Philip Michael Bosco (September 26, 1930 – December 3, 2018) was an American actor. He was known for his Tony Award-winning performance as Saunders in the 1989 Broadway production of Lend Me a Tenor, and for his starring role in the 2007 film The Savages.
Philip Michael Bosco
September 26, 1930
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||December 3, 2018 (aged 88)|
Haworth, New Jersey, U.S.
Nancy Ann Dunkle (m. 1957)
Bosco was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Margaret Raymond (née Thek), a policewoman, and Philip Lupo Bosco, a carnival worker. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of German ancestry. Bosco attended St. Peter's Preparatory School in Jersey City, and later studied Drama at Catholic University of America, where he had notable success in the title role of Shakespeare's Richard III.
Bosco married a fellow Catholic University student, Nancy Ann Dunkle, on January 2, 1957. They had seven children, Jenny, Diane, Philip, Chris, John, Lisa, Celia and 15 grandchildren. Bosco resided in Haworth, New Jersey.
Bosco began his career in Broadway theatre. He received a Tony Award nomination for his debut in The Rape of the Belt in 1960 and spent the next three decades supporting major stars in classic revivals like Cyrano de Bergerac, King Lear, and Twelfth Night.
He appeared in revivals of plays by George Bernard Shaw, including Man and Superman, Saint Joan, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Major Barbara, Heartbreak House (opposite Rex Harrison), and You Never Can Tell, winning Tony nominations for the last three. He also appeared with Shirley Knight in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Come Back, Little Sheba.
Following his Tony-winning performance in the farce Lend Me a Tenor in 1990, Bosco appeared on Broadway in An Inspector Calls (1994), The Heiress (1995), Twelfth Night (1998), Copenhagen (2000), and Twelve Angry Men (2004).
He played "Grandpa Potts" in the 2005 Broadway production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and capped his Shavian work as the aged Captain Shotover in a Broadway revival of Heartbreak House in 2006. He retired from the stage in 2009, after appearing in the City Center Encores production of Finian's Rainbow, although he loaned his voice to Douglas Carter Beane's 2010 play Mr. and Mrs. Fitch.
Bosco appeared regularly in the Law & Order franchise of television series, in various roles ranging from judges to lawyers to villains. (He is perhaps known for his role of Judge Joseph Terhune on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit). His film credits include Hogan's Goat, Working Girl, Children of a Lesser God, Suspect, Walls of Glass, Straight Talk, Nobody's Fool, Wonder Boys, The Money Pit, Three Men and a Baby, Milk Money, Quick Change, Angie, The First Wives Club, and The Savages.
Bosco narrated the 1991 documentary film Coney Island, directed by Ric Burns and voiced a number of characters for Ken Burns' documentaries for PBS. Bosco also portrayed Vincenzo the butler in the 1995 comedy It Takes Two, and portrayed Walter Wallace, father of the bride-to-be in the 1997 romantic comedy My Best Friend's Wedding, co-starring Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz and Dermot Mulroney.
In 1988, Bosco won a Daytime Emmy Award for his appearance in the ABC Afterschool Special "Read Between The Lines". Bosco was a series regular on the FX original series Damages. He narrated Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro Cactus by Barbara Bash on the PBS series Reading Rainbow in its sixty-second episode on March 27, 1990. In 1998, Bosco was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
|1968||A Lovely Way to Die||Fuller|
|1984||The Pope of Greenwich Village||Paulie's Father|
|1985||Heaven Help Us||Brother Paul|
|1985||Walls of Glass||James Flanagan|
|1986||The Money Pit||Curly|
|1986||Children of a Lesser God||Dr. Curtis Franklin|
|1987||Three Men and a Baby||Detective Melkowitz|
|1988||Working Girl||Oren Trask|
|1989||The Luckiest Man in the World||Sam Posner|
|1989||The Dream Team||O'Malley|
|1990||Blue Steel||Frank Turner|
|1990||Quick Change||Bus Driver|
|1991||True Colors||Sen. Frank Steubens|
|1991||Shadows and Fog||Mr. Paulsen|
|1992||Straight Talk||Gene Perlman|
|1994||Milk Money||Jerry the Pope|
|1994||Nobody's Fool||Judge Flatt|
|1995||It Takes Two||Vincenzo|
|1996||The First Wives Club||Uncle Carmine Morelli|
|1997||My Best Friend's Wedding||Walter Wallace|
|1997||Deconstructing Harry||Professor Clark|
|1997||Critical Care||Dr. Hofstader|
|2000||Wonder Boys||Emily's Father|
|2000||Shaft||Walter Wade, Sr.|
|2000||Brooklyn Sonnet||Uncle Chicky|
|2001||Kate & Leopold||Otis|
|2007||The Savages||Lenny Savage|
|2009||When the Evening Comes||Martin Corrado|
|1953||You Are There||Sam Houston||2 episodes|
|1961||DuPont Show of the Month||Duke Michael||Episode: "The Prisoner of Zenda"|
|1961||Armstrong Circle Theatre||Roy Thornton||Episode: "Medicine Man"|
|1961||Sunday Showcase||General Gordon||Episode: "Our American Heritage: Gentleman's Decision"|
|1961||Our American Heritage||General Gordon||Episode: "Gentleman's Decision"|
|1963–1965||The Doctors and the Nurses||Ralph Maley / Hap Spencer / Parnell Sullivan||3 episodes|
|1965||The Defenders||Dr. Manfredi||Episode: "Whipping Boy"|
|1965||For the People||Detective Willard||2 episodes|
|1965||The Trials of O'Brien||Theo||Episode: "Charlie's Got All the Luck"|
|1966||Hawk||Nick Ingland||Episode: "Game with a Dead End"|
|1966||NET Playhouse||Peter Stockmann||Episode: "An Enemy of the People"|
|1968||N.Y.P.D.||Episode: "What's a Nice Girl Like You..."|
|1971||Great Performances||Father Coyne||Episode: "Hogan's Goat"|
|1978||Ryan's Hope||Dr. Gillette||Episode #1.789|
|1979||Guiding Light||Clarence Baily||Unknown episodes|
|1981||Nurse||Dr. Harry Wallenberg||Episode: "Equal Opportunity"|
|1985||American Playhouse||Gaetano Altobelli||Episode: "Some Men Need Help"|
|1986||Liberty||Boss William Tweed||Television film|
|1986||Rage of Angels: The Story Continues||Thomas Colfax||Television film|
|1986–1989||The Equalizer||Oscar / Brian||2 episodes|
|1987||ABC Afterschool Special||Grandfather||Episode: "Read Between the Lines"|
|1987||Leg Work||Dawson||Episode: "All This and a Gold Card Too"|
|1987||Echoes in the Darkness||Judge Garb||Television film|
|1988||Spenser: For Hire||David McVane||Episode: "Substantial Justice"|
|1988||Internal Affairs||John Wycoff||Television film|
|1989||Murder in Black and White||Wycoff||Television film|
|1990||The Civil War||Horace Greeley / various (voice)||9 episodes|
|1990||Against the Law||Judge Webb||Episode: "Contempt"|
|1990–1999||Law & Order||Gordon Schell / Lee Jerrold / Mr. Dobbs||5 episodes|
|1990–2010||American Experience||Narrator / various voices||3 episodes|
|1991||The Return of Eliot Ness||Art Malto||Television film|
|1992||Lincoln||Frederick Seward (voice)||Television film|
|1993||Tribeca||Harry Arsharsky||7 episodes|
|1994||Against the Wall||Oswald||Television film|
|1994||The Forget-Me-Not Murders||Chief||Television film|
|1994||Janek: The Silent Betrayal||Chief Wycoff||Television film|
|1995||Young at Heart||Patsy||Television film|
|1997||Early Edition||Killabrew||Episode: "Bat Masterson"|
|1997||Remember WENN||Palermo Racine||Episode: "A Star in Stripes Forever"|
|1997||Liberty! The American Revolution||Benjamin Franklin||5 episodes|
|1998||Cosby||Episode: "Enter Lucas"|
|1998||Soul Man||Snake Eye||Episode: "Raising Heck"|
|1998||Carriers||Col. John O. Bailey||Television film|
|1998||Twelfth Night, or What You Will||Malvolio||Television film|
|1998||Spin City||Randall Winston, Sr.||Episode: "Gobble the Wonder Turkey Saves the Day"|
|1999||Bonanno: A Godfather's Story||Steve Maggadino Sr.||Television film|
|2000||All My Children||Lyle Wedgewood||1 episode|
|2000||Cupid & Cate||Dominic DeAngelo||Television film|
|2001||No Ordinary Baby||Dr. Ed Walden||Television film|
|2001–2004||Ed||Alan Stevens||2 episodes|
|2002||Cyberchase||Zeus (voice)||Episode: "Zeus on the Loose"|
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Prof. Winthrop||Episode: "Anti-Thesis"|
|2002–2006||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Judge Joseph P. Terhune / Davis Langley||6 episodes|
|2003||Freedom: A History of Us||Various voices||7 episodes|
|2007–2009||Damages||Hollis Nye||12 episodes|
- "Philip Bosco profile at". filmreference.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
- Reference to Bosco, books.google.ca; accessed August 23, 2014.
- Rohan, Virginia. "Haworth's Philip Bosco is a seasoned star", The Record (Bergen County), November 14, 2007.
- Philip Bosco Biography, Yahoo! Movies; accessed August 23, 2014.
- Press, The Associated. "Tony Award-winning actor Philip Bosco, of Jersey City, dies at 88". nj.com. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
- Beckerman, Jim. "'Resilience' is theme of Teaneck film fest", The Record (Bergen County), November 19, 2009; accessed June 5, 2012.
- Philip Bosco, Tony-Winning Character Actor, Is Dead at 88
- Philip Bosco at the Internet Broadway Database
- "Philip Bosco profile". Archived from the original on March 16, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2014.