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.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Jonathan Groff: Part 2

27-year-old Jonathan Groff (left) and his boyfriend Zachary Quinto, age 35, are both out and proud actors. Although Zachary has recently wrapped filming J.J. Abrams' sequel to Star Trek,  this month it’s Groff who is hogging the media. Groff never formally studied acting, but he became a Broadway star six years ago as Melchior Gabor in Broadway’s Spring Awakening. He followed up with a television stint in twelve episodes of Glee as Jesse St. James, which made his face known to millions.

But as we speak, Groff is performing another stage role, this time in Los Angeles in John Logan’s play Red, which opened Sunday, August 12. Jonathan plays Ken (right), who is tutored by the much older 20th-century Russian painter, Mark Rothko (1903-1970). Rothko’s rage is aimed at the art world and, at times, toward Groff’s character.

Groff just finished shooting season two of Boss (a Starz original), in which he plays Ian Todd (below), a calculating and power-hungry staffer working as an advisor for Kelsey Grammar’s Chicago mayor Tom Kane. Details have been leaked that Groff’s character will be involved in some very sexual scenes with both men and women.

Says Groff, “I mean, the show is on Starz, so I definitely get naked at some point.”

Boss was nominated for a Golden Globe, and series star Kelsey Grammer took home the prize for Best Actor in a Drama Series. Boss: Season 2 premieres Friday, August 17, at 9 p.m.

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