Barry Bostwick

Birth Place: San Mateo, CA, USA

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Bostwick was a member of First National Nothing, who released one album, 1970's "If You Sit Real Still and Hold My Hand, You Will Hear Absolutely Nothing." They are described on the album as "A rock-theater commune made up of musicians, actors, dancers, singers, designers, writers, composers, and friends that started a long, long time ago as a lost tribe in California and has ended up as a theatrical performing company in New York City."

In 1970, Bostwick was a member of a pop band 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's and Jennie Garth's lead characters, on What I Like About You.

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. 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 the third season 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.

Since 2009, Bostwick has had a recurring role as Roger Frank on the sitcom Cougar Town which stars Courteney Cox. In season three 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, 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 form of Terrance Zdunich's Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival, which is a sequel to the 2012 short film The Devil's Carnival, of which he was not previously a cast member, being a newcomer to the franchise.

In 2020, Bostwick executive produced and starred in the short film Molly Robber as Ron Baker, which won an Audience Award at the 2020 Austin Film Festival and was an official selection at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Barry Bostwick STAGE CREDITS

Original Broadway Production, 1991

Nick Charles

[US Tour]
National Tour, 1981
Pirate King

Broadway Transfer, 1976
Jamie Lockhart


Original Broadway Production, 1972
Danny Zuko

Original Broadway Production, 1971

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1970
Leo/Jacques/Pierre/Jean de Jouvenel/Goudeket





The Cock

Concert [Off-Broadway], 1977
Georg Nowack

Barry Bostwick Movies

[1971]Jennifer on My Mind Minstrel #1

[1973]Fantastic Planet Adult Terr - Narrator

[1973]Road Movie Hank

[1975]The Wrong Damn Film Alex Rounder

[1975]The Rocky Horror Picture Show Brad Majors - A Hero

[1982]Megaforce Ace Hunter

[1993]Weekend at Bernie's II Arthur Hummel

[1993]Russian Holiday Grant Ames

[1993]Eight Hundred Leagues Down the Amazon Garral

[1994]In the Heat of Passion II: Unfaithful Phillip

[1995]Project: Metalbeast Miller

[1996]The Secret Agent Club Vincent Scarletti

[1996]Spy Hard Norman Coleman

[2003]Swing Freddie

[2003]Spymate President

[2004]Chestnut: Hero of Central Park Thom Trundle

[2007]Evening Mr. Wittenborn

[2007]Nancy Drew Dhiel Zachary Biedermeyer

[2008]Holiday Baggage Pete Murphy

[2009]Hannah Montana: The Movie Mr. Bradley

[2010]Miss Nobody Father Grisham

[2010]Bedrooms Roger

[2010]It's a Dog Gone Tale: Destiny's Stand Arlen Hanley

[2011]The Selling Father Jimmy

[2011]Some Guy Who Kills People Sheriff Walt Fuller

[2012]FDR: American Badass! Franklin Delano Roosevelt

[2013]Finding Joy Alan

[2015]Home Run Showdown Big Al

[2015]November Rule Lance

[2015]Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves Jonathan

[2016]Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival The Watchword

[2016]Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse The Senator

[2016]Three Days in August John

[2017]A Mermaid's Tale Art

[2017]Bigger Fatter Liar Larry Wolf

[2018]Incredibles 2 Mayor

[2018]Slay Belles Santa

[2019]Santa Girl Santa Claus

[2019]Undercover Brother 2 The Man

[2019]3 from Hell Narrator

[2019]Grand-Daddy Day Care Dynamite Dan North

[2019]The Field George

[2020]Love by Drowning Val Martin Sr.

[2021]Single All the Way Harold

[2021]One Month Out Red

Barry Bostwick TV Shows

'Til Death George Von Stuessen

Cougar Town Roger Frank, Roger

Dads Rick Armstrong

Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce George

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Oliver Gates

Out of Practice Gavin

Research. Dr. Rust

Spin City The Mayor

Still the King Coy Phisher, Coy

What I Like About You Jack, Jack Tyler

Worst Extra Ever Milt Hamilton

Barry Bostwick News


Celebrating 25 years, the ultimate interactive cult film experience, The Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball returns to the Cinéma Impérial. Learn more about the performance and how to get tickets here!

Tickets For ROCKY HORROR At The Hippodrome Go On Sale Today

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the longest-running theatrical release in film history, celebrates its 48th Anniversary kicking off two national tours in over 40 cities starting on September 28th in Florida.


BroadwaySF, part of the Ambassador Theatre Group has announced two new shows coming to San Francisco's Curran Theater—The Rocket Man Show, a one-of-a-kind tribute to Elton John, and a special 48th anniversary screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, featuring the movie's original Brad Majors, Barry Bostwick.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW With Live Shadow Cast Returns to Kalamazoo's Miller Auditorium

Damn it Janet! The Rocky Horror Picture Show is back at Miller Auditorium! Tune in for a screening of the original unedited movie with the professional live shadow cast, Rocky Horror in Abundance. 

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Comes to the Paramount Theatre in October

Comedy Works along with Paramount Theatre present The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Barry Bostwick celebrating The 48th Anniversary Spectacular Tour! Join the original 'Brad Majors' - BARRY BOSTWICK - for a screening of the original unedited movie with a live shadow cast and audience participation!


The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the longest-running theatrical release in film history, celebrates its 48th Anniversary kicking-off its 30-city national tour on Sept. 29 and visiting the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 8pm. Tickets on sale Friday.

aGLIFF to Present QUEER SPECTRUM Screenings & More Special Events for October and November

Austin’s oldest film festival, aGLIFF has announced the Queer Spectrum screenings for October and November 2022, along with special events and community screenings throughout both months.

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts Announces 2022-23 Fall & Holiday Special Events

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts has announced its 2022 Fall and holiday season of special event shows!  “Don’t Dream It, Be It…” as you join Barry Bostwick, the film’s “Brad Majors,” for a 47th Anniversary screening of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, plus more.

State Theatre New Jersey Presents ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

State Theatre New Jersey presents a screening of the cult classic movie musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday, October 22 at 11pm. Prior to the screening, the State Theatre is hosting a pre-show party with a full-service bar and DJ from 9pm to 11pm. The evening will be hosted by Rutgers University’s Cabaret Theatre. Tickets are $15 and includes a goodie bag of props.   

Barry Bostwick Tours With the ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, Kicking Off This Weekend

Join Bostwick (aka Brad Majors) to do the time warp again during this screening of the original unedited movie featuring a live professional shadow cast  and audience participation. Events will also feature a memorabilia display with artifacts and an actual costume from the movie, a costume contest, and more!

Skylight Music Theatre to Present THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Halloween Film Screening with Live Shadow Cast

The Rocky Horror Picture Show movie will be screened at Skylight Music Theatre with performances by a live shadow cast on Halloween, Monday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for Skylight Music Theatre, Milwaukee’s professional Equity music theatre company.

Barry Bostwick to Host THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at Pompano Beach Cultural Center in October

Pompano Beach Arts has announced that The Rocky Horror Picture Show 47th Anniversary Spectacular Tour featuring Barry Bostwick will take place at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center on October 1, 2022.

Shubert Theatre 2022-2023 Season Tickets Go On Sale Today

Anthony McDonald, Executive Director of Shubert Theatre, has announced the schedule of 2022-2023 shows for the theater’s 108th Anniversary Season.

BlackRock Announces 2022-2023 Season of Performances, Exhibits, and Events

BlackRock Center for the Arts, providing opportunities to explore, celebrate and engage in the arts, invites you to join us for an anniversary season to ignite your inner joy and love of the arts. To kick off this special 20th year, BlackRock will be celebrating an entire week with an artist reception and gallery opening on September 17, social media previews of the season during the week, and a culminating opening party on September 24, 2022 at 6:00 PM. 

New Shows Coming to the Flynn This Fall: ZZ Top, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

The Flynn has announced a collection of new shows coming to the Main Stage this fall. Legendary Texas blues-rock trio ZZ Top takes the stage on October 16 at 7:30 pm.

Previews: ROCKY HORROR SHOW On Tour in Italia


Miller Auditorium Announces Ashley HomeStore Spotlight 2022-23 Season

Miller Auditorium has announced its 2022-23 Ashley HomeStore Spotlight Series. The lineup is packed with both new events, such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show 47th Anniversary Spectacular Tour (with Barry Bostwick), and the return of such patron favorites as Cirque Dreams Holidaze and Fiddler on the Roof!

20 Theater Books for Your Summer 2022 Reading (and Listening) List

Summer is here at last and there is no better time to have fun in the sun with a new read! You're in luck, because this year, Broadway's best have put pen to paper to turn out theatre page-turners of every kind.

BWW Interview: Ernest Thompson On The Leading Ladies He's Worked With & Reviving His THE WEST SIDE WALTZ

Will Geer’s Theatricum presents the world premiere of the “all new” revival of Oscar-winning playwright Ernest Thompson’s The West Side Waltz beginning June 25, 2022. Mary Jo DuPrey directs the cast of Ellen Geer, Melora Marshall, Willow Geer, Miguel Pérez and Charles Lin. I was most fortunate to have the playwright make some time to answer my queries.

Photos: GREASE Celebrates 50th Broadway Anniversary

Earlier this week, company members from Grease gathered at Sardi's to celebrate the show's 50th Bradway anniversary. 


Barry Bostwick has appeared on Broadway in 7 shows.

Barry Bostwick has not appeared in the West End

Barry Bostwick has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He was nominated for Outstanding Actor - Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for his performances in "She Loves Me" and "The Robber Bridegroom." He was also nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for his role in "The Robber Bridegroom" and "Grease." Additionally, Bostwick received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for his work in "They Knew What They Wanted."

Barry Bostwick has won two Tony Awards for his performances in musicals. He received the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his roles in "The Robber Bridegroom" and "Grease".

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