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Josh Charles is an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG award nominated film, television and stage actor. On stage, he was most recently seen at the Signature Theater in the world premiere of Annie Baker's The Antipodes. Other theater credits include: The Distance From Here (MCC, Drama Desk Award Outstanding Ensemble), The Well-Appointed Room (Steppenwolf Theater), A Number (ACT), The Glass Menagerie (Long Wharf), and The Receptionist (MTC.) His first film role was in John Waters' 1988 film Hairspray. The next year, he co-starred in the Academy Award winning film Dead Poets Society. Other films include: Bird People, Norman, The Drowning, Amateur, Freeheld, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, I Smile Back, Four Brothers, S.W.A.T., Threesome, Pie in the Sky, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, and Crossing The Bridge, Upcoming: Delorean. On television, Charles received two Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe nomination for his work on the CBS series "The Good Wife." Other television credits include: "Law And Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders," "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "Wet Hot American Summer," "Masters Of Sex," "Drunk History," "Inside Amy Schumer," "In Treatment," and "Sports Night." He resides in New York with his family.

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Second Stage Theater Original Broadway Production, 2018

Signature Theatre Company Original Off-Broadway Production, 2017

Mr. Dart


Josh Charles Movies

[1988]Hairspray Iggy Josh A. Charles

[1989]Dead Poets Society Knox Overstreet

[1991]Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Bryan

[1992]Crossing the Bridge Mort Golden

[1994]Threesome Eddy Howe

[1995]Coldblooded Randy

[1995]Pie in the Sky Charlie Dunlap

[1996]The Grave Tyn

[1996]Crossworlds Joe Talbot

[1997]Little City Adam

[1997]Cyclops, Baby Brush Brody

[1999]Muppets from Space Agent Barker

[2000]Meeting Daddy Peter Silverblatt

[2003]S.W.A.T. T.J. McCabe

[2004]Seeing Other People Lou

[2005]Four Brothers Detective Fowler

[2006]The Ex Forrest Mead

[2006]The Darwin Awards Paramedic

[2009]Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Subject #2

[2009]After.Life Tom Peterson

[2010]Weakness Bart

[2014]Adult Beginners Phil

[2014]Bird People Gary Newman

[2015]Freeheld Bryan Kelder

[2015]I Smile Back Bruce Brooks

[2016]Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Chris

[2016]The Drowning Tom Seymour

[2016]Norman Arthur Taub

[2018]Amateur Coach Gaines

Josh Charles TV Shows

Drunk History Douglas Hegdahl, Alfred Kinsey, Jay Gould

Inside Amy Schumer Link Donovan, Coach, Fleet Weekums

Sports Night Dan Rydell

The Good Wife Will Gardner

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Duke Snyder

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Review: An Eye-Opening STRAIGHT WHITE MEN by Young Jean Lee Premieres at Tamparep

Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men is a 2014 Dramatic Comedy that premiered off-Broadway at the Public Theatre in New York City on November 7, 2014. Directed by the playwright Lee, and featuring Austin Pendleton as “Ed”, Pete Simpson, James Stanely, and Gary Wilmes. Following its run off Broadway, the play was then produced by Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, opening in February 2017 and running until March 26, 2017. Young Jean Lee’s play made its transfer to Broadway with Previews beginning at the Hayes Theatre June 29,2018, with its official opening night on July 23. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro, and featuring a cast of Armie Hammer as Drew, Josh Charles as Jake, Paul Schneider as Matt, Kate Bornstein and Ty Defoe as “Stagehands-in-Charge,” and Stephen Payne as Ed. Both Tom Skerritt and Denis Arndt had ties to the production but left before opening and during previews.

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld September 15, 2023

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is September 15, 2023 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

Photos: LEOPOLDSTADT Welcomes The Clinton Family And Ben Stiller Backstage For A Visit

Leopoldstadt, winner of the 2023 Tony Award for Best Play, welcomed a few more special guests  before wrapping up its Broadway run. See photos of the cast visiting with President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State  Hillary Clinton, their daughter Chelsea Clinton and filmmaker Ben Stiller in photos from backstage!

Photos: See Ethan Hawke, Cynthia Nixon, Ephraim Sykes & More at The New Group Gala

See photos of Ethan Hawke, Cynthia Nixon, Ephraim Sykes and more at The New Group's annual gala!

VIDEO: Prime Video Debuts THE POWER Teaser Trailer With Toni Collette, Auli'i Cravalho & More

The emotionally driven global thriller from SISTER (Chernobyl) is based on British author Naomi Alderman’s award-winning novel. The series stars Toni Collette, John Leguizamo, Auli’i Cravalho, Toheeb Jimoh, Josh Charles, Eddie Marsan, Ria Zmitrowicz, Zrinka Cvitešić, Halle Bush, and more. Watch the new trailer video now!

Audra McDonald, Sheryl Lee Ralph & More SAG-AFTRA Members Urge Congress to End Hair Discrimination & Pass CROWN Act

Among the members who signed the statement of support for the CROWN Act are Audra McDonald, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Kerry Washington, and dozens of other performers. In the letter, members assert, “Discrimination based on hair style or texture is a destructive practice that has alienated and caused irreparable harm to Black Americans.” 

Toni Collette Joins John Leguizamo & More in THE POWER Series

Tony nominee Toni Collette and Josh Charles have joined the cast of Prime Video's timely 10-part global thriller The Power, based on the international bestselling novel of the same name. The pair will replace Leslie Mann and Tim Robbins in the new series, which has been severly impacted by productions delays due to the pandemic.

VIDEO: HBO Debuts WE OWN THIS CITY Limited Series Trailer

Starring Jon Bernthal, Wunmi Mosaku, Jamie Hector and Josh Charles, We Own This City was developed by George Pelecanos and David Simon, and directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green. The series chronicles the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force and the corruption and moral collapse that befell an American city.


Eric Bogosian has been cast in Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire as “Daniel Molloy,” a journalist nearing the end of his career who’s given a second chance at the interview of a lifetime. Based on Anne Rice’s novel, the series follows Louis de Pointe, Lestat De Lioncourt and Claudia’s epic story of love, blood and the perils of immortality.

HBO Limited Series WE OWN THIS CITY Sets Debut

Based on the book by Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton, WE OWN THIS CITY chronicles the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force and the corruption and moral collapse that befell an American city in which the policies of drug prohibition and mass arrest were championed at the expense of actual police work.


Today's Theater Stories features the Hayes Theater! Learn about Broadway's smallest theater, which has presented shows including Rock of Ages, Lobby Hero, What the Constitution Means to Me, Grand Horizons and many more!

VIDEO: Josh Charles Talks About His Daughter on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON

Josh Charles gushes about his love for the Baltimore Ravens, explains why there's a cutout of himself at the Ravens' stadium and talks about the unique songs he sings to his daughter before bed.

Scoop: Upcoming Guests on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON on NBC 9/8 - 9/14

Find out what's happening on Upcoming Guests on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON and if it's a new episode, airing on NBC on Tuesday, September 8, 2020!

VIDEO: Hilary Swank Stars in the First Teaser for AWAY on Netflix

Netflix has shared the first teaser to Away, the film starring Hilary Swank and Josh Charles!

VIDEO: Watch a Clip From Second Stage's STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, Starring Josh Charles, Armie Hammer, Stephen Payne, and Paul Schneider

Second Stage has released a flashback clip from its 2018 production of Straight White Men! 

BWW Exclusive: The 101 Greatest Television Episodes of All Time - from I LOVE LUCY to BETTER CALL SAUL

BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the best TV episodes from the 1950's to 2020; see if your favorites made the list!

From Screen to Stage: Get to Know the Roles of Armie Hammer!

Armie Hammer is set to make his return to Broadway in Tracy Letts' The Minutes. BroadwayWorld is giving you a look back at Hammer's major screen and stage roles leading up to the present day!

Netflix Announces Cast for AWAY Starring Hilary Swank and Josh Charles

Netflix announces the cast for original series 'Away' starring Hilary Swank and Josh Charles. Away centers on Emma Green, an American astronaut who must leave her husband and teenage daughter behind to command an international space crew embarking upon a treacherous mission. It is a series about hope, humanity and how we need one another if we are to achieve impossible things.

Josh Charles to Co-Star in Netflix Series AWAY

Josh Charles (The Good Wife) is set to star as Matt Logan (joining co-star Hilary Swank), a NASA engineer whose wife is commanding the first mission to Mars. He faces the already enormous challenges of dealing with the mission from home, while trying to raise their teenage daughter on his own, but when he goes through a life-altering experience in the first episode he will understand the true cost of what it means to be away from each other.

TV Land's YOUNGER Partners With The United State of Women On PSA

 TV Land's hit series Younger has teamed up with The United State of Women on a Public Service Announcement in support of the Violence Against Women Act. Currently, long-standing funds to help and protect survivors of gender-based violence are under threat. This PSA features the full Younger cast - Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Nico Tortorella, Peter Hermann, Molly Bernard and Charles Michael Davis - urging fans to take action and help get the Violence Against Women Act renewed. 


Josh Charles has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

Josh Charles has not appeared in the West End.

Josh Charles has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards for his role in the Broadway show "Straight White Men".

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