Sep. 15th, 1971
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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Joshua Aaron "Josh" Charles (born September 15, 1971) is an American stage, film and television actor.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Allan Charles, an advertising executive, and Laura, a gossip columnist for the Baltimore Sun newspaper. Charles began his career performing stand-up comedy from the age of nine. As a teenager, he spent several summers at Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Center in New York, and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts.
Charles' film debut was in fellow Baltimore resident John Waters' Hairspray in 1988. The following year, he starred alongside 'Robin Williams' and 'Ethan Hawke' in the Oscar-winning Dead Poets Society. Subsequent film roles have included Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, Threesome, Pie in the Sky, Muppets from Space, S.W.A.T and Four Brothers. In 2009, he'll appear in After.Life alongside 'Christina Ricci' and 'Liam Neeson' and in John Krasinski's directorial debut, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.
On television, Charles played sports anchor Dan Rydell in Aaron Sorkin's Emmy Award-winning Sports Night, which ran for two years (1998-2000) on ABC and earned Charles a Screen Actors Guild nomination. In 2008, Charles created the role of Jake in Season 1 of HBO's In Treatment. In 2009, he returned to network television in CBS's The Good Wife, which stars Julianna Margulies and Chris Noth.
In 1986, Charles headlined a production of Jonathan Marc Sherman's Confrontation. In 2004, he appeared on stage in New York in a revival of Neil LaBute's The Distance From Here, which received a Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble Cast.
In January 2006 he appeared in the world premiere of Richard Greenberg's The Well-Appointed Room for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, and followed this with a run at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, portraying the cloned brothers in Caryl Churchill's A Number. In 2007, he appeared in Adam Bock's The Receptionist at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
- Is a 'Federico Fellini' (qv) fanatic.
- Attended The Baltimore School for the Performing Arts with 'Tupac Shakur' (qv) and 'Jada Pinkett Smith' (qv).
- Won the Inaugural NFL Network Fantasy Football League in 2004-05.
- Remains good friends with _Dead Poets Society (1989)_ (qv) co-star 'Ethan Hawke' (qv).
- Plays guitar.
- Is a huge Baltimore sports fan, notably the Orioles and Ravens.
- Attended Stagedoor Manor Theater Camp.