Joshua Malina

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Joshua Charles Malina ( /mɛˈlinæ/; born January 17, 1966) is an American film and stage actor. He is perhaps most famous for portraying Will Bailey on the NBC drama The West Wing and Jeremy Goodwin on Sports Night. Malina was born in New York City. His parents, Fran and Robert Malina, were founding members of Young Israel of Scarsdale. His father was an attorney, investment banker and Broadway producer. The actor has commented that while the name "Malina" does not sound Jewish to most people and often leads them to assume he is Latino, the name is Polish in origin, from the "Polish [word] for 'raspberry.'" Malina graduated from Westchester Day School from 8th grade and the Horace Mann School and Yale University with a B.A. in Theater. He made his acting debut as an understudy in the Broadway production of Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men and later moving into a major onstage role. Malina had contacted Sorkin initially at the suggestion of his parents when he first went to New York City, as they knew Sorkin was a high-school classmate and friend of Malina's cousins; the cousins, in turn, had spoken highly of Malina to Sorkin, who suggested he audition for the play.
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