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|A handsome, charismatic light-haired singer-actor, John Barrowman won legions of fans with his numerous theatrical performances in London and on Broadway ranging from starring opposite Betty Buckley in "Sunset Boulevard" to playing the titular prince-turned-monster in "Disney's Beauty and the Beast". Astute TV viewers may recall the performer for his turn as the assistant district attorney from a wealthy political family in the short-lived CBS serial "Central Park West/CPW" (1995-96). Despite his promising stage career, Barrowman made a second bid for small screen stardom when he accepted the role of the scheming brother Mason in Aaron Spelling's latest primetime soap "Titans" (NBC, 2000).|
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Barrowman and his family moved to Illinois when his salesman father was transferred to the States. Initially teased because of his thick Scottish burr, he quickly learned to adapt which sowed the seeds for a budding career as an actor. As a young adult, Barrowman briefly performed at Opryland USA but headed back to his native United Kingdom in 1989 where he soon became established as a musical comedy leading man. He first garnered notice when he replaced American Howard McGillan in the role of Billy Crocker in the acclaimed revival of "Anything Goes" in 1989. Over the next several years, Barrowman excelled at playing the romantic male ingenue, often in musicals composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. He toured Ireland in "Aspects of Love" and assumed the role of Raoul in "The Phantom of the Opera". In 1991, Barrowman starred opposite Stephanie Powers in the ill-fated "Matador", but he did enjoy a hit single with "I Was Born to Be Me". In a change of pace, he undertook a rare dramatic stage role alongside Anthony Head and Alexis Denisof in a staging of "Rope" at the Chichester Festival in 1993.
After briefly reprising the male lead in "Miss Saigon" in London, Barrowman was tapped to co-star as screenwriter Joe Gillis to Betty Buckley's Norma Desmond in the London production of "Sunset Boulevard". While he was enjoying that personal success (most critics deemed him the best performer to undertake the role), he was also doing double duty as a "presenter" on the British children's TV series "Live and Kicking" and as host of "The Movie Game". When Darren Star was casting for his new primetime series "Central Park West" in 1995, he felt he had found the perfect actor in Barrowman, tapping him for the JFK Jr-like part. Unfortunately, the role as written was rather bland and hardly tapped into the performer's capabilities. It didn't help that the much-hyped drama failed to attract an audience and was summarily "retooled". The troubled series barely eked out a season but even before it had been officially cancelled, Barrowman was back on the boards, making his Broadway debut in a two-week stint reprising Joe Gillis opposite Buckley in "Sunset Boulevard".
The actor returned to London and co-starred as yet another scion of a Kennedyesque family in the 1997 world premiere of the musical "The Fix", which marked the first original musical directed by Sam Mendes. The following year, he was back in the States, this time in L.A., in a featured role in "Putting It Together", a review of Stephen Sondheim songs that starred Carol Burnett. In between reprising his turn in a Broadway staging of "Putting It Together", Barrowman took on the role of the Beast in the British production of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast". Having now conquered the stages of London and New York, he now set his sights on tackling Hollywood and primetime. Playing against his boyish attractiveness, Barrowman seemed poised to break out as the nefarious son of a wealthy Beverly Hills family fractured by divorce in "Titans".
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