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Tony Goldwyn
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Born (1960-05-20) May 20, 1960 (age 57)
Birthname Anthony Howard Goldwyn
Birthplace Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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Occupation(s) Actor, television director
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Anthony Howard Goldwyn (born May 20, 1960) is an American actor, producer, director and political activist. He portrayed Carl Bruner in Ghost, Colonel Bagley in The Last Samurai, and the voice of the title character of the Disney animated film Tarzan. He stars in the ABC drama Scandal, as Fitzgerald Grant III, President of the United States.[1]

Early lifeEdit

Goldwyn was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of actress Jennifer Howard and film producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. Goldwyn's paternal grandparents were mogul Samuel Goldwyn, a Polish Jewish immigrant, from Warsaw, and actress Frances Howard, who was originally from Nebraska.[2] His maternal grandparents were playwright Sidney Howard and actress Clare Eames. One of his maternal great-great-grandfathers was Maryland Governor and Senator William Thomas Hamilton.[3] Goldwyn attended Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts (where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree), and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

CareerEdit

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Following his departure from drama school, Goldwyn began acting in guest star roles in the mid-1980s. Goldwyn is well known for his portrayal of Carl Bruner, friend-turned-betrayer of Patrick Swayze's character Sam Wheat in Ghost. He is also well known for his turn on the comedy series, Designing Women in which he played a young interior designer named Kendall Dobbs who was HIV positive, and asked the women of Sugarbakers to design his funeral. In the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, Goldwyn played astronaut Neil Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11. He also voiced the title character from the 1999 animated feature film, Tarzan, produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and reprised the role in the video games Disney's Tarzan Untamed and Kingdom Hearts. He had a recurring role on the NBC-Universal drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Frank Goren, brother of lead character Robert Goren, played by Vincent D'Onofrio. He also had acting and directing duties for the first season of Dexter for Showtime (brother John Goldwyn is executive producer).

As a stage actor, Goldwyn has appeared twice in Off-Broadway shows at Second Stage Theatre and on Broadway at Circle in the Square Theatre. At Second Stage he appeared in Theresa Rebeck's Spike Heels (1992) alongside Kevin Bacon and Julie White. Most recently, in the summer of 2006 at Second Stage Theatre he starred opposite Kate Burton in another Rebeck play, The Water's Edge. Goldwyn played J. D. Sheldrake, the philandering business executive, in the Broadway musical Promises, Promises starring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth.[4] The cast recording was released on June 23, 2010, with Goldwyn in three tracks.[5][6]

Goldwyn played Captain von Trapp (opposite Laura Osnes as Maria) in a concert performance of The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall on April 25, 2012. The benefit included opera singer Stephanie Blythe as the Mother Abbess, Brooke Shields as Baroness Schraeder and Patrick Page as Max.[7]

As a director, Goldwyn has directed four feature films, A Walk On The Moon, Someone Like You, The Last Kiss, and Conviction. He has also directed many episodes of television series such as Without a Trace, The L Word, Dexter, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal. In 2014, he directed the pilot episode of the WE tv series, The Divide, of which he also served as executive producer along with Oscar-nominated screenwriter Richard LaGravenese.

Since 2012, he has appeared as President Fitzgerald Grant III in ABC television series Scandal.

In 2013, Goldwyn was cast in new Lifetime movie, Outlaw Prophet, as Warren Jeffs.[8] In 2014, he appeared in Divergent as Andrew Prior, Caleb (Ansel Elgort) and Beatrice's (Shailene Woodley) father. In 2015 he signed on to star in James Gunn's horror thriller film The Belko Experiment.[9]

Activism Edit

A former President of the Creative Coalition, Goldwyn is also heavily involved with arts advocacy. He is also a spokesperson of the AmeriCares Foundation. He is an avid supporter of Hillary Clinton and in 2016 directed a commercial featuring his Scandal co-star Kerry Washington, Viola Davis (of How to Get Away with Murder), Ellen Pompeo, and Shonda Rhimes in support of Clinton's presidential campaign.

Personal lifeEdit

Goldwyn has been married to production designer Jane Michelle Musky since 1987.[10] They have two daughters Anna Musky-Goldwyn and Tess Goldwyn.[11] Additionally, Goldwyn's brother John is a former executive of Paramount Pictures and the executive producer of Dexter. His brother Peter is also a film producer and the current President of Samuel Goldwyn Films.

FilmographyEdit

FilmsEdit

Title Year Role Notes
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives 1986 Darren
Gaby: A True Story 1987 David
Dark Holiday 1989 Ken Horton
Ghost 1990 Carl Bruner
Kuffs 1992 Ted Bukovsky
Traces of Red 1992 Steve Frayn
The Pelican Brief 1993 Fletcher Coal
The Last Tattoo 1994 Capt. Michael Starwood
The Last Word 1995 Stan
Nixon 1995 Harold Nixon
Reckless 1995 Tom
The Substance of Fire 1996 Aaron Geldhart
Trouble on the Corner 1997 Jeff Stewart
Kiss the Girls 1997 Dr. William 'Will' Rudolph
The Lesser Evil 1998 Frank O'Brian
Tarzan 1999 Tarzan (voice)
Pocahontas: The Legend 1999 Sir Edwin Wingfield
The 6th Day 2000 Michael Drucker
An American Rhapsody 2001 Peter
Bounce 2001 Greg Janello
Abandon 2002 Dr. David Schaffer
Joshua 2002 Joshua
Kingdom Hearts 2002 Tarzan (voice) Video game
The Last Samurai 2003 Colonel Bagley
Ash Tuesday 2003 Elliott
The Godfather of Green Bay 2005 Big Jake Norquist
American Gun 2005 Frank
Romance and Cigarettes 2005 Kitty's First Love
The Sisters 2005 Vincent Antonelli
Ghosts never Sleep 2005Jared Dolan
Poliwood 2009Himself Documentary
The Last House on the Left 2009 John Collingwood
The Mechanic2011 Dean
Divergent 2014 Andrew Prior
The Divergent Series: Insurgent 2015 Andrew Prior
The Belko Experiment 2016 Barry Norris
The Silent Man 2017 Post-production

TelevisionEdit

Title Year Episode Role
St. Elsewhere 1987 Episode: "Schwarzwald" Henry
Matlock 1987 Episode: "The Doctors" Dr. Mark Campion
CBS Summer Playhouse 1987 Episode: "Mabel and Max" Paul
Designing Women 1987 Episode: "Killing All the Right People" Kendall
L.A. Law 1988 Episode: "Fetus Completus" Chris Arnett
Hunter 1988 Episode: "Murder He Wrote" Byron
Favorite Son 1988 TV mini series
Murphy Brown 1988 Episode: "Respect" Bobby Powell
Tales from the Crypt 1991 Episode: "Abra Cadaver" Dr. Carl Fairbanks
L'Amérique en otage 1991TV Movie Jody Powell
The Last Mile 1992TV Short
Taking the Heat 1993TV Movie Michael
Love Matters1993TV Movie Geoffrey
Doomsday Gun 1994 TV Movie Donald Duvall
Under Fire 1995Pilot James Warren
A Woman of Independent Means1995TV mini series Robert Steed
Truman1995TV Movie Clark Clifford
The Boys Next Door1996TV Movie Jack Palmer
The Song of the Lark1997TV Short Fred Ottenburg
From the Earth to the Moon 1998 2 episodes Neil Armstrong
Frasier2001 Episode: "Love Stinks" Roger
American Masters 2001 Documentary; episode: "Goldwyn The Man and His Movies"Himself
The L Word2004–2005 2 episodes Burr Connor
Without a Trace2004 2 episodes Greg Knowles / Rick Knowles
Dexter2006 Episode: "Shrink Wrap"Dr. Emmett Meridian
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2007–2008 4 episodes Frank Goren
The Good Wife 2009 Episode: "Lifeguard"Judge Henry Baxter
Drop Dead Diva2011 Episode: "Closure" Alan Roberts
The Unknown 2012 Episode: "Spare the Child"Bill Watson
Scandal2012–present Main castPresident Fitzgerald Grant III
Outlaw Prophet2014TV Movie Warren Jeffs

DirectorEdit

Title Year Episode
A Walk on the Moon 1999 Also producer
Someone Like You 2001
Without a Trace 2004 Episode: "American Goddess"
The L Word 2004–2005 3 episodes
Grey's Anatomy 2006 2 episodes
The Last Kiss 2006
Law & Order 2006 Episode: "Thinking Makes It So"
Dexter 2006–2007 4 episodes
Private Practice 2007 Episode: "In Which Sam Receives an Unexpected Visitor..."
Six Degrees 2007 Episode: "Ray's Back"
Kidnapped 2007 Episode: "Acknowledgement"
Alibi 2007
Dirty Sexy Money 2007 Episode: "The Nutcracker"
Conviction 2010 Also producer
Damages 2010 Episode: "Flight's at 11:08"
Justified 2010–2012 3 episodes
Hawthorne 2011 Episode: "To Tell the Truth"
Scandal 2012–2017 6 episodes
The Divide 2014 Also producer

TheaterEdit

Title Year Role
Tom Jones1988
The Sum of Us1989
Carthaginians 1990
Picnic 1991
Spike Heels 1992Andrew
Lady in the Dark1994Charley Johnson
Holiday 1995Johnny Case
The Water's Edge2006Richard
Promises, Promises 2010 J. D. Sheldrake
24 Hour Plays Broadway2010
Broadway Backwards 52010
The Sound of Music 2012 Captain von Trapp

AudiobookEdit

Title Author Year
The GriftersJim Thompson1991
Tenth CommandmentLawrence Sanders1992
Dead Irish (Dismas Hardy Series #1)John Lescroart2000
The MillionairesBrad Meltzer2005
The Devil in the White CityErik Larson2007
A Death in ViennaDaniel Silva2007
Kate RememberedA. Scott Berg2007
ThunderstruckErik Larson2008

SoundtrackEdit

Title Year AlbumNotes
"Wanting Things"2010Promises, Promises
"Christmas Day"2010Promises, Promisesfeat. Ashley Amber
"It's Our Little Secret"2010Promises, Promisesfeat. Sean Hayes

ReferencesEdit

  1. "ABC picks up 'Charlie's Angels,' 'Good Christian Belles' and ten more". Zap2It. 13 May 2011. http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/05/abc-picks-up-charlies-angels-good-christian-belles-and-ten-more.html. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  2. Pfefferman, Naomi (25 March 1999). "Rediscovering His Jewish Roots". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. http://www.jewishjournal.com/home/searchview.php?id=3141. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  3. "Clare Eames Dead". The New York Times: p. 31. 9 November 1930. https://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=FB0613FD3C5C117A93CBA9178AD95F448385F9. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  4. Simon, John (April 25, 2010). "Sean Hayes Pimps Crib, Woos Chenoweth in ‘Promises’". Bloomberg News. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-04-26/sean-hayes-pimps-crib-woos-kristin-chenoweth-in-promises-john-simon.html. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  5. Blank, Matthew (June 23, 2010). "PHOTO CALL: Promises, Promises Cast Album Release Party". Playbill. http://www.playbill.com/news/article/140641-PHOTO-CALL-Promises-Promises-Cast-Album-Release-Party. Retrieved July 2, 2010. 
  6. "Promises, Promises Cast Recording: Track List". Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Promises-Sean-Hayes/dp/B003L9KA6G. Retrieved July 2, 2010. 
  7. "Exclusive Photos! Backstage and Onstage With Laura Osnes & Co. at the Carnegie Hall Sound of Music Concert". Broadway.com. http://www.broadway.com/buzz/161440/exclusive-photos-backstage-and-onstage-with-laura-osnes-co-at-the-carnegie-hall-sound-of-music-concert/. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  8. Robbins, Stephanie (6 March 2014). "'Scandal' star Tony Goldwyn cast as polygamist in Lifetime movie". Entertainment Weekly. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/03/06/scandal-tony-goldwyn-cast-warren-jeffs-lifetime/. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  9. Barsanti, Sam (May 19, 2015). "Tony Goldwyn to star in James Gunn’s The Belko Experiment". The A.V. Club. http://www.avclub.com/article/tony-goldwyn-star-james-gunns-belko-experiment-219683. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  10. "Jane Musky Biography (1954-)". filmreference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/84/Jane-Musky.html. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  11. Gold, Sylvaine (March 28, 1999). "A Goldwyn on the Way Up in the Family Business". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/1999/03/28/movies/film-a-goldwyn-on-the-way-up-in-the-family-business.html. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 

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