Jonathan Groff

  • Birth Name: Jonathan Drew Groff
  • Birth Place: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Singer-songwriter
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  • Mother is Methodist and a physical-education teacher; father is a Mennonite and a harness-racing driver and trainer. His paternal grandfather was a Mennonite preacher.
  • Was accepted to Carnegie Mellon University but instead played Rolf in a touring company of The Sound of Music.
  • Played Melchior Gabor in the original off-Broadway production of Spring Awakening, and then again on Broadway.
  • Is openly gay; while playing a heterosexual character on Glee, found himself in the middle of a controversy when a 2010 Newsweek article stated that gay actors are often not convincing playing straight roles. 
  • Taught a Children's Musical Theater Master Class in acting and song interpretation.
  • Has performed in a one-man cabaret act.

Awards

  • 2015, Grammy — Best Musical Theater Album: Winner
  • 2007, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee
  • 2016, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee

Relationships

  • Julie Groff — Mother
  • David Groff — Brother
  • Zachary Quinto — Ex-significant Other
  • James Groff — Father

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