David Moscow

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David Moscow
David Raphael Moscow

(1974-11-14) November 14, 1974 (age 49)
Occupation(s)Actor, producer, activist
Years active1986–present

David Raphael Moscow (born November 14, 1974) is an American actor, producer and activist.[1][2] He is best known for his role as young Josh Baskin in the 1988 film Big and as David Jacobs in the 1992 musical film Newsies.


In 1988, Moscow played young Josh Baskin in Big, in which his character was magically transformed into an adult played by Tom Hanks.[3][4] Moscow next played the role of David Jacobs in the 1992 filmed version of the musical Newsies,[3] co-starring opposite Christian Bale.[5][6] Moscow also appears in a leading role opposite Jessica Alba in the film Honey[7] and he starred on several network television series including Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane. He was also featured on the television series Seinfeld as the character Lomez Jr in the episode "The Van Buren Boys".

He has appeared in leading roles on Broadway, including the role of Artie in the production What's Wrong with This Picture at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.[8][9] Moscow ran A Theater Co. in New York alongside actors Tom Everett Scott and Michael Kelly.[citation needed]

Moscow co-developed and co-produced Lin-Manuel Miranda's first production of In the Heights with his ex-fiance, actress Kerry Washington.[10][11][12]

As a producer, his 2012 project, Hellbenders, was acquired by Lionsgate for North American and foreign distribution;[13] and his film, the psychological thriller Desolation, was his directorial debut[14][15][16][3] and was partially funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. Desolation was screened and honored at film festivals around the world including the Wroclaw Festival in Poland.[17] Recent producing projects include Sylvio, The Jingoist, Blind, Easy Living and Thirst Street.[18][19][20][21] He launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund post-production with a video reenactment of the Zoltar "wish" scene from Big.[22] The campaign raised more than $70,000.[23]

Moscow has a long history as an activist, which began in 1992 after he dropped out of college to track wolves for the Round River Conservations Studies.[24] He built a mixed-income green housing facility in Harlem in 2006.[25] In 2007, the magazine Time Out New York reported Moscow's involvement in developing sustainable and economic housing in Harlem.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Moscow was born in The Bronx, the son of Patricia (née Sterner) and Jon Moscow.[27] His mother's family is from Montana.[28] His father is Jewish, and his mother is Mormon, but he was not raised in either religion.[29]

His younger brother Lev was an extra in Newsies and is a history teacher at The Beacon School in New York City. Moscow is friends with Max Casella and Luke Edwards from Newsies.

Moscow attended Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, in the 1990s.[30] Moscow was engaged to actress Kerry Washington from October 2004 to March 2007.



  1. ^ "Whatever Happened to 'Big' Star David Moscow?". TheFW. December 12, 2011.
  2. ^ "25 Years After Playing Young Tom Hanks in 'Big,' David Moscow Looks Back on Child Stardom, Penny Marshall's Direction, and The Making of a Classic". indiewire.com. December 19, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "'Big' at 25: David Moscow grows up". USA Today.
  4. ^ Escobar, Sam (October 6, 2015). "What the Little Kid From "Big" Looks Like Now". Good Housekeeping. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  5. ^ Milzoff, Rebecca (February 29, 2012). "How Does Newsies Hold Up?". Vulture.
  6. ^ "'Newsies' Cast: Where Are The Actors From The 1992 Disney Movie Today?". HuffPost. August 28, 2013. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  7. ^ "Honey". Entertainment Weekly. December 3, 2003.
  8. ^ "What's Wrong with This Picture?". Playbill.
  9. ^ Richards, David (December 9, 1994). "THEATER REVIEW: WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?; A Family Laughing Until It's Crying". The New York Times.
  10. ^ "Lin-Manuel Miranda's First Ever Interview". theaterppl.com. Archived from the original on 18 February 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  11. ^ "IN THE HEIGHTS Reunion! Kerry Washington Visits Lin-Manuel Miranda at HAMILTON". BroadwayWorld.
  12. ^ "Kerry Washington: From Heartbreak to Happiness". People.
  13. ^ "Lionsgate takes on 'Hellbenders'". Variety. November 2012.
  14. ^ "'Big' child actor revisits famous scene in Kickstarter promo". ew.com.
  15. ^ "6th US in Progress winners announced". 7.americanfilmfestival.pl.
  16. ^ "'Big' star David Moscow recreates iconic Zoltar scene for Kickstarter project". ScreenerTV.
  17. ^ "Participants and partners of US in Progress Wrocław 2016 announced". 7.americanfilmfestival.pl.
  18. ^ "Cannes: 'Staying Vertical' Star Damien Bonnard, Lindsay Burdge Join Nathan Silver's 'Thirst Street' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. May 19, 2016.
  19. ^ "Easy Living". sxsw.com.
  20. ^ "Berlinale: Alec Baldwin-Starrer 'Blind' Goes to Vertical Entertainment". variety.com. February 9, 2017.
  21. ^ "Sylvio". SXSW.
  22. ^ Rothman, Michael (October 6, 2015). "'Big' Star David Moscow Recreates Iconic Scene Almost 30 Years Later". ABC News. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  23. ^ "Desolation". Kickstarter. Retrieved November 3, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  24. ^ "Programs". roundriver.org.
  25. ^ "David Moscow". TMZ.
  26. ^ Plot Development - Time Out New York
  27. ^ David Moscow Biography (1974-), Film Reference
  28. ^ "Unknown". The Salt Lake Tribune. April 10, 1992. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  29. ^ Pearlman, Jeff (September 15, 2015). "David Moscow". JeffPearlman.com. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  30. ^ "Hampshire College - Alumni & Post-Grads". College Prowler. Retrieved July 31, 2012.

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