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Barry Bostwick

Festival Special Guest

From his portrayal of the quintessential all American Brad Majors in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW to the hilarious Mayor Randall Winston on ABC’s Spin City, actor BARRY BOSTWICK has had an expansive career spanning all genres and mediums of show business.


Barry has had starring roles in many highly acclaimed television film and miniseries. He portrayed George Washington in the two part Peabody award winning CBS miniseries epic George Washington and won a Golden Globe for his performance as Lieutenant “Lady” Aster in ABC’s thirty-hour presentation of War and Remembrance.


Additionally, Barry has appeared in several television musical specials for PBS including “Broadway Plays Washington,” “The Best of Broadway,” “In Performance at the White House,” Irving Berlin’s 100th Birthday Celebration at Carnegie Hall, and an adaptation of the Broadway hit Working.


Barry made his professional stage debut when he was a sophomore at San Diego’s U.S.I.U. School of Performing Arts. He then attended NYU’s Graduate School of the Arts.  He made his Broadway debut with the APA Phoenix Repertory Company in the title role in Sean O’Casey’s “Cock-a-Doodle-Dandy.” His first Tony nomination was for his characterization of Danny Zuko in “Grease.” His second nomination was for his portrayal of Joey in “They Knew What They Wanted” for the Phoenix Theater. Barry won the coveted Tony for “Best Actor in a Musical” for his portrayal of “The Robber Bridegroom,” a role he originally created at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.


His film credits include Weekend at Bernie's II, Spyhard, Some Guy Who Kills People, Hanna Montana: The Movie, Evening Nancy Drew, Skulls III, Disney's animated 101 Dalmatians Part 2, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, along with many more.  As for television, Barry has recently recurred on several hit television series, including Scandal, Cougar Town, Ugly Betty, and Law and Order SVU.  Most recently, he has been seen on Bravo's Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce, IFC's Gigi Does It, and the Fox hit, New Girl.


Barry has been very outspoken about his bout with prostate cancer. On behalf of the American Cancer Society, Barry received the “Courage Award” presented by President Clinton in recognition of his determination to reach others about the importance of early detection. Barry is also the recipient of the Gilda Radner Courage Award from the Roswell Institute in Buffalo, New York, and the Brooklyn Hospital Foundation Award in recognition of his extraordinary efforts to tell his personal story in the hopes of helping others.


In his free time, Barry is an accomplished ceramicist and donates many pieces to charities around the country.