Barry Knapp Bostwick, born February 24, 1946[1], is a 68-year-old American stage and screen actor.

He is best known for his roles in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Spin City. He originated the role of Danny Zuko in "Grease".

On Gleehe guest starred as Tim Stanwick.

Personal life

Bostwick was born in San Mateo, California to Elizabeth (Betty), a housewife,[1][2] and Henry (Bud) Bostwick, a city planner and actor.[1][2] His only sibling, Henry (Pete), was killed in a car accident in July 1973.[3]

Bostwick attended San Diego's United States International University in 1967, majoring in acting,[4] and also attended NYU's Graduate Acting Program, graduating in 1968.

He was in a relationship with Lisa Hartman for four years that ended in 1984, do to their hectic careers.[4] Bostwick was married to Stacey Nelkin for four years till 1991, and was married to Sherri Ellen Jensen[4] for sixteen years before filing for divorce in 2009. Bostwick and Jensen have two children, Brian (born 1995) and Chelsea (October 1996).[4]


He left academia and made his Broadway debut in the 1969 drama Cock-a-"Doodle-Dandy,"[4] and he originated the role of high school gang leader Danny Zuko in "Grease" in 1972. Bostwick starred in the 1975 cult classic, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," which he states that was one of the high points in my career.[4] He was in the 1977 musical, "The Robber Bridegroom," which won him a Tony Award,[1] and was in the miniseries War and Remembrance in 1988, which he won an 1989 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.[1]

He was on Spin City for six years till it's cancellation in 2002, had a recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for three years till 2007, has a recurring voice role on Phineas and Ferb for four years till 2011, and for two years was on Cougar Town till 2012. He hosted the PBS July 4 broadcast of "A Capitol Fourth" for eight years.[1]


Bostwick appeared on Glee, along with follow The Rocky Horror Picture Show co-star Meat Loaf, in the appropriately titled episode, "The Rocky Horror Glee Show," in 2010.


Year Title Role Notes
1970 The Klowns TV movie
1971 Jennifer on My Mind Nanki
1973 Fantastic Planet Narrator voice: English version and uncredited
1974 The Chadwick Family Tom McTaggert TV movie
Slither Dick Kanipsia TV movie
Road Movie Hank
1975 The Rocky Horror Picture Show Brad Majors - A Hero
The Wrong Damn Film Alex Rounder
1977 Razzmatazz Host 1977 - 1978
The Quinns Bill Quinn TV movie
1978 Movie Movie Johnny Danko/Dick Cummings
Charlie's Angels Ted Machlin ("The Jade Trap")
1979 You Can't Take It with You Anthony Kirby, Jr. TV movie
Hawaii Five-O Lucas Sandover ("The Year of the Horse")
Murder by Natural Causes Gil Weston TV movie
1980 The Silent Lovers John Gilbert TV movie
Scruples Spider Elliott ("Episode #1.1," "Episode" #1.2," "Episode #1.3")
Once Upon a Family Henry Demerjian TV movie
1981 Red Flag: The Ultimate Game Maj. Jay Rivers TV movie
Foul Play Det Tucker Pendleton III (6 episodes)
1982 Megaforce Cmdr. Ace Hunter
American Playhouse Steelworker ("Working")
1983 An Uncommon Love Mr. Kinser TV movie
Summer Girl Gavin Shelburne
1984 George Washington Gen. George Washington
1985 Deceptions Grant Roberts TV movie
A Woman of Substance Maj. Paul McGill credited for two "Episode #1.1," "Episode" #1.2," "Episode #1.3")
1986 Dads Rick Armstrong 1986 - 1987 (6 episodes)
George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation George Washington TV movie
Pleasures Ben Scott
Betrayed by Innocence Nick DeLeon
The Hitchhiker Tony Lynch ("Ghostwriter")
1987 I'll Take Manhattan Zachary Amberville
1988 War and Remembrance 'Lady' Aster 1988 - 1989 (7 episodes)
Addicted to His Love Larry Hogan TV movie
Body of Evidence Alex Dwyer
1989 Parent Trap III Jeffrey Wyatt TV movie
Parent Trap: Hawaiian Honeymoon Jeffrey Wyatt
Till We Meet Again Terrence 'Mac' McGuire ("Episode #1.1 ," "Episode #1.2")
1990 Joseph and His Brothers Joseph voice and video short
Challenger Comm. Francis R. (Dick) Scobee TV movie
Aladdin Genie of the Lamp/Genie of the Ring
The Great Air Race Roscoe Turner
1991 Captive Paul Plunk
1992 The Golden Palace Nick DeCarlo ("Just a Gigolo")
Russian Holiday Grant Ames
1993 Weekend at Bernie's II Arthur Hummel
Eight Hundred Leagues Down the Amazon Garral
Between Love and Hate Justin Conrad TV movie
Das letzte U-Boot Captain Hawkins
Praying Mantis Don McAndrews
1994 Once in a Lifetime Dr. Matthew Dane
In the Heat of Passion II: Unfaithful Phillip
1995 High Society Mark Finnegan ("Finnigan's Rainbow")
Grace Under Fire Prof. Jack Drayson ("Mother & Son & Father Reunion")
The Return of Hunter Matt Sherry TV movie
The Secretary Eric Bradford
Project: Metalbeast Miller
1996 A Different Kind of Christmas Frank Mallory TV movie
The Secret Agent Club Vincent Scarletti
Spy Hard Norman Coleman
Spin City Mayor Randall M. Winston Jr. 1996 - 2002 (145 episodes)
1997 Lexx Thodin ("I Worship His Shadow")
1998 Men in White President Smith TV movie
One Hot Summer Night Art Brooks
The New Batman Adventures Bernie Benson/Irv Kleinman voice ("Mean Seasons")
1999 Beggars and Choosers ("White Woman's Burden")
2000 919 Fifth Avenue Mr. Lawrence Van Degen TV movie
2001 Disney's California Adventure TV Special
2002 She Spies Governor Gary McNamara ("First Episode")
2003 Scrubs Mr. Randolph ("My Dirty Secret")
Swing Freddie
Less Than Perfect Max Damarius ("Oh Papa")
101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Thunderbolt video and voice
The Afterlife Stan Franklin TV movie and voice
Baby Bob Jack Collins ("You Don't Know Jack")
2004 Chestnut: Hero of Central Park Thomas Trundle
The Skulls III Nathan Lloyd video
Spellbound TV movie
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Oliver Gates 2004 - 2007 (6 episodes)
2005 Las Vegas Martin ("Down and Dirty")
Cold Case Roy Brigham Anthony 2005 ("Creatures of the Night")
Out of Practice Gavin 2005 - 2006 ("New Year's Eve," "Yours, Mine or His?")
What I Like About You Jack Tyler 2005 - 2006 ("Someone's in the Kitchen with Daddy," "Finally")
2006 The 12th Man Pete TV movie
Spymate President
Three Moons Over Milford ("Moonstruck")
2007 Nancy Drew Dashiel Zachary Biedermeyer
Evening Mr. Wittenborn
Love Is a Four Letter Word Martin Harper TV movie
The News Harvey Deegan
Phineas and Ferb Grandpa Clyde 2007 - 2011 (7 episodes)
2008 Baggage Pete Murphy
Ugly Betty Roger Adams ("Odor in the Court," "Betty Suarez Land")
Depth Charge President Taylor TV movie
2009 Nip/Tuck Roger Payne ("Don Hoberman")
Ghost Whisperer Don Sullivan ("Till Death Do Us Start")
Hannah Montana: The Movie Mr. Bradley
Supernatural Jay ("Criss Angel Is a Douche Bag")
'Til Death George Von Stuessen 2009 - 2010 ("Eddie's Book," "The Baby")
2010 Glory Daze Mr. Wilson (" Papa Don't Pre-Game")
2010: Moby Dick Captain Ahab video
Glee Tim Stanwick ("The Rocky Horror Glee Show")
Bedrooms Roger
Miss Nobody Father Grisham
Secrets of the Mountain Henry Beecham TV movie
The Forgotten Bill Ramey ("My John")
It's a Dog Gone Tale: Destiny's Stand Arlen Hanley
Cougar Town Roger Frank 2010 - 2014 (8 episodes)
2011 The Selling Father Jimmy
Some Guy Who Kills People Sheriff Walt Fuller
Guess Whom Bruce short
A Little Bit of Laughter Charles
2012 The New Normal Marty ("Pardon Me")
Home Run Showdown Big Al
Underwater DeCordova ("You Got Perspective?")
Hot in Cleveland (TV series) Hugh ("What's Behind the Door")
FDR: American Badass! Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Research. Dr. Rust 2012 - 2013 (8 episodes)
2013 Walking with Francis Old Masseo voice and short
Teen Beach Movie Big Poppa TV movie
Blast Vegas Sal Rowinski
Finding Joy Alan
Scandal Jerry Grant ("A Criminal, a Whore, an Idiot and a Liar")
2014 The Scorpion King: The Lost Throne video and post-production
November Rule post-production
Dragula Dragula short
Enlisted Russell ("Vets")
New Girl ("LAXmas")
Franklin & Bash Jacob 'Falcon' Riley ("Falcon's Nest")
2015 Grace and Frankie Bill ("Episode #1.1")
Slay Bells Santa
Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves Sheriff Pinkerton filming; 2015 or 2016 release
Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse The Senator post-production; 2015 or 2016 release
Tales of Halloween post-production
Murder? Barry Bostwick mini-series ("Part 1" and "Part 4")
Haunted Hathaways Council Member #1 ("Haunted Family")
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Collin Winthrop ("The End Game")




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