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Fast Facts

  • Won the National Forensics League National Tournament Championship in Humorous Interpretation and Original Oratory while in high school.
  • Went to high school with actor Seth Gabel, and is godfather to Gabel's son with Bryce Dallas Howard.
  • Was one of the founding members of the Lost Nomads comedy troupe.
  • Appeared in the 2002 Christian-themed direct-to-video feature Mary and Joe. 
  • Played William Barfee, owner of the magic foot, in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
  • Followed a friend around a news station in Miami to prepare for his role as a news director on Back to You.
  • Gained fame as Elder Cunningham in the hit Broadway show The Book of Mormon, although his first instinct had been to turn it down.


  • 2011, Grammy — Best Musical Theater Album: Winner
  • 2011, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee


  • Ida Darvish — Wife
  • Theo Gabel — Godchild
  • Isabella Eve Gad — Daughter
  • Ava Gad — Daughter


  • Carnegie Mellon University, School of Drama, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States (BFA in Drama, 2003); The Groundlings School of Improvisation, Los Angeles, California, United States

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  • Birth Place: Hollywood, Florida, United States
  • Birthday: February 23, 1981, Pisces
  • Profession: Actor

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