Tony Goldwyn

Anthony Howard Goldwyn (born May 20, 1960) is an American actor, singer, producer, director, and political activist. He made his debut appearing as Darren in the slasher film Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986), and had his breakthrough for starring as Carl Bruner in the fantasy thriller film Ghost (1990), which earned him a nomination for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor. He went on to star as Harold Nixon in the biographical film Nixon (1995), which earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, and as Neil Armstrong in the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon (1998).

Tony Goldwyn
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Goldwyn in 2019
Anthony Howard Goldwyn

(1960-05-20) May 20, 1960 (age 62)
EducationHamilton College
Brandeis University (BFA)
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (MA)
  • Actor
  • singer
  • producer
  • director
  • political activist
Years active1986–present
Jane Michelle Musky
(m. 1987)
RelativesLiz Goldwyn (half-sister)[1]

Goldwyn voiced the main character in the Disney animated film Tarzan (1999), and portrayed Colonel Bagley in The Last Samurai (2003), Johnathon "John" Collingwood in the horror film The Last House on the Left (2009), Andrew Prior in the Divergent film series (2014–2015) and Paul Cohen in King Richard (2021), the latter of which earned him a second nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award. He starred as President Fitzgerald Grant III in the ABC legal/political drama Scandal (2012–2018) and directed a number of episodes for the series, for which he won a Peabody Award.

Early lifeEdit

Goldwyn was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of actress Jennifer Howard and film producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Goldwyn's paternal grandparents were mogul Samuel Goldwyn, a Polish Jewish immigrant from Warsaw, and actress Frances Howard, who was originally from Nebraska.[2] His maternal grandparents were playwright Sidney Howard and actress Clare Eames. One of his maternal great-great-grandfathers was Maryland Governor and Senator William Thomas Hamilton.[3] Goldwyn attended Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts (where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree), and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He additionally studied acting at HB Studio[4] in New York City.


Goldwyn accepting a Peabody Award in 2013

Following his departure from drama school, Goldwyn began acting in guest star roles in the mid-1980s. Goldwyn had his breakthrough for playing Carl Bruner, friend-turned-betrayer of Patrick Swayze's character Sam Wheat, in the fantasy thriller film Ghost.[5][6] The film earned positive reviews, and won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.[7] For his performance, Goldwyn earned a nomination for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor.[8] Goldwyn appeared on the comedy series Designing Women, in which he played a young interior designer named Kendall Dobbs, an HIV-positive man who was dying from AIDS and who asked the women of Sugarbakers to design his funeral.[9][10] In the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, Goldwyn played astronaut Neil Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11. He also voiced the title character in the 1999 animated feature film Tarzan which was produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and grossed over $400 million.[11][12][13] He reprised the role in the video games Disney's Tarzan Untamed and Kingdom Hearts.

Goldwyn had a recurring role on the NBC-Universal drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Frank Goren, brother of lead character Robert Goren, played by Vincent D'Onofrio.[14] He also had acting and directing duties for the first season of Dexter for Showtime (brother John Goldwyn is executive producer).[15][16] As a stage actor, Goldwyn has appeared twice in Off-Broadway shows at Second Stage Theatre and on Broadway at Circle in the Square Theatre. At Second Stage Theatre he appeared in Theresa Rebeck's Spike Heels (1992) alongside Kevin Bacon and Julie White. In the summer of 2006 at Second Stage Theatre he starred opposite Kate Burton in another Rebeck play, The Water's Edge. Goldwyn played J. D. Sheldrake, the philandering business executive, in the Broadway musical Promises, Promises starring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth.[17] The cast recording was released on June 23, 2010, with Goldwyn in three tracks.[18][19]

Goldwyn played Captain von Trapp (opposite Laura Osnes as Maria) in a concert performance of The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall on April 25, 2012. The benefit included opera singer Stephanie Blythe as the Mother Abbess, Brooke Shields as Baroness Schraeder and Patrick Page as Max.[20] As a director, Goldwyn has directed four feature films, A Walk on the Moon,[21] Someone Like You, The Last Kiss, and Conviction.[22] He has also directed many episodes of television series such as Without a Trace, The L Word, Dexter, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal. In 2014, he directed the pilot episode of the WE tv series, The Divide, of which he also served as executive producer along with Oscar-nominated screenwriter Richard LaGravenese.[23] Goldwyn starred as President Fitzgerald Grant III in the ABC legal/political drama Scandal from 2012 to 2018.[24][25][26] In 2013, Goldwyn was cast in the Lifetime original movie, Outlaw Prophet, as Warren Jeffs.[27] In 2014, he appeared in Divergent as Andrew Prior, Caleb (Ansel Elgort) and Tris' (Shailene Woodley) father. In 2015, he signed on to star in James Gunn's horror thriller film The Belko Experiment.[28] In June 2018, Goldwyn was cast as Ben Lefevre in the Netflix supernatural series Chambers.[29] On 20 January 2021 during the inauguration of Joe Biden, Goldwyn was the host of the Virtual Parade Across America aired on television networks, organized by the Biden Inaugural Committee. Also in 2021, Goldwyn appeared in King Richard, which was acclaimed and earned several accolades.[30][31][32][33][34][35]

Personal lifeEdit

Goldwyn has been married to production designer Jane Michelle Musky (born 27 May 1954) since 1987.[36] They have two daughters, Anna and Tess.[37] Additionally, Goldwyn's brother John is a former executive of Paramount Pictures and the executive producer of Dexter. His brother Peter is also a film producer and the current President of Samuel Goldwyn Films. A former president of the Creative Coalition, Goldwyn is also heavily involved with arts advocacy. He is also a spokesperson of the AmeriCares Foundation.

Goldwyn was an avid supporter of Hillary Clinton and in 2016 directed a commercial featuring his Scandal co-star Kerry Washington, as well as Viola Davis, Ellen Pompeo, and Shonda Rhimes to support Clinton's presidential campaign. Goldwyn also serves as an ambassador for The Innocence Project, a non-profit organization that works to exonerate the wrongfully convicted and reform the criminal justice system[38] and on the Board of Governors for the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF).[39]


Goldwyn at the film premiere of Divergent in March 2014


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives Darren
1987 Gaby: A True Story David
1990 Ghost Carl Bruner
1992 Kuffs Ted Bukovsky
1992 Traces of Red Steve Frayn
1993 The Pelican Brief Fletcher Coal
1994 The Last Tattoo Capt. Michael Starwood
1995 The Last Word Stan
1995 Nixon Harold Nixon
1995 Reckless Tom
1995 Pocahontas: The Legend Sir Edwin Wingfield
1996 The Substance of Fire Aaron Geldhart
1997 Trouble on the Corner Jeff Stewart
1997 Kiss the Girls Dr. William 'Will' Rudolph
1998 The Lesser Evil Frank O'Brian
1999 Tarzan Tarzan Voice
2000 The 6th Day Michael Drucker
2000 Bounce Greg Janello
2001 An American Rhapsody Peter Sandor
2002 Abandon Dr. David Schaffer
2002 Joshua Joshua
2003 The Last Samurai Colonel Bagley
2003 Ash Tuesday Elliott
2005 The Godfather of Green Bay Big Jake Norquist
2005 American Gun Frank
2005 Romance and Cigarettes Kitty's First Love Uncredited
2005 The Sisters Vincent Antonelli
2005 Ghosts Never Sleep Jared Dolan
2009 PoliWood Himself Documentary
2009 The Last House on the Left John Collingwood
2011 The Mechanic Dean Sanderson
2014 Divergent Andrew Prior
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent Andrew Prior
2016 The Belko Experiment Barry Norris
2017 All I Wish Adam
2017 Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House Ed Miller
2021 King Richard Paul Cohen
2022 The People We Hate at the Wedding Dr. Goulding
2023 Plane Scarsdale
2023 Murder Mystery 2 TBA Post-production[40]
2023 Oppenheimer TBA Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1987 St. Elsewhere Henry Episode: "Schwarzwald"
1987 Matlock Dr. Mark Campion Episode: "The Doctors"
1987 CBS Summer Playhouse Paul Episode: "Mabel and Max"
1987 Designing Women Kendall Episode: "Killing All the Right People"
1988 L.A. Law Chris Arnett Episode: "Fetus Completus"
1988 Hunter Byron Episode: "Murder He Wrote"
1988 Favorite Son Tim TV mini series
1988 Murphy Brown Bobby Powell Episode: "Respect"
1989 Dark Holiday Ken Horton TV Movie, a.k.a. Passport to Terror
1991 Tales from the Crypt Dr. Carl Fairbanks Episode: "Abra Cadaver"
1991 L'Amérique en otage Jody Powell TV Movie
1992 The Last Mile TV Short
1993 Taking the Heat Michael TV Movie
1993 Love Matters Geoffrey TV Movie
1994 Doomsday Gun Donald Duvall TV Movie
1995 Under Fire James Warren Pilot
1995 A Woman of Independent Means Robert Steed TV mini series
1995 Truman Clark Clifford TV Movie
1996 The Boys Next Door Jack Palmer TV Movie
1997 The Song of the Lark Fred Ottenburg TV Short
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Neil Armstrong 2 episodes
2001 Frasier Roger Episode: "Love Stinks"
2001 American Masters Himself Episode: "Goldwyn The Man and His Movies"
2004–2005 The L Word Burr Connor 2 episodes
2004 Without a Trace Greg Knowles / Rick Knowles 2 episodes
2006 Dexter Dr. Emmett Meridian Episode: "Shrink Wrap"
2007–2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Frank Goren 4 episodes
2009 The Good Wife Judge Henry Baxter Episode: "Lifeguard"
2011 Drop Dead Diva Alan Roberts Episode: "Closure"
2012 The Unknown Bill Watson Episode: "Spare the Child"
2012–2018 Scandal President Fitzgerald Grant III Main cast
2014 Outlaw Prophet Warren Jeffs TV Movie
2016 Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Bus Driver Episode: "Special: Full Frontal Election Documentary"
2019 Chambers Ben Lefevre Main cast (9 episodes)
2019 Blue Sky Metropolis Narrator[41] PBS miniseries (4 episodes)
2020 Lovecraft Country Samuel Braithwhite Episode: "Whitey's on the Moon"
2021 The Hot Zone: Anthrax Bruce Edwards Ivins

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Voice role
1999 Tarzan Tarzan
2001 Tarzan: Untamed Tarzan
2002 Kingdom Hearts Tarzan


Year Title Notes
1999 A Walk on the Moon Also producer
2001 Someone Like You
2004 Without a Trace Episode: "American Goddess"
2004–2005 The L Word 3 episodes
2006 Grey's Anatomy 2 episodes
2006 The Last Kiss
2006 Law & Order Episode: "Thinking Makes It So"
2006–2007 Dexter 4 episodes
2007 Private Practice Episode: "In Which Sam Receives an Unexpected Visitor..."
2007 Six Degrees Episode: "Ray's Back"
2007 Kidnapped Episode: "Acknowledgement"
2007 Alibi
2007 Dirty Sexy Money Episode: "The Nutcracker"
2010 Conviction Also producer
Philadelphia Film Festival for Audience Award — Honorable Mention
2010 Damages Episode: "Flight's at 11:08"
2010–2012 Justified 3 episodes
2011 Hawthorne Episode: "To Tell the Truth"
2012–2017 Scandal 8 episodes
2014 The Divide Also producer
TBA Inappropriate Behavior Also producer


Year Title Author
1991 The Grifters Jim Thompson
1992 Tenth Commandment Lawrence Sanders
2000 Dead Irish (Dismas Hardy Series #1) John Lescroart
2005 The Millionaires Brad Meltzer
2007 The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
2007 A Death in Vienna Daniel Silva
2007 Kate Remembered A. Scott Berg
2008 Thunderstruck Erik Larson


Year Title Role Theatre
1988 Tom Jones
1989 The Sum of Us
1990 Carthaginians
1991 Picnic
1992 Spike Heels Andrew Second Stage Theatre
1994 Lady in the Dark Charley Johnson New York City Center
1995–1996 Holiday Johnny Case Circle in the Square Theatre
2006 The Water's Edge Richard Second Stage Theatre
2010–2011 Promises, Promises J. D. Sheldrake Broadway Theatre
2010 24 Hour Plays Broadway
2010 Broadway Backwards 5
2012 The Sound of Music Captain von Trapp Carnegie Hall
2018 Network Max Schumacher Belasco Theatre
2020 The Inheritance Henry Wilcox Ethel Barrymore Theatre


Year Title Album Notes
2010 "Wanting Things" Promises, Promises
2010 "Christmas Day" Promises, Promises feat. Ashley Amber
2010 "It's Our Little Secret" Promises, Promises feat. Sean Hayes

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1991 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor Ghost Nominated
1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nixon Nominated
2013 Peabody Awards Excellence in Radio and Television Scandal Won
2014 Prism Awards Performance in a Drama Series Nominated
2022 Black Reel Awards Outstanding Ensemble King Richard Nominated
2022 Hollywood Critics Association Awards Best Cast Ensemble Nominated
2022 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2022 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated


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