Josh Charles

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Josh Charles
BornJoshua Aaron Charles
(1971-09-15) September 15, 1971 (age 42)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Sophie Flack (m. 2013)
 
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Josh Charles
BornJoshua Aaron Charles
(1971-09-15) September 15, 1971 (age 42)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Sophie Flack (m. 2013)

Joshua Aaron "Josh" Charles (born September 15, 1971) is an American stage, film and television actor. He is best known for the roles of Daniel "Dan" Rydell on Sports Night, Will Gardner on The Good Wife, and his early work as Knox Overstreet in Dead Poets Society.

Personal life[edit]

Charles was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Laura (née Heckscher), a gossip columnist for The Baltimore Sun newspaper, and Allen Charles, an advertising executive.[1][2] He began his career performing comedy at the age of nine. As a teenager, he spent several summers at Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Center in New York, and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts. Charles dropped out of high school, never receiving a diploma. He is a fan of the Baltimore Orioles (baseball) and Baltimore Ravens (American football). In September 2013, he married ballet dancer and author Sophie Flack.[3][4] Charles is of Jewish heritage on his father's side, and has described himself as Jewish.[5][6]

Career[edit]

Charles's film debut was in fellow Baltimore native John Waters's Hairspray in 1988. The following year, he starred alongside Robin Williams and Ethan Hawke in the Oscar-winning Dead Poets Society. Subsequent film roles have included Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, Threesome, Pie in the Sky, Muppets from Space, S.W.A.T, Four Brothers, After.Life, Crossing the Bridge, and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.

On television, Charles played sports anchor Dan Rydell in Aaron Sorkin's Emmy Award-winning Sports Night, which ran for two years (1998–2000) on ABC and earned Charles a Screen Actors Guild nomination. In 2008, Charles played the role of Jake in Season 1 of HBO's In Treatment. In 2009, he returned to network television in the CBS drama The Good Wife. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2011.

In 1986, Charles headlined a production of Jonathan Marc Sherman's Confrontation. In 2004, he appeared on stage in New York in a revival of Neil LaBute's The Distance From Here, which received a Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble Cast. In January 2006 he appeared in the world premiere of Richard Greenberg's The Well-Appointed Room for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, and followed this with a run at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, portraying the cloned brothers in Caryl Churchill's A Number. In 2007, he appeared in Adam Bock's The Receptionist at the Manhattan Theatre Club. In 2011, Charles was the narrator for NFL Network's A Football Life's debut episode on New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.[7]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1988HairsprayIggy
1989Dead Poets SocietyKnox Overstreet
1990Murder in MississippiAndrew GoodmanTelevision movie
1991Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's DeadBryan
1992Crossing the BridgeMort Golden
1993CooperstownJodyTelevision movie
1994ThreesomeEddy
1995Things to Do in Denver When You're DeadBruceUncredited
1995ColdbloodedRandy
1996The GraveTyn
1996CrossworldsJoe Talbot
1996Pie in the SkyCharlie Dunlap
1996Norma Jean & MarilynEddie JordanTelevision movie
1997Cyclops, BabyBrush Brody
1997The UnderworldEhrlichTelevision movie
1997Little CityAdam
1999Muppets from SpaceAgent Barker
2000Meeting DaddyPeter Silverblatt
2002Our AmericaDave IsayTelevision movie
2003S.W.A.T.T. J. McCabe
2004Seeing Other PeopleLou
2005Four BrothersDetective Fowler
2006The Darwin AwardsParamedic
2007The ExForrest Mead
2009After.LifeTom Peterson
2009Brief Interviews with Hideous MenSubject No. 2
2014Bird People

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1998–2000Sports NightDan Rydell45 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series
2005StellaJeremyEpisode: "Meeting Girls"
2007Six DegreesRay Jones4 episodes
2008In TreatmentJake9 episodes
2008Law & Order: Special Victims UnitSean KelleyEpisode: "Confession"
2009–2014The Good WifeWill Gardner102 episodes
People's Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Television Actor
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2010–12)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sandler, Gilbert (16 July 1996). "Baltimore Glimpses: the Hollywood trail". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 8 September 2013. "Josh Charles is the son of Laura and Allen Charles" 
  2. ^ My grandpa, Wilbur Heckscher Josh Charles on Twitter. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  3. ^ Goldstein, Meredith (October 10, 2011). "A novel life: A former dancer’s new career takes shape - Boston Globe". Boston.com. Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  4. ^ Webber, Stephanie (7 September 2013). "Josh Charles Wedding: Good Wife Star Marries Girlfriend Sophie Flack!". Us Weekly. Retrieved 8 September 2013. "Josh Charles ... married longtime girlfriend Sophie Flack on Friday, Sept. 6" 
  5. ^ Feinberg, Scott (June 21, 2012). "Emmys 2012: Josh Charles on Falling in Love with 'The Good Wife' (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  6. ^ "Charles Gets Married". Jewz in the Newz. The American Israelite. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Forsberg, Chris. "Belichick documentary set for NFL Network - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 

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