Hollywood star and activist of the US Armenian community Eric Bogosian was born on April 24, 1953, in Woburn, Massachusetts. His father was a native of the city of Kapan, Zangezur, and the mother was from the city of Van, Western Armenia.
Eric Bogosian says that he never celebrates his birthday because April 24 is the day of great sorrow for the victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.
Bogosian graduated with honors from a private liberal arts college in Oberlin, Ohio. It was in college that Eric enrolled in the theater group, not even suspecting that this would be the first step in his career. On the third year, he went to study at the New York Film Academy.
Already in 1983, Bogosian played on Broadway, after which he received an invitation from Oliver Stone to play the main role in the drama film “Talk Radio.”
After reading the script of the film, young Bogosian decided to make his corrections, and Oliver Stone with admiration approved them. Along with Bogosian, the film starred another emerging star Alec Baldwin. Eric played the role of Barry Champlain, a Jewish radio personality in Dallas, Texas.
The character’s sharp talk shows where he confronted irreconcilable political opponents are becoming known first locally and then the whole country. For this film, Eric Bogosian received a Silver Bear Award at the 39th Berlin International Film Festival.
After this film, Eric became one of the most popular actors in Hollywood. However, the beginning of the war in Artsakh somewhat halted his acting career. Bogosian, like most well-known Armenian figures, devoted himself entirely to supporting his compatriots in the historic homeland.
That is why until 1995, Eric refused to take on responsible roles.
In 1995, Eric Bogosian, along with his close friend Steven Seagal, played a key role in the movie “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory.” From 2006 to 2010, Eric Bogosian has played the main role of Inspector Danny Ross in the TV series “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” In 2002, Eric Bogosian played the role of Rouben in Atom Egoyan’s historical drama film “Ararat”.
The film itself was about the efforts of Armenian film director Edward Saroyan played by Charles Aznavour to make a film about the genocide in a Hollywood style through the lens of an eyewitness, the famous artist Arshile Gorky. And although the movie shows horrible scenes of slaughter and violence, they are all part of the film shot by Saroyan.
Issues of interethnic problems and hostility are also raised in the film. For example, video chronicles of destroyed Armenian churches in the ancient capital Ani are used in it.
From 2004 to 2010, Bogosian played in 5 more films, including his role of Bentley Tittle in the 2004 “Blade: The Trinity.”
Today, Eric Bogosian does not appear on the screens as often as he decided to devote himself entirely to literary activity. Eric Bogosian is still an active member of the Armenian diaspora participating in various charity events. In 2012, Bogosian said that he wanted to make a film about the legendary operation “Nemesis.”
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