Joshua Malina

Actor Biography

Star of NBC's Emmy Award-winning ensemble "The West Wing" actor Joshua Malina has the impressive distinction of having appeared in all but one project that Aaron Sorkin has written and produced. As Will Bailey, Malina filled the slot left open by Rob Lowe's departure in the hit drama series. Malina also co-hosts the popular "West Wing Weekly" podcast with Hrishikesh Hirway that can be found on He has since transitioned into the role of D.C. U.S. Attorney in Shonda Rhimes ABC drama "Scandal," opposite Kerry Washington, and, during its hiatus, filmed a role in the writer/director Warren Beatty's latest Howard Hughes feature.

Upon graduation from Yale University with a B.A. degree in Theatre, Malina made his professional acting debut in the Broadway production of Sorkin's "A Few Good Men." He went on to star as Jeremy Goodwin in the critically acclaimed television series "Sports Night," for which he and his cast mates were nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy. Other Sorkin credits include the hit features "The American President" and "Malice."

Additional film credits include Bruno Barreto's dark comedy for Miramax "A View From the Top," with Gwenyth Paltrow and Mike Myers;"In The Line Of Fire," with Clint Eastwood; "Bulworth," with Warren Beatty and Halle Berry; "The First Time"; and "Knights of Badassdom."

Malina served as executive producer on the original Bravo series "Celebrity Poker Showdown," which filmed on-location at the Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and broke ratings records for the network. He's also affiliated with the website.

Malina also appeared in Hank Azaria's directorial debut, a short film entitled "Ray's Ex-Vision." This marked their first collaboration since they co-starred as writing partners on the sitcom "Imagine That." Among his other television credits is the ABC comedy series "Big Shots," in which he starred with Michael Vartan and Dylan McDermott; memorable recurring arcs on Ryan Murphy's "American Horror Story"; USA Network's drama "In Plain Sight"; "The Big Bang Theory"; "NUMB3RS"; and HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show" as Kenny, the shockingly uncreative creative executive; the Tom Hanks HBO production of "From the Earth to the Moon"; "Tracey Takes On…"; the telefilm "How to Marry a Billionaire"; "Extant";  "Children's Hospital"; "Psych"; "Bones"; "House"; "CSI"; "Law & Order: SVU"; Medium"; "Grey's Anatomy"; "Terminator: The Sarag Connor Chronicles"; and the ABC Family Channel original "See Jane Date."  Raised in New Rochelle, New York, Malina now resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. He and his wife recently opened the isaraose floral/gift boutique in Pacific Palisades.