Morrison at the Glee premiere party, Santa Monica, California, May 2009
|Born||Matthew James Morrison
October 30, 1978
Fort Ord, California,
Matthew James Morrison (born October 30, 1978) is an American musical theater and television actor. He is best known for starring in multiple Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including Link Larkin in Hairspray on Broadway, and most notably for his Golden Globe nominated role as Will Schuester on the Fox television show Glee. He has also received a Satellite Award for his portrayal.
Morrison was born in Fort Ord, California. The inspiration for his career as an actor steamed out of attending theatre camp as a child. Aside from acting in school plays and musicals, Matthew was also a soccer player and was elected prom king and as president of his high school.
He was educated at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and the Orange County High School of the Arts, while at the Los Alamitos High School campus. He is six feet tall and was given the nick name Matty Fresh.
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 The Rocky Horror Show. However, his big break came 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 and Hack. He also had small roles in films such as Marci X, Primary Colors, and Simply Funk. He followed up by performing the role of Sir Harry in the ABC-TV production of Once Upon a Mattress, starring Tracey Ullman and Carol Burnett.
In 2001 Matthew Morrison was recruited to complete the quartet for the band LMNT. He was replaced instead by Jonas Persch by the time their first album was released. He commented in an interview about his experience in the boy band, he said: "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."
In 2005 Morrison changed gears, playing the role of Fabrizio Nacarelli in Adam Guettel's The Light in the Piazza. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance. He left the show September 1, 2005.
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.
Morrison appeared in a benefit performance celebrating Andrew Lippa, and the 25th Anniversary of the performing troupe 'The Kids Next Door' at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, California in December 2006. 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.
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. That same year he appeared in two films: Dan in Real Life, followed by Music and Lyrics as Cora Corman's manager.
He recently finished starring in the Lincoln Center production of South Pacific as Lt. Cable. He has descended from Irish roots. Currently, Morrison plays Will Schuester in the Fox television series Glee, which had its television preview on May 19, 2009. He resumed his role in the show as the series premiered on September 9, 2009. He plays a high school Spanish teacher who takes on the task of restoring the school's glee club to its former glory. Fox have commissioned a second season of the show to air from fall 2010.
In addition, on January 14, 2010, it was announced that Morrison signed a solo record deal with Mercury Records. His first CD is due to be released in autumn 2010.
3 Wins and 6 Nominations
|Year||Album details||Peak positions||Certifications
|2009||"Gold Digger"||—||59||—||Glee: The Music, Volume 1|
|"Bust a Move"||93||—||78|
|"Don't Stand So Close to Me / Young Girl"||64||—||67||Glee: The Music, Volume 2|
|1998||"Primary Colors (film)"||Featured|
|2003||"Marci X"||Boyz R Us (As Matthew J. Morrison)|
|2007||"Music and Lyrics"||Ray|
|"Dan in Real Life"||Policeman|
|"I Think I Love My Wife"||Salesman #2|
|2009||"Taking Chance"||Robert Ruse|
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