Philip Bosco

Actor, Truck driver, Carnival worker
An avuncular, often underused character player in films, Philip Bosco made his feature debut in "Requiem For a Heavyweight" (1962) but acted in only one other picture prior to 1983 when his thinning white hair, ready ... Read more »
Born: 09/25/1930 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (103)

Prohibition 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Voice

Damages 2007, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Constantine's Sword 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Gian Pietro Caraffa (Actor)

American Masters: Andy Warhol 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Voice

The Savages 2007 (Movie)

Lenny Savage (Actor)

Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film 2006 (Movie)

Voice (Actor)

Freedomland 2006 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002, 2004, 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hitch 2005 (Movie)

Mr. O'Brian (Actor)

Ed 1990 - 1993, 1996 - 2001, 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mark Twain 2002 (Movie)

(Voice)

Revenge of the Whale 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Borough of Kings 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Crown and Country 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Cyberchase 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Hollywood, D.C.: A Tale of Two Cities 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Jazz 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Kate & Leopold 2001 (Movie)

Otis (Actor)

Law & Order 1990 - 1994, 1996 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

Walter Wade Sr (Actor)

Wonder Boys 2000 (Movie)

Emily's Father (Actor)

Bonanno: A Godfather's Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Carriers 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Cosby 1997 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Early Edition 1990 - 1991, 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Extraordinary Cats 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Frank Lloyd Wright 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Iceland: Fire and Ice 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Remember WENN 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Spin City 1997 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Liberty! The American Revolution 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Moon Over Broadway 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Soul Man 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Critical Care 1997 (Movie)

Dr Hofstader (Actor)

Deconstructing Harry 1997 (Movie)

Professor Clark (Actor)

My Best Friend's Wedding 1997 (Movie)

Walter Wallace (Actor)

The West 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Frank Lloyd Wright 1996 (Movie)

(Voice)

Music For the Movies: Bernard Herrmann 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

Surprise! 1996 (Movie)

Al (Actor)

The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Wives Club 1996 (Movie)

Uncle Carmine (Actor)

A Silent Betrayal 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Baseball 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

It Takes Two 1995 (Movie)

Vincenzo (Actor)

The Way West 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Young at Heart 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Angie 1994 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Milk Money 1994 (Movie)

Jerry the Pope (Actor)

Nobody's Fool 1994 (Movie)

Judge Flatt (Actor)

Safe Passage 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lincoln 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Tribeca 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Shadows and Fog 1992 (Movie)

Mr Paulsen (Actor)

Straight Talk 1992 (Movie)

Gene Perlman (Actor)

Coney Island 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Narrator

FX2 - The Deadly Art of Illusion 1991 (Movie)

Ray Silak (Actor)

The Crash of 1929 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Narrator

True Colors 1991 (Movie)

Senator Steubens (Actor)

Blue Steel 1990 (Movie)

Mr Turner (Actor)

Quick Change 1990 (Movie)

Bus Driver (Actor)

The 44th Annual Tony Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Internal Affairs 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 43rd Annual Tony Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dream Team 1989 (Movie)

O'Malley (Actor)

The Luckiest Man in the World 1989 (Movie)

Sam Posner (Actor)

Another Woman 1988 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Working Girl 1988 (Movie)

Oren Trask (Actor)

Read Between the Lines 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Suspect 1987 (Movie)

Paul Gray (Actor)

Three Men and A Baby 1987 (Movie)

Detective Melkowitz (Actor)

Children of A Lesser God 1986 (Movie)

Dr Curtis Franklin (Actor)

Flanagan 1986 (Movie)

James Flanagan (Actor)

The Money Pit 1986 (Movie)

Curly (Actor)

Heaven Help Us 1985 (Movie)

Brother Paul (Actor)

Some Men Need Help 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pope of Greenwich Village 1984 (Movie)

Paulie's Father (Actor)

A Lovely Way to Die 1968 (Movie)

Fuller (Actor)

Requiem For a Heavyweight 1961 (Movie)

(Actor)

Against the Wall (TV Show)

Actor

An Enemy of the People (Movie)

(Actor)

Cupid & Cate (TV Show)

Actor

Echoes From the White House (TV Show)

Voice

Echoes in the Darkness (TV Show)

Actor

Hogan's Goat (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty (TV Show)

Actor

Margaret Sanger (TV Show)

Voice

Murder in Black & White (TV Show)

Actor

No Ordinary Baby (TV Show)

Actor

The Civil War (TV Show)

Voice

The Forget-Me-Not Murders (TV Show)

Actor

The Impressionists (TV Show)

Voice

The Return of Eliot Ness (TV Show)

Actor

Thomas Jefferson (TV Show)

Voice

Biography

An avuncular, often underused character player in films, Philip Bosco made his feature debut in "Requiem For a Heavyweight" (1962) but acted in only one other picture prior to 1983 when his thinning white hair, ready smile and faultless delivery began bringing him many middle-aged roles, often as sympathetic figures of authority. On the New York stage, however, Bosco is a legend who has headlined numerous Broadway productions and along the way earned three Tony nominations before taking the award home for "Lend Me a Tenor" (1989), his fourth invitation to the dance. A frequent presence in the plays of Shakespeare, especially early in his career, he also emerged as one of the finest contemporary interpreters of the work of George Bernard Shaw, appearing on the New York boards in eight Shaw plays. Though he has always put the theater first, he has increasingly allowed TV, films and commercials to enhance his family's quality of life.

Relationships

Margaret Raymond Bosco

Mother

Celia Bosco

Daughter

Diane Bosco

Daughter

Jennifer Bosco

Daughter

Lisa Bosco

Daughter

Christopher Bosco

Son

John Bosco

Son

Philip Bosco

Son

Nancy Bosco

Wife
College sweethearts married January 2, 1957

Philip Bosco

Father

EDUCATION

The Catholic University of America

Washington , Washington D.C. 1957

St. Peter's Preparatory School

Jersey City , New Jersey 1948
Taken under the wing of James Marr, a retired professional actor who was a drama coach there

Studied acting with Josephine Callan and Leo Brady

Milestones

2011

Appeared in PBS' documentary film series "Prohibition"

2007

Played the senile father of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney in "The Savages"

2007

Cast on the FX original series "Damages"

2005

Starred on Broadway as Grandpa Potts in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," inspired by the children's book by Ian Fleming

2004

Returned to Broadway as 'Juror Three, the Angriest One of All' in "Twelve Angry Men" an adaptation of Reginald Rose's popular television (and film) drama from the 1950's; earned Tony nomination for his role

2000

Played Michael Douglas' father-in-law in brief role in the feature comedy "Wonder Boys"

2000

Returned to Broadway to star in Michael Frayn's "Copenhagen"

2000

Acted in John Singleton's remake of "Shaft," starring Samuel L Jackson

1998

Portrayed Malvolio in the Lincoln Center production of "Twelfth Night"; reprised role in live telecast on PBS

1997

Cast as Cameron Diaz's father in "My Best Friend's Wedding"

1997

Third film with Allen, "Deconstructing Harry"

1995

Played Dr. Sloper in Broadway revival of "The Heiress"

1994

Played a judge in Robert Benton's "Nobody's Fool"

1994

Cast as a corrections officer in the gripping HBO drama "Against the Wall"

1993

Had regular role on the short-lived Fox anthology series "Tribeca"

1991

Second film with Woody Allen, "Shadows and Fog"

1989

Starred on Broadway in Ken Ludwig's farcical "Lend Me a Tenor"

1988

First collaboration with Woody Allen, the Bergmanesque "Another Woman"

1988

Played industrialist Oren Trask in "Working Girl"

1987

Appeared as a detective in the comedy hit "Three Men and a Baby"

1987

Won a Daytime Emmy Award playing a grandfather in "Read Between the Line," an ABC Afterschool Special

1987

Garnered third Tony nomination as Actor in a Play for Shaw's "You Never Can Tell"

1985

Revisited Catholic upbringing playing a member of a religious order in the comedy "Heaven Help Us"

1985

Starred in American Playhouse production of "Some Men Need Help" (PBS)

1984

Cast as Eric Roberts' father in "The Pope of Greenwich Village"

1983

First feature in 15 years, "Trading Places"

1979

Acted in "Whose Life Is It Anyway?" on Broadway

1979

Had recurring role on the CBS daytime drama "Guiding Light"

1977

Played Mack the Knife in New York Shakespeare Festival revival of "The Threepenny Opera" in Central Park

1969

Returned to Lincoln Center as member of company

1968

Second feature film, "A Lovely Way to Die"

1966

First worked with producer Joseph Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival in "Richard III"

1962

Made film debut in "Requiem for a Heavyweight"

1961

Received first Tony Award nomination for performance in "The Rape of the Belt"

1960

Early TV credit, "The Prisoner of Zenda," a CBS telecast of the "DuPont Show of the Month"

1958

Broadway debut in "Auntie Mame," playing Brian O'Bannon

1954

Professional acting debut in Maryland production of "You Never Can Tell"

1951

Served in US Army Signal Corps and Special Services

Had lead role of Sir Thomas More in Roundabout revival of "A Man for All Seasons"

Performed with American Shakespeare Festival, including title roles in "Henry IV, Part I" and "Coriolanus"

Raised in Jersey City, New Jersey

Experienced an eighteen-month period of anxiety attacks during the mid-1970s (a condition long since controlled) that limited his professional choices

A role as Machiavelli the Cat in a school play entitled "The Fairy Cobbler" while in eighth grade hooked him on theater

Member of the Lincoln Center Repertory Theater company

Starred with Carol Burnett on Broadway in "Moon Over Buffalo"; received Tony nomination

Co-starred with Rosemary Harris in "An Inspector Calls" on Broadway

Cast opposite Rex Harrison and Rosemary Harris in the Broadway revival of Shaw's "Heartbreak House"; received Tony nomination

Spent a season with the Roundabout Theatre Company

Appeared in 20 productions with Arena Stage, Washington, DC

Bonus Trivia

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Bosco was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1998.

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On his strong feelings regarding actors doing commercials, Bosco told InTheater's Gerard Raymond, "Yes, I still think it demeans the profession. How can you play Hamlet or Macbeth and be respected as an artist when they see you selling toilet paper? If you want to be a salesman, fine, but don't be an actor and a salesman. You are not practicing your craft when you are selling products. When Laurence Olivier did it, it broke my heart, although his commercials weren't shown in England. But after a lot of soul-searching, I said that I would do it because my family deserves it. And then it was no dog food or women's sanitary napkins. I became the spokesperson for MCI, and in four years, I made more money in that gig – almost a million dollars – than I made in my entire career as an actor on the stage." (Aug. 7, 1998)

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