John Ross Bowie

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John Ross Bowie
John Ross Bowie by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Bowie at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1971-05-30) May 30, 1971 (age 49)
OccupationActor, screenwriter, comedian
Years active1999–present
(m. 2004)

John Ross Bowie (born May 30, 1971) is an American actor and comedian best known for playing Barry Kripke on The Big Bang Theory and, from 2016 to 2019, Jimmy DiMeo on Speechless.

He appeared in What The Bleep Do We Know? opposite Marlee Matlin and made guest appearances on shows such as Reno 911!, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Glee, and Good Luck Charlie. In March 2011 he began a run in a series of commercials for the Ford Motor Company.[1][2]

Bowie is a regular sketch comedy performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCBT) in New York and Los Angeles. At UCBT he was a member of the sketch troupe "The Naked Babies" with comedians Rob Corddry, Seth Morris, and Brian Huskey.[3] He had a recurring role in Corddry's Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital. A former member of New York pop punk band, Egghead, he worked with Big Bang Theory co-star Kevin Sussman to create two television comedies, The Ever After Part[4] and The Second Coming of Rob.[5]

Bowie has written for Go Metric and The New York Press, and has authored a book on the cult movie Heathers.[6]

Personal life[edit]

His parents, both deceased, were Bruce and Eileen Bryan Bowie (1942–2018). A lapsed Episcopalian of Scots-Irish descent,[7] he is married to comedian Jamie Denbo. They have a daughter and a son.[8]

He graduated from the Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities in 1989, and holds a B.A. in English from Ithaca College.



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Road Trip Waiter
2004 Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story Daniel Benjamin
What the Bleep Do We Know!? Elliot
2005 Life of the Party Bert
2006 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Rory
2007 Because I Said So Cute Food Spewing Guy
2008 Sex Drive Dr. Clark Teddescoe
2009 He's Just Not That into You Dan the Wiccan
2010 Fully Loaded Richard
2013 iSteve[9] John Sculley Internet movie
The Heat FBI Agent
2016 Pet Jessup
Between Us Patritzio
2019 Jumanji: The Next Level Cavendish
2020 Bad Therapy Nick Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2000 Upright Citizens Brigade Various 3 episodes
2001 Undeclared Television Presenter Episode: "Sick in the Head"
2003 A.U.S.A. Wally Berman 8 episodes
2004 Happy Family CocoNate Episode: "The Juicer"
Joan of Arcadia Mr. Campbell Episode: "Do the Math"
CSI: NY Lester Jayne Episode: "American Dreamers"
Charmed Marcus Episode: "Once in a Blue Moon"
Kevin Hill Wayne Ellis Episode: "Making the Grade"
Girlfriends Ian Greenfield Episode: "Porn to Write"
2005 Las Vegas Adam Clemo Episode: "Hit Me!"
Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker Client Episode: "1995 SuperDogs! Superjocks!"
2005–2008 Reno 911! Various characters 4 episodes
2006 Psych George Cheslow Episode: "Weekend Warriors"
2007 Heroes Attorney Episode: "Godsend"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Peter Ellis Episode: "A La Cart"
2008 Monk Tom Donovan Episode: "Mr. Monk Joins a Cult"
The Mighty B! Integritone 2 (voice) 2 episodes; screenwriter
Worst Week Rob Episode: "The Apartment"
2009 Wizards Of Waverly Place Simon Episode: "Fairy Tale"
Trust Me Episode: "Way Beyond the Call"
Family Guy Unnamed character in Shoving Buddies (voice) Episode: "Peter's Progress"
Curb Your Enthusiasm John Fowler Episode: "Denise Handicapped"
Glee Dennis Episode: "Mattress"
The Big Bang Theory Barry Kripke Recurring
2010 Party Down Stuart Episode: "Constance Carmell Wedding"
The Glades Joe Thomas Episode: "Doppelganger"
Weeds Contest Organiser Episode: "Pinwheels and Whirligigs"
Melissa & Joey Lewis Scanlon Episode: "A Fright in the Attic"
2010–2011 Childrens Hospital Dr. Max von Sydow 4 episodes
2010–2013 Good Luck Charlie Walter 2 episodes
2011 The Glee Project Dennis Episode: "Individuality"
State of Georgia Professor Episode: "Pilot"
Burn Notice Paul Burkowski Episode: "No Good Deed"
Bones Lawrence Deighton Episode: "The Prince in the Plastic"
2012 House of Lies Spalding Winter Episode: "Microphallus"
Happy Endings Michael Episode: "You Snooze, You Bruise"
Retired at 35 Jared 7 episodes
The League Dr. Pete Wyland Episode: "Bro-Lo El Cordero"
2012–2014 The Exes Jeff 2 episodes
2013 Whitney Eddie Episode: "Two Broke Hearts"
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Sister Steve Episode: "Halloween"
2013–2015 Sofia the First Sven the Seahorse (voice) 2 episodes
2014 Episodes Psychiatrist 5 episodes
About a Boy Fiona's Male Boss Episode: "About a Buble"
Riot Competitor Regular cast
Hot in Cleveland Benny Episode: "Undercover Lovers"
Newsreaders Pat Fenis Episode: "Roswell, New Mexico; Skip Goes to a Wedding"
The Wrong Mans David Kinsman 4 episodes
2014–2015 Chasing Life Paul Peters 7 episodes
2014–2016 @midnight Himself 2 episodes
2015 Marry Me What's-His-Name Episode: "Test Me"
Fresh Off the Boat Lance Episode: "We Done Son"
2016 Love Rob Episode: "It Begins"
Veep Focus Group Member Episode: "C**tgate"
2016–2019 Speechless Jimmy DiMeo Main cast
2017 Death in Paradise Tyler McCarthy Episode: "In the Footsteps of a Killer"
I'm Sorry Episode: "Butt Bumpers"
2018 Big Hero 6: The Series Dr. Mel Meyers (voice) Episode: "Aunt Cass Goes Out"
2019 Milo Murphy's Law Loab (voice)
Carol's Second Act Gordon Episode: "Therapy Dogs"


  1. ^ Glucker, Jeff (March 21, 2011). "Videos: Ford hires wisecracking, handsy puppet to promote 2012 Focus". Autoblog. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  2. ^ Griner, David (March 22, 2011). "Lecherous Non-Human Pitching Ford Focus". Adweek. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  3. ^ Lies, Erica (March 20, 2012). "Talking to Seth Morris About Funny or Die, UCB, and First Dates with Toby Harris". Splitsider. Archived from the original on September 5, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  4. ^ Wightman, Catriona (October 19, 2011). "'Big Bang Theory' John Ross Bowie, Kevin Sussman developing Fox comedy". Digital Spy. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  5. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (August 29, 2012). "'Big Bang Theory' Duo Sell Semi-Autobiographical Comedy to CBS". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  6. ^ Bowie, John Ross (June 1, 2011). Heathers. Berkeley, Calif: Soft Skull Press. ISBN 978-1593764579.
  7. ^ "Bowieblog". Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  8. ^ Denbo, Jamie (May 11, 2012). "Episode 60: Jamie Denbo". The Mental Illness Happy Hour. Paul Gilmartin. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  9. ^ Long, Justin; Michaela Watkins; Juzo Yoshida; Brian Huskey & Ryan Perez (April 15, 2013). "'iSteve". Funny Or Die. Retrieved September 9, 2020.

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