Bogosian, an Armenian-American, was born in Woburn, Massachusetts, the son of Edwina (née Jamgochian), a hairdresser and instructor, and Henry Bogosian, an accountant. He attended the University of Chicago before graduating from Oberlin College.
Bogosian is an author and actor known for his plays Talk Radio and subUrbia as well as numerous one-man shows. In recent years he has starred on Broadway in Donald Margulies' Time Stands Still, published three novels, and was featured on Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Captain Danny Ross.
Between 1980 and 2000, six major solos written and performed by Eric Bogosian were produced Off-Broadway, garnering him three Obie Awards as well as the Drama Desk award. His first two solos, Men Inside and funHouse were presented at the New York Shakespeare Festival. His third, Drinking in America, was produced by American Place Theater. Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee were all produced commercially Off-Broadway by Frederick Zollo.
In addition to Bogosian's touring the United States and Europe, the solos have been produced featuring other actors in Argentina, Brazil, Italy and Poland.
Eric Bogosian is the author of six produced plays, including Talk Radio at the New York Shakespeare Festival, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and subsequently adapted to film by Oliver Stone, garnering Bogosian the prestigious Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear. In 2007 a Broadway revival of Talk Radio directed by Robert Falls starred Liev Schreiber. subUrbia, directed by Robert Falls and produced by Lincoln Center Theater, was adapted to film by Richard Linklater. Other titles include Griller (Goodman Theater); Humpty Dumpty (The McCarter); Red Angel (Williamstown Theater Festival) and 1+1 (New York Stage and Film). Bogosian's one-person drama, Notes from Underground has had several productions, most recently starring Jonathan Ames at Performance Space 122.
In addition to his many appearances in his solo work and starring in his play, Talk Radio, Bogosian has also starred in Stephen Adly Guirgis' The Last Days of Judas Iscariot directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman (LAByrinth) and Donald Margulies' Time Stands Still directed by Daniel Sullivan (Manhattan Theater Club/Broadway).
Bogosian's plays Talk Radio and subUrbia were adapted to film as was his solo, Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll. He has starred in several films including Talk Radio, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory and Wonderland. In addition he has been featured in films by such directors as Woody Allen, Robert Altman, Taylor Hackford, Atom Egoyan and Agnieszka Holland.
In television, Bogosian is best known for his starring role as Captain Danny Ross in the series Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In addition, he has appeared as a guest star on dramas and in 1994 created with Steven Spielberg the series High Incident for ABC television. He portrayed Barney Greenwald, defense attorney, in the TV film The Caine Mutiny Court Martial. He also appeared in the episode "His Story" on Scrubs as Dr. Cox's therapist and was recurring character Lawrence Boyd in Billions' second season.
Bogosian is the author of three novels published by Simon & Schuster: Mall, Wasted Beauty, and Perforated Heart. All of his dramatic work is in print, published by Theater Communication Group. In 2015, he published Operation Nemesis: The Secret Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide, a history of Operation Nemesis which involved a group of Armenian assassins who set out to avenge the deaths of the one and a half million victims of the Armenian Genocide.
Bogosian founded the dance series at The Kitchen. During his charter tenure there, he produced the first concerts in New York City by Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, Karole Armitage and Molissa Fenley as well as dozens of other choreographers. In 2006 Bogosian acted as producer on the New York City Ballet's documentary, Bringing Back Balanchine.
Bogosian is a Guggenheim fellow and the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.Men in Dark Times
Scenes from the New World
Sheer Heaven (1980)
Men Inside (1981)
The New World (1981)
Drinking in America (1986) (Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show)
Talk Radio (1987) (also film version 1988)
Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll (1990)
Notes from the Underground (1993)
Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead (1994)
subUrbia (1994) (also film version 1996)
Wake Up and Smell the Coffee (2000)
Humpty Dumpty (2004)
Wasted Beauty (2005)
Perforated Heart (novel) (2009)
General of Hot Desire (one act play)
Operation Nemesis (2015)