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Date Of BirthMarch 26, 1985
FactStarring in "The Singing Forest" at The Public Theater, New York City. [April 2009]


Who is Jonathan Groff from “Glee”, And What Is He Doing Now?

Jonathan Drew Groff was born under the zodiac sign of Aries on 26 March 1986, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania USA, and so is 31 years old. Jonathon is best known as the actor who provided voice recordings for “Frozen”, and additionally worked on a renowned TV series, “Glee”, in which he portrayed Jesse St. James. Jonathan. As of mid-2018, the actor is working on “Mindhunter”, another acclaimed series.

Net Worth

So just how rich is Jonathan Groff as of mid-2018? According to authoritative sources, this actor has a net worth of over $3 million, accumulated from his career in the previously mentioned field. He hasn’t disclosed any information regarding his assets such as houses and cars.

Early Life and Family

Jonathan was born to Julie and Jim Groff and has one older brother, named David, and, despite being born in Lancaster, he was raised in Ronks, and spent his formative years there, in a Methodist family. Speaking about that, the actor said that his family is conservative and had strong values, which is also how he grew up. However, he added that his parents would always encourage him and his brother to be happy with what they were doing. He is a first cousin of James Wolpert, a contestant of “The Voice”.
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Is He Single? Personal Life

Jonathan publicly came out as gay in October 2009 during the National Equality March, and from through 2010 he dated a fellow actor Zachary Quinto. In 2015, he was honored by the Point Foundation with the Point Horizon award, in recognition of his advocacy for the LGBT community. In his early 20s, the actor faced melanoma skin cancer, but has managed to overcome it. The actor is, however, generally secretive about his private life, and isn’t active on any social media. In one interview, the actor jokingly said that he did have AOL Instant Messenger when he was in middle school, but stated that the idea of “curating his life seems like so much work”. Speaking about his sexuality, he said that there’s kind of a gift in being gay, because you have to express yourself once you come out, adding that it becomes a muscle for someone who doesn’t like conflict and comes from a background where no one talks about their feelings. “It’s forced me to be more expressive than I would be naturally”.

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Career

Groff made his debut with the role of Henry Mackler in “One Life to Live”, and after working on 11 episodes of the series, went on to join “Pretty/ Handsome”, the movie which follows the story of a father who comes out to his wife and children as transsexual; his performance contributed  to the generally positive reviews from critics and the audience. As of 2010, the actor began playing Jesse St. James in “Glee”, a worldwide popular TV series, which has won four Golden Globe awards in addition to winning numerous others. Groff continued working on the series over the course of the following five years, appearing as a recurring character. In 2012, Jonathan landed the role of Ian Todd in “Boss”, an acclaimed crime drama series, working with actors such as Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen and Hannah Ware, and in the next year starred in “C.O.G”. In the same year, Groff provided voice recordings for the role of Kristoff in “Frozen”, one of Disney’s most successful animated movies, which in addition to winning numerous awards including two Oscars, was nominated for a BAFTA Children’s Award, EDA Female Focus Award, and ACCA.

Latter Career

In 2015 Jonathan worked on “O.T.P”, which received generally positive response, opposite Laura Jordan and Peter Graham. In 2016, he provided voice recordings for Kristoff in “Lego Frozen Northern Lights”, and in the same year played Patrick Murray, the main character of “Looking”, an appraised TV movie which focuses on his character as he returns to San Francisco looking for closure regarding some of his relationships. In 2017, Groff joined “Mindhunter”, a successful TV series about two FBI agents who try to solve crimes by exploring the psychology of murder; in the series he plays the main character, opposite Holt McCallany. Jonathan will also provide voice recordings for the 30th season premiere of “The Simpsons” on Fox, due for release on 30 September 2018.

Singing Career

In addition to being an actor, Groff is also a musician, and contributed to numerous recordings such as “Spring Awakening (Original Broadway Cast Recording)” in 2006, “Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna”, “Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers” and “Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals”, all in 2010. His latest recordings include “36 Questions: Songs from Act 1 – EP”.

Friendship with Lea Michele

Jonathan is close friends with “Glee” co-star, Lea Michele. As she stated, the actor will play a special part at her wedding, and will be her maid of honor. The two met when they filmed “Spring Awakening”, which earned Groff a nomination for a Tony Award, and an everlasting friendship with Michele.

General Info

Full NameJonathan Groff
Date Of BirthMarch 26, 1985
Height1.8 m
ProfessionSinger-songwriter, Actor
EducationConestoga Valley High School
NationalityAmerican

Family

ParentsJim Groff, Julie Groff
SiblingsDavid Groff

Accomplishments

AwardsGrammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, Obie Award for Performance
NominationsTony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
MoviesLooking: The Movie, Frozen Fever, American Sniper, The Normal Heart, Frozen, C.O.G., Glee Encore, The Conspirator, Twelve Thirty, Taking Woodstock, Sophie
TV ShowsLooking, Glee, Boss, Mindhunter

Social profile links

Quotes

#Quote
1[on appearing as Patrick Murray on 'Looking'] One of the cool things about the show is that no one's having a 'coming out' story. My character is 29, and that's the youngest of the ensemble. Most characters are in their 30s and 40s. It's a show with gay characters, but no one's grappling with their sexuality. One of the most successful gay movies ever is 'Brokeback Mountain', where the story is basically two gay men who are both devastated by the fact that they're gay and they're in love with each other. In this show everybody's completely fine with the fact they're gay, and so the issues become about their relationships and work. Hopefully it becomes even more relatable to people who aren't gay.
2[on performing intimate incidents on 'Looking'] Without fail, there was at least one moment of every script where I would grab my hair and be like,'Oh, god, I can't believe I have to do that'. Most of is social anxiety and awkwardness.
3I love the cultural and class difference between Richie and Patrick. It's really interesting and I think also a universal issue of people finding themselves in relationships, gay or straight..There's a Mexican-Cuban dynamic which is really interesting in the reflection of the Latino community. I personally wasn't aware of it until it was written into the show.
4[on working with Andrew Haigh] He has a very specific way of creating naturalism on set - he's not precious about the writing of scenes. If something doesn't feel right he's like 'Just cut it or change it or whatever'. He's very laid back...He would encourage improv into the scene - cut that one line that didn't sound right, and improv at the end - and it ends up becoming really in the moment, which is really exciting and taught me a lot as an actor.
5Just follow your joy. Always. I think that if you do that, life will take you on the course that it's meant to take you. Which is - maybe you're meant to be an actor. Maybe you're meant to be a director. Maybe you're meant to be a producer. Maybe you're meant to be a teacher. But if you just just sort of follow that joy and really explore what excites you, then the rest will take care of itself.
6Don't let the world define you. In the world of acting, and I think in any profession really, people are really eager to put you in a box and categorize you as one particular thing. Make sure that you always follow your heart and your gut, and let yourself be who you want to be, and who you know you are. And don't let anyone steal your joy.

Facts

#Fact
1He is of German, and some Swiss-German, English, and Scottish, descent. He has deep roots in Pennsylvania on both sides of his family (Pennsylvania Dutch, the nickname for Germans in the state).
2Was in a relationship with fellow actor Zachary Quinto during 2012 till spring 2013.
3Gained a 5 inch scar on his biceps while shooting Glee (2009) because his dance partner for the "Bohemian Rhapsody" performance (in the season 1 finale) accidentally scarred him with her stilettos.
4in London starring in the play "Deathtrap" at the Noel Coward Theatre [September 2010]
5Playing Jesse in the 'back nine' of season one of Glee. [April 2010]
6Starring in "The Singing Forest" at The Public Theater, New York City. [April 2009]
7While Groff was raised Methodist, his father was raised Mennonite.
8Groff, along with other openly gay actors (including Sean Hayes and Neil Patrick Harris), was the target of a highly controversial April 2010 Newsweek article by Ramin Setoodeh that argued that gay actors aren't convincing playing straight characters. The article created a huge media backlash, with many public figures (including Groff and Hayes' co-star Kristin Chenoweth) decrying it as homophobic and defending Hayes', Harris', and Groff's performances as straight characters.
9He remains very good friends with his "Spring Awakening" co-star Lea Michele.
10Groff was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor for "Spring Awakening" in 2007.

Pictures

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mindhunter2017TV Series post-productionHolden Ford
Lego Frozen Northern Lights2016TV Mini-SeriesKristoff
Looking: The Movie2016TV MoviePatrick Murray
Looking2014-2015TV SeriesPatrick Murray
Glee2010-2015TV SeriesJesse St. James
Frozen Fever2015ShortKristoff (voice)
O.T.P.2015TV SeriesDennis
American Sniper2014Young Vet-Mads
The Normal Heart2014TV MovieCraig
Sophie2014/IIShortBen
Russian Broadway Shut Down2014ShortNikolai the Athlete
Frozen2013/IKristoff (voice)
C.O.G.2013David
Boss2012TV SeriesIan Todd
The Good Wife2012TV SeriesJimmy Fellner
The Conspirator2010Louis Weichmann
Twelve Thirty2010Jeff
Taking Woodstock2009Michael Lang
Pretty/Handsome2008TV MoviePatrick Fitzpayne
One Life to Live2007TV SeriesHenry Mackler

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Glee2010-2015TV Series performer - 8 episodes
Frozen Fever2015Short performer: "Making Today a Perfect Day"
The Making of Frozen2014Short performer: "The Making Of Frozen"
Looking2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
Frozen2013/Iperformer: "Reindeers Are Better Than People"
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2007TV Movie documentary performer: "Give My Regards to Broadway"
The 61st Annual Tony Awards2007TV Special performer: "The Bitch of Living", "Totally Fucked"

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Side by Side by Susan Blackwell2010TV Series special thanks - 3 episodes
Peace, Love and Cinema2009Documentary short thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Glee: Cast & Creators Live at the Paley Center2011VideoHimself
Peace, Love and Cinema2009Documentary shortHimself
The Battery's Down2008-2009TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2009TV SeriesHimself
Kyle Riabko: The Lead2009DocumentaryHimself / Melchior
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Working in the Theatre2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The 61st Annual Tony Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Nominee & Performer
Broadway: The Next Generation2018Documentary filmingHimself
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age2017Documentary post-productionHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV SeriesHimself
Hamilton's America2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
Today2007-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Live from the Red Carpet: The 2016 Tony Awards2016TV MovieHimself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2015TV SeriesHimself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2015TV SeriesHimself
Side by Side by Susan Blackwell2009-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2015TV SeriesHimself
Show People with Paul Wontorek2015TV SeriesHimself
The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming / Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming / Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking / ...
The 68th Annual Tony Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Broadway.com Show2014TV SeriesHimself
The Making of Frozen2014ShortHimself
Showing Up2014DocumentaryHimself
Good Day L.A.2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Frozen Special2013TV MovieHimself
The Standbys2012DocumentaryHimself
The Morning After2012TV Series shortHimself - Guest Celebrity
Guesting on Glee2011Video documentary shortHimself / Jesse St. James
The 56th Annual Drama Desk Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Presenter

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV SeriesHimself - Voting PSA
Some Jerk with a Camera2015TV SeriesKristoff from 'Frozen'
Glee Encore2011VideoJesse St. James

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2015CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsBest Ensemble - International CompetitionThe Normal Heart (2014)
2014BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Feature FilmFrozen (2013)
2014BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Feature FilmFrozen (2013)
2014NextyNewNowNext AwardsBest New Television ActorLooking (2014)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2015Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsComedy Lead ActorLooking (2014)
2014BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Feature FilmFrozen (2013)
2014Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsComedy Lead ActorLooking (2014)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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