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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 10 October 1959Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bradley Whitford's credits in film, television and theater include work with some of the most noted writers, directors and playwrights in the arts, and constitute a career worthy of a Juilliard-trained actor -- which he is. But stardom is something else altogether, and it remained elusive, at least until 1999 and his appearance on NBC's acclaimed political drama, The West Wing (1999).

Growing up in Wisconsin, Whitford spent his youth at a decidedly slower pace. He went on to study theater and English literature at Wesleyan University and earned a master's degree in theater from the prestigious Juilliard Theater Center. Whitford's first professional performance was in the off-Broadway production of "Curse of the Starving Glass," with Kathy Bates. Ironically, he also starred in the Broadway production of "The West Wing" and in creator Aaron Sorkin's "A Few Good Men." His additional theater credits include "Three Days of Rain" at the Manhattan Theatre Club, "Measure for Measure" at the Lincoln Center, and the title role in "Coriolanus" at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Some of Whitford's most memorable performances include roles in such films as The Muse (1999) with Albert Brooks and Bicentennial Man (1999) with Robin Williams. He has also appeared in Scent of a Woman (1992), A Perfect World (1993), Philadelphia (1993), The Client (1994), My Life (1993), Red Corner (1997), Presumed Innocent (1990) and My Fellow Americans (1996).

Whitford lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle (2000)) and their children, Frances, George, and Mary. His birthday is October 10.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Grace Z

Spouse (1)

Jane Kaczmarek (15 August 1992 - 2010) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (18)

Graduated June 4, 1977, from Madison East High School in Madison, Wisconsin.
Graduated Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut), 1981. Attended Juilliard.
Waited tables at "Panarellas" at 84th & Columbus, New York City.
He and his ex-wife, Jane Kaczmarek, have three children: Frances Whitford was born in January 1997; George Whitford was born on December 23, 1999 and Mary Louisa Whitford was born on November 25, 2002.
Actor Daniel von Bargen has coincidentally appeared with husband and wife actors Jane Kaczmarek and Bradley Whitford in four different projects. Along with Kaczmarek, he appeared in Malcolm in the Middle (2000). With Whitford, he was in RoboCop 3 (1993), Philadelphia (1993) and The West Wing (1999).
Founded the charity "Clothes off our Back" (http://www.clothesoffourback.org) with his wife, Jane Kaczmarek, in 2002. Clothes off our Back run on-line auctions after major awards shows where celebrities' gowns and tuxedos, and other articles of clothing, are auctioned off. The proceeds go to children's charities such as Cure Autism Now (http://www.cureautismnow.org) and The Children's Defense Fund (http://www.childrensdefense.org/)
His college roommate and best friend was the brother of his future co-star on The West Wing (1999), Richard Schiff.
If he could change one thing about his life, he would have started dancing when he was young.
Gave the commencement speech at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2004. His wife is a distinguished alumnus of UW-Madison; he graduated from Madison East High School.
Was in The Client (1994) with Mary-Louise Parker, who later played his love interest on The West Wing (1999).
Played a Republican Chief of Staff in My Fellow Americans (1996) and a Democratic Deputy Chief of Staff in The West Wing (1999).
Is close friends with Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006) co-star Matthew Perry.
Working on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006), a new show set to premiere on NBC in the fall. [June 2006]
Starring as "Detective Dan Stark" in the television series, The Good Guys (2010). [May 2010]
California - Participating in a video in favor of CA Ballot Proposition 30, a CA Constitutional Amendment to temporarily increase income and sales taxes for education and public safety funding. [September 2012]
Traveling around Ohio and Wisconsin as a political surrogate for President Barack Obama, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), US Senate candidate Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), and others. [October 2012]
Starring in "Boeing Boeing" on Broadway. [June 2008]

Personal Quotes (4)

[explaining his once-made-remark that actors are alcoholics waiting to happen] What I meant by that was it's a very tiny percentage of humanity that would entertain the notion of making a spectacle out of themselves, whether on television or even more excruciatingly live onstage. And that indicates to me an incredibly assertive part of that person. The problem is you take these people with this incredibly rare assertive impulse and put them in a business that renders them totally passive. Usually you have to wait for somebody to write the play or to direct the play; you have to get chosen for the play; you have to see if the play does well. There's no resolution to that kind of assertiveness that is the crux of what I think makes a lot of actors very good and the passivity that the business imposes on you.
I'm actually very personally conservative about what my kids are exposed to, and I've raised them like any parent where you're fighting the inevitable premature loss of their innocence because of a lot of crap that gets made. It is, by the way, upsetting to me that we live in a culture where the definition of obscenity is the act of procreation.
[on if he's felt typecast after "The West Wing"] You're going to get typecast as whatever you do, but to be typecast as that guy who was complicated, passionate, funny, that's fine. But yeah, people think you're going to be a smart guy in a suit. But my God, what a wonderful experience. The only problem with it is it does spoil you; honestly, not to be pretentious but the creative experience, that kind of writing and those kinds of actors and directors and that arena, for God's sake. What do you do after that? A show about a canning factory?
[on whether he thinks there is a difference between actors who do theater and film versus those who just do film] I think with certain kinds of material it's just a huge advantage. I myself cannot imagine what it would be like to be an actor who hadn't done theater simply because when you're an actor you're a pawn in storytelling, and if you're onstage you're telling a story over and over, you're telling the entire story eight times a week. If you're in a movie or TV show, you're telling it once out of sequence in snippets. You just get to act more [in theater]. I think it's the reason we had such a great group in "The West Wing." The reason was they were all theater actors.

Salary (1)

The West Wing (1999) $70,000/episode(2001)

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