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Overview (2)

Born in Woburn, Massachusetts, USA
Height 5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Originally a theater performer, Eric Bogosian has also made a contribution to film, applying his writing skills to several pictures, including his famous play, "Talk Radio", which was turned into a movie in 1988. Bogosian was born in Woburn, Massachusetts, to Edwina (Jamgochian), a hairdresser, and Henry Bogosian, an accountant. He is of Armenian descent. Bogosian graduated from Oberlin College. He moved to New York City after that, with the intent of working in the theater. He became known for his frequent character changes on stage, and used few props. His style was often a blend of dark comedy and social realism. Aside from acting, Bogosian also wrote theater scripts, including "subUrbia" (later made into a film) and "Talk Radio", which was nominated. His first on-screen appearance was in the documentary film, Born in Flames (1983), which talked about class-ism and sexism, among other things. It was praised at the Berlin Film Festival. After this, Bogosian acted in several different shows and films. These included the horror flick, Special Effects (1984), the well-known show, Miami Vice (1984), and Arena Brains (1987) (which he also co-wrote). In 1988, his well-received play, "Talk Radio", was adapted into a film. Bogosian wrote the screenplay (with assistance from Oliver Stone) and starred as the main character. Barry Champlain is the outspoken host of a show that is given the chance to broadcast to millions of people. Champlain must endure death threats, outsiders of society, and the kind of people who tune in the most. With Oliver Stone directing, the supporting cast featured Alec Baldwin, and John C. McGinley (who had been involved in the theatrical version). Bogosian won a Silver Bear for his brilliant screenplay and acting for the film, but it was not a commercial hit. Bogosian continued on with his career, starring alongside former co-star, John C. McGinley in Suffering Bastards (1989), a film about a man who recounts his life story to a girl he meets, and it is unclear whether he is lying or telling the truth. Bogosian followed this up with the hit TV show, Law & Order (1990), where he took a supporting role for two episodes. Also noteworthy is the Stephen King-adapted film, Dolores Claiborne (1995), which deals with a woman accused of murdering an elderly woman whom she worked for. That same year, Bogosian acted in the Steven Seagal-helmed action film Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995). The film was a success, bringing in twice its budget, but received mixed reviews. But it hasn't been just acting for Bogosian. His screen-writing credits included Chasing the Dragon (1987), "Arena Brains", Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll (1991) and SubUrbia (1996). The latter two were both based on plays he wrote for theater. After "SubUrbia", Bogosian laid off screen-writing in favour of acting. His credits up to the 2000's include the Oscar-nominated comedy, Deconstructing Harry (1997) (directed by Woody Allen), the mystery thriller, Gossip (2000), and the romantic comedy, In the Weeds (2000). Bogosian made a few more films before acting in one of his most respected film choices: the emotional drama, Ararat (2002), by Atom Egoyan. The film, dealing with the Armenian genocide by the Turks, is a topic that Bogosian can relate to, and he acted alongside such legendary character actors as Christopher Plummer and Elias Koteas. After "Ararat", Bogosian acted in the comedic, Igby Goes Down (2002), the crime thriller, Wonderland (2003), starring Val Kilmer, and the less-than-expected action film, Blade: Trinity (2004). Recently, Bogosian has turned to television, and has returned to a show he knows well. He plays the promoted "Captain Daniel Ross" in the mystery series, Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001). He is also set to co-star in the film, Cadillac Records (2008), which deals with the blues legends such as Muddy Waters, Etta James and Howlin' Wolf. Whether it be theater, film, or television, Eric Bogosian has made his mark on them all.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bob Stage

Spouse (1)

Jo Anne Bonney (10 October 1980 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Frequently works with John C. McGinley

Trivia (7)

Is of Armenian descent.
Attended Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.
Was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his play Talk Radio.
In 2005, he was critically acclaimed in his role as Satan in the play The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman.
In the early 1990s, he wrote, produced, and starred in "Pounding Nails in the Floor With My Forehead," one of a series of one-man shows that was performed in the same off-Broadway theater where his successful "Talk Radio" originally helped propel his career.
In the early 1980s, Bogosian took a break from his theater career to help out his high school buddy, then Massachusetts State Senator Sam Rotondi, in his unsuccessful run for Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth.
On Broadway as "Richard Ehrlich" in "Time Stands Still", a new play by Donald Margulies, directed by 'Danie Sullivan'. With Brian d'Arcy James, Laura Linney, Alicia Silverstone in the cast. [February 2010]

Personal Quotes (3)

Plays succeed or fail as films because they are a play that should or shouldn't be a film. With the very confined Talk Radio (1988) people felt, how can you make a movie about a guy in a radio station? I thought there was plenty to see. Our cast was mostly theater people, and they were comfortable at that level of reality that got established when Oliver Stone and I made the film. You have to really decide as a playwright going into a film production, what is that level of reality going to be? Consistency of style is important.
[on the documentary Intent to Destroy (2017)] I've seen a few films that cover the Armenian Genocide, in terms of giving the information, and I really think this is the most deft one I have seen. Nothing against the others, some of which were done by friends of mine - and I really think they're wonderful - but in terms of the evolution of trying to give so much information to the viewer in a quick amount of time, this movie really does a terrific job. There's a lot to understand here - it's World War I, the Ottoman Empire is 600 years old, so this isn't stuff that just happens overnight. I think Joe [Joe Berlinger] did a great job on it. [2017]
[on The Promise (2016)] It's a great movie and it's certainly gotten a lot of attention. If they want to talk about box office and talk about the movie more - good. Because every time we talk about the movie, we talk about what happened. At the end of the day, the story that Turkey has been selling for a long time now is that there's some sort of debate [about the Armenian Genocide] as to whether or not this happened. So the more we can get the information out that there's no debate, then that's a success... and this movie does that. [2017]

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