Tony Award Winner Philip Bosco Dies at 88

Obituaries   Tony Award Winner Philip Bosco Dies at 88
 
Instantly recognizable from his many roles in film and television, Bosco won a Tony Award for Lend Me a Tenor.
Jane Connell, Philip Bosco, Victor Garber, Ron Holgate and Tovah Feldshuh in Lend Me a Tenor.
Jane Connell, Philip Bosco, Victor Garber, Ron Holgate and Tovah Feldshuh in Lend Me a Tenor. Martha Swope

Philip Bosco, whose Broadway appearances include a Tony-winning performance in the 1990 farce Lend Me a Tenor, died December 3 at age 88.

The character actor—recognizable from films and TV series including Working Girl, Three Men and a Baby, and Law & Order—boasted numerous Broadway credits, including An Inspector Calls, The Heiress, Twelfth Night, Copenhagen, and Twelve Angry Men. A six-time Tony nominee, Bosco's final Broadway appearance was in George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House in 2006—a play for which he had previously earned a Tony nomination as a different character in a 1984 revival.

Born in Jersey City on September 26, 1930, Bosco studied drama at Catholic University, finding early success as Richard III. A frequent guest star on Law and Order and Law & Order: SVU, Bosco earned late-career acclaim for his performance as the estranged father at the center of the film The Savages, opposite Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman. He was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1998.

Bosco is survived by his wife, Nancy Ann Dunkle, daughters Celia Bosco, Lisa Bosco-Tafro, Diane Bosco and Jennifer Bosco; sons Philip, Christopher, and John; his brothers Donald and David; and 15 grandchildren.

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