Josh Charles

Josh Charles


9/15/1971, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Also Known As

Josh A. Charles
  • Josh Charles on The Good Wife.
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Josh Charles was born Joshua Aaron Charles in Baltimore, Maryland on the 15th of September 1971. The son of Allan, an advertising executive, and Laura, a gossip columnist, Josh and his brother Jeff were raised in the bustling city of Baltimore. Josh's career in the entertainment industry has…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • 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's love for the Baltimore Orioles was written into the episode Sword of Orion on Sports Night.

    • 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.

    • Before his most famed television role as "Dan Rydell" on Aaron Sorkin's Sports Night, Josh worked on 3 made for TV movies for HBO which acted as stepping stones onto the small screen.

    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • 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.

  • Disappointed and shocked

    I am one of your very best fans, I've watched you from the beginning and loved everything about your character and role you played. In fact I don't believe that there's anyone that could ever fill your place. You have made "The Good Wife " what it is today, and it grieves my heart to see such a good character die. This has left me in tears, heart pounding, head aching. I still can't believe it. Why , why you left us, come back please, take it back, say it was just a dream or a moment where life has passed you by. We the fans are not ready for this. Take someone else why Will Gardner. Why you have to leave now Josh Come back for us please. The people loves you, Alicia Florrick loves you, I love you even besides your role. I've watched you on other shows and fall for you. Was telling my mum for this last season gone there "that I just love this man, that he captures some part of my heart" not knowing that I'd be in all tears. I love you Josh A Charles. I love your nose. I love you and the show I don't think I'd be interested in it again. It will never be the same there without you. Whatever show you may act in again I'd be the first to follow, because you are the BEST. Broken heart girl noooooo noooooo broken hearted girl. Come back to us please.

  • An incredibly talented actor who should have studios waiting at his feet for him to act in their movies!

    An incredibly talented actor who should have studios waiting at his feet for him to act in their movies!

    I'll be honest, out of Josh's movies I've only seen him in Dead Poet's and of course Muppets in Space. The reason I fell in love with Josh's acting was due to his outstanding performance as Dan Rydell in Aaron Sorkin's Sports Night. A brilliant show with witty dialogue, fantastic comedic moments and dramatic intensity could have easily have been a misfire, critically wise (ratings wise it was a misfire), if it weren't for Josh's amazing acting bringing to life Dan Rydell. How he managed to not get an emmy nod i'll never know but never mind because in my opinion Josh did some much more. He has created a TV icon that will live on in the hearts of those few die hard fans. I like to keep my reviews short rather than write an essay so I'll some up Josh Charles. Josh Charles; the saddest thing is, there aren't more actors like him.moreless