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Philip Casnoff (born August 3, 1949) is an American actor, known for his roles in TV series and on Broadway.[1][2][3][4][5] He has also been a director.

Philip Casnoff
Born Philip Casnoff
(1949-08-03) August 3, 1949 (age 68)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Education Central High School
Alma mater Wesleyan University
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1978-present
Known for Television, film, theater
Spouse(s) Roxanne Hart (m. 1983)
Children 2


Early LifeEdit

Philip L. Casnoff was born on August 3, 1949, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[6] He attended and graduated in the 226th Class from Central High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1967.[7][8] Casnoff attended and graduated in 1971 from Wesleyan University, a private liberal arts college located in Middletown, Connecticut.[9]



His first appearance was in the ABC mystery/soap opera television The Edge of Night as Brian Murdock in (1984).[10] He guest starred on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live as Rob Riviera in (1990).[11] He broke out in film co-starring in the Japanese space opera film Message from Space as Aaron opposite actor Vic Morrow and actor Sonny Chiba in (1978).[12] He exercised his comedic acting chops as Bergman in the comedy Gorp opposite actress Fran Drescher, actor Dennis Quaid and actress Rosanna Arquette in (1980).[13] His next film role was minor as Ricardo Bauma in the psychological slasher film Christmas Evil in (1980).[14]He returned to television in the PBS anthology series American Playhouse a televised theatrical production of various plays featured in King of America in (1982).[15]He guest starred on the NBC television series Remington Steele as Ben Pearson in (1982).[16]He appeared on the short-lived ABC soap opera The Hamptons as David Landau in (1983).[17]He appeared in the CBS miniseries George Washington as Lafayette opposite actor Barry Bostwick in (1984).[18]He did an ABC Afterschool Special as Harvey Schmidt in (1984). The special focused on an aspiring teenager Lisa (played by actress Terry Donahoe), a dancer, who gets the chance to try out for a dance troupe, but her fear of failure almost keeps her from auditioning.[19]He guest starred on syndicated anthology/horror series Tales from the Darkside as Chris Wood narrated by George A. Romero episode "Slippage" in (1984).[20]He appeared on the short-lived CBS crime/drama-comedy series Crazy Like a Fox as Gino opposite actors Jack Warden and John Rubinstein in (1985).[21]He gained recognition for his role as Major Elkanah Bent on the ABC television miniseries North and South based on the John Jakes novel opposite actor Patrick Swayze from (1985-1994).[22]


He got the supporting role of Lieutenant Guilford, a southern Navy officer and spy hunter in the TNT made-for-television film Ironclads opposite actress Virginia Madsen and actor Alex Hyde-White in (1991).[23]Having become an established supporting actor, he earned his first ever starring role, in the CBS biographical television miniseries Sinatra as the title character singer Frank Sinatra opposite Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis in (1992).[24] The series earned him further recognition for his acting talents even gaining attention from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association snagging a Golden Globe award nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film for his performance - a first throughout Casanoff's acting career.[25]He returned to the big screen in the romantic comedy/drama film Jersey Girl as Mitchell opposite actress Jami Gertz and actor Dylan McDermott in (1992).[26]He had a minor role as Detective Battaglia in the crime/drama film Saints and Sinners in (1994).[27]He returned to television in the short-lived CBS police drama series Under Suspicion in the recurring role as Internal Affairs Sergeant Jimmy Vitelli opposite actress Karen Sillas in (1994-1995).[28]He guest starred on the CBS medical/drama television series Chicago Hope as Paul Accosta episode "Chrismas Truce" (1995).[29]He guest starred on the CBS sitcom The Nanny as Cantor Gary Isaacs re-teaming with actress Fran Drescher episode "The Cantor Show" in (1996).[30]He guest starred on the NBC sitcom Wings as Eric episode "Too Beautiful for You" in (1996).[31]He guest starred on the CBS drama series Promise Land as Bill Carter opposite actor Gerald McRaney episode "Little Girl Lost" in (1996).[32]He co-starred in the Lifetime made-for-television movie Little Girls in Pretty Boxes as Greg Radkin based on the novel by Joan Ryan. It portrayed a fictionalized account of a teenage girl whose family relocates to Los Angeles, California to pursue Olympic Gold with a difficult coach and rigorous schedule, drawing on many of the stories Ryan recounts in the book.[33]He guest starred on the British/Canadian Sci-Fi Channel horror/anthology series The Hunger as William Cobb episode "Necros" in (1997) presented by actor Terence Stamp in (1997).[34]He appeared in the ABC made-for-television film Tempting Fate as Dr. Bardwell starring actor Tate Donovan in (1998).[35]He returned to the big screen in a minor role as Kennedy in the romantic comedy film How Stella Got Her Groove Back starring actress Angela Bassett in (1998).[36]He had another minor role as Cortez, IBI Chef in the CBS sci-fi/action made-for-television film Chameleon starring actor Bobbie Phillips in (1998).[37]He made a guest appearance on the NBC medical drama series ER as Dr. Dan Litvak episode "Masquerade" opposite actor George Clooney in (1998).[38]He guest starred on the short-lived ABC revival drama series Fantasy Island episode "Innocent" starring actor Malcolm McDowell in (1999).[39]He made a guest appearance on the ABC legal drama series The Practice as Danny Rogers episode "Of Human Bondage" re-teaming with actor Dylan McDermott in (1999).[40]He guest starred on the CBS crime/action series Walker, Texas Ranger as Harris episode "" starring actor Chuck Norris in (1999).[41]He made a guest appearance on the CBS comedy/mystery/medical/crime-drama series Diagnosis Murder as Grant Conner episode "The Seven Deadly Sins" starring actor Dick Van Dyke in (1999).[42]He made his third return to television on the HBO drama series Oz in the recurring role of Nikolai Stanislofsky from (1999-2000).[43]


He co-starred as Al Glasser in the CBS made-for-television film For All Time opposite actor Mark Harmon and actress Mary McDonnell in (2000).[44]He made his fourth successful return to television landing the recurring role of Chief of Staff Dr. Robert Jackson on the Lifetime medical drama series Strong Medicine starring actress Rosa Blasi from (2000-2006).[45] He made a guest appearance on the NBC police procedural/legal drama spin-off series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Ilya Korska episode "Pixies" starring actor Christopher Meloni and actress Mariska Hargitay in (2001).[46]He co-starred as Jack Stanton in the sequel CBS made-for-television action film The President's Man: A Line in the Sand re-teaming with Chuck Norris in (2002).[47]He guest starred on NBC's sitcom Frasier as Dr. Bernard Gadston episode "War of the Words" starring actor Kelsey Grammer in (2002).[48]He guest starred on the NBC police procedural/legal drama series Law & Order as Bill Talbot episode "Slaughter" starring actors Jerry Orbach and Sam Waterston in (2002).[49]He made a guest appearance on the NBC spin-off legal drama Law & Order: Trial by Jury as A.D.A. (Assistant District Attorney) Nick Forster episode "The Line" starring actress Bebe Neuwirth in (2005).[50]He returned to film with a supporting role as Victor Marchetta in the teen comedy film Material Girls starring actresses Hilary Duff and Haylie Duff in (2006).[51]He made a guest appearance on the CBS police procedural/drama series Without a Trace as Donald Clarence episode "Candy" starring actor Anthony LaPaglia in (2006).[52]He guest starred on the CBS police procedural/drama series Numb3rs as Maurice Conners episode "Longshot" starring actor Rob Morrow in (2006).[53] He made a guest appearance on the NBC crime/drama series Crossing Jordan as Dr. Sanchez episode "Sleeping Beauty" starring actress Jill Hennessy in (2006).[54]He got a supporting role in the final installment of the Hallmark made-for-television movie series Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder starring actress Lea Thompson in (2008).[55]He landed a recurring role in the Fox sci-fi television series Dollhouse as Clive Ambrose for three episodes starring actress Eliza Dushku from (2009-2010).[56]


He guest starred on the CBS police procedural/crime-drama series Criminal Minds as James Stanworth episode "25 to Life" starring actor Joe Mantegna in (2010).[57]He guest starring on the spin-off police procedural/legal drama series Law & Order: LA as 'Bo' the (ICE) U.S. Immigration & Custom's Enforcement Attorney episode "Zuma Canyon" starring actor Skeet Ulrich (2011).[58]He guest starred on the ABC legal drama The Whole Truth re-teaming with Rob Marrow in (2011).[59]He got the recurring role of Sean Latham on CBS spin-off action/police procedural series NCIS (Naval Crime Investigation Service) for two episodes starring actor Mark Harmon from (2011-2012).[60]He guest starred on the CBS procedural forensic crime/drama series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Jonah Clyborn episode "Seeing Red" starring actor Ted Danson (2012).[61]He made a guest appearance on the TNT comedy/drama series Franklin & Bash as Glenn Friedman episode "Viper" starring actors Brekin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar in (2012).[62]He guest starred on ABC's medical drama series Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Mel Barnett episode "Going, Going, Gone" starring actress Ellen Pompeo in (2012).[63]He got a recurring role in the ABC drama series Lucky 7 as Charlie for two episodes starring actress Summer Bishil in (2013).[64]He guest starred on the TNT crime/drama series Perception as Gordon Williams episode "Obsession" starring actor Eric McCormack in (2014).[65]He made a guest appearance on the Fox comedy/horror series Scream Queens as Steven Munsch episode "Beware of Young Girls" starring actress Emma Roberts in (2015).[66]He returned to the big screen in the drama/mystery short film Harvey's Dream based on the short story by author Stephen King starring opposite Casnoff's wife Roxanne Hart in (2016).[67]He guest stars on the CBS procedural drama Elementary as Jack McGill episode "To Catch a Predator Predator" starring actor Jonny Lee Miller in (2016).[68]He makes a guest appearance on the Showtime spy thriller series Homeland as Christopher episode "America First" starring actress Claire Danes in (2017).[69]He guest stars on the NBC police procedural series Chicago P.D. as Mr. Dowd episode "Grasping for Salvation" starring actor Jason Beghe in (2017).[70]He is cast in the recurring role of Ezra Weiss on the comedy/streaming Amazon Video series One Mississippi for two episodes starring actor Tig Notaro in (2017).[71]He returns to the big screen in the supporting role of Chalmers Roberts in the historical drama film The Post directed by Steven Spielberg opposite Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and actress Meryl Streep in (2017).[72]

Personal LifeEdit

He married actress Roxanne Hart in 1983[73], and the couple have two sons Alexander Casnoff (b. 1988)[74], and Macklin McKee Casnoff (b. November 29, 1992)[75].



Year Title Role Notes
1978 Message from Space Aaron film debut
1980 Gorp Bergman
1980 Christmas Evil Ricardo Bauma
1992 Jersey Girl Mitchell
1994 Saints and Sinners Detective Battaglia
1994 Temptation Michael Reddick
1998 How Stella Got Her Groove Back Kennedy
2006 Material Girls Victor Marchetta
2010 Mineville Mr. Johnson also Associate Producer
2011 Grace Face Steve Short Film
2013 Sex & Marriage Rosen Direct-to-Video
2015 Ted 2 Playstation Owner uncredited
Sight Unseen Rusty Sampson
2016 Harvey's Dream Short Film
2017 The Post Chalmers Roberts


Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Edge of Night Brian Murdock television debut
1990 One Life to Live Rob Riviera
1982 American Playhouse unknown Episode: "King of America"
The Renegades Dancer Television Movie
Remington Steele Ben Pearson Episode: "License to Steele"

credited as Philip Sanoff

1983 The Hamptons David Landau Episode: "#1.1"
1984 George Washington Lafayette Television Miniseries

Episode "#1.1"

ABC Afterschool Special Harvey Schmidt Episode: "Out of Step"
Tales from the Darkside Chris Wood Episode: "Slippage"
1985 Crazy Like a Fox Gino Episode: "Bum Tip"
1985-1985 North and South: Book I Major Elkanah Bent Television Miniseries

4 episodes

1986-1986 North and South: Book II
1987 Hands of a Stranger Marty Loftus Television Movie
1988 The Red Spider Detective Patrick Shaunessy Television Movie
1991 Ironclads Lieutenant Guilford Television Movie
Red Wind Charlie Lapidus Television Movie
1992-1992 Sinatra Frank Sinatra Television Miniseries

4 episodes

1994-1994 North and South: Book III Elkanah Bent Television Miniseries

3 episodes

1994-1995 Under Suspicion Internal Affairs Detective James Vitelli series regular; 18 episodes
1995 Sisters Jack Chambers 3 episodes
Zoya Simon Hirsch Television Movie
Chicago Hope Paul Accosta Episode: "Christmas Truce"
1996 Special Report: Journey to Mars Nick Van Pelt Television Movie
The Nanny Cantor Gary Isaacs Episode: "The Cantor Show"

performer: "Bayom Hahu", "Change My Mind"

Wings Eric Episode: "Too Beautiful for You"
Promise Land Bill Carter Episode: "Little Girl Lost"
1997 Little Girls in Pretty Boxes Greg Radkin Television Movie
The Hunger William Cobb Episode: "Necros"
1998 Blood in Her Hands Richard Davis Television Movie
Players John Fellowes Episode: "Con-spiracy"
Tempting Fate Richard Davis Television Movie
Chameleon Cortez, IBI Chief Television Movie
The Defenders: Taking the First John Walker Television Movie
ER Dr. Dan Litvak Episode: "Masquerade"
1999 Fantasy Island unknown Episode: "Innocent"
The Practice Danny Rogers Episode: "Of Human Bondage"
Walker, Texas Ranger Harris Episode: ""
Diagnosis Murder Grant Connor Episode: The Seven Deadly Sins"
1999-2000 Oz Nikolai Stanislofsky recurring role; 13 episodes
2000 Chicken Soup for the Soul unknown Episode: "14 Steps/Damaged Goods/Ballerina Dreams"
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Mackey, Dusin's Boss Television Movie
For All Time Al Glasser Television Movie
2000-2005 Strong Medicine Chief of Staff Dr. Robert Jackson recurring role; 108 episodes

Director; 8 episodes

2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ilya Korska Episode: "Pixies"
2002 The President's Man: A Line in the Sand Jack Santon Television Movie
Frasier Dr. Bernard Gadston Episode: "War of the Words"
Law & Order Bill Talbot Episode: "Slaughter"
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Assistant District Attorney Nick Forster Episode: "The Line"
2005-2006 Monk Director; 2 episodes
2006 Without a Trace Donald Clarence Episode: "Candy"
Numb3rs Maurice Connors Episode: "Longshot"
2007 Crossing Jordan Dr. Sanchez Episode: "Sleeping Beauty"
2008 Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder Lance Saxon Television Movie
2009-2010 Dollhouse Clive Ambrose 3 episodes
2010 Criminal Minds James Stanworth Episode: "25 to Life"
2011 Law & Order: LA Bo Episode "Zuma Canyon"
Field of Vision Kenny McFarland Television Movie
The Whole Truth unknown Episode: "The End"
2011-2012 NCIS Sean Latham 2 episodes
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jonah Clyborn Episode: "Seeing Red"
Franklin & Bash Gleen Friedman Episode: "Viper"
Grey's Anatomy Dr. Mel Barnett Episode: "Going, Going, Gone"
2013 Lucky 7 Charlie 2 episodes
2014 Perception Gordon Williams Episode: "Obsession"
2015 Scream Queens Steven Munsch Episode: "Beware of Young Girls"
2016 Elementary Jack McGill Episode: "To Catch a Predator Predator"
2017 Homeland Christopher Episode: "America First"
Chicago P.D. Mr. Dowd Episode: "Grassing for Salvation"
One Mississippi Ezra Weiss Web Series

2 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Chess Frederick "Freddie" Trumper, The American musical; Broadway theatre 68 performances



Year Title Album
1988 "Freddie's Entrance" Chess
"Argument" (with Judy Kuhn)
"The American and Florence" (with Judy Kuhn)
"One Night in Bangkok" (and Ensemble)
"Who'd Ever Think It?"
"Winning" (with Dennis Parlato)
"Freddie Goes Metal"
"Pity the Child"
"Endgame" (with Paul Harman, Kurt Johns, Kip Niven, David Carroll and Ensemble)

Awards and NominationsEdit


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External linksEdit