In 2000, Josh was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for his show Sports Night.
Josh has played a corrupt authority figure three times so far in S.W.A.T, Four Brothers and Muppets From Space.
In 2004/5 and again in 2005/6 he championed a fantasy football draft on the NFL Network.
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 Performance.
Josh is left handed.
In early 2006, it was announced that Josh would co-star in the upcoming film The Darwin Awards. The film has an all star cast including Joseph Fiennes, Winoya Ryder and David Arquette as well as several television stars such as Wilmer Valderrama (That 70's Show), Robin Tunney (Prison Break) and D.B Sweeney (Life As We Know It). Working with such a star studded cast, marks a turn around in fortunes for Josh since the cancellation of Sports Night and the years since then on Broadway.
Josh is 5'11" (1.80m).
Josh's uncle is Stan the Fan, a popular Baltimore radio personality.
Over his career, Josh has had the privilege of working with several beautiful leading ladies such as Christina Applegate in Don't Tell Mum The Babysitter's Dead, Lara Flynn Boyle in Threesome and Ashley Judd in Norma Jean and Marilyn.
Josh received critical praise for his non-stereotypical portrayal of a young man coming to terms with his homosexuality in the 1994 film Threesome.
Josh used to date Hollywood celebrity Jennifer Connolly.
Josh's film debut in the film Hairspray consisted of one line "would you ever swim in an integrated swimming pool?"
Josh is still good friends with his Dead Poets Society co-star Ethan Hawke.
Josh made a cameo appearance in the film Muppets in Space as Agent Barker.
In 1986, Josh won Best Actor at the Festival Week Awards for his performance in Stagedoor Manor's Confrontation.
Josh is a fan of the Baltimore Orioles (Baseball) and the Baltimore Ravens (American Football) sports teams.
Josh Charles: (On some of the guest stars he has enjoyed working with on the TV series The Good Wife) I love so many of them. I love working with Martha Plimpton. I love Patti and Will's characters together. I love what they do. And I know Martha's busy on her own show [Raising Hope], but it was fun that she got to come play with us again. I love the dynamic that that brings out in those two savvy lawyers. I love working with Gary Cole in the little scenes I've had with Gary. I love that character and what he brings to it. I love Denis O'Hare. I love F. Murray Abraham. Michael Boatman. What can I say? It just doesn't get any better. I'm really excited to read the script week to week, and after that, I'm really excited to see who's going to be playing the roles. People that I've worked with or always wanted to work with or just admired-it just seems like that's the gift we keep being given. It's really fun, really exciting to have that quality of talent come play with us. And I hope that they would all tell you that they were treated very well. It's a really warm set. Everybody works really hard and takes the work pretty seriously, but we also laugh a lot and try not to take ourselves too seriously.
Josh Charles: (On what we thinks accounts for the TV series The Good Wife growth and success) Yeah, I thought it had potential, but you really never know. I would say it's a combination of things. Ultimately, at the center would be the quality of Robert and Michelle [King]'s idea and their writing and the staff that they've put together. They really continue to surprise and amaze and put out such good material 23 times a year, which is really taxing and hard on everybody. And I think it's a testament to them that these last four episodes, in my opinion, could have each been season-ending episodes. They're striving for something greater than maybe sometimes you get to see on network. They're taking risks. They really believe in evolving and arcing characters slowly, [with] subtlety and nuance and ambiguity. All these things are great, and they're fun to play. It makes us all feel really excited and proud, and I think you mix that together-the writing-with the quality of acting I think we have on the show, and the guests that come on and play with us week in, week out, it's all working for people, which is a really nice thing. And I've got no complaints about that.
Josh Charles: One of the perks of being an actor is to get to meet athletes that you respect. Especially who played before my time. Brooks Robinson is one of those athletes; they just don't make them any nicer.
Josh Charles: I went to the final World Series game in 1979 with my grandmother and froze my butt off while Willie Stargell and the boys broke my heart.
Josh Charles: I never considered a career in broadcasting, not even as a kid.
Josh Charles: I grew up in Baltimore. And yes, I am a big sports fan, especially when it comes to my local teams.
Josh Charles: I am a lefty, though I bat right-handed... When I was a kid I pitched, played first, outfield and shortstop as well. Now it's mainly softball with some friends.
Josh Charles: I actually did start performing at a young age and yes, I did do stand-up when I was 9. I did seem to know that I wanted to act very early in my life.
Josh Charles: (On the sex scene in 1994's Threesome) Yeah, it's me, Lara Flynn Boyle and Stephen Baldwin in bed. Doing that scene was certainly uncomfortable. It's uncomfortable to do a love scene with just one other person. You throw someone else in there, and you are even more uncomfortable. It helped that the three of us had a sense of humor.
Josh Charles: (on his selective choice of work) It's like the Tom Waits song. I'd rather be a success on my own terms than a failure on somebody else's.
Josh Charles: My dream was to be a baseball player, but that didn't work out. So I got into acting.