Sep. 26th, 1930
Philip Bosco's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2007 - The Savages
2006 - Freedomland
2005 - Hitch
2004 - Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
2002 - Abandon
2001 - Kate & Leopold
2000 - Wonder Boys
2000 - Shaft
1998 - Frank Lloyd Wright
1997 - Deconstructing Harry
1997 - My Best Friend's Wedding
1996 - The First Wives Club
1995 - It Takes Two
1994 - Milk Money
1994 - Nobody's Fool
1992 - Straight Talk
1991 - True Colors
1991 - F/X2
1990 - Quick Change
1989 - The Dream Team
1988 - Another Woman
1988 - Working Girl
1987 - Suspect
1986 - The Money Pit
1986 - Children of a Lesser God
1984 - The Pope of Greenwich Village
1983 - Trading Places
Guest TV Roles
Gideon Folger & Paul Macy (Voiced)
Philip Michael Bosco (born September 26, 1930) is an American actor.
Personal life Bosco was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Margaret Raymond (née Thek), a policewoman, and Philip Lupo Bosco, a carnival worker. Bosco went to high school at St. Peter's Preparatory School in Jersey City. He attended the Catholic University of Washington, D.C. Bosco married Nancy Ann Dunkle on January 2, 1957. They have seven children, Jenny, Diane, Philip, Chris, John, Lisa, Celia and 15 grandchildren. A long-time resident of Teaneck, New Jersey, Bosco now lives in Haworth, New Jersey.
Career Bosco began his career in Broadway theatre. He received a Tony Award nomination for his debut in The Rape of the Belt in 1960 and spent the next three decades supporting major stars in classic revivals like Cyrano de Bergerac, King Lear, and Twelfth Night. His speciality was George Bernard Shaw, winning raves for Broadway revivals of Man and Superman, Saint Joan, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Major Barbara, Heartbreak House (opposite Rex Harrison), and You Never Can Tell, winning Tony nominations for the last three. He also appeared with Shirley Knight in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Come Back, Little Sheba.
Following his Tony-winning performance in the farce Lend Me a Tenor in 1990, Bosco appeared on Broadway in An Inspector Calls (1994), The Heiress (1995), Twelfth Night (1998), Copenhagen (2000), and Twelve Angry Men (2004). He played "Grandpa Potts" in the 2005 Broadway production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and capped his Shawian work as the aged Captain Shotover in a Broadway revival of Heartbreak House in 2006.
Bosco has appeared regularly in the Law & Order franchise of television series, in various roles ranging from judges to lawyers to villains. (
- Made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in April 2003 in the role of Leonardo, in the concert staging of Berlioz's opera Beatrice and Benedict.
- Nominated for a Tony Award in 1996 for Best Actor in Moon Over Buffalo
- Children: Diane, Philip, Chris, Jenny, Lisa, Celia and 'John Bosco (II)' (qv).
- Won Broadway's 1989 Tony Award as Best Actor (Play) for "Lend Me a Tenor." He has also been Tony-nominated for four other performances: in 1961, as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "The Rape of the Belt," in 1984, for Best Actor (Featrured Role - Play) for 'George Bernard Shaw' (qv)'s "Heartbreak House," and twice as Best Actor (Play), in 1987 for 'George Bernard Shaw' (qv)'s "You Never Can Tell" and in 1996 for "Moon Over Buffalo."
- Was nominated for the 2005 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama for "Twelve Angry Men".
- In addition to his mother, his brother Dave was also a police officer with the Port Authority of NY & NJ Police assigned to the PATH railroad in Jersey City, NJ.
- Graduated from St. Peters Prep, Jersey City, NJ.
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