Fitzgerald GrantPlayed by Tony Goldwyn
Born to lead, President Fitzgerald Grant checked every prestigious box on the way to the White House. He had the Ivy League degree, the decorated military service, the perfect wife and children, and years of experience as the Governor of California. What he didn’t have was passionate, devastating love. He found it in Olivia Pope. A divorce, a re-election, and countless scandals later, he finally has what he wanted all along. But can he hold onto both his office and the woman he loves?
Actor, director, producer Tony Goldwyn is taking multi-tasking to a new level. Currently starring as President Fitzgerald Grant in Shonda Rhimes' latest hit series "Scandal," Goldwyn has other projects in the works as well. He co-created and will executive-produce a new, as yet untitled series for AMC Studios, which was picked up by the WE network. Goldwyn directed the pilot, while partner Richard LaGravenese wrote the script. In addition, while on hiatus from "Scandal," Goldwyn filmed the highly anticipated feature "Divergent," based on the book by Veronica Roth. He joins an all-star cast that includes Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet and Ashley Judd. Directed by Neil Burger, Summit Entertainment will release the movie in the spring of 2014.
During the second season of "Scandal" he directed an episode of the show in which he was also prominently featured. This was not the first time Goldwyn has directed himself; he guided his own death scene in "Dexter." He's also helmed other prestigious small screen shows such as "Justified," "Law & Order," "Damages," "Grey's Anatomy" and "The L Word."
Goldwyn made an auspicious feature directorial debut with "A Walk on the Moon," starring Diane Lane and Viggo Mortensen. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to receive universal praise from critics. He first read Pamela Gray's script five years earlier and shepherded it through multiple drafts until Dustin Hoffman came on board as a producer and got the project financed. Coincidentally when Gray originally wrote the screenplay as her master's thesis at UCLA Film School, she won the prestigious Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award - an honor established by Goldwyn's paternal grandfather, the legendary film producer.
Additional feature directing credits include "The Last Kiss," based on Gabriele Muccino's "L'Ultimo Bacio," for which Goldwyn received Best Director from the Boston Film Festival, and the romantic comedy "Someone Like You." His last effort, "Conviction," earned Hilary Swank a SAG Award nomination, won Best Film at the Boston Film Festival and was awarded a Freedom of Expression honor from the National Board of Review.
As an actor, Goldwyn first caught audiences' attention with his portrayal of the villain in the box office smash "Ghost." He went on to appear in numerous other films, including "The Pelican Brief," with Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington, "Kiss The Girls," Oliver Stone's "Nixon," "The Substance of Fire," "The Last Samurai," opposite Tom Cruise, and the recent remake of Wes Craven's classic "The Last House on the Left." He is also familiar to children as the title voice in Disney's animated feature "Tarzan."
His other television acting credits include "The Good Wife," "Dexter," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Without a Trace," "The L Word," the HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon," "Frasier," "Murphy Brown" and "Designing Women," where he touchingly portrayed the first AIDS victim on a primetime series.
Goldwyn began his acting career on the stage, spending seven seasons at the Williamstown Theater Festival. His New York theater credits include "The Water's Edge" at the 2nd Stage Theater, "The Dying Gaul" at the Vineyard Theater, "Holiday" at The Circle in the Square opposite Laura Linney, "Spike Heels" with Kevin Bacon at 2nd Stage, "The Sum of Us" at the Cherry Lane Theater -- for which he earned an Obie Award -- and "Digby" at the Manhattan Theater Club. His most recent stage credit was starring in the revival of the hit musical "Promises, Promises" on Broadway.