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Roger Bart
Born (1962-09-29) September 29, 1962 (age 61)
EducationRutgers University, New Brunswick (BFA)
Occupation(s)Actor, singer
Years active1987–present
External image
image icon Bart at an event for The Lost Room in 2006

Roger Bart (born September 29, 1962) is an American actor and singer. He won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for his performance as Snoopy in the 1999 revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Bart received his second Tony Award nomination for playing Carmen Ghia in the original production of The Producers. His other accolades include a SAG Award and three Outer Critics Circle Award nominations.

Bart performed the song "Go the Distance" from the 1997 animated film Hercules, which was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe.

Early life and education

Bart was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, the son of a teacher and a chemical engineer, and grew up in Bernardsville, New Jersey.[1][2] His uncle is journalist Peter Bart.[2] He graduated from Bernards High School in 1980 and was later inducted into the school's hall of fame.[3]

He earned his BFA in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 1985.[4]

Bart was close friends with Jonathan Larson: both worked as waiters between theater jobs and frequently hung out at each other's workplaces. He participated in early presentations of Larson's work including Tick, Tick... Boom! and Rent; the main character "Roger" from Rent is named after him.[5][6]


He made his Broadway debut in Big River as Tom Sawyer in 1985. Additional theatre credits include Jonathan in the Alan Menken/Tim Rice musical King David, Harlequin in Triumph of Love, Snoopy in the Broadway revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (for which he won the Drama Desk Award and a Tony), Carmen Ghia and later Leo Bloom in The Producers (earning Drama Desk and Tony nominations), and The Frogs at Lincoln Center, which reunited him with fellow Producers star Nathan Lane and Susan Stroman.[7]

In 1996 and 1997, Bart appeared as Bud Frump in the USA national tour of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.[8][9][10]

On television, Bart played George Carlin's son on The George Carlin Show (1994), and on Bram and Alice (2002) he portrayed Bram's assistant, Paul Newman. He became widely known to viewers with his portrayal of George Williams, the unhinged homicidal pharmacist in love with Bree Van de Kamp (Marcia Cross), on Desperate Housewives, which earned him a SAG Award.[11]

Bart provided the singing voice for teenage Hercules in Disney's Hercules, as well as the singing voice of Scamp in Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure. He was featured in the 2004 remake of The Stepford Wives with Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler, Christopher Walken and Glenn Close, and in The Producers (2005), in which he reprised his role of "common-law assistant" Carmen Ghia.[11]

In December 2006, Bart played Howard "The Weasel" Montague in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries The Lost Room. In June 2007, he starred as Stuart in Hostel: Part II, the sequel to 2005's Hostel. In 2007 he had supporting roles in American Gangster and Spy School. In 2008, he appeared in Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, the sequel to 2004's Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, and Midnight Meat Train.[11]

Bart also originated the lead role of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in the musical adaptation of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, which opened on Broadway in November 2007, following a run in Seattle. He reprised the role alongside former Broadway co-stars Shuler Hensley and Cory English in the United States national tour that launched in September 2009.[12] He ended his run on August 8, 2010, and was succeeded by Christopher Ryan. Bart originally portrayed the role of Igor in the original workshop read-through.[citation needed]

Brad Oscar and Bart reprised their roles as Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, respectively, in a production of The Producers at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. The show ran from August 23–29, 2010.[13]

In 2011, Bart was cast in the recurring role of Mason Treadwell on the ABC drama series Revenge.[14]

In 2013, Bart was cast in the recurring role of Roger Riskin on the Showtime drama series Episodes.[15]

Bart was originally set to play the dual role of Charles Frohman and Captain James Hook in the 2014 A.R.T. pre-Broadway production of Finding Neverland. He was ultimately replaced by Michael McGrath.[16]

In 2016, Bart returned to Broadway in the musical Disaster![17]

In 2017, Bart was cast in the recurring role of Vice Principal Nero on the second season of the Netflix comedy drama series A Series of Unfortunate Events.[18]

In 2018, Bart was cast in the main role of Judge Wilson on the Freeform drama series Good Trouble, the spin-off of The Fosters.

In 2019, Bart was cast as Hades in the world premiere of Disney's musical, Hercules.[19] That same year, he was announced to play Dr. Emmett Brown in the musical adaptation of Back to the Future.[20]

In 2021, Bart cameoed in the film adaptation of Tick, Tick... Boom!, 30 years after performing in the original show with Jonathan Larson.[21] A character in the film played by Joshua Henry is named "Roger" after him, and is loosely inspired by Bart.[22]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Hercules Young Hercules (singing voice)
1999 The Insider Seelbach Hotel Manager
2001 Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure Scamp (singing voice) Direct-to-video
2004 The Stepford Wives Roger Bannister Remake of the 1975 film
2005 The Producers Carmen Ghia Based on the 2001 musical
2006 I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With Burl Canasta
2007 Hostel: Part II Stuart
2007 American Gangster U.S. Attorney
2008 Spy School Principal Hampton
2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Dr. Beecher
2008 The Midnight Meat Train Jurgis
2009 Law Abiding Citizen Brian Bringham
2011 One Night Stand Himself
2012 Excision Bob
2012 Freaky Deaky Jerry Baker
2012 A Green Story Johnson
2012 The Producers Carmen Ghia Direct-to-video
2012 Smiley Professor Clayton
2012 The Last Man Will Short film
2013 April Apocalypse Jack
2013 Last Vegas Maurice Tischler
2015 Molly Brad Short film
2015 Trumbo Buddy Ross
2016 Internet Famous Chris!
2017 Speech & Debate Principal Bellingham
2018 Ghost Light Henry Asquith
2019 Bayou Tales Adam
2021 Tick, Tick... Boom! Featured Diner
TBA Broadway: The Next Generation Himself Documentary


Year Title Role Notes
1994 The George Carlin Show Ron Blessington Episode: "George Gets a Big Surprise"
2000 Law & Order Alec Hughes Episode: "Surrender Dorothy"
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Benjy Dowe Episode: "Closure"
2002 Bram & Alice Paul Recurring role (8 episodes)
2005 Out of Practice Lou Pimsky Episode: "Losing Patients"
2005 International Digital Emmy Awards Himself (host) Television special
2005–2006, 2007, 2012 Desperate Housewives George Williams 16 episodes (Recurring guest star Season 1, also starring Season 2 episodes 2–9, special guest star Season 2 Episode 24, uncredited Season 8)
2006 The Lost Room Howard 'The Weasel' Montague Television miniseries (2 episodes)
2006 My Ex Life Unknown role Television movie
2009 30 Rock Brad Halster Episode: "Cutbacks"
2010 CSI: Miami Bob Starling 2 episodes
2010 Human Target John Doe Episode: "Dead Head"
2011 Medium Dennis Caruso Episode: "Me Without You"
2011 Traffic Light Marty Episode: "Pilot"
2011 The Event Richard Peel Recurring role (10 episodes)
2011 The Life & Times of Tim Mayor (voice role) Episode: "Percey Davis/Boulevard/Cool Uncle Stu Balls"
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jeffrey Fitzgerald Episode: "Tressed to Kill"
2012 Hot in Cleveland Jimmy Episode: "Claus, Tails & High-Pitched Males: Birthdates 3"
2012 Himself (uncredited) Episode: "Some Like it Hot"
2012 Grimm Constantine Brinkerhof Episode: "Big Feet"
2012 Perception IRS Agent Ethan Kendrick Episode: "Messenger"
2012 Political Animals Barry Harris Television miniseries

Recurring role (6 episodes)

2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Adam Cain Episode: "Twenty-Five Acts"
2012 Easy to Assemble Howard Friske Recurring role (9 episodes)
2012–2015 Revenge Mason Treadwell Recurring role (11 episodes)
2013 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Rep Episode: "The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award"
2013–2014 How I Met Your Mother Curtis Recurring role (5 episodes)
2014 Jessie Mr. Phil McNichol Episode: "Krumping and Crushing"
2014 The Exes Sam Episode: "When Haskell Met Sammy"
2014 How to Build a Better Boy Dr. James Hartley Television movie
2014 Celebrity Ghost Stories Himself Episode: "Julie White/Roger Bart/Dominique Swain/Thomas Ian Nicholas"
2014–2017 Episodes Roger Riskin Recurring role (11 episodes)
2015 Modern Family Anders Episode: "Valentine's Day 4: Twisted Sister"
2015 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Jeremy Episode: "Supercalifragilisticjuliefriggingandrews"
2015 Scream Queens Dr. Herfmann Episode: "Chainsaw"
2015 You're the Worst Jonathan R. Strasburg Episode: "All About That Paper"
2015 4th International Academy of Web Television Awards Himself (host) Television special
2016 Code Black Hank Goldman Episode: "What Lies Beneath"
2016–2017 No Tomorrow Cory Casey 2 episodes
2016–2017 Graves Lawrence Mills Recurring role (11 episodes)
2017 Grace and Frankie Steve Clarrington Recurring role (3 episodes)
2017 There's... Johnny! Angelo Recurring role (5 episodes)
2018–2019 A Series of Unfortunate Events Vice Principal Nero 4 episodes
2018 Quantico Fedowitz Episode: "Bullet Train"
2018 Elementary Kip Lowell Episode: "You've Come a Long Way, Baby"
2019–present Good Trouble Judge Wilson Series regular (19 episodes)
2019 The Good Fight Brad Cayman Episode: "The One Where Kurt Saves Diane"
2021 The Blacklist Scooter Rovenpor 2 episodes


Year Title Role Venue Notes
1985–1987 Big River Tom Sawyer (replacement) Eugene O'Neill Theatre
1991 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Tobias Ragg New Israeli Opera
1992–1994 The Secret Garden Dickon Touring production
1993–1995 The Who's Tommy Cousin Kevin Touring production
1996–1997 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Bud Frump Touring production
1997 King David Jonathan New Amsterdam Theatre
1997–1998 Triumph of Love Harlequin, the valet Royale Theatre
1999 You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Snoopy Ambassador Theatre
2001 The Producers Carmen Ghia Cadillac Palace Theatre
2001-2002 St. James Theatre Broadway
2002-2003 Leo Bloom
2003-2004 Carmen Ghia
2004 The Frogs Xanthias Vivian Beaumont Theater
2005 The Producers Leo Bloom St. James Theatre
Young Frankenstein Igor Unknown Workshop
2006-2007 The Producers Leo Bloom St. James Theatre Broadway
2007 Young Frankenstein Frederick Frankenstein Paramount Theatre Seattle, Washington (pre-Broadway try-out)
Lyric Theatre Broadway
2010 Providence Performing Arts Center Broadway Across America tour (First National Tour)
2012 The Producers Carmen Ghia Hollywood Bowl
2016 Disaster! Tony Nederlander Theatre
2018 Annie Rooster Hannigan Hollywood Bowl
2019 Hercules Hades Delacorte Theatre [19]
2020 Back to the Future: The Musical Dr. Emmett Brown Manchester Opera House
2021–2023 Adelphi Theatre West End
2023 Winter Garden Theatre Broadway

Awards and nominations

Association Year Category Nominated Work Result
Drama Desk Awards 1999 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Won
2001 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical The Producers Nominated
DVD Exclusive Awards 2001 Best Original Song for "A World Without Fences" Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp's Adventure Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Awards 1998 Best Music, Original Song for "Go the Distance" Hercules Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives Won
Tony Awards 1999 Best Featured Actor in a Musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Won
2001 Best Featured Actor in a Musical The Producers Nominated


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