Barry Miller

Actor
Slight, dark and intense, Barry Miller has proved an actor of extraordinary depth and versatility, frequently portraying nebbishy, intellectual and often surprisingly forceful characters. After making his TV-movie debut ... Read more »
Born: 02/06/1958 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (25)

Shortcut to Happiness 2007 (Movie)

Mike Weiss (Actor)

Gideon's Crossing 1996 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Flawless 1999 (Movie)

Leonard Wilcox (Actor)

Ally McBeal 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Practice 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love Affair 1994 (Movie)

Robert Crosley (Actor)

The Pickle 1993 (Movie)

Ronnie Liebowitz (Actor)

Love at Large 1990 (Movie)

Marty (Actor)

The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 (Movie)

Jeroboam (Actor)

The Sicilian 1987 (Movie)

Dr Nattore (Actor)

Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 (Movie)

Richard Norvik (Actor)

The Roommate 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Journey of Natty Gann 1985 (Movie)

Parker (Actor)

Fame 1980 (Movie)

Raul Garcia/Ralph Garcy (Actor)

The Chosen 1980 (Movie)

Reuven Malter (Actor)

Szysznyk 1976 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Voices 1978 (Movie)

Raymond Rothman (Actor)

Saturday Night Fever 1977 (Movie)

Bobby C (Actor)

Joe and Sons 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Brock's Last Case (TV Show)

Actor

Equal Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Having Babies (TV Show)

Actor

King of America (TV Show)

Actor

The Death of Richie (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Slight, dark and intense, Barry Miller has proved an actor of extraordinary depth and versatility, frequently portraying nebbishy, intellectual and often surprisingly forceful characters. After making his TV-movie debut in "Brock's Last Case" (NBC, 1973), he played Mark Vitale, the elder of two teenage sons of Italian-American widower Joe Vitale (Richard Castellano) in the CBS sitcom "Joe and Sons" (1975-76). While he made his film debut as the younger incarnation of the title character in "Lepke", the 1975 biopic of the gangster Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter, Miller really first caught the attention of filmgoers as Bobby C, the depressed teenager who drunkenly falls off the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in "Saturday Night Fever" (1977). While the role was showy, he was overshadowed by John Travolta, who garnered most notoriety. Instead of being propelled to a film career, Miller returned to series TV as one of the center kids on "Szysznyk" (CBS, 1977-78), a successful summer sitcom that was trounced in the ratings in the fall.

Regrouping, Miller offered fine support as Amy Irving's juvenile delinquent younger brother in the romance "Voices" (1979) before director Alan Parker tapped him to play the dynamic aspiring Puerto Rican comedian Raoul Garcia a.k.a. Ralph Garcy in "Fame" (1980). The actor took what might have been a thoroughly unlikable character and peeled away the layers to reveal his flaws and vulnerabilities. Miller then switched ethnic identities for his role in the film adaptation of Chaim Potok's "The Chosen" (1981). Exchanging the freneticism of his "Fame" turn for a more thoughtful effort, he starred as Reuven Malter, a secular Jew who forms a strong, unconventional friendship with an Hassid (Robby Benson) after the two meet as opponents on a baseball field.

While he had acted on the New York stage in "My Mother, My Father and Me" (1980), "Forty-Deuce" (1981) and in the 1982 NYSF summer presentation of "The Tempest" (as Caliban), Miller found his breakthrough as non-conformist army recruit Arnold Epstein in 1985's "Biloxi Blues", the second part of Neil Simon's autobiographical trilogy. As the soldier suspected of being gay, Miller won the "triple crown" of theater awards, the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Tony Awards. Although he has periodically acted on stage since (i.e., "Crazy He Calls Me" 1992), he has performed mostly for the cameras. He was Kathleen Turner's nerdy devotee in "Peggy Sue Got Married" (1986) and portrayed Jeraboam, the spiritually hungry monk who urges Jesus to fulfil his role as Messiah, in Martin Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988). After returning to series TV as aggressive assistant district attorney Peter 'Briggs' Brigman in "Equal Justice" (ABC, 1990-91), Miller played a young studio chief in Paul Mazursky's "The Pickle" (1993) and supported Warren Beatty and Annette Bening in the ill-fated "Love Affair" (1994). In 1997 and 1998, he made guest appearances on both of producer-creator David E Kelley legal-themed series "The Practice" (ABC), as a lawyer, and "Ally McBeal" (Fox), as a foot fetishist defended by the title character. After a five-year absence, Miller returned to the big screen as the scheming manager of the El Palacio residential hotel in Joel Schumacher's "Flawless" (1999).

Relationships

Dorothy Green

Mother
acted opposite husband in "Tammy and the Millionaire" (1967)

Sidney Miller

Father
born in 1922 began career as child performer appeared in such features as "Boys Town" (1938), "Strike Up the Band" (1940) "For Pete's Sake" (1972) and "Star 80" (1983) directed episodes of "The Monkees" in the 1960s and "The New Mickey Mouse Club" (1977)

Marci Phillips

Wife
married in 1983

EDUCATION

studied acting with playwright/actor Michael V Gazzo

graduated from high school in Los Angeles

Actors Studio

New York , New York 1976
date approximate

Milestones

1999

Appeared as Leonard Wilcox, the scheming manager of the El Palacio residential hotel where Walt (Robert De Niro) and Rusty (Philip Seymour Hoffman) reside, in Joel Schumacher's "Flawless"

1998

Made guest appearence on Kelley's other legal-themed series "Ally McBeal" (Fox)

1997

Played Attorney Douglas Colson in two episodes of the ABC legal drama "The Practice", created by David E Kelley

1994

Acted in "Love Affair", starring Warren Beatty and Annette Bening

1993

Portrayed Ronnie Liebowitz, the young studio chief who persuades veteran director Harry Stone (Danny Aiello) to direct a science fiction film, in Paul Mazursky's "The Pickle"

1992

Returned to Broadway in the short-lived run of "Crazy He Calls Me"

1990

Appeared in Alan Rudolph's "Love at Large"

1988

Essayed the role of Jeraboam, the spiritually hungry monk who urges Jesus to fulfil his role as Messiah, in Martin Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ"

1987

Portrayed Jerry Rubin in "Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8" (HBO)

1986

Acted the part of beat generation rebel Hub Palamountain in the PBS/"American Playhouse" presentation of "The Roommate", based on a story by John Updike

1986

Played a man who achieves great material success but experiences romantic frustrations in "Peggy Sue Got Married", helmed by Francis Ford Coppola

1985

Made Broadway debut as Arnold Epstein, a soldier suspected of being a homosexual, in "Biloxi Blues", the second part of Neil Simon's autobiographical trilogy; won the theatrical "triple crown"--the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award and the

1982

First starring role in a feature, "The Chosen", playing an assimilated Jew who befriends a Hassidic teen (Robby Benson)

1981

Portrayed Caliban in a New York Shakespeare Festival production of "The Tempest"

1981

Delivered an award-winning turn in the off-off-Broadway play "Forty-Deuce"

1980

Delivered an outstanding turn as the smart-mouthed wanna-be comedian Ralph Garcy in "Fame", directed by Alan Parker

1980

Acted onstage in "My Mother, My Father and Me" at NYC's W.P.A. Theatre

1977

Had small role in the NBC movie "The Death of Richie", starring Robby Benson

1977

Breakthrough screen role, "Saturday Night Fever"; won the key role of Bobby C, a pathetic teenager whose desperate need to be acknowledged by his peers leads to self-destruction

1975

Debut as a series regular on the CBS sitcom "Joe and Sons", playing one of Richard Castellano's sons

1975

Film acting debut, played the younger incarnation of the title character in "Lepke", a biopic of the notorious gangster

1973

TV-movie debut in "Brock's Last Case" (NBC)

Returned to series TV as co-star of the ABC fall drama "Gideon's Crossing"

Played regular role of Fortwengler, one of the center kids, in CBS' "Szysznyk"

Played Assistant D.A. Pete 'Briggs' Brigman on ABC series "Equal Justice"

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