Max Crumm

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Max Crumm
Max Crumm, 2006
Born Aaron Maximillian Crumm
(1985-10-08) October 8, 1985 (age 29)
Pasadena, California

Aaron Maximillian "Max" Crumm (born October 8, 1985)[1] is an American Broadway and film actor and the winner of the role of "Danny" on the televised Grease: You're the One that I Want! competition. He starred in the 2007 Broadway revival of Grease. Since then, Crumm has had a successful career doing theater in New York City.


Crumm was born in Pasadena, California and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. Growing up in an artistic household, he was cast in his first musical, Anything Goes, at the age of 6 as a tap dancing sailor with his parents theatre company, Ahwatukee Foothills Theatre. Also with his parents company, Max played "Jack" in Into the Woods and "The Wizard" in The Wizard of Oz. Once he was older, Crumm ventured into children's theater in Downtown Phoenix. He started out in a children's sketch comedy group at Valley Youth Theatre. Then, went on to play in Grease (twice; Once as Doody, Once as Kenickie), Titanic and The Wiz in the Main stage productions at The Herberger also with Valley Youth Theatre. At Desert Stages Theater, he played "The Grinch" in How The Grinch Stole Christmas, "The Prince" in Cinderella, "Linus" in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown and numerous roles in original musicals created by owner Gerry Cullity. Crumm was also part of a traveling group of performers affiliated with Desert Stages. Once he graduated from Desert Vista High School in 2003, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting, attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood. Crumm is openly gay. He is dating actor Taylor Trensch.


While attending school at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, he did several television commercials.

In March 2006, Max landed a principal role in the indie-film Echoboom.

In November 2006, he auditioned to be a contestant on the Grease competition. Criticized for his "slacker" attitude and bad haircut, he barely made it onto the show, literally being the last person chosen. However, week after week he won over the judges with very entertaining performances in which he displayed a keen sense of humor paired with undeniable star quality. Crumm proceeded to the finals of the show and on March 25, 2007, Crumm was declared the winner.

On July 24, 2007, He began to play the role of Danny in Grease on Broadway alongside the female winner Laura Osnes as Sandy. After a year on Broadway Crumm and Osnes played their final performances as Danny and Sandy on July 20, 2008. They were replaced by Grease: You're the One that I Want! runner-up Ashley Spencer and Derek Keeling.[2]

Crumm appeared in the Screen Gems comedy Easy A as Pontius; the film co-starred Max's childhood friend Emma Stone and Amanda Bynes, and was released in the fall of 2010. While In Los Angeles, He took a temporary hiatus from theater to do several films. [3]

Shortly after returning to New York City in 2011, Max starred in the original musical, JERSEY SHOREsical: A Frickin' rock Opera as "The Situation".[4] The musical was written by Daniel Franzese, Hanna LoPatin and directed by Drew Droege. The cast also featured RuPaul's Drag Race star, Willam Belli. Shoresical ran from September 21st to September 24th 2011 at the New York Fringe festival.

Crumm Originated the lead role of Christian Mohammed Schwartzelberg in the off-Broadway rock musical F#%king Up Everything.[5] His role lasted from March 2013 until the show closed on June 13 of the same year.[6]

On July 29th 2013, Crumm was cast for the reading of new comedy play, You're Really Not Helping alongside Daphne Rubin-Vega, Kevin Spirtas and Aaron Simon Gross.[7]

Shortly afterwards (also within the same year), He appeared on the popular web series "It Could Be Worse", [8] Created by fellow Broadway actors Wesley Taylor and Mitchell Jarvis.

In February 2014, Max Joined the Cast of Off-Broadway's DISASTER! [9] the musical for 2 months until the musicals closing in April 2014.

On April 27th 2014, Crumm was cast as Hoover in the reading of "Brave New World: The Musical",[10] Which was adapted from the classic Aldous Huxley novel of the same name. The reading took place in Manhattan. The cast at this private reading included Colin Hanlon as Director Thomas Mond, Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Bernard, Andrew Kober as John, Julia Mattison as Lenina and Keala Settle as Linda.

Also, in April 2014, it was announced that Max will play Linus, a new series regular on season 2 of the popular web series WALLFLOWERS. The series can be found at (a new website for broadway themed television shows)[11])

On July 8th 2014, Max took over the lead male role of Matt in "The Fantasticks" Off-Broadway at the Snapple Theater Center complex in the heart of Times Square. [12] "The Fantasticks" is the longest-running musical in the world.


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