Joel Rooks

Joel Rooks was in his mid-30s when he arrived in New York in 1978 to pursue a theatrical career. He has worked steadily ever since, acting extensively in theatre, both on and off Broadway as well as throughout the U.S. and overseas.

In addition to appearing in film and on TV, he has played a character in the video game Grand Theft Auto V.

Onstage, among a variety of roles, Rooks has portrayed an Orthodox man visiting a brothel, an Israeli intelligence officer, and Sigmund Freud. And since the mid-2000s, he has starred as George Burns at many theatres around the country in the one-man show Say Goodnight Gracie: The Life, Laughter and Love of George Burns and Gracie Allen by Rupert Holmes.

Rooks is a member of the faculty at the William Esper Studio and a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre. – Profile in

NFT Credits

Credit Type Production Season
Actor Last Dance Man 1983-84 Season