Josh Mostel Biography (1946-)

Born December 21, 1946, in New York, NY; son of Zero (an actor; original name, Samuel Joel Mostel) and Kathryn Celia (an actress, dancer, and writer; maiden name, Harken) Mostel; brother of Toby Mostel (an actor); married Peggy Rajski (a director and producer), June 24, 1983. Addresses: Agent: William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Actor, director, writer
Birth Details
December 21, 1946
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Mr. Bonelli, Going Home, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1971
  • Frank, The King of Marvin Gardens, Columbia, 1972
  • (As Joshua Mostel) King Herod, Jesus Christ, Superstar (musical),Universal, 1973
  • (As Joshua Mostel) Norman Coombes, Harry and Tonto, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1974
  • Wheel of Fortune operator, The Money (also known as Atlantic City Jackpot), 1975
  • Victor, Deadly Hero, Avco-Embassy, 1976
  • Duster, Fighting Back (also known as Death Vengeance), Paramount, 1982
  • Morris Fink, Sophie's Choice, Universal, 1982
  • Russell, Dead Ringer, 1982
  • Private detective, Star 80, Warner Bros., 1983
  • Casio vendor, Brother from Another Planet, Cinecom, 1984
  • David, Almost You, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984
  • Sol, Windy City, Warner Bros., 1984
  • Dicky Dunck, Compromising Positions, Paramount, 1985
  • Howard F. Howard, Stoogemania (also known as Party Stooge),Atlantic, 1986
  • Jack Schnittman, The Money Pit, Universal, 1986
  • Mayor Cabell Testerman, Matewan, Cinecom, 1987
  • Ollie, Wall Street, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1987
  • Uncle Abe, Radio Days, Orion, 1987
  • Himself, Heavy Petting (documentary), Skouras, 1988
  • Mel Gorsky, Animal Behavior, Cinestar, 1989
  • Bertoni the jeweler, Naked Tango (also known as Tango desnudo), New Line Cinema, 1990
  • Barry Shalowitz, City Slickers, Columbia, 1991
  • Mad Anthony, City of Hope, Samuel Goldwyn, 1991
  • Physics professor, Little Man Tate, Orion, 1991
  • Chess club regular, Searching for Bobby Fischer (also known as Innocent Moves), Paramount, 1993
  • Sol Warshow, Nervous Ticks, Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 1993
  • Barry Shalowitz, City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (also known as City Slickers: The Legend of Curly's Gold and City Slickers II), Columbia, 1994
  • Officer Figus, The Chase, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994
  • Bye Bye America (also known as Goodbye America, The Wayof the World, Auf Wiedersehen Amerika, and Do Widzenia, Ameryko), Pyramide International, 1994
  • Counter person, The Basketball Diaries, New Line Cinema, 1995
  • Principal Max Anderson, Billy Madison, Universal, 1995
  • Chicky Ross, The Maddening, Vidmark, 1996
  • Jerry Ragno, Great Expectations, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998
  • Zagosh, Rounders, Miramax, 1998
  • Arthur Brooks, Big Daddy, Columbia, 1999
  • Dr. Faber, The Out-of-Towners, Paramount, 1999
  • Mac McCreadle, Knockaround Guys, New Line Cinema, 2002
  • Stage Appearances
  • Joey, The Homecoming, Provincetown Theatre, Provincetown, MA, 1968
  • The Hostage, Provincetown Theatre, 1968
  • Lysistrata, Provincetown Theatre, 1968
  • Member of ensemble, The Proposition (revue), Massachusetts production, 1969
  • Private Larry Fishbein, "Defender of the Faith," folk singer, "Epstein,"and first intern, "Eli, the Fanatic," in Unlikely Heroes, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1971
  • Member of ensemble, The Proposition (revue), Gramercy Arts Theatre, then Mercer-Shaw Theatre, both New York City, both beginning 1971
  • Curse You, Spread Eagle, Washington Theatre Club, Washington, DC,1971
  • Harvey and Frank Likk, Soft Touch, Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA, 1973
  • More Than You Deserve, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, New York City, 1974
  • Member of ensemble, Straws in the Wind (revue), American Place Theatre, New York City, 1975
  • Messenger, An American Millionaire, Circle in the Square, New YorkCity, 1975
  • Milo Crawford, "Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander" and "The Last Meetingof the Knights of the White Magnolia," in A Texas Trilogy, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, then Broadhurst Theatre,New York City, both 1976
  • Dubois, The Misanthrope, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Anspacher Theatre, New York City, 1977
  • Hirschel, Gemini, Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1978
  • Louie, Every Place Is Newark, Aspen Playwrights Conference, Aspen,CO, 1978
  • Orville, The Wright Brothers, Aspen Playwrights Conference, 1978
  • Bottom, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Kenyon Theatre Festival, Warren, OH, 1980
  • C. K., Men in the Kitchen, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, c. 1986
  • Charlie Langman, The Road to Urga, Lincoln Center Theater, New York City, 1987
  • Norman Bulansky, The Boys Next Door, Lamb's Theatre, New York City, 1987
  • Matt of the Mint, 3 Penny Opera (musical), Lunt-Fontanne Theatre,New York City, 1989
  • Dollar Bill Brunowski, A Perfect Diamond, Apple Corps Theatre, NewYork City, 1990
  • Sy Benson, My Favorite Year (musical), Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York City, 1992-1993
  • Shem, The Flowering Peach, National Actors Theatre, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1994
  • Vassili Laimorgos, Getting Away with Murder, Broadhurst Theatre, 1996
  • Mayor and first rabbinical judge, A Dybbuk; or, Between Two Worlds, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Estelle R. Newman Theatre, New York City, 1997
  • Cranes, off-Broadway production, 1999
  • Appeared off-Broadway in Rocky Road; also appeared in The Dog Play.
  • Stage Director
  • Ferocious Kisses, Manhattan Punchline Theatre, New York City, 1981
  • Love as We Know It, Manhattan Punchline Theatre, 1986
  • Red Diaper Baby, Actors' Playhouse, then Second Stage Theatre, McGinn-Cazale Theatre, both New York City, 1992
  • Director of the play Misconceptions.
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Jim "Blotto" Blutarski, Delta House, ABC, 1979
  • (As Joshua Mostel) Private Maxwell, At Ease, ABC, 1983
  • Wesley Hardin, Murphy's Law, ABC, 1988-1989
  • Miniseries
  • Barney Green, Seventh Avenue, NBC, 1977
  • Movies
  • Wiseman, The Boy Who Loved Trolls, PBS, 1984
  • Jordan, Let It Be Me (also known as Love Dance), Starz!, 1995
  • Kendall, Thicker Than Blood, TNT, 1998
  • Arthur Cimasi, Strip Search, HBO, 2004
  • Specials
  • Zero Hour, ABC, 1967
  • Tracey Ullman Takes On New York, HBO, 1993
  • Episodic
  • (As Joshua Mostel) Leonard, "An Eye for an Eye," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1986
  • Taurus, The Equalizer, CBS, 1986
  • Winston Erdlow, The Equalizer, CBS, 1987
  • Ridley, "Class of Beverly Hills," Beverly Hills 90210, Fox, 1990
  • (As Joshua Mostel) Cue card guy, "Heeeere's ... Cliffy!," Cheers,NBC, 1992
  • Mr. Dumaurier, Phenom, ABC, 1993
  • Winnetka Road, NBC, 1994
  • Dave, "The Gift of Life," Wings, NBC, 1996
  • Harvey Anchin, "Kid Pro Quo," Law & Order, NBC, 2003
  • Pilots
  • Nathan, Hereafter, NBC, 1975
  • Steve and a student, Off Campus, CBS, 1977
  • Kirby Taylor, Passion, CBS, 1991
  • Teleplays
  • Specials
  • Author (with Mickey Lemle) of the television special Media Probes: TheLanguage Show.

Further Reference


    • New York Post, April 7, 1994

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