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: 04/23/1953 in Woburn, Massachusetts, USA


Actor (54)

Elementary 2015 (Tv Show)


Listen Up Philip 2014 (Movie)


The Good Wife 2014 (Tv Show)


Don't Go In The Woods 2012 (Movie)

Executive (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)


Guest of Cindy Sherman 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Cadillac Records 2008 (Movie)

Alan Freed (Actor)

Love Monkey 2006 (Tv Show)


Heights 2005 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

King of the Corner 2005 (Movie)

Rabbi Evelyn Fink (Actor)

Blade: Trinity 2004 (Movie)

Bentley Tittle (Actor)

The First Amendment Project 2004 (Tv Show)


Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003 (Movie)

Alan Caufield (Actor)

Khatchaturian 2003 (Movie)


Scrubs 2003 (Tv Show)


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)


Third Watch 2001 (Tv Show)


Welcome to New York 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


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)


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)


Comic Relief VI 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


Naked in New York 1994 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

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


Law & Order 1993 (Tv Show)


Living in America 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll 1991 (Movie)


Decade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Suffering Bastards 1988 (Movie)

Mr Leech (Actor)

Talk Radio 1988 (Movie)

Barry Champlain (Actor)

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


Arena Brains 1986 (Movie)

The Entertainer (Actor)

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


Special Effects 1984 (Movie)

Chris Neville (Actor)

Born in Flames 1983 (Movie)

CBS Technician (Actor)

A Bright Shining Lie (TV Show)


It's Just a Ride (TV Show)


Last Flight Out (TV Show)


Oliver Stone: Inside Out (TV Show)


Shot In The Heart (TV Show)


The Armenian Americans (TV Show)


The Trial of Adolf Eichmann (TV Show)


Witch Hunt (TV Show)

Writer (8)

Mall 2014 (Movie)

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

Suburbia 1997 (Movie)

("subUrbia") (Play as Source Material)

Suburbia 1997 (Movie)


Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll 1991 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll 1991 (Movie)


Talk Radio 1988 (Movie)

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

Talk Radio 1988 (Movie)


Arena Brains 1986 (Movie)

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)


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.


Henry Bogosian


Edwina Bogosian


Harris Bogosian

Born in 1987 mother, Jo Anne Bonney

Jo Bonney

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


Oberlin College

Oberlin , Ohio 1976

University of Chicago

Chicago , Illinois 1971 - 1973



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


Opened his play "Talk Radio" on Broadway


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


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


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


Cast in the historical drama feature, "Ararat"


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


Had a small role in "Igby Goes Down"


Acted in Davis Guggenheim's "Gossip"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Had cameo as himself in "Naked in New York"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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)


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


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"


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


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


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


Film acting debut, "Born in Flames"


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


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


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


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


"I do believe that if you keep looking at the nasty stuff you don't want to look at, you can live with it better. It's better than just ignoring it." - Bogosian quoted in Rolling Stone magazine, Jan. 12, 1989


"There might be some point in each character where they're the same, and that point is Eric. And I move out from that point into all these different people. The violent guys I play have something that's nice about them, and the nice guys I play have a mean streak." - Bogosian quoted in New York magazine, Dec. 12, 1988


"I'm not a fun guy. I'm not the type of person who will do anything to have people laugh, to have someone run up to you and ask for your autograph. I try to do nice characters sometimes, but they change on me. So the challenge is to do the dark guys, the very dark guys." - Bogosian to The New York Times, Sept. 30, 1983


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


"In some ways, these plays ('subUrbia' and 'Griller') are the real challenge. It's easy to write about colorful, extreme urban characters who aren't you. I'm the classic suburban guy who moves to the city and looks around at all these wild people and then writes about them. And then other suburban people come to see the show and say, 'Yeah, man, you really got that drunk guy down pat.' When the truth is, none of us really had any experience as a wino." - Bogosian quoted in the Chicago Tribune, Jan. 21, 1998