Tony Goldwyn

Tony Goldwyn

Born: May 20, 1960
Age: 63
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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Anthony Howard "Tony" Goldwyn (born May 20, 1960) is an American actor, singer, producer, director and political activist. He portrayed Carl Bruner in Ghost, Colonel Bagley in The Last Samurai, and the voice of the title character of the Disney animated film Tarzan. He starred in the ABC legal/political drama Scandal, as Fitzgerald Grant III, President of the United States from 2012 to 2018.[1]

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.



Goldwyn at the film premiere of Divergent in March 2014

Following his departure from drama school, Goldwyn began acting in guest star roles in the mid-1980s. Goldwyn is well known for his portrayal of Carl Bruner, friend-turned-betrayer of Patrick Swayze's character Sam Wheat in Ghost. He is also well known for his turn on the comedy series, Designing Women in which he played a young interior designer named Kendall Dobbs who was HIV positive, and asked the women of Sugarbakers to design his funeral. 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 from the 1999 animated feature film, Tarzan, produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and reprised the role in the video games Disney's Tarzan Untamed and Kingdom Hearts. He 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. He also had acting and directing duties for the first season of Dexter for Showtime (brother John Goldwyn is executive producer).

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.[4] The cast recording was released on June 23, 2010, with Goldwyn in three tracks.[5][6]

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.[7]

As a director, Goldwyn has directed four feature films, A Walk on the Moon[8], Someone Like You, The Last Kiss, and Conviction.[9] 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.

Goldwyn starred as President Fitzgerald Grant III in the ABC legal/political drama Scandal from 2012 to 2018.

In 2013, Goldwyn was cast in the Lifetime original movie, Outlaw Prophet, as Warren Jeffs.[10] 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.[11]


A former President of the Creative Coalition, Goldwyn is also heavily involved with arts advocacy. He is also a spokesperson of the AmeriCares Foundation. He was an avid supporter of Hillary Clinton and in 2016 directed a commercial featuring his Scandal co-star Kerry Washington, Viola Davis (of How to Get Away with Murder), Ellen Pompeo, and Shonda Rhimes in support of Clinton's presidential campaign.

Personal Life

Goldwyn has been married to production designer Jane Michelle Musky since 1987.[12] They have two daughters.[13] 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.



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives Darren
1987 Gaby: A True Story David
1989 Dark Holiday Ken Horton a.k.a. Passport to Terror
1990 Ghost Carl Bruner Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
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 Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
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
2001 An American Rhapsody Peter
2001 Bounce Greg Janello
2002 Abandon Dr. David Schaffer
2002 Joshua Joshua
2002 Kingdom Hearts Tarzan Voice, Video game
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
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
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


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 TV mini series
1988 Murphy Brown Bobby Powell Episode: "Respect"
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 Documentary; 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
TV Guide Award for Fan Favorite Award (2013)
2014 Outlaw Prophet Warren Jeffs TV Movie
2019 Chambers Ben Lefevre Main cast


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


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 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


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
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
2010 24 Hour Plays Broadway
2010 Broadway Backwards 5
2012 The Sound of Music Captain von Trapp Carnegie Hall
2018 Network Max Schumer Belasco Theatre

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