Colin Donnell at WonderCon 2013.
October 9, 1982|
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Alma mater||Indiana University|
|Spouse(s)||Patti Murin (m. 2015)|
Colin Donnell (born October 9, 1982) is an American actor best known for his performances as Billy Crocker in Anything Goes, Tommy Merlyn in The CW television series Arrow, Scotty Lockhart on the Showtime drama The Affair and as Dr. Connor Rhodes in the NBC medical drama Chicago Med (2015–present).
Early life and education
Colin Donnell was born in St. Louis, Missouri, as the youngest of three boys. He has Irish and French ancestry. He played the guitar and took singing lessons when he was 17. His introduction to the stage was in high-school where he was a part of the choir and was in the background juggling and doing circus tricks, which led to being part of his first school musical production of Barnum. Donnell graduated from Indiana University in 2005.
Donnell has been part of many national stage tours such as Mamma Mia! and Wicked. His first Broadway Theatre performance was in Jersey Boys as Hank Mejewski. His other stage credits include Follies, Meet Me In St. Louis, Anything Goes for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award, Johnny Baseball and many more.[clarification needed] Donnell made his television debut by playing Mike Ruskin in the television series Pan Am. In 2012, Donnell was cast as Tommy Merlyn in television series Arrow, however, he left the series after season one as his character gets killed off, but made occasional appearances during seasons two and three. Donnell later returned in season six as his character's villainous Earth-X counterpart in the crossover special "Crisis on Earth-X" and as a body decoy in another.
In July and August 2013, Donnell starred as Berowne in the musical adaption of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost. He also appeared as Elizabeth Banks' husband in the crime thriller Every Secret Thing, which was released on May 15, 2015.
In January 2014, it was announced that Donnell was cast as Monty in the 1960s-era Broadway musical Violet alongside Sutton Foster and Joshua Henry; previews began on March 28, and the show officially opened on April 20. Also in April, Donnell joined the cast of concert Bright Lights, Big City, which was performed on June 16, 2014. In July, Donnell was cast to play Joshua Jackson's brother in Showtime original drama The Affair.
In November 2014, Donnell joined the cast of Broadway Sings P!NK, which would take place on January 19 and 25, 2015. That same month, he joined the cast of City Center Encores' production of the musical Lady, Be Good, alongside Tommy Tune, Erin Mackey and Patti Murin. The show ran for seven performances, from February 4–8, 2015.
In March 2015, Donnell joined NBC drama pilot Love Is A Four Letter Word playing Sean, an ad agency partner. The show was passed on. Donnell then landed a regular role in the NBC series, Chicago Med, playing a doctor in trauma surgery.
Donnell began dating actress Patti Murin in 2013 after they co-starred in a musical adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost. They became engaged in December 2014, and married on June 19, 2015, in New York City.
Donnell is a literary aficionado and a musician. He has two tattoos from his tour trips - one from Memphis and one from Dayton; which are five silhouettes of birds to represent his family, and a Fleur De Lis, because his mom is French.
|2014||Every Secret Thing||Paul Porter|
|2011–12||Pan Am||Mike Ruskin||4 episodes|
|2012–2018||Arrow||Tommy Merlyn||Series regular (season 1); special guest (seasons 2-3)|
|Special guest (season 6)|
|2014||Person of Interest||Billy Parsons||Episode: "Root Path"|
|2014||Unforgettable||Agent Stone||Episode: "Flesh and Blood"|
|2014–15||The Affair||Scotty Lockhart||16 episodes|
|2014||The Mysteries of Laura||Daniel Mikorski||Episode: "The Mystery of the Dysfunctional Dynasty"|
|2015||Love Is A Four Letter Word||Sean||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2015–present||Chicago Med||Dr. Connor Rhodes||Series Regular|
|2016||Chicago Fire||2 episodes|
|2016||Chicago P.D.||4 episodes|
|2011||L.A. Noire||Motion Capture|
|2005||Almost Heaven: Songs and Stories of John Denver||Male Roles|
|2005–07||Jersey Boys||Hank Mejewski, Nick Massi, Bob Gaudio|
|2006||Jesus Christ Superstar||Peter|
|2006||Meet Me In St. Louis||John Truitt|
|2007||Follies||Young Benjamin Stone|
|2007||Me, Myself and I||Otto|
|2008||High School Musical on Stage!||Troy Bolton|
|2010||Johnny Baseball||Johnny O'Brian|
|2011–12||Anything Goes||Billy Crocker||Nominated – Astaire Award for Outstanding Male Dancer|
Nominated – Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Nominated – Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
|2012||Merrily We Roll Along||Franklin Shepard|
|2013||Love's Labour's Lost||Berowne|
|2014||Bright Lights, Big City||Himself|
|2015||Broadway Sings P!NK||Himself|
|2015||Lady, Be Good||Jack Robinson|
|2015||#tbtLIVE Throwback Thursday: The Concert||Himself|
|2015||Holiday Inn||Jim Hardy|
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- Francisco, Eric (May 4, 2018). "'Arrow' Has a Rare Comics Easter Egg in Tommy's Return Episode". Inverse.
- BWW News Desk. "Daniel Breaker, Colin Donnell, Rebecca Naomi Jones & More Set for COMEDY OF ERRORS and LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST in the Park!". BroadwayWorld.com.
- Carina Adly MacKenzie (15 May 2013). "'Arrow' Season 1 finale: Colin Donnell speaks out on Tommy's terrible fate and what's next - Zap2it - News & Features". Zap2it.
- BWW News Desk. "Breaking News: Colin Donnell & Joshua Henry Join Sutton Foster in VIOLET on Broadway!". BroadwayWorld.com.
- "AP News: Local". AP News.
- "Joshua Henry, Colin Donnell to join Sutton Foster". U-T San Diego.
- BWW News Desk. "Alice Ripley, Colin Donnell, Matt Doyle & More to Star in BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY Concerts at 54 Below, 6/16". BroadwayWorld.com.
- "Bright Lights, Big City in Concert Will Feature Alice Ripley, Colin Donnell, Matt Doyle, Renee Elise Goldsberry and More". Playbill.
- "Jarett Wieselman on Twitter". Twitter.
- Editorial Staff (4 November 2014). "Broadway Sings P!NK Concert to Star Colin Donnell, Patti Murin, Ciara Renée - Theater News - Nov 4, 2014". theatermania.
- "Colin Donnell, Christine Dwyer, Patti Murin, Ciara Renée and Zak Resnick Will Sing New Arrangements of P!nk Songs". Playbill.
- BWW News Desk. "Tommy Tune, Colin Donnell, Erin Mackey & More Will Star in Encores! LADY, BE GOOD". BroadwayWorld.com.
- "Broadway Legend Tommy Tune Will Return to the Stage for Lady, Be Good at Encores!". Broadway.com.
- Nellie Andreeva. "Meta Golding, Colin Donnell, Monet Mazur Join NBC Pilot 'Love Is A 4 Letter Word' - Deadline". Deadline.
- Nellie Andreeva. "Colin Donnell Cast In 'Chicago Med' As New Regular - Deadline". Deadline.
- "Colin Donnell Joins 'Chicago Med'". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Webber, Stephanie (December 20, 2014). "Arrow Star Colin Donnell Engaged to Patti Murin". Retrieved June 20, 2015.
- Vulpo, Mike (June 20, 2015). "Colin Donnell Is Married! Arrow Star Says "I Do" to Patti Murin While Channeling Scenes From The Bachelorette". Retrieved June 20, 2015.
- "Colin Donnell". Facebook.
- "Meet Me in St. Louis". Nytheatre-wire.com. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
- "Talkin' Broadway Regional News & Reviews - Me, Myself and I - 1/30/08". Talkinbroadway.com. 2008-02-17. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
- "St. Louisan Colin Donnell goes from Muny to 'Arrow' : Entertainment". Stltoday.com. 2012-10-07. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
- "Colin Donnell, Bryce Pinkham, Patti Murin and Julia Murney Will Throw It Back in #tbtLIVE Concert". Playbill.
- BWW News Desk. "Photo Flash: First Look at Patti Murin, Colin Donnell, Nancy Opel & More in HOLIDAY INN at The Muny". BroadwayWorld.com.
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