Barry Bostwick

Barry Bostwick Headshot

Actor

Birth Date: February 24, 1945

Age: 79 years old

Birth Place: San Mateo, California

From the stage to the screen, Barry Bostwick's roles run the gamut - from bad boys to uptight nerds, men of action or leaders of nations, effortlessly switching from broad comedy to high drama with each role. Bostwick was born on Feb. 24, 1945, in San Mateo, CA, to Henry, a city planner, and Betty, a homemaker. Bostwick and his older brother, Peter, grew up putting on varying folk music and puppet shows for fellow students in San Mateo High School. In the mid 1960s, Bostwick headed off to United States International University's School of Performing Arts, but opted to transition from music to acting after an actress he was dating landed him in a play, "Take Her, She's Mine," at the Valley Music Theater. Upon graduating with an acting degree in 1967, he headed off to continue his graduate training at New York University, taking a year off to perform out west with the APA-Phoenix Repertory Company. A veteran Tony Award-winning stage actor, Bostwick moved to the screen where he soon found lasting notoriety in the cult classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975) opposite a then-unknown Susan Sarandon. While many of his later efforts were far less memorable - the nostalgic "Movie, Movie" (1978) and ridiculous "Megaforce" (1982) being prime examples - Bostwick nevertheless remained a constant presence, primarily on the small screen. With his formal bearing and commanding voice, the actor was often cast as military and political leaders, notably in several Judith Krantz adaptations and two famously lengthy turns as George Washington, culminating in an award-winning role as Lieutenant Carter "Lady" Aster in the acclaimed miniseries, "War and Remembrance" (1988). Bostwick later brilliantly flexed his comedic muscle as the hilariously incompetent New York City mayor on the long-running sitcom "Spin City" (ABC, 1996-2002) opposite Michael J. Fox. After the series ended, he remained a familiar face on television with frequent guest spots on popular series like "Law & Order" Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ). Although never achieving the megawatt stardom of some of his peers, Bostwick has undoubtedly made a mark as one of the more versatile, hardworking and welcome stars of his generation.

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Outlaw Johnny BlackStream

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Tom Sheally
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2023
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Single All the WayStream

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Harold
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2021
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The Rocky Horror Show: Musical Livestream

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Brad Majors
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2020

American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules

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PeePaw
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2020

Love by Drowning

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Val Martin Sr.
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2020

Grand-Daddy Day Care

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2019

Santa Girl

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Santa Claus
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2019

The Field

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George
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2019

Christmas in Louisiana

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Timothy
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2019

A Christmas MiracleStream

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Santa Dean
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2019

Undercover Brother 2

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The Man
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2019

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Mayor
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2018
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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: To the AltarStream

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Bill
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Slay Belles

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Santa
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2018

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Dr. St. Croix
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Bigger Fatter Liar

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Alan Wolf
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2017

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Home Again

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Billy Haywith
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2017

Christmas in Mississippi

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Mr. Kriss
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2017

Małomiasteczkowe święta

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Mr. Kriss
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2017

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American HousewifeStream

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Thomas Otto
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2016

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A Mermaid's Tale

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The Senator
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2016

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2015

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Walt
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2015

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Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves

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Jonathan
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2015

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2014

Masters of SexStream

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2013
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The GoldbergsStream

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Professor Majors
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2013

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Big Poppa
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2013

Teen Beach Movie

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Big Poppa
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Finding Joy

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Alan
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2013

Blast Vegas

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2013

The New Normal

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2012
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ScandalStream

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Jerry Grant
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2012
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FDR: American Badass!

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2012

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Robert
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2011
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Franklin & BashStream

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Jacob "Falcon" Riley
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2011
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Some Guy Who Kills People

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The Sheriff
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2011

The Selling

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Father Jimmy
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2011

Home Run Showdown

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Big Al
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2011

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Hugh
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2010

Secrets of the Mountain

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Henry Beecham
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2010

Bedrooms

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Roger
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2010

2010: Moby Dick

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Captain Ahab
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2010

Cougar TownStream

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Roger Frank
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2009
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The Forgotten

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2009

GleeStream

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Tim Stanwick
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2009
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Hannah Montana: The Movie

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Mr. Bradley
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2009

Baggage

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Pete Murphy
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2008

Love Is a Four Letter Word

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Martin Harper
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2007

Ugly BettyStream

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Roger Adams
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2006
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'Til DeathStream

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2006

Spymate

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President
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2006

Chestnut: Hero of Central Park

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Thomas Trundle
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2006

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2005

Out of PracticeStream

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2005

SupernaturalStream

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2005
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Cold CaseStream

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2003

Nip/TuckStream

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Roger Payne
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2003
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101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure

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Thunderbolt
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2003

Le Clan des Skulls III

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Nathan Lloyd
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2003

Less Than PerfectStream

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2002

Hack

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2002

What I Like About YouStream

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Jack Taylor
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2002

ScrubsStream

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Mr. Randolph
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2001
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CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationStream

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2000

Law & Order: Special Victims UnitStream

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Oliver Gates
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1999
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Crimes of Passion: One Hot Summer Night

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Art Brooks
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1998

National Lampoon's Men in White

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President Smith
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1998

Tales From a Parallel Universe: I Worship His Shadow

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Thodin
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1997

Spin CityStream

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Mayor Randall WInston
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1996
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Duro Para Esperar

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1996

Spy Hard

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Norman Coleman
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1996

A Different Kind of Christmas

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Frank Mallory
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1996

The Secret Agent Club

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Vincent Scarletti
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1996

High Society

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1995

Secretaria Asesina

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919 Quinta Avenida

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1995

The Secretary

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Eric Bradford
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1995

The Return of Hunter: Everyone Walks in L.A.

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1995

Project: Metalbeast

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1995

919 Fifth Avenue

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Mr. Lawrence Van Degen
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1995

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1994

Once in a Lifetime

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1994

In the Heat of Passion II: Unfaithful

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1993

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1993

800 Leguas por el Amazonas

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1993

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Arthur Hummel
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1993
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800 Leagues Down the Amazon

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1993

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1993

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1993

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Paul Plunk
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1991

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Comm. Francis R. (Dick) Scobee
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Aladdin

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Great Air Race

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Roscoe Turner
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1990

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The Great Air Race

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Barry Bostwick
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1990

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1989

Parent Trap III

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Jeffrey Wyatt
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1989

Parent Trap Hawaiian Honeymoon

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War and Remembrance

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Addicted to His Love

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1988

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George Washington: The Forging of a Nation

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Deceptions

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Summer Girl

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An Uncommon Love

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Mr. Kinser
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Detective Tucker Pendleton
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Megaforce

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Red Flag: The Ultimate Game

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Scruples

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1980

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Once Upon a Family

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Hawaii Five-0: The Year of the Horse

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Murder by Natural Causes

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1979

You Can't Take It With You

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1979

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Johnny Danko/Dick Cummings
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The Quinns

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The Rocky Horror Picture ShowStream

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Brad Majors
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1975
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The Chadwick Family

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Hank
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1974

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1973

Fantastic Planet

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1973

Great PerformancesStream

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Jennifer on My Mind

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1971

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