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Also Known As: Philip Michael Bosco, Phillip Bosco Died:
Born: September 26, 1930 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, truck driver, carnival worker

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An avuncular, often underused character player in films, Philip Bosco made his feature debut in "Requiem For a Heavyweight" (1962) but acted in only one other picture prior to 1983 when his thinning white hair, ready smile and faultless delivery began bringing him many middle-aged roles, often as sympathetic figures of authority. On the New York stage, however, Bosco is a legend who has headlined numerous Broadway productions and along the way earned three Tony nominations before taking the award home for "Lend Me a Tenor" (1989), his fourth invitation to the dance. A frequent presence in the plays of Shakespeare, especially early in his career, he also emerged as one of the finest contemporary interpreters of the work of George Bernard Shaw, appearing on the New York boards in eight Shaw plays. Though he has always put the theater first, he has increasingly allowed TV, films and commercials to enhance his family's quality of life.

An avuncular, often underused character player in films, Philip Bosco made his feature debut in "Requiem For a Heavyweight" (1962) but acted in only one other picture prior to 1983 when his thinning white hair, ready smile and faultless delivery began bringing him many middle-aged roles, often as sympathetic figures of authority. On the New York stage, however, Bosco is a legend who has headlined numerous Broadway productions and along the way earned three Tony nominations before taking the award home for "Lend Me a Tenor" (1989), his fourth invitation to the dance. A frequent presence in the plays of Shakespeare, especially early in his career, he also emerged as one of the finest contemporary interpreters of the work of George Bernard Shaw, appearing on the New York boards in eight Shaw plays. Though he has always put the theater first, he has increasingly allowed TV, films and commercials to enhance his family's quality of life.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

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 Savages, The (2007)
4.
 Freedomland (2006)
5.
 Hitch (2005) Cast
6.
 Mark Twain (2001) Voice
7.
 Borough of Kings (2001)
8.
 Kate & Leopold (2001) Otis
9.
 No Ordinary Baby (2001) Dr Ed Walden
10.
 Cupid & Cate (2000) Dominic Deangelo
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Jersey City, New Jersey
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A role as Machiavelli the Cat in a school play entitled "The Fairy Cobbler" while in eighth grade hooked him on theater
1951:
Served in US Army Signal Corps and Special Services
1954:
Professional acting debut in Maryland production of "You Never Can Tell"
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Appeared in 20 productions with Arena Stage, Washington, DC
1958:
Broadway debut in "Auntie Mame," playing Brian O'Bannon
1960:
Early TV credit, "The Prisoner of Zenda," a CBS telecast of the "DuPont Show of the Month"
1961:
Received first Tony Award nomination for performance in "The Rape of the Belt"
1962:
Made film debut in "Requiem for a Heavyweight"
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Performed with American Shakespeare Festival, including title roles in "Henry IV, Part I" and "Coriolanus"
1966:
First worked with producer Joseph Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival in "Richard III"
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Member of the Lincoln Center Repertory Theater company
1968:
Second feature film, "A Lovely Way to Die"
1970:
Returned to Lincoln Center as member of company
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Experienced an eighteen-month period of anxiety attacks during the mid-1970s (a condition long since controlled) that limited his professional choices
1977:
Played Mack the Knife in New York Shakespeare Festival revival of "The Threepenny Opera" in Central Park
1979:
Had recurring role on the CBS daytime drama "Guiding Light"
1979:
Acted in "Whose Life Is It Anyway?" on Broadway
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Spent a season with the Roundabout Theatre Company
1983:
First feature in 15 years, "Trading Places"
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Cast opposite Rex Harrison and Rosemary Harris in the Broadway revival of Shaw's "Heartbreak House"; received Tony nomination
1984:
Cast as Eric Roberts' father in "The Pope of Greenwich Village"
1985:
Starred in American Playhouse production of "Some Men Need Help" (PBS)
1985:
Revisited Catholic upbringing playing a member of a religious order in the comedy "Heaven Help Us"
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Had lead role of Sir Thomas More in Roundabout revival of "A Man for All Seasons"
1987:
Appeared as a detective in the comedy hit "Three Men and a Baby"
1987:
Garnered third Tony nomination as Actor in a Play for Shaw's "You Never Can Tell"
1987:
Won a Daytime Emmy Award playing a grandfather in "Read Between the Line," an ABC Afterschool Special
1988:
First collaboration with Woody Allen, the Bergmanesque "Another Woman"
1988:
Played industrialist Oren Trask in "Working Girl"
1989:
Starred on Broadway in Ken Ludwig's farcical "Lend Me a Tenor"
1991:
Second film with Woody Allen, "Shadows and Fog"
1993:
Had regular role on the short-lived Fox anthology series "Tribeca"
1994:
Played a judge in Robert Benton's "Nobody's Fool"
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Co-starred with Rosemary Harris in "An Inspector Calls" on Broadway
1994:
Cast as a corrections officer in the gripping HBO drama "Against the Wall"
1995:
Played Dr. Sloper in Broadway revival of "The Heiress"
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Starred with Carol Burnett on Broadway in "Moon Over Buffalo"; received Tony nomination
1997:
Cast as Cameron Diaz's father in "My Best Friend's Wedding"
1997:
Third film with Allen, "Deconstructing Harry"
1998:
Portrayed Malvolio in the Lincoln Center production of "Twelfth Night"; reprised role in live telecast on PBS
2000:
Played Michael Douglas' father-in-law in brief role in the feature comedy "Wonder Boys"
2000:
Returned to Broadway to star in Michael Frayn's "Copenhagen"
2000:
Acted in John Singleton's remake of "Shaft," starring Samuel L Jackson
2004:
Returned to Broadway as 'Juror Three, the Angriest One of All' in "Twelve Angry Men" an adaptation of Reginald Rose's popular television (and film) drama from the 1950's; earned Tony nomination for his role
2005:
Starred on Broadway as Grandpa Potts in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," inspired by the children's book by Ian Fleming
2007:
Cast on the FX original series "Damages"
2007:
Played the senile father of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney in "The Savages"
2011:
Appeared in PBS' documentary film series "Prohibition"
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Education

St. Peter's Preparatory School: Jersey City , New Jersey - 1948
The Catholic University of America: Washington , Washington D.C. - 1957

Notes

Inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1998.

On his strong feelings regarding actors doing commercials: "Yes, I still think it demeans the profession. How can you play Hamlet or Macbeth and be respected as an artist when they see you selling toilet paper? If you want to be a salesman, fine--but don't be an actor and a salesman. You are not practicing your craft when you are selling products. When Laurence Olivier did it, it broke my heart, although his commercials weren't shown in England. But after a lot of soul-searching, I said that I would do it because my family deserves it. And then it was no dog food or women's sanitary napkins. I became the spokesperson for MCI, and in four years, I made more money in that gig--almost a million dollars--than I made in my entire career as an actor on the stage." --Philip Bosco to Gerard Raymond in InTheater, August 7, 1998.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Nancy Ann Bosco. Were college sweethearts; married on January 2, 1957.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Philip Lupo Bosco. Carnival operator.
mother:
Margaret Raymond Bosco.
daughter:
Diane Bosco.
son:
Philip Bosco.
son:
Christopher Bosco.
daughter:
Jennifer Bosco.
daughter:
Lisa Bosco.
daughter:
Celia Bosco.
son:
John Bosco.
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