Barrett Foa Biography

Barrett Foa is an American actor, best known for his performance as ‘Eric Beale’ in the series ‘NCIS: Los Angeles.’ Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family, personal life, career, and achievements.

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Birthday: September 18, 1977

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors Theater Personalities

Age: 42 Years, 42 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Virgo

Born Country: United States

Born in: New York, United States

Famous as: Actor

Height: 5'11" (180 cm), 5'11" Males


father: Conrad Foa

mother: Linda Foa

Grouping of People: Gay

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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education: Dalton School, University of Michigan, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, French Woods Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts

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Barrett Foa is an American stage and TV actor, best known for his long-standing role as ‘Eric Beale’ in the ‘Primetime Emmy’-nominated crime-drama series ‘NCIS: Los Angeles.’ Prior to earning his now decade-long gig on the show, he played lead roles in ‘Broadway’ productions such as ‘Avenue Q’ and ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.’ He was also featured as part of the original cast of the hit jukebox musical ‘Mamma Mia!,’ based on the tunes of ‘ABBA,’ the hit pop band of the 1970s. A thespian with a career spanning nearly 2 decades, Foa also ventured into plays and musicals at venues as illustrious as ‘Playwrights Horizons,’ ‘The Public,’ the ‘New York Theatre Workshop,’ and the ‘Ars Nova’ in New York City. He was the official social-media correspondent at the 2013 ‘Tony Awards’ on ‘CBS,’ a first-of-its-kind initiative, providing live fans and TV viewers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the rehearsals and of the main event. In February 2019, he publicly declared that he was homosexual, through a social-media post celebrating his appearance in the 212th episode of the multiple-‘Emmy’-winning and 29-time ‘Golden Globe’-nominated TV classic ‘Will & Grace.’

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Foa was born on September 18, 1977, in Manhattan, New York City, to Linda and Conrad Foa. He graduated from ‘The Dalton School,’ a private co-ed college preparatory school in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
  • He was granted admission to the sought-after ‘Children's University School,’ when he solved a puzzle in a record time as a 3-year-old kid. During high school at ‘Dalton,’ he would spend his summers at the ‘Interlochen Arts Camp’ in northern Michigan, honing his skills in live theater.
  • He pursued his theatrical education at the ‘University of Michigan’ in Ann Arbor, joining one of the top musical theater programs in the US, and graduated with honors, obtaining a BFA degree. He also spent a semester of college at ‘The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’ in London, acting and studying Shakespeare.
  • He interned at ‘Johnson-Liff Casting’ during the early summers, throughout college, and participated in various summer stock theater groups, such as the ‘New London Barn Playhouse’, the ‘Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera,’ the ‘Maine State Music Theatre,’ and the ‘Music Theatre of Wichita.’
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Theater Work
  • Foa started his stage career playing ‘Jesus’ in the ‘off-Broadway’ revival of ‘Godspell’ at the ‘York Theatre’ at ‘St. Peter's’ in the year 2000, when he was straight out of college. He can be heard on the 20th-anniversary cast recording of the production.
  • He made his ‘Broadway’ debut in 2001, as part of the original cast of ‘Mamma Mia!’ Six months later, he did a 3-month-long show at ‘TheatreWorks’ in Palo Alto, California. Following this, he appeared in ‘The Fantasticks’ at ‘The Muny’ in St. Louis, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at ‘Hartford Stage,’ and ‘Camelot’ at the ‘Paper Mill Playhouse,’ besides other plays. He then returned to New York to play ‘Cupid’ in an ‘off-Broadway’ production of ‘Cupid and Psyche.’
  • In December 2003, he became the first understudy for the role of ‘Princeton’ in ‘Avenue Q,’ before taking on the lead role about a year later. He was also offered the role of ‘Leaf Coneybear’ with ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ during this period.
  • Foa has been in many ‘Project Shaw’ productions since 2006, such as a monthly concert reading of George Bernard Shaw’s plays at the ‘Players Club’ in New York City. He has also been part of ‘John Bull's Other Island,’ ‘The Apple Cart,’ ‘The Music Cure,’ ‘The King,’ ‘The Constitution and The Lady,’ ‘Interlude at The Playhouse,’ and ‘Widowers' Houses.’
  • In 2007, He played ‘Frederic’ in ‘Pirates!,’ an updated version of ‘The Pirates of Penzance,’ at the ‘Paper Mill Playhouse.’ He was also seen as ‘Karel’ in Charles Busch’s ‘The Lady In Question’ at the ‘Bay Street Theatre’ in Sag Harbor.
  • His other ‘off-Broadway’ projects include a starring role in the world premiere of Adam Bock’s ‘The Drunken City’ at the ‘Playwrights Horizons’ (‘Peter Jay Sharp Theater’) in early 2008, a piece he helped develop, and ‘Buyer & Cellar’ (2014) at the ‘Barrow Street Theatre.’ In July 2013, he took on the character of ‘Harold Hill’ in a production of ‘The Music Man’ at the ‘Connecticut Repertory Theater.’
  • He also co-wrote, produced, and starred in ‘For the Record: John Hughes’ in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. It was a live musical featuring the work of the legendary filmmaker of the 1980s. The show had several sold-out runs in Los Angeles and New York City, between November 2010 and January 2011.
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Television Career
  • Foa got his first TV job as a guest actor in an episode of ‘Six Degrees’ (2007), and followed that up with more single-episode roles, in series such as ‘Numb3rs,’ ‘The Closer,’ and ‘Schoolhouse Rock!,’ all in 2009.
  • In March 2009, he landed a recurring role on the hit ‘CBS’ show ‘NCIS: Los Angeles,’ playing Eric Beale, a tech-operator in the ‘Office of Special Projects,’ alongside Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J, and ‘Oscar’-winning veteran actor Linda Hunt. In January 2010, his character was made a series regular.
  • He has also appeared in two episodes of ‘Entourage,’ one each in 2009 and 2010, and has played guest roles in ‘Submissions Only’ (2011) and ‘My Synthesized Life’ (2013). In 2019, he appeared in the ‘Will & Grace’ episode ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ as the gay love-interest ‘Paul.’
  • Foa missed the first five episodes of Season 11 of ‘NCIS: Los Angeles,’ so he could make room for his starring role in a production of the ‘Pulitzer Prize’-winning play ‘Angels in America.’ The actor will reportedly return to the show in October 2019.
Family, Personal Life & Real Estate
  • In an ‘Instagram’ post on February 22, 2019, the actor wrote: “Tonight I will guest star on one of my favorite shows of all time. Tonight I will kiss a man on national broadcast television and not be embarrassed or scared or ashamed in a way that my younger, dumber, more inner-homophobic self would have been. Tonight I am an out, proud gay man playing an out, proud gay man. Tonight I get to be a part of something big and hilarious and significant and influential and ground breaking and ridiculous and fantastic and silly and important. Tonight I am one step closer to myself.”
  • Foa had moved to Los Angeles in January 2009, after bagging the role in ‘NCIS: Los Angeles.’ He has since bought and sold several houses in and around the city, his latest acquisition being a $2.1 million ranch-style home in the foothills above Beachwood Canyon.
  • Earlier, in the summer of 2012, he had purchased a $1.4 million architectural residence just above the ‘Sunset Strip,’ which he sold for around $1.7 million about a year later. He also owns a three-story contemporary property in the Silver Lake area that he had bought in 2016 for $1.35 million.

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