Captain Danny Ross
played by Eric Bogosian
  • Character bio
  • Actor bio

Captain Danny Ross has filled some big shoes and he knows it. Since taking over the Major Case Squad from the popular Captain James Deakins, Captain Ross has made it clear that he will be running the department on his own terms.

Captain Ross is still adjusting to the cerebral mind of Detective Robert Goren (whose behavior history he's always wary of) and the tough guy modus operandi of Detective Mike Logan, often butting heads with both of them. But he did manage to bring over a protégé and ally with him, Detective Megan Wheeler, to make sure he had instant support in the squad.

Ross was a wild kid who settled down over time, becoming a responsible cop and doting (though now divorced) father to two sons. His insightful work on NYPD's Joint Task Force on International Money Laundering is what earned him a promotion to the captaincy of Major Case. It was a bit of a surprise promotion, but Ross quickly showed the squad that he doesn't back down from provocations and, like Deakins, stands behind his people.

Ross is one of the few Jewish cops in NYPD and a history buff. He relishes undercover assignments, as breaks from desk work. This season, with Wheeler on assignment elsewhere, Ross' own temperament will be tested by the confrontational Detective Falacci.

Bogosian first came to prominence as a monologist, writing and starring in a critically acclaimed series of solos for which he won three Obies and a Drama Desk Award: "FunHouse" (also broadcast on PBS), "Drinking in America," "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll," "Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead" and "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee." In addition to their New York runs, he has performed them extensively through the U.S. and abroad.

Bogosian is perhaps best know for writing and starring in the play and the film adaptation of "Talk Radio" (NYSF - 1987). For this work he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, an Independent Spirit Award nominee, and recepient of the Berlin Film Festival "Silver Bear Award." Tony Award winning actor Liev Schreiber starred in a new production of his first play, "Talk Radio," last February. Directed by Robert Falls, the new production marks Bogosian’s Broadway debut.

In addition to "Talk Radio", Bogosian has written a number of full-length plays including "subUrbia" (LCT), "Griller" (Goodman), "Red Angel" (Williamstown Theater Festival), "Humpty Dumpty" (McCarter). Off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theater recently presented a new production of his play "Suburbia," directed by Jo Bonney. As an actor on the New York stage, Bogosian received critical acclaim for his performance as Satan in "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot."

He is the author of three novels, "Mall," "Wasted Beauty and "Notes from the Underground." Bogosian’s film credits include roles in the films "Heights," "Wonderland," "Igby Goes Down," "Ararat," "Gossip," Woody Allen’s "Deconstructing Harry," " The Substance of Fire," " Under Siege II" and "Dolores Claiborne."

His television credits include a recurring role on "Love Monkey" starring Tom Cavanaugh, as well as guest-starring roles on "Scrubs," "Third Watch," "Law & Order," "The Larry Sanders Show," "Crime Story," "The Twilight Zone" and "Miami Vice."

He has also co-starred in many films for television, including, "Shot in the Heart," "Blonde," "A Bright Shining Lie," "Witch Hunt" and "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial."

Eric Bogosian lives in New York with his wife, director Jo Bonney, and their two children.