Joshua Aaron Charles
(born September 15
) is an American
stage, film and television actor.
Charles was born in Baltimore, Maryland
to Allan Charles, an advertising executive, and Laura, a gossip columnist for the Baltimore Sun
newspaper. Charles began his career performing stand-up comedy
from the age of 9. As a teenager, he spent several summers at the Stagedoor Manor
performing arts camp in New York
Charles' film debut was in fellow Baltimore resident John Waters
in 1988. The following year, he starred alongside Robin Williams
and Ethan Hawke
in the Oscar
-winning Dead Poets Society
. Subsequent film roles have included Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
, Pie in the Sky
, Muppets from Space
and Four Brothers
On television, Charles played sports anchor Dan Rydell in Aaron Sorkin's Emmy Award-winning Sports Night, which ran for two years (1998-2000) on ABC and earned Charles a Screen Actors Guild nomination. He also recently appeared in several episodes of HBO's In Treatment.
In 1986, Charles headlined a production of Jonathan Marc Sherman's Confrontation. In 2004, he appeared on stage in New York in a revival of Neil LaBute's The Distance From Here, which received a Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble Cast. In January 2006 he appeared in the world premiere of Richard Greenberg's The Well-Appointed Room for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, and followed this with a run at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, portraying the cloned brothers in Caryl Churchill's A Number. In 2007, he appeared in Adam Bock's The Receptionist at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
Charles is a fan of the Baltimore Orioles
(baseball) and Baltimore Ravens
(American football) teams. In 2004/5 he championed a fantasy football draft on the NFL Network