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      Josh Charles

      Josh Charles

      Highest Rated: 90% Framing John DeLorean (2019)

      Lowest Rated: 20% Crossworlds (1996)

      Birthday: Sep 15, 1971

      Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

      Actor Josh Charles enjoyed early success with roles in "Dead Poets Society" (1989) and "Threesome" (1994) but was perhaps best-known for his Emmy-nominated turn as womanizing lawyer Will Gardner in political drama "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009-2016). Born in Baltimore, MD in 1971 to a gossip columnist mother and ad executive father, Josh Charles began performing as a nine-year-old and while attending the Baltimore School for the Arts made his screen debut playing a council member in John Waters' cult classic "Hairspray" (1988). A year later, he was cast as prep school romanticist Knox Overstreet in inspirational drama "Dead Poets Society" (1989) while in TV movie "Murder in Mississippi" (1990) he portrayed Andrew Goodman, the real-life civil rights activist killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan. After playing Christina Applegate's love interest Bryan in comedy "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead" (1991), Charles shared the screen with Stephen Baldwin in both drug-smuggling tale "Crossing the Bridge" (1992) and love triangle dramedy "Threesome" (1994), showed up in sporting drama "Cooperstown" (1993) and took minor roles in "Things to Do In Denver When You're Dead" (1995) and "Coldblooded" (1995). Charles then played Marilyn Monroe's rumored lover Eddie Jordan in "Norma Jean & Marilyn" (HBO, 1996), was cast as the romantic lead in "Pie in the Sky" (1996) and added buried treasure adventure "The Grave" (1996), sci-fi thriller "Crossworlds" (1996) and relationship drama "Little City" (1997) to his filmography. Charles landed his first recurring role, sports news anchor Dan Rydell, in the Aaron Sorkin-created "Sports Night" (ABC, 1998-2000), before playing an agent in "Muppets from Space" (1999), aspiring writer in "Meeting Daddy" (2000) and real-life radio producer Dave Isay in "Our America" (2002). Charles continued to rack up the credits with supporting parts in actioner "S.W.A.T." (2003), open relationship comedy "Seeing Each Other People" (2004), vengeance tale "Four Brothers" (2005) and rom-com "The Ex" (2007) before landing an eight-episode stint as couples therapy patient Jake on "In Treatment" (HBO, 2008-2010). A year later Charles was cast as Alicia's old law school friend Will Gardner on "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009-2016), famously being fatally shot in the fifth season in one of the decade's most shocking TV deaths. During his six-year spell on the hit legal drama, Charles also showed up in psychological horror "After.Life" (2009), John Krasinski's directorial debut "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men" (2009) and dramedy "Adult Beginners" (2015) took top billing as businessman Gary Newman in arthouse two-hander "Bird People" (2014) and guested on ten episodes of period drama "Masters of Sex" (Showtime, 2013-16) as perfume mogul Dan Logan. After playing Sarah Silverman's husband in indie drama "I Smile Back" (2015) and lawyer Bryan Kelder in LGBT tale "Freeheld" (2015) Charles got the chance to showcase his comic talents as rich brat Duke Snyder in "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (Netflix, 2015-19), rival camp leader Blake in "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp" (Netflix, 2015) and the boyfriend of Tina Fey's war reporter in "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" (2016). But he soon returned to more dramatic fare, playing a financier in political drama "Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer" (2016), a child psychiatrist haunted by his past in "The Journey" (2018) and a basketball coach in "Amateur" (2018), as well as enjoying a seven-episode spell as Dr. Jerome Oziel in "Law & Order True Crime" (NBC, 2017). After being cast as sports agent Casey Close in Roger Ailes biopic "The Loudest Voice" (Showtime, 2019), Charles played another real-life figure, automotive engineer Bill Collins, in docudrama "Framing John DeLorean" (2019).

      Highest rated movies

      Framing John DeLorean Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer Memory Dead Poets Society Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Muppets From Space
      Amateur
      Norma Jean & Marilyn

      Photos

      Josh Charles at arrivals for FRAMING JOHN DELOREAN Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Crosby Street Hotel, New York, NY April 30, 2019. Photo By: Eli Winston/Everett Collection Josh Charles at arrivals for BEFORE THE FLOOD Premiere Presented by National Geographic Channel, United Nations Headquarters - UN General Assembly Hall, New York, NY October 20, 2016. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection Sophie Flack, Josh Charles at arrivals for The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 EMMYS - Part 1, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, CA August 25, 2014. Photo By: James Atoa/Everett Collection Josh Charles, Sophie Flack at arrivals for 71st Golden Globes Awards - Arrivals, The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA January 12, 2014. Photo By: Linda Wheeler/Everett Collection DEAD POETS SOCIETY, Josh Charles, Ethan Hawke, 1989 The Good Wife, from left: Graham Phillips, Alan Cumming, Chris Noth, Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi, 09/22/2009, ©CBS The Good Wife, from left: Archie Panjabi, Matt Czuchry, Christine Baranski, Julianna Margulies, Josh Charles, Chris Noth, Alan Cumming, 09/22/2009, ©CBS THREESOME, Stephen Baldwin, Lara Flynn Boyle, Josh Charles, 1994. ©TriStar Pictures The Good Wife, Josh Charles, 09/22/2009, ©CBS THREESOME, Josh Charles, Lara Flynn Boyle, Stephen Baldwin, 1994, (c) TriStar The Good Wife, Julianna Margulies (L), Josh Charles (R), 09/22/2009, ©CBS The 39th Annual People's Choice Awards, Josh Charles, 01/09/2013, ©CBS The Good Wife, Josh Charles, 09/22/2009, ©CBS The Good Wife, Julianna Margulies (L), Josh Charles (R), 09/22/2009, ©CBS The Good Wife, Josh Charles, 09/22/2009, ©CBS DEAD POETS SOCIETY, Josh Charles (r.), 1989, (c)Buena Vista Pictures The Good Wife, Josh Charles, 09/22/2009, ©CBS The Late Late Show With James Corden, Josh Charles, 03/23/2015, ©CBS The Good Wife, Josh Charles, 'The Seven Day Rule', Season 4, Ep. #13, 01/27/2013, ©CBS The Good Wife, Josh Charles (L), Julianna Margulies (C), Simon Delaney (R), 'The Death Zone', Season 3, Ep. #2, 10/02/2011, ©CBS

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mothers' Instinct Unknown (Character) - 2024
      86% 72% Memory Isaac (Character) $378.7K 2023
      90% 64% Framing John DeLorean Bill Collins (Character) $145.6K 2019
      60% 67% Amateur Coach Gaines (Character) - 2018
      50% 17% The Drowning Tom (Character) - 2016
      87% 57% Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer Taub (Character) $3.8M 2016
      68% 54% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Chris (Character) $23.0M 2016
      49% 62% I Smile Back Bruce (Character) $57.7K 2015
      50% 54% Freeheld Bryan Kelder (Character) $533.0K 2015
      48% 31% Adult Beginners Phil (Character) $104.4K 2014
      59% 40% Bird People Gary Newman (Character) $14.2K 2014
      No Score Yet 44% Weakness Bart (Character) - 2010
      24% 33% After.Life Tom Petersen (Character) - 2009
      40% 32% Brief Interviews With Hideous Men Subject 2 (Character) $27.9K 2009
      25% 45% The Darwin Awards Paramedic (Character) - 2006
      53% 80% Four Brothers Detective Fowler (Character) $74.5M 2005
      41% 34% Seeing Other People Lou (Character) $86.6K 2004
      48% 52% S.W.A.T. T.J. McCabe (Character) $116.6M 2003
      No Score Yet 61% Our America David Isay (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zog's Place Unknown (Character) - 2001
      63% 58% Muppets From Space Agent Barker (Character) $16.3M 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Meeting Daddy Peter Silverblatt (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 64% Little City Adam (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Underworld Ehrlich (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 48% The Grave Tyn (Character) - 1996
      60% 42% Norma Jean & Marilyn Eddie Jordan (Character) - 1996
      20% 40% Crossworlds Joe Talbot (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 42% Pie in the Sky Charlie Dunlap (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 67% Coldblooded Randy (Character) $8.4K 1995
      28% 56% Threesome Eddy (Character) $14.0M 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cooperstown Jody (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 52% Crossing the Bridge Mort Golden (Character) $430.4K 1992
      35% 57% Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Bryan (Character) $23.0M 1991
      No Score Yet 59% Murder in Mississippi Andrew Goodman (Character) - 1990
      84% 92% Dead Poets Society Knox Overstreet (Character) $94.5M 1989

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Veil Max Peterson (Character) 2024
      93% 77% We Own This City Daniel Hersl (Character) 2022
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2014 2017 2019-2020 2022
      59% 60% Away Matt Green (Character) 2020
      55% 93% The Loudest Voice Casey Close (Character) 2019
      No Score Yet 81% Drunk History Unknown (Guest Star) 2016 2018
      64% 86% Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murderers Dr. Jerome Oziel (Character) 2017
      No Score Yet 81% Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Forensic Scientist (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 25% Wet Hot American Summer - Ten Years Later Blake (Character) 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Match Game Guest 2016
      93% 90% The Good Wife Will Gardner (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star),
      Director
      2009-2014 2016
      84% 85% Masters of Sex Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2015
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2014
      100% 90% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2009-2011 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Curiosity Narrator 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2010
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sean Kelley (Guest Star) 2008
      90% 57% In Treatment Jake (Character) 2008
      90% 92% Sports Night Dan Rydell (Character) 1998-2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 1999
      42% No Score Yet Six Degrees Unknown (Guest Star)