Josh Charles

Full / Real Name: Joshua Aaron Charles
Born: 15 September 1971 (48 years old)
Gender: Male



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Josh Charles is an American actor best known for his role as Dan Rydell in the television comedy series Sports Night, from 1998-2000, for which the cast earned a Screen Actors Guild nomination.

He also had a starring role as Will Gardner on the television drama series The Good Wife, from 2009-2014.

A veteran of television, film and theatre, Charles also co-starred in season one of HBO's In Treatment as Jake, the emotionally-explosive husband struggling to save his marriage.

He also portrayed civil rights martyr Andrew Goodman in Murder in Mississippi and NPR producer Dave Isay in the Showtime drama, Our America.

Charles made his feature film debut in John Waters' original film, Hairspray, and followed that up with breakthrough performance as Knox Overstreet in the iconic, Academy Award-winning movie Dead Poets Society.

His additional film credits include Crossing The Bridge, Threesome, Pie In The Sky, Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead, S.W.A.T., Seeing Other People, and Four Brothers.

On stage, Charles co-starred opposite Judith Ivey in the Long Wharf Theatre production of The Glass Menagerie. Additional theatre credits include the U.S. premiere of Neil LaBute's The Distance From Here, which received a Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble Cast, the world premiere of Richard Greenberg's The Well-Appointed Room for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and Caryl Churchill's A Number for director Anna D.

Shapiro at ACT in San Francisco. In 2007, he appeared in the world premiere of Adam Bock's The Receptionist for director Joe Mantello at the Manhattan Theatre Club.

An avid sports fan, Charles can't stop rooting for anything with the word Baltimore in front of it, especially the Ravens and Orioles.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Charles currently lives in New York.


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