The nephew of producer-turned-Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart (Islands in the Stream), actor Roger Bart specialized in evenhanded portrayals of characters with "extreme" personalities that belied and offset the actor's seemingly average, everyman appearance. Among other accomplishments, Bart received critical laurels for his evocation of an outré homosexual in Frank Oz and Scott Rudin's uneven comedic update of The Stepford Wives in 2004. Bart followed that up by deftly playing the flamboyant Carmen Ghia, personal assistant to transvestite director Roger de Bries, in the 2005 Susan Stroman-directed musical comedy remake of Mel Brooks' The Producers, and then played one of two seriously disturbed American businessmen who buy into a thrill-kill franchise in Eli Roth's splatter-fest Hostel Part II (2007). Bart is perhaps best known, however, for his portrayal of George Williams on the prime-time black comedy hit Desperate Housewives (2004-2005).
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Made his Broadway debut in April 1987 as a replacement in the role of Tom Sawyer in the musical Big River.
- Won a 1999 Tony Award for playing Snoopy in the Broadway musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; in 2001, provided singing voice for another canine, Scamp, in Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure.
- Originated the Tony-nominated role of common-law assistant Carmen Ghia in Broadway's 2001's The Producers; later recreated the role in the 2005 film version.
- Originally auditioned for the part of Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind for Broadway's The Producers, and returned to the show several times as lead Leo Bloom.
- Played the recurring role of George Williams on Desperate Housewives during the show's first season.