If the name doesn't evoke instant recognition, his face very well could. Roger Bart MGSA '85 has chalked up a string of theatrical and TV successes that have turned him into a high profile, highly celebrated actor. His latest role as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in the musical adaptation of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein on Broadway further burnishes his credentials.
The Mason Gross School of the Arts graduate first gained attention for his portrayal of Charles Schulz' lovable beagle Snoopy in the Broadway revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, a role for which he won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, as well as a Drama Desk Award. Many more theater-goers caught his memorable (and Tony-nominated performance) as Carmen Ghia - a "sinuously swishy assistant," as The New York Times described him - in the original Broadway production of The Producers in 2001, starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. Bart later returned to The Producers - by then the hottest ticket on Broadway - to take on the role of Leo Bloom, the mousy accountant first portrayed by Broderick.
Television has also been a showcase for Bart's acting chops. He played George Carlin's son on The George Carlin Show in 1994, and appeared in the sci-fi miniseries The Lost Room, Bram and Alice, and Law and Order. Nothing has brought Bart greater recognition, however, than his role as George Williams, the creepy pharmacist with a simpering smile who's fixated on Bree Van De Camp (played by Marsha Cross) on ABC's Desperate Housewives.
The credits don't end there. On film, Bart provided the singing voice for Hercules in Disney's Hercules, and for Scamp in Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure. He was also featured in the 2004 remake of The Stepford Wives with Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler, Christopher Walken and Glenn Close, and this past year had supporting roles in American Gangster and Doubting Thomas.
This very busy actor traces his stage roots to Bernardsville, N.J., where he lived during his high school years, and to Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he developed and honed his acting skills. Bart, 45, has two daughters and lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Former RAA President John Futey recently met Bart backstage after viewing Young Frankenstein with his wife (and raving about the show), and presented him with a block "R" alumni pin. "He really appreciated the gesture," reports Futey, "and had nothing but great things to say about Rutgers."