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Grant Gustin
Grant Gustin SDCC 2017.jpg
Gustin at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Thomas Grant Gustin
(1990-01-14) January 14, 1990 (age 27)
Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2003–present
Known for
Partner(s) Andrea "LA" Thoma (fiancée)

Thomas Grant Gustin (born January 14, 1990) is an American actor and singer. He is known for his role as Barry Allen / the Flash (based on the DC Comics character of the same name) on the CW series The Flash and Arrow, both in the Arrowverse television franchise, and his role as Sebastian Smythe on the Fox series Glee.

Early life

Thomas Grant Gustin was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the son of Tina Haney, a pediatric nurse, and Thomas Gustin, a college professor.[1][2] During his high school years, he attended the Governor's School for the Arts program in Norfolk for musical theater. He also went to Hurrah Players Incorporated which is a theater organization in Virginia. In 2008, he graduated from Granby High School and went on to attend the BFA Music Theater Program at Elon University in North Carolina for two years.[3] He has been a friend of actor Chris Wood since college.[4]

Career

Gustin left school to take the role of Baby John in the Broadway Revival Tour of West Side Story, and performed with the tour from its opening on September 30, 2010, through September 23, 2011.[3][5][6]

On November 8, 2011, he debuted on the television series Glee as Sebastian Smythe, an openly gay member of the Dalton Academy Warblers.[3] Gustin won the recurring role of Sebastian, a promiscuous and scheming character, after "an exhaustive, weeks-long casting search". He originally auditioned for a role as a tap dancer, but did not get the part. However, Ryan Murphy kept him in mind.[7] He began filming the role early on Monday, September 26, 2011, after having finished his final West Side Story performance the Friday night [8] In January 2012, Naya Rivera (as her character Santana Lopez) and Gustin (as Smythe) performed "Smooth Criminal" as a duet in the season three episode "Michael", backed by musical duo 2Cellos. The song was filmed in a similar environment as the 2Cellos music video, in a room surrounded by empty chairs as the two musicians play. This cover debuted and peaked at number 26 at Billboard Hot 100, number 10 at Billboard Digital Songs, and number 28 at Billboard Canadian Hot 100 chart at the week of February 18, 2012.[9]

Gustin began filming A Mother's Nightmare, an original film for the Lifetime network, in late May 2012. The project also stars actresses Annabeth Gish and Jessica Lowndes, and was shot in West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.[10] On July 11, 2012, it was announced that Gustin had landed a major role in the independent film Affluenza.[11]

On September 13, 2013, it was announced that Gustin would play Barry Allen in the second season of Arrow. He was initially supposed to appear in three episodes, the last one serving as the backdoor pilot for a potential spin-off Flash series.[12] However, the backdoor pilot plan was dropped in favor of a stand-alone pilot, titled The Flash.[13] The pilot was picked up with an initial order of thirteen episodes, and the series premiered on October 7, 2014, with 4.8 million viewers, the most for a premiere on The CW in five years.[14][15] Two weeks later, the network increased the episode order to a full season of twenty-three in all.[16] On January 11, 2015, the show was renewed for a second season.[17] On March 11, 2016, it was renewed for a third season. Gustin reprised his role in two episodes of the CBS (now CW) series Supergirl.

On March 30, 2016, it was announced that Gustin will star in William H. Macy's upcoming film Krystal.[18]

Personal life

In January 2016, Gustin began dating Andrea "LA" Thoma. The couple announced their engagement on April 29, 2017.[19]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Kid Fitness Jungle Adventure Exercise Video Club fit kid Direct-to-video
2014 Affluenza Todd Goodman
2017 Krystal Campbell Post-production
TBA The Last Full Measure William H. Pitsenbarger[20] Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Haunting, AA Haunting Thomas (Stacy's boyfriend) Episode: "Hungry Ghosts"
2011–2013 Glee Sebastian Smythe Recurring role; 7 episodes
2012 CSI: Miami Scott Ferris / Trent Burton Episode: "Terminal Velocity"
2012 Mother's Nightmare, AA Mother's Nightmare Chris Stewart Television film
2013 90210 Campbell Price Recurring role; 8 episodes
2013–present Arrow Barry Allen / The Flash[A] Recurring role; 8 episodes
2014–present The Flash Lead role
2016–present Supergirl 3 episodes
2016–present Legends of Tomorrow 4 episodes (2 voice, 2 live)

^ A. Gustin also portrayed Savitar in the third season of The Flash.

Web

Year Title Role Notes
2015–2016 Vixen Barry Allen / The Flash Voice; 8 episodes
2017 Freedom Fighters: The Ray Barry Allen / Dark Flash Voice

Theater

Year Title Role Notes
2010–11 West Side Story Baby John Broadway Revival Tour

Discography

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUS
CAN
[21]
IRL
[22]
UK
[23]
US
[24]
"Uptown Girl" 2011 93 140 68 Glee: The Music, Volume 7
"Bad" 2012 90 193 80 Glee: The Music, The Complete Season Three
"Smooth Criminal" with Naya Rivera
(featuring 2Cellos)
59 28 46 86 26
"I Want You Back"
"Stand"
"Glad You Came" 74 90
"Live While We're Young" Glee: The Music, Season 4, Volume 1
"Super Friend" with Melissa Benoist 2017 The Flash – Music from the Special Episode: Duet
"Runnin’ Home to You"
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actor The Flash Nominated [25]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Breakout Star Won [26]
Choice TV: Chemistry (with Candice Patton) Nominated
Choice TV: Liplock (with Candice Patton) Nominated
Saturn Awards Breakthrough Performance Award Won [27][28]
Best Actor on Television Nominated
2016 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Male TV Star – Family Show Nominated [29]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Won [30]
Choice TV: Chemistry (with Candice Patton) Nominated
Choice TV: Liplock (with Candice Patton) Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Actor on Television Nominated [31]
2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Hero Nominated [32]
Saturn Awards Best Actor on Television Nominated [33]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Action TV Actor Won [34]
Choice TV Villain Nominated

References

  1. ^ Ollison, Rashod (January 31, 2012). "More 'Glee' time for Norfolk actor Grant Gustin". The Virginian-Pilot. Archived from the original on October 14, 2014. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ Elon University[dead link]
  3. ^ a b c "Norfolk actor lands a role on TV's 'Glee'". The Virginian-Pilot. October 27, 2011. Archived from the original on October 28, 2011. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ Abrams, Natalie (March 20, 2017). "Grant Gustin on Being Back in his element". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on April 3, 2017. Retrieved April 2, 2017. ...But the weirdest person is actually Chris Wood, because we went to Elon University together, we were musical theater majors together, and we were very good friends in school. 
  5. ^ "West Side Story Tour Announces Cast". BroadwayWorld.com. August 23, 2010. Archived from the original on February 25, 2011. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ Gustin, Grant [@grantgust] (September 23, 2011). "Premature last performance with #WSS tonight. It's been such an amazing year! I will miss you all so much" (Tweet). Retrieved September 30, 2011 – via Twitter. 
  7. ^ Ausiello, Michael (September 27, 2011). "Glee Exclusive: New Gay Warbler to Come Between Kurt and Blaine!". TVLine. PMC. Archived from the original on October 12, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ Gustin, Grant (September 26, 2011). "@grantgust: Early morning. First day on set. #surreal". Twitter. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  9. ^ Gary Trust (2012-02-10). "Weekly Chart Notes: Madonna, Michael Jackson, 'Godspell'". Billboard.com. Archived from the original on 2014-06-18. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 21, 2012). "'Glee's' Grant Gustin to Star in Lifetime Movie". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 24, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  11. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (July 11, 2012). "'Glee' Star Grant Gustin Lands Lead in Indie Film 'Affluenza' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on July 15, 2012. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  12. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 13, 2013). "'Glee' Star Set as CW's Flash". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on September 14, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 18, 2013). "CW's 'The Flash' To Do Stand-Alone Pilot Instead Of 'Arrow' Backdoor Pilot Episode". Deadline.com. PMC. Archived from the original on November 19, 2013. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ Ausiello, Michael (May 8, 2014). "Fall TV Scoop: In talks to do theatrical release of The Flash Movie (2018)The CW Orders Four Dramas, Including Flash, iZombie and Jane the Virgin, Passes on Supernatural Spin-Off". TVLine. PMC. Archived from the original on May 8, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  15. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (October 8, 2014). "Ratings: The Flash Hits the Ground Running, CW's Best Debut in 5 Years; ABC Sitcoms Tumble, POI Slips". TVLine. PMC. Archived from the original on October 12, 2014. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  16. ^ Hibberd, James (October 21, 2014). "'The Flash' gets full season ('Jane the Virgin' too)". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on October 22, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  17. ^ Levin, Gary (January 11, 2015). "CW renews eight dramas for new seasons". USA Today. Archived from the original on January 12, 2015. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  18. ^ Patterson, Michael (2016-03-30). "Grant Gustin Lands Major Film Role". moviepilot.com. Archived from the original on 2016-04-13. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  19. ^ Petit, Stephanie (2017-04-30). "The Flash Star Grant Gustin Is Engaged to Girlfriend LA Thoma — Check Out Her Ring!". People. Archived from the original on 2017-04-30. Retrieved 2017-04-30. 
  20. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (March 28, 2017). "'The Flash's Grant Gustin Draws 'The Last Full Measure'". Deadline.com. Archived from the original on March 29, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  21. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in Canada:
  22. ^ "Smooth Criminal": "Irish Music Charts Archive: Top 50 Singles, Week Ending 15 March 2012". Chart-Track. GfK. March 15, 2012. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved August 23, 2012. 
  23. ^ Peak positions for singles in the United Kingdom:
  24. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in the United States:
  25. ^ "Kids' Choice Awards: Complete List of Winners". Us Magazine. Archived from the original on May 2, 2015. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2015 Winners: Full List". Variety. August 16, 2015. Archived from the original on June 21, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2017. 
  27. ^ "2015 Saturn Awards: Captain America: Winter Soldier, Walking Dead lead nominees". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on June 27, 2015. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Saturn Awards: Noah Wyle and Grant Gustin among special honorees". Los Angeles Times. April 29, 2015. Archived from the original on May 27, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2016. 
  29. ^ Olson, Cathy (February 4, 2016). "2016 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award Nominations: See List | Billboard". Billboard. Archived from the original on February 3, 2016. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  30. ^ Crist, Allison; Nordyke, Kimberly (July 31, 2016). "Teen Choice Awards: Complete Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 6, 2017. 
  31. ^ Bryant, Jacob (February 24, 2016). "'Star Wars,' 'Mad Max,' 'Walking Dead' Lead Saturn Awards Nominations". Variety. Archived from the original on May 7, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  32. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (March 2, 2017). "2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Nominations List — 'This Is Us,' 'Stranger Things'". TVLine. Archived from the original on April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  33. ^ McNary, Dave (March 2, 2017). "Saturn Awards Nominations 2017: 'Rogue One,' 'Walking Dead' Lead". Variety. Archived from the original on March 3, 2017. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  34. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (August 13, 2017). "Teen Choice Awards: Complete Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on August 14, 2017. 

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