Jay Armstrong Johnson

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Jay Armstrong Johnson
Born Jay Armstrong Johnson
(1987-09-01) September 1, 1987 (age 31)
Fort Worth, Texas, US
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present
Website jayarmstrongjohnson.org

Jay Armstrong Johnson (born September 1, 1987) is an American actor, known for his portrayal of Will Olsen in the ABC thriller Quantico and Tyler Killjoy in the upcoming 2018 film Zelda's Pepperonis.


Johnson was born on September 1, 1987, in Fort Worth, Texas.[1] In 2001, he made his debut at the theater in a production of the musical made Peter Pan. After joining the American tour of A Chorus Line in the role of Mark, Johnson debuted on Broadway in 2009 in the musical Hair as a member of the ensemble and the first substitute for Gavin Creel in the role of Claude. In 2010, he played the protagonist Jack Kelly in one of the first readings of the musical Newsies.

In 2011, Johnson replaced Aaron Tveit for the part of Frank Abagnale in the musical Catch Me If You Can. In 2013, he returned to Broadway in the musical Hands on a Hard Body.

In 2016, Johnson was cast in the recurring role of FBI recruit, Will Olsen on the ABC thriller series Quantico.[2]

Johnson joined the Broadway company of The Phantom of the Opera on April 30, 2018.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Johnson is openly gay.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Sex and the City 2 Wedding Chorus
2018 Zelda's Pepperonis Tyler Killjoy


Year Title Role Notes
2007–2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Paul Episode: "Trophy and Outsider"
2013 It Could Be Worse Jay Episode: "So, We Meet Again"
2014 Live from Lincoln Center Anthony Hope Episode: "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - In Concert with the New York Philharmonic"
2015 Seeking: the Web Series Sam Web series
2016–2018 Quantico Will Olsen Recurring role


  1. ^ "Biography". Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  2. ^ Li, Shirley (November 24, 2015). "Quantico: Jay Armstrong Johnson, Lenny Platt, Li Jun Li, joining as new recruits in mid-season". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  3. ^ "Jay Armstrong Johnson Joins Cast of Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera April 30 | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  4. ^ "Jay Armstrong Johnson Finds Being Openly Gay Isn't Career Suicide". February 16, 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2018.

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