Matthew James Morrison is an American actor, singer and dancer.
Born on October 30th 1978, in Fort Ord., California, he was first introduced to the performing arts in 5th grade, when he first approached children’s theater while vacationing at his aunts’ in Arizona.
It was after this experience that Matthew decided to pursue theater. He went on to audition and attend Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA), which he still regards as his alma mater.
Being both a very good soccer player and an extremely talented performer, in his junior year of high school he had to decide which path to follow; thanks to his teacher Ralph Opacic (Matt’s own “Mr Schue”), he ultimately resolved to focus his energies on the performing arts.
After graduating from OCHSA, Matthew got accepted to NYU’s TISCH School of the arts in the CAP21 program, which he attended for about a year and a half, before getting an agent and his first Broadway auditions. When he got cast in the musical version of Footloose as ensemble and understudy of the main character, in 1998, he dropped out and began working his way up the Great White Way.
After gaining his first TV role, with a small part in Sex and the City, Matt was cast as a Phantom in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, between November 2000 and January 2002.
He was also part of a boy band, LMNT for a short time; Matt often refers to that as the worst time of his life, stating he was embarassed to come on stage and perform; he ultimately resolved to leave the band and get back to his first love, musical theater.
His big break came in August 2002, with the original Broadway staging of Hairspray, where Matt was cast as Link Larkin; his casting was strongly supported by Marissa Jaret Winokur, the original Tracy Turnblad, who would become one of Matthew’s closest friends.
His gig as Link continued until January 2004, all the while adding TV and movie credits to his resume, such as Marci X and Hack.
In 2005, Matthew starred in the TV movie Once Upon A Mattress, with Zooey Deschanel and Carol Burnett.
He returned to Broadway on the same year as the romantic lead of an original musical by Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel, The Light In The Piazza, where he had to perform and sing in Italian for the role of Fabrizio Naccarelli, earning himself a Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award nomination as Best Featured Actor in a Musical.
Morrison divided his time in 2006 between guest starring parts on TV series, such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Guiding Light, a recurring part on the soap opera As The World Turns, and the stage, where he originated the role of Thad Lapin in A Naked Girl On The Appian Way.
The TV and movie roles multiplied in 2007, when Matthew guest starred on many series and movies, including Ghost Whisperer, Dan In Real Life, Music & Lyrics, CSI: Miami and Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office, where he first starred as on-screen love interest to Jayma Mays‘s character. In the same year, he took up the role of Duane in the off-Broadway play 10 Million Miles; his performance gained him his second Drama Desk Award nomination.
In March 2008, Matthew got the role of Lt. Joseph Cable in the Broadway revival of South Pacific, which he left in January 2009 to begin filming on a new comedy/musical series by Fox, called Glee, as the lead character Will Schuester.
Glee is currently in production of its sixth and final season.
Matthew’s first original solo album dropped on May 10 2011 under Mercury Records; his second one, “Where It All Began”, a remake of Broadway standards, under 222 Records, has been released on June 4, 2013.
On June 27, 2013, Matthew announced his engagement to his girlfriend of two years, model and singer-songwriter Renee Puente. They got married in Maui, HI, on October 18 2014.