Roger Bart

Roger Bart

Roger Bart, an esteemed American actor, excels both on stage and screen, his skills underscored by a collection of high-profile awards. Internationally, he’s recognized for his roles in television series such as “Good Trouble,” “Political Animals,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and “Desperate Housewives.” Additionally, Bart is a stalwart of Broadway, notably for his portrayal of Doc Brown in the U.S. stage adaptation of “Back to the Future: The Musical.”

What we know about this person

Full name:

Roger Bart

Date of birth:

September 29, 1962

Zodiac sign:



Norwalk, Connecticut, USA





Marital status:





5' 10" (1.78 m)



Early life

Roger Bart entered the world on September 29, 1962, in the city of Norwalk, Connecticut, with his upbringing taking place in the scenic environs of Bernardsville, New Jersey. His educational influences came from his mother, a teacher, and his father, a chemical engineer by profession. After completing his education at Bernards High School, he furthered his artistic endeavors at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. To support himself during these formative years, he took up part-time work as a waiter.


Roger Bart (at center) with his co-stars from How I Met Your Mother


In 1985, Bart embarked on his journey in theatrical performance, swiftly making a mark on Broadway in the role of Tom Sawyer in the critically acclaimed “Big River.” Among his varied and notable performances are roles in productions such as “King David,” “Triumph of Love,” and “The Frogs.” His depiction of Snoopy in the theatrical production “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” earned him accolades including the Drama Desk and Tony Awards.

Expanding his artistic horizon in 1994, Bart ventured into television, becoming a familiar face on “The George Carlin Show.” By 1997, his cinematic debut graced the screens in “The Insider.” Entering the new millennium, he secured a recurring role as Bram’s assistant in the humorous series “Bram and Alice,” earning distinction with the DVD Awards for his voice role in “Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure.”

Bart’s rise to widespread acclaim came with his portrayal in “Desperate Housewives,” where he played a love-struck pharmacist besotted with Bree Van de Kamp, a character portrayed by Marcia Cross. This role not only brought him a Screen Actors Guild Award but also contributed to the series’ plethora of accolades, raising the profile of co-stars like Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria, and Marcia Cross.

2007 saw Bart in the spotlight of the Broadway musical “Young Frankenstein,” assuming the lead role of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in its 2010 national tour. His cinematic presence during this period included the thriller “Hostel: Part II” and supporting roles in “American Gangster,” “Spy School,” “The Midnight Meat Train,” and “Law Abiding Citizen.”

By 2011, Bart’s roles expanded to include appearances in TV series “The Event” and “Episodes.” The following year, he starred in David Petrarca’s “Political Animals” and joined the main ensemble of “Revenge” with Madeleine Stowe and Emily VanCamp. In 2013, he took on a recurring character in the beloved sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.”

Bart’s versatility was showcased in the horror genre with “Excision,” a film completed in a mere 28 days. He later joined an esteemed cast including Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Douglas in the comedy “Last Vegas,” about senior citizens throwing a wild bachelor party. In 2016, Bart’s return to Broadway in the musical “Disaster!” was heralded as one of the decade’s best by the New York Daily News.

Between 2016 and 2017, he appeared in recurring roles in series like “No Tomorrow,” “Graves,” and “There’s… Johnny!” His later work included a lead role in “Ghost Light.” In 2019, Bart featured in the melodrama “Good Trouble” and the Netflix project “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” and portrayed Hades in Disney’s musical “Hercules.”

Roger Bart Movies and TV Shows

  • 2015–2016

    Scream Queens (episode “Chainsaw”)

    Dr. Herfmann

  • 2013

    Last Vegas


  • 2012–2019

    Elementary (episode “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby”)

    Kip Lowell

  • 2011–2017

    Grimm (episode “Big Feet”)

    Constantine Brinkerhof

  • 2011–2015


    Mason Treadwell

  • 2009–2020

    Modern Family (episode “Valentine’s Day 4: Twisted Sister”)


  • 2009

    Law Abiding Citizen

    Brian Bringham

  • 2007

    American Gangster

    U.S. Attorney

  • 2005–2014

    How I Met Your Mother


  • 2004–2012

    Desperate Housewives

    George Williams


Roger Bart in Desperate Housewives

Roger Bart’s personal life and family

Preferring to keep his personal life under wraps, Roger Bart is known to have two daughters, Ellie Kendall and Eller, born in 1986 and 2001, respectively. The specifics of their birth remain private. Bart’s principal devotion remains his craft, with occasional forays into social media where he shares his musical talents.

Roger Bart now

Persisting in his theatrical vocation, Roger Bart now takes on fewer screen roles. His most recent notable participation was in the documentary “Broadway: The Next Generation.” Since 2021, he has embraced the iconic role of Dr. Emmett Brown in the stage adaptation of “Back to the Future,” a role he performed in 2023 at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway.

Published: December 26, 2023
Updated: July 22, 2024