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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

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1991
Performer

Nick Charles

[US Tour]
National Tour, 1981
Pirate King

[Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1976
Jamie Lockhart

[Broadway]
1976
Joe

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1972
Danny Zuko

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1971
Kelly

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

[Broadway]
1969
Osric

Ghost

Player

[Broadway]
1969
Porter

The Cock

[Off-Broadway]
Concert [Off-Broadway], 1977
Georg Nowack


Barry Bostwick Movies

Jennifer on My Mind
[ 1971 ] Minstrel #1
Fantastic Planet
[ 1973 ] Adult Terr - Narrator
Road Movie
[ 1973 ] Hank
The Wrong Damn Film
[ 1975 ] Alex Rounder
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
[ 1975 ] Brad Majors - A Hero
Megaforce
[ 1982 ] Ace Hunter
Weekend at Bernie's II
[ 1993 ] Arthur Hummel
Russian Holiday
[ 1993 ] Grant Ames
Eight Hundred Leagues Down the Amazon
[ 1993 ] Garral
In the Heat of Passion II: Unfaithful
[ 1994 ] Phillip
Project: Metalbeast
[ 1995 ] Miller
The Secret Agent Club
[ 1996 ] Vincent Scarletti
Spy Hard
[ 1996 ] Norman Coleman
Swing
[ 2003 ] Freddie
Spymate
[ 2003 ] President
Chestnut: Hero of Central Park
[ 2004 ] Thom Trundle
Evening
[ 2007 ] Mr. Wittenborn
Nancy Drew
[ 2007 ] Dhiel Zachary Biedermeyer
Holiday Baggage
[ 2008 ] Pete Murphy
Hannah Montana: The Movie
[ 2009 ] Mr. Bradley
Miss Nobody
[ 2010 ] Father Grisham
Bedrooms
[ 2010 ] Roger
It's a Dog Gone Tale: Destiny's Stand
[ 2010 ] Arlen Hanley
The Selling
[ 2011 ] Father Jimmy
Some Guy Who Kills People
[ 2011 ] Sheriff Walt Fuller
FDR: American Badass!
[ 2012 ] Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Finding Joy
[ 2013 ] Alan
Home Run Showdown
[ 2015 ] Big Al
November Rule
[ 2015 ] Lance
Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves
[ 2015 ] Jonathan
Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival
[ 2016 ] The Watchword
Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse
[ 2016 ] The Senator
Three Days in August
[ 2016 ] John
A Mermaid's Tale
[ 2017 ] Art
Bigger Fatter Liar
[ 2017 ] Larry Wolf
Incredibles 2
[ 2018 ] Mayor
Slay Belles
[ 2018 ] Santa
Santa Girl
[ 2019 ] Santa Claus
Undercover Brother 2
[ 2019 ] The Man
3 from Hell
[ 2019 ] Narrator
Grand-Daddy Day Care
[ 2019 ] Dynamite Dan North
The Field
[ 2019 ] George
Love by Drowning
[ 2020 ] Val Martin Sr.
Single All the Way
[ 2021 ] Harold
One Month Out
[ 2021 ] 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 Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 1977 - Outstanding Actor - Muscial

Barry Bostwick, She Loves Me

Drama Desk Awards - 1977 - Outstanding Actor - Musical

Barry Bostwick, The Robber Bridegroom


winner
Tony Awards - 1977 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Barry Bostwick , The Robber Bridegroom

Tony Awards - 1976 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Barry Bostwick, They Knew What They Wanted


winner
Tony Awards - 1972 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Barry Bostwick , Grease

Barry Bostwick News


The Rich Weirdos to Present: THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW This Month

The Rich Weirdos will present The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Fringe ArtSpace this month.
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THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Announced At Roy Thomson Hall

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THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW WITH PATRICIA QUINN Comes to Paramount Theatre In October

Comedy Works Entertainment and Paramount Theatre will present THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW WITH PATRICIA QUINN coming to Denver's Paramount Theatre on Tuesday, October 22.
Barry Bostwick to Host THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at Kings Theatre

The Rocky Horror Picture Show will come to life at Kings Theatre on Halloween this year as part of its 49th Anniversary Spectacular Tour. Actor Barry Bostwick will host this live interactive musical comedy experience. This stop on the tour is one of over 40 stops in cities across the country where the cult classic will be brought back to life as The Shadow Cast hilariously acts out the movie on stage while the movie plays on screen.
Seniors Sell Out Production of GREASE After Going Viral On TikTok

For a group of senior citizens in London, Ontario - fame wasn't on their minds when they signed up for an aged 55+ production of the musical Grease. However, thanks to a now-viral TikTok video, their May 2024 production is completely sold out, with an ever-growing waitlist at the box office.
Photos: Taylor Swift & Tobin Mitnick Once Starred Together in GREASE

Social media personality and comedian Tobin Mitnick recently shared on Instagram photos found by his mom (thanks, mom!) of himself co-starring in a childhood production of Grease with none other than Taylor Swift.
Cult Film Legends Mink Stole & Peaches Christ to Bring New Tour To NYC & More

Cult film legends Mink Stole and Peaches Christ are bringing their new cabaret show 'IDOL WORSHIP' to NYC on Feb. 16-17.
Review: Debbie Wileman Presents a Festive JUDY GARLAND - WE NEED A LITTLE CHRISTMAS at Carnegie Hall

It's a good day when Debbie Wileman brings her Judy Garland act to town, and it's a good holiday when that act is one for Christmas.
Barry Bostwick to Join Debbie Wileman at Carnegie Hall Concert

Peabody and Tony Award winner, Barry Bostwick will join Debbie Wileman’s “Judy Garland” We Need a Little Christmas one night only concert on Sunday, December 10, 2023 at Carnegie Hall. 
DARUMA Starring Barry Bostwick & Abigail Hawk Set For New York Premiere at Dances With Films Festival

The independent film DARUMA, directed by Alexander Yellen, makes its East Coast debut at the Dances with Film Festival in New York. Starring Barry Bostwick and Abigail Hawk, the authentically cast drama follows a paraplegic's journey to reunite with his daughter. Don't miss the New York premiere on December 1st at Regal Cinemas in Union Square.
Review: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Central Square Theater

What did our critic think of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Central Square Theater?
Debbie Wileman Will Bring 'Judy Garland' We Need a Little Christmas to Carnegie Hall With Chita Rivera and Margaret O'Brien

Debbie Wileman, the singing sensation who captured world-wide attention during the global pandemic with her uncanny recreation of Judy Garland’s legendary voice, will make her return to Carnegie Hall on Sunday, December 10, 2023 as the star of “Judy Garland” We Need a Little Christmas.”
Raue Center School For The Arts Will Host Three Fall Classes

 Raue Center has announced the return of its School for the Arts education program (RCSA) with three new classes. 
State Theatre New Jersey Presents THE 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 28 at 11pm.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW HALLOWEEN BALL Comes to Cinéma Impérial Next Month

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.
THE ROCKET MAN SHOW & THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Come To SF's Curran Theater

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!

Barry Bostwick FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Barry Bostwick been in?

Barry Bostwick has appeared on Broadway in 7 shows.

How many West End shows has Barry Bostwick been in?

Barry Bostwick has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Barry Bostwick been nominated for?

Barry Bostwick has been nominated for several awards throughout his career, including Outstanding Actor - Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "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 "The Robber Bridegroom" and "Grease," as well as for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for "They Knew What They Wanted."

What awards has Barry Bostwick won?

Barry Bostwick has won the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for "The Robber Bridegroom" and "Grease."

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