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Charles at Toronto International Film Festival 2014
|Born||Joshua Aaron Charles
September 15, 1971
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Sophie Flack (m. 2013)|
Joshua Aaron "Josh" Charles (born September 15, 1971) is an American stage, film and television actor. He is best known for the roles of Dan Rydell on Sports Night, Will Gardner on The Good Wife, which earned him two Primetime Emmy Award nominations, and his early work as Knox Overstreet in Dead Poets Society.
Charles was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Laura (née Heckscher), a gossip columnist for The Baltimore Sun newspaper, and Allan Charles, an advertising executive. He began his career performing comedy at the age of nine. As a teenager, he spent several summers at Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Center in New York, and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts. Charles dropped out of high school, never receiving a diploma. He is a fan of the Baltimore Orioles (baseball) and Baltimore Ravens (American football). In September 2013, he married ballet dancer and author Sophie Flack. On December 9, 2014, Flack gave birth to the couple's first child. Charles is of Jewish heritage on his father's side, and has described himself as Jewish.
Charles's film debut was in fellow Baltimore native John Waters' Hairspray in 1988. The following year, he starred alongside Robin Williams and Ethan Hawke in the Oscar-winning Dead Poets Society. Subsequent film roles have included Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, Threesome, Pie in the Sky, Muppets from Space, S.W.A.T, Four Brothers, After.Life, Crossing the Bridge, and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.
On television, Charles played sports anchor Dan Rydell in Aaron Sorkin's Emmy Award-winning Sports Night, which ran for two years (1998–2000) on ABC and earned Charles a Screen Actors Guild nomination. In 2008, Charles played the role of Jake in Season 1 of HBO's In Treatment. In 2009, he returned to network television in the CBS drama The Good Wife. For his work on the series he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2011 and 2014.
In 1986, Charles headlined a production of Jonathan Marc Sherman's Confrontation. In 2004, he appeared on stage in New York in a revival of Neil LaBute's The Distance From Here, which received a Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble Cast. In January 2006 he appeared in the world premiere of Richard Greenberg's The Well-Appointed Room for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, and followed this with a run at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, portraying the cloned brothers in Caryl Churchill's A Number. In 2007, he appeared in Adam Bock's The Receptionist at the Manhattan Theatre Club. In 2011, Charles was the narrator for NFL Network's A Football Life's debut episode on New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
|1989||Dead Poets Society||Knox Overstreet|
|1991||Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead||Bryan|
|1992||Crossing the Bridge||Mort Golden|
|1995||Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead||Bruce||Uncredited|
|1996||Pie in the Sky||Charlie Dunlap|
|1997||Cyclops, Baby||Brush Brody|
|1999||Muppets from Space||Agent Barker|
|2000||Meeting Daddy||Peter Silverblatt|
|2003||S.W.A.T.||T. J. McCabe|
|2004||Seeing Other People||Lou|
|2005||Four Brothers||Detective Fowler|
|2006||The Darwin Awards||Paramedic|
|2007||The Ex||Forrest Mead|
|2009||Brief Interviews with Hideous Men||Subject No. 2|
|2014||Bird People||Gary Newman|
|2015||I Smile Back||Bruce|
|1990||Murder in Mississippi||Andrew Goodman||Television movie|
|1996||Norma Jean & Marilyn||Eddie Jordan||Television movie|
|1997||The Underworld||Ehrlich||Television movie|
|1998–2000||Sports Night||Dan Rydell||45 episodes|
|2002||Our America||Dave Isay||Television movie|
|2005||Stella||Jeremy||Episode: "Meeting Girls"|
|2007||Six Degrees||Ray Jones||4 episodes|
|2008||In Treatment||Jake||8 episodes|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Sean Kelley||Episode: "Confession"|
|2009–2014||The Good Wife||Will Gardner||106 episodes|
|2014||Inside Amy Schumer||JJ||Episode: "A Chick Who Can Hang"|
|2014||Inside Amy Schumer||Fleet Weekums||Episode: "Tyler Perry's Episode"|
|2015||Inside Amy Schumer||Coach||Episode: "Last F... Able Day"|
|2015||Masters of Sex||Dan Logan||10 episodes|
|2015||Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp||Blake||6 episodes|
Awards and nominations
- Sandler, Gilbert (July 16, 1996). "Baltimore Glimpses: the Hollywood trail". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
Josh Charles is the son of Laura and Allen Charles
- My grandpa, Wilbur Heckscher Josh Charles on Twitter. October 12, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
- Desmon, Stephanie (February 17, 2008). "Lillian 'Libby' Charles". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
her son Allan Charles, founding partner of Trahan Burden Charles ... grandson is actor Josh Charles
- Goldstein, Meredith (October 10, 2011). "A novel life: A former dancer’s new career takes shape – Boston Globe". Boston.com. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
- Webber, Stephanie (September 7, 2013). "Josh Charles Wedding: Good Wife Star Marries Girlfriend Sophie Flack!". Us Weekly. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
Josh Charles ... married longtime girlfriend Sophie Flack on Friday, Sept. 6
- Marquina, Sierra (December 12, 2014). "Josh Charles, Wife Sophie Flack Welcome Their First Child Together – a Baby Boy!". US Weekly. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
- Feinberg, Scott (June 21, 2012). "Emmys 2012: Josh Charles on Falling in Love with 'The Good Wife' (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
- "Charles Gets Married". Jewz in the Newz. The American Israelite. October 2, 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
- Forsberg, Chris. "Belichick documentary set for NFL Network – New England Patriots Blog – ESPN Boston". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
- Josh Charles at the Internet Movie Database
- Josh Charles at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- People Weekly 1989 interview
- Josh Charles on 'The Daily Show', April 13, 1999
- Rob Neyer interview 2003