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Andrew Rannells

Andrew Rannells

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1978-08-23 (42 years old)

12 Movies · 14 TV Series

Biography

Andrew Scott Rannells was born on August 23, 1978 in the city of Omaha (Nebraska), in the United States. He studied in the Creighton Preparatory School in his hometown, and after finishing secondary, briefly attended Marymount Manhattan College. Throughout his career, Rannells won a Grammy Award and was nominated for the Tony Awards. He is known for his portrayal as Elder Price in the 2011 Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon", for which he received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. He won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album as a featured soloist on the musical's original Broadway cast recording. His other credits on Broadway include the works of "Jersey Boys" as Bob Gaudio and "Hairspray", as Link Larkin. Andrew began his career in film and television in the mid-90's, developed primarily as a voice artist. Between the numerous animated series in which he has worked, titles are counted as "Street Sharks", "One Piece", "Yugio: Duel Monsters", "Yu-Gi-Oh!", "Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776", "Shaman Kingu," Kakutou ryouri densetsu bistro recipe", " Cubix, "Sonic X", Robots for Everyone", "Pokémon" and" Shukan Pok mon hosokyoku ". Rannells played the role of Elijah Krantz on the HBO series "Girls" and had the leading role of Bryan Buckley in the NBC series "The New Normal". Andrew also filmed some feature films - he had a brief participation in "Sex and the City 2" (2010), and a role of starring in the comedy starring Kirsten Dunst, "Bachelorette" (2012). In 2014, Rannells filled in as a replacement for Hedwig in the rock musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch". A year later, Rannells briefly played the role of King George III in the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton". He soon secured the role of Whizzer Brown in the Broadway revival of "Falsettos", directed by James Lapine. In 2018, Rannells portrayed the role of Larry in the Broadway musical "The Boys in the Band", alongside other notable actors. He is currently playing the role of Blair Pfaff in the American comedy series "Black Monday" on Showtime.

Personal Life

Rannells is openly gay. Rannells has said he has known he is gay since high school. He came out to his family when he was eighteen, and by then they had already figured it out. He also came out to his theater friends, but not at the all-boys Catholic school. As of 2014, he lives in New York City after temporarily residing in Los Angeles to film The New Normal. Since 2019, he has been in a relationship with actor Tuc Watkins.

Early Life

Rannells was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Charlotte and Ronald Rannells. He is the fourth of five siblings, with three sisters and an older brother. His ancestry is Polish and Irish.Rannells attended Our Lady of Lourdes grade school in Omaha, and then Creighton Preparatory School, an all-boys Roman Catholic school in Omaha. His family lived in the Hanscom Park neighborhood in Omaha.As a child, he took classes at the Emmy Gifford Children's Theater and performed at the Omaha Community Playhouse and the Firehouse Dinner Theatre and the Dundee Dinner Theatre.Rannells was 11 when he acted in his first play. He did community theater with fellow Omahan and Creighton Prep alumnus Conor Oberst. He did voice-over work and commercials, including a 1996 Grease spoof with Amy Adams.Rannells moved to New York City in 1997 after high school, studying theater at Marymount Manhattan College for two years before he started auditioning full-time and began landing roles.

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