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  • Wrestled in high school until a hamstring injury forced him to quit and drop out of gym class during his senior year; enrolled in a drama course instead and fell in love with acting.
  • Made Broadway debut in the 2007 revival of The Ritz.
  • Big break came in 2008 being cast as Casey Hughes on As the World Turns.
  • Meryl Streep caught his Tony-nominated performance in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and recommended him to director Rob Marshall for the film adaptation of Into the Woods; landed the role of Rapunzel's prince.
  • Plays bass in the New York City-based band Reserved for Rondee.
  • Appears in two movies (Bridge of Spies; The Big Short) nominated for 2015 Best Picture Oscars.


  • 2013, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Nominee


  • Dane Magnussen — Brother
  • Jesse Magnussen — Brother
  • Greg Magnussen — Father
  • Daina Magnussen — Mother


  • Attended University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States

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  • Birth Name: William Gregory Magnussen
  • Birth Place: Woodhaven, Queens, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Musician

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