Joshua Malina

Joshua Malina

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(1996–) 2 children
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Joshua Charles Malina (born January 17, 1966) is an American film and stage actor. He is perhaps most famous for portraying the character Will Bailey on the NBC drama "The West Wing".

Biography

Personal life

Malina was born and raised in New Rochelle, New York. His parents, Fran and Robert Malina, were founding members of Young Israel of Scarsdale. [ [http://www.jewishjournal.com/home/preview.php?id=9665 JewishJournal.com ] ] His father was an attorney, investment banker and Broadway producer. Malina graduated from the Horace Mann School and Yale University with a B.A. in Theater. He made his acting debut in the Broadway production of Aaron Sorkin's "A Few Good Men" [cite web |title=A ‘West Wing’ Jew close to the president |author=Curt Schleier |date=2005-09-02 |publisher=Jewish News Weekly of Northern California |url=http://www.jewishsf.com/content/2-0-/module/displaystory/story_id/26868/edition_id/516/format/html/displaystory.html |accessdate=2007-01-14] and has since appeared in nearly every Sorkin film and TV show (the exceptions being "Charlie Wilson's War" and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip").

Malina is married to Melissa Merwin, a costume designer. The two have two children, Isabel and Avi. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/47/Joshua-Malina.html Joshua Malina Biography (1966-) ] ]

Career

From 1998 – 2000, Malina starred as character Jeremy Goodwin on Sorkin's "Sports Night". The critically acclaimed show was unable to find a large fan base and was canceled after two seasons. Malina played Will Bailey on "The West Wing" from 2002 to 2006. During his tenure on "The West Wing", Malina was known to the rest of the cast as a tireless prankster. It is said he coated telephones with Vaseline and reset producer Alex Graves's iPod menus to Mandarin Chinese. It is also said he stole some of Bradley Whitford's letterhead stationery and used it in an elaborate prank. With the help of co-star Janel Moloney, Malina sent a Valentine's Day bouquet to season six newcomer Jimmy Smits which included a card crafted on Whitford's stolen letterhead stating: "Dear Jimmy, Working with you has been a delight. Be my Valentine." [http://sg.ufl.edu/accent/transcripts/joshmalina.txt]

Malina is a co-creator and producer of Bravo's cable TV series "Celebrity Poker Showdown".

Larry Sanders Show

Malina played two different characters over four episodes on the show on the Larry Sanders show:

He played Robert Brody, a reporter for an entertainment magazine that was there to write an article about the show. In the episode, the usual chaos ensued. John Ritter played himself and was very upset about being bumped when Larry asked Warren Zevon to play a 2nd song during his set, which was "Werewolves of London". Ritter then gave the reporter a scathing interview and the show received a not-so-nice review in the magazine. The magazine was Entertainment Weekly.

The second character that he played was Kenny Mitchell, a network exec who helped push Larry out and Jon Stewart in, which led to the very real demise of the Larry Sanders show, both in real life and on the t.v. show.

Filmography

* "A Few Good Men" (1992) - Orderly
* "In the Line of Fire" (1993) - Secret Service Agent Chavez
* "Separate Lives" (1995) - Randall
* "The American President" (1995) - David
* "Just Friends" (1996) - Bob
* "From the Earth to the Moon" (1998)
* "Bulworth" (1998) - Bill Feldman
* "Sports Night" (1998-2000) - Jeremy Goodwin
* "Kill the Man" (1999) - Bob Stein
* "Without Charlie" (2001) - Charlie
* "The West Wing" (2002-2006)- Will Bailey
* "View from the Top" (2003) - Randy Jones
* "Big Shots (TV series)" (2007) - Karl Mixworthy
* "Numb3rs" (2007) - Howard Meeks
* "Stargate SG-1" (2007) - Cicero

References

External links

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* [http://www.wireimage.com/GalleryListing.asp?navtyp=SRH&str=joshua+malina&styp=&sfld=C&nbc1=1&sortval=4d&qckv=n Photos from Wireimage]


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