PG Native Josh Randall finds another prime time home.
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Knowing local viewers lept to the edge of their seats when Monterey High-product Josh Randall made an appearance on the award-winning drama Lost late last year—Randall had made it big. But when his character was savagely choked to death before the end of the show, those same viewers sighed—Randall was dead.
They were wrong. After a career that has included a variety of roles—he most famously starred as Dr. Mike Burton opposite Tom Cavanagh in Ed, and has seen work recently on shows like Cold Case, CSI: Miami and Joey—Randall’s alive and romantically inclined alongside Jenna Elfman (Dharma and Greg) in a sitcom called Courting Alex. The show debuted Monday in the 9:30pm slot on CBS.
It’s another big credit for the one-time standout student-athlete and editor of the high school paper, who enjoys good genes. Josh’s mother, decorated local writer Sharon Randall, lives in Pacific Grove, and his late father, Randy, was a revered chemistry and physics teacher at Monterey High, where he also coached basketball in the gym that is now named in his honor. Josh’s younger brother and sister also remain in the area.
Surprisingly, Josh, 34, was never involved in drama at MHS, and wasn’t until late in his college career (which included a stop at MPC and ended with an English degree and film minor at SF State), when, he joined the cast of a couple of theater productions in the Bay Area.
Sharon remembers going to see one of those early shows. “I thought, ‘This is going to be really embarrassing,’” she recalls. “He’s very good at some things, but not that…He wasn’t even the lead, but in a supporting role, and he was the one everybody noticed. All around me, everybody was talking about him.
“I thought, ‘Huh. That’s interesting.’”