March 26, 1985 (38)
Jonathan Groff is an American actor and singer, celebrated for his portrayal of Melchior Gabor in the Broadway rock musical ‘Spring Awakening.’ His gripping performances have graced both stage and screen, leading him to become a beloved figure in modern musical theatre and a respected actor in the film and television industry.
Groff’s career began on Broadway, where he originated the role of Melchior Gabor in ‘Spring Awakening.’ This performance, combining raw emotion with a powerful vocal range, earned him his first Tony Award nomination. Following this success, Groff turned his talents to the screen, landing a role in the popular television show ‘Glee,’ where he portrayed the charismatic yet manipulative lead vocalist of rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline, Jesse St. James. More recently, Groff voiced the character of Kristoff in the Disney animated blockbuster ‘Frozen’ and its sequel, charming audiences worldwide. Additionally, Groff demonstrated his range in the critically acclaimed Netflix series ‘Mindhunter,’ where he skillfully embodied the complex character of FBI agent Holden Ford.
Groff’s career has been marked by significant collaborations with other esteemed artists. Perhaps most notably, he worked closely with Lin-Manuel Miranda, both in ‘Hamilton’ on Broadway, playing the role of King George III, and in the Disney film adaptation of Miranda’s earlier work, ‘In the Heights.’ Groff has also collaborated with Lea Michele, his ‘Spring Awakening’ co-star, on both the Broadway stage and in ‘Glee.’ He has shared the screen with renowned actors like David Fincher in ‘Mindhunter,’ and Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell in ‘Frozen.’ Furthermore, Groff has worked alongside notable theatre talents like John Gallagher Jr. and Michael Mayer in ‘Spring Awakening,’ and with esteemed actors like Anna Torv and Holt McCallany in ‘Mindhunter.’
Throughout his career, Groff has garnered significant recognition for his performances. His role in ‘Spring Awakening’ earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical in 2007. He was nominated once again in 2016 for his comedic yet compelling portrayal of King George III in ‘Hamilton.’ On screen, Groff’s performance in ‘Mindhunter’ was recognized with a Satellite Award nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series. And it wasn’t just critics who appreciated his work; the actor also won the hearts of fans, evidenced by his win for Broadway.com’s Audience Award for Favorite Funny Performance for his role in ‘Hamilton.’