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If there is a theme running through all of this, Goldwyn says, “ It’s that I always want to tell a story without judgment of the characters, where I simply try to express our humanity in the dark and the light.” This probably explains why, as Scandal kicks off its fourth season this month, he regards Fitz Grant as the role of a lifetime.
Show business was either the best thing or the worst thing that happened to me as a young man,” says Tony Goldwyn. “It was very difficult for me to figure out my place in the Goldwyn constellation.” In Hollywood, his famous name may exert a certain soft power of its own. Like President Fitzgerald “Fitz” Grant III, the compelling, morally challenged political scion he portrays on ABC’s Scandal, Goldwyn was born handsome, ambitious and with family in the business. Goldwyn’s grandfather Samuel, the “G” in MGM, was a cornerstone figure in Hollywood’s Golden Age, dad Samuel Jr. a prolific producer and older brother, John, a former president of Paramount Pictures. But Tony Goldwyn has proudly made his own path down the red carpet.
Now 54 and an actor-
But Goldwyn’s first major break didn’t come until years of striving later, when, at age 30, he was memorably–even indelibly–cast as Patrick Swayze’s double-
He also poured energy into projects on the other side of the camera. Three years into a writing collaboration that became A Walk on the Moon, he realized he couldn’t bear to see anyone else direct the project. And so began his estimable career as a director– ” kind of organically.” His 2010 film, Conviction, the true story of an innocent man imprisoned for murder, was a leap of faith that took eight years to get before the cameras. Some of its gritty social realism can be glimpsed in The Divide, co-