Gregory Jbara

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Gregory Jbara
Gregory-Jbara-head-shot.jpg
Head shot
Born (1961-09-28) September 28, 1961 (age 53)
Westland, Michigan, U.S.
Education Juilliard (BFA 1986)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Julie Jbara
Website
www.gregoryjbara.com

Gregory Jbara (/əˈbɑrə/; born September 28, 1961) is an American film, television and stage actor.

Early life and education[edit]

Jbara was born in Nankin Township (now Westland), Michigan, the son of an advertising office manager[1] and an insurance claims adjuster.[2] He is of Lebanese and Irish descent.[3][4] After graduating from Wayne Memorial High School in Wayne, Michigan,[5] Jbara attended the University of Michigan from 1979 to 1981. He majored in Communication Studies and took classes in Theatre and Musical Theatre. He left Michigan to attend the Juilliard School's drama division (1982–1986, Group 15),[6] where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.[2][7]

Both of Jbara's brothers also have careers in the entertainment industry. Mike, formerly President and CEO, WEA Corp.,[8][9] was named President of Alternative Distribution Alliance worldwide in June 2013.[10] Brother Dan has made his career primarily as a reality show producer.[11][12] Jbara also has a sister, Judy, who is Director of Client Relations for Beer Financial Group.[13][14]

Career[edit]

Jbara originated the role of "Jackie Elliot" (known as "Dad") in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot the Musical, which opened on November 13, 2008. For his portrayal of "Dad" Jbara received the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Tony awards for Best Featured Actor in a Musical during the 2008-2009 Broadway awards season.[15][16][17]

On May 5, 2005, Sardi's caricatures of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels stars Butz, Gleason, Jbara and Scott were unveiled in a ceremony hosted by fellow co-star Sara Gettelfinger.[18] (Scoundrels star John Lithgow had already been caricatured at Sardi's.)[19] In a 2008 Grand Rapids Press interview, Jbara (noting the importance of being caricatured at the landmark Broadway restaurant) said, "You don't remember a year later who won the Tonys, but that picture will be in Sardi's for the rest of my life."[20]

Jbara received the BackStageWest Garland 2000 Award for his performance in the West Coast premiere of George Furth's play, Precious Sons, co-starring Nora Dunn, Michael Malota, Ginger Williams and Adam Wylie.[21]

In 2006, Jbara received a Special Award from the New England Theatre Conference for his achievement in theatre.[22]

Jbara appeared as TV Land's on-camera spokesperson in eight different spots featuring three generations sitting on a couch: grandpa (William Severs), father/boomer (Jbara) and teenage son (Dylan Kepp). The spots focused, humorously, on the contrasts among those generations and were first shown on TV Land during the TV Land Awards broadcast on April 22, 2007.

Gregory's most prominent TV roles to date are as Dan O'Keefe in the Fox/WB sitcom Grounded for Life (2002-05) and as NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Garrett Moore on the CBS drama Blue Bloods (2010-present).

Broadway credits[edit]

Other selected stage credits[edit]

Selected TV credits[edit]

Selected film credits[edit]

Miscellaneous credits[edit]

  • "Husband out dancing with wife" in multi-media ad campaign for Caduet which launched April 2008 (internet, television, print)[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jbara biography," filmreference.com
  2. ^ a b "Jbara Still A SCOUNDREL!". Broadwayworld.com. June 13, 2006. 
  3. ^ GregoryJbara.com - A Midsummer Night's Dream movie premiere report by actor, 1999
  4. ^ GregoryJbara.com - Interview with actor, 2000
  5. ^ GregoryJbara.com - Biography (Misc. Extras)
  6. ^ "Alumni News: November 2011". Juilliard.edu. Archived from the original on 2012-07-18. "Gregory Jbara (Group 15)" 
  7. ^ "Lunch, Learn, and Pass the Tony, Please!". The Juilliard Journal. November 2009. 
  8. ^ GregoryJbara.com: NETC Convention 2006 Photo
  9. ^ MarketWire.com: Mike Jbara Named President and CEO, WEA Corp.
  10. ^ Billboard.com: Warner Music Names Stu Bergen Int’l President; Promotes Mike Jbara, Matt Signore, Matt Flott
  11. ^ GregoryJbara.com: Billy Elliot Opening Night Photo
  12. ^ SonyPictures.com: Ripley's Believe It or Not: Production Bio
  13. ^ GregoryJbara.com: 2007 Stage / Broadway / Recording News: September
  14. ^ BFG profile
  15. ^ OuterCritics.org - Awards for 2008-2009 outercritics.org
  16. ^ DramaDesk.org - Awards for 2008-2009 dramadesk.org
  17. ^ TonyAwards.com - Nominees and Winners, Billy Elliot tonyawards.com
  18. ^ On the Scene: Four Scoundrels Make the Wall at Sardi's, Broadway.com Video Feature archived at gregoryjbara.com
  19. ^ A Wall Full of Scoundrels at Sardi's, Photo Op:Broadway.com Buzz
  20. ^ Stage, screen star comes to aid of Actors' Theatre - mlive.com article archived at gregoryjbara.com
  21. ^ The Blank Theatre Company - Awards
  22. ^ NETC Online: Excellence in Theatre Awards
  23. ^ GregoryJbara.com - "Greg's voice part of Spaceship Earth"
  24. ^ Link to more info, scan of print ad, video
  25. ^ Mention in Broadway.com interview

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