Josh Gad

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Josh Gad
Josh Gad at the 2010 Streamy Awards.jpg
Gad at the Streamy Awards, April 11, 2010
Born(1981-02-23) February 23, 1981 (age 33)
Hollywood, Florida, United States
OccupationStage, film, television actor
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Ida Darvish (m. 2008; 2 children)
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Josh Gad
Josh Gad at the 2010 Streamy Awards.jpg
Gad at the Streamy Awards, April 11, 2010
Born(1981-02-23) February 23, 1981 (age 33)
Hollywood, Florida, United States
OccupationStage, film, television actor
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Ida Darvish (m. 2008; 2 children)

Joshua "Josh" Gad (born February 23, 1981) is an American film, television, stage and voice actor known for playing Skip Gilchrist in 1600 Penn, Elder Arnold Cunningham in the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, and Ryan Church in the television series Back to You. Gad has also appeared in episodes of ER, The Daily Show, Modern Family, New Girl, Bored to Death and Numb3rs. His film appearances include The Rocker, Crossing Over, She Wants Me, 21, Love & Other Drugs and Jobs. He also voiced Olaf in Disney's feature film Frozen.

Early life[edit]

Gad was born in Hollywood, Florida. He was raised Jewish.[1][2] His father is a Jewish immigrant from Afghanistan.[3] Gad attended the University School of Nova Southeastern University for high school, graduating in 1999. While there, he won the National Forensics League National Tournament Championships for Original Oratory in 1998, and for Humorous Interpretation and Original Oratory in 1999. He then attended the Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts, where he graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama. During this time, Gad undertook a semester-long exchange at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia.

Acting career[edit]

Gad portrayed news director Ryan Church on the Fox sitcom Back to You, which lasted one season, from 2007 to 2008. Gad appeared as a correspondent on The Daily Show on May 5, 2009, and became a regular correspondent on June 2, 2009.[4] He appeared on The Daily Show on November 11, 2009 in a segment titled "Crash for Clunkers" about the effect the Cash for Clunkers program had on demolition derbies.[5] He appeared in a June 27, 2011, segment about the legalization of gay marriage in New York reported from the Gay Pride March in New York City.

In 2008, he played a supporting role in the film 21, and a leading role in The Rocker with Rainn Wilson. In 2010, he had a role in Love & Other Drugs, and a guest role as Warren on the Bored to Death episode entitled "Make it Quick, Fitzgerald!"[6] Gad was cast with Freddie Prinze, Jr., Paul Campbell, Eliza Coupe, and Arielle Kebbel in the American version of the British sitcom No Heroics.[7] In the pilot, Gad played their former classmate from Superhero College, Horse Force, who can summon horses and works at a bar where the group hangs out. The show was not picked up.[8]

Gad played the role of Elder Cunningham in the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, playing the role until his last performance on June 6, 2012. The show opened at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on March 24, 2011.[9] Gad was nominated for the 2011 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, along with his co-star Andrew Rannells.[10] Both lost to Norbert Leo Butz of Catch Me If You Can.

In 2011, Gad had a cameo appearance in ABC's hit show, Modern Family, in Season 3's Thanksgiving episode. In 2011, Gad voices "Mondo" in the MTV animated series Good Vibes. He also made an appearance as “Bump” in the 2011 comedy/road-trip feature Mardi Gras: Spring Break starring Carmen Electra.[11] In 2012, Gad voiced the molehog Louis in Ice Age: Continental Drift. He also played the role of "Bear Claw" on an episode of New Girl. In 2012, Gad starred in the independent romantic comedy, She Wants Me, executive produced by Charlie Sheen also starring Kristen Ruhlin, Melonie Diaz, and Hilary Duff.

As of January 2013, he appears as Skip Gilchrist in NBC's 1600 Penn, of which he is also a co-creator and executive producer.[citation needed] Also in 2013, Gad played Andrew (Headphones) in the film The Internship and starred as Steve Wozniak in the film Jobs, about the life of the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Gad will star in Zach Braff's upcoming film Wish I Was Here. The announcement was made on May 14, 2013 on the film's Kickstarter page. Gad will play the main character's brother. He also voiced Olaf the snowman in the Walt Disney Animation Studios film Frozen, where Gad re-collaborated with co-songwriter Robert Lopez from The Book of Mormon. He was a guest voice on Phineas and Ferb in 2014.

On August 5, 2013, it was announced that Gad will play Sam Kinison in a biopic written by Rich Wilkes and directed by Larry Charles.[12] In December 2013, Gad will star and co-write the film version of Gilligan's Island.[13] In April 2014, Gad and Ryan Dixon will be development a live action family adventure/comedy for Disney.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Gad married actress Ida Darvish in 2008. The couple has two daughters, Ava and Isabelle.[15] He is also the godfather of Bryce Dallas Howard and Seth Gabel's son, Theo.[16] Although Gad loves the traditional aspects of Judaism, he considers himself spiritual but not in any way religious.[1]



2002Mary and JoeAngel
2007Watching the DetectivesMark
RazortoothJay Wells
The RockerMatt
2009Waiting to Die TommorowSimonTV movie
No HeroicsHorseforceTV Movie
Crossing OverHowie
2010MarmadukeBandana DogVoice only
Love & Other DrugsJosh Randall
2011Mardi Gras: Spring BreakBartholomew T. "Bump" Brown
2012She Wants MeSam Baum
Ice Age: Continental DriftLouisVoice only
Thanks for SharingNeil
2013The InternshipHeadphones
JobsSteve Wozniak
FrozenOlafVoice only
2014Wish I Was Here
2015The Wedding RingerPost-Production
2016PixelsVoice only


Writing for USA Today[edit]

Gad wrote an article for USA Today which appeared on page 2D on August 12, 2013. It was titled: "Technology pundit (for a day)".[17]


  1. ^ a b Eric Spitznagel (June 9, 2011). "Josh Gad Has No Formal Musical Training and Five-to-Two Odds That He’ll Win the Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Ellen Gamerman. "A Missionary From the Borscht Belt". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Josh Gad Talks "Gigi: Almost American," "The Book Of Mormon," And Physical Comedy". Complex. March 25, 2011. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ Matt Tobey (6 May 2009). "Josh Gad on the Daily Show". Comedy Central. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Daily Show November 11, 2009". The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Season 14. Episode 145. 11 November 2009. 12 minutes in. Comedy Central.
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  7. ^ "Freddie Prinze Jr. cast in 'No Heroics". The Hollywood Reporter. March 18, 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2011. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Scrubs Renewed for Season 9". IGN. 14 May 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "About the Show". The Book of Mormon Musical. 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  10. ^ BWW Staff writers (May 3, 2011). "2011 Tony Nominations Announced! 'The Book of Mormon' Leads With 14!". Broadway World. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  11. ^ Covering Media
  12. ^ "Josh Gad to Headline Kinison". CraveOnline. August 5, 2013. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  13. ^ Warner Bros Sets ‘Gilligan’s Island’ As Star Feature Vehicle For Josh Gad
  14. ^ "Josh Gad Developing Family Comedy-Adventure Film At Disney". Deadline. Retrieved April 23, 2014. 
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  16. ^ Erin Hill (June 14, 2011). "Bryce Dallas Howard: I've Always Wanted My Dad to Direct Me". Parade. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  17. ^ Josh Gad's latest role: Technology pundit (for a day). (2013-08-11). Retrieved on 2013-08-24.

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