Christopher Fitzgerald (actor)
Christopher Fitzgerald at the premiere of Imogene, Toronto Film Festival 2012
|Born||Christopher Cantwell Fitzgerald
November 26, 1972
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Christopher Cantwell Fitzgerald (born November 26, 1972) is an American actor, singer, mime, clown, juggler, and acrobat. He is best known for his role as Boq in the musical Wicked and his role of Igor in Young Frankenstein, for which he earned Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, and Tony Award nominations.
Fitzgerald was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, the son of Victoria D. Field, who worked for the American Kennel Club, and James W. Fitzgerald, Jr., a real estate agent at Coldwell Banker. He grew up in South Portland, Maine and attended Waynflete School in Portland, Maine in 1991. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He is a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He also gained a master's degree in Fine Arts from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
Fitzgerald started his acting career in 1980, at the age of eight, when he appeared as the youngest boy in Portland Player's production of Oliver!. From that time on, he worked steadily in community theater and Maine's New Vaudeville shows. In college, he began his career as a summer apprentice at Williamstown Theater Festival. At the age of twenty-six, in 1998, he starred in his first off-Broadway show, the controversial Corpus Christi by acclaimed playwright Terrence McNally. In the same year, he also appeared in The Matchmaker by Williamstown Theatre Festival, as well as an off-Broadway staging of The Cripple of Inishmaan.
In 2000, Fitzgerald co-starred in the 1954 Sondheim musical Saturday Night. His performance in this show earned him his first award nomination, for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. Also in 2000, Fitzgerald played the lead role in the one-man show Fully Committed, appearing until 2001.
In 2002, Fitzgerald opened in the musical Amour, adapted from a 1943 French short story written by Marcel Aymé. He performed from October 20, 2002 until November 3, 2002. His performance earned him another nomination for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. On October 30, 2003, Fitzgerald premiered in the musical Wicked in the role of Boq. He departed the role on January 9, 2005 and was replaced by Jeffry Kuhn.
Fitzgerald was seen in Gutenberg! The Musical! directed by Alex Timbers from December 3, 2006, and ran until May 6, 2007. He appeared as the character "Igor" in the Broadway production of the Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein, which opened on Broadway in November 2007. For the role he received an Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, and a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. Fitzgerald also played Igor in the musical's out-of-town tryouts in Seattle. During rehearsals for the show his wife gave birth to their first child, a boy named Charlie. Fitzgerald played his final performance as Igor in Young Frankenstein on November 23, 2008.
Fitzgerald played the title role in the world premiere of the burlesque-style musical Minsky's, in Los Angeles, which played at the Center Theatre in Ahmanson Theatre from January 21 – March 1, 2009, and also starred his former Young Frankenstein co-star Beth Leavel.
He played Og in the Broadway revival of Finian's Rainbow at the St. James Theatre. For this performance, Fitzgerald won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. He also once more received an Outer Critics Circle Award May 2010 and a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.
He starred as Pseudolus in an all-male production of Stephen Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in his tenth season with the Williamstown Theatre Festival. The sold-out show closed on July 11, 2010. In November 2010 to February 2011 he played Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice on Broadway.
He played the role of Amos Hart in the Broadway production of Chicago, beginning October 28, 2013. At the Williamstown Theatre Festival in July 2014 he played the role of Benny Fox in its production of June Moon.
Film and television
Fitzgerald's first film role was a bit part in the movie Boiler Room starring Vin Diesel and Ben Affleck. His next part was in the movie Personal Velocity: Three Portraits as Greg. Personal Velocity won two awards at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, including Best Cinematography.
On the television show Twins on The WB, Fitzgerald played the character of Neil, beginning in 2005. The show was cancelled on May 18, 2006, following the merger of The WB and UPN that created the new network The CW.
Awards and nominations
- 2000 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical
- Saturday Night (nominee)
- 2003 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical
- Amour (nominee)
- 2008 Tony award (nominee) Best Featured Actor in a Musical
- Young Frankenstein
- 2008 Broadway.com Audience Award (Winner) Best featured actor in a musical
- Young Frankenstein
- 2010 Drama Desk Award (Winner) for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
- 2010 Tony Award (nominee) Best Featured Actor in a Musical
- Finian's Rainbow
- "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Jessica Stone, Christopher Fitzgerald"The New York Times (registration required), August 24, 2003
- Keyes, Bob."Three with Maine ties get Tony nod" Portland Press Herald, May 5, 2010
- "Hollywood.com Biography" hollywood.com, accessed September 3, 2011
- "Listing" Internet Broadway Database, accessed September 3, 2011
- Jones, Kenneth. "Award-Nominated 'Gutenberg! The Musical!' Will Close May 6 in NYC" Playbill.com, April 26, 2007
- Jones, Kenneth."Hump Day: Cory English Is Young Frankenstein's New Igor, Starting Nov. 25" Playbill.com, November 19, 2008
- Jones, Kenneth. "Fitzgerald, Leavel, Cariani, Dratch, Wendt Signed for Minsky's World Premiere" Playbill.com, December 4, 2008
- Gans, Andrew."'Red', 'Memphis', 'Bridge', 'Fences' and 'La Cage' Win Drama Desk Awards" Playbill.com, May 23, 2010
- Hetrick, Adam. "'The Merchant of Venice', With Al Pacino, Returns to Broadway Feb. 1" Playbill.com, February 1, 2011
- Giuliano, Charles. "'June Moon' Brightens Williamstown" berkshirefinearts.com, July 4, 2014
- "Fitzgerald Credits" Internet Movie Database.com, accessed September 3, 2011
- Kennedy, Mark."Juggling roles of father, Igor isn't a monster task"LATimes.com, February 15, 2008
- Christopher Fitzgerald at the Internet Broadway Database
- Christopher Fitzgerald at the Internet Movie Database
- BroadwayWorld.com interview with Christopher Fitzgerald, July 27, 2007