Role models of greatness.

Here you will discover the back stories of kings, titans of industry, stellar athletes, giants of the entertainment field, scientists, politicians, artists and heroes – all of them gay or bisexual men. If their lives can serve as role models to young men who have been bullied or taught to think less of themselves for their sexual orientation, all the better. The sexual orientation of those featured here did not stand in the way of their achievements.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Jonathan Groff

Openly gay star Jonathan Groff (b. March 26, 1985) can sing, dance and act. He has appeared on Broadway and London’s West End (Deathtrap) and is no stranger to television and films. He is perhaps best known for the role of Jesse St. James in the television musical series Glee and for originating the role of Melchior Gabor in the stage musical Spring Awakening. Although it was his first stage appearance, he was nominated for a Tony Award for best actor in a musical for Spring Awakening.

While Groff has also guest starred on television – The Good Wife and soap opera One Life to Live – he seems most at home on the stage.

This summer he will star in the Los Angeles premiere of John Logan’s two-person play Red at the Mark Taper Forum, opening August 12. Groff will play the role of Ken, a young assistant to modernist painter Mark Rothko (Alfred Molina). The drama deals with the often contentious relationship between the two men as they work on a commission for the Four Seasons Restaurant in NYC.

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