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Bosco, Philip 1930–

Bosco, Philip 1930–


Full name, Philip Michael Bosco; born September 26, 1930, in Jersey City, NJ; son of Philip Lupo (a carnival worker) and Margaret Raymond (a policewoman; maiden name, Thek) Bosco; married Nancy Ann Dunkle, January 2, 1957; children: Diane, Philip, Chris, Jenny, Lisa, Celia, John. Education: Graduate of St. Peter's Preparatory School, 1948; Catholic University of America, B.A., 1957; studied for the stage with James Marr, Josephine Callan, and Leo Brady. Religion: Roman Catholic. Avocational Interests: Horses.

Addresses: Agent—Don Buchwald & Associates, 6500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2200, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Career: Actor. Arena Stage, Washington, DC, resident actor, 1957–60; Lincoln Center Repertory Company, New York City, resident actor, 1966–70; appeared in television commercials, including GE light bulbs, 1998–99, and Tidy Cat Crystals Blend, 2001; previously worked as a truck driver and at carnivals. Military service: U.S. Army, 1951–53, served in the signal corps and special services.

Member: Actors' Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Screen Actors Guild, Catholic Actors Guild.

Awards, Honors: Shakespeare Society of Washington, DC, Award, New York Drama Critics Award, and Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best dramatic actor, 1961, all for The Rape of the Belt; Clarence Derwent Award—Special Citation, Actors Equity Awards, 1967, for The Alchemist; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best featured actor, 1984, for Heartbreak House; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actor in a play, 1987, for You Never Can Tell; Daytime Emmy Award, outstanding performer in children's programming, 1988, for Read Between the Lines; Obie Award for sustained excellence, Village Voice, 1988; Antoinette Perry Award, best actor in a play, Drama Desk Award, outstanding actor in a play, and Outer Critics Circle Award, best leading actor, 1989, all for Lend Me a Tenor; Drama Desk Award nomination, outstanding actor in a play, 1995, for The Heiress; Antoinette Perry Award, best actor, 1996, for Moon over Buffalo; National Board of Review Award (with others), best acting by an ensemble, 1996, for The First Wives Club; Theater Hall of Fame, inductee, 1998; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actor in a play, Drama Desk Award nomination, outstanding featured actor in a play, 2005, both for Twelve Angry Men.


Stage Appearances:

(Professional debut) Bohan, You Never Can Tell, Olney Theatre, Olney, MD, 1954.

Brian O'Bannion, Auntie Mame, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1958.

Angelo, Measure for Measure, Belvedere Lake Amphitheatre, New York City, 1960.

Heracles, The Rape of the Belt, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1960.

Will Danaher, Donnybrook, Forty-Sixth Street Theatre, New York City, 1961.

Hawkshaw, The Ticket-of-Leave Man, Midway Theatre, New York City, 1961–62.

Henry Bolingbroke, Richard II, American Shakespeare Festival Theatre, Stratford, CT, 1962.

Henry IV, Henry IV, Part I, American Shakespeare Festival Theatre, 1962.

Rufio, Antony and Cleopatra, American Shakespeare Festival Theatre, 1963.

Earl of Kent, King Lear, American Shakespeare Festival Theatre, 1963.

Pistol, Henry V, American Shakespeare Festival Theatre, 1963.

Egeon, The Comedy of Errors, American Shakespeare Festival Theatre, 1963.

Benedick, Much Ado About Nothing, American Shakespeare Festival Theatre, 1964.

Claudius, Hamlet, American Shakespeare Festival Theatre, 1964.

Caius Marcius Coriolanus, The Tragedy of Coriolanus, American Shakespeare Festival Theatre, 1965.

Duke of Buckingham, King Richard III, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, New York City, 1966.

Lovewit, The Alchemist, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1966.

Jack, The East Wind, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1967.

Sagredo, Galileo, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1967.

Zelda and Mr. Gray, A Great Career and An Evening for Merlin Finch (double-bill), Forum Theatre, New York City, then Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1968.

Dunois, St. Joan, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1968.

Hector, Tiger at the Gates, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1968.

Comte de Guiche, Cyrano de Bergerac, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1968.

Curtis Moffat, Jr., In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1968.

Anselm, The Miser, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1970.

Nick, The Time of Your Life, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1970.

Baron de Charlus, Camino Real, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1970.

Captain Bovine, Operation Sidewinder, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1970.

Jupiter, Amphitryon, Forum Theatre, 1970.

Peter Stockman, An Enemy of the People, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1971.

Jimmy Farrell, Playboy of the Western World, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1971.

First god, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1971.

Creon, Antigone, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1971.

Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, Mary Stuart, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1972.

Prime minister, Narrow Road to the Deep North, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1972.

Reverend John Hale, The Crucible, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1972.

Antonio, Twelfth Night, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1972.

Mikhail Skrobotov, Enemies, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1973.

Corporal Stoddart, The Plough and the Stars, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1973.

Gratiano, The Merchant of Venice, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1973.

Harold Mitchell, A Streetcar Named Desire, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1973.

Sergeant Cokes, Streamers, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, New York City, 1976.

Crofts, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1976.

Pistol, Henry V, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, 1977.

Mack the Knife, Threepenny Opera, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, 1977.

Richard de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, St. Joan, Circle in the Square Theatre, New York City, 1977–78.

Stages, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1978.

Colonel Pieter Goosen, The Biko Inquest, Theatre Four, New York City, 1978.

Mendoza, Man and Superman, Circle in the Square Theatre, 1978–79.

Dr. Emerson, Whose Life Is It, Anyway?, Trafalgar Theatre, New York City, 1979.

Dr. Shpigelsky, A Month in the Country, Roundabout Stage One, New York City, 1979–80.

Andrew Undershaft, Major Barbara, Circle in the Square Theatre, 1980.

Cadmus, The Bacchae, Circle in the Square Theatre, 1980.

The devil, Don Juan in Hell, Roundabout Stage One, 1980–81.

Hudson, Inadmissible Evidence, Roundabout Stage One, 1981.

Judge Brack, Hedda Gabler, Roundabout Stage One, 1981.

John Tarleton, Misalliance, Roundabout Stage One, 1981.

Holmes Bradford, Eminent Domain, Circle in the Square Theatre Uptown, 1982.

Chrysale, The Learned Ladies, Raft Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Gaetano Altobelli, Some Men Need Help, Forty-Seventh Street Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Lieutenant Commander Philip Francis Queeg, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, Circle in the Square Theatre, 1983.

Nat Miller, Ah, Wilderness!, Roundabout Theatre, 1983.

Boss Mangan, Heartbreak House, Circle in the Square Theatre, 1983–84.

Doc, Come Back, Little Sheba, Roundabout Theatre, 1984.

Max, The Loves of Anatol, Circle in the Square Theatre, 1985.

Norman, Be Happy for Me, Douglas Fairbanks Theatre, New York City, 1985–86.

Zhdanov, Master Class, Roundabout Theatre, 1986.

Sir Thomas More, A Man for All Seasons, Roundabout Theatre, 1986–87.

Boon the waiter, You Never Can Tell, Circle in the Square Theatre, 1986–87.

General Burgoyne, The Devil's Disciple, Circle in the Square Theatre, 1988–89.

Love Letters, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1989.

Babes in Arms, Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, 1989.

Saunders, Lend Me a Tenor, Morris Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore, MD, 1989, then Royale Theatre, New York City, 1989–90.

Harpagon, The Miser, Circle in the Square Theatre, New York City, 1990.

Mike Fransisco, Breaking Legs, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1991.

Ben Marino, Fiorello!, City Center Theatre, 1994.

Arthur Birling, An Inspector Calls, Royale Theatre, 1994–95.

Dr. Austin Sloper, The Heiress, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1995.

George Hay, Moon over Buffalo, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1996.

Malvolio, Twelfth Night, Or What You Will, Lincoln Center, New York City, 1998.

Horace J. Fletcher, Strike Up the Band, City Center Theatre, 1998.

Neils Bohr, Copenhagen, Royale Theatre, 2000–2001.

Leonardo, Beatrice and Benedict (concert), New York Philharmonic, New York City, 2003.

Juror number three, Twelve Angry Men, Roundabout Theatre Company, New York City, 2004–2005.

Tasting Memories, Neighborhood Playhouse, New York City, 2004.

Grandpa Potts, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Hilton Theatre, New York City, 2005.

Major Tours:

Brian O'Bannion, Auntie Mame, U.S. cities, 1958–59.

Film Appearances:

Requiem for a Heavyweight, Columbia, 1962.

Fuller, A Lovely Way to Die (also known as A Lovely Way to Go), Universal, 1968.

Doctor, Trading Places, Paramount, 1983.

Paulie's father, The Pope of Greenwich Village (also known as Village Dreams), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1984.

James Flanagan, Walls of Glass (also known as Flanagan), United Film, 1985.

Brother Paul, Heaven Help Us (also known as Catholic Boys), TriStar, 1985.

Dr. Curtis Franklin, Children of a Lesser God, Paramount, 1986.

Curly, The Money Pit, Universal, 1986.

(Uncredited) The Mission, New Line Cinema, 1986.

Detective Melkowitz, Three Men and a Baby, Buena Vista, 1987.

Paul Gray, Suspect, TriStar, 1987.

Oren Trask, Working Girl, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1988.

Sam, Another Woman, Orion, 1988.

Sam Posner, The Luckiest Man in the World, Second Effort, 1989.

O'Malley, The Dream Team, Universal, 1989.

Frank Turner, Blue Steel, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1990.

Bus driver, Quick Change, Warner Bros., 1990.

Senator Steubens, True Colors, Paramount, 1991.

Ray Silak, FX2-The Deadly Art of Illusion (also known as F/X2 and FX2) Orion, 1991.

Mr. Paulsen, Shadows and Fog, Orion, 1991.

Gene Perlman, Straight Talk, Buena Vista, 1992.

Bertram Wolfe, Diego Rivera: I Paint What I See (documentary), New Deal Films, 1992.

Mort, Safe Passage, New Line Cinema, 1994.

Judge Flatt, Nobody's Fool, Paramount, 1994.

Jerry the Pope, Milk Money, Paramount, 1994.

Frank Scacciapensieri, Angie, Buena Vista, 1994.

Vincenzo, It Takes Two (also known as Me and My Shadow), Warner Bros., 1995.

Uncle Carmine Morelli, The First Wives Club, Paramount, 1996.

Cabby, Surprise! (also known as Apologies to Bunuel), 1996.

Walter Wallace, My Best Friend's Wedding, Columbia, 1997.

Dr. Hofstader, Critical Care, Live Entertainment, 1997.

Himself, Moon over Broadway (documentary), Artistic License, 1997.

Professor Clark, Deconstructing Harry, Fine Line Features, 1997.

Walter Wade, Sr., Shaft (also known as Shaft—Noch fragen?), Paramount, 2000.

Emily's father, Wonder Boys (also known as Die Wonder Boysand Wonderboys—Lauter wunderknaben), Paramount, 2000.

Uncle Chicky, Brooklyn Sonnet (also known as Borough of the Kings), Lions Gate Films, 2000.

Otis, Kate & Leopold, Miramax, 2001.

Professor Jergensen, Abandon, Paramount, 2002.

Mr. O'Brian, Hitch, Columbia, 2005.

Priest, Freedomland, Sony Pictures Releasing, 2006.

Television Appearances; Series:

Clarence Bailey, The Guiding Light (also known as Guiding Light), CBS, 1979.

Harry Yeshosky, Tribeca, Fox, 1993.

Eliot Markham, As the World Turns, CBS, 1994.

Lyle Wedgewood, All My Children, ABC, 2000.

Narrator—opening monologue, Crown and Country, PBS, 2000.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Thomas Colfax, Rage of Angels: The Story Continues, 1986.

Judge Garb, Echoes in the Dark, 1987.

John Wyckoff, Internal Affairs, 1988.

Voice of Horace Greeley, The Civil War (documentary; also known as The American Civil War), PBS, 1990.

Voice of Frederick Seward, Lincoln (documentary), ABC, 1992.

Voice, Baseball (documentary; also known as The History of Baseball), PBS, 1994.

Voice, The West (documentary), PBS, 1996.

Dr. Benjamin Franklin, LIBERTY! The American Revolution (documentary), PBS, 1997.

Steve Magaddino, Sr., Bonanno: A Godfather's Story, Showtime, 1999.

Voice, New York: A Documentary Film (documentary; also known as American Experience: New York—A Documentary Film), PBS, 1999.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Boss William Tweed, Liberty, 1986.

Captain John Wycoff, Murder in Black and White, 1990.

Art Malto, The Return of Eliot Ness, 1991.

Attica: Line of Fire, 1993.

Chief Wycoff, A Silent Betrayal (also known as Janek: The Silent Betrayal), CBS, 1994.

Corrections commissioner Russell Oswald, Against the Wall, HBO, 1994.

Chief Wycoff, The Forget-Me-Not Murders (also known as Janek: The Forget-Me-Not Murders), CBS, 1994.

Patsy, Young at Heart (also known as Hoboken), CBS, 1995.

Colonel Bailey, Carriers (also known as Virus X—Die todliche Falle), CBS, 1998.

Dominic DeAngelo, Cupid & Cate, CBS, 2000.

Dr. Ed Walden, After Amy (also known as No Ordinary Baby), Lifetime, 2001.

Also appeared in Second Effort.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Father Coyne, Hogan's Ghost, PBS, 1972.

Gaetano Altobelli, "Some Men Need Help," American Playhouse, PBS, 1985.

Gramps, "Read Between the Lines," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1987.

Narrator, The Emperor's Eye: Art and Power in Imperial China (documentary), PBS, 1989.

Narrator, The Crash of 1929 (documentary), PBS, 1990.

Narrator, "Coney Island" (documentary), The American Experience, PBS, 1991.

Voice, "The Way West" (documentary), The American Experience, PBS, 1995.

Narrator, Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann (documentary), Bravo, 1995.

Voice, "Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud" (documentary), American Masters, PBS, 1996.

Voice of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson (documentary), PBS, 1997.

Voice, Frank Lloyd Wright (documentary), PBS, 1998.

Voice, Margaret Sanger (documentary), PBS, 1998.

Malvolio, William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" (also known as Twelfth Night, Or What You Will), PBS, 1998.

Narrator, Extraordinary Cats (documentary), PBS, 1999.

Narrator, Iceland: Fire and Ice (documentary), PBS, 1999.

Narrator, The Birth of Ohio Stadium (documentary), 1999.

Narrator, Hollywood, D.C. (documentary), Bravo, 2001.

Voice, The Impressionists (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

Voice of Herman Melville, Revenge of the Whale (documentary), NBC, 2001.

Voice, Jazz (documentary), PBS, 2001.

Voice, Echoes from the White House (documentary), PBS, 2001.

Voices, Mark Twain (documentary), PBS, 2001.

Voices, Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip (documentary), PBS, 2003.

Voices, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (documentary), PBS, 2004.

Also appeared in Grandpa and the Globetrotters, PBS.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 43rd Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1989.

The 44th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1990.

The 50th Annual Tony Awards, 1996.

The 59th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Duke Michael, "The Prisoner of Zenda," The Du Pont Show of the Month, CBS, 1961.

"Medicine Man," Armstrong Circle Theater (also known as Circle Theater), CBS, 1961.

Parnell Sullivan, "Many a Sullivan," The Nurses (also known as The Doctors and Nurses), CBS, 1963.

Hap Spencer, "The Rainbow Ride," The Nurses (also known as The Doctors and Nurses), CBS, 1964.

Ralph Maley, "A Dangerous Silence," The Nurses (also known as The Doctors and Nurses), CBS, 1965.

Dr. Manfredi, "Whipping Boy," The Defenders, CBS, 1965.

Willard, "The Killing of One Human Being," For the People, CBS, 1965.

Theo, "Charlie Has All the Luck," Trials of O'Brien, NBC, 1965.

Peter Stockmann, "An Enemy of the People" (also known as "Arthur Miller's Adaptation of An Enemy of the People"), Play of the Month, PBS, 1966.

"What's a Nice Girl Like You …," N.Y.P.D., 1968.

"Pretenders," The Equalizer, CBS, 1986.

Dawson, "All This and a Gold Card, Too," Leg Work, 1987.

David McVane, "Substantial Justice," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1988.

Voice of himself, "Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro's Cactus," Reading Rainbow, PBS, 1989.

Oscar, "Heart of Justice," The Equalizer, CBS, 1989.

Gordon Schell, "Happily Ever After," Law & Order, NBC, 1990.

Gordon Schell, "Manhood," Law & Order, NBC, 1993.

Gordon Schell, "Kids," Law & Order, NBC, 1994.

Bat Masterson/Mike Killabrew, "Bat Masterson," Early Edition, CBS, 1997.

Palermo Racine, "A Star in Stripes Forever," Remember WENN, 1997.

Dobbs, "Faccia a Faccia," Law & Order, NBC, 1998.

Randall Winston, Sr., "Gobble the Wonder Turkey Saves the Day," Spin City, ABC, 1998.

"Enter Lucas," Cosby, 1998.

Randall Winston, Sr., "That's Entertainment," Spin City, ABC, 1999.

Attorney Dobbs, "Shield," Law & Order, NBC, 1999.

Alan Stevens, "Losing Streak," Ed (also known as Stuckeyville), NBC, 2001.

Voice of Zeus, "Zeus on the Loose," Cyberchase, PBS, 2002.

Professor Winthrop, "Anti-Thesis," Law & Order: Criminal Intent (also known as Law & Order: CI), NBC, 2002.

Davis Langley, "Waste," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2002.

Judge Joseph P. Terhune, "Sick," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2002.

Judge Joseph P. Terhune, "Bound," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2002.

Judge Joseph P. Terhune, "Obscene," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2002.

Judge Joseph P. Terhune, "Outcry," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2002.

Also appeared in "A Nice Place to Visit," Play of the Month, PBS; Art in Our Times, PBS; Directions 66, ABC; Esso Repertory Theater, syndicated; Hawk, NBC.


Taped Readings:

Trevayne, 1990.

The Day Before Midnight, 1990.

An Occasion of Sin, 1997.

Underboss: Sammy the Bull Gravano's Story of Life in the Mafia, 1997.

At All Costs, Time Warner Audio, 1998.

Swimming Across, Time Warner, 2001.

(With others) Horatio's First Drive: America's First Road Trip, Random House Audio, 2003.



New York Times, August 2, 1981; January 4, 1987.

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