Date of birth (location)
September 15th, 1971 - Baltimore Maryland
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Josh Charles is considered one of the "brat pack" of the '90s, an X-generation actor who got his start with Ethan Hawke in 1989's 'Dead Poets Society'. He has been cast in "sensitive" roles, first as shy, love-struck Knox Overstreet in 'Dead Poets Society', then as a comic, troubled youth in 'Crossing the Bridge' ('92) and finally as a "sexually ambivalent" college student in this year's 'Threesome'. Charles was born and raised in Baltimore where his father is partner is a prominent advertising firm and his mother an advice columnist. His parents divorced in 1982. Although baseball is a passion he considered pursuing professionally, Charles began stand-up comedy at age 8 and honed his acting skills for four summers at the Stagedoor Manor in the Catskills. In 1987, he debuted in John Water's 'Hairspray' and has pursued his film career full-time since then. Perhaps one reason why this handsome actor has not splashed Hollywood with six films this year like his Threesome co-star and fellow x-generation buddy Stephen Baldwin is because he is selective in the projects he pursues. "It's like the Tom Waits song", he says. "I'd rather be a success on my own terms that a failure on somebody else's".
"My dream was to be a baseball player, but that didn't work out. So I got into acting at a really young age."
Risa Shapiro, International Creative Management, (310) 550-4000
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