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Also Known As: Josh A. Charles, Joshua Aaron Charles Died:
Born: September 15, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA Profession: actor, comic

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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,...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bird People (2013)
4.
 After Life (2009)
5.
 Ex, The (2007)
6.
 Darwin Awards (2006)
7.
 Four Brothers (2005) Cast
8.
 Seeing Other People (2004) Lou
9.
 S.W.A.T. (2003) T J Mccabe
10.
 Our America (2002) David Isay
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Baltimore, MD
1979:
Began performing stand-up comedy by age eight
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Studied acting at the Stagedoor Manor in New York's Catskill Mountains
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Acted in local summer stock productions
1988:
Made feature acting debut in John Waters' "Hairspray"
1989:
Cast in a memorable role as Knox Overstreet in "Dead Poets Society"
1989:
Played Jay in the stage production of "The Dance Lesson" at Long Wharf Theatre in Connecticut
1990:
Made TV acting debut as civil rights worker Andrew Goodman in the NBC docudrama "Murder in Mississippi"
1991:
First romantic lead, "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead"
1993:
Appeared in the TV-movie "Cooperstown" (TNT), starring Alan Arkin and Graham Greene
1994:
Portrayed the sexually-confused college roommate of Stephen Baldwin and Lara Flynn Boyle in "Threesome"
1996:
Acted opposite Ashley Judd in the HBO biopic "Norma Jean & Marilyn"
1998:
Played a neurotic New Yorker who travels to Savannah to meet his girlfriend's family in "Meeting Daddy"
1998:
Cast in the leading role of sports anchor Dan Rydell on ABC's "Sports Night"
2003:
Joined forces with Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell in the big-budget action feature "S.W.A.T."
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"
2005:
Cast as a detective in John Singleton's "Four Brothers"
2006:
Created the role of Mark for Richard Greenberg's "The Well-Appointed Room" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago
2007:
Joined cast of the short-lived ABC series "Six Degrees"
2008:
Played a man seeking couples' therapy with his wife on the HBO drama series "In Treatment"
2009:
Cast as Will Gardner, a colleague-turned-lover of Julianna Margulies' character on the CBS drama "The Good Wife"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
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Education

Stagedoor Manor: Loch Sheldrake , New York -

Notes

"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

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Jennifer Connelly. Actor. Romantically linked since c. 2001.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Allan Charles. Radio personality, commercial director.
mother:
Laura Charles. Gossip columnist.

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