Baby GaryBio

Gary, based in New York City, works in theatre, television, film and commercials.
Most recent projects: revival of Arthur Miller’s The American Clock with Brave New World at the Brooklyn Lyceum and the world premiere of the award-winning The Hurricane Katrina Comedy Festival off Broadway at the Lortel Theatre.

Off-Broadway/NY theatre: Billy Budd; Love! Valour! Compassion; To Kill a Mockingbird; Ceremony of Innocence; Burn This at Westbeth/Circle-in-the-Square; T. Schrieber Studio; Brave New World Rep; Theatre Row Theatre and Circle Rep. New plays at Drama League; Soho Rep; Lincoln Center Lab; Ubu Rep; PS 122; 29th St Rep; Emerging Artists. Classics: Macbeth; Henry IV 1&2, V; Love’s Labour’s Lost; Coriolanus; Winter’s Tale; Twelfth Night; The Misanthrope at Soho Rep; La Mama; Samuel Beckett Theatre; Theatre Row Theatre; Shakespeare Project, Riverside Shakespeare and Altered Stages.

Regional theatre: Take Me Out (Carbonell nomination); Laramie Project; The Strange-The Crazed; Damn Yankees; On Golden Pond at Caldwell (FL); Stageworks/Hudson (NY); Tennessee Williams Festival (RI); Riverside (FL) and Fireside (WI).

Film: The Accidental Husband with Uma Thurman and Collin Firth; The Namesake (Mira Nair); and the festival-winning Shooting Johnson Roebling.

TV: “The Sopranos;” “Law & Order” hat trick (original, SVU and CI); “30 Rock;” “Knights of Prosperity;” “One Life to Live” & “Guiding Light.” Gary can be seen in webisodes of “Speed Creeper” on

From the Beginning

A native of Virginia, Gary grew up in Newport News, went to high school in Alexandria and then attended The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg. At W&M, he studied law until he lost his mind and discovered his passion. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre & Speech and served as the President of the Theatre Students’ Association. Gary was honored with the Prentice Hill Award his senior year. With a liberal arts degree, summer stock, an outdoor drama and a Shakespeare festival under his artistic belt, Gary headed to West Virginia. He studied in the Professional Training Program at West Virginia University, earning his Masters of Fine Arts in Acting. He then performed for six months with the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, and then came to New York.

Gary arrived in Manhattan on a snowy eve ready to begin a season with the Off-Broadway company Circle Repertory Theatre. There, Gary had the privilege to work with Marshall Mason, Lanford Wilson, John Malkovich and Joan Allen on the New York premiere of Burn This, in which he understudied the role of Larry (played by Lou Liberatore). While at Circle Rep, Gary also worked on the first revival of As Is and the premieres of Murray Schisgal’s Road Show (with Jonathan Hadary and Anita Gillette) and John Bishop’s Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (before its Broadway transfer).

Gary has appeared in many new plays in NYC and has performed Shakespeare throughout the City at LaMaMa, Soho Rep, the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Theatre Row Theatre, Synchronicity Space, Riverside Shakespeare, Columbia University and parks in every borough.

In 2004, Gary played the business manager Mason “Mars” Marzac in the LORT premiere of Richard Greenberg’s Tony Award-winning play Take Me Out. That production at the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton was nominated for seven Carbonell Awards, which honor South Florida theatre, including Gary’s nomination as Best Supporting Actor in a Play. He was named Best Actor by The New Times of Broward & Palm Beach.


Gary has had the honor of appearing on stage & screen with Tony, Emmy & Oscar winning and nominated artists.

Gary has appeared with theatre luminaries Colleen Dewhurst (2-time Tony winner & 8-time nominee; 4-time Emmy winner & 13-time nominee) and George Grizzard (Tony & Emmy winner); Tammy Grimes (2-time Tony winner) and Mary Wickes (Emmy nominee & Broadway veteran).

While sharing the big screen, Gary has worked with Oscar winning Colin Firth and Oscar nominated actors: Uma Thurman, Melanie Griffith and Sean Penn (nominated for The Sweet & Lowdown), and Tony nominee Judy Kuhn.

Gary has worked on the small screen with Emmy winners Edie Falco, Michael J. Fox and Michael Zaslow; and Emmy nominees: Christopher Meloni, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jack McBrayer, Sofía Vergara and Jerry Orbach (3-time Emmy nom, Tony winner & 3-time nominee). Gary has also worked on screen with Kathryn Erbe, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina, Connie Nielsen, Richard Belzer, Ice-T and Donal Logue.

Under the Direction Of

Juan José Campanella (wrote & directed 2010 Oscar winning Best Foreign Language Film – El secreto de sus ojos); David Nutter (Emmy nominee for direction of “Soprano’s” episode Join the Club); Alan Taylor (Emmy winning director for “The Sopranos”); Adam Bernstein (DGA Award – Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy for the pilot & Emmy winner for Best Comedy Series “30 Rock”); Jonathan Kaplan (directed The Accused), Frank Prinzi (Emmy winner); Michael Fresco (Emmy nominee); Peter Masterson (Tony winner); Marshall Mason (5-time Tony nominee); Griffin Dunne (Oscar & Emmy nominee); Mira Nair (The Namesake), Harold Ramis (Anaylze This); Jace Alexander; as well as Woody Allen (3 Oscars and 21 nominations).

From the Wings

While standing by as an understudy Gary “worked with”: Joan Allen (Tony winner, 3-time Oscar nominee; Emmy nominee), John Malkovich (2-time Oscar nominee; Emmy winner), and Tony nominees: Lou Liberatore, Jonathan Hadary, Anita Gillette, Jonathan Hogan.

Original Work

Gary considers it a privilege to have worked on new works by: Lanford Wilson (Pulitzer Prize winner, 4-time Tony nominee); Tennessee Williams (2 Pulitzers, Tony winner, 2 Oscar nominee, 50 Broadway productions), Tony nominees Murray Schizgal and Craig Lucas. Gary is proud to have also worked on new works by John Bishop, Lanie Roberson, Dick Hepburn, Gregory Fletcher, Max Sparber, Eric Brandenburg, Brian Beatty, Jack Gindi, Robert Cole & John Wooten, Vanda, Alec Harrington, Jordan Beswick, Marilyn Michaels and Gerald Stockstill.


Gary has served on the NYC Chapter of the William & Mary Alumni Society as board member, vice president and president. In 1992, he founded the William & Mary Alumni and Friends Team for AIDS Walk NY. Over the past 19 years the team has raised over $170,000. In 2009, the William & Mary Alumni and Friends Team was honored as the 1st Place Fundraising Team Among Schools & University Teams. The W&M team consistently places in the top 40 fundraisers of more than 2,800 teams. As an individual walker, Gary has consistantly ranked in the top 50 fundraisers of over 45,000 walkers.

A big fan of traveling, photography, tennis and the Yankees, Gary has dabbled in producing, directing, casting, writing, teaching, improv and has worked on tech crews on and off Broadway. He studies with Michael Howard at the Michael Howard Studios in New York City.

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• Gary appeared as himself on the Discovery Channel’s Emmy-winning game show Cash Cab – the trivia contest where contestants are driven around in a NYC cab answering questions for cash (or get kicked to the curb after 3 strikes). Gary and his friend Alisha McKinney… won!

• On Guiding Light, Gary recurred as a mental patient who called himself “Ulysses S. Grant” and worked with Emmy-winner Michael Zaslow(& Donna Hanover).

• Gary worked backstage on the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express (with Jane Krakowski & Andrea McArdle).

• Gary has worked with Sebastian Lacause in 4 plays (a regional premiere, a revival and two new works). They were called “the Broderick and Lane of Off-Off Broadway.”

• Gary played the anti-spokesman in an ad campaign for Yellow Book, the business phone directory. In one spot – he flew through the a wind tunnel and was “flown by Foy.” This national campaign led to exposure in the New York Times and Adweek.

• Gary worked as a Stand-In for the Tony Awards at Radio City. He stood in for a range of presenters and nominees including T.R. Knight, Brian Stokes Mitchell and James Earl Jones. In “rehearsal only” Gary accepted 3 Tony Awards.

• There is another Gary Cowling — a musician in Australia. No relation (that we know of).

• Gary appears in the rocumentary The Work of Director Spike Jonze in the Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You” video as a dancer. Yes, that’s correct – a dancer. Praise You!

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