Joshua Malina

Joshua Malina


1/17/1966, New Rochelle, New York

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Josh Malina
  • Joshua Malina on Scandal Season 2.
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Joshua Malina graduated from Yale University after earning a B.A. in theatre. Josh made his first professional appearance on Broadway as a part of Sorkin's A Few Good Men (He is credited as being in the play from Nov 15, 1989 through Jan 26, 1991). Later he had…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • His height is 5' 9" (1.75 m).

    • Josh has been nominated for 5 Screen Actor's Guild Awards. Four were for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for his role in The West Wing (2003,2004,2005,2006). One was for the same category, except comedy series for his work on Sports Night (2000).

    • Some of Josh's political/charity causes include: Bet Tzedek (an organization to provide legal counsel to the poor of LA), Birthright Israel, and the New Israel fund.

    • In 1996, Josh guest starred on Sliders with Sabrina Lloyd. Several years later the two would reunite as a couple on a SportsNight.

    • Josh and actor Rob Lowe shared several scenes on The West Wing before Josh permanently replaced Rob's character. Rob and Josh also worked together on 2003's A View From The Top, a Gwyneth Paltrow comedy.

    • Joshua Malina once saved Aaron Sorkin's life. After a bowling party, Aaron was choking on a hamburger, and Josh performed the Heimlich maneuver to save him.

    • In 1999-2000, the Petcabus awards nominated Joshua Malina for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy series for his role in Sports Night. The Petcabus awards were created in 1992 to honor under-appreciated work on television.

    • Josh's parents are named Robert and Fran.

    • Josh claims his favorite junk food is ice cream.

    • Josh's very first acting job, when he graduated college, was a role in an educational video. The video was produced to teach Asians how to speak basic English words and phrases.

    • Josh married actor, Timothy Busfield's sister-in-law. Timothy and Josh both appeared in The West Wing and the stage show A Few Good Men.

    • Aaron Sorkin went to high school with Josh's cousin, a few towns away from where Josh grew up.

    • Before Josh Charles was cast as Dan on SportsNight, Josua Malina auditioned several times for the role. When he wasn't cast as Dan, Josh M. thought he wouldn't be on the show at all until Sorkin offered him the Jeremy role.

    • While starring in The West Wing, Joshua appeared 5 public service announcements for NBC's The More You Know. His topics were family communication, internet safety, monitoring kids TV viewing, prejudice and reading.

  • Quotes

    • Josh: Sports is a very small part of my life. I can watch any specific sport and enjoy it, but I don't particularly care who wins.

    • Josh: There is a concept in Judaism, that the world is not perfect and it's up to people to make it better. If somebody is hungry you have to feed them. If somebody is poor you've got to help out.

    • Josh: A Jew is what I am. An actor is what I do.

    • Josh: (On Celebrity Poker Showdown) Our first season we had a high percentage of my own poker buddies on the show. When we pitched the show we had to guarantee that some familiar faces would show up to get viewers to tune in, so a lot of my friends helped me out. David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Hank Azaria, cast members from The West Wing.

    • Joshua: (On The Mighty Sorkin Players) There's sort of an informal group of us that I think of as the Mighty Sorkin Players. I think what he sees in us as a crew are actors that are able to speak his dialogue in a natural way, in the rhythms that he hears in his head. He'll tell you he has a very musical approach to writing. There are very specific cadences and rhythms. Some people naturally get it, some don't. He likes to work with people, first of all, that he gets along with… I think that reflects nicely on him. He likes to be around his friends. He likes to employ them. And he likes to work with actors who can sort of make the dialogue come alive, the way he envisioned it.

  • Great actor and a good guy.

    I first noticed Joshua Malina in Sports Night. I guess that's where most people first saw him. Only after I took notice, did I realize he had in fact been in several movies that I loved. The character of Jeremy often stole the show. He could make you laugh and make you cry so easily, and sometimes at the same time! The thing I find so great about Mr. Malina is that he really cares about his fans. I know several Sports Night fans that he was in touch with by email, myself included. Not only did he send a few "thanks for watching" notes, but he really took the time to chat. He knew I was taking vocal and acting lessons, and he would often ask how they were going. He knew our names (not just screen names), and seemed to enjoy talking with us. He even participated in unofficial chats, and would pop into an unmoderated chat room to talk about the show. I haven't talked to him recently, but I still watch out for him and support his work. Nothing he's done has been very successful since The West Wing, but I know he will always find work, and always put 100% into what he does. Josh doesn't take his success for granted, and for that I will always respect him.moreless
  • have you ever seen Sports Night?

    Is it at all possible that before Will Bailey led the Democratic campaign in the Californian 47th Congressional District that he worked on a sports show? His wealth of political knowledge in The West Wing is the only thing that different between Jeremy and Will, yet it works.

    People didn't find Jeremy particularly funny in Sports Night yet he brings comedy to the West Wing that Rob Lowe departure removed. Was this because the viewers of Sports Night wanted the ordinary, slap in the face comedy expected from the American sitcom, or was the style of comedy writing used for his character to intellectual for the show. Either way Jeremy didn't work, but Will does.

    The West Wing provides comedy for the intellectual and Joshua is an intellectual comedian. The match is perfect.

    I am concerned that this means that Joshua is a one character actor leaving him out of work after The West Wing ends. Those who enjoy his quick witted humour may no longer be able to, unless another writer comes up with an equally high brow political comedy/drama for which he would be perfect.