R.I.P. Philip Bosco: Narrated the “Coney Island” Doc (Among a Sea of Other Credits)

Philip Bosco (b. 1930) passed away yesterday. We felt a special connection to this solid actor for many reasons. He narrated Ric Burns’ 1990 Coney Island documentary, and did voice-overs in Ric and Ken Burns; Civil War film, which was released that same year. So we have spent many hours listening to that warm, pleasant voice. Also, he was a Jersey City native — I became aware of him during the years when I was living in that town, when Bosco was just starting to become better known (late ’80s). So I felt a certain local pride and interest in him. I got to see him act live once about 25 years ago in the Broadway revival of An Inspector Calls.

Bosco was in the Woody Allen movies Another Woman (1989), Shadows and Fog (1991), and Deconstructing Harry (1997). Other films included The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), Heaven Help Us (1985), The Money Pit (1986), Children of a Lesser God (1986), 3 Men and a Baby (1987), Working Girl (1988), Quick Change (1990), True Colors (1991), The First Wives Club (1996), My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), Kate and Leopold (2001) and much else. He was a regular on the short-lived series Tribeca (1993), and he played Ben Franklin in the 1997 mini-series Liberty: The American Revolution . And of course, many many episodes of Law and Order. And lots and lots of theatre, revivals of Shakespeare, Shaw etc etc. Bosco had an avuncular manner that somehow ranged from mobsters to family physicians. I’m kind of shocked he was never on The Sopranos. What’s that all about? Anyway, thanks Brian Scott Lipton for passing along the news.