John Gallagher, Jr.

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John Gallagher, Jr.
John Gallagher Jr. attends the 25th Annual Artios Awards
BornJohn Howard Gallagher, Jr.
(1984-06-17) June 17, 1984 (age 30)
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer, songwriter
Years active2001–present
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John Gallagher, Jr.
John Gallagher Jr. attends the 25th Annual Artios Awards
BornJohn Howard Gallagher, Jr.
(1984-06-17) June 17, 1984 (age 30)
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer, songwriter
Years active2001–present

John Howard Gallagher, Jr. (born June 17, 1984) is an American actor and musician known for originating the role of Moritz Stiefel in Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's rock musical Spring Awakening, which earned him a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. He also played Johnny in Green Day's Broadway musical, American Idiot, and Lee in the 2011 Broadway production of Jerusalem. As of 2012, he plays Jim Harper in Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom.

Early life[edit]

Gallagher was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware with his parents and two older sisters. His parents, John, Sr. and June Gallagher, are folk musicians.

He eventually went on to play in numerous bands, including Not Now Murray, What Now, Annie's Autograph, and Old Springs Pike.

Before and throughout his Spring Awakening run, he was in Old Springs Pike. On January 23, 2008, his fellow band members announced his departure. The next day, Gallagher made an official announcement confirming his departure on his MySpace page. Old Springs Pike later officially changed their name to The Spring Standards.[1]

Gallagher played Tom Sawyer as a child actor at the Delaware Children's Theatre.[2][3]

Stage career[edit]

Gallagher has appeared in three plays by playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. He originated the role of Jeff in Abaire's hit play Kimberly Akimbo, appeared in the ill-fated United Kingdom production of Fuddy Meers, and he received critical acclaim for his role in Rabbit Hole, which marked his Broadway debut. He also appeared in the Manhattan Theatre Club Production of the David Marshall Grant play Current Events.[4]

Gallagher originated the role of Moritz Stiefel in Spring Awakening on Broadway after performing the role Off-Broadway and in workshops at Lincoln Center. The rock musical, with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater premiered Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theatre Company on May 19, 2006 and ran through August 5, 2006.[5] Spring Awakening opened on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on December 10, 2006. Gallagher won the 2007 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance.[6] On December 16, 2007, he left Spring Awakening and was succeeded two days later by Blake Bashoff.[7]

Gallagher starred in productions of the dramas, Port Authority, by Conor McPherson and Farragut North by Beau Willimon.[8] Both plays were productions of the Atlantic Theater Company, the same theater that premiered Spring Awakening.

Gallagher starred in American Idiot, a musical based on the Green Day album of the same name, along with fellow Spring Awakening alumni Brian Charles Johnson and Gerard Canonico.[9] American Idiot premiered in Berkeley, California at the Berkeley Repertory Theater on September 4, 2009.[10] The show's run ended on November 15, 2009. It began previews on Broadway at the St. James Theatre March 24, 2010 and officially opened on April 20, 2010. It was later nominated for three 2010 Tony Awards, of which it won two.[11] Gallagher played Johnny aka "Jesus of Suburbia". Gallagher departed American Idiot on February 27, 2011 and was succeeded by Van Hughes[12] The show's run ended on April 24, 2011.

On February 17, 2011, it was announced that Gallagher would be in the Broadway production of The Royal Court Theatre's Jerusalem. The production was directed by Ian Rickson, and opened on April 21, 2011 at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street).[13] He played the role of Lee until leaving the production on July 17, 2011.[14]

Film and television[edit]

Gallagher has appeared in several television programs, including The West Wing, Law & Order: SVU, NYPD Blue, Ed, Love Monkey, and Hallmark Hall of Fame's film The Flamingo Rising. Film credits include Pieces of April, Woody Allen's Whatever Works, Jonah Hex, Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret, and a lead role in Short Term 12 opposite Brie Larson.

He plays Jim Harper in Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom that airs on HBO.[15]


2001Flamingo Rising, TheThe Flamingo RisingGaryTelevision film
2003Pieces of AprilTimmy Burns
2006Mr. GibbBrett Mullen
2009Whatever WorksPerry
2010Jonah HexLieutenant Evan
2013Short Term 12Mason
2013Broadway IdiotHimselfDocumentary
2014Heart Machine, TheThe Heart MachineCody
2002Law & OrderTerrence HoltEpisode: "Girl Most Likely"
2002The West WingTylerEpisode: "20 Hours in America (Part 1)"
2003EdEricEpisode: "The Decision"
2003NYPD BlueRay Spier2 episodes
2004Law and Order: Criminal IntentGaryEpisode: "Conscience"
2006Love MonkeyPaul2 episodes
2009Law & Order: Special Victims UnitJeff LynwoodEpisode: "Lead"
2012–presentNewsroom, TheThe NewsroomJames "Jim" HarperMain cast
2014Olive KitteridgeChristopher KitteridgeHBO miniseries; 3 episodes

New York Theatre[edit]

2003Kimberly AkimboJeffManhattan Theatre Club (Off-Broadway)
2006Rabbit HoleJasonPacific Playwrights Festival

Biltmore Theatre (Broadway)

2006–2007Spring AwakeningMoritz StiefelAtlantic Theatre Company (Off-Broadway)

Eugene O'Neill Theatre (Broadway)

2008Port AuthorityKevinAtlantic Theatre Company (Off-Broadway)
2008Farragut NorthStephen MeyersAtlantic Theatre Company (Off-Broadway)
2010–2011American IdiotJohnny (The Jesus of Suburbia)Berkeley Repertory Theatre

St. James Theatre (Broadway)

2011JerusalemLeeMusic Box Theatre (Broadway)

Awards and nominations[edit]

2007Tony AwardBest Featured Actor in a MusicalSpring AwakeningWon
2007Drama Desk AwardOutstanding Actor in a MusicalSpring AwakeningNominated
2007Drama League AwardDistinguished PerformanceSpring AwakeningNominated Audience AwardFavorite Featured Actor in a Broadway MusicalSpring AwakeningWon
2010Drama League AwardDistinguished PerformanceAmerican IdiotNominated Audience AwardFavorite Leading Actor in a Broadway MusicalAmerican IdiotWon


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