Josh Mostel

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Josh Mostel
Born (1946-12-21) December 21, 1946 (age 71)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1971–present
Peggy Rajski
(m. 1983; div. 1998)

Kim Murdock
(m. 2016)

Joshua Mostel (born December 21, 1946) is an American actor.[1] The son of Zero Mostel, he is best known for his supporting roles in films such as Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), Harry and Tonto (1974), Sophie's Choice (1982), City Slickers (1991), Billy Madison (1995), and Big Daddy (1999).

Life and career[edit]

Mostel was born in New York City, the son of Kathryn Celia (née Harken), an actress, dancer, and writer, and comic actor Zero Mostel.[2] His brother Tobias is a painter, ceramic artist and professor of art, teaching at Florida State University.[citation needed]

Mostel started his career as a boy soprano at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He graduated from Brandeis University. His Broadway debut was in 1971 with Unlikely Heroes. In 1973, Mostel had one of his most notable film performances as Herod in the Norman Jewison helmed Jesus Christ Superstar. In 1979, Mostel briefly starred in the television version of the film Animal House, Delta House, as "Blotto" Blutarsky, the brother of the character Bluto (played by John Belushi in the original film). He has since appeared in many films and Broadway productions.

On Broadway he appeared in the 1989 revival of The Threepenny Opera as Money Matthew, and as the frazzled head writer in the original production of My Favorite Year, opposite Tim Curry and Evan Pappas.

Mostel now lives in New York, with a summer home on Monhegan, Maine.


Year Title Role U.S. Box Office
1971 Going Home Mr. Bonelli
1972 The King of Marvin Gardens Frank
1973 Jesus Christ Superstar Herod Antipas $24,477,615[3]
1974 Harry and Tonto Norman Coombes
1976 The Money Wheel-of-fortune operator
Deadly Hero Victor
1981 Dead Ringer Russell
1982 Fighting Back Duster $3,355,948
1982 Sophie's Choice Morris Fink $30,036,000
1983 Star 80 Private Detective $6,472,990
1984 The Brother from Another Planet Casio Vendor $3,677,209
Windy City Sol $343,890
1985 Almost You David $95,000
Compromising Positions Dicky Dunck $12,531,831
Stoogemania Howard F. Howard
1986 The Money Pit Jack Schnittman $37,499,651
1987 Radio Days Abe $14,792,779
Matewan Mayor Cabell Testerman $1,680,358
Wall Street Ollie $43,848,069
1989 Animal Behavior Mel Gorsky $41,526
1991 City Slickers Barry Shalowitz $124,033,791
Naked Tango Bertoni the Jeweler $81,777
Little Man Tate Physics Professor $25,010,896
City of Hope Mad Anthony $1,345,015
1992 Nervous Ticks Saul Warshow
1993 Searching for Bobby Fischer Chess Club Regular $7,266,383
1994 The Chase Officer Figus $7,924,955
Auf Wiedersehen Amerika Abe
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold Barry Shalowitz $43,622,150
1995 The Maddening Chicky Ross
Billy Madison Principal Max Anderson $25,588,734
The Basketball Diaries Counterman $2,381,087
Let It Be Me Jordan
1998 Great Expectations Jerry Ragno $26,420,672
Rounders Zagosh $22,912,409
Thicker Than Blood Kendall
1999 The Out-of-Towners Dr. Faber $28,544,120
Big Daddy Arthur Brooks $163,479,795
2001 Knockaround Guys Mac McCreadle $11,715,637
2008 State of Play Pete $37,017,955
2015 The Congressman[4] Bernie Gimpel[5]

Broadway productions[edit]

Title Dates of Production
Unlikely Heroes October 26, 1971 - November 13, 1971
An American Millionaire April 20, 1974 - May 5, 1974
A Texas Trilogy: Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander September 21, 1976 - October 30, 1976
A Texas Trilogy: The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia September 22, 1976 - October 31, 1976
Threepenny Opera November 5, 1989 - December 31, 1989
My Favorite Year December 10, 1992 - January 10, 1993
The Flowering Peach March 20, 1994 - April 24, 1994
Getting Away with Murder March 17, 1996 - March 31, 1996


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