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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameJoshua Charles Malina
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Joshua Malina was born on January 17, 1966 in New York City, New York, USA as Joshua Charles Malina. He is an actor and producer, known for A Few Good Men (1992), In the Line of Fire (1993) and The American President (1995). He has been married to Melissa Merwin since December 1, 1996. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Melissa Merwin (1 December 1996 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Frequently appears in Aaron Sorkin projects both movies and TV series.

Trivia (13)

Father, with Melissa Merwin, of daughter Isabel Malina and son Avi Malina.
Latest in a string of actors who appeared in The American President (1995) to join the cast of The West Wing (1999), following Martin Sheen, Nina Siemaszko, Anna Deavere Smith and "President" writer Aaron Sorkin, who had a cameo appearance and later created and is executive producer of "The West Wing". He also later landed a part on Scandal (2012) which centers around the US president.
Avid poker player. Played to pay for rent when he struggled as an actor.
One of the executive producers of the new Bravo series Celebrity Poker Showdown (2003).
1988: Graduated from Yale as a Theater Studies major.
Attended Horace Mann School in Riverdale, New York (Class of '84).
Ex-brother-in-law of The West Wing (1999) cast mate Timothy Busfield. Malina's wife, Melissa Merwin, is the sister of Busfield's wife, Jenny Merwin.
While in the cast of Aaron Sorkin's Broadway play "A Few Good Men," he and Sorkin were members of a bowling league composed of cast and crew from Broadway shows. One night Sorkin bought the team a tray of hamburgers and, while trying to entertain the group, started to choke on a bite of one. Although he did not know how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver, Malina attempted to perform it on Sorkin, dislodging the burger and breaking three of Sorkin's ribs in the process.
Malina told an audience at the University of Florida that early in his career, he was not allowed to audition for a pizza commercial that took place during Passover, because the casting agents wanted him actually to eat the pizza. He refused, because pizza dough is leavened, rendering it not kosher for Passover. Malina offered to mime eating the pizza instead, but the advertiser's casting agents insisted that he had to eat the pizza or he would not be able to audition.
Came in sixth (out of 1,191 players) in the first event of the 2008 LA Poker Classic at Commerce Casino, for a win of over 11 thousand dollars.
Son of Bob Malina.
Living in Malibu, California with his wife and children. [January 2008]
He is of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish descent.

Personal Quotes (18)

I actually have, in all seriousness, in the back of my mind someday to write a book, the title of which would be 'Quit Now and Other Practical Advice for the Aspiring Actor.'
I always wanted to be an actor.
I've been on plenty of things that never took off, and I've been on one thing, 'The West Wing,' that was a big hit, but took off well before I was on it.
I grew up and I was weaned on the Marx Brothers. They were sort of my all-time favorite. My parents showed me their movies when I was very young. And as I got older, I became a Charlie Chaplin fan, and I love Buster Keaton.
For better or worse, I have a lot of vaudeville circus skills that you just can't showcase in Aaron Sorkin's work.
My dad in particular I tend to use - I call him 'The Brain.' If he's accessible, I'd rather put it through his brain. My wife, Melissa, maintains that the closer he is in proximity to me, the less I think for myself. And I think she's actually correct. So anything worth mulling over, I will mull over with my father, and that includes ratings.
I'm incapable of truly relaxing. I remember when I was younger and less wise or experienced, actors that I knew would always talk about jobs ending and wondering whether they were ever going to work again. Now that's my life.
I won't divulge the details, but there's a way to call somebody's phone and have whatever number you want appear on the caller I.D. so that the call you're making appears to be coming from someone else.
My dad is a very good sounding board. He's very, very smart. Both of my parents are very, very sharp, much smarter than I, I'm happy to acknowledge.
I plan someday to do a one-man show based solely on the e-mails of Bellamy Young. And people will think I've written a brilliant comedy myself when, in fact, all the text will be directly from Bellamy.
Any celebrity that goes on Twitter and spouts off, as if we should care what they say, is opening himself or herself up to ridicule by anyone else.
I knew I wanted to be an actor, and my mother said, 'Call Aaron Sorkin.' It seemed dubious that I'd make it as an actor by calling Jews I knew, but it worked.
I always wanted to be an actor. It sort of prevented that whole - I never had any of that kind of angsty period old and doing musicals at camp and community theater and plays at school; it was just always what I most enjoyed and always what I intended to pursue.
It would be a disappointment for me to take a job, as often happens, having to shoot out-of-town and not where I live.
Now everybody's got a video camera, so go make videos with your friends or see if you can get a part in a film school thing that's being done.
You can never entirely rest comfortably with Michael Black or Michael Paynes.
Aaron Sorkin has been incredibly good to me; I don't know that I would have an acting career without him. Thanks to him, people think I'm smart and nice, but I'm neither.
'Backwash' is an old-school, slapstick-y romp between three eccentric loser friends who inadvertently rob a bank, armed solely with a salami and a sweat sock, and then find themselves on the run pursued by singing cops. It's kind of a classic piece, a sophisticated piece, if you will.

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