Matthew Morrison

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Matthew Morrison
Matthew Morrison Peabody 2010 (cropped).jpg
Morrison at the 2010 Peabody Awards
Born (1978-10-30) October 30, 1978 (age 35)
Fort Ord, California, U.S.
Other names Matt Morrison
Occupation Actor, director, musician, singer-songwriter
Years active 1999–present
Musical career
Genres Pop, adult contemporary, Jazz soul, pop standards
Instruments Vocals
Labels Mercury
222 Records
Associated acts Glee
Gwyneth Paltrow·

Matthew James "Matt" Morrison (born October 30, 1978) is an American actor, dancer, musician, and singer-songwriter. He is known for starring in multiple Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including his portrayal of Link Larkin in Hairspray on Broadway, and most notably for his Emmy and Golden Globe nominated role as Will Schuester on the Fox television show Glee (2009–present). He has also received a Satellite Award for this role. He has signed with Adam Levine's 222 Records. Morrison received a Tony Award nomination for his featured role as Fabrizio Nacarelli in the musical The Light in the Piazza.

Early life[edit]

Morrison was born in Fort Ord, California, raised in Orange County, and is of Scottish heritage.[1] He was part of the Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21) and the Orange County High School of the Arts, while at the Los Alamitos High School campus. While in high school, Morrison did a musical with actress Jodie Sweetin.[2] He attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for two years before dropping out and joining the Broadway adaptation of Footloose.[3]

By freshman year of college Morrison already was a regular performer on Broadway. He states in Details "There were all these beautiful, beautiful dancers. As a straight guy I had some room. There were the shared interests in singing and dancing, and I always find dancing with someone very erotic and sexual. I definitely hooked up with a lot of girls when I was a young guy on Broadway. It was fun, I guess. Very joyous and free."[4]

Career[edit]

Morrison's career began when he made his musical theatre debut on Broadway in the musical version of Footloose, followed by a revival of The Rocky Horror Show in 2002. His big break came, however, when he landed the role of Link Larkin in the Broadway production of John Waters', Hairspray. After performing in the role for some time, he started working in television, guest-starring on shows such as Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs, CSI: Miami and Hack. He also had small roles in films such as Marci X, Primary Colors, Music and Lyrics, and Simply Funk. He followed up these performances by performing the role of Sir Harry in the ABC-TV production of Once Upon a Mattress, starring Tracey Ullman, Zooey Deschanel and Carol Burnett.

Morrison with Glee co-star Jane Lynch

In 2001, Morrison was recruited to complete the quartet for the band LMNT. He was replaced instead by Jonas Persch by the time its first album was released. He commented in an interview about his experience in the boy band by remarking, "It was the worst year of my life. You know when you're a performer and you're out there on stage and you're embarrassed that you're doing something wrong. It was pretty bad." Matthew Morrison also was a member of Buena Park Youth theater, located at Buena Park[5]

Morrison starred in the Original Cast of the musical Hairspray as Link Larkin from its opening in 2002 through January 2004.[6] In 2005 Morrison changed gears, playing the role of Fabrizio Nacarelli in Adam Guettel's The Light in the Piazza.[6] He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance.[7] He left the show August 28, 2005.[7]

Morrison joined the cast of the CBS soap opera, As the World Turns, as Adam Munson on October 24, 2006,[8] but left abruptly soon after due to a "scheduling conflict," last airing on the soap on November 27. Morrison appeared in a benefit performance celebrating Andrew Lippa, and the 25th Anniversary of the performing troupe 'The Kids in the Hall' at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, California in December 2006. The performance benefited The California Conservatory of the Arts, a non-profit arts education organization focusing on pre-professional training for young students, grades six through twelve, in Orange County, California.

He earned a Drama Desk Nomination for his role in the Off Broadway show 10 Million Miles which ran at the Atlantic Theater Company in 2007. That same year he appeared in two films: Dan in Real Life, followed by Music and Lyrics as Cora Corman's manager. In 2008, he played Lieutenant Cable in a Lincoln Center production of the musical South Pacific. He left the production at the end of 2008 and in early 2009 returned to California to shoot the first season of Glee.[9]

Morrison plays Will Schuester in the Fox Broadcasting television series Glee, which had its television preview on May 19, 2009. He resumed his role in the show as the series premiered on September 9, 2009. He plays a high school Spanish teacher who takes on the task of restoring the school's glee club to its former glory. Morrison also appeared in the show's second season. He returned for the third season, which premiered on September 20, 2011.[10] He made his directorial debut in the third season's ninth episode.

In addition on January 14, 2010, it was announced that Morrison signed a solo record deal with Mercury Records. His first studio album was released on May 10, 2011. Morrison duets with Elton John on "a medley of 'Mona Lisas and Madhatters' going into 'Rocket Man'".[11] His first single, "Summer Rain", premiered on Ryan Seacrest's website on February 28, 2011.[12] Additionally, a duet of "Over the Rainbow" with Gwyneth Paltrow appears on the self-titled album.[13] On June 16, 2010, Morrison joined Leona Lewis — appearing at London's O2 Arena as part of her world tour — for a one-off performance to sing "Over the Rainbow". Morrison was on the cover of the June 2011 issue of MetroSource.

Morrison (center) with LGBT activist couple Kevin and Don Norte at a PFLAG fundraiser in 2010

In March 2012, Morrison was featured in a performance of Dustin Lance Black's play, '8' — a staged reenactment of the federal trial that overturned California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage — as Paul Katami.[14] The production was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and broadcast on YouTube to raise money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.[15][16]

Morrison will soon perform at Connecticut's Bushnell Center, and the concert will be recorded by PBS, airing in Spring 2013.[17] On April 28, 2013, Morrison made his first major appearance in the UK as a guest performer at the 2013 Laurence Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House in London. On June 4, 2013, Morrison released second studio album, Where It All Began. It was released through Maroon 5's lead singer Adam Levine's own record label, 222 Records.

Personal life[edit]

Morrison became engaged to actress Chrishell Stause on December 9, 2006. Their relationship ended in 2007, less than a year into the engagement.[18] In 2011, Morrison began dating Renee Puente.[19] On June 27, 2013, Elton John helped Morrison announce that Morrison and Puente were engaged.[20] Speaking to People, Matthew said he and Renee planned to get married in 2015 because they want to take their time in making preparations for the perfect wedding.[21] Morrison is a Liverpool FC fan.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Discography[edit]

Matthew Morrison visiting Barnes & Noble for CD release party, 2013

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
US
[23]
AUS
[24]
UK
[25]
Matthew Morrison 24 61 63
Where It All Began
  • Release date: June 4, 2013
  • Label: 222 Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
95 163
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

EPs[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
US
AUS
UK
A Classic Christmas
  • Release date: November 19, 2013
  • Label: 222 Records
  • Formats: music download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US AC
[26]
CAN UK
[27]
2011 "Summer Rain" 16 72 Matthew Morrison
"Still Got Tonight" 182
2013 "It Don't Mean a Thing" Where it all Began
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Bob Rizzo's Simply Funk with Suzanne [himself] As Matthew J. Morrison
2003 Marci X Boyz R Us As Matthew J. Morrison
2005 Once Upon A Mattress Sir Harry
2006 Blinders Scott
2007 Music and Lyrics Ray
2007 Dan in Real Life Policeman
2007 I Think I Love My Wife Salesman #2
2011 The Muppets Mahna Mahna Host
2012 What to Expect When You're Expecting Evan
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Sex and the City Young Busboy 1 episode
2003 Hack Sam Wagner 1 episode
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Chance Slaughter 1 episode
2006 As the World Turns Adam Munson(#4) October 24 – November 27, 2006
2007 Ghost Whisperer Matt Sembrook Bad Blood (2007) – 8 episodes
2007 CSI: Miami Jesse Stark Bloodline – 1 episode
2008 Numb3rs Officer Blaine Cleary Power – 1 episode
2009 Taking Chance Robert Rouse television film
2009–present Glee Will Schuester Series regular
Satellite Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Nominated-Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy (2009-2010)
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated-Satellite Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy
Nominated-Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2011-2013)
Nominated-People s Choice Award for Favorite Comedy Actor
Directed season 3, episode 9, "Extraordinary Merry Christmas"
2011 The Cleveland Show Will Schuester Season 2, Episode 11 How Do You Solve a Problem Like Roberta?
2012 Live with Kelly Himself Kelly Ripa's co-host on February 21, 2012
2013 Hollywood Game Night Himself Episode: "Don't Kill My Buzz-er"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dirmann, Tina (December 2009). "Matthew Morrison Revealed". Orange Coast (Newport Beach, California: Orange Coast Kommunications): 86. ISSN 0279-0483. 
  2. ^ "EXCLUSIVE! Will There Be a 'Full House' Reunion On ‘Glee?’". Hollywoodlife.com. 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  3. ^ "Matthew Morrison – Music". Ellen.warnerbros.com. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  4. ^ "Hot for Teacher: Matthew Morrison". Details Magazine. 2010-12-01. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  5. ^ BWW, News Desk. "Matthew Morrison Talks GLEE, Upcoming Album, and his 'Worst Year Ever'." Broadwayworld 12 Jan 2010. Web. 1 Feb 2010.
  6. ^ a b Simonson, Robert (January 26, 2005). "Hairspray's Matthew Morrison Joins Cast of Piazza". Playbill. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Simonson, Robert (July 25, 2005). "Matthew Morrison Will Leave Light in the Piazza Aug. 28". Playbill. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 
  8. ^ Kroll, Dan J. "Adam Returning Home After 4 Year Absence." Soap Central 1 Oct 2006: Web. 1 Feb 2010.
  9. ^ "Cable's Exit Interview Dec 23, 2008". Lct.org. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  10. ^ "Glee club is back in session on the season premiere of Glee" (Press release). Fox Broadcasting Company. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Elton John Reveals Details on Matthew Morrison's Debut Album". Broadwayworld.com. January 21, 2011. Retrieved February 14, 2011. 
  12. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (February 25, 2011). "Listen: 'Glee' Original Songs, 'Loser Like Me' and 'Get It Right,' Debut". Billboard (New York: Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  13. ^ Stack, Tim (March 22, 2011). "Matthew Morrison and Gwyneth Paltrow to duet on his upcoming album – EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly (Time Inc). Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison to Join George Clooney in Dustin Lance Black Play '8'". The Wrap thewrap.com. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  15. ^ ""8": A Play about the Fight for Marriage Equality". YouTube. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  16. ^ "YouTube to broadcast Proposition 8 play live". pinknews.co.uk. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  17. ^ BWW News Desk (2012-10-26). "Matthew Morrison's November Bushnell Center Concert to Be Recorded for PBS Broadcasts". Ct.broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  18. ^ Spaner, Whitney. "Curtain Cutie: Matthew Morrison", Paper, 14 June 2007
  19. ^ "Huffington Post. Retrieved June 7, 2013". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  20. ^ Nessif, Bruna (27 June 2013). "Glee's Matthew Morrison Is Engaged to Renee Puente". E! News. 
  21. ^ "Matthew Morrison - Matthew Morrison to get married in 2015?". Contact News. 28 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "Matthew Morrison Emmy Nominated". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  23. ^ "Matthew Morrison Album & Song Chart History – Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Chartifacts – Week Commencing: 16 May 2011". Australian Recording Industry Association. 16 May 2011. Archived from the original on May 17, 2011. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  25. ^ "OFFICIAL UK ALBUMS TOP 100 – 11th June 2011". The Official Charts Company. 11 June 2011. Archived from the original on June 11, 2011. Retrieved June 12, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Matthew Morrison Album & Song Chart History – Adult Contemporary". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 17, 2011. 
  27. ^ "CHART: CLUK Update 25.06.2011 (wk24)". Retrieved 2012-02-19. 

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