Actor, writer and comedian John Ross Bowie made a successful living off channeling nerd culture. While the actor was best known for playing Barry Kripke, the lisping physicist on "The Big Bang Theory"...
New York, New York, USA
|Nadine in Date Land||Actor||Bob||7|
|Weeds||2011 2004 - 2011||Actor||n/a||20117|
|The Bad Girl's Guide||2004 2003 - 2004||Actor||Patrick||20047|
|Children's Hospital||2012 2009 - 2012||Actor||Dr. Max von Sydow||20127|
|Melissa & Joey||2013 2009 - 2013||Actor||Lewis Scanlon||20137|
|Whitney||2012 2010 - 2012||Actor||Eddie||20127|
|State of Georgia||2010 2009 - 2010||Actor||Professor||20107|
|About a Boy||2013 2012 - 2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
|The Exes||2013 2010 - 2013||Actor||Jeff||20137|
|Retired at 35||2011 2009 - 2011||Actor||Jared||20117|
|A.U.S.A.||2002 2001 - 2002||Actor||Wally Berman||20027|
|Good Luck, Charlie||2012 2008 - 2012||Actor||Walter||20127|
|Las Vegas||2007 2002 - 2007||Actor||n/a||20077|
|Burn Notice||2011 2005 - 2011||Actor||Paul||20117|
|Brooklyn Nine-Nine||2013 2012 - 2013||Actor||Sister Steve||20137|
|Wizards of Waverly Place||2010 2006 - 2010||Actor||Simon||20107|
|The Glades||2013 2008 - 2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
|Happy Endings||2012 2009 - 2012||Actor||Michael||20127|
|Kevin Hill||2004 2003 - 2004||Actor||Wayne Ellis||20047|
|Worst Week||2008 2007 - 2008||Actor||Rob||20087|
|Monk||2008 2000 - 2008||Actor||n/a||20087|
|CSI: New York||2012 2003 - 2012||Actor||Lester Jayne||20127|
|Girlfriends||2007 1999 - 2007||Actor||Ian Greenfeld||20077|
|Reno 911!||2008 2002 - 2008||Actor||Pageant Dad||20087|
|Trust Me||2008 2007 - 2008||Actor||n/a||20087|
|Life of the Party||2005 2004 - 2005||Actor||Bert||20057|
|Psych||2013 2004 - 2013||Actor||George Cheslow||20137|
|Curb Your Enthusiasm||2010 1999 - 2010||Actor||John Fowler||20107|
|Joan of Arcadia||2004 2002 - 2004||Actor||n/a||20047|
|Episodes||2014 2009 - 2014||Actor||Psychiatrist||20147|
|Charmed||2005 1997 - 2005||Actor||n/a||20057|
|Glee||2014 2008 - 2014||Actor||Dennis||20147|
|Nadine in Date Land||Actor||n/a||7|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||2013 1999 - 2013||Actor||Peter Ellis||20137|
|Family Guy||2013 1997 - 2013||Voice||n/a||20136|
|The Heat||2013||Actor||NY Agent||20137|
|Because I Said So||2007||Actor||Cute Food Spewing Guy||20077|
|Sex Drive||2008||Actor||Dr Clark Teddescoe||20087|
|The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause||2006||Actor||Rory||20067|
|He's Just Not That Into You||2009||Actor||Dan the Wiccan||20097|
|Reality Bites Back||2007 2006 - 2007||Song Performer||Band||1|
|Joined cast of "The Big Bang Thoery" as recurring character Barry Kripke.|
|Wrote a film criticism book about the seminal 1980s film "Heathers" for the "Deep Focus" book series for Soft Skull Press.|
Actor, writer and comedian John Ross Bowie made a successful living off channeling nerd culture. While the actor was best known for playing Barry Kripke, the lisping physicist on "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS 2007- ), the real life Bowie was an eloquent, politically active and savvy entertainer.
John Ross Bowie (who unlike the rock star David pronounced his surname BAO-ie) was born in New York City on May 30, 1971. After graduating from high school, Bowie left the city to attend Ithaca College upstate and dabbled in college radio. After college, Bowie tried his hand at a number of careers before settling on acting: a high school teacher, a copywriter for a consulting firm, and a stint as bassist for the 1990s New York City pop-punk band Egghead. His years on the stage helped prepare him for the live-wire energy of improvisational acting when he started studying at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York in 1998. During his time at UCB, he formed a sketch troupe with comedians Rob Corddry, Seth Morris, and Brian Huskey and performed regularly around the country. He also met his wife, fellow comedian Jamie Denbo, while performing improv in New York. Being a part of the UCB family led to his television debut, a supporting role on the sketch comedy series "Upright Citizens Brigade" (Comedy Central 1998-2000).
His improv training also landed Bowie plenty of commercial work in the late 1990s, often being cast as stock nerd characters during this heyday of the dot-com boom. This commercial work earned him his SAG (Screen Actors Guild) card before he made his big screen debut in the comedy "Road Trip" (2000). After relocating to Los Angeles in 2002, he was soon working steadily in television, landing his first recurring role on the short-lived series "A.U.S.A" (NBC 2003), starring Scott Foley as a New York federal prosecutor. Bowie supplemented his steady commercial work with guest starring roles on a variety of television dramas.
No stranger to ensemble improvisation, Bowie landed a small part on police mockumentary "Reno 911" (Comedy Central 2003-09), followed by appearances on other improv-based shows like Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO 2000-2011) and the cult favorite series starring Adam Scott, "Party Down" (Starz 2010). His enthusiasm for oddball characters also landed him a role as a Wiccan wedding guest who hits on Jennifer Aniston in the romantic comedy film "He's Just Not That Into You" (2009).
Bowie reunited with his former sketch partner Rob Corddry in Corddry's absurdist medical comedy, "Children's Hospital" (Adult Swim 2008 -), playing the recurring character of Dr. Max Von Sydow. Making a shift from the snarky landscape of alternative comedy, Bowie tried his hand at a traditional multi-camera sitcom when he began appearing on "The Big Bang Theory" as the workplace nemesis of Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), Barry Kripke, who speaks with an exaggerated rhotacized R that renders his pronunciation of his own name as "Bawwy Kwipke." On the set of that series, Bowie met fellow actor Kevin Sussman, who played comic book store owner Stuart Bloom. The pair began a writing and producing partnership, creating two unproduced sitcoms, "The Ever After Part" and "The Second Coming of Rob," and an animated comedy called "Dark Minions."
In 2011, Bowie published a book-length critical essay about the black comedy cult classic "Heathers" (1988) as part of an ongoing series of film criticism published by Soft Skull Press. He appeared in a recurring role in the retro-style sitcom "Retired at 35" (TV Land 2011-12) alongside comedic greats George Segal and Jessica Walter, and had a small role as an exasperated FBI agent in the cop buddy comedy "The Heat" (2013), starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.
|Bowie is a member of New York pop-punk band Egghead, who released several EPs in the 1990s and a full-length album in 2011.|
|Often dicusses liberal-leaning causes on social media.|
|"When I started with UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade), I was working a job at Pricewaterhousecoopers, was in the dying throes of a 9-year relationship, and my punk band had just broken up. I was in a bad place. UCB made me realize that I wanted to act, and that I had to stop being a p*ssy about it. It's not too much of an exaggeration to say they saved my life."|
|Scottish and Irish descent.|
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