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Jonathan Groff Biography

Birth Name:
Jonathan Drew Groff
Birth Place:
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
Actor, singer-songwriter

Fast Facts

  • 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