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Philip Bosco

Philip Bosco

88 (passed away Dec. 3rd, 2018)
Sep. 26th, 1930
Born in
New Jersey, USA
6' 1

Philip Bosco's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Damages TV Show
For the People (1965) TV Show
For the People (1965)
Leg Work TV Show
Leg Work
Tribeca TV Show

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Philip Michael Bosco was an American actor, best known for his television role as Hollis Nye on Damages.

He began his career on the stage, making his Broadway debut with a Tony-nominated turn in The Rape of the Belt in 1960. He went on to feature in revivals of Cyrano de Bergerac, King Lear and Twelfth Night, and earned further Tony nods for performances in productions of George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House and You Never Can Tell, as well as Moon Over Buffalo and Twelve Angry Men.
Bosco picked up his only win in 1989 for his lead role in the comedy Lend Me a Tenor. He was also known onscreen for films like Working Girl, The First Wives Club, Three Men and a Baby, Children of a Lesser God, The Savages, as well as 1997 Julia Roberts romantic comedy My Best Friend's Wedding. Bosco also starred in Glenn Close's TV thriller Damages, made frequent small appearances in the Law & Order franchise, and won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1988 for an episode of the ABC Afterschool Specials educational show, titled Read Between the Lines.

Philip Bosco died in Haworth, New Jersey, complications linked to dementia

  • In addition to his mother, his brother Dave was also a police officer with the Port Authority of NY & NJ Police assigned to the PATH railroad in Jersey City, NJ.
  • Graduated from St. Peters Prep, Jersey City, NJ.
  • Nominated for a Tony Award in 1996 for Best Actor in Moon Over Buffalo
  • Children: Diane, Philip, Chris, Jenny, Lisa, Celia and 'John Bosco (II)' (qv).
  • Was nominated for the 2005 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama for "Twelve Angry Men".
  • Won Broadway's 1989 Tony Award as Best Actor (Play) for "Lend Me a Tenor." He has also been Tony-nominated for four other performances: in 1961, as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "The Rape of the Belt," in 1984, for Best Actor (Featrured Role - Play) for 'George Bernard Shaw' (qv)'s "Heartbreak House," and twice as Best Actor (Play), in 1987 for 'George Bernard Shaw' (qv)'s "You Never Can Tell" and in 1996 for "Moon Over Buffalo."
  • Made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in April 2003 in the role of Leonardo, in the concert staging of Berlioz's opera Beatrice and Benedict.

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