After growing up in Wisconsin and going to high school in New Hampshire, Bradley Whitford attended Wesleyan University, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in 1981. He then attended Juilliard School for drama, where he was in one year with Criminal Minds star Thomas Gibson.
Whiftord's very first acting credit came in a 1985 episode of The Equalizer and he made his feature film debut in the 1986 film Dead as a Doorman.
Much more important was his Broadway debut in 1990, when he played the role of "Lt. Jack Ross" (and later that of "Lt. Daniel Kaffee") in the play A Few Good Men, written by Aaron Sorkin. This marked the beginning of the working relationship between Whitford and Sorkin.
Bradley Whitford: His big break on The West Wing
Whitford's relationship with Sorkin reached its peak between 1999 and 2006 when Whitford was cast as "Josh Lyman" in the Sorkin created NBC hit show The West Wing. The show received great critical acclaim and ran for seven seasons, and Whitford won an Emmy Award in 2001 for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
After the show went off the air in 2006, Whitford went right back to work with Sorkin on his new show Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which also featured the likes of Sarah Paulson and Matthew Perry, but was cancelled by NBC after one season.
Whitford's time after The West Wing
Whitford went on to star in feature films like Cabin in the Woods but returned to TV alongside Colin Hanks in 2010 in the FOX comedy series The Good Guys. From 2014 until 2019, he had a recurring role on the TV hit show Transparent and also starred as "Jonathan Cooke" on Happyish for 10 episodes in 2015.
In 2017, he had a part in the hit movie Get Out, and starred in Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019 as "Dr. Rick Stanton". His most recent TV roles are that of "Commander Joseph Lawrence" in The Handmaid's Tale as well as "Arthur Cochran" on the NBC comedy Perfect Harmony.
Bradley Whitford's wife and kids
Bradley Whitford got married to Jane Kaczmarek in 1992 and they had three children together: Frances, George and Mary Louisa. The couple got divorced in 2009 after 16 years of marriage. In 2015, Whitford began dating his Transparent co-star Amy Landecker - they got engaged in 2018 and eloped in 2019.