Barry Bostwick

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Barry Bostwick

Barry Bostwick with fan Jenny Byers at the 35th Anniversary in Los Angeles, Sept 2010. Photo credit: Ray Thompson
Role Brad Majors (A Hero)
Born 24 February 1945 (1945-02-24) (age 74)
San Mateo, California, US

A fairly nice summary of Bostwick's career can be found here:

Book on Tape Credits:

  • 18mm Blues
  • Cheshire Moon
  • Citizen Washington
  • Double Indemnity
  • Fatal Cure
  • Flags of Our Fathers
  • Half Asleep in Frog Pyjamas
  • Our Sacred Honor : Words of Advice from the Founders in Stories, Letters, Poems, and Speeches (one of several narrators)
  • Summer of Fear
  • Void Moon

Album/CD Credits:

(see also

Annie Get Your Gun (studio cast), Grease (original cast recording), Klowns (I can't recognize his voice, but perhaps you can), Nick and Nora (original Broadway cast), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (film soundtrack)

Theatre Credits:

Cock-a-Doodle Dandy (APA Phoenix Repertory Company, on Broadway at the Lyceum Theater, 1969 as Porter and the Cook), Colette, The Death of Von Richtofen As Witnessed From Earth ("music drama" at the Public Theater, NY, July-Aug 1982??) Grease (originated Danny Zuko, nominated for Tony award), Hamlet ("Ghost," "Osric," and the Player, APA Repertory Company at the Lyceum on Broadway, 1969), L'Histoire du Soldat (New York City Opera), House of Leather, Nick and Nora ("Nick," Broadway, 1991), Pirates of Penzance (Pirate King, 1981, Los Angeles Civic Light Opera at the Ahmansson Theatre; Toronto), The Robber Bridegroom (1976, Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles; also at Biltmore, received 1978 Tony award), Salvation (1969, off-Broadway), The Screens (American premiere), She Loves Me (BROADWAY IN CONCERT At Town Hall, March/April 1977), Soon ("Kelly," 1971, Ritz Theatre on Broadway, closed after 3 performances), Take Her, She's Mine (1965), They Knew What They Wanted (1976, "Joe," Phoenix Theatre on Broadway, nominated for Tony Award)

Film Credits:

Television Credits:

  • 919 Fifth Avenue
  • Addicted to His Love (aka "Sisterhood," 1988)
  • commercials for Anacin
  • The New Batman/Superman Adventures ("Irv Kleinman"(voice) in episode: "Mean Seasons")
  • The Best of Broadway (musical special on PBS, 1982; sang "Summer Nights; also released as "That's Singing: The Best of Broadway")
  • Betrayed by Innocence
  • Between Love and Hate
  • Body of Evidence
  • Broadway Plays Washington (musical special on PBS)
  • A Capitol Fourth (MC, 1996, 1999-2005)
  • Captive (1991)
  • Central Park West
  • The Chadwick Family (1974)
  • Challenger (1990, TV movie)
  • Charlie's Angels ("Ted Machlin" in episode: "The Jade Trap" (episode # 2.24) 3/1/1978)
  • Cougar Town ("Roger Frank," 2010-2011)
  • Dads (series, "Rick Armstrong," 1987)
  • Deceptions
  • A Different Kind of Christmas
  • Foul Play (series, 1981)
  • George Washington (as Washington; 1982 miniseries)
  • George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation (miniseries)
  • Glee
  • The Golden Palace ("Nick" in episode: "Just a Gigolo" (episode # 1.11) 11/13/1992)
  • Grace Under Fire (series, "Jack Drayson," #224 Mother & Son & Father Reunion)
  • The Great Air Race (Half a World Away)
  • High Society ("Mark Finnegan" in episode: "Finnegan's Rainbow" 1996)
  • Hawaii Five-O (#259, 4/5/79, "The Year of the Horse")
  • The Hitchhiker (episode: "Ghostwriter")
  • I'll Take Manhattan
  • In Performance at the White House (musical special on PBS)
  • Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration at Carnegie Hall (musical special on PBS)
  • The Kennedy Center Honors
  • Kennedy Center Tonight - Broadway to Washington
  • The Last U-Boat (Das Letzte U-Boot)
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (recurring role as lawyer Oliver Gates, 2004-2007)
  • LEXX (aka "Tales from a Parallel Universe," episode 1 of miniseries, not the series)
  • Men in White (1998 TV movie, "President Smith")
  • Men, Movies & Carol (1984)
  • Murder by Natural Causes (1984, "Gil Weston")
  • Nip / Tuck
  • Once in a Lifetime (1994)
  • Once Upon a Family
  • One Hot Summer Night (1998)
  • Parent Trap III
  • Parent Trap IV: Hawaiian Honeymoon
  • Phineas and Ferb (animated series; voice of Grandpa Clyde, 2008)
  • Pleasures, Praying Mantis (1993)
  • The Quinns (1977)
  • Red Flag: The Ultimate Game
  • The Return of Hunter: Everyone Walks in LA
  • Saturday Night Live (hosted, episode 177, May 5, 1984)
  • Scrubs
  • Scruples (mini-series)
  • The Secretary
  • The Silent Lovers ("John Gilbert," 1980, aka Moviola: The Silent Lovers)
  • Slither (1974, TV movie, "Dick Kanipsia")
  • Spin City (series; "Mayor Winston," recurring role)
  • Summer Girl
  • 'Til Death
  • Till We Meet Again (1989 mini-series)
  • Ugly Betty
  • An Uncommon Love (1983)
  • War and Remembrance ("Lt. "Lady" Aster," won Golden Globe, 1988)
  • We the People 200 - The Constitutional Gala
  • A Woman of Substance (1984 miniseries)
  • Working ("Steelworker," 1982 PBS adaptation of off-Broadway play, 1 song, shown on series "American Playhouse")
  • You Can't Take it With You (1979, "Anthony Kirby, Jr.")
  • Young Guy Christian (as Young Guy Christian, pilot, 1979)

Current opinion of RHPS:

Quoted on DVD (2000) as saying it was time to "hang up our fishnets" but made an unforgettable appearance at the 35th Anniversary in character as Brad Majors, dropping his pants in front of the crowd. See it on YouTube here:
LA Scotty, Barry, and French Magenta Brigitte Pistol in a skit at the 35th. (Photo courtesy of Brigitte Pistol)

Current occupation:

Actor. His films are in constant rotation on cable station Lifetime. Barry's pottery has also been displayed in prominent galleries.


  • Barry was presented with the American Cancer Society Courage Award in 1998 for his work promoting the early detection of prostate cancer.
  • Barry Bostwick and his second wife, Sherri Ellen, have two children, Brian and Chelsea, and reside in New York.
  • Barry apparently did a stint with the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus; in their 1971 Souvenir Program and Magazine, one of the Klowns has a familiar face and is listed as BARRY BOSTWICK.


Barry Bostwick at Rex Sikes' Movie Beat - includes radio interview A nice long interview (70 min!). 6/1/11

Barry Bostwick interview for the 35th Anniversary Part 1. Interview by Jesse Merlin. 2/2/10

Barry Bostwick interview for the 35th Anniversary Part 2. Interview by Jesse Merlin. 2/2/10

Serial Dad: Spin City's Barry Bostwick Discovers Diapers People Magazine, March 10, 1997 Vol. 47 No. 9.