Barry Bostwick

Barry Knapp Bostwick (born February 24, 1945) is an American stage and screen actor and singer. He is best known for portraying Brad Majors in the musical comedy horror The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) and Mayor Randall Winston in the sitcom Spin City (1996–2002). He has also had considerable success in musical theatre, winning a Tony Award for his role in The Robber Bridegroom.

Barry Bostwick
Barry Bostwick at GalaxyCon Louisville 2019.jpg
Bostwick at GalaxyCon Louisville in 2019
Born
Barry Knapp Bostwick

(1945-02-24) February 24, 1945 (age 75)
San Mateo, California, U.S.
EducationAlliant International University, San Diego (BA)
New York University (MFA)
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1970–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 1987; div. 1991)

Sherri Jensen
(m. 1994)
Children2

Early lifeEdit

Bostwick was born in San Mateo, California. He is the son of Elizabeth "Betty" (née Defendorf), a housewife, and Henry "Bud" Bostwick, a city planner and actor.[1][2] His only sibling, older brother Henry "Pete" Bostwick, was killed at the age of 32 in a car accident on July 20, 1973.[3] Bostwick attended San Diego's United States International University in 1967, majoring in acting, got his start on the Hillbarn Theatre stage now located in Foster City, and worked for a time as a circus performer. He also attended NYU's Graduate Acting Program, graduating in 1968.[4]

CareerEdit

In 1970, Bostwick was a member of a pop group called The Klowns, assembled and promoted by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, whose members performed wearing stylized clown makeup and costumes. Their sole album, released in 1970, was produced by Jeff Barry, and generated a minor Billboard hit single, "Lady Love."

Bostwick replaced C.C. Courtney in the musical Salvation. His next stage appearance was in the 1971 rock opera Soon, which closed after three performances. In 1972, Bostwick originated the role of bad boy Danny Zuko in the stage production of Grease, earning a Tony Award nomination for his performance. This was followed by a voice role as Terr in the English-dubbed version of Fantastic Planet in 1973. He later starred with Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) portraying the character of Brad Majors. He also won a Tony Award for his performance in the 1977 musical The Robber Bridegroom. In 1981, Bostwick starred in the TV series adaptation of the 1978 movie Foul Play, with his role modeled after Chevy Chase's and co-star Deborah Raffin in Goldie Hawn's part. The following year, he starred in Megaforce. Bostwick starred, along with Carl Weintraub, as Rick Armstrong in the short-lived ABC sitcom Dads during the 1986–87 season. From 1996 to 2002, Bostwick portrayed Randall Winston, the mayor of New York City in the sitcom Spin City opposite Michael J. Fox and his successor, Charlie Sheen. In 2006, Bostwick replaced Peter Scolari as Mr. Tyler, the father of Amanda Bynes' and Jennie Garth's lead characters, on What I Like About You.[5]

Bostwick had a recurring role between 2004 and 2007 on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He has also had leading roles in various mini-series, including George Washington, its sequel George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation, Scruples, A Woman of Substance, War and Remembrance, and Till We Meet Again.

Bostwick served as host of the nationally televised annual Capitol Fourth celebration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for eight years. Bostwick was also seen in a Pepsi Twist commercial. In the Cold Case episode "Creatures of the Night," in which he is the main suspect, the theme of the episode revolves around The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which is among his best-known performances to date.

In 2003, Bostwick appeared on Scrubs as a patient diagnosed with prostate cancer, a disease Bostwick had in real life. In 2008, he appeared in an episode of TV series Ugly Betty as an attorney to the Meade family. In 2007, Bostwick gained a recurring role, as Grandpa Clyde Flynn on the animated television series, Phineas and Ferb. Bostwick is also the spokesperson for Optimum Voice.[6] In June 2009, he played Father Jimmy, the ineffective exorcist in the independent horror comedy The Selling, written by Gabriel Diani and directed by Emily Lou.

Other television credits include guest appearances in Charlie's Angels, Hawaii Five-O, The Golden Palace, Grace Under Fire, and Las Vegas.

Bostwick was supposed to appear on the third season of Private Practice as "the Captain," a father of the Addison Montgomery character, but had to resign due to a scheduling conflict.[7] In 2011, Bostwick portrayed a small-town sheriff in the John Landis-produced thriller Some Guy Who Kills People[8]

 
Bostwick at the premiere for Earth in April 2009

In October 2010, Bostwick briefly appeared in the Rocky Horror-themed Glee episode.[9]

Since 2009, Bostwick has had a recurring role as Roger Frank on the sitcom Cougar Town which stars Courteney Cox. In season three of the show, we learn that Bostwick's character has become mayor of the town the comedy is set in, Gulf Haven. In 2015, he starred in Darren Lynn Bousman's segment of the anthology film Tales of Halloween, which was his second time acting under Bousman after The Devil's Carnival,[10] and appeared in the comedy horror film Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves.[11] In 2015, he portrayed Collin Winthrop, father of the Gig Harbor Killer, in the season-ending CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode "The End Game."[12] He has also had a return to cult musical horror films in the form of Terrance Zdunich's Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival, which is a sequel to the 2012 short film The Devil's Carnival, of which he was not previously a cast member, being a newcomer to the franchise.

Personal lifeEdit

Bostwick married Stacey Nelkin in 1987, and they were divorced in 1991. He married his second wife Sherri Ellen Jensen in 1993; they have two children, a son and a daughter.[13]

In 1997, Bostwick was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and had his prostate removed in July 1997.[14] In 2004, he won the Gilda Radner Courage Award from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.[15]

Select filmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1971 Jennifer on My Mind Minstrel #1
1973 Fantastic Planet Narrator Voice role
1974 Road Movie Hank
1975 The Rocky Horror Picture Show Brad Majors
1978 Movie Movie Johnny Danko / Dick Cummings
1982 Megaforce Commander Ace Hunter
1990 The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible Joseph Voice role; "Joseph and His Brothers"
1993 Eight Hundred Leagues Down the Amazon Garral
Weekend at Bernie's II Arthur Hummel
1994 In the Heat of Passion II: Unfaithful Phillip
1996 The Secret Agent Club Vincent Scarletti
Spy Hard Norm Coleman
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Thunderbolt Voice role
Swing Freddie
2004 The Skulls III Nathan Lloyd
Chestnut: Hero of Central Park Thomas Trundle
2007 Nancy Drew Dashiel Zachary Biedermeyer
Evening Mr. Wittenborn
2009 Hannah Montana: The Movie Mr. Bradley [16]
2010 Miss Nobody Father Grisham
Bedrooms Roger
Moby Dick Captain Ahab
It's a Dog Gone Tale: Destiny's Stand Arlen Hanley
2011 The Selling Father Jimmy
2012 Some Guy Who Kills People Sheriff Walt Fuller
FDR: American Badass! Franklin D. Roosevelt
2013 Finding Joy Alan
Teen Beach Movie Big Poppa TV film; Disney Channel Original Movie
2015 Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival The Watchword
The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power Sorrell Raskov
Home Run Showdown Big Al
2016 The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave Grandpa Longneck Voice role[17]
Range 15 President
Three Days in August John
2017 Bigger Fatter Liar Larry Wolf Direct-to-video[18]
2018 Incredibles 2 Mayor Voice role[19]
Santa Girl Santa Claus
2019 Grand-Daddy Day Care Dynamite Dan North
Undercover Brother 2 The Man
2020 American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules PeePaw

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Charlie's Angels Ted Machlin Episode "Jade Trap"
1979 Murder by Natural Causes Gil Weston Television film
1979 You Can't Take It With You Anthony Kirby, Jr. Television film (note: filmed version of the play)
1979 Hawaii Five-O Lucas Sandover Episode "Year of the Horse"
1980 Scruples Spider Elliot Television miniseries
1981 Red Flag: The Ultimate Game Maj. Jay Rivers Television film
1982 Working Steelworker American Playhouse production
1983 Summer Girl Gavin Shelburne Television film
1983 An Uncommon Love Mr. Kinser Television film
1984 George Washington George Washington Television miniseries
1985 A Woman of Substance Major Paul McGill Television miniseries
1985 Deceptions Grant Roberts Television film
1986 George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation President George Washington Television film
1986 Betrayed By Innocence Nick DeLeon Television film
1987 I'll Take Manhattan Zachary Amberville Television miniseries
1988 War and Remembrance Lieutenant Carter "Lady" Aster Television miniseries
1988 Body of Evidence Mark Dwyer Television film
1988 Addicted to His Love Larry Hogan Television film
1989 Till We Meet Again Terrence 'Mac' McGuire Television miniseries
1989 Parent Trap III Jeffrey Wyatt Television film
1989 Parent Trap: Hawaiian Honeymoon Jeffrey Wyatt Television film
1990 Aladdin Genie of the Lamp / Genie of the Ring Television film
1990 Challenger Comm. Francis R. Scobee Television film
1990 The Great Air Race Roscoe Turner Television miniseries
1992 The Golden Palace Nick DiCarlo Episode "Just a Gigolo"
1993 The Last U-Boat Captain Hawkins Television film
1993 Between Love and Hate Justin Conrad Television film
1993 Praying Mantis Don McAndrews Television film
1994 Once in a Lifetime Dr. Matthew Dane Television film
1995 The Secretary Eric Bradford Television film
1995 The Return of Hunter Matt Sherry Television film
1995 Grace Under Fire Professor Jack Drayson Episode: "Mother & Son & Father Reunion"
1995 High Society Mark Finnegan Episode: "Finnigan's Rainbow"
1995 919 Fifth Avenue Mr. Lawrence Van Degen Television film
1996–2002 Spin City Mayor Randall Winston Main role, 144 episodes
1996 A Different Kind of Christmas Frank Mallory Television film
1997 Lexx Thodin Episode "I Worship His Shadow"
1998 One Hot Summer Night Art Brooks Television film
1998 The New Batman Adventures Irv Kleinman / Bernie Benson Voice role, episode "Mean Seasons"
2003 Scrubs Mr.Randolph Episode "My Dirty Secret"
2004–2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Oliver Gates Recurring role, 5 episodes
2005 Las Vegas Martin Episode "Down and Dirty"
2005 Cold Case Roy Brigham Anthony Episode "Creatures of the Night"
2007–2012 Phineas and Ferb Grandpa Clyde Flynn Recurring role, 12 episodes
2007 Ugly Betty Roger Adams Episodes "Odor in the Court", "Betty Suarez Land"
2007 Love is a Four Letter Word Mr. Harper Television film[20]
2008 Depth Charge President Taylor Television film
2008 Holiday Baggage Pete Murphy Television film
2009 Nip/Tuck Roger Payne Episode "Don Hoberman"
2009 Supernatural The Amazing Jay Episode "Criss Angel is a Douchebag"
2009–2010 'Til Death George Von Stuessen Episodes "Eddie's Book," "The Baby"
2010–2012 Cougar Town Roger Frank Recurring role (seasons 1–3), 7 episodes
2010 Glee Tim Stanwick Episode "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" (cameo)
2010 Secrets of the Mountain Henry Beecham Television film
2012 Hot in Cleveland Hugh Episode "What's Behind the Door"
2012 The New Normal Marty Sawyer Episode "Pardon Me"
2013 Scandal Fitzgerald "Jerry" Grant II Episodes "A Criminal, a Whore, an Idiot and a Liar", "Everything's Coming Up Mellie"
2013 The Haunting Of himself Episode "The Haunting of Barry Bostwick"
2013 Blast Vegas Sal Television film
2013 Masters of Sex Morris Episode "Brave New World"
2013 Teen Beach Movie Big Poppa Disney Channel Original Movie
2013 Psych Roland Armitage Episode "Psych: The Musical"
2014 Enlisted Russell Episode "Vets"
2014 New Girl Harland Cooper Episode "LAXmas"
2015 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Collin Winthrop Episode "The End Game"
2016–2017 Still the King Coy Phisher Recurring role, 9 episodes
2016–2018 Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce George McCarthy Recurring role, 6 episodes
2017 The Great Indoors Mather Episode "The Explorers' Club"
2017 Milo Murphy's Law Clyde Rickenbacker Episodes "A Clockwork Origin" and "The Ticking Clock"
2017 American Housewife Thomas Otto Episode: "Family Secrets"[21]
2017 Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Home Again Bill Haywith Television film
2017 Tangled: The Series Doctor St. Croix Voice role, episode "Great Expotations"
2017 Christmas in Mississippi Mr. Kriss Television film (Lifetime)
2018 Will & Grace Professor Jerry Wise Episode "Three Wise Men"
2018 Signed, Sealed, Delivered: To the Altar Bill Haywith Television film
2019 Christmas in Louisiana Timothy Winter Television film (Lifetime)
2020 The Goldbergs Professor Majors Episode "A 100% True Ghost Story"

Stage productionsEdit

1969 Cock-A-Doodle-Dandy Porter, The Cock Broadway debut
1969 Hamlet Ghost, Osric, Player
1970 House of Leather Donny Brook Closed after one night
1971 Soon Kelly
1972 Grease Danny Zuko Nominated – Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical
1976 They Knew What They Wanted Joe Nominated – Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play
1977 The Robber Bridegroom Jamie Lockhart Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical
1981 The Pirates of Penzance The Pirate King
1991 Nick & Nora Nick Charles opposite Joanna Gleason
2014 Camelot Merlyn

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Lego The Incredibles Mayor Voice role

WebEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Research. Dr. Rust [22]
2015 Murder? Barry Bostwick [23]
2015–2016 Inside the Extras Studio Milt Hamilton 20 episodes

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1972 Tony Awards Best Actor in a Musical Grease Nominated
1976 Tony Awards Best Featured Actor in a Play They Knew What They Wanted Nominated
1977 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actor in a Musical The Robber Bridegroom Nominated
Tony Awards Best Actor in a Musical The Robber Bridegroom Won
1978 New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Movie Movie Nominated
1979 National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actor Movie Movie Nominated
1989 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film War and Remembrance Won
2013 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actor Some Guy Who Kills People Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Barry Bostwick Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved June 7, 2008.
  2. ^ "Barry Bostwick Biography". Yahoo! Movies. 2008. Archived from the original on September 27, 2006. Retrieved June 7, 2008.
  3. ^ "Development Leader's Son Dies in Crash". San Mateo County Times. July 20, 1973. Retrieved May 24, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
  5. ^ What I Like About You on IMDb
  6. ^ "Optimum Voice Commercial with Barry Bostwick". YouTube. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  7. ^ "'Private Practice' Scoop: Addison's Dad Is Sent from 'Heaven'". Fancast.com. October 12, 2009. Archived from the original on December 13, 2009. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  8. ^ "Some Guy Who Kills People". IMDb.
  9. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin (September 10, 2010). "Exclusive: Rocky Horror Original Castmembers to Appear in Glee's Tribute Episode". E! News. Retrieved September 10, 2010.
  10. ^ "Tales of Halloween Interview Spotlight: Barry Bostwick - Dread Central". Dreadcentral.com. February 4, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  11. ^ "Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves Sees a Teaser Trailer". Dreadcentral.com. March 24, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  12. ^ "The End Game". IMDb. February 15, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  13. ^ Lipton, Michael L. (March 10, 1997). "Serial Dad". People.
  14. ^ Moran, Reed W. (March 9, 2002). "Barry Bostwick advises on prostate cancer". USA Today.
  15. ^ "Bostwick Receives Cancer Institute Award". Plainview Daily Herald. March 2, 2003.
  16. ^ "Production On 'Hannah Montana: The Movie' Is Underway". WJXT. May 23, 2008. Archived from the original on May 28, 2008. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  17. ^ Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (December 17, 2015). "From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave". PR Newswire. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  18. ^ "From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: Ricky Garcia And Barry Bostwick Go Head To Head In The All-New Side-Splitting Comedy Bigger Fatter Liar" (Press release). Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. February 8, 2017. Archived from the original on February 11, 2017. Retrieved February 9, 2017 – via KUSI.
  19. ^ "Film Review: 'Incredibles 2'". Variety. June 11, 2018. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  20. ^ "Love is a Four Letter Word". Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  21. ^ "AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE: FAMILY SECRETS (11/15)". disneyabcpress.com. Disney ABC Television. October 30, 2017. Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  22. ^ "Cast". Mildlyfearsomefilms.com. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  23. ^ "Barry Bostwick". Mildlyfearsomefilms.com. Retrieved October 8, 2017.

Further readingEdit

  • Evans, David and Michaels, Scott. Rocky Horror: Concept to Cult. London: Sanctuary, 2002.
  • Lipton, Michael A. and Matsumoto, Nancy. “Serial Dad: Michael J. Fox Looks Up to 6’4” Actor”. People March 10, 1997: 99.
  • Uhry, Alfred. "The Trail of the Robber B". The Robber Bridegroom CD Liner Notes 1998: 2.
  • Hunt, Paula. "Bostwick Tells Story of Survival". Express-News, March 6, 2006.

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