Matthew Morrison
Actor
Matthew Morrison
Matthew James Morrison is an American actor, dancer, musician, and singer-songwriter. He is best known for starring in multiple Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including his portrayal of Link Larkin in Hairspray on Broadway, and most notably for his Emmy and Golden Globe nominated role as Will Schuester on the Fox television show Glee (2009–present). He has also received a Satellite Award for this role.
Biography
Matthew Morrison's personal information overview.
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Life after 'Glee': Matthew Morrison on his dream role and his national concert tour
LATimes - about 2 months
A pained frown raced along Matthew Morrison's brow. This wasn't the terrorized expression of horror we recall from the hit TV show "Glee" when his Mr. Schuester was under attack by his archenemy gym coach played by Jane Lynch. Nor the exaggerated, fierce scowl he sported recently on a Broadway...
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Matthew Morrison to Make First-Time Appearance at Rainbow Room
ABC News - 4 months
Matthew Morrison will take the stage at New York's iconic venue.
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ArtsBeat: Tony Yazbeck Will be the New J.M. Barrie in ‘Finding Neverland’
NYTimes - about 1 year
Tony Yazbeck will replace Matthew Morrison in “Finding Neverland.”
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'Glee' star Matthew Morrison to leave Broadway show
Yahoo News - about 1 year
NEW YORK (AP) — Matthew Morrison is giving himself the hook on Broadway.
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ArtsBeat: Matthew Morrison Is Leaving ‘Neverland’
NYTimes - about 1 year
No replacement has been named for the part of J.M. Barrie.
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Michelle Obama Brings Broadway To The White House
Huffington Post - over 1 year
First Lady Michelle Obama hosted an event on Monday honoring some of the best performing arts students from around the country, inviting some special celebrity guests to hold panels and workshops for the students. "We always think that there’s a good reason to invite a bunch of talented young people to the White House to make sure they know how special they are. The President and I and everyone on this stage, we know how extraordinary you guys are," she told the students. "And these folks are here today to honor you and to hopefully inspire you. They’re also here with an important message for you about what it takes to succeed, not just on Broadway, but in life." Obama also showed off some of her dance moves with singer Gloria Estefan and choreographer Sergio Trujillo, who taught one of the workshops. Actors Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Morrison and Whoopi Goldberg, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and Broadway legends Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Schwartz also joined th ...
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Michelle Obama Brings Broadway To The White House
Huffington Post - over 1 year
First Lady Michelle Obama hosted an event on Monday honoring some of the best performing arts students from around the country, inviting some special celebrity guests to hold panels and workshops for the students. "We always think that there’s a good reason to invite a bunch of talented young people to the White House to make sure they know how special they are. The President and I and everyone on this stage, we know how extraordinary you guys are," she told the students. "And these folks are here today to honor you and to hopefully inspire you. They’re also here with an important message for you about what it takes to succeed, not just on Broadway, but in life." Obama also showed off some of her dance moves with singer Gloria Estefan and choreographer Sergio Trujillo, who taught one of the workshops. Actors Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Morrison and Whoopi Goldberg, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and Broadway legends Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Schwartz also joined th ...
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<i>Finding Neverland</i>: Family-friendly
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
As someone who once thought he'd spend his career writing about the stage (instead of film), I don't get to see nearly as much theater as I would like. So I gladly accepted an invitation to see Finding Neverland, which opened last week on Broadway, in order to write about it. (Full disclosure: Finding Neverland is produced by Weinstein Live Entertainment. I'm currently finishing a documentary that was funded by the Weinstein Company.) Directed by Diane Paulus, the musical is based on a 2004 Oscar-nominated movie, about the playwright J.M. Barrie, who wrote Peter Pan. It's 1904 and Barrie (Matthew Morrison) has just opened his latest play -- which everyone agrees isn't as good as his previous ones. His American producer, Charles Frohman (Kelsey Grammer), assumes it's just a fluke, that Barrie's next will be a hit -- because he needs it to be. Barrie, however, isn't so sure. He feels trapped writing the same drawing-room comedies -- but it takes an encounter with a group o ...
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The Enchantment of <i>Finding Neverland</i>
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
At heart, Finding Neverland, now charming audiences at the Lunt-Fontaine Theater on Broadway, is about the creation of theater: This is the backstory to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. Following closely enough to the Johnny Depp-starring movie, the Broadway musical begins with J.M. Barrie's colossal writing block when the playwright (Matthew Morrison) is past deadline with theater impresario Charles Frohman (Kelsey Grammer). Among the many joys in this musical is seeing the backstage shenanigans of actors who, quite frankly, need the work Barrie fails to deliver. Where can the writer find inspiration? A man who won't grow up, he finds it in the park with the Llewelyn Davies boys, including Peter (Aidan Gemme for the opening) and their lovely if ailing mother (Laura Michelle Kelly). Finding Neverland relies on viewers' familiarity with the story of Tinkerbell, Peter, his Lost Boys, Nana, and the loquacious Captain Hook. On opening night the ushers said the house is packed for every performan ...
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Matthew Morrison Admits He Doesn't Miss 'Glee'
ABC News - almost 2 years
The actor said his playing the same part for so long got "kind of tedious."
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Chace Crawford Joins Glee for Show's 100th Episode: Details on His Character
US Magazine - about 3 years
From Gossip Girl to Glee! Chace Crawford will appear on the hit fox series' special 100th episode, a source confirmed to Us Weekly on Friday, Jan. 10 -- and he's playing a love interest! The insider tells Us that the actor "will play Dianna Agron's boyfriend, whom she brings back to Lima to meet her friends." PHOTOS: Glee's hottest guest stars While the hunky star, best known for his role as Nate Archibald on CW series Gossip Girl, has plenty of experience acting, the insider says unlike the rest of the cast, "his character will not be singing -- as of now." As E! News reported Friday, Jan. 10, Crawford has a role on the show's 100th episode, which will air in two parts on March 18 and the following Tuesday. PHOTOS: The love lives of Glee "Chace is excited to work with [series co-creator] Ryan Murphy and his longtime friend Matthew Morrison," the insider tells Us. "He knows most of the other cast as well." Former Glee stars expected to return for the special episode i ...
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Matthew Morrison Talks Wedding Plans
Access Hollywood - about 3 years
Matthew Morrison is headed down the aisle with Renee Puente and the “Glee” star is sharing details about his upcoming big day.
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'Glee' Will Likely End With A Bang, Matthew Morrison Says
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Matthew Morrison thinks Ryan Murphy will end "Glee" with a "bang." The star of the Fox series was on HuffPost Live to discuss his new holiday album, "A Classic Christmas," which will be released on November 19th, and discussed the upcoming conclusion of "Glee." "Ryan Murphy always has a very high concept of what he wants to do," Morrison said in the video above. "I think he'll probably want to end this show with a bang, with something really special and different ... I think it's going to be special no matter what it is and I think it's going to be something that we haven't seen before and completely different." Murphy previously told reporters that his original "Glee" ending involved Cory Monteith's character Finn Hudson and Lea Michele's Rachel Berry. "The whole [last] year of the show -- which will be next year -- was really designed around Rachel-Cory/Finn story," Murphy said, according to EW. "I always knew that. I always knew how it would end. I knew what the last shot wa ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Matthew Morrison
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 36
    Morrison returned to Broadway as J.M. Barrie in the new musical, Finding Neverland, which opened in April 2015.
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    From March 2015 to January 2016, Morrison starred in the lead role of J.M. Barrie in the Broadway production of Finding Neverland.
    More Details Hide Details Morrison was born in Fort Ord, California, the son of Mary and Tom Morrison. He was raised in Orange County, and is of Scottish heritage. He was part of the Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21) and the Orange County High School of the Arts, while at the Los Alamitos High School campus. While in high school, Morrison did a musical with actress Jodie Sweetin. He attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for two years before dropping out and joining the Broadway adaptation of Footloose. By freshman year of college Morrison already was a regular performer on Broadway. He states in Details "There were all these beautiful, beautiful dancers. As a straight guy I had some room. There were the shared interests in singing and dancing, and I always find dancing with someone very erotic and sexual. I definitely hooked up with a lot of girls when I was a young guy on Broadway. It was fun, I guess. Very joyous and free."
  • 2014
    Age 35
    Morrison and Puente were married on October 18, 2014 at a private home on the island of Maui.
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  • 2013
    Age 34
    On June 27, 2013, Elton John helped Morrison announce that Morrison and Puente were engaged.
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    On June 4, 2013, 222 Records released Morrison's second studio album, Where It All Began.
    More Details Hide Details July 7, 2016, Matthew appeared alongside Megan Hilty in a summer evening of Broadway and other songs with The New York Pops at the Forest Hills Stadium in Forest Hills, Queens.
    On April 28, 2013, Morrison made his first major appearance in the UK as a guest performer at the 2013 Laurence Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House in London.
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    A Morrison concert at Connecticut's Bushnell Center was recorded by PBS and scheduled to air in spring 2013.
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  • 2012
    Age 33
    In March 2012, Morrison was featured in a performance of Dustin Lance Black's play, '8' — a staged reenactment of the federal trial that overturned California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage — as Paul Katami.
    More Details Hide Details The production was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and broadcast on YouTube to raise money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
  • 2011
    Age 32
    In 2011, Morrison began dating Renee Puente.
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    Morrison was on the cover of the June 2011 issue of MetroSource.
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    His first single, "Summer Rain", premiered on Ryan Seacrest's website on February 28, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Additionally, a duet of "Over the Rainbow" with Gwyneth Paltrow appears on the self-titled album. On June 16, 2010, Morrison joined Leona Lewis — appearing at London's O2 Arena as part of her world tour — for a one-off performance to sing "Over the Rainbow".
    His first studio album was released on May 10, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Morrison duets with Elton John on "a medley of 'Mona Lisas and Madhatters' going into 'Rocket Man'".
  • 2010
    Age 31
    In addition on January 14, 2010, it was announced that Morrison signed a solo record deal with Mercury Records.
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  • 2009
    Age 30
    He resumed his role in the show as the series premiered on September 9, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details He plays a high school Spanish teacher who takes on the task of restoring the school's glee club to its former glory. Morrison also appeared in the show's second season. He returned for the third season, which premiered on September 20, 2011. He made his directorial debut in the third season's ninth episode.
    Morrison played Will Schuester in the Fox Broadcasting television series Glee, which had its television preview on May 19, 2009.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2008
    Age 29
    He left the production at the end of 2008 and in early 2009 returned to California to shoot the first season of Glee.
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    In 2008, he played Lieutenant Cable in a Lincoln Center production of the musical South Pacific.
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  • 2007
    Age 28
    He earned a Drama Desk Nomination for his role in the Off Broadway show 10 Million Miles which ran at the Atlantic Theater Company in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details That same year he appeared in two films: Dan in Real Life, followed by Music and Lyrics as Cora Corman's manager.
  • 2006
    Age 27
    While working on a Broadway production together, Morrison briefly dated future Glee co-star Lea Michele. Morrison became engaged to actress Chrishell Stause on December 9, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Their relationship later ended.
    Morrison appeared in a benefit performance celebrating Andrew Lippa, and the 25th Anniversary of the performing troupe 'The Kids in the Hall' at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, California in December 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The performance benefited The California Conservatory of the Arts, a non-profit arts education organization focusing on pre-professional training for young students, grades six through twelve, in Orange County, California.
    Morrison joined the cast of the CBS soap opera, As the World Turns, as Adam Munson on October 24, 2006, but left abruptly soon after due to a "scheduling conflict," last airing on the soap on November 27.
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  • 2005
    Age 26
    He left the show August 28, 2005.
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    In 2005 Morrison changed gears, playing the role of Fabrizio Nacarelli in Adam Guettel's The Light in the Piazza.
    More Details Hide Details He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance.
  • 2002
    Age 23
    Morrison starred in the Original Cast of the musical Hairspray as Link Larkin from its opening in 2002 through January 2004.
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    Morrison's career began when he made his musical theatre debut on Broadway in the musical version of Footloose, followed by a revival of The Rocky Horror Show in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details His big break came, however, when he landed the role of Link Larkin in the Broadway production of John Waters', Hairspray. After performing in the role for some time, he started working in television, guest-starring on shows such as Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs, CSI: Miami and Hack. He also had small roles in films such as Marci X, Primary Colors, Music and Lyrics, and Simply Funk. He followed up these performances by performing the role of Sir Harry in the ABC-TV production of Once Upon a Mattress, starring Tracey Ullman, Zooey Deschanel and Carol Burnett.
  • 2001
    Age 22
    In 2001, Morrison was recruited to complete the quartet for the band LMNT.
    More Details Hide Details He was replaced instead by Jonas Persch by the time its first album was released. He commented in an interview about his experience in the boy band by remarking, "It was the worst year of my life. You know when you're a performer and you're out there on stage and you're embarrassed that you're doing something wrong. It was pretty bad." Matthew Morrison also was a member of Buena Park Youth theater, located at Buena Park
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Born
    Born on October 30, 1978.
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