Barry Bostwick

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Bostwick at GalaxyCon Louisville in 2019
Born
Barry Knapp Bostwick

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

Sherri Jensen
(m. 1994)
Children2

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 .

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Early life

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, Henry "Pete" Bostwick, was killed 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]

Career

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 season 3 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 BarryBostwickApr09.jpg
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 3 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 , which he was not previously a cast member of, being a newcomer to the franchise.

Personal life

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.[ citation needed ]

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Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1971 Jennifer on My Mind Minstrel #1
1973 Fantastic Planet NarratorVoice role
1974Road MovieHank
1975 The Rocky Horror Picture Show Brad Majors
1978 Movie Movie Johnny Danko / Dick Cummings
1982 Megaforce Commander Ace Hunter
1989Parent Trap 3Jeffrey Wyatt
1992In the Heat of Passion II: UnfaithfulPhillip
1993 Weekend at Bernie's II Arthur Hummel
1996 The Secret Agent Club Vincent Scarletti
Spy Hard Norm Coleman
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure ThunderboltVoice 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 [15]
2010 Miss Nobody Father Grisham
Bedrooms Roger
Moby Dick Captain Ahab
It's a Dog Gone Tale: Destiny's StandArlen Hanley
2011The SellingFather Jimmy
2012 Some Guy Who Kills People Sheriff Walt Fuller
FDR: American Badass! Franklin D. Roosevelt
2013Finding JoyAlan
Teen Beach Movie Big PoppaTV 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 LongneckVoice role [16]
Range 15 President
Three Days in August John
2017 Bigger Fatter Liar Larry WolfDirect-to-video [17]
2018 Incredibles 2 MayorVoice role [18]
Santa GirlSanta Claus
2019Grand-Daddy Day CareDynamite Dan North
Undercover Brother 2 The Man
2020 American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules PeePaw

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1979 Murder by Natural Causes Gil WestonTelevision 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 SandoverEpisode "Year of the Horse"
1980 Scruples Spider ElliotTelevision mini-series
1981Red Flag: The Ultimate GameMaj. Jay RiversTelevision film
1982 Working Steelworker American Playhouse production
1983Summer GirlGavin ShelburneTelevision film
1983An Uncommon LoveMr. KinserTelevision film
1984 George Washington Gen. George Washington Television mini-series
1985 A Woman of Substance Major Paul McGillTelevision mini-series
1985DeceptionsGrant RobertsTelevision film
1986 George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation President George Washington Television film
1986Betrayed By InnocenceNick DeLeonTelevision film
1987 I'll Take Manhattan Zachary AmbervilleTelevision mini-series
1988 War and Remembrance Lieutenant Carter "Lady" AsterTelevision mini-series
1988 Body of Evidence Mark DwyerTelevision film
1989 Till We Meet Again Terrence 'Mac' McGuireTelevision mini-series
1989 Parent Trap III Jeffrey WyattTelevision mini-series
1989 Parent Trap: Hawaiian Honeymoon Jeffrey WyattTelevision film
1990 Challenger Comm. Francis R. ScobeeTelevision film
1990 The Great Air Race Roscoe TurnerTelevision film
1992 The Golden Palace Nick DiCarloEpisode "Just a Gigolo"
1994 Once in a Lifetime Dr. Matthew DaneTelevision film
1996–2002 Spin City Mayor Randall WinstonMain role, 144 episodes
1996A Different Kind of ChristmasFrank MalloryTelevision film
1997 Lexx Thodin Episode "I Worship His Shadow"
1998 One Hot Summer Night Art BrooksTelevision film
1998 The New Batman Adventures Irv Kleinman / Bernie BensonVoice role, episode "Mean Seasons"
2003 Scrubs Mr.RandolphEpisode "My Dirty Secret"
2004–2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Oliver GatesRecurring role, 5 episodes
2005 Las Vegas MartinEpisode "Down and Dirty"
2005 Cold Case Roy Brigham AnthonyEpisode "Creatures of the Night"
2007–2012 Phineas and Ferb Grandpa Clyde FlynnRecurring role, 12 episodes
2007 Ugly Betty Roger AdamsEpisodes "Odor in the Court", "Betty Suarez Land"
2007Love is a Four Letter WordMr. HarperTelevision film [19]
2008Depth ChargePresident TaylorTelevision film
2008Holiday BaggagePete MurphyTelevision film
2009 Nip/Tuck Roger PayneEpisode "Don Hoberman"
2009 Supernatural The Amazing JayEpisode "Criss Angel is a Douchebag"
2009–2010 'Til Death George Von StuessenEpisodes "Eddie's Book," "The Baby"
2010–2012 Cougar Town Roger FrankRecurring role (seasons 1–3), 7 episodes
2010 Glee Tim StanwickEpisode "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" (cameo)
2010 Secrets of the Mountain Henry BeechamTelevision film
2012 Hot in Cleveland HughEpisode "What's Behind the Door"
2012 The New Normal Marty SawyerEpisode "Pardon Me"
2013 Scandal Fitzgerald "Jerry" Grant IIEpisodes "A Criminal, a Whore, an Idiot and a Liar", "Everything's Coming Up Mellie"
2013 The Haunting Of himselfEpisode "The Haunting of Barry Bostwick"
2013 Blast Vegas SalTelevision film
2013 Masters of Sex MorrisEpisode "Brave New World"
2013 Teen Beach Movie Big Poppa Disney Channel Original Movie
2013 Psych Roland ArmitageEpisode "Psych: The Musical"
2014 Enlisted RussellEpisode "Vets"
2014 New Girl Harland CooperEpisode "LAXmas"
2015 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Collin WinthropEpisode "The End Game"
2016–2017 Still the King Coy PhisherRecurring role, 9 episodes
2016–2018 Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce George McCarthyRecurring role, 6 episodes
2017 The Great Indoors MatherEpisode "The Explorers' Club"
2017 Milo Murphy's Law Clyde RickenbackerEpisodes "A Clockwork Origin" and "The Ticking Clock"
2017 American Housewife Thomas OttoEpisode: "Family Secrets" [20]
2017Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Home AgainBill HaywithTelevision film
2017 Tangled: The Series Doctor St. CroixVoice role, episode "Great Expotations"
2017Christmas in MississippiMr. KrissTelevision film (Lifetime)
2018 Will & Grace Professor Jerry WiseEpisode "Three Wise Men"
2018Signed, Sealed, Delivered: To the AltarBill HaywithTelevision film
2019Christmas in LouisianaTimothy WinterTelevision film (Lifetime)

Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
2018 Lego The Incredibles MayorVoice role

Web

YearTitleRoleNotes
2013Research.Dr. Rust [21]
2015Murder?Barry Bostwick [22]
2015–2016Inside the Extras StudioMilt Hamilton20 episodes

Stage productions

YearTitleRole(s)Notes
1969Cock-A-Doodle-DandyPorter, The CockBroadway debut
1969 Hamlet Ghost, Osric, Player
1971 Soon Kelly
1972 Grease Danny ZukoNominated – Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical
1976 They Knew What They Wanted JoeNominated – 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 Charlesopposite Joanna Gleason
2014 Camelot Merlyn

Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
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 BridegroomWon
1978 New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Movie Movie Nominated
1979 National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actor Movie MovieNominated
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

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