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Also Known As: Barry Knapp Bostwick Died:
Born: February 24, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Mateo, California, USA Profession: actor, singer

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From the stage to the screen, Barry Bostwick's roles ran the gamut - from bad boys to uptight nerds, men of action or leaders of nations, effortlessly switching from broad comedy to high drama with each role. A veteran Tony Award-winning stage actor, Bostwick moved to the screen where he soon found lasting notoriety in the cult classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975) opposite a then unknown Susan Sarandon. While many of his later efforts were far less memorable - the nostalgic "Movie, Movie" (1978) and ridiculous "Megaforce" (1982) being prime examples - Bostwick nevertheless remained a constant presence, primarily on the small screen. With his formal bearing and commanding voice, the actor was often cast as military and political leaders, notably in several Judith Krantz adaptations and two famously lengthy turns as George Washington, culminating in an award-winning role as Lieutenant Carter "Lady" Aster in the acclaimed miniseries, "War and Remembrance" (1988). Bostwick later brilliantly flexed his comedic muscle as the hilariously incompetent New York City mayor on the long-running sitcom "Spin City" (ABC, 1996-2002) opposite Michael J. Fox. After the series ended, he remained a familiar...

From the stage to the screen, Barry Bostwick's roles ran the gamut - from bad boys to uptight nerds, men of action or leaders of nations, effortlessly switching from broad comedy to high drama with each role. A veteran Tony Award-winning stage actor, Bostwick moved to the screen where he soon found lasting notoriety in the cult classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975) opposite a then unknown Susan Sarandon. While many of his later efforts were far less memorable - the nostalgic "Movie, Movie" (1978) and ridiculous "Megaforce" (1982) being prime examples - Bostwick nevertheless remained a constant presence, primarily on the small screen. With his formal bearing and commanding voice, the actor was often cast as military and political leaders, notably in several Judith Krantz adaptations and two famously lengthy turns as George Washington, culminating in an award-winning role as Lieutenant Carter "Lady" Aster in the acclaimed miniseries, "War and Remembrance" (1988). Bostwick later brilliantly flexed his comedic muscle as the hilariously incompetent New York City mayor on the long-running sitcom "Spin City" (ABC, 1996-2002) opposite Michael J. Fox. After the series ended, he remained a familiar face on television with frequent guest spots on popular series like "Law & Order" Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ). Although never achieving the megawatt stardom of some of his peers, Bostwick was undoubtedly one of the more versatile, hardworking and welcome stars of his generation.

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1971:
Made his feature debut in the black comedy, "Jennifer on My Mind."
1974:
Made his TV debut as star of "Slither," a busted sitcom pilot for CBS.
1976:
Co-starred in Broadway revival of "They Knew What They Wanted."
1977:
Played lead role of Jamie Lockhart in the Broadway revival of "The Robber Bridegroom."
1978:
Had dual roles in the spoof "Movie Movie."
1979:
Played role of Tony in all-star production of "You Can't Take It With You."
1980:
Co-starred in the CBS miniseries, "Scruples."
1980:
Portrayed silent screen star John Gilbert in "Moviola: The Silent Lovers."
1981:
Debuted as a series regular in the ABC sitcom, "Foul Play"; based on the movie starring Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn.
1982:
Appeared in the PBS production of the musical, "Working."
1984:
Offered strong turn in the title role of the highly-rated CBS miniseries, "George Washington."
1986:
Headlined the CBS miniseries sequel, "George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation."
1987:
Co-starred as Valerie Bertinelli's father in Judith Krantz's "I'll Take Manhattan."
1988:
Cast as a modern-day Casanova in the ABC movie, "Addicted to His Love."
1990:
Starred as Commander Dick Scobee in the fact-based tragedy, "Challenger."
1991:
Co-starred opposite Joanna Gleason in the ill-fated Broadway musical, "Nick and Nora."
1993:
Starred as a South American plantation owner in "800 Leagues Down the Amazon."
2000:
Replaced Chevy Chase as the host of "The Great American History Quiz" specials on The History Channel.
2004:
Had a recurring role on NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."
2007:
Appeared in the big-screen adaptation of "Nancy Drew."
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -
San Mateo High School: San Mateo , California - 1963
United States International University: San Diego , California - 1967

Notes

Described by the venerable "Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion" as "Personable, easy-going leading man of the seventies, sometimes with a startling resemblance to James Stewart."

Bostwick makes ceramics which have been sold in craft stores in L.A.

He underwent surgery for prostate cancer in June 1997.

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companion:
Lisa Hartman. Actor, singer. Together c. 1980-84.
wife:
Stacey Nelkin. Actor. Married in 1987; divorced in 1991.
wife:
Sherri Ellen Jensen. Former actor. Married on November 27, 1994; second marriage.

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father:
Henry Bostwick Jr. Actor, retired city planner. Joined Screen Actors Guild at age 79; died of a cerebral hemorrhage and cardiac arrest on December 7, 1999 at age 86.
mother:
Betty Bostwick.
brother:
Peter Bostwick. Born on May 4, 1941; died in car accident on July 20, 1973 at age 32.
son:
Brian Lake Bostwick. Born on April 29, 1995; mother, Sherri Bostwick.
daughter:
Chelsea Evelyn Bostwick. Born on October 14, 1996; mother, Sherri Bostwick.
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