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Howard McGillin (born November 5, 1953, Los Angeles, California) is a two-time Tony Award nominated stage, screen and television actor, perhaps best-known for being the world's longest running Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera.

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Education and Early Career

A graduate of University of California at Santa Barbara, McGillin began his career on television, working as a contract player for Universal Studios. In the early 1980s he moved to New York with the intention of pursuing a career on Broadway. He was quickly cast as one of the male leads in the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of La Boheme, which starred Linda Ronstadt.

Later Career

Other featured and leading roles on Broadway soon followed. Often considered a "tall, dark and handsome" leading man, McGillin originated the role of John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood at the Imperial Theatre; for his performance he was nominated for a 1986 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. He earned a second Tony nomination in 1988 for his portrayal of Billy Crocker in the Broadway revival of Cole Porter's Anything Goes. McGillin starred in the award-winning West End revival of Mack & Mabel in 1995 and sings on the cast album recording.

Off-Broadway, McGillin originated a leading role in the world premiere of Stephen Sondheim's 2003 musical Bounce and was featured in the Encores! production of the Ziegfeld Follies of 1936. He has performed in many concerts in the United States and abroad, including a production of Sondheim's Follies that was preserved and released on video and DVD.

McGillin has continued to perform in television and film as a voice-over artist. He supplied the singing voice of Gregory in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, has recorded many books on tape, and narrates the PBS series Nature. McGillin also provided the voice for Prince Derek in the 1994 animated film The Swan Princess.

McGillin holds the record for the most performances by an actor in the title role of the musical The Phantom of the Opera (official title: "World's Longest Running Phantom") and was part of the musical when it became the longest-running production in Broadway history on January 9, 2006, and its twenty-first anniversary on January 26, 2009. Six months later, on July 25, McGillin played his last performance in the role, marking his 2,544th show. Fellow cast member, George Lee Andrews, led a short goodbye to McGillin which concluded with each cast member handing McGillin a red rose.

McGillin has released one solo CD, Where Time Stands Still. He has contributed to numerous cast recordings, including those of The Mystery of Edwin Drood]], Anything Goes, Kiss of the Spider Woman (second cast recording) and Bounce.

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