PROFILE
Name:
Josh Hamilton
Birth Date:
June 9, 1969
Birth Place:
New York, New York, USA
Height:
5' 11" (1.80 m)
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Kicking and Screaming

Background:

Son of actor/director Dan Hamilton and step-son of actress/writer Stephanie Braxton, Josh Hamilton won a Daytime Emmy in 1992 for his performance in the CBS Afterschool Special "Abby, My Love." Since then, he has played prominent roles in the films Alive (1993), Kicking and Screaming (1995), The House of Yes (1997), On_Line (2002), The F Word (2005), Diggers (2006) and Broken English (2007). His upcoming films include the biopic Neal Cassady, alongside Tate Donovan, and Tonight at Noon, with Lauren Ambrose and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

The stage-trained actor and co-founder of The Malaparte Theater Company, made his Broadway debut in 2001, opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh, in David Auburn's "Proof," playing the role of Harold Dobbs, originated by Ben Shenkman. More personally, this 5' 11" dark-haired New Yorker has been involved with Martha Plimpton.


New Yorker

Childhood and Family:

In New York, New York, Josh Hamilton was born on June 9, 1969. He is son of actor/director Dan Hamilton (born on December 12, 1945) and the step-son of actress/writer Stephanie Braxton (born on December 11, 1944). He studied theater at Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, and is the co-founder of The Malaparte Theater Company.


Abby, My Love

Career:

Son of an actor/director, Josh Hamilton started out in the theater and made his feature acting debut in the 1984 teen movie Old Enough, alongside Alyssa Milano. He followed it up with the next year’s TV appearance in CBS’ Schoolbreak Special, The Exchange Student. Two years later in 1987, he portrayed Lovely Mead in the PBS production of "The Prodigious Hickey" (starring Zach Galligan), based on Owen Johnson's novel.

1992 saw Hamilton take home a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special for his performance as a teen trying to help the main character (played by Cara Buono), who is being sexually abused at home, in the CBS Afterschool Special "Abby, My Love." The next year, Hamilton, who has appeared in the plays "As Sure as You Live", "Korea", "Romance Language" and "Four Corners," co-founded Malaparte Theater Company, in New York City, alongside Ethan Hawke and others. The company later staged a number of productions, one of which was Piranadello's "The Joke."

Hamilton had his first major role in director Frank Marshall's 1993 film, Alive, based upon Piers Paul Read's acclaimed 1974 book, "Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors." In the true-event film about an Uruguayan rugby team stranded in the snow swept Andes after a plane crash, Hamilton co-starred opposite Ethan Hawke and Vincent Spano. He soon landed his first starring role, as the struggling Grover who dates Olivia d'Abo's Jane, in Noah Baumbach's college drama Kicking and Screaming (1995).

During the rest of the 1990s, Hamilton supported Parker Posey in Mark Waters' adaptation of Wendy MacLeod's play, The House of Yes. In the comedy-drama film set on Thanksgiving Day 1983 that also stars Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Tori Spelling, he and Posey portrayed twin siblings who had an incestuous affair as children. He also acted on stage in the Off-Broadway productions of "As Bees in Honey Drown" (opposite J Smith-Cameron) and "The Cider House Rules." Meanwhile, TV audiences could catch him in the NBC miniseries "The 60s," with Jerry O'Connell, Julia Stiles, Jeremy Sisto and Jordana Brewster, playing one of the Herlihys, Michael, who becomes involved in the civil rights movement and later in radical politics.

The new millennium saw him became a bartender in Jon Shear's independent gay-themed drama film premiered at Sundance, Urbania (starring Dan Futterman), which was based on the play "Urban Folk Tales" by Daniel Reitz. He also returned to Off-Broadway in a revival of David Mamet's "Sexual Perversity in Chicago/The Duck Variations" before making his Broadway debut, opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh, in David Auburn's "Proof," playing the role of Harold Dobbs originated by Ben Shenkman. Afterward, he went to play Henry Tollman in the "Evolution" play by Jonathan Marc Sherman at the Bleecker Street Theater, in New York City. On television, he could be seen playing a recurring role on NBC’s crime drama series “Third Watch.”

Back on the silver screen, Hamilton starred as a shy computer wiz who starts a porn website in Jed Weintrob's comedy feature On-Line (2002), which was selected to world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. That same year, he played a research tech in Doug Liman's film version of Robert Ludlum's 1980 spy fiction thriller novel, The Bourne Identity, starring Matt Damon, and provided his voice as Dodo/Aardvark in the feature-length computer-animated film Ice Age, which was directed by Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge.

Next, Hamilton starred as a radio show host who goes on a march for free speech on the day of the Republican National Convention in writer-director Jed Weintrob's political drama The F Word (2005; he also executive produced) and went on stage to play Mickey in the David Rabe play “HurlyBurly” at the 37 Arts Theatre, in New York in April that year. The following year, moviegoers saw him play a novelty products salesman in John Jeffcoat's comedy Outsourced, and co-star with Lauren Ambrose in Katherine Dieckmann's coming-of-age film, Diggers.

Recently, in February 2007, Hamilton played Nicholas Ogarev in the "Coast of Utopia: Salvage" play by Tom Stoppard at the Lincoln Center Theater, in New York City. His latest film with Parker Posey, writer-director Zoe R. Cassavetes' romantic comedy Broken English, was also shown at that year's Sundance Film Festival. He just completed writer-director Noah Buschel's biopic about the inspiration for the character of Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac's classic novel "On the Road," Neal Cassady, with Tate Donovan in the title role. He will soon wrap up Michael Almereyda's movie Tonight at Noon, inspired by the award winning short story "Five Fucks" by Jonathan Lethem. The film also stars Lauren Ambrose and Chiwetel Ejiofor.


Awards:

  • Daytime Emmy: Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special, "CBS Schoolbreak Special: Abby, My Love (#8.6)," 1992
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