Colin Donnell

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Colin Donnell
Colin Donnell by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Colin Donnell at WonderCon 2013.
Born (1982-10-09) October 9, 1982 (age 34)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Alma mater Indiana University
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Patti Murin (m. 2015)

Colin Donnell (born October 9, 1982)[1] is an American actor best known for his performances as Billy Crocker in Anything Goes, Tommy Merlyn in the 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[edit]

Colin Donnell was born in St. Louis, Missouri, as the youngest of three boys. He has Irish[2] 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 him in being part of his first school musical production of Barnum.[3] Colin graduated from Indiana University in 2005.[4][5]

Career[edit]

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. 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,[6][7] however, he later left the series after the first season's finale (as his character was killed off), but made a cameo in one episode during the second season and made two different cameos in the third season.

For the summer of 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.[8][9]

On January 23, 2014, it was announced that Donnell was cast as Monty in the 1960s-era Broadway musical Violet alongside Sutton Foster and Joshua Henry; which would begin on March 28, 2014 with a special preview, and officially open on April 20, 2014.[10][11][12]

On April 28, 2014, it was announced that Donnell joined the cast of concert Bright Lights, Big City, which was performed on June 16, 2014.[13][14] On July 18, 2014 it was revealed that Donnell would play Joshua Jackson's brother in Showtime original drama The Affair.[15]

On November 4, 2014, it was announced that Donnell had joined the cast of Broadway Sings P!NK, which would take place on January 19 and 25, 2015.[16][17]

On November 19, 2014, Donnell 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.[18][19]

On March 4, 2015, Donnell joined NBC drama pilot Love Is A Four Letter Word playing Sean, an ad agency partner. The show was passed on.[20]

On May 29, 2015, Donnell joined NBC series, Chicago Med, as a regular, playing a doctor in trauma surgery.[21][22]

Personal life[edit]

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,[23] and married on June 19, 2015 in New York City.[24]

Donnell is a literary aficionado and a musician.[25] 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.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Every Secret Thing Paul Porter
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2011–12 Pan Am Mike Ruskin 4 episodes
2012–15 Arrow Tommy Merlyn 23 episodes
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 Dr. Connor Rhodes 2 episodes
2016 Chicago P.D. Dr. Connor Rhodes 4 episodes
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2011 L.A. Noire Various Voice

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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[26] John Truitt
2007 Mamma Mia! Sky[3]
2007 Follies Young Benjamin Stone
2007 Me, Myself and I[27] Otto
2008 High School Musical on Stage! Troy Bolton[28]
2009 Wicked Fiyero
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 Violet Monty
2014 Bright Lights, Big City[13] Himself
2015 Broadway Sings P!NK Himself
2015 Lady, Be Good Jack Robinson
2015 #tbtLIVE Throwback Thursday: The Concert[29] Himself
2015 Holiday Inn[30] Jim Hardy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Happy Birthday to Colin Donnell! · Jersey Boys Blog". Jerseyboysblog.com. October 9, 2007. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ "In Focus: Irish American actor Colin Donnell- VIDEO". IrishCentral.com. 
  3. ^ a b c "Anything Goes’ Charmer Colin Donnell on His Wicked Awesome Fans and High School Musical Story". Broadway.com. 
  4. ^ "JBB Interview Exclusive: Howard Tucker Interviews Colin Donnell! · Jersey Boys Blog". jerseyboysblog.com. 
  5. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20121230050552/http://newsinfo.iu.edu/web/page/normal/3268.html. Archived from the original on December 30, 2012. Retrieved February 10, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "JBB Interview Exclusive: Howard Tucker Interviews Colin Donnell! · Jersey Boys Blog". Jerseyboysblog.com. October 18, 2007. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Colin Donnell Biography". broadwayworld.com. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ BWW News Desk. "Breaking News: Colin Donnell & Joshua Henry Join Sutton Foster in VIOLET on Broadway!". BroadwayWorld.com. 
  11. ^ "AP News: Local". AP News. 
  12. ^ "Joshua Henry, Colin Donnell to join Sutton Foster". U-T San Diego. 
  13. ^ a b 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. 
  14. ^ "Bright Lights, Big City in Concert Will Feature Alice Ripley, Colin Donnell, Matt Doyle, Renee Elise Goldsberry and More". Playbill. 
  15. ^ "Jarett Wieselman on Twitter". Twitter. 
  16. ^ Editorial Staff (4 November 2014). "Broadway Sings P!NK Concert to Star Colin Donnell, Patti Murin, Ciara Renée - Theater News - Nov 4, 2014". theatermania. 
  17. ^ "Colin Donnell, Christine Dwyer, Patti Murin, Ciara Renée and Zak Resnick Will Sing New Arrangements of P!nk Songs". Playbill. 
  18. ^ BWW News Desk. "Tommy Tune, Colin Donnell, Erin Mackey & More Will Star in Encores! LADY, BE GOOD". BroadwayWorld.com. 
  19. ^ "Broadway Legend Tommy Tune Will Return to the Stage for Lady, Be Good at Encores!". Broadway.com. 
  20. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Meta Golding, Colin Donnell, Monet Mazur Join NBC Pilot ‘Love Is A 4 Letter Word’ - Deadline". Deadline. 
  21. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Colin Donnell Cast In ‘Chicago Med’ As New Regular - Deadline". Deadline. 
  22. ^ "Colin Donnell Joins 'Chicago Med'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  23. ^ Webber, Stephanie (December 20, 2014). "Arrow Star Colin Donnell Engaged to Patti Murin". Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  24. ^ 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. 
  25. ^ "Colin Donnell". Facebook. 
  26. ^ "Meet Me in St. Louis". Nytheatre-wire.com. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Talkin' Broadway Regional News & Reviews - Me, Myself and I - 1/30/08". Talkinbroadway.com. 2008-02-17. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  28. ^ "St. Louisan Colin Donnell goes from Muny to 'Arrow' : Entertainment". Stltoday.com. 2012-10-07. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  29. ^ "Colin Donnell, Bryce Pinkham, Patti Murin and Julia Murney Will Throw It Back in #tbtLIVE Concert". Playbill. 
  30. ^ 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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