Robert Newman, who was born on June 27, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, is best known for his portrayal of Joshua Lewis on the CBS soap opera, Guiding Light. For this portrayal, he received a nomination for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2002 and 2006. The youngest of five children, Newman was educated at California State University at Northridge, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in theater. He further trained in theater in American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles. While there, he studied with actors Malcolm McDowell and Charles Nelson Reilly.
Newman later on became prolific on stage, as he appeared on productions such as The Robber Bridegroom, Guys and Dolls, Bye Bye Birdie and The Fantasticks. After appearing as Prescott Harrell on episodes of the soap General Hospital, Neman married actress Britt Helfer in 1986. The couple has two children, namely son Connor and daughter Kendal. Newman then took on the role of Kirk Cranston on Santa Barbara, replacing actor Joseph Bottoms. He was next seen on two episodes of Hunter, then in the made-for-TV movie Class of ’61. In 1995, he worked on the mystery horror film Creep, directed and written by Tim Ritter.
Robert Newman has also been known for testifying in Congress, taking a stand on volunteerism. He has won a Best Supporting Actor award from the Santa Monica Theater Guild as well, bringing home the honor in 1980 for his role in Veronica’s Room. He has also worked with his Guiding Light co-star, Kim Zimmer, in narrating the audio book titled Moonlight, which was written by Suzanne Forster. Other than acting, Newman is fond of golf, tennis and skiing. He also enjoys watching series like Lost and The West Wing, in addition to being a fan of singer Bruce Springsteen.
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