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Campbell Scott was born on July 19, 1961 in New York City. He is known for his TV roles as Mark Usher on Netflix’s House of Cards, as Boris Kuester von Jurgens-Ratenicz on USA Network’s Royal Pains, and as Joseph Tobin on FX’s Damages, and his film role as Richard Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Scott attended the John Jay High School in Cross River, New York, and went on to study at Lawrence University in Wisconsin, graduating in 1983.
Scott has appeared regularly both on and off Broadway. He made his Broadway debut in The Queen and the Rebels in September 1982, and his other Broadway credits from the 1980s include Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing (1984-85), Noël Coward’s Hay Fever (1985-86), and Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night in repertory with O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! (1988). After a lengthy absence, he returned to Broadway in December 2015 to star as Lloyd Dallas in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway revival of Noises Off. His Off-Broadway credits from the mid-1980s to early 1990s include Roundabout’s A Man for All Seasons, Copperhead, Lincoln Center Theater’s 1989 revival of Measure for Measure, Paradise for the Worried, The Public Theater’s 1991 revival of Pericles, and Playwright Horizons’ On the Bum. He was last seen off Broadway in Culture Project’s 2008 production of The Atheist at Barrow Street Theatre, earning a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance.
On television, Scott’s first breakthrough role was Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. in the 1990 ABC miniseries The Kennedys of Massachusetts, and he went on to play Thomas Jefferson in Liberty! An American Revolution on PBS in 1997. In 2006, he was cast as Steven Caseman in ABC’s Damages, and from 2006 to 2016, he portrayed the career-defining role of Boris Kuester von Jurgens-Ratenicz in Royal Pains on the USA Network. In 2010, he played Joseph Tobin on Damages on FX. Recently, he was seen as Mark Usher on the hit Netflix series House of Cards, airing in 2017 and 2018, and as Stanley Austen in AMC’s Dietland in 2018.
Scott’s most notable film credits include The Sheltering Sky (1990), Dying Young (1991), Singles (1992), Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994), Big Night (1996), Hamlet (2000), Rodger Dodger (2002), Saint Ralph (2004), The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), Music and Lyrics (2007), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014).
Scott returned to Broadway to take on the lead role of Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Lyceum Theatre from November 7, 2019 through January 5, 2020.