Whitford quickly gained overnight fame as Josh Lyman on NBC’s “The West Wing.” His performance as Josh Lyman on “The West Wing” earned him a 2001 Emmy Award as well as Golden Globe Award nominations in 2001 and 2002.
In 2015, Whitford won a Primetime Emmy Award for his work on the critically acclaimed series “Transparent.”
In 2013, Whitford appeared on the ABC comedy “Trophy Wife,” alongside Malin Ackerman, Marcia Gay Harden and Michaela Watkins. That same year, he co-starred in the Disney feature film Saving Mr. Banks, opposite Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, and Jason Schwartzman. Prior to that, Whitford also co-starred in two independent feature films by writer/director, Randall Miller – Savannah and CBGB.
In 2012, Bradley was seen in the thriller The Cabin in the Woods alongside Richard Jenkins and Chris Hemsworth. Written by Joss Whedon and directed by Drew Goddard, the film opened the South by Southwest Film Festival that year. He was also seen in the Hallmark film Have a Little Faith alongside Laurence Fishburne and Martin Landau. Additional film credits include the gritty true-crime drama An American Crime opposite Catherine Keener and Ellen Page, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Alcon Entertainment’s adaptation of the best-selling Ann Brashares book co-starring Amber Tamblyn and Alexis Bledel, Little Manhattan, a romantic comedy written and directed by Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett, Miramax’s romantic comedy, Kate and Leopold opposite Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman, The Muse with Albert Brooks, Bicentennial Man opposite Robin Williams, Scent of a Woman, A Perfect World, Philadelphia, The Client, My Life, Red Corner, Presumed Innocent and My Fellow Americans.
On television, Whitford has made memorable guest appearances on “Law & Order SVU,” Showtime’s “Shameless” and the NBC comedies “Go On” and “Parks and Recreation.” In 2010, he starred on the FOX television series “The Good Guys” created by Matt Nix and co-starring Colin Hanks. Additional television credits include “Studio 60 from the Sunset Strip,” “ER,” “The X-Files” and “NYPD Blue.”
Growing up in Wisconsin, Whitford studied theater and English literature at Wesleyan University and attended the Juilliard Theater Center. Whitford received rave reviews for his return to the stage in the production of Boeing, Boeing at the Longacre Theatre opposite Mark Rylance, Christine Baranski, Kathryn Hahn, Gina Gershon, and Mary McCormack. Whitford appeared on Broadway in Aaron Sorkin’s military courtroom drama A Few Good Men and his professional performance debut was in the off-Broadway production of Curse of the Starving Class opposite Kathy Bates. Additional theater credits include Three Days of Rain at the Manhattan Theatre Club, Measure for Measure at Lincoln Center Theater, and the title role in Coriolanus at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Whitford is one of the most charitably minded individuals in Hollywood. He is a member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet and a public supporter of America’s Second Harvest, The Art of Elysium, World Education, and Heifer International. In 2002, Whitford founded The Clothes Off Our Back Foundation, which supports children’s charities including The Children’s Defense Fund, Cure Autism Now, and UNICEF’s aid to Darfur. The Clothes Off Our Back Foundation has raised more than $2 million to date.
Whitford’s involvement with Alliance for Justice began in 2004 with his narration of the Alliance for Justice film Just One Vote. He went on to host our 2006 First Monday film, Quiet Revolution, as well as our 2007 First Monday Film, Supreme Injustices.