PROFILE
Name:
Tony Goldwyn
Birth Date:
May 20, 1960
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, USA
Height:
6' 2" (1.88 m)
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
His role in 'Ghost' (1990)
BIOGRAPHY
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Ghost

Background:

Tony Goldwyn is an American actor and director best known for his portrayal of Carl Bruner in the box office smash hit “Ghost” (1990), opposite Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. He was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Saturn Award at the 1991 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for the performance. He also received a Screen Actors Guild nomination for his role of Harold Nixon in Oliver Stone's “Nixon” (1995). Goldwyn's other film credits include “The Pelican Brief” (1993), “Kiss the Girls” (1997), “Tarzan” (1999, as the voice of Tarzan), “Joshua” (2002), “The Last Samurai” (2003), “Romance & Cigarettes” (2005), “Ghosts Never Sleep” (2005), “The Last House on the Left” (2009) and “The Mechanic” (2011). In addition, he has appeared in many television shows, including “Frasier,” “The L Word” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” to name a few, and in a number of television films. Goldwyn, who was named one of 12 “Promising New Actors of 1990” in John Willis' “Screen World,” made the transformation to directing with “A Walk on the Moon” (1999). He also helmed the films “Someone Like You...” (2001), “The Last Kiss” (2006) and “Conviction” (2010) as well as episodes of “The L Word,” “Law & Order,” “Grey's Anatomy” and “Dexter,” among other TV shows. Goldwyn began his career on stage in the mid 1980s and won an Obie award for his performance in “The Sum of Us” (1990-1991).

Goldwyn has been married to Jane Musky since 1989. They have two kids.


Gold

Childhood and Family:

Tony Goldwyn was born Anthony Howard Goldwyn on May 20, 1960, in Los Angeles, California, to independent producer and studio chief Samuel Goldwyn Jr. (born September 7, 1926) and actress Jennifer Howard (born on March 23, 1925). His paternal grandparents were Academy Award winning producer and studio chief Samuel Goldwyn Sr., who created Paramount Pictures and Goldwyn Pictures (later Metro-Goldwyn Mayer) and Broadway actress Frances Howard. His maternal grandparents were playwright Sidney Howard, who was famous for writing the screenplay for “Gone With the Wind” (1939), and actress Clare Eames. Tony's parents divorced in 1966. Tony has two brothers, business executive Francis Sidney Howard Goldwyn (born 1954) and studio executive John Howard Goldwyn (born in 1958), and one sister, Catherine Howard Goldwyn (born 1951). He also has two half siblings, Elizabeth E Goldwyn (born December 25, 1976) and Peter Samuel Elliott Goldwyn (born July 18, 1979) from his father's marriage to Peggy Elliott. Tony attended Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, from which he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree. He also studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

In 1989, Tony married production designer Jane Musky (born in 1954). The couple welcomed their first child, Anna Goldwyn, in 1990. Their second daughter, Tess Frances Goldwyn, was born on March 6, 1995. Tony Goldwyn's nickname is Gold.


Someone Like You...

Career:

Tony Goldwyn began his professional career on stage when he landed a part in the off-Broadway production “Digby” (1985). It was followed by a featured role in the Los Angeles production of Tom Shepard's “The Real Thing” (1985-1986). His first onscreen work arrived in 1986 when he was cast as Darren in the slasher film “Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI,” which was written and directed by Tom McLoughlin. He went on to portray David in the Luis Mandoki Oscar nominated drama “Gaby: A True Story” (1987).

Goldwyn appeared on television in 1987 with guest spots in “St. Elsewhere,” “Matlock” and “Designing Women.” He then received a supporting role in the CBS pilot “Mabel and Max,” which aired as part of “CBS Summer Playhouse.” He made his TV miniseries debut in the NBC thriller “Favorite Son” (1988), which was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Special. The year also saw him make guest appearances in the TV shows “L.A. Law,” “Hunter” and “Murphy Brown” and costar with Lee Remick in the NBC film “Dark Holiday” (1989).

Back to the stage, Goldwyn originated the role of Jeff in David Stevens' “The Sum of Us” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 1989. He reprised the role in an off-Broadway production of the show in 1990. Directed by Kevin Dowling, the play opened on October 16, 1990, at the Cherry Lane Theatre, where it ran for 335 performances. Goldwyn was handed a 1991 Obie Award for his work on the show.

It was also in 1990 that Goldwyn got his breakthrough screen role of Carl Bruner, Patrick Swayze's villainous friend, in the hit drama “Ghost,” which was written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry Zucker. The film garnered primarily positive reviews and was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Film Editing and Best Original Score, and won the awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress (Whoopi Goldberg). “Ghost” was also a success at the box office by collecting over $505 million against a budget of $21 million. The role earned Goldwyn a Saturn nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actor.

Goldwyn next appeared in Bruce A. Evans's comedy “Kuffs” (1992), starring Christian Slater and Mila Jovovich, costarred with James Belushi and Lorraine Bracco in the Andy Wolk drama “Traces of Red” (1992), and was cast as Fletcher Coal in the film adaptation of John Grisham's “The Pelican Brief” (1993), which was scripted and directed by Alan J. Pakula and starred Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington. He then portrayed Captain Michael Starwood in John Reid's drama “The Last Tattoo” (1994), Stan in Tony Spiridakis' “The Last Word” (1995), starring Timothy Hutton, Joe Pantoliano and Michelle Burke, and Tom in Norman René's “Reckless” (1995), opposite Mia Farrow. In Oliver Stone's “Nixon” (1995), he portrayed Harold Nixon. For his work in the film, he jointly received a 1996 Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast. During this time, Goldwyn also worked on a string of television projects, including roles in the TV movies “Taking the Heat” (1993), “Love Matters” (1993), “Vault of Horror I” (1994), “Doomsday Gun” (1994), “Truman” (1995) and “Under Fire” (1995). In addition, he was seen in the miniseries “A Woman of Independent Means” (1995, as Robert Steed). Goldwyn then made his Broadway debut in a revival of Philip Barry's “Holiday,” where he played Johnny Case. The show ran for 50 performances at the Circle in the Square Theatre from December 3, 1995, until January 14, 1996.

Goldwyn was next seen in the films “The Substance of Fire” (1996), where he played the son of a Holocaust survivor, “Kiss the Girls” (1997), a thriller directed by Gary Fleder that starred Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Cary Elwes, and the drama “Trouble on the Corner” (1997), in which he starred as a psychologist named Jeff Stewart. He next acted in David Mackay's “The Lesser Evil” (1998) and “Pocahontas: The Legend” (1999). He also portrayed Neil Armstrong on the HBO TV miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon” (1998), co-produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Tom Hanks and Michael Bostick, and provided the voice of Tarzan in the Disney animated film “Tarzan” (1999), which was a success at the box office.

In 1999, Goldwyn made his feature directing debut with “A Walk on the Moon,” a coming of age drama starring Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen, Liev Schreiber and Anna Paquin. The film gained a favorable reception among critics but was not a success at the box office. He also produced the film with Jay Cohen, Dustin Hoffman and Murray Schisgal. He returned to the director's chair in 2001 when he helmed Ashley Judd, Greg Kinnear, Hugh Jackman and Marisa Tomei in the 2001 romantic comedy “Someone Like You...,” which opened at No. 2 at the box office.

Goldwyn continued to act in such films as the Arnold Schwarzenegger science fiction flick “The 6th Day” (2000), Don Ross' “Bounce,” opposite Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow, Éva Gárdos' “An American Rhapsody” (2001), opposite Scarlett Johansson and Nastassja Kinski, and “The Song of the Lark” (2001, TV). He was also seen in Stephen Gaghan’s “Abandon” (2002), starring Katie Holmes and Benjamin Bratt, the based on book “Joshua” (2002), where he starred as the title character, “Ash Tuesday” (2003) and Edward Zwick's “The Last Samurai” (2003), in which he portrayed Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Bagley. In addition, he appeared in a 2001 episode of “Frasier” called “Love Stinks.”

In 2004, Goldwyn guest starred in a two part episode of “Without a Trace” called “Doppelgänger” and made his television directorial debut with the CBS police procedural series episode “American Goddess.” Still in 2004, he also directed two episodes of “The L Word” called “L'Ennui” and “Limb from Limb” before eventually landing the recurring role of Burr Connor on the Showtime hit series. He appeared in two episodes, one of which, “Late, Later, Latent” (2005), he also directed. In 2005, Goldwyn appeared in John Turturro's “Romance & Cigarettes,” opposite James Gandolfini, Pete Schwaba's “The Godfather of Green Bay,” Arthur Allan Seidelman's “The Sisters,” Steve Freedman's “Ghosts Never Sleep,” with Faye Dunaway and Sean Young, and Aric Avelino's “American Gun,” starring Marcia Gay Harden, Forest Whitaker and Donald Sutherland.

Goldwyn's next directorial effort was “The Last Kiss,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Deauville Film Festival. Starring Zach Braff, Jacinda Barrett, Rachel Bilson, Casey Affleck, Blythe Danner and Tom Wilkinson, the film received mixed reviews. He followed it up directing the television film “Alibi” (2007), starring Famke Janssen, Dorian Missick and Xander Berkeley. He also directed episodes of “Law & Order” (1 episode, 2006), “Grey's Anatomy” (2 episodes, 2005-2006), “Dexter” (4 episodes, 2006-2007), “Kidnapped” (1 episode, 2007), “Six Degrees” (1 episode, 2007), “Private Practice” (1 episode, 2007), “Dirty Sexy Money” (1 episode, 2007), “Damages” (1 episode, 2010) and “Justified” (2 episodes, 2010-2011).

Although busy directing, Goldwyn played the recurring role of Frank Goren on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (4 episodes, 2007-2008) and was cast as Monica Potter's husband, John, in the movie “The Last House on the Left” (2009), a remake of the 1972 film of the same name. He went on to land guest spots in “The Good Wife” (2009) and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (2010). In 2010, he was cast in the Broadway musical “Promises, Promises.” The same year, he returned to feature film directing with “Conviction” (2010), a drama starring Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell that premiered on September 11, 2010, at the Toronto Film Festival. It was released on October 15, 2010.

Recently, Goldwyn portrayed Dean in the remake “The Mechanic,” which starred Jason Statham. Directed by Simon West, the thriller was released in the United States and Canada on January 28, 2011. He is set to star with Kerry Washington and Columbus Short in the upcoming television film “Damage Control” (2011).


Awards:

  • Obie: “The Sum of Us,” 1991

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