Barry Bostwick

Barry Bostwick

Birth name: Barry Knapp Bostwick
Born: February 24, 1945
Age: 79
Birthplace: San Mateo, California, U.S.
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Barry Knapp Bostwick (born February 24, 1945) is an American stage and screen actor. He is known for playing Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). He replaced Peter Scolari as Mr. Tyler in the sitcom What I Like About You, as well as portraying Mayor Randall Winston in the sitcom Spin City and the father of the President in the TV series Scandal. Bostwick has also had considerable success in musical theater.


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. His only sibling, Henry "Pete" Bostwick, was killed in a car accident on July 20, 1973. 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.


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. He 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.

Since 2004, Bostwick has had a recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He has also had leading roles in various miniseries, 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. 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. In 2011, Bostwick portrayed a small town sheriff in the John Landis-produced thriller Some Guy Who Kills People!

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

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 is the second acting stint under Bousman, after The Devil's Carnival and appeared in the Comedy horror film Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves. In 2015 he portrayed Collin Winthrop, father of the Gig Harbor Killer, in the season-ending CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode The End Game. He has also had a return to cult musical horror films in the for of Terrance Zdunich's "Allaluia: 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, but they were divorced in 1991. Bostwick married his second wife Sherri Ellen Jensen in 1994 and has two children, Brian and Chelsea.

In 1997, Bostwick was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and ten days later had his prostate removed. In 2004, he won the Gilda Radner Courage Award from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


Feature films

Year Title Character Notes
1971 Jennifer on My Mind Minstrel #1
1973 Fantastic Planet Narrator Voice
1974 Road Movie Hank
1975 The Rocky Horror Picture Show Brad Majors
1978 Movie Movie Johnny Danko / Dick Cummings
1982 Megaforce Commander Ace Hunter
1993 Weekend at Bernie's II Arthur Hummel
1996 The Secret Agent Club Vincent Scarletti
1996 Spy Hard Norm Coleman
1996 A Different Kind of Christmas Frank Mallory
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Thunderbolt Voice
2003 Swing Freddie
2004 The Skulls III Nathan Lloyd
2004 Chestnut: Hero of Central Park Thomas Trundle
2007 Nancy Drew Dashiel Zachary Biedermeyer
2007 Evening Mr. Wittenborn
2009 Hannah Montana: The Movie Mr. Bradley
2010 Secrets of the Mountain Henry Beecham
2010 Miss Nobody Father Grisham
2010 Bedrooms Roger
2010 Moby Dick Captain Ahab
2010 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
2012 FDR: American Badass! Franklin Delano Roosevelt
2013 Finding Joy Alan
2013 Teen Beach Movie Big Poppa
2015 Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival The Watchword
2016 The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave Grandpa Longneck Voice
2016 Range 15 President


Year Title Character Notes
1979 Murder by Natural Causes Gil Weston
1979 You Can't Take It With You Anthony Kirby, Jr. Filmed version of play
1979 Hawaii Five-O Lucas Sandover "Year of the Horse"
1980 Scruples Spider Elliot
1981 Red Flag: The Ultimate Game Maj. Jay Rivers
1982 Working Steelworker American Playhouse production
1984 George Washington Gen. George Washington "A Woman of Substance" (miniseries) Major Paul McGill
1985 Deceptions Grant Roberts
1986 George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation Gen. George Washington
Betrayed By Innocence Nick DeLeon
1987 I'll Take Manhattan Zachary Amberville
1988 War and Remembrance Lieutenant Carter “Lady” Aster
Body of Evidence Mark Dwyer
1989 Till We Meet Again Terrence 'Mac' McGuire
1990 Challenger Comm. Francis R. (Dick) Scobee
1990 The Great Air Race Roscoe Turner
1992 The Golden Palace Nick DiCarlo, a gigolo
1994 Once in a Lifetime Dr. Matthew Dane
1996-2002 Spin City Mayor Randall Winston 144 episodes
1997 Lexx Thodin
1998 One Hot Summer Night Art Brooks
2003 Scrubs Mr.Randolph
2004-07 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Oliver Gates 6 episodes total
2005 Las Vegas Martin Season 3, Episode 11 - "Down and Dirty"
2005 Cold Case Roy Brigham Anthony Season 2, Episode 21 - "Creatures of the Night"
2007-12 Phineas and Ferb Grandpa Clyde Flynn
2007 Ugly Betty Claire Meade's attorney Episodes "Odor in the Court," "Betty Suarez Land"
2008 Depth Charge President Taylor
2009 Nip/Tuck Roger Payne "Don Hoberman"
2009 Supernatural The Amazing Jay "Criss Angel is a Douchebag"
2009-10 'Til Death George Von Stuessen "Eddie's Book," "The Baby"
2010-12 Cougar Town Roger Frank Seasons 1-3, 7 episodes
2010 Glee Tim Stanwick Cameo in "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" with Meat Loaf
2012 Hot in Cleveland Hugh Season 3, Episode 23: "What's Behind the Door"
2012 The New Normal Marty Sawyer Season 1, Episode 9: "Pardon Me"
2012-14 Scandal Gerald Grant Various episodes
2013 The Haunting Of Himself Season 2, Episode 1: "The Haunting of Barry Bostwick"
2013 Blast Vegas Sal
2013 Masters of Sex Morris Season 1, Episode 6, "Brave New World"
2014 Enlisted Russell Season 1, Episode 8: "Vets"
2014 New Girl Harland Cooper Season 4, Episode 11: "LAXmas"
2015 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Collin Winthrop Season 15, Episode 18: "The End Game"
2016 Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce George McCarthy Season 2, Episode 7: "Rule #14: No...Means No"


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Research. Dr. Rust

Stage productions

  • Grease, 1972, (Danny Zuko). Nominated for Tony Award
  • They Knew What They Wanted, 1976, (Joe). Nominated for Tony Award
  • The Robber Bridegroom, 1977, Tony Award, Best Actor
  • Nick & Nora opposite Joanna Gleason, 1991

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1972 Tony Awards Best Actor in a Musical Grease Nominated
1976 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 Won
1978 New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Movie Movie Nominated
1979 National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actor 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

Further reading

  • Evans, David and Scott Michaels. Rocky Horror: Concept to Cult. London: Sanctuary, 2002.
  • Lipton, Michael A. and Nancy Matsumoto. “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.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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