Josh Charles On Stage - Theater Credits, Bio and Tickets

Josh Charles

Joshua Aaron Charles is a Golden Globe and 2-time Emmy Award-nominated actor who was born on September 15, 1971 in Baltimore, Maryland. He is perhaps best known for his TV roles as Will Gardner on "The Good Wife" and as Dan Rydell on "Sports Night".

As a youngster, Mr. Charles attended the Baltimore School for the Arts and spent several summers at Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Center in New York. He made his film debut after securing the role of Iggy in "Hairspray" in 1988 and experienced his big break the following year starring as Knox Overstreet opposite the late Robin Williams and Ethan Hawke in the Academy Award-winning hit "Dead Poets Society". This led to Mr. Charles becoming a Hollywood regular during the 1990s with appearances in films such as "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead" (1991), "Threesome" (1994), "Pie in the Sky" (1996), and "Muppets from Space" (1999).

His television career also skyrocketed in the late 90s after being cast as Dan Rydell on "Sports Night" on ABC and appearing in a total of 45 episodes from 1998 to 2000. He also added a number of high profile film credits to his résumé in the early 2000s including the role of T.J. McCabe in "S.W.A.T." (2003) and the role of Detective Fowler in "Four Brothers" (2005). In 2008, he starred as Jake in the HBO series "In Treatment" and was then cast as arguably his most iconic role as Will Gardner on the popular CBS drama series "The Good Wife". Between 2009 and 2016 he appeared in a total of 108 episodes and earned an Emmy Award nomination in 2011 and a Golden Globe nomination and second Emmy Award nomination in 2014.

His other notable recent screen credits include "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp" (2015), "Masters of Sex" (2015), "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (2016-17), "Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later" (2017) and "Law & Order True Crime" (2017).

On stage, Mr. Charles headlined a production of Confrontation by Joanathan Marc Sherman in 1986, but would wait until 2004 to finally make his New York stage debut in MCC Theater's revival of Neil LaBute's The Distance From Here at The Duke on 42nd Street, winning a Drama Desk Award for "Drama Desk Award Outstanding Ensemble Performance". He then appeared in Steppenwolf Theatre Company's world premiere of The Well-Appointed Room by Richard Greenberg in Chicago and in Caryl Churchill's A Number at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, before returning off-Broadway to star in Manhattan Theatre Club's The Receptionist by Adam Bock at New York City Center in 2007. He appeared on the New York stage in Signature Theatre's 2017 production of The Antipodes at the Pershing Square Signature Center and Second Stage Theater's Broadway premiere of Straight White Men at the Hayes Theater, from June 29 until September 9, 2018, marked Mr. Charles' Broadway debut.


Josh Charles with Stephen Payne, Armie Hammer & Paul Schneider in Straight White Men
(Photo by Joan Marcus)