Cheyenne David Jackson is an American actor and singer. He is best known for his roles in the musicals Thoroughly Modern Millie and Aida. He has also appeared in film and television roles. He was replaced by Scott Porter for the Off-Broadway run of Altar Boyz. Jackson's first leading role on Broadway was in All Shook Up (2005) Since then, he has starred in The Agony & the Agony (2006), Xanadu (2007), Damn Yankees (2008), Finian's Rainbow (2011), The Heart of the Matter (2012), and The Performers (2013) He also had a leading role in the 2014 independent romantic comedy ensemble, Mutual Friends. He has released three albums of popular music, including a joint album called The Power of Two with Michael Feinstein in 2008. In 2012, Jackson released two singles, "Drive" and "Before You", from his 2013 album I'm Blue, Skies. He also performs in cabaret. In 2016, Jackson released his third studio album, Renaissance. He also stars as Hades in the Descendants 3, along with actors Booboo Stewart, Cameron Boyce, Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson with Director Kenny Ortega. In 2020, he reunited with Descendant alumni ortega and Stewart in Netflix's Julie and the Phantoms.
Jackson made his Broadway debut understudying both male leads in the Tony Award-winning musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. In 2005, he originated his first Broadway leading role in the musical All Shook Up, a tribute to Elvis Presley. His performance as Chad earned him much critical praise, the Theatre World Award, and nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor. In 2006, he starred off-Broadway in playwright Nicky Silver's The Agony. In June 2007, less than a week before the scheduled opening night, Jackson assumed the lead role of Sonny on Broadway in Xanadu. His performance as Sonny earned him nominations from the Drama League and Drama Desk for Outstanding Lead Actor. In 2008, Jackson joined Jane Krakowski and Sean Hayes in the New York City Center's Encores! production of Damn Yankees. Jackson also starred in the development workshop of The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Robert Lopez. In October 2009, Jackson opened on Broadway to positive critical reviews reprising the role of Woody Mahoney in the Broadway revival of the 1947 musical Finian's Rainbow. Jackson joined Morgan Freeman, Ellen Barkin, Matt Bomer, Christine Lahti, and John Lithgow as part of the premier Broadway Cast of Dustin Lance Black's new play 8. In June 2012, Jackson starred opposite Krysten Ritter in Neil LaBute's The Heart of The Matter produced by MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. In the 2012-2013 Broadway season, Jackson, Henry Winkler, Alicia Silverstone, Daniel Breaker, Jenni Barber and Ari Graynor starred in David West Read's play The Performers. Broadway producers cited the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the box office as the primary reason for the show's early closing. In films, Jackson most notably portrayed 9/11 victim and hero Mark Bingham in the 2006 Academy Award nominated United 93. He has also appeared in several other films including: Curiosity (2005), Hysteria (2010), Smile (2011) The Green (opposite Julia Ormond and Illeana Douglas), and 2012 Sundance Film Festival selection Price Check (with Parker Posey) Jackson had a lead role in the film version of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks in 2014. He also appeared in the independent films Mutual Friends (2013), Lucky Stiff (2014) and A Beautiful Now (2015) More recently, he played Hades in the Disney Channel original movie Descendants 3 (2019) Jackson made his guest-starring debut on the long-running NBC series Law & Order in an episode entitled "Innocence" In 2008, Jackson played series lead Sebastian Kinglare for the Lifetime Television pilot Family Practice opposite Anne Archer and Beau Bridges. In 2010, Jackson filmed a sitcom pilot for ABC-TV called It Takes a Village. The series was not picked up for distribution. Jackson also appeared in the fifth season of American Horror Story as one of the leads alongside Lady Gaga and Matt Bomer. He appeared on the 9th season of RuPaul's Drag Race (season 9, episode 3) alongside the RuPaul, Todrick Hall, Michelle Visage, and Carson Kressley. He popped up for a mini challenge in season 10, episode 11 where he judges and decides which dragged out pancake was the best. Jackson has starred in several notable webisode series including Cubby Bernstein opposite Nathan Lane, Legally Brown with Allison Janney, and The [title of show] Show from the meta-fictional Broadway musical [Title of Show]. In 2020, Jackson portrayed Max in the Fox comedy series Call Me Kat opposite Mayim Bialik and Kyla Pratt. He also appeared in the tenth episode of Season 2 of Sense8 as Blake Huntington. The Power of Two, a concert reuniting Jackson and Feinstein, was presented at Carnegie Hall on October 29, 2010. Jackson was the guest artist performing with the New York Pops in concert, Cheyenne Jackson's Cocktail Hour: Music of the Mad Men Era, on November 18, 2011. In March 2012, Jackson was signed to Sony/ATV publishing as a songwriter. On July 10, 2012, Jackson released his second single I'm Blue, Skies, "Before You," also produced by Salter. The music video for the single was directed by Nick Everhart and also stars Rachel Dratch and Christina Cole. In 2013, he released three singles "She's Pretty, She Lies", "Look at Me" and "I'm Blue Skies" followed in 2015. On June 3, 2016, Jackson released his new album, Renaissance, an album on the PS Classics record label. The album is adapted and expanded from his solo concert Music of the Mad Men Era. Jackson's new album is on PS Classics, a record label owned by Sony Music.
Jackson is gay. He and Monte Lapka, a physicist, began dating in 2000 and married on September 3, 2011 in New York City. In July 2013, they announced plans to divorce. Jackson is gay, Lapka is a physicist. The couple have two children. In October 2013, Jackson announced he was dating actor Jason Landau on his official Instagram account. They announced their engagement in February 2014, and married in Encino, California, in September 2014. Jackson and Landau welcomed twins, a girl and boy, in October 2016. They filed for divorce in September 2013.
Jackson was born at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Washington, on July 12, 1975. He was named by his father after the 1950s Western series Cheyenne. The third of four children, he was raised in Oldtown, Idaho, a "teeny mill town" in northern Idaho. Jackson grew up in a rural home that had an outhouse and no running water. His mother taught Jackson, his sister, and two brothers to sing and regularly played music by Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley at home. He moved to Spokane as a teenager. After the September 11 attacks, he moved to New York City to pursue his dream of being an actor. "As soon as I found out what theater was, what Broadway was, I thought, 'Oh, that's what I'll do with my life' Just a matter of getting all the pieces in place" "It gave me the urgency. It gave me an urgency," he says. "It was like I had to do something about it. It was like an urgent call to action" He says: "It's like a call to arms. It's like I have to get out now"
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