Philip Casnoff

Philip Casnoff

Aug. 3rd, 1949
Born in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Philip Casnoff's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
North and South TV Show
North and South
Strong Medicine TV Show
Strong Medicine
The Hamptons TV Show
The Hamptons

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Casnoff's first major role was that of the main antagonist Elkanah Bent in the popular 1985 miniseries North and South. He went on to reprise the role in two sequels which aired in 1986 and 1994.
In 1992, he was chosen to play Frank Sinatra in the television miniseries Sinatra. Casnoff met Sinatra during shooting and went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for his performance.
Casnoff portrayed Russian criminal Nikolai Stanislofsky on HBO’s acclaimed TV series Oz from 1999 to 2000.
In 2000, he joined the cast of Lifetime Television's Strong Medicine. As Chief of Staff Dr. Robert Jackson, Casnoff stayed with the show for five seasons, until 2005. He also directed an episode and went on direct an episode of Monk.
His other screen credits also include Numb3rs, Without a Trace, Material Girls, Law & Order, Frasier, For All Time, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Diagnosis: Murder, ER, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Nanny, NCIS.
Casnoff's first leading role in a feature film was in a movie Sight Unseen, which is still in a post-production with release date still TBA.
He also directed two episodes of Monk (TV series), namely Monk stays in bed, (July 22, 2005) and The Captain's wife, (January 27, 2006).
Casnoff graduated from Central High School in June 1967; and attended Wesleyan University, attaining his B.A. in 1971. He has been married to actress Roxanne Hart since 1984. They have two sons, Alexander and Macklin. Casnoff presently lives in Los Angeles.

  • Met Frank Sinatra on the set of the mini-series "Sinatra"
  • Has two sons with his wife: Alexander (b. 1988) and Macklin McKee Casnoff (b. November 29th 1992).

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