Actor, director, producer Tony Goldwyn is taking multi-tasking to a new level. Currently starring as President Fitzgerald Grant in Shonda Rhimes’ hit series “Scandal,” Goldwyn is juggling multiple projects both behind and in front of the camera. He recently wrapped production on “Felt” which features an all-star cast including Liam Neeson and Diane Lane. He also filmed a cameo for “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” for writer/director James Gunn. Additionally Goldwyn stars in the upcoming MGM film “The Belko Experiment,” written and produced by Gunn. Previously he co-created and executive produced the series titled “The Divide” for AMC Studios. Goldwyn directed the two hour pilot while partner Richard LaGravenese wrote the episodes. He also took on the controversial figure Warren Jeffs, starring in the Lifetime movie, “Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs” and appeared in the hit features “Divergent” and “Insurgent” based on the YA novels by Veronica Roth.
In addition to acting on the show, Goldwyn has directed multiple episodes of “Scandal.” Other television directing credits include prestigious programs such as “Dexter,” “Justified,” “Law & Order,” “Damages,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The L Word,” among others.
Goldwyn made an auspicious feature directorial debut with “A Walk on the Moon” starring Diane Lane and Viggo Mortensen. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to receive universal praise from critics as well as winning a special recognition from the National Board of Review for Excellence in Filmmaking. Goldwyn first read Pamela Gray’s script five years earlier and shepherded it through multiple drafts until Dustin Hoffman came on board as a producer and got the project financed. Coincidentally when Gray originally wrote the screenplay as her Master’s Thesis at UCLA Film School, she won the prestigious Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award – an honor established by Goldwyn’s paternal grandfather, the legendary film producer.
Further feature directing credits include “The Last Kiss,” based on Gabriele Muccino’s “L’Ultimo Bacio,” for which Goldwyn received Best Director from the Boston Film Festival and the romantic comedy “Someone Like You.” His last effort, “Conviction,” which Goldwyn also produced, earned Hilary Swank a SAG Award nomination, won Best Film at the Boston Film Festival and was awarded a Freedom of Expression honor from the National Board of Review.
As an actor, Goldwyn first caught audiences’ attention with his portrayal of the villain in the box office smash “Ghost.” He went on to appear in numerous other films including “The Pelican Brief” with Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington, “Kiss The Girls,” Oliver Stone’s “Nixon,” “The Substance of Fire,” “The Last Samurai” opposite Tom Cruise and the recent remake of Wes Craven’s classic “The Last House on the Left.” He is familiar to children as the title voice in Disney’s animated feature “Tarzan.”
His other television acting credits include “The Good Wife,” “Dexter,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Without A Trace,” “The L Word,” the HBO Mini-Series “From The Earth To The Moon,” “Frasier,” “Murphy Brown” and “Designing Women,” where he touchingly portrayed the first AIDS victim on a prime time series.
Goldwyn began his acting career on the stage, spending seven seasons at the Williamstown Theater Festival. His New York theater credits include “The Water’s Edge” at the 2nd Stage Theater, “The Dying Gaul” at the Vineyard Theater, “Holiday” at The Circle in the Square opposite Laura Linney, “Spike Heels” with Kevin Bacon at 2nd Stage, “The Sum of Us” at the Cherry Lane Theater, for which he earned an Obie Award and “Digby” at the Manhattan Theater Club. His most recent stage credit was starring in the revival of the hit musical “Promises, Promises” on Broadway.
He also dedicates much of his personal time to philanthropic work. Goldwyn has generously volunteered to support the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) which his grandfather, Samuel Goldwyn, helped found in the 1940s (then known as Permanent Charities). He most recently became an ambassador for Stand Up To Cancer, which is a program of the EIF. Additionally Goldwyn co-chairs the Artists' Committee for the Innocence Project, is an Ambassador for the humanitarian relief organization AmeriCares and is a Trustee for the 2nd Stage Theater. Most recently, he joined the MPTF Foundation Board of Governors.