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Lin-Manuel Miranda Biography

Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Actor, composer, lyricist, writer, rapper

Fast Facts

  • Studied piano and sang in the school choir while growing up, and in a three-hour medley of plays in a big sixth-grade show, roles included Bernardo in West Side Story and Conrad in Bye Bye Birdie
  • Is a founding member of Freestyle Love Supreme, an improvisational, hip-hop comedy troupe that has toured the U
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  • , Europe, Australia and Canada
  • Wrote earliest draft of In the Heights—which would win the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize—in 1999, during his sophomore year in college, where it was first produced
  • Presented In the Heights onstage in Waterford, Conn
  • , in 2005, and off-Broadway in 2007, the latter winning two Drama Desk Awards (for Ensemble Performance and Choreography) out of nine nominations, before making its Broadway debut in 2008
  • Other accolades include the 2007 ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award and a 2007 Theatre World Award for Outstanding Debut Performance
  • Worked with Stephen Sondheim on Spanish translations for some lyrics and dialogue for a 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story
  • In 2009, performed at the inaugural White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word, hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his musical Hamilton in 2016


  • 2021Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2021Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie: nominated
  • 2021Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): nominated
  • 2020Producers Guild Awards-David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television: nominated
  • 2020People's Choice Awards-Favorite Movie Actor: nominated
  • 2020People's Choice Awards-Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor: winner
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Limited Series: nominated
  • 2019Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2017Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television: nominated
  • 2017Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2016Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics: winner


  • Luis Miranda -- Father
  • Luz Towns-Miranda -- Mother
  • Francisco Miranda -- Son
  • Sebastian Miranda -- Son
  • Vanessa Nadal-Miranda -- Wife