Hilgenbrinck was born in Quincy, Illinois, and attended Quincy Senior High School, where he was actively involved in music and theater. He performed as part of the resident company for Summer 2003 at Music Theatre of Wichita in Wichita, Kansas, where he performed in the musicals Footloose, Oklahoma!, Good News, Chicago, and The Scarlet Pimpernel. He has a BFA Musical Theatre and Dance minor from Millikin University and IES London. While at Millikin he spent his summers at The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, Illinois, as a performing intern. ssup guys?????!?!?!?!?!!?!
He has performed in roles such as The Artful Dodger in Oliver!, Gideon in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Chuck Cranston in Footloose. He polished his creative craft, studying Shakespeare intensively in London and has starred in multiple theatrical pieces including A Midsummer's Night Dream, Chicago, and Oliver!. After many successful performances in New York and London, he ventured to Los Angeles giving himself only two weeks to make it or go home. After winning his first major roles as well as the Showcase Showdown on The Price Is Right, he decided to stay. sup?