in A Christmas Story: The Musical on Broadway, running from November 19, 2012 to December 30, 2012,[2] and repeated this starring role in Boston, Hartford and in December 2013 at Madison Square Garden.[3]

His other theatre credits include many Broadway musicals that have won the Tony Award including original productions of Curtains with David Hyde Pierce; Spamalot with Tim Curry, David Hyde Pierce, and Sara Ramirez, directed by Mike Nichols; Contact directed by Susan Stroman; and Titanic; and revivals of Damn Yankees and How to Succeed in Business with Matthew Broderick, with Bolton eventually playing the role of Finch opposite Sarah Jessica Parker.

A sought-after cabaret performer, Bolton has also appeared in many concert performances including Downton Abbey at 54 Below (2013),[4] Titanic reunion at Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall (2014),[5] and Guys and Dolls (2011) and the Family Holiday Concert with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. The New York Times called his performance in Guys and Dolls a "stand-out."[6] Bolton is a regular soloist with the New York Pops, and he has headlined three sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall. He performed in the concert series "Broadway in the Boros" at the Queens' Socrates Sculpture Park on July 21, 2017.[7]

He has performed in television shows and many TV commercials. Most recently he was seen on Elementary, Madame Secretary and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. He played the recurring character D.A. John Summerhill on the soap opera All My Children in 2006.[8] He also appeared in "Loose Lips", a 2014 episode of Blue Bloods, and "Vacancy", a 2006 episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent;[8] and he played Bruce Caplan on the television series Gossip Girl.[8] Bolton has also made guest star appearances as Carl Switzer on the HBO television series Boardwalk Empire, and as Jason Doyle on the television series The Good Wife. He also appeared in the third season of Submissions Only and the short Russian Broadway Shut Down.[8]

He is an adjunct professor at Pace University, teaching acting.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Rochester, New York and grew up in LeRoy, New York.

Major theatre credits[edit]


Sources: Broadwayworld[10] IBDB[11]


Soure: Broadwayworld[10]



Source: TV Guide[25]


  • 2017 Outer Critics Circle Award Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Anastasia) (nominee)[27]
  • 2017 Rivera Award (formerly Astaire Award) Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show (Anastasia) (nominee)[28]
  • 2016 Astaire Award nomination, Outstanding Ensemble In A Broadway Show Dames at Sea[29]
  • 2016 Connecticut Critics Circle nomination - Best Featured Actor in a Musical Anastasia[30]
  • 2014 IRNE Award (Independent Reviewers of New England) nomination for Best Visiting Performer in A Christmas Story: The Musical
  • Named one of The Boston Globe Top Ten Performance of the year for A Christmas Story: The Musical
  • 58th Annual Drama Desk (2013) Nomination for Best Featured Actor in A Christmas Story: The Musical[31]
  • 2012 Footlight Award for Best Actor from the Seattle Times for A Christmas Story: The Musical
  • 2008 City Spirit Award in Rochester, New York
  • 2004 BAT (Bay Area Theatre) nomination for The Opposite of Sex


  1. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Broadway's 'Dames at Sea' Sails Away Today" Playbill, January 3, 2016
  2. ^ A Christmas Story: The Musical Playbill (vault), retrieved 13, 2017
  3. ^ Gordon, David. " 'A Christmas Story, The Musical' Returns to New York at Madison Square Garden", December 13, 2013
  4. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "THE SCREENING ROOM: 'Downton Abbey' Goes Broadway With Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes, Colin Mochrie and More (Video)" Playbill, April 23, 2013
  5. ^ Suskin, Steven. "Michael Cerveris, Brian d'Arcy James and More Offer a 'Titanic' Night at Lincoln Center" Playbill, February 18, 2014
  6. ^ Tommasini, Anthony (May 19, 2010). "Stand Up They Are Rocking The Boat Again". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-01-20.
  7. ^ Gans, Andrew. " 'Anastasia' ’s John Bolton and Caroline O’Connor Are Part of Free Broadway in the Boros Concert July 21" Playbill, July 21, 2017
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m John Bolton on IMDb
  9. ^ a b Gioia, Michael. "THE LEADING MEN: John Bolton Receives a Major Award on Broadway in 'A Christmas Story, The Musical' " Playbill, December 1, 2012
  10. ^ a b "John Bolton Credits", retrieved November 13, 2017
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "John Bolton Broadway", retrieved November 13, 2017
  12. ^ Stewart, Zachary. Pageant — The Musical, July 14, 2014
  13. ^ Probst, Andy. "Review. 'The Last Smoker in America'", August 2, 2012
  14. ^ Stasio, Marilyn. "Review. 'Five Course Love' " Variety, October 16, 2005
  15. ^ Bowgen, Philippe. "Bill Irwin, Harriet Harris, John Bolton Board a 'Show Boat' in San Francisco Tonight" Playbill, June 1, 2014
  16. ^ Moreau, Scott. "BWW Reviews: 'Young Frankenstein' at The Ogunquit Playhouse: Bring Your Tissues; You Will Laugh Until You Cry", July 14, 2013
  17. ^ Holden, Stephen. "Overlooked Songwriter Finally Gets His Due" The New York Times, March 27, 2012
  18. ^ Ross, Debra. "Review of 'The Music Man' at Geva Theatre Center", 2011, retrieved November 13, 2017
  19. ^ Hetrick, Adam. " 'Einstein's Dreams' Concert, with Bolton, Fraser, Shindle and Egan, Presented Feb. 23" Playbill, February 23, 2009
  20. ^ Graham, Doug. "John Bucchino... 'It's Only Life'", July 16, 2004
  21. ^ "Regional Review" Talkin' Broadway, retrieved November 13, 2017
  22. ^ " 'Señor Discretion Himself' Arena Stage", retrieved November 13, 2017
  23. ^ Hernandez, Ernio. " 'Gypsy' Star Replaces Morrison in 'The Opposite of Sex' Musical Debut" Playbill, August 26, 2004
  24. ^ Jones, Chad. "Review. 'The Opposite of Sex' ", October 8, 2004
  25. ^ "John Bolton Credits" TV Guide, retrieved November 13, 2017
  26. ^ Patterson, Richard. "Pinot Noir, Broadway Star! Get to Know the Theatre Folk Behind 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'" Playbill, March 17, 2015
  27. ^ Cox, Gordon. "Outer Critics Circle Nominations: ‘Anastasia,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Lead the Pack (Full List)" Variety, April 25, 2017
  28. ^ McPhee, Ryan. " 'Bandstand', 'Sweet Charity', and More Earn Chita Rivera Award Nominations" Playbill, May 1, 2017
  29. ^ Viagas, Robert; Clement, Olivia. "Savion Glover and Jane Krakowski Among 2016 Astaire Award Winners" Playbill, May 16, 2016
  30. ^ "2016 CT Critics Circle Award Winners", retrieved November 13, 2017
  31. ^ "2013 Awards", retrieved November 13, 2017

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