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Also Known As: Anthony Howard Goldwyn Died:
Born: May 20, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, director

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The go-to performer for complicated and often conniving professionals throughout the 1990s and beyond, Tony Goldwyn essayed well-paid men with deep rivers of conflict in "Ghost" (1990), "The Pelican Brief" and "Kiss the Girls" (1997) before becoming the director of thoughtful dramas like "A Walk on the Moon" (1999), "The Last Kiss" (2007) and "Conviction" (2010). The grandson of Paramount Pictures chief and MGM's namesake Samuel Goldwyn, he began in theater and segued to television and film in the late 1980s. Moviegoers first became acquainted with him as Patrick Swayze's scheming partner in "Ghost," and he went on to play similar roles throughout the decade. The Age-of-Aquarius drama "A Walk on the Moon" established his directorial career, which saw him handling quality episodic television like "Dexter" (Showtime, 2007- ) and "Damages" (FX, 2007- ) in addition to feature work. His skill at all of these projects, including a 2010 stint in the Broadway musical "Promises, Promises," showed Goldwyn as one of the most versatile talents in the business and a credit to his family's illustrious Hollywood history.

The go-to performer for complicated and often conniving professionals throughout the 1990s and beyond, Tony Goldwyn essayed well-paid men with deep rivers of conflict in "Ghost" (1990), "The Pelican Brief" and "Kiss the Girls" (1997) before becoming the director of thoughtful dramas like "A Walk on the Moon" (1999), "The Last Kiss" (2007) and "Conviction" (2010). The grandson of Paramount Pictures chief and MGM's namesake Samuel Goldwyn, he began in theater and segued to television and film in the late 1980s. Moviegoers first became acquainted with him as Patrick Swayze's scheming partner in "Ghost," and he went on to play similar roles throughout the decade. The Age-of-Aquarius drama "A Walk on the Moon" established his directorial career, which saw him handling quality episodic television like "Dexter" (Showtime, 2007- ) and "Damages" (FX, 2007- ) in addition to feature work. His skill at all of these projects, including a 2010 stint in the Broadway musical "Promises, Promises," showed Goldwyn as one of the most versatile talents in the business and a credit to his family's illustrious Hollywood history.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Conviction (2010)
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  Someone Like You (2001) Director
4.
  Walk on the Moon, A (1999) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Divergent (2014)
3.
 Mechanic, The (2011)
4.
 Poliwood (2009)
6.
 American Gun (2005)
7.
 Sisters, The (2005)
8.
 The Last Samurai (2003) Colonel [Benjamin] Bagley
9.
 Joshua (2002) Joshua
10.
 American Rhapsody (2001) Peter
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1985:
Made his off-Broadway debut in "Digby"
1985:
Had featured role in the L.A. production of Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing"
1986:
Film debut, "Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives"
1987:
Made TV debut on the CBS pilot "Mabel and Max"
1988:
TV mini-series debut, "Favorite Son" (NBC)
1989:
Created role of Jeff in David Stevens' "The Sum of Us" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival
1990:
Starred off-Broadway in "The Sum of Us"
1990:
Landed breakthrough role as Carl Bruner, Patrick Swayze's villainous friend in "Ghost"
1993:
Played smarmy presidential aide in "The Pelican Brief"
1995:
Made Broadway debut in revival of Philip Barry's "Holiday"
1998:
Played Neil Armstrong in the HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon"
1999:
Feature directorial debut, "A Walk on the Moon"; also produced
2001:
Directed second feature "Someone Like You" based on the novel <i>Animal Husbandry</i>
2003:
Starred as Colonel Benjamin Bagley in "The Last Samurai"
2005:
Cast in John Turturro's "Romance & Cigarettes" with James Gandolfini
2006:
Portrayed a deputy haunted by regrets in the IFC project "American Gun"; written and directed by Aric Avelino
2006:
Directed several episodes of the Showtime series "Dexter"
2006:
Directed Zach Braff in "The Last Kiss," based on the 2001 film "L' Ultimo Bacio"
2007:
Cast in a recurring role on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" as Frank Goren, brother of lead character Robert Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio)
2010:
Cast as the philandering business executive in the Broadway musical "Promises, Promises"
2010:
Directed Hilary Swank in "Conviction," based on the true story of a woman who puts herself through law school in order to represent her brother who was wrongfully convicted of murder
2012:
Returned to series television as the president on ABC's "Scandal"
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Education

Brandeis University: Waltham , Massachusetts -
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art: -
Williamstown Theatre Festival: Williamstown , Massachusetts -

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wife:
Jane Musky. Production designer. Married c. 1989; born c. 1954.

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grandfather:
Samuel Goldwyn. Glove salesman, independent producer. Born on August 27, 1882 in Warsaw, Poland; died in 1974; legendary co-founder of Jesse L Lasky Feature Play Company; his namesake company, The Goldwyn Company, merged with Metro Pictures and Louis B Mayer Productions to form MGM; formed Samuel Goldwyn Productions in 1923 becoming the longest-running independent producer in Hollywood.
grandmother:
Frances Howard. Former Broadway actor. Born in 1903; died in 1976; married Goldwyn in 1925; second wife of Samuel Goldwyn.
grandfather:
Sidney Howard. Playwright and screenwriter. Best known as credited writer on "Gone With the Wind" and for his play, "They Knew What They Wanted"; born in 1891; died in 1939.
father:
Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Producer, distributor, executive. Born on September 7, 1926; divorced from Jennifer Howard c. 1966 and remarried in 1969.
mother:
Jennifer Howard. Married to Goldwyn's father in 1950; divorced c. 1966; daughter of writer Sidney Howard;.
step-mother:
Peggy Elliott. Married Samuel Goldwyn Jr in 1969.
sister:
Catherine Howard Goldwyn. Born in 1951.
brother:
Francis Sidney Howard Goldwyn. Born in 1954.
brother:
John Howard Goldwyn. Executive, producer. Born on August 10, 1958; named president of production of Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group in 1991.
half-sister:
Elizabeth E Goldwyn. Born on December 25, 1976.
half-brother:
Peter Samuel Elliott Goldwyn. Born on July 18, 1979.
sister-in-law:
Colleen Camp. Actor. Married to John Goldwyn.
daughter:
Anna Goldwyn. Born c. 1990; mother, Jane Musky.
daughter:
Tess Frances Goldwyn. Born on March 6, 1995; mother, Jane Musky.
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