Eric Bogosian

Actor, Playwright, Monologuist
Once described as the bard of the urban underbelly, protean "downtown" performance artist Eric Bogosian established himself as one of the wittiest, most incisive chroniclers of the bloat and sleaze of the 1980s. In a ... Read more »
Born: 04/24/1953 in Woburn, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (49)

Elementary 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Listen Up Philip 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Good Wife 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Don't Go In The Woods 2012 (Movie)

Executive (Actor)

Guest of Cindy Sherman 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2006 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cadillac Records 2008 (Movie)

Alan Freed (Actor)

Heights 2005 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

King of the Corner 2005 (Movie)

Rabbi Evelyn Fink (Actor)

Blade: Trinity 2004 (Movie)

Bentley Tittle (Actor)

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003 (Movie)

Alan Caufield (Actor)

Khatchaturian 2003 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Wonderland 2003 (Movie)

Eddie Nash (Actor)

Ararat 2002 (Movie)

Rouben (Actor)

Igby Goes Down 2002 (Movie)

Mr. Nice Guy (Actor)

Blonde 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome to New York 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Gossip 2000 (Movie)

Professor Goodwin (Actor)

In the Weeds 2000 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

Safe Men 1998 (Movie)

of Edward Templeton Sr (Voice)

Deconstructing Harry 1997 (Movie)

Burt (Actor)

Beavis and Butt-Head Do America 1996 (Movie)

(Voice)

The Substance of Fire 1996 (Movie)

Gene Byck (Actor)

Arabian Knight 1995 (Movie)

of Phido (Voice)

Dolores Claiborne 1995 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory 1995 (Movie)

Dane (Actor)

But... Seriously 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VI 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Naked in New York 1994 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Living in America 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Decade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Suffering Bastards 1988 (Movie)

Mr Leech (Actor)

Talk Radio 1988 (Movie)

Barry Champlain (Actor)

Ann Magnuson's Vandemonium 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Arena Brains 1986 (Movie)

The Entertainer (Actor)

Eric Bogosian -- Drinking in America 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Special Effects 1984 (Movie)

Chris Neville (Actor)

Born in Flames 1983 (Movie)

CBS Technician (Actor)

A Bright Shining Lie (TV Show)

Actor

It's Just a Ride (TV Show)

Actor

Last Flight Out (TV Show)

Actor

Oliver Stone: Inside Out (TV Show)

Actor

Shot In The Heart (TV Show)

Actor

The Armenian Americans (TV Show)

Actor

The Trial of Adolf Eichmann (TV Show)

Voice

Witch Hunt (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (8)

Mall 2014 (Movie)

(from novel: "Mall") (Source Material)

Suburbia 1997 (Movie)

("subUrbia") (Play as Source Material)

Suburbia 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll 1991 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Talk Radio 1988 (Movie)

("Talk Radio") (Play as Source Material)

Talk Radio 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Arena Brains 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (1)

Suburbia 1997 (Movie)

("Man Invisible" "Salvation") (Song)
Producer (1)

High Incident 1995 - 1997, 2006 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer
Other (1)

Talk Radio 1988 (Movie)

creative collaboration (Other)

Biography

Once described as the bard of the urban underbelly, protean "downtown" performance artist Eric Bogosian established himself as one of the wittiest, most incisive chroniclers of the bloat and sleaze of the 1980s. In a series of highly acclaimed one-man shows, he combined black humor and an aggressive, confrontational energy with an underlying charm to make pointed social commentary about the environment, racism, sexism and human behavior in general. Bogosian had responded to an ad to learn the commodities racket in the late 70s, but a job answering phones at The Kitchen, an avant-garde dance and performance space in Manhattan, turned up in the nick of time to right his course. His 1977 off-off Broadway debut "Careful Moment" was the first step on the road to many super-charged, bug-eyed solo performances, featuring a universe of hucksters and psychotics as diverse as a self-congratulating British pop star (modeled on Keith Richards), a scatological derelict and a cheating yuppie executive. Three of his one-man shows ("Drinking in America", "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll", "Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead") earned him well-deserved OBIE Awards.

Relationships

Henry Bogosian

Father

Edwina Bogosian

Mother

Harris Bogosian

Son
Born in 1987 mother, Jo Anne Bonney

Jo Bonney

Wife
Married in October 1980, six weeks after they met met when she hired him for $75 to record a disc jockey's voice for a short film she was making

EDUCATION

Oberlin College

Oberlin , Ohio 1976

University of Chicago

Chicago , Illinois 1971 - 1973

Milestones

2010

Cast in Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway production of Donald Margulies' "Time Stands Still"

2006

Opened his play "Talk Radio" on Broadway

2006

Cast in the short-lived CBS series, "Love Monkey"

2006

Joined the cast of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (USA Network) as Captain Danny Ross

2003

Played Eddie Nash in "Wonderland," a film based on the Wonderland Murders starring Val Kilmer

2002

Cast in the historical drama feature, "Ararat"

2002

Cast in "Humpty Dumpty" at McCarter Theatre under the direction of Jo Bonney

2002

Had a small role in "Igby Goes Down"

2000

Acted in Davis Guggenheim's "Gossip"

1999

Appeared in "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee"; directed by Jo Anne Bonney

1998

Returned to the suburbs for his play "Griller" (also directed by Falls at Chicago's Goodman Theater)

1997

Appeared in Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry" and HBO's Vietnam drama "A Bright Shining Lie"

1997

Reportedly made uncredited contributions to the script for "Mad City"

1996

Co-created the short-lived ABC police drama, "High Incident"

1996

Portrayed an agent in Daniel Sullivan's "The Substance of Fire"; adaptated by Jon Robin Baitz from his play

1995

Contributed the voice of Phido, a Damon Runyonesque bird, to the animated musical "Arabian Knight"

1995

Played a crazy scientist who hijacks a train in "Under Seige 2: Dark Territory"

1994

Delivered a first-rate performance as a Nixon-esque senator investigating black magic for Paul Schrader's "Witch Hunt" (HBO)

1994

Appeared in the film, "Dolores Claiborne," adapted from Stephen King's novel

1994

Surprised the theatrical world with a play set in and, entitled "subUrbia"; directed by Robert Falls at NYC's Lincoln Center; later adapted as a 1996 film directed by Richard Linklater

1994

Had cameo as himself in "Naked in New York"

1993

Premiered his one-man show, "Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead," at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum

1992

Made first appearance as defense attorney Gary Lowenthal on the NBC series, "Law & Order"

1991

Starred in a concert presentation of his one-man show, "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll"

1990

Portrayed Larry Rose, a former US Embassy staff member, in "The Last Flight Out," an NBC movie about the final days of the US involvement in Vietnam

1988

Made TV-movie acting debut in "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial" (CBS), directed by Robert Altman

1988

Co-wrote first feature, "Talk Radio," with director Oliver Stone; also starred

1987

Co-wrote first full-length play, "Talk Radio" with Tad Savinar (first shown at the Portland Center as a one-man performance piece in 1985; expanded for NYSF production directed by Zollo)

1987

Co-wrote first short film, "Arena Brains"; also acted in film

1986

Breakthrough performance piece, a series of urban monologues, "Drinking in America"; also aired on Cinemax as "Eric Bogosian Takes a Look at Drinking in America"

1985

Played title role in "The Healer" episode of CBS' "The Twilight Zone"

1984

Made TV debut in guest appearance on NBC's "Miami Vice"

1983

Wrote and starred in one-man play, "FunHouse" at the New York Shakespeare Festival's Public Theatre; directed by his wife Jo Anne Bonney

1982

Film acting debut, "Born in Flames"

1981

Made Off-Broadway debut in double-bill of "Men Inside" and "Voices of America" at the New York Shakespeare Festival's Public Theatre

1979

Created the persona of Ricky Paul, a racist and sexist stand-up comedian, while perfoming at Tier 3 and the Mudd Club

1977

Made Off-Off Broadway debut with the one-man play, "Careful Moment"

1976

Moved to Manhattan; first job was as a gofer at the Chelsea Westside Theatre; later appeared in performance pieces at the downtown arts center, The Kitchen

Acted in a series of high school plays written and directed by his schoolmates Fred Zollo (a producer) and Nick Paleologus (a Massachusetts congressman)

Bonus Trivia

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About his wife's role in his career: "She tells me when a bit isn't working. I do a lot of stuff on the road, so when I go to various audiences there's a tendency to go where the audience wants you to go. You hear the audience laughing and you don't hear the audience being moved. So laughter will pull you toward sillier and sillier stuff. She tends to strip away stuff that's obvious or silly."I was a bum when she met me. I was doing nothing all day long. Years later she told me she had never met anyone who did as little in a day as I did. In 1980, I would get up around noon and think about doing something and then not do it." - Bogosian to The Los Angeles Times, Nov. 3, 1993

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