Andrew Rannells

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Andrew Rannells
Andrew Rannells.jpg
Andrew Rannells, July 2011
BornAndrew Scott Rannells
(1978-08-23) August 23, 1978 (age 35)
Omaha, Nebraska
EducationCreighton Preparatory School
Alma materMarymount Manhattan College
OccupationStage, television actor
Years active1994–present
Known forElder Price, The Book of Mormon
TelevisionThe New Normal, Girls
AwardsGrammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, The Book of Mormon
Website
facebook.com/andrewrannells
 
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Andrew Rannells
Andrew Rannells.jpg
Andrew Rannells, July 2011
BornAndrew Scott Rannells
(1978-08-23) August 23, 1978 (age 35)
Omaha, Nebraska
EducationCreighton Preparatory School
Alma materMarymount Manhattan College
OccupationStage, television actor
Years active1994–present
Known forElder Price, The Book of Mormon
TelevisionThe New Normal, Girls
AwardsGrammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, The Book of Mormon
Website
facebook.com/andrewrannells

Andrew Scott Rannells (born August 23, 1978) is an American actor and singer best known for his work as Elder Price in the 2011 Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, which earned him a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. As a featured soloist on the musical's Original Broadway Cast Recording, he won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. His other Broadway credits include Jersey Boys and Hairspray.

Early years

Rannells was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He attended Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha.[1] After graduating, he briefly attended Marymount Manhattan College.[2]

Career

As a voice actor, Rannells appeared in several 4Kids and DiC television programs and video games, such as Yu-Gi-Oh![3] In 2006, he won the role of Link Larkin in the Broadway production of Hairspray.

Rannells played Bob Gaudio in the First National Tour of Jersey Boys. His last performance with the tour was on December 6, 2008 in Toronto. In January 2009, he reprised the role of Gaudio in the musical's Broadway production.

Rannells originated the role of Elder Price in The Book of Mormon, a musical written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q composer Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx. For his performance, he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. He won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for his performance in the musical's Original Broadway Cast Recording. His last performance was June 10, 2012.[4]

Rannells played a stripper in the 2012 film Bachelorette[5] and played a lead character, Bryan Collins, in the 2012–13 television series The New Normal.[6]

Rannells currently plays the recurring role of Elijah on the HBO television series Girls.[7]

Personal life

Rannells is of Polish and Irish descent,[8] and he is openly gay.[9]

References

  1. ^ "'Nebraska native finds stardom in 'Book of Mormon'". Sioux City Journal. 2011. Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ "'The Book of Mormon' star Andrew Rannells: college dropout turned actor gets suited up for the Tonys". The NY Daily News. 2011. Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ Rapkin, Mickey (9 June 2011). "Q&A: The Book of Mormon's Andrew Rannells". GQ. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Adam Hetrick (Jun 6, 2012). ""Two By Two": Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells Will Be Succeeded By Jared Gertner and Nic Rouleau in Book of Mormon". Playbill. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Ganz, Andrew (10 August 2012). "Book of Mormon's Andrew Rannells Takes It Off in "Bachelorette" Film; Comedy Available on VOD Aug. 10". Playbill. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "'The Hangover Star Joins NBC's Ryan Murphy Comedy". The Hollywood Reporter. 2012. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Andrew Rannells: Keeping the Faith". Women's Wear Daily. 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ https://twitter.com/AndrewRannells/status/81386126954344448
  9. ^ "Andrew Rannells on His Girls Character, Slapping Marnie, and His New Ryan Murphy Show". Vulture. May 29, 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 

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