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    • 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.

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