Colin Donnell

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Colin Donnell
Colin Donnell by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Colin Donnell at WonderCon 2013.
Born (1982-10-09) October 9, 1982 (age 31)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Occupation Actor, Singer
Years active 2005–present

Colin Donnell (born October 9, 1982)[1] is an American actor best known for his performances as Billy Crocker in Anything Goes and Tommy Merlyn in the The CW television series Arrow.

Early life and education[edit]

Colin Donnell was born in St. Louis, Missouri, as the youngest of three brothers. He has Irish[2] and French ancestry. He played the guitar and took singing lessons when he was 17. His introduction to the stage was in high-school where he was a part of the choir and was in the background juggling and doing circus tricks, which led him in being part of his first school musical production of Barnum.[3] As he put it, he "loved it" and the rest is just history. Colin graduated from Indiana University in 2005.[4][5]


Donnell has been part of many national stage tours such as Mamma Mia! and Wicked. His first Broadway Theatre performance was in Jersey Boys as Hank Mejewski. His other stage credits include Follies, Meet Me In St. Louis, Anything Goes for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award, Johnny Baseball and many more. Donnell made his television debut by playing Mike Ruskin in the television series Pan Am. In 2012, Donnell was cast as Tommy Merlyn in television series Arrow,[6][7] however, he later left the series after the first season's finale, but made a cameo in one episode during the second season and is scheduled to appear again for the third season.

For the summer of 2013, Donnell starred as Berowne in the musical adaption of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost. He also appeared as Elizabeth Banks' husband in the crime thriller Every Secret Thing, which does not yet have a release date.[8][9]

On January 23, 2014, it was announced that Donnell was cast as Monty in the 1960s-era Broadway musical Violet alongside Sutton Foster and Joshua Henry; which would begin on March 28, 2014 with a special preview, and officially open on April 20, 2014.[10][11][12]

On April 28, 2014 it was announced that Donnell joined the cast of concert Bright Lights, Big City, which was performed on June 16, 2014.[13][14] On July 18, 2014 it was revealed that Donnell would play Joshua Jackson's brother in Showtime original drama The Affair.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Donnell resides in New York, with a rooftop apartment. He is a literary aficionado and a music man.[16] He has two tattoos from his tour trips - one from Memphis and one from Dayton; which are five silhouettes of birds to represent his family, and a Fleur De Lis, because his mom is French.[17] In May 2013, Donnell got his appendix removed.[18]


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Every Secret Thing[19][20] Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2011–2012 Pan Am Mike Ruskin 4 episodes
2012– Arrow Tommy Merlyn Main Cast; 21 episodes
2014 Person of Interest Billy Parsons Episode: "Root Path"
Unforgettable Agent Stone Episode: "Flesh and Blood"
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2011 L.A. Noire Various Voice


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Almost Heaven: Songs and Stories of John Denver Male Roles
2005–2007 Jersey Boys Hank Mejewski, Nick Massi, Bob Gaudio
2006 Jesus Christ Superstar Peter
Meet Me In St. Louis[21] John Truitt
2007 Mamma Mia! Sky[22]
Follies Young Ben
Me, Myself and I[23] Otto
2008 High School Musical on Stage! Troy Bolton[24]
2009 Wicked Fiyero
2010 Johnny Baseball Johnny O'Brian
2011–2012 Anything Goes Billy Crocker Nominated – Astaire Award for Outstanding Male Dancer
Nominated – Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Nominated – Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
2012 Merrily We Roll Along Franklin Shepard
2013 Love's Labour's Lost Berowne
2014 Violet Monty In Production
Bright Lights, Big City[25] Himself


  1. ^ "Happy Birthday to Colin Donnell! · Jersey Boys Blog". October 9, 2007. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^ Interview
  5. ^
  6. ^ "JBB Interview Exclusive: Howard Tucker Interviews Colin Donnell! · Jersey Boys Blog". October 18, 2007. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^
  13. ^
  14. ^
  15. ^
  16. ^
  17. ^
  18. ^
  19. ^
  20. ^
  21. ^ "Meet Me in St. Louis". Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  22. ^
  23. ^ "Talkin' Broadway Regional News & Reviews - Me, Myself and I - 1/30/08". 2008-02-17. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  24. ^ "St. Louisan Colin Donnell goes from Muny to 'Arrow' : Entertainment". 2012-10-07. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  25. ^

External links[edit]