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Anthony Howard "Tony" Goldwyn (born May 20, 1960) is an Americanmarker actor and director. He portrayed the villain Carl Bruner in Ghost, Kendall Dobbs in Designing Women and the voice of the title character of the Disney animated Tarzan and Kingdom Hearts.


Personal life

Goldwyn was born in Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker, the son of Jennifer Howard and film producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. Goldwyn's paternal grandparents were movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn and film actress Frances Howard, while his maternal grandparents were playwright Sidney Howard and actress Clare Eames. Goldwyn attended Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, Brandeis Universitymarker in Waltham, Massachusettsmarker (where he received his B.F.A), and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Artmarker. Goldwyn is married to production designer Jane Musky. The couple have two daughters, Anna and Tess.


Goldwyn's best remembered role is most likely that of Carl Bruner, friend of Patrick Swayze's character Sam Wheat in Ghost. He is also well-known for his turn on the comedy series, Designing Women in which he played a young interior designer named Kendall Dobbs who was HIV positive, and asked the women of Sugarbakers to design his funeral. In the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, Goldwyn played astronaut Neil Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11. He also provided the voice of the title character from 1999 animated feature film, Tarzan, produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation. He reprised the role in the video games "Tarzan Untamed" and "Kingdom Hearts." He also had a recurring role on the NBC-Universal drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Frank Goren, brother of lead character Robert Goren, played by Vincent D'Onofrio.

Acting and directing duties for the first season of "Dexter" for Showtime (Brother John Goldwyn is Executive Producer).

Also a stage actor, Goldwyn has appeared twice in Off-Broadway shows at Second Stage Theatre and on Broadwaymarker at Circle in the Square Theatremarker. At Second Stage he appeared in Theresa Rebeck's Spike Heels (1992) alongside Kevin Bacon and Julie White. Most recently, in the summer of 2006 at Second Stage Theatre he starred opposite Kate Burton in another Rebeck play, The Water's Edge. He recently appeared in the episodes "Brother's Keeper" and "Endgame" on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, playing Det. Robert Goren's estranged older brother, Frank.


  • Goldwyn is the last living primary cast member of the movie Ghost who portrayed a ghost (deceased person) in the movie. He survives Patrick Swayze, Rick Aviles (Willie Lopez), Vincent Schiavelli (subway ghost), Phil Leeds (emergency room ghost), and Augie Blunt (Orlando), all of whom had speaking parts as ghosts.




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