Philip Casnoff – Bio, Career, Relationship

Who is Philip Casnoff?

Philip Casnoff is an American actor, film producer, and director. He is known for his significant perforation in miniseries called Sinatra, which managed to earn him a nomination for a Golden Globe. In addition, his performance in North and South is still talked about to this day.

Philip Casnoff also played the role of Elkanah Bent in the miniseries North and South. He has also worked on Broadway, and some of his plays are Chicago, Rockabye Hamlet, Chess, etc. In addition, he produced the musical called Chess himself. 

Philip Casnoff has also directed two Monk episodes, an American comedy-drama series starring Tony Shalhoub as the lead character. 

The actor is also seen in many popular TV series like Criminal Minds, Law and Order, Grey’s Anatomy, etc. Also, he is married to actress Roxanne Hart and has two sons with her. Moreover, the 74 year-old actor currently lives in Los Angeles with his family.

Philip Casnoff
Philip Casnoff Biography

quick facts

Full namePhilip Casnoff
BirthdayAugust 3, 1949
Age74 years old
Sun signLeo
TraitsPositive: Intelligent, kind, and dedicated
Negative: Egoistic, lazy, and dominant 
Place of birthPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Currently residingLos Angeles, California, USA
EducationHigh School from Central High School, 1967
Bachelors from Wesleyan University, 1971
Marital StatusMarried
Spouse NameRoxanne Hart (Wife)
ChildrenAlexander Casnoff (Son) 
Macklin McKee Casnoff (Son)
ProfessionActor, Director, Producer
Net WorthUSD 1.5 million

Interesting Facts

  • He used to work for broadway back in the day. He made his debut by performing in Rockabye Hamlet. Although, the play only ran for seven performances, and then it closed.
  • Philip worked as an understudy for Godspell, a national touring company.
  • He moved to Los Angeles after being married to the famous actress Roxanne Hart.
  • Philip was in Frasier, a famous television sitcom. The show also starred Kelsey Grammer.
  • He began to work on the silver screen. His first television series was a show called North and South. His acting in this miniseries was highly appreciated. This performance is still used to remember him.
  • As Philip did a series called Sinatra, he met the real Sinatra on the show. Due to his excellent performance in this series, he earned a nomination for a golden globe award.
  • Philip has two sons who are fours years apart by age.

Philip Casnoff Romantic Affairs and Relationship

Roxanne Hart (Wife)

On July 27, 1952, Roxanne Hart was born in Trenton, New Jersey, U.S. She is an actress by profession. Her father, Edward J. Hart, Jr., was a teacher. 

He later became the head principal of Horace Greeley High School, located in Chappaqua, New York. Roxanne’s mother is Joan Irene. Roxanne completed her studies in 1969 from Greeley.

Roxanne was first married to Leonard Taylor in 1972. After that, in 1980, the couple got officially divorced. But after meeting actor Philip Casnoff, they dated for a while.

In 1984, they decided to get married. The couple soon moved to Los Angeles after that. They have two sons, Alexander and Macklin. In addition, the couple has been together for almost four decades.

Philip Casnoff with wife Roxanne Hart and son
Philip Casnoff with wife Roxanne Hart and son

As an actress, Roxanne is mainly known for her works in movies like Highlander, released in 1986. However, her role as Nurse Camille Shutt in a medical drama, Chicago Hopes, was greatly appreciated. Some of the movies she has been in include ‘Oh, God! You Devil,’ ‘The Verdict,’ ‘Once Around,’ ‘Pulse,’ ‘Moonlight Mile,’ etc.

Philip Casnoff children

Philip Casnoff is the father of two sons. Alexander Casnoff, born in 1988, is the first child of Philip and Roxanne. Macklin McKee Casnoff is the youngest son of actors, Philip and Roxanne Casnoff. He was born on November 29, 1992.

Philip Casnoff career

Philip Casnoff began his acting career as an understudy. He was later cast into a broadway show called Rockabye Hamlet. Although this play only ran for seven performances, it was based on William Shakespeare’s play with an alternation of it being a rock musical.

He then got a part in Shogun: The Musical, also based on a miniseries. During this time, he got injured but recovered back quickly. After this in 200, Philip went back to the broadways and played the role of Billy Flynn in a musical called Chicago.

His major breakthrough was in a miniseries called North and South, which had two sequels. He played the role of Elkanah Bent in this series. Moreover, the series was released in 1985. Later on, he was cast as Frank Sinatra in the miniseries Sinatra. To be more authentic and realistic with his performance, he met Sinatra himself.

This role earned him a nomination for a Golden Globe Award. He gave a memorable performance as a Russian criminal named Nikolai Stanislofsky in the miniseries Oz. He then played a part in Strong Medicine for five seasons.

Philip himself directed two episodes of the show Monk. He was also on an episode of Criminal Minds where he played a part of a serial killer as James Stanworth. In addition, some of his works are seen in Grey’s Anatomy, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, etc.


1978Message from SpaceAaron
1980Christmas EvilRicardo Bauma
1992Jersey GirlMitchell
1994Saints and SinnersDetective Battaglia
1994TemptationMichael Reddick
1998How Stella Got Her Groove BackKennedy
2006Material GirlsVictor Marchetta
2010MinevilleMr. Johnson
2011Grace FaceSteve
2013Sex & MarriageRosen
2015Ted 2Playstation Owner
2015Sight UnseenRusty Sampson
2016Harvey’s DreamN/A
2017The PostChalmers Roberts
Philip Casnoff from North and South
Philip Casnoff as Major Elkanah Bent in North and South.


1982American Playhouseunknown
1982The RenegadesDancer
1982Remington SteeleBen Pearson
1983The HamptonsDavid Landau
1984George WashingtonLafayette
1984ABC Afterschool SpecialHarvey Schmidt
1984The Edge of NightBrian Murdock
1984Tales from the DarksideChris Wood
1985Crazy Like a FoxGino
1985North and South: Book IMajor Elkanah Bent
1986North and South: Book IIMajor Elkanah Bent
1987Hands of a StrangerMarty Loftus
1988The Red SpiderDetective Patrick Shaunessy
1990One Life to LiveRob Riviera
1991IroncladsLieutenant Guilford
1991Red WindCharlie Lapidus
1992SinatraFrank Sinatra
1994North and South: Book IIIElkanah Bent
1994–1995Under SuspicionInternal Affairs Detective James Vitelli
1995SistersJack Chambers
1995ZoyaSimon Hirsch
1995Chicago HopePaul Accosta
1996Special Report: Journey to MarsNick Van Pelt
1996The NannyCantor Gary Isaacs
1996Promise LandBill Carter
1997Little Girls in Pretty BoxesGreg Radkin
1997The HungerWilliam Cobb
1998Blood in Her HandsRichard Davis
1998PlayersJohn Fellowes
1998Tempting FateRichard Davis
1998ChameleonCortez, IBI Chief
1998The Defenders: Taking the FirstJohn Walker
1998ERDr. Dan Litvak
1999Fantasy Islandunknown
1999The PracticeDanny Rogers
1999Walker, Texas RangerHarris
1999Diagnosis MurderGrant Connor
1999–2000OzNikolai Stanislofsky
2000Chicken Soup for the Soulunknown
2000Kiss Tomorrow GoodbyeMackey, Dusin’s Boss
2000For All TimeAl Glasser
2000–2005Strong MedicineChief of Staff Dr. Robert Jackson
2001Law & Order: Special Victims UnitIlya Korska
2002The President’s Man: A Line in the SandJack Santon
2002FrasierDr. Bernard Gadston
2002Law & OrderBill Talbot
2005Law & Order: Trial by JuryAssistant District Attorney Nick Forster
2006Without a TraceDonald Clarence
2006Numb3rsMaurice Connors
2007Crossing JordanDr. Sanchez
2008Jane Doe: Eye of the BeholderLance Saxon
2009–2010DollhouseClive Ambrose
2010Criminal MindsJames Stanworth
2011Law & Order: LABo
2011Field of VisionKenny McFarland
2011The Whole Truthunknown
2011–2012NCISSean Latham
2012CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationJonah Clyborn
2012Franklin & BashGleen Friedman
2012Grey’s AnatomyDr. Mel Barnett
2013Lucky 7Charlie
2014PerceptionGordon Williams
2015Scream QueensSteven Munsch
2016ElementaryJack McGill
2017Chicago P.D.Mr. Dowd
2017One MississippiEzra Weiss
2018Madam SecretaryJudge Nathan Mayfield

Philip Casnoff Stage:

1972–1980GreaseTeen Angel (replacement)Royal Theatre
20 Performances
1976Rockabye HamletHamlet / Laeres (standby)Minskoff Theatre
7 Performances
1988ChessFrederick “Freddie” Trumper, The AmericanBroadway – Imperial Theatre
68 Performances
Theatre World Award for Best Actor
1988–1989The Devil’s Discipleunknown role (replaced Richard Dudgeon)Circle in the Square Theatre
1990Shogun: The MusicalJohn BlackthorneBroadway – Marquis Theatre
72 Performances
1996–presentChicagoBilly Flynn (replacement)Richard Rodgers Theatre


AlbumSongs List
Chess (1988)Freddie’s Entrance
Argument (with Judy Kuhn)
The American and Florence (with Judy Kuhn)
One Night in Bangkok (and Ensemble)
Who’d Ever Think It?
Winning (with Dennis Parlato)
Freddie Goes Metal
Pity the Child
Endgame (with Paul Harman, Kurt Johns, Kip Niven, David Carroll, and Ensemble)

Philip Casnoff Awards and nominations:

Title (year)CategoryNominated workStatus
American Television Award (1993)Best Actor in a MiniseriesSinatra (1992)Nominated
Golden Globe (1993)Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionSinatra (1992)Nominated
Sanford International Film Festival (2016)Best Acting Duo
Shared with: Roxanna Hart
Harvey’s Dream (2016)Nominated

Philip Casnoff net worth

After working in movies, TV series, and theaters, the actor has earned quite a sum for himself. Currently, the actor is worth USD 1.5 million. Along with his wife, who is also an actress, their net worth as a couple would be even more. They have a house in Los Angeles, California, with their two sons.


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