Brian Bosworth

Actor, Writer, Professional football player
With his flamboyant antics and attention-grabbing hairstyles, Brian Bosworth made a name for himself during the 1980s as one of the bad boys of football. In interviews, he described himself as an entertainer and his ... Read more »
Born: 03/09/1965 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

Filmography

Actor (19)

Do You Believe? 2015 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Rock Slyde 2014 (Movie)

The Friendly Pirate (Actor)

Blue Mountain State 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Longest Yard 2005 (Movie)

Guard Garner (Actor)

Hype With John Stossel 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The XFL 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Operative 2000 (Movie)

Alex Carville (Actor)

Mach 2 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lawless 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Blackout 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Virus 1996 (Movie)

Ken Fairchild (Actor)

Stone Cold 1991 (Movie)

Joe Huff/John Stone (Actor)

Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Back in Business (TV Show)

Actor

One Man's Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

With his flamboyant antics and attention-grabbing hairstyles, Brian Bosworth made a name for himself during the 1980s as one of the bad boys of football. In interviews, he described himself as an entertainer and his brash, punk persona seemed to have been cultivated with that in mind. Fortunately for "The Boz," he was also a terrific inside linebacker and a two-time winner of the Butkus Award. He distinguished himself to such an extent while a member of the Oklahoma Sooners, that Bosworth was the Seattle Seahawks' number one draft pick. He accepted a then record $11 million offer from that National Football League team, making one of the splashiest professional sports debuts seen up to that time. However, persistent shoulder problems eventually ended his career after only two dozen games. Aiming for the sort of fanfare that had accompanied his football days, Bosworth turned to acting and essayed the starring role in the motorcycle gang action movie "Stone Cold" (1991). However, the film disappeared quickly from theaters and Bosworth was forced to toil in a series of low-budget pictures that debuted in video stores and on cable stations. A stint on series television proved more embarrassing when his show "Lawless" (Fox, 1997) was yanked after only a single episode. Although he revealed tremendous abilities on the field during his college days, Bosworth physical misfortunes and exceedingly short-lived career ended up defining him.

Relationships

Foster Bosworth

Father

Katherine Nicastro

Companion
together since 1990 was his high school sweetheart

EDUCATION

MacArthur High School

Irving , Texas

University of Oklahoma

Norman , Oklahoma
was All-American linebacker

Milestones

2005

Played a Guard in the remake of "The Longest Yard"

1999

Appeared in David O. Russell's "Three Kings"

1997

Starred as John Lawless in extremely short-lived (one episode) Fox action series "Lawless"

1997

Played a cop in third HBO film, "Back in Business"

1996

Reteamed with Goldstein for HBO movie "Black Out"

1996

Starred as Ken Fairchild in his second feature, "Virus", about a chemial spill that poisons American waters and endangers its citizens; directed by Allan A Goldstein

1996

Portrayed John North, tough army drill sergeant who takes to the streets to avenge the brutal murders of his wife and daughter in the HBO movie "One Man's Justice"

1991

Feature film debut in "Stone Cold"

1990

Announced retirement from football due to shoulder injuries after less than three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks

1987

Banned from playing in the Orange Bowl game for taking steroids

Forfeited his last-year of eligibility at the University of Oklahoma; signed with New York sports agent Gary Wichard who put him in a supplemental NFL draft and won him a 10-year, $11 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks

Made TV acting debut in an episode of the HBO football sitcom, "1st & Ten"

Appeared in TV commericals for Right Guard deodorant and athletic shoes

Raised in Irving, Texas

Bonus Trivia

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"Football was just entertainment. The rawest, most barbaric form of entertainment." --Brian Bosworth quoted in PEOPLE, June 10, 1991

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"He is not a good actor, but then he wasn't such a good football player either. As a linebacker . . . Bosworth parlayed an excess of personality, earrings, dyed blond hair and a better body through chemistry into national celebrity. The Boz seems to be the first movie hero specifically manufactured in sports, the human equivalent of a hot house, gas-blown beef tomato. The key, documented ingredients in his production have been peroxide and steroids. They do work." --Robert Lipsyte writing in THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 17, 1991

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"Unlike any of the other action stars, he can relate to the younger audience in the way he talks, dresses, even moves." --Rick Bieber, president, Stonebridge Entertaniment, quoted in NEW YORK, April 1, 1991

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"It is no coincidence that all these [new action] actors come from the world of contacts sports, where they learned how to flex and preen, how to stare pitilessly into their opponents' eyes, and, most of all, how to inflict pain--the every qualities needed for them to become all-purpose action heroes." --From "Hollywood's New Action Toys" by John Taylor, NEW YORK April 1, 1991

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On first seeing Bosworth play as a collegian: "I thought, 'This is one of those rare guys who can be larger than life.' Just the way he walked off the field, the way he pumped up the crowd. He was strutting his stuff. He was letting everyone know that he was in charge. It was an ego, a charisma that stars have. He had that thing like it was Richard Burton doing Hamlet and you're watching him all over the stage and you can't get your eyes off him." --Gary Wichard in the LOS ANGELES TIMES, March 3, 1991

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