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Bradley Whitford

About Bradley Whitford

Bradley Whitford, a classically trained stage actor who has received critical acclaim for his roles in theater, film, and television, quickly gained overnight fame as the sarcastic yet vulnerable Josh Lyman on NBC’s The West Wing. One of the few actors working successfully and simultaneously in theater, film and television, Whitford has become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents.

Whitford recently starred in the Showtime comedy, Happyish, opposite Steve Coogan and Kathryn Hahn.  Whitford played “Jonathan Cooke,” the boss of Steven Coogan’s “Thom Payne” and an advertising industry legend whose success is due in equal parts to his creative genius and moral cravenness. He also currently recurs on Amazon’s award-winning comedy series, Transparent, opposite Jeffrey Tambor, which won the 2015 Golden Globe for “Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy,” and for which Whitford won both a 2015 Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series” and TV Critics’ Choice Award for “Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series.”  He also starred in ABC’s 2013 – 2014 comedy series, Trophy Wife, opposite Malin Ackerman and Marcia Gay Harden.  Additional television credits include The Good Guys co-starring Colin Hanks, Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, the critically acclaimed drama The West Wing, created by Aaron Sorkin, ER, The X-Files, and NYPD Blue. His performance as Josh Lyman on The West Wing earned him a 2001 Emmy Award as well as Golden Globe Award nominations in 2001 and 2002.

On the big screen, Whitford was most recently seen in Sony Pictures Classic’s Hank Williams biopic, I Saw The Light, starring opposite Tom Hiddleston, Elisabeth Olsen and Cherry Jones, which opened nationwide on March 25th.  Written, produced and directed by Marc Abraham, he plays “Fred Rose,” a deceptively brilliant businessman who worked closely with Hank Williams for years managing and promoting his career as a performer and music publisher.

Whitford recently wrapped production on six feature films.  First – HBO Films’ Lyndon B. Johnson biopic, All The Way, starring as “Hubert Humphrey” opposite Bryan Cranston as “LBJ” and directed by Jay Roach, which premieres on May 21st, 2016.  Also produced by Cranston, the film features an all-star cast including Melissa Leo, Anthony Mackie, Frank Langella, and Stephen Root.  Second – the independent film, Other People, written and directed by SNL writer, Chris Kelly. Whitford stars as “Norman” opposite Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Zach Woods, and June Squib. Recently acquired by Netflix, Other People was one of three in-competition films that opened the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.  Third – the Untitled Meagan Leavey Project (AKA Dogs of War) starring opposite Kate Mara and Edie Falco, and directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite.  Fourth – Phil starring opposite Greg Kinnear, who also made his directorial debut in this independent film.  Emily Mortimer and Jay Duplass also star.  Fifth – the Blumhouse horror-thriller, Get Out, written/co-starring/directed by Jordan Peele.  Whitford is the co-lead, “Dean,” starring opposite Catherine Keener, Allison Williams, Daniel Kaluuya, Caleb Landy Jones, and Lil Rel Howery.  And sixth – Whitford most recently wrapped on the independent film, A Happening of Monumental Proportions, featuring the directorial debut of Judy Greer.  Produced by Chris Weitz and Andrew Miano, this film features an ensemble cast including Jennifer Garner, Alison Janney, Common, and Anders Holms among others.

Whitford’s film credits include Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks, written by Kelly Marcel, directed by John Lee Hancock, and starring opposite Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, and Jason Schwartzman; The Cabin in the Woods, written by Josh Whedon, directed by Drew Goddard and starring opposite Richard Jenkins and Chris Hemsworth; the gritty true-crime drama An American Crime opposite Catherine Keener and Ellen Page, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Alcon Entertainment’s adaptation of the best-selling Ann Brashares book co-starring Amber Tamblyn and Alexis Bledel’ Little Manhattan, a romantic comedy written and directed by Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett; Miramax’s romantic comedy, Kate and Leopold opposite Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman; The Muse with Albert Brooks, Bicentennial Man opposite Robin Williams, Scent of a Woman, A Perfect World, Philadelphia, The Client, My Life, Red Corner, Presumed Innocent and My Fellow Americans.

Growing up in Wisconsin, Whitford studied theater and English literature at Wesleyan University and attended the Juilliard Theater Center.  Whitford most recently received rave reviews for his return to the stage in the production of Boeing, Boeing at the Longacre Theatre opposite Mark Rylance, Christine Baranski, Kathryn Hahn, Gina Gershon, and Mary McCormack. Whitford appeared on Broadway in Aaron Sorkin’s military courtroom drama, A Few Good Men, and his professional performance debut was in the off-Broadway production of Curse of the Starving Class opposite Kathy Bates.  Additional theater credits include Three Days of Rain at the Manhattan Theatre Club, Measure for Measure at Lincoln Center Theater, and the title role in Coriolanus at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.

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