Aaron Tveit

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Aaron Tveit
Aaron Tveit.jpg
Tveit at the 13th Annual Broadway Barks on July 9, 2011
Born Aaron Kyle Tveit
(1983-10-21) October 21, 1983 (age 30)
Middletown, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2003–present

Aaron Kyle Tveit (/təˈvt/;[1] born October 21, 1983) is an American actor and singer. He is known for originating the roles of Gabe in Next to Normal and Frank Abagnale Jr. in the stage version of Catch Me If You Can on Broadway. Also playing the role of Fiyero from Wicked (musical). He is also known for the recurring role of Tripp van der Bilt in The CW's Gossip Girl and for his portrayal of Enjolras in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables. He stars as Mike Warren in the USA Network series Graceland.

Early life[edit]

Tveit was born in Middletown, New York, the son of Posie and Stanley Tveit.[2][3] His surname is Norwegian.[4] He graduated from Middletown High School in 2001,[5] where he was active both in theater and sports, playing golf, soccer and basketball while also performing in all four of his school's theater productions. He has a younger brother. He turned down business school scholarships to major in vocal performance at Ithaca College, a decision his parents supported, before switching to musical theater after his freshman year because he missed acting and theater.

Career[edit]

Tveit left Ithaca College after two years to join the national tour of Rent as Steve and covering Roger/Mark. Following Rent, he was cast as Link Larkin in the first national tour of Hairspray. In 2012, Tveit graduated Ithaca College.

The role of Link Larkin provided Tveit with his Broadway debut in 2006.[6] In the following year, he portrayed D'Artagnan in a musical adaptation of The Three Musketeers that played at the North Shore Music Theatre from late August to early September.[7] In July 2007 Tveit played Matt in the Barrington Stage Company's Calvin Berger.[8]

In 2008 he starred as Gabe in the Off-Broadway production of the musical Next to Normal, which ran from January 16 through March 16 at the Second Stage Theatre.[9] Tveit received a nomination for the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor for this role.[10] He then played Dean in the musical version of the film Saved!, which ran for a limited engagement at Playwrights Horizons in June 2008.[11] Also in June 2008, Tveit began performances as Fiyero in Wicked. He left the role in November in order to reprise his role in the Arena Stage production of Next to Normal, for which he was awarded the 2009 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Performer in a Non-Resident Production.[12]

Tveit returned to Wicked on January 2009, leaving once again for the Broadway production of Next to Normal, which began previews in March 2009 and officially opened on April 15. Tveit's performance as Gabe earned him the Clarence Derwent Award from the Actors' Equity Association.[13] Tveit left Next to Normal on June 6, 2009 to prepare for Catch Me If You Can, where he played Frank Abagnale Jr.. The musical was performed at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle from July 28 through August 16, 2009. Tveit returned to Next to Normal on September 7 through January 3, 2010. Tveit landed on AfterElton.com's list of the "37 Hottest Guys in Theater".[14] He also starred in the Hollywood Bowl's production of Rent directed by Neil Patrick Harris, as Roger Davis.

Tveit appeared alongside Ricky Gervais as a young anesthesiologist in the film Ghost Town.[15] He also made appearances on the CW series Gossip Girl as Tripp van der Bilt, the cousin of Nate Archibald.[16] He appeared in the television series Ugly Betty for one episode, titled "All the World's a Stage" as Zachary Boule, Betty's boyfriend.

Tveit played Frank Abagnale Jr in the Broadway production of Catch Me If You Can, opening on April 10, 2011 and closing on September 4, 2011.[17] For this role he was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical,[18] the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance,[19] and the Fred Astaire Award for Best Male Dancer on Broadway.[20] He was also featured in various leading entertainment magazines, such as the April 2011 Vanity Fair, July 2011 L’uomo Vogue(Vogue Italia) for his role in Catch Me if You Can.

Tveit appeared in Rob Epstein's Howl, a biopic about the Allen Ginsberg poem and the controversy and trial that ensued after its publication. Tveit played Peter Orlovsky, Ginsberg's longtime partner, opposite James Franco. He appeared as a guest star on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on April 21, 2010 as Jan, an animal loving, yoga instructor who is questioned about the death of his girlfriend, and then again on September 28, 2011 as Stevie Harris, a junkie who accuses his well-respected former basketball coach of sexual abuse.

In 2012, he played Enjolras, leader of the student revolutionary group in the film adaptation of Les Misérables.[21] On February 24, 2013, he performed with the cast of Les Misérables at the 85th Academy Awards ceremony.

In July 2012, Aaron Tveit took part in a private reading for a new musical based on the animated film, Anastasia. Tveit read for the character Dimitri, a conman who brings Anastasia to a wealthy Empress searching for her missing granddaughter, in return for a reward.[22] The stage musical is rumored to be heading to Russia for its world premiere; however, Aaron currently has no further ties with the production.

In September 2013, Broadway Records released The Radio in My Head, a live recording of songs Tveit performed at New York City venue 54 Below. Some of the songs on the album are from musicals in which Tveit has starred, including "I'm Alive" from Next to Normal, "Goodbye" from Catch Me If You Can, and "One Song Glory" from Rent.[23] The album has reached No.6 on Billboard's "Top Heatseekers" chart, and No.49 on "Top Independent Albums" chart.[24]

Tveit stars as undercover FBI Special Agent Mike Warren in the USA Network series Graceland, which premiered on June 6, 2013.[25]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Ghost Town Anesthesiologist
2010 Howl Peter Orlovsky
2011 Girl Walks into a Bar Henry
2012 Premium Rush Kyle
2012 Misérables, LesLes Misérables Enjolras
2013 Dream of Flying, AA Dream of Flying The Young Man Short film
2014 Undrafted John "Maz" Mazetti In post-production
2014 Stereotypically You Charlie In post-production
2014 Big Sky Pru In post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2009–2012 Gossip Girl William "Tripp" van der Bilt III 10 episodes
2010 Ugly Betty Zachary Boule Episode: "All the World's a Stage"
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jan Eyck Episode: "Beef"
2011 Body of Proof Skip Episode: "Point of Origin"
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Stevie Harris Episode: "Personal Fouls"
2011 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Spencer Zschau Episode: "Executive Order 13224"
2013–present Graceland Mike Warren Main cast

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Rent Steve, u/s Roger, Mark US national tour
January 2004 – December 2004
2005–2007 Hairspray Link Larkin US national tour
August 2005 – July 2006
Neil Simon Theatre
July 18, 2006 – January 18, 2007
April 1, 2008 – May 4, 2008
2007 Calvin Berger Matt Barrington Stage Company
July 3, 2007 – July 14, 2007
2007 Three Musketeers, TheThe Three Musketeers D'Artagnan North Shore Music Theatre
August 21 – September 9, 2007
2008 Saved! Dean Playwrights Horizons
May 10, 2008 – June 22, 2008
2008–2009 Wicked Fiyero Gershwin Theatre
June 24 – November 9, 2008
January 20 – March 9, 2009
2008–2010 Next to Normal Gabe Goodman Second Stage Theatre
January 16, 2008 – March 16, 2008
Arena Stage
November 21, 2008 – January 18, 2009
Booth Theatre
March 27, 2009 – January 3, 2010
2009 Catch Me If You Can Frank Abagnale, Jr. 5th Avenue Theatre
July 28 – August 16, 2009
2010 Rent Roger Davis Hollywood Bowl
August 6–8, 2010
2011 Catch Me If You Can Frank Abagnale, Jr. Neil Simon Theatre
March 11 – September 4, 2011

Awards and nominations[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result
2012 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble Les Misérables Won
2012 San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble Les Misérables Nominated
2012 Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture Les Misérables Won
2012 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast Les Misérables Nominated
2012 National Board of Review Award for Best Cast Les Misérables Won
2013 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble Les Misérables Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Les Misérables Nominated

Theatre[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result
2008 Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Featured Actor Next To Normal Nominated
2009 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Performance, Non-Resident Production Next To Normal Won
2009 Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Male Performer Next To Normal Won
2011 Drama League Awards for Distinguished Performance Catch Me If You Can Nominated
2011 Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Musical Catch Me If You Can Nominated
2011 Fred & Adele Astaire Awards for Male Dancer, Broadway Catch Me If You Can Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Healy, Patrick (March 20, 2011). "He’s Not an Impostor; He Plays One Onstage". The New York Times. p. AR1. 
  2. ^ Hernandez, Ernio (April 14, 2009). "PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Aaron Tveit". Playbill.com. 
  3. ^ http://www.orangemagazineny.com/archive/042011/files/data/search.xml
  4. ^ http://www.northjersey.com/arts_entertainment/119137049_If_you_caught_himin__Normal___you_dknow_of_his_talent.html?page=all
  5. ^ Lussier, Germain (May 3, 2009). "Aaron Tveit of Middletown stars in 'Next to Normal' on Broadway". Times Herald-Record. "2001 Middletown High School graduate" 
  6. ^ Henderson, Kathy (February 2, 2008). "Fresh Face: Aaron Tveit". Broadway.com. 
  7. ^ Annicone, Tony (2007). "The Three Musketeers". The Theatre Mirror. 
  8. ^ Rizzo, Frank (July 5, 2007). "Calvin Berger". Variety. 
  9. ^ Hernandez, Ernio (March 16, 2008). "New Musical Next to Normal Closes Off-Broadway March 16". Playbill.com. 
  10. ^ "Headlines: Aaron Tveit to Play Fiyero in Wicked on Broadway". Broadway.com. June 6, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Photo Flash: 'Saved' at Playwrights Horizons". BroadwayWorld.com. May 27, 2008. 
  12. ^ Jones, Kenneth (April 14, 2009). "Ripley, Tveit, Keach, Les Miz, Next to Normal, Honey Brown Eyes Are Hayes Winners". Playbill.com. 
  13. ^ "Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Aaron Tveit Received Equity’s Clarence Derwent Award". Actors' Equity Association. 2009. 
  14. ^ Portantiere, Michael (January 27, 2009). "The 37 Hottest Guys in Theater". AfterElton.com. 
  15. ^ "Aaron Tveit". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  16. ^ "WICKED's Aaron Tveit to Guest on GOSSIP GIRL". BroadwayWorld.com. February 7, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Photo Coverage 'Catch Me If You Can' Opening Night Curtain Call". BroadwayWorld.com. April 11, 2011. 
  18. ^ Gans, Andrew (April 26, 2011). "Outer Critics Circle Nominees Include 'Sister Act', 'Anything Goes', 'Book of Mormon'". Playbill.com. 
  19. ^ Gans, Andrew (April 25, 2011). "'Book of Mormon', 'Priscilla', 'Sister Act', 'War Horse', 'Good People' and More Are Drama League Nominees". Playbill.com. 
  20. ^ Hetrick, Adam (April 27, 2011). "'Catch Me If You Can' Leads Astaire Award Nominations". Playbill.com. 
  21. ^ "Aaron Tveit Joins 'LES MISÉRABLES' Film as Enjolras" Broadwayworld.com, December 8, 2011
  22. ^ Aaron Tveit Joins Angela Lansbury and Aaron Lazar in Anastasia Reading as 'Dimitri' Broadwayworld.com, July 1, 2012
  23. ^ http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Album-Cover-Track-List-Unveiled-for-AARON-TVEIT-Live-at-54-Below-20130904
  24. ^ "The Radio In My Head (Aaron Tveit) :: Awards - Billboard Albums". allmusic.com. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  25. ^ USA Orders 'Graceland' to Series, Aaron Tveit to Star HuffingtonPost.com, June 29, 2012

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