A veteran character actor of stage, television, and film, Charles attended graduate school at Brandeis University, where he earned his MFA Degree in Acting. Mr. Stransky then worked in Chicago at the beginning of its burgeoning theatre movement before being called to Broadway.
His numerous credits reflect the various venues he has performed in, from regional theatre to Off-Broadway to Broadway; from day player parts to leading roles on film and television.
On Broadway he played Lingk in the original production of Glengarry Glen Ross and in the Goodman Theatre’s original production and the National Tour. He was in The Lincoln Center Theater’s production of The Front Page at The Vivian Beaumont, playing Wilson, one of the reporters.
Off-Broadway Mr Stransky played entirely in French the role of La Poubelle in The Primary English Class and performed the same role at The St. Nicholas Theatre in Chicago. He understudied and played several roles in Death Defying Acts. With The Manhattan Theatre Club, he understudied in Psychopathia Sexualisand Sarah, Sarah.
He has played in regional theatres through-out the U.S. including: The Goodman Theatre; The Old Globe Theatre; The Northlight Theatre; The Capital Repertory Theatre; American Players Theatre; Riverside Theatre Co.; The Kitchen Theatre; The Delaware Theatre Co.; The State Theatre in Austin, Texas; The Vermont Stage Co.; Wisdom Bridge Theatre.
On film, he can be seen in The Spanish Prisoner, Homicide, Things Change, all written and directed by David Mamet. Other films include: Dad, Stone Cold, Ghost in the Machine, Anger Management, Caleb’s Door, Winning Season, Pastime.
Mr. Stransky’s numerous appearances on televison include Ed, Third Watch, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Newhart, Murphy Brown, Frank’s Place, My Sister Sam; several characters on episodes of Law and Order and recently recurring as Dr. Delano on All My Children.He has co-starred on TV films and mini-series including Family of Spies; Blind Faith. Mr. Stransky has narrated numerous audio books of every variety. Charles has created an assortment of characters from narrator to varied characters (male and female) using practically every dialect imaginable. His most recent audio books include Red Moon Rising, Galileo’s Universe, Hitler’s Holy Relics.
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Mr. Stransky’s distinct facility for language and dialects has served him well. Besides having performed a great many roles in Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Moliere; he has performed entirely in French (The Primary English Class) in Chicago and Off-Broadway; various Eastern European dialects including Russian (Andrey Botvinnik, the Russian Ambassador in A Walk in the Woods); Polish (Sarah, Sarah); Bulgarian (Pentecost) besides various others. Charles has performed in Irish (Galway); Scottish and various British dialects from Bristol to Oxford to Cockney.
He is a proud member of Actors Equity Association (AEA) and SAG-AFTRA!
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