Malcolm in the City

Fine arts alumnus Malcolm Gets will visit UF’s campus on Tuesday to teach master classes.
Malcolm Gets graduated from the University of Florida's College of Fine Arts in 1987.

Although actor Malcolm Gets is probably best known for his role in “Caroline in the City” in the 1990s, he’s more recently been busy on Broadway. He was nominated for a Tony award for his role in “Amour” in 2003.

Veteran performer Malcolm Gets (BFA ’87), who played the lovesick Richard Karinsky on the 1990s sitcom “Caroline in the City,” will pay a visit to the University of Florida on Tuesday.

The New York-based actor will host master classes, which often include alumni dishing out advice to aspiring performers, giving critiques, answering questions and presenting students with a networking opportunity, says Andy Howard, director of marketing and alumni affairs for UF’s College of Fine Arts. Times and locations have not yet been announced, although his stay is expected to last from roughly 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The visit is coming about because Gets, a Gainesville native, will be returning home for Thanksgiving, says Tim Altmeyer, an assistant professor in UF’s School of Theater and Dance. Altmeyer says he’s been in touch with Gets for some time, and conditions are finally right for Gets to stop by.

Gets, who graduated from the Yale School of Drama after earning his bachelor’s at UF, has acted in various Broadway and off-Broadway productions. He earned an Obie Award in 1995 for his performance in “Merrily We Roll Along” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” and landed a Tony Award nomination in 2003 thanks to his portrayal of Dusoleil in “Amour.”

No stranger to television, he has appeared in shows such as “The Good Wife,” “Law and Order” and “As the World Turns.” He also played opposite Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore in “Grey Gardens,” an Emmy-Award nominated TV movie about the eccentric aunt and cousin of former first lady Jackie Kennedy.

Apart from his work with acting and theater, the 48-year-old Gainesville native released his first solo album, “The Journey Home,” in 2009.

—Styliana Resvanis (4JM)

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Check out his performance of “Truly Scrumptious” (which debuted in the 1968 movie “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and is included on Gets’ album) on YouTube.

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