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Also Known As: Josh Malina Died:
Born: January 17, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Rochelle, New York, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter

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Fresh out of Yale, actor Joshua Malina headed for the bright lights of Manhattan hoping to land roles on stage. AS luck would have it, he met aspiring playwright Aaron Sorkin and this serendipitous friendship has led to the actor's participation in nearly all of the writer's projects. When Sorkin's first play, the military courtroom drama "A Few Good Men" premiered on Broadway in 1989. Malina was in the cast and when Rob Reiner translated it to the screen in 1992, the actor was cast in the small role of an orderly. Additionally, he acted in the thriller "Malice" (1993) and reteamed with Reiner for "The American President" (1995), both penned by his pal Sorkin. So it seemed only natural when it came time to cast the role of Jeremy Goodwin, the book-smart, newly hired research assistant and associate producer in the comedy-drama "Sports Night" (ABC, 1998-2000), the actor would be hired. Malina brought a sweetness to the part, particularly as his character grew and developed, notably in an inter-office romance with assistant producer Natalie Hurley (played by Sabrina Lloyd). Often bespectacled and projecting a slightly nebbishy air, Malina has been able to play a variety of ethnicities and religions....

Fresh out of Yale, actor Joshua Malina headed for the bright lights of Manhattan hoping to land roles on stage. AS luck would have it, he met aspiring playwright Aaron Sorkin and this serendipitous friendship has led to the actor's participation in nearly all of the writer's projects. When Sorkin's first play, the military courtroom drama "A Few Good Men" premiered on Broadway in 1989. Malina was in the cast and when Rob Reiner translated it to the screen in 1992, the actor was cast in the small role of an orderly. Additionally, he acted in the thriller "Malice" (1993) and reteamed with Reiner for "The American President" (1995), both penned by his pal Sorkin. So it seemed only natural when it came time to cast the role of Jeremy Goodwin, the book-smart, newly hired research assistant and associate producer in the comedy-drama "Sports Night" (ABC, 1998-2000), the actor would be hired. Malina brought a sweetness to the part, particularly as his character grew and developed, notably in an inter-office romance with assistant producer Natalie Hurley (played by Sabrina Lloyd).

Often bespectacled and projecting a slightly nebbishy air, Malina has been able to play a variety of ethnicities and religions. Early in his career, in addition to the Sorkin-scripted projects, he landed small roles in independent features (i.e., the receptionist in "Clockwatchers" 1997). Warren Beatty tapped him to portray a harried campaign worker in "Bulworth" (1998) before he landed his biggest film role to date, as co-star with Luck Wilson of the Sundance-screened comedy "Kill the Man" (1999). In 2002 Malina again reunited with Sorkin to play "The West Wing's" Will Bailey, a California campaign manager who lures Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe) into taking a congressional seat won by a deceased candidate; Malina later stepped into Lowe's vacant slot on the acclaimed series and became a regular cast member when his character took a job as a presidential speech writer.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 First Time, The (2012)
2.
 View From the Top (2001) Randy
4.
 Bulworth (1998) Bill Feldman
5.
 Clockwatchers (1997) Receptionist
6.
 Infinity (1996) Calculator Kid No 3
7.
 Just Friends (1995) Bob
8.
 Separate Lives (1995) Randall
9.
 American President, The (1995) David
10.
 In the Line of Fire (1993) Agent Chavez
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1989:
Served as a production assistant on "Fletch Lives"
1989:
Broadway debut in "A Few Good Men", by Aaron Sorkin
1992:
Film acting debut in "A Few Good Men"; played bit role of an orderly; scripted by Sorkin and directed by Rob Reiner
1993:
Had bit part in "Malice", also penned by Aaron Sorkin
1993:
First played recurring role of a creative consultant in the HBO sitcom "The Larry Sanders Show"
1995:
Played small role in "The American President", helmed by Reiner and written by Sorkin
1997:
Cast as the receptionist in the independent feature "Clockwatchers"
1998:
Reprised recurring role in "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO)
1998:
Appeared as a harried campaign worker in "Bulworth"
1998:
Had regular role of Jeremy Goodwin on the ABC comedy/drama "Sports Night", created by Sorkin
1999:
Co-starred with Luke Wilson in the comedy "Kill the Man", screened at the Sundance Film Festival
2002:
Returned to series TV as co-star of the Hank Azaria vehicle "Imagine That" (NBC); show canceled after two airings
2002:
Joined the cast of the Sorkin-produced "The West Wing" as campaign manager-turned-speechwriter Will Bailey
2003:
Played a male flight attendant in "View from the Top" opposite Gwyneth Paltrow
2006:
Joined the cast of the CBS drama "Numbers," as a federal prosecutor
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Education

Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1988

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wife:
Melissa Merwin. Born c. 1964; married in 1996; sister of fashion designer Jennifer Merwin who is married to actor Timothy Busfield.

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