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Jonathan Groff

Jonathan Drew Groff (born March 26, 1985)[1] is an American actor and singer known for his performances on stage, screen, and television. Groff is the recipient of a Grammy Award and has been nominated for two Tony Awards.

Jonathan Groff
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Groff at a Ralph Lauren event in 2011.
Born
Jonathan Drew Groff

(1985-03-26) March 26, 1985 (age 36)
Occupation
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active2002–present
Signature
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Groff rose to prominence in 2006 for his performance in the lead role of Melchior Gabor in the original Broadway production of Spring Awakening, for which 22-year-old Jonathan received critical acclaim and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, becoming one of the youngest nominees for the award. He returned to Broadway in 2015 to play the role of King George III of the United Kingdom in Hamilton, a performance for which he earned a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical. He also appeared on the cast recording, for which he received the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Groff is also known for his roles in television and film. He was a recurring guest star in the Fox musical-comedy series Glee (2009–2015) as Jesse St. James, and he was featured on four of its soundtrack albums, also making a special appearance in the concert tour Glee Live! In Concert! in 2010. He voiced the roles of Kristoff and Sven in the Disney animated films Frozen (2013) and Frozen II (2019), two of the highest-grossing films of all time.[2] Groff starred as Patrick Murray in the HBO comedy-drama series Looking (2014–2015), often credited as one of the network's first gay TV series, and its subsequent series finale television film, Looking: The Movie (2016).[3] Groff is also known for his starring role as FBI Special Agent Holden Ford in the critically-acclaimed Netflix period crime drama Mindhunter (2017–2019), produced by David Fincher.[4]

Groff's upcoming projects include The Matrix 4, set to premiere on December 22, 2021, on HBO Max, as well as Invincible, Molly and the Moon, and Lost Ollie.

Early life and education

Jonathan Drew Groff was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to Julie (née Witmer), a physical education teacher, and Jim Groff, a harness horse trainer.[5] He has an older brother, David. Groff is a first cousin of singer James Wolpert, a semi-finalist on the fifth season of The Voice.[6] Groff was raised in Ronks, Pennsylvania.[7] He is of German, English, Swiss, and Scottish descent.[8] His father is Mennonite, and his mother is Methodist. Groff was raised Methodist and grew up among Amish communities.[9]

Groff's roots in theater and acting began at an early age. When he was three years old, Groff fell in love with Julie Andrews' performance as Mary Poppins, and growing up, he and his brother put on childhood home productions, such as a performance of The Wizard of Oz in his father's barn, where he played Dorothy.[10][11] Groff credits Sutton Foster as one of his greatest influences and idols, and as a young aspiring actor, he would wait at the stage door after her performances to get her autograph.[12] Groff joined his middle school and high school drama departments, and it was there that he became inspired to start a career in theater.[13]

In his adolescence, Groff took part in many community productions in his hometown of Lancaster. At seventeen years old, he directed and starred in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at a high school theatre festival at the Fulton Opera House, for which he won a community award.[14][15] He also performed in The Sound of Music, Ragtime, Cyrano, Evita, My Fair Lady, Peter Pan, The Pirates of Penzance, and Rags at the Fulton Opera House, as well as starring as Edgar in Bat Boy: The Musical and Ugly in Honk! at The Ephrata Performing Arts Center.[16]

Groff graduated from Conestoga Valley High School in 2003 and intended to attend Carnegie Mellon University, but he deferred his admission for a year when he was cast as Rolf in a Non-Equity national tour of The Sound of Music.[17][18] After the tour, Groff decided to move to New York City instead of attending college and begin his career.[19]

Acting career

2005–2009: Career beginnings and Spring Awakening

Groff started out waiting tables at the Chelsea Grill in New York City before earning his Actors' Equity Association card in 2005, with the musical Fame at the North Shore Music Theatre, where he played Nick Piazza.[20][21] That same year, he made his Broadway debut as an understudy for the lead role (played by Christopher Hanke), swing, and dance captain for the musical In My Life by Joseph Brooks, opening on October 20 and closing on December 11, 2005, after 61 performances.[22] The musical was panned by critics, with a review from Broadway.com calling the production "undoubtedly the most bizarre, misguided Broadway musical of the millennium".[23]

 
Groff in 2006

His breakout performance occurred in 2006, when Groff originated the lead role of Melchior Gabor in the Broadway production of the rock musical Spring Awakening. The musical tells the story of repressed adolescents in late 19th century Germany discovering their sexuality, adapted from Frank Wedekind's original 1891 play by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater and directed by Michael Mayer.[24] Groff was first cast in a workshop of Spring Awakening at Baruch College with Lea Michele, John Gallagher Jr., and the rest of the original cast, and the production then moved to the Atlantic Theater Company for its original Off-Broadway run from May 19 through August 5, 2006, before transitioning to Broadway.[25] During the Broadway production at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, Groff played the role from its debut on December 10, 2006, through May 18, 2008, when he departed the production with co-star and best friend Lea Michele. The musical achieved great critical acclaim, garnering eleven nominations and winning eight awards, including Best Musical, at the 61st Tony Awards. The musical was also awarded the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, which the Grammys did not award to vocalists at that time.[26] Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called the show a "brave new musical, haunting and electrifying by turns" and praised Groff's "ardency and thoughtfulness".[27] Variety wrote that the performances of "Michele, Groff and Gallagher dominate the young ensemble".[28] Groff was nominated for a Drama Desk Award, a Drama League Award, and a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance. He received the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Debut Performance.

In 2007, Groff played the recurring role of Henry Mackler for eleven episodes on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live. His character's storyline about a school shooting was cut due to the Virginia Tech shooting in April 2007.[29] In November 2007, Groff was cast in the FX series Pretty/Handsome, directed and written by Ryan Murphy, and filmed a pilot, but the series was not picked up.[30]

From July 22 through August 31, 2008, Groff played the lead role of Claude in the Shakespeare in the Park production of Hair, a rock musical about hippie counterculture during the Vietnam War that was directed by Diane Paulus.[31] Theater critic Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote in his review of Hair that "Mr. Groff, who was memorably tormented by young lust in the musical 'Spring Awakening,' is even more affecting here, his open face a shifting map of doubt and affirmation."[32] Groff decided to turn down the opportunity to reprise his role in the Broadway production, choosing instead to make his film debut.[33] In 2009, he appeared as Michael Lang in Ang Lee's comedy-drama film Taking Woodstock, about the 1969 Woodstock Festival. While critics found the film "likable" but "underwhelming", Groff's performance was praised for its "crafty, angelic fervor" by Rolling Stone.[34][35][36]

From November 14 to December 21, 2008, Groff appeared as Billy Noone, a closeted gay soldier fighting in Iraq, in the Off-Broadway production of Prayer for My Enemy, a play written by Craig Lucas.[37] The production was directed by Bartlett Sher and performed at Playwrights Horizons.[38] Ben Brantley wrote in The New York Times that the play is "muddle-headed" and "disconnected", but Groff "exudes the charismatic aura of distressed youth".[39] From April 10 to May 17, 2009, Groff appeared as Gray Korankyi and Walter Riemann in the Off-Broadway production of another Craig Lucas play, The Singing Forest, alongside Olympia Dukakis at the Public Theater.[40] The play, directed by Mark Wing-Davey, was described by critics as "convoluted" in plot but with strong performances, praising Groff for his "natural emotional transparency [that] helps add layers to Gray".[41] For both performances, Groff received an Obie Award.[42]

Groff starred as Dionysus in the play The Bacchae opposite Anthony Mackie from August 11 to August 30, 2009; it was directed by JoAnne Akalaitis and produced as a part of the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park.[43] The Hollywood Reporter wrote that "Groff is surprisingly effective as the Stranger, Dionysus' human guise", but "in the moments when he must be the immortal god and register his full wrath, however, Groff is less successful despite an earnest effort."[44]

2010–2015: Glee, Frozen and Hamilton

 
Groff in 2010

Starting in 2010, Groff rose to greater prominence as a recurring guest star in the Fox musical comedy-drama Glee as Jesse St. James, lead performer in rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline and love interest to Rachel Berry, played by Lea Michele.[45] He appeared in a total of fifteen episodes over the first, second, third, and sixth seasons of the series. Groff was featured in four of Glee's soundtrack albums and made a special appearance in the concert tour Glee Live! In Concert! with Michele at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles and at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.[46]

From August 21, 2010 to January 15, 2011, Groff made his West End debut in the London revival of Deathtrap, a play written by Ira Levin and directed by Matthew Warchus at the Noël Coward Theatre.[47] Groff played Clifford Anderson, a young brilliant playwright, starring alongside Simon Russell Bale as Sidney Bruhl, his professor. The play received positive critical reception; The Spectator called Groff's performance "magnetic" and "deeply charismatic" but found the "relationship between student and professor [to be] unconvincing".[48]

Groff also starred in the Off-Broadway world premiere of the play The Submission by Jeff Talbott with MCC Theater. The production was directed by Walter Bobbie and performed at the Lucille Lortel Theatre from September 8 to October 22, 2011.[49] He portrayed Danny Larsen, a white playwright who submits his play under the pen name of an African American woman, alongside Rutina Wesley, who played an actress he hires to pose as the writer. The production was met with mostly positive reviews, with The New York Times praising the script for its "self-awareness" but also finding it "too theatrical" and lacking "real emotions".[50] Groff's acting was widely praised, however, with critics calling his performance "exceptional", "deft", and "disarming".[51][52]

From August to October 2012, Groff appeared as Ian Todd, a ruthless political aide, in the second and final season of the Starz political drama series Boss.[53] The series was not renewed for a third season due to low ratings.[54] Groff then played Ken, an artist's assistant, opposite Alfred Molina in the Center Theatre Group production of John Logan's play Red. The production ran from August 1 through September 9, 2012, and was directed by Matthew Warchus.[55] From March 14 to March 17, 2013, Groff and Molina reprised their roles for six more performances of the play, this time through L.A. Theatre Works and directed by Rosalind Ayres.[56] Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times praised Groff's performance for its "admirable clarity" and wrote that "he is every bit as effective in revealing the delicate nuances of [his character]."[57]

In 2013, Groff starred in C.O.G., a comedy-drama film adaptation based on David Sedaris's book of essays, Naked. In the film, Groff plays David, loosely based on Sedaris himself, a young repressed gay man who moves to Oregon in search of a new purpose.[58] The film, directed and written by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2013, and was released in theaters on September 20, 2013, to mixed but mostly positive reviews, with critics citing a "meandering" plot.[59] As Dan Callahan from RogerEbert.com wrote of Groff's performance, "Groff has an innate sweetness and likability about him no matter what he does, and [...] brings a yearning to his role that steadily makes this semi-amusing tale of a fish out of water into a serious and often surprising drama".[60] On June 11, 2013, Groff portrayed Frederic, a pirate apprentice, in a one-night-only Shakespeare in the Park gala production of the comic opera The Pirates of Penzance. The production was directed by Ted Sperling at the Delacorte Theater, with other members of the cast including Kevin Kline, Martin Short, and Glenn Close.[61]

In 2013, Groff voiced Kristoff, a rugged mountain man and love interest to Anna, and his reindeer Sven in Disney's animated feature Frozen, alongside Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, and Josh Gad.[62] The film premiered on November 19, 2013, and later won an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA for Best Animated Feature.[63] Following the film's massive commercial success and its ranking as the highest-grossing animated film of all time, the fifteenth highest-grossing film of all time, and the highest-grossing film of 2013, Groff reprised his role in the short film sequel Frozen Fever, which premiered on March 13, 2015.[64]

Starting from January 2014, Groff starred as Patrick Murray, a gay video game developer, in HBO's comedy-drama series Looking, created by Michael Lannan.[65][66] The series depicted a group of gay friends navigating relationships in San Francisco and was praised for its representation of LGBTQ+ characters and experiences, although common criticism was a slightly boring and disjointed plot.[67] The series received two seasons but was cancelled by HBO on March 23, 2015, with the network green-lighting a television film to conclude the story.[68] The film premiered on HBO on July 23, 2016. Groff's performance was well received by critics, with one critic from The New York Times calling Groff's performance "excellent [...] Mr. Groff always made his tics, inconsistencies and operatically scaled mistakes believable."[69]

Groff portrayed Craig Donner in The Normal Heart directed by Ryan Murphy, the film adaptation of Larry Kramer's autobiographical play of the same name, which depicts the New York City AIDS crisis in the 1980s.[70] The Normal Heart was released on May 25, 2014, and won the Critics' Choice Award for Best Movie and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie.

Groff returned to the London stage on May 19, 2015, to star as J. Pierrepont Finch in a one-night-only concert of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, at the Royal Festival Hall alongside Cynthia Erivo.[71] One critic from BritishTheatre.com wrote that while the concert lacked "consistent careful handling", Groff was "truly terrific" and "exudes a warmth and comic intelligence which makes him impossible not to watch."[72]

Groff also starred in an Encores! production of the musical A New Brain as Gordon Schwinn, a composer who suffers from arteriovenous malformation, based on the real-life composer William Finn. The production, which took place from June 24 to June 27, 2015, was presented as part of the New York City Center's Encores! Off-Center staged concert series and was directed by James Lapine, with Groff performing alongside Aaron Lazar, Dan Fogler, and Ana Gasteyer.[73] Groff was praised for his performance, as one critic from the New York Post says, "Though the musical is uneven, Groff effortlessly keeps the production together with his supple voice and low-key charm."[74]

On March 3, 2015, Groff joined the cast of the hit musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed by Thomas Kail, replacing Brian d'Arcy James in the role of King George III.[75] Groff held the role for the remainder of the show's Off-Broadway production at the Public Theater through May 3, 2015, and he reprised the role in the Broadway production at the Richard Rodgers Theatre from July 13, 2015, to April 9, 2016.[76] Ben Brantley of The New York Times called Groff's performance "delicious" and wrote that "His is the voice of vintage Britpop, rendered in a leisurely, ironic, condescending vein to a distant population he regards as savages."[77] Hamilton achieved high critical and commercial success, winning eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and eight Drama Desk Awards. Groff, along with the rest of the cast, won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for appearing as a featured performer on the original Broadway cast recording. He was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance as the king.[78]

2016–present: Mindhunter, Little Shop of Horrors and Frozen II

In October 2017, Groff starred in the Netflix crime thriller series Mindhunter, created by Joe Penhall and executively produced by David Fincher and Charlize Theron.[79] In the series, Groff portrays Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Holden Ford, a serial killer profiler in the Behavioral Science Unit interviewing and investigating real-life serial killers and murder cases.[80] His character is loosely based on the real-life John E. Douglas, one of the first criminal profilers in FBI history.[80] Groff and co-stars Holt McCallany and Anna Torv also starred in the second season of the series, which premiered on August 16, 2019.[81] The series and Groff's performance were critically acclaimed. RogerEbert.com called it "Netflix's best drama", and Collider wrote that Groff's performance was "exceptionally affecting as Holden" and that "Groff has always had a talent for making his characters empathetic."[82][83] For his performance, Groff won a Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series.[84] Season 3 has since been put on hold indefinitely as Fincher, who directed and produced much of the series, elected to focus on other projects, although he may one day revisit the project.[85]

In July 2017, Groff starred as Jase in the first podcast musical, 36 Questions, written by Chris Littler and Ellen Winter based on The New York Times article "The 36 Questions That Lead to Love" and a 1997 psychological study on interpersonal closeness. The three-act podcast, released by Two-Up Productions, follows the story of an estranged husband and wife trying to salvage their marriage with the titular set of 36 questions.[86]

On July 23, 2017, Groff performed in a one-night only symphonic concert production of Sondheim on Sondheim at the Hollywood Bowl.[87] From January 20 to January 22, 2018, Groff starred as the titular character in the Off-Broadway production of The Bobby Darin Story, a three-day concert and biographical retelling of the life of 1950s singing icon Bobby Darin, presented as part of the Lyrics & Lyricists series at 92nd Street Y and directed by Alex Timbers.[88] The production was met with great critical reception, with Michael Ridel writing in the New York Post that Groff "moves with the ease and slyness of Darin".[89]

From September 17, 2019, to January 19, 2020, Groff starred in the Off-Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors at the Westside Theatre as Seymour Krelborn, a florist who raises a plant with a thirst for human flesh, alongside Christian Borle and Tammy Blanchard.[90] The revival, directed by Michael Mayer, received rave reviews; The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Groff was "never-better [...] hilarious, endearing and in tremendous voice" and that he "disappears into a role he was born to play".[91] Groff was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album as part of the cast recording of Little Shop of Horrors.[92] Groff also won an Outer Critics Circle Award, and he received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination and Drama League Award nomination for his performance.[93][94][95]

In November 2019, Groff reprised his role as Kristoff in the sequel film Frozen II, singing a solo song for the movie titled "Lost in the Woods". In January 2020, Frozen II surpassed the first installment, becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time.[96] Groff also reprised the character in the 2017 short Olaf's Frozen Adventure and the video game Kingdom Hearts III in 2019.[97][98]

Groff's Broadway performance of King George III in Hamilton was featured in the film production on Disney+ released on July 3, 2020.[99] In 2021, the film of the musical received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture of a Musical or Comedy.[100]

Upcoming projects

In December 2019, it was announced Groff would join the cast for The Matrix 4, the fourth installment of The Matrix franchise, alongside Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.[101] It will be released on HBO Max on December 22, 2021.[102] In November 2020, Deadline announced Groff would star as Brian in Molly and the Moon, a musical film alongside Frozen co-star Kristen Bell.[103] In December 2020, it was announced Groff will be joining the cast of Invincible as Rick Sheridan, an Amazon Prime adult superhero animated series based on the Invincible comics created by Robert Kirkman, with the first episodes expected to be released on March 26, 2021.[104] In March 2021, Netflix announced Groff would star in the live-action/animation hybrid series Lost Ollie directed by Peter Ramsey based on William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg’s book Ollie’s Odyssey. Groff will voice the title role of Ollie, a lost toy searching for the boy who lost him.[105]

Personal life

Coming out and LGBTQ+ activism

Groff publicly came out as gay when asked by a Broadway.com reporter during the National Equality March in October 2009.[106] Groff has shared his experience with coming out, telling Playbill, "When I was in Spring Awakening, I wasn't out to anyone in my life … When I was closeted, I never realized how shut down I was until I came out."[107] He has further said, "I always knew that I was gay for as far back as I can remember [...] I came out because I was in love initially. And I thought – because there's this weird stigma of, like, if you come out, will it affect your career? [...] And I thought, you know what? I would rather be in love. This feeling of love is so great and so deep. I would rather be in love than worry and obsess about my career."[9]

Groff has expressed how much he values being a role model for the youth as an out actor: "Coming from Lancaster, PA, I didn't have a lot of gay role models because it's a very conservative community [...] But one of the great things that I still value and really valued back then was that I met a lot of gay people working in the theatre, and it was just so comforting to know that you could be gay and have a life… So the fact that if I'm an out actor, and kids can have that same sort of release and experience, it's incredibly meaningful."[107] He has advocated for the importance of sharing coming out stories: "That is the way acceptance happens, and that’s the way you break down those walls [...] And the more we talk about [coming out], then the less we’ll finally have to talk about it. And for me personally, it feels liberating. I enjoy talking about it because I felt I couldn’t talk about it for so long".[108]

He initially was hesitant to accept the role in the gay television series Looking, citing insecurities around being typecast in gay roles, but he found the experience incredibly rewarding: "Getting the opportunity to spend those three years expressing myself as a gay man and [...] talking about gay issues was truly life-altering for me and made me so much more comfortable in my own skin in a way that I didn't anticipate when I said yes to the show".[9] On June 29, 2014, Groff was a Grand Marshal at the New York City Gay Pride parade.[109]

In April 2015, Groff was honored by the Point Foundation with the Point Horizon Award honoring a "trailblazer who has taken a leadership role as an advocate" of LGBTQIA communities.[110] In December 2015, he was honored by Equality Pennsylvania with the Bayard Rustin Award, which "recognizes a Pennsylvanian who is continuing the work to ensure that the LGBT community will be visible, accepted, and celebrated in our society".[111] In 2017, Groff was named Out100's Entertainer of the Year, celebrating impactful LGBTQ+ public figures.[112]

Charity and community work

While Groff was beginning his professional career in theater, he volunteered for the nonprofit Broadway Cares, and he has continued to perform in and support fundraisers for the organization throughout his career.[113] Groff is a longtime supporter of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, serving as an Event Chair for the charity's 14th Annual New York Benefit Gala in 2015.[114] Other charities he has supported include the Point Foundation,[115] Habitat for Humanity,[116] Actors Fund of America,[117] Theatre Development Fund,[118] Hispanic Federation Emergency Assistance Fund, and Color of Change,[119] through which he participates in benefit performances and fundraisers, often recording personal voicemails as his Frozen characters Kristoff and Sven for auction winners.[120] In August 2020, Groff joined the Hamilton cast in organizing the virtual fundraiser event Ham4Change for organizations working to end systemic racism, raising over $1 million for the Equal Justice Initiative, African American Policy Forum, Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective, Black AIDS Institute, Color of Change, Dance4Hope, Know Your Rights Camp, Law Enforcement Accountability Project, Until Freedom, and When We All Vote.[121]

Groff has performed in numerous charity benefits for theater institutions, including the 52nd Street Project,[122] Tectonic Theater Project,[123] Hole in the Wall Gang Camp,[124] Playwrights Horizons,[125] and more. He has expressed a passion in encouraging youth theater; Groff has taught master classes in acting and musical theatre for young actors with the New York Film Academy,[126] Broadway Workshop,[127] Temple University,[128] Young Actors' Theatre Camp,[129] and the National YoungArts Foundation,[130] among others.

On October 3, 2020, Groff participated in a virtual event for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.[131] On October 16, 2020, Groff, along with the rest of the original Hamilton cast, participated in a virtual fundraiser event for the Biden Victory Fund, in support of Joe Biden for the 2020 presidential election.[132] On December 13, 2020, Groff and fellow Hamilton cast-member Sasha Hutchings hosted a virtual holiday concert fundraiser to support the campaigns of Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in the Georgia Senate Runoff elections.[133]

Relationships

In 2009, Groff was romantically linked to actor Gavin Creel.[134] From 2010 to 2013, he was in a relationship with actor Zachary Quinto.[135] Since early 2018, he has been dating New Zealand choreographer Corey Baker, whom he met while both were teaching at Christchurch International Musical Theatre Summer School (CIMTSS).[19][10]

Groff was diagnosed with melanoma in his early 20s and underwent surgery for removal.[136] He has no social media profiles, and explaining why, he said: "I hate how much I look at my phone already with text messaging, and so I just didn't want to add another element to that".[137]

Acting credits

Film

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2009 Taking Woodstock Michael Lang [138]
2010 Twelve Thirty Jeff [139]
2010 The Conspirator Louis Weichmann [140]
2013 C.O.G. David [59]
2013 Frozen Kristoff (voice) [141]
2014 Russian Broadway Shut Down Nikolai the Athlete Short film [142]
2014 Sophie Ben Short film [143]
2014 American Sniper Young Vet Mads [144]
2015 Frozen Fever Kristoff (voice) Short film [145]
2017 Olaf's Frozen Adventure Short film [97]
2019 Frozen II [146]
2020 Hamilton King George III Filmed recording of 2016 Broadway musical [147]
2021 The Matrix 4 TBA Post-production [101]
TBA Molly and the Moon Brian [103]

Television

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2007 One Life to Live Henry Mackler 11 episodes [148]
2008 Pretty/Handsome Patrick Fitzpayne Unaired pilot [30]
2010–15 Glee Jesse St. James Recurring role; 15 episodes [149]
2012 The Good Wife Jimmy Fellner Episode: "Live from Damascus" [150]
2012 Boss Ian Todd Main cast; 10 episodes [53]
2014–15 Looking Patrick Murray Lead role; 18 episodes [65]
2014 The Normal Heart Craig Donner Television film [70]
2016 Looking: The Movie Patrick Murray Television film [68]
2016 LEGO Frozen Northern Lights Kristoff (voice) Television special [151]
2017–2019 Mindhunter Holden Ford Lead role; 19 episodes [79]
2018 The Simpsons Actor Playing Bart (voice) Episode: "Bart's Not Dead" [152]
2021 Invincible Rick Sheridan (voice) [104]
TBA Lost Ollie Ollie (voice) [105]

Stage

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2002 Honk! Ugly The Ephrata Performing Arts Center [153]
2004 Bat Boy: The Musical Bat Boy The Ephrata Performing Arts Center
2005 Fame Nick Piazza North Shore Music Theatre [21]
In My Life UnderstudySwing Music Box TheatreBroadway • Broadway debut [154]
2006 Spring Awakening Melchior Gabor Atlantic Theater CompanyOff-Broadway [155]
2006–08 Eugene O'Neill TheatreBroadway [24]
2007 Hair Claude Hooper Bukowski Delacorte Theater [31]
2008
Prayer for My Enemy Billy Noone Playwrights Horizons • Off-Broadway [37]
2009 The Singing Forest Gray Korankyi • Walter Rieman The Public Theater • Off-Broadway [40]
The Bacchae Dionysus Delacorte Theater [44]
2010–11 Deathtrap Clifford Anderson Noël Coward TheatreWest End London, UK [47]
2011 The Submission Danny Larsen MCC TheaterOff-Broadway [49]
2012 Red Ken Mark Taper Forum [55]
2013 L.A. Theatre Works [56]
The Pirates of Penzance Frederic Delacorte Theater [61]
2015 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying J. Pierrepont Finch Royal Festival HallWest End London, UK [71]
Hamilton King George III The Public Theater • Off-Broadway [75]
A New Brain Gordon Michael Schwinn New York City CenterLincoln Center [73]
2015–16 Hamilton King George III Richard Rodgers TheatreBroadway [76]
2017 Hair Claude Hooper Bukowski Jazz at Lincoln CenterLincoln Center [156]
Sondheim on Sondheim Performer Hollywood Bowl [87]
2018 The Bobby Darin Story Bobby Darin 92nd Street Y • Off-Broadway [88]
2019–20 Little Shop of Horrors Seymour Krelborn Westside Theatre • Off-Broadway [90]

Internet

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2008 The Battery's Down Himself Web series • Episode: "The Big Apple" [157]
2009 Web series • Episode: "The Party's Over"
2015 One True Pairing (Season 1) Dennis Web series • Episode: "What's 'Your' Nickname" [158]
2016 One True Pairing (Season 2) Web series • 4 episodes
2017 36 Questions Jase Podcast Musical • Released through Two-Up podcast channel [159]

Video games

Year Title Voice role Ref
2019 Kingdom Hearts III Kristoff [160]

Discography

Cast recordings
Other recordings
Audiobooks
Featured singles
Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US
[183]
AUS
[184]
CAN
[185]
IRE
[186]
UK
[187]
2010 "Highway to Hell" 88 89 Glee: The Music, The Complete Season One
"Run Joey Run" 61 64 45 12 27
"Another One Bites the Dust" 79 53 41 101
"Bohemian Rhapsody"
"Hello" 35 79 37 31 35 Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers
"Total Eclipse of the Heart" 16 28 17 3 9
"Like a Virgin" 87 99 83 47 58 Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna
"Like a Prayer" 27 28 27 2 16
2011 "Rolling in the Deep" 29 49 Glee: The Music, Volume 6
2015 "You'll Be Back" [A]

Hamilton

"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in the region

Footnotes

  1. ^ "You'll Be Back" did not enter the Hot 100, but peaked at number 21 on the Digital Songs chart.[188]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2007 Tony Award Best Actor in a Musical Spring Awakening Nominated [189]
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical Nominated [190]
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated [191]
Theatre World Award Outstanding Debut Performance Won [192]
Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Favorite Leading Actor in a Broadway Musical Won [193]
Favorite Male Breakthrough Performance Won
Favorite Onstage Pair (shared with Lea Michele) Won
Favorite Ensemble Cast (with cast) Won
BroadwayWorld.com Theatre Fans' Choice Award Best Leading Actor in a Musical Nominated [194]
2009 Obie Award Outstanding Performance Prayer for My EnemyThe Singing Forest Won [195]
2011 WhatsOnStage.com Theatregoers' Choice Award London Newcomer of the Year Deathtrap Won [196]
2012 BroadwayWorld.com Los Angeles Award Best Leading Actor in a Play (Touring Production) Red Nominated [197]
2013 Behind the Voice Actors People's Choice Voice Acting Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film Frozen Won [198]
Behind the Voice Actors Feature Film Voice Acting Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film Won
Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Feature Film Nominated
2014 Gold Derby TV Awards Best Comedy Actor Looking Nominated [199]
EWwy Award Best Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated [200]
NewNowNext Award Best New Television Actor Won [201]
2015 Gold Derby TV Awards Best Comedy Actor Nominated [202]
Point Horizon Award LGBT activism Won [110]
Bayard Rustin Award Won [111]
CinEuphoria Awards Best Ensemble Cast – International Competition The Normal Heart Won [203]
2016 Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Musical Hamilton Nominated [204]
Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album Won [205]
Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical Won [206]
Favorite Funny Performance Won
Favorite Diva Performance Won
2017 Out100 Award Entertainer of the Year LGBT activism Won [112]
Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Drama / Genre Series Mindhunter Won [84]
2018 Dorian Awards TV Performance of the Year – Actor Nominated [207]
2020 Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Drama / Genre Series Nominated [208]
Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical Little Shop of Horrors Nominated [94]
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated [95]
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical Honoree [93]
Grammy Awards[209] Best Musical Theater Album Nominated [205]

See also

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