Josh Charles

Actor, Comic
If there were such a thing as a "Brat Pack" of the 1990s, the boyishly handsome Josh Charles could have claimed membership. Starting out as a 10-year-old stand-up comic, the Baltimore-born Charles burst out of the ... Read more »
Born: 09/14/1971 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Filmography

Actor (39)

Inside Amy Schumer 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bird People 2014 (Movie)

Gary Newman (Actor)

Cyclops Baby 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

I Smile Back 2014 (Movie)

Bruce (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Good Wife 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Curiosity 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Narrator

Six Degrees 2006 - 2007, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Wife: A New Beginning 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

After.Life 2010 (Movie)

Tom Petersen (Actor)

Brief Interviews With Hideous Men 2009 (Movie)

Subject #2 (Actor)

In Treatment 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ex 2007 (Movie)

Forrest Mead (Actor)

Darwin Awards 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Four Brothers 2005 (Movie)

Detective Fowler (Actor)

Stella 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Seeing Other People 2004 (Movie)

Lou (Actor)

S.W.A.T. 2003 (Movie)

T J McCabe (Actor)

Sports Night 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Muppets From Space 1999 (Movie)

Agent Barker (Actor)

Little City 1998 (Movie)

Adam (Actor)

Meeting Daddy 1998 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

Crossworlds 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Pie in the Sky 1996 (Movie)

Charlie Dunlap (Actor)

The Grave 1996 (Movie)

Tyn (Actor)

Coldblooded 1995 (Movie)

Randy (Actor)

Threesome 1994 (Movie)

Eddy (Actor)

Crossing the Bridge 1992 (Movie)

Mort Golden (Actor)

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead 1991 (Movie)

Bryan (Actor)

Dead Poets Society 1989 (Movie)

Knox Overstreet (Actor)

Hairspray 1988 (Movie)

Iggy (Actor)

Cooperstown (TV Show)

Actor

Masters of Sex (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder in Mississippi (TV Show)

Actor

Norma Jean & Marilyn (TV Show)

Actor

Our America (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

If there were such a thing as a "Brat Pack" of the 1990s, the boyishly handsome Josh Charles could have claimed membership. Starting out as a 10-year-old stand-up comic, the Baltimore-born Charles burst out of the Hollywood gate as the lovestruck schoolboy Knox Overstreet, one of Robin Williams' "Dead Poets Society" (1989). He co-starred with Christina Applegate in "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead" (1991) and as a closeted college student, he charmingly romanced both Stephen Baldwin and Lara Flynn Boyle in "Threesome" (1994). A certain type of fan adored the quirky Charles as an intelligent and acquired taste, never more so than as Dan Rydell, a co-anchor of Aaron Sorkin's groundbreaking, short-lived "Sports Night" (ABC, 1998-2000). The perennial nice guy proved he could play badass cops in the action hits "S.W.A.T." (2003) and "Four Brothers" (2005), but found his strongest roles on stage as a prolific theater actor, as well as on television in such projects as "In Treatment" (HBO, 2008- ) and "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009- ), where he essayed an attorney and longtime friend secretly in love with colleague Julianna Margulies. Whether it was his offbeat career choices or non-threatening persona, Charles never quite achieved A-list stardom, but as a consolation prize, built a long-lasting career and earned a lifetime of goodwill from fans of his work through the decades.

Relationships

Allan Charles

Father

Laura Charles

Mother
Wrote a gossip column for The Baltimore Sun newspaper

Jennifer Connelly Actor

Companion
Together from 2000-02 No longer together

EDUCATION

Stagedoor Manor

Loch Sheldrake , New York
Spent summers at the Performing Arts Training Center

Milestones

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

2009

Cast as Will Gardner, a colleague-turned-lover of Julianna Margulies' character on the CBS drama "The Good Wife"

2008

Played a man seeking couples' therapy with his wife on the HBO drama series "In Treatment"

2007

Joined cast of the short-lived ABC series "Six Degrees"

2006

Created the role of Mark for Richard Greenberg's "The Well-Appointed Room" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago

2005

Cast as a detective in John Singleton's "Four Brothers"

2004

Cast opposite Jay Mohr in the comedy "Seeing Other People"

2004

Appeared on the New York stage in a revival of Neil LaBute's "The Distance From Here"

2003

Joined forces with Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell in the big-budget action feature "S.W.A.T."

1998

Cast in the leading role of sports anchor Dan Rydell on ABC's "Sports Night"

1998

Played a neurotic New Yorker who travels to Savannah to meet his girlfriend's family in "Meeting Daddy"

1996

Acted opposite Ashley Judd in the HBO biopic "Norma Jean & Marilyn"

1994

Portrayed the sexually-confused college roommate of Stephen Baldwin and Lara Flynn Boyle in "Threesome"

1993

Appeared in the TV-movie "Cooperstown" (TNT), starring Alan Arkin and Graham Greene

1991

First romantic lead, "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead"

1990

Made TV acting debut as civil rights worker Andrew Goodman in the NBC docudrama "Murder in Mississippi"

1989

Played Jay in the stage production of "The Dance Lesson" at Long Wharf Theatre in Connecticut

1989

Cast in a memorable role as Knox Overstreet in "Dead Poets Society"

1988

Made feature acting debut in John Waters' "Hairspray"

1979

Began performing stand-up comedy by age eight

Acted in local summer stock productions

Studied acting at the Stagedoor Manor in New York's Catskill Mountains

Raised in Baltimore, MD

Bonus Trivia

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"For some reason, Josh seems to always play sensitive guys, but he's not like them. He's sensitive all right but he's much more of a regular 'let's hang out' sort of guy than the characters he plays." – Andrew Fleming (director of "Threesome") to Newsday, April 6, 1994

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