Barry Bostwick Biography

Birthday: 1945-02-24
Place of Birth: San Mateo, California USA
Height: 6' 4" (1.93 m)
Wiki Biography: Tall (6' 4"), agile, energetic, and ever-so-confident as both actor and singer, especially on the award-winning Broadway stage, Barry Bostwick possesses that certain narcissistic poise, charm and élan that reminds one instantly (and humorously) of a Kevin Kline -- both were quite brilliant in their respective interpretations of The Pirate King in "The Pirates of Penzance". Yet, for all his diverse talents (he is a Golden Globe winner and was nominated for the Tony Award three times, winning once), Barry is indelibly caught in a time warp. Even today, 35 years after the fact, he is indelibly associated with the role of nerdy hero Brad Majors in the midnight movie phenomena The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). While it is extremely flattering to be a part of such a cult institution, Barry's acting legacy deserves much more than this. He was born Barry Knapp Bostwick on February 24, 1945, in San Mateo, California, one of two sons born to Henry "Bud" Bostwick, a city planner, and his wife Betty. A student at San Mateo High School, he and his elder brother Peter use to put on musicals and puppet shows for the neighborhood kids. Barry attended San Diego's United States International University's School for the Performing Arts in 1967, and switched from music to drama during the course of his studies. He also worked occasionally as a circus performer, which would come in handy on the musical stage down the line. He subsequently moved to New York and attended the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at New York University. Making his stage debut at age 22 in a production of "Take Her, She's Mine," Barry performed in a number of non-musical roles in such productions of "War and Peace" (1968) and "The Misanthrope (1968). Making his 1969 Broadway debut in "Cock-a-Doodle Dandy", which ran in tandem with "Hamlet" in which he was featured as Osric, it was his portrayal of the swaggering, leather jacket-wearing 50s "bad boy" Danny Zuko in the 1972 Broadway high-school musical smash "Grease" that put Barry's name prominently and permanently on the marquee signs. Originating the role, he was nominated for a Tony but lost out that year to the older generation (Phil Silvers for "A Funny Thing Happened..."). In the midst of all this star-making hoopla, Barry was also breaking into films with a minor role in Jennifer on My Mind (1971) and leading parts in the comedy spoofs Road Movie (1974) and The Wrong Damn Film (1975). It all paled after winning the role as Susan Sarandon's simp of a boyfriend in the The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), which featured a delicious Tim Curry camping it up as a transvestite monster-maker. The movie, based on the macabre 1973 British stage musical "The Rocky Horror Show," packed the midnight movie houses with costumed fans replicating every move and, word and offering puns and props aplenty in recapturing the insanity of the show. While the "Rocky" association hit like a tornado, Barry ventured on and tried to distance himself. He created sparks again on Broadway, garnering a second Tony nomination for the comedy revival "They Knew What They Wanted" in 1976. He finally took home the trophy the following year for the musical "The Robber Bridegroom" (1977), which relied again on his patented bluff and bravado as a Robin Hood-like hero. Following top roles in the musicals "She Loves Me" and "The Pirates of Penzance", Barry turned rewardingly to film and TV. The two-part feature Movie Movie (1978), which played like an old-style double feature, was a great success, performing alongside esteemed actor George C. Scott. Barry excelled in both features, but especially the musical parody. He fared just as well on the smaller screen in TV movies, playing everything from historical icons (George Washington) to preening matinée idols (John Gilbert), and winning a Golden Globe for his role as a military officer in the epic miniseries "War and Remembrance" (1988). A variety of interesting roles followed in glossy, soap-styled fare, farcical comedies and period drama. A welcomed return to Broadway musicals in the form of "Nick & Nora" (he as sleuth Nick "The Thin Man" Charles) was marred when the glitzy production folded after only nine perfs. Instead, the prematurely grey-haired actor found steadier success in sitcoms as a smug comedy foil to Michael J. Fox playing Mayor Randall Winston for six seasons in "Spin City" (1996). He later enjoyed a recurring role as a dauntless attorney on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999). Then again, Barry could be spotted pitching items in commercials or hamming it up in family-oriented Disneyesque entertainment in the "Parent Trap" and "101 Dalmatian" mold. In 1997, Bostwick was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and 10 days later had his prostate removed. The operation was successful and in 2004, he won the Gilda Radner Courage Award from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Just a year earlier he appeared on an episode of "Scrubs" as a patient also having prostate cancer. Barry married somewhat late in life. For a brief time he was wed to actress Stacey Nelkin (1987-1991), but has since become a father of two, Brian and Chelsea, with second wife Sherri Jensen, an actress who appeared with Barry in the TV movie Praying Mantis (1993) (TV).

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Dads Rick Armstrong 1986 - 1987
I'll Take Manhattan Zachary Amberville 1987 Drama
Spin City Mayor Randall M. Winston Jr. 1996 Comedy
Hannah Montana Mr. Bradley 2006 -
Janice & Abbey Hank 2008 -
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Fantastic Planet 1973
Rocky Horror Picture Show Brad Majors - A Hero 1975 Comedy, Musical
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Brad Majors - A Hero 1975 Comedy, Musical
Movie Movie 1979 Comedy, Musical
Megaforce 1982 Sci Fi, Action
Deceptions Grant Roberts 1985 0, Game Show
War and Remembrance 'Lady' Aster 1988 Drama
Challenger 1990 0
Between Love and Hate 1993 Crime, Drama
Eight Hundred Leagues Down the Amazon Garral 1993 Action, Adventure
In the Heat of Passion II: Unfaithful Phillip 1994 Thriller, Drama
Project: Metalbeast Miller 1995 Sport, Reality Tv
Spy Hard 1996 Comedy, Action
The Secret Agent Club Vincent Scarletti 1996 Action, Comedy, Family
One Hot Summer Night 1998 Crime, Drama
Spymate 2006 0, 0
Chestnut: Hero of Central Park Thomas Trundle 2006 Family
Baggage Pete Murphy 2008 Drama
Hannah Montana: The Movie Mr. Bradley 2009 0, 0, 0, 0
Hannah Montana The Movie Mr. Bradley 2009 Comedy, Drama, Family
It's a Dog Gone Tale: Destiny's Stand Arlen Hanley 2010
Bedrooms Roger 2010 Drama
The Selling Father Jimmy 2011 Comedy
Miss Nobody Father Grisham 2011 Comedy, Crime
Home Run Showdown Big Al 2012 Family, Sport
FDR: American Badass! Franklin Delano Roosevelt 2012 Action, Comedy
Some Guy Who Kills People Sheriff Walt Fuller 2012 Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Finding Joy Alan 2013 Comedy, Drama
November Rule Lance 2015 Comedy
Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves Jonathan 2015 Action, Comedy, Horror