Joshua Malina Biography
Joshua Malina, born as Joshua Charles Malina, is an American actor for the film, television and stage and producer. He celebrates his birthday every year on January 17, and was born in the year 1966. He shot to fame for portraying the character of Will Bailey on the NBC television drama The West Wing. He is also known for his roles as David Rosen on Scandal and Jeremy Goodwin on Sports Night.
He is a native of New York City, United States as he was born and spent most of his early life there. His father Robert Malina, was a Broadway producer and investment banker and his mother was Fran Malina. Together, they were the founding members of Young Israel of Scarsdale in New Rochelle. As he was born to a Jewish family he follows Conservative Judaism as his religion. He went to Westchester Day School for his junior high and then to Horace Mann School, he completed his senior high school. Then, he attended Yale University. He graduated from there and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater.
To start off his acting career, he auditioned for a role in the Broadway production of A Few Good Men, by Aaron Sorkin. Sorkin was a friend of Joshua’s cousins and they had spoken highly of him so Sorkin asked Joshua to audition and ultimately landed the role. He debuted with a minor role but was later moved to a larger role. He had impressed Sorkin and later starred in many of his productions. His first work in the movies was as a production assistant on the comedy film Fletch Lives. His first big screen appearance was co-incidentally on the film version of A Few Good Men. His next film was Sorkin’s The American President. In 1998, he landed the role of Jeremy Goodwin on the show Sports Night, again by Sorkin.the show was critically acclaimed but did not have enough fans, so was cancelled after two seasons in 2000. Then, he went to star in the NBC series, The West King, playing Will Bailey, which became his most popular role. He has also appeared on other shows like The Larry Sanders Show, Big Shots, House M.D., Bones, The Big Bang Theory and many others. He co-created and produced Bravo’s cable television series Celebrity Poker Showdown. His recent work can be seen in the series Scandal, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and The Young Kieslowski.
Malina is a married man. His wife is Melissa Merwin who works as a costume designer. They had met in 1992 and dated for four years before getting married. The couple finally tied the knot on December 2, 1996. Melissa had to convert to Conservative Judaism to get married to him. They have two children, Avi and Isabel. They are living a blissful family life and divorce is out of the question in the years to come. He is a good husband and a great father. Currently, he resides in his home in Malibu, California with his wife and children.
The handsome star stands tall at the height of 5 feet and 9 inches, which suites his personality quite well. He has won over a lot of hearts though his hard work over the years. The entertainment industry has given him both fame and fortune. He is an avid user of his Twitter account where he gets up close with his followers and keeps them entertained with his frequent tweets about recent news and events. More information on him is available on his recent and detailed biography on Wiki and IMDb website. He is still keeping the good work up and his fans would love to see more of him.