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
Daina Magnussen — Mother
Dane Magnussen — Brother
Jesse Magnussen — Brother
Greg Magnussen — Father
Attended University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Birth Name: William Gregory Magnussen
Birth Place: Woodhaven, Queens, New York, United States