Christopher Hanke

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Christopher Hanke
Christopher Jason Hanke

OccupationActor and singer
Known forActing

Christopher Jason Hanke, often credited as Christopher J. Hanke, (born 1976) is an American actor known for his roles on Broadway and television.

Early life[edit]

Hanke was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the oldest of five children. He spent his childhood in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. Hanke was accepted to medical school, but decided to defer his admission.[1]


Hanke has played leading roles in various Broadway and off-Broadway shows. His roles have included Ethan Girard in the national tour of The Full Monty (2002) and Nick Piazza in Fame on 42nd Street (2003, off-Broadway); and on Broadway as J.T. in In My Life (2005), Mark Cohen in Rent (2007) and Baldwin in Cry-Baby (2008); and Claude in Hair (2008 - Central Park production).[2]

Hanke has also appeared on television, playing the series regular role of the inexperienced transplant coordinator Ryan Abbott on the CBS TV series Three Rivers. He had a guest-starring role on ABC's Brothers & Sisters in 2010.[3] He also has a recurring role in the television show Big Love as a Mormon intern in the State Senate.[4]

Hanke appeared on Broadway as Bud Frump in Rob Ashford's 2011 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, alongside Daniel Radcliffe who played the lead role of J. Pierrepont Finch, and his replacement Darren Criss.[5] Hanke replaced Michael Urie in the Off-Broadway solo comedy "Buyer & Cellar," at the Barrow Street Theatre, from March 18, 2014 until its closing on July 27.[6] From June 23–30, 2015, he played "Corny Collins" in Hairspray at The Muny.[7]

On October 7, 2015, a cast recording of Cry-Baby was released, featuring most of the original cast, including Hanke as Baldwin.[8]

In 2016, he was cast as Fabian on Devious Maids. His character is a hairdresser and a self-proclaimed "hair magician".[9]


  1. ^ Joy, Kara (October 17, 2005). "Christopher J. Hanke". Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Christopher J. Hanke". Who's Who. Celebrity Buzz. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  3. ^ "'Brothers & Sisters' Preview: October 31 on ABC". Broadway World. October 21, 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  4. ^ BWW News Desk (October 21, 2010). "Christopher J. Hanke Set for Recurring Role on Big Love". Retrieved 23 October 2010.
  5. ^ Hetrick, Adam (November 15, 2010). "Tammy Blanchard, Christopher J. Hanke, Rose Hemingway Join How to Succeed Broadway Revival". Playbill. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  6. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Christopher J. Hanke Begins Performances in Buyer & Cellar Off-Broadway March 18". Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Muny Announces Cast for Hairspray". Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  8. ^ September 17, 2015, "Track Listing and Release Date Revealed for Cry-Baby Cast Recording"
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