Philip Casnoff

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Philip Casnoff

Golden Globe Award nominated, Theater World Award winning, American actor, known for his roles in TV series and on Broadway add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1949.

Countries: United States (75%), Illinois (25%)

Main connections: Frank Sinatra, Wesleyan University, Ava Gardner

Linked to: New York Post, The New York Times, Wesleyan University, HBO




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Philip Casnoff was born in 1949 add something


Casnoff graduated from Central High School in June 1967; and attended Wesleyan University, attaining his B.A. in 1971 add something


Casnoff began his career touring in the 1972–73 national company of "Godspell" where he understudied Jesus and Judas add something


He was cast as understudy for the title role in the 1976 Broadway production of "Rockabye Hamlet", a rock musical version of Shakespeare's play, but the show closed after only seven performances add something


He has been married to actress Roxanne Hart since 1984 add something


Casnoff's first major role was that of the main antagonist Elkanah Bent in the popular 1985 miniseries "North and South" add something


He went on to reprise the role in two sequels which aired in 1986 and 1994 add something


In 1988, Casnoff starred as Freddie Trumper, an arrogant American professional chess player in the short-lived Broadway production of the musical "Chess" and received warm reviews for his performance add something


In 1992, he was chosen to play Frank Sinatra in the television miniseries "Sinatra" add something


Marcia Gay Harden - In 1992, she played actress Ava Gardner alongside Philip Casnoff as Frank Sinatra in the made for TV miniseries "Sinatra


In 2000, he joined the cast of Lifetime Television's "Strong Medicine" add something


As Chief of Staff Dr. Robert Jackson, Casnoff stayed with the show for five seasons, until 2005 add something


He returned to Broadway as Billy Flynn in the musical Chicago on January 15, 2007, succeeding Huey Lewis in the role and stayed with the production through March 25, 2007 add something


Casnoff's first leading role in a feature film was in 2015's "Sight Unseen" add something


Scream Queens (2015 TV series) - In August 2015, Philip Casnoff was cast as Cathy's husband