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Bradley Whitford



An actor whose well-scrubbed Midwestern good looks have served him well in a wide variety of roles, Bradley Whitford was born in Madison, WI, on October 10, 1959. Whitford developed an interest in acting while in high school, and after graduating in 1977, he attended Wesleyan University, where he majored in English and Theater. After completing his studies at Wesleyan, he went on to receive a master's degree in Theater from the Juilliard Theater Center, and began pursuing an acting career in New York. Whitford made his screen debut in 1985 in a low-budget thriller called Dead As a Doorman, but received a good bit more attention for a supporting role in a 1986 TV movie, C.A.T. Squad, directed by William Friedkin. In 1987, Whitford appeared in both the New York and Los Angeles productions of Sam Shepard's drama Curse of the Starving Class; while in L.A. with the play, Whitford was cast as Jack Ford in the TV movie The Betty Ford Story. After returning to New York, Whitford continued to alternate stage roles with film assignments, and by the early '90s was appearing in a steady stream of supporting roles in such films as Presumed Innocent, A Perfect World, and Philadelphia. However, Whitford soon began scoring more substantial roles on television, including a recurring role as Norman Gardner on the series NYPD Blue and a memorable turn as a distraught father-to-be on the Emmy-award winning "Love's Labor's Lost" episode of E.R. In 1999, Whitford's finally scored the role that made him famous when he was cast as Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman on the TV series The West Wing (created by Aaron Sorkin, whose play A Few Good Men had featured Whitford in its Broadway cast). Whitford's work on the series eventually earned him an Emmy Award in 2001; the same year, he was also recognized as part of the show's ensemble cast by the Screen Actor's Guild Awards (also honored with Whitford was John Spencer, who had appeared with him in the movie Presumed Innocent).



Whitford appeared in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in 2005, as well as the critically acclaimed comedy drama Bottleshock in 2008. The actor enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in 2012 for his turn as a ruthless, yet oddly likable businessman in director Joss Whedon's popular horror comedy Cabin in the Woods.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Get Out
  • Dean
2017
No Score Yet Three Christs
  • Actor
2017
87% Other People
  • Norman
2016
87% All the Way
  • Hubert Humphrey
2016
20% I Saw the Light
  • Fred Rose
2016
56% Decoding Annie Parker
  • Marshall
2014
78% Saving Mr. Banks
  • Don DaGradi
2013
8% CBGB
  • Nicky "F.cking" Gant
2013
8% Savannah
  • Jack Cay
2013
92% The Cabin in the Woods
  • Sitterson
2012
No Score Yet Have A Little Faith
  • Mitch Albom
2011
48% Bottle Shock
  • Prof. Saunders
2008
23% An American Crime
  • Prosecutor
2007
No Score Yet Global Warming
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Global Warming: The Rising Storm
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Behind the Mask
  • Actor
2007
77% Little Manhattan
  • Adam
2005
77% The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  • Al
2005
No Score Yet Fathers and Sons
  • Anthony
2005
40% This Thing of Ours
  • Brad
2003
50% Kate & Leopold
  • J.J.
2001
No Score Yet The Sky's on Fire
  • John Morgan
2000
37% Bicentennial Man
  • Lloyd
1999
52% The Muse
  • Hal
1999
No Score Yet Behind the Mask
  • Brian Shushan
1999
32% Red Corner
  • Bob Ghery
1997
No Score Yet Cloned
  • Rick Weston
1997
19% Masterminds
  • Miles Lawrence
1997
47% My Fellow Americans
  • Carl Witnauer
1996
No Score Yet Wildly Available
  • Professor
1996
46% Billy Madison
  • Eric Gordon
1995
64% Cobb
  • Process Server
1994
80% The Client
  • Thomas Fink
1994
No Score Yet The Desperate Trail
  • Tommy Donnelly
1994
No Score Yet Web of Deception
  • Larry Lake
1994
78% Philadelphia
  • Jamey Collins
1993
60% Wayne's World 2
  • Himself
1993
81% A Perfect World
  • Bobby Lee
1993
44% My Life
  • Paul Ivanovich
1993
3% RoboCop 3
  • Fleck
1993
88% Scent of a Woman
  • Randy
1992
88% Awakenings
  • Dr. Tyler
1990
35% Young Guns II
  • Charles Phalen
1990
86% Presumed Innocent
  • Jamie Kemp
1990
50% Vital Signs
  • Dr. Ballentine
1990
7% Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise
  • Roger
1987
77% Adventures in Babysitting
  • Mike Tedwell
1987
No Score Yet Dead as a Doorman
  • Terry Reilly
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Shameless USA
2011-2016
  • Abraham Paige
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Panelist
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Ross/Red John Red John
No Score Yet In Plain Sight
2008-2012
  • Actor
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
92% Shameless
2011
  • Abraham Paige
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Screenwriter
  • Josh Lyman
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Sean Sean O'Brien
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
  • Performer
30% Happyish
2015
  • Jonathan Cooke
59% Go On
2012-2013
  • Hughie
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
67% The Good Guys
2010
  • Dan Stark
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Voice of Stu
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Mom
2013
  • Mitch
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Frank Maddox
90% Parks and Recreation
2009-2015
  • Councilman Pillner
73% Trophy Wife
2013-2014
  • Pete Brad
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993
  • Daniel Trepkos
94% Brooklyn Nine-Nine
2013
  • Roger Roger Peralta
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Panelist

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