Lucas Grabeel

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Lucas Grabeel
Lucas Grabeel 2016.png
Grabeel in November 2016
Born Lucas Stephen Grabeel
(1984-11-23) November 23, 1984 (age 32)
Springfield, Missouri, United States
Residence Mill Valley, California, US
Occupation
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
  • singer
Years active 2004–present
Musical career
Genres Pop
Instruments
Labels Road Dawg Records
Website lucasgrabeel.com

Lucas Stephen Grabeel (/ˈɡrbl/ GRAY-beel; born November 23, 1984) is an American actor, director, producer, singer and songwriter. He is best known for roles such as, Ryan Evans in the High School Musical film series, as Ezra Chase in The Adventures of Food Boy (2008) and as Ethan Dalloway in the third and fourth installments of the Halloweentown series: Halloweentown High (2004) and Return to Halloweentown (2006). He also appeared as a young Lex Luthor and Conner Kent in the television series Smallville. He played Toby Kennish in the ABC Family/Freeform drama Switched at Birth. He provides the voice of Deputy Peck in the Disney Junior TV series Sheriff Callie's Wild West.

Early life[edit]

Grabeel was born in Springfield, Missouri on November 23, 1984, the son of Jean (née Harman) and Stephen Grabeel.[1] Before transferring to and graduating from Kickapoo High School in Springfield in 2003, he attended Logan-Rogersville Elementary, Middle and High School. He also played drums for a local church and initiated a men's a cappella singing group at a high school. At school, he found passions in the guitar and the accordion while also enjoying dance. He can dance in the styles of jazz, ballet, hip-hop and tap.[2] While in Rogersville, Missouri, he regularly attended Harmony Baptist Church, where he was a part of the children's and youth groups.[3] During the summer of 2002, He attended the Missouri Fine Arts Academy (MFAA) at Missouri State University. In a letter written to protest eliminating MFAA, Grabeel stated, "I wouldn't be where I am at if it weren't for my time at MFAA." His time there, as he refers to it, is what led him to move to LA and pursue an acting career.

Following his graduation, Grabeel moved to Los Angeles to become an actor. After two months living there, Grabeel landed his first television role in a commercial for toothpaste and then eventually went to star in other commercials for Lego and Hot Wheels.

Career[edit]

2004–08: Beginning and High School Musical[edit]

Grabeel (left) and Corbin Bleu (right) in the High School Musical: The Concert, in 2007.

In 2004, he starred in his first film role as Ethan Dolloway in the third installment of the Halloweentown series Halloweentown High. He subsequently reprised this role in the series' fourth installment Return to Halloweentown. Grabeel has made television guest appearances in TV series such as Boston Legal, 'Til Death, Veronica Mars. On Smallville, he portrayed a young Lex Luthor. In 2006, he was cast in the role of Ryan Evans, the fraternal twin brother of Sharpay Evans (played by Ashley Tisdale), in the Emmy Award-winning made-for-television Disney movie High School Musical. He reprises his role in the television sequels High School Musical 2 and High School Musical 3: Senior Year. In 2007, he joined co-stars Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman on the 51-date High School Musical: The Concert. In early 2009, Billboard believed that Grabeel and Tisdale's track "I Want It All" should be nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category however, the song did not make the final shortlist.[4] During his time in High School Musical, Grabeel (along with his co-stars) had a total of six tracks chart in the Billboard Hot 100.[5][6][7][8]

Furthermore, he was the first artist to debut in the Billboard Hot 100 with two simultaneous new entries in one week.[9] While with Disney Channel, Grabeel also participated in the first ever Disney Channel Games and co-captained the green team along with Ashley Tisdale, Mitchel Musso, Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment and Kyle Massey. A year later, he returned to repeat his captaincy of the green team with Dylan Sprouse, Miley Cyrus, Monique Coleman and Brandon Baker. Other film projects Grabeel was involved with include the animated film, At Jesus' Side, where he voiced a dog named Jericho.[10] He also filmed the independent film, Alice Upside Down,[11] as the character of Lester McKinley, based on the "Alice book series" by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Aside his involvement in the High School Musical soundtracks, Grabeel has recorded a song called "You Know I Will" for the soundtrack of The Fox and the Hound 2 and also recorded his own version of the Michael Bolton track "Go the Distance", from Disney's Hercules, for DisneyMania 5.

In 2007, Grabeel co-wrote and recorded a song called "You Got It"[12] which was released in the iTunes Store on August 19, 2007[13] while its accompanying music video was released on his official website. Grabeel also recorded another original song called "Trash Talkin'" which was released November 15, 2008 on YouTube.[14] In 2008, he also appeared in the movie Milk, a biopic about the slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk. Grabeel played a friend and supporter of Milk, photographer Danny Nicoletta. He also appeared in the 2008 Walt Disney Pictures film College Road Trip as Scooter, which features other Disney stars Raven-Symoné, Brenda Song and Margo Harshman. He also stars in the independent movie Lock and Roll Forever alongside Ore Ska Band.[15] Grabeel also guest starred in an episode of The Cleveland Show.

2009–present: Switched at Birth and other projects[edit]

Early in 2009, Grabeel was voted Most Likely to Do Big Things in 2009 by MTV and had an exclusive interview with them. He mentions the release of another music video for his track Get Your Ass On.[16] He also mentioned his latest movie project, The Legend of the Dancing Ninja, where he played the lead Tokyo Jones alongside David Hasselhoff.[17] In May 2009 he portrayed the role on stage of Matt in the Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones musical, The Fantasticks with Eric McCormack and Harry Groener at UCLA's Freud Playhouse.[18] Grabeel also sings in the iTunes show I Kissed a Vampire, in which, he stars. In early 2009, he appeared at the Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.), an AIDS charity event, in Beverly Hills performing George and Ira Gershwin's "I Can't Be Bothered Now".[19][20] He also recorded and released a new track titled '135n8' in early 2014 with the music video being uploaded to his YouTube account.

In 2011 he appeared in 10th season of Smallville as Alexander Luthor / Connor Kent, a hybrid clone with Lex Luthor and Clark Kent's DNA. In 2007, he filmed the movie, The Adventures of Food Boy with Brittany Curran, as the lead, Ezra Chase. Since the summer of 2011, Grabeel has been starring in the ABC Family drama Switched at Birth, in which he plays the brother of one of the two girls that were mistakenly switched at birth in the hospital.[21] In March 2012 I Kissed A Vampire was released in the US where Lucas stars alongside Drew Seeley and Adrian Slade.[22] In January 2014 he provided his first-ever voice over role for an animated series, Deputy Peck on Sheriff Callie's Wild West. He has also played the character of Gustav in Dragons; Defenders of Berk

Other ventures[edit]

In 2007, Grabeel founded a production company called 14341 Productions. His role within involves overseeing many projects from writing, directing and executive producing. The company have produced projects such as the short films The Real Son, Smoke Break; the music videos for "Get Your Ass On" and "You Got It". They also produced a TV pilot called Regarding Beauregard which was Grabeel's directorial debut. They are currently working on a short film, The Adventures of Chuckle Boy, and have just released a short film The Dragon.[23] Their work debuted at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.[24]

Filmography[edit]

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth Charlie / Gertrude / Ophelia
2007 Alice Upside Down Lester McKinley
2008 The Real Son Freddie Deasnman Short film
2008 Smoke Break Sir Anthony Childsworth Short film
2008 At Jesus' Side Jericho Voice role
2008 Lock and Roll Forever Donni
2008 College Road Trip Scooter
2008 The Adventures of Food Boy Ezra Chase
2008 Milk Danny Nicoletta
2008 High School Musical 3: Senior Year Ryan Evans
2010 The Legend of the Dancing Ninja Nikki
2012 I Kissed a Vampire Dylan Knight
2013 Chocolate Milk Stan Short film
2014 Dragon Nest: Warrior's Dawn Gerrant Voice role
2014 Pilot Season Luc Short film
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Halloweentown High Ethan Dalloway Television film
2005 Boston Legal Jason Matheny Episode: "The Ass Fat Jungle"
2006 'Til Death Pete Pratt Episode: "Pilot"
2006 Smallville Young Lex Luthor Episode: "Reunion"
2005–2006 Veronica Mars Wanna Score Boy / Kelly Kuzzio Episodes: "Ahoy Mateys", "Versatile Toppings"
2006 Return to Halloweentown Ethan Dalloway Television film
2006 High School Musical Ryan Evans Television film
2007 High School Musical 2 Ryan Evans Television film
2009 Glenn Martin DDS Singer Voice role; episode: "Deck the Malls"
2009 I Kissed a Vampire Dylan Main role
2010 The Cleveland Show Nerd #2 Voice role; episode: "Love Rollercoaster"
2010–2017 Family Guy Chadley / Various characters Voice role; recurring role; 19 episodes
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Guillermo Seidel Episode: "Field Mice"
2011 Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure Ryan Evans Television film
2011 Special Agent Oso Uncle Eric Voice role; episode: "On Old MacDonald's Special Song"
2011 Smallville Superboy / Kon-El Episodes: "Beacon" and "Scion"
2011–2017 Switched at Birth Toby Kennish Main role, 100 episodes
2012 Robot Chicken Justin Bieber Voice role; episode: "Robot Chicken's ATM Christmas Special"
2013–2014 DreamWorks Dragons Gustav Voice role; recurring role; 4 episodes
2013 Pound Puppies Percy Voice role; episode: "Cuddle Up Buttercup"
2014–2016 Sheriff Callie's Wild West[25] Deputy Peck Voice role; main role, 19 episodes
2014 Phineas and Ferb Ropey-Face Voice role; episode: "Doof 101"
2014 Chopped Himself Episode: "Chopped Tournament of Stars: Actors"
2015 Doraemon Big G Singing voice; episode: "Big G's Big Show"
2016 Elena of Avalor Jiku Voice role; recurring role, 10 episodes
2016 Pinky Malinky Pinky Malinky Voice role; main role

Discography[edit]

Extended play[edit]

Title Album details
Sunshine
  • Released: June 22, 2011[26]
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Road Dawg

Singles[edit]

As main artist
List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[27]
AUS
[28]
CAN
[29]
UK
[30]
"You Got It"[31] 2007 Non-album single
"I Want It All"
(with Ashley Tisdale)
2008 113 93 75 87 High School Musical 3: Senior Year
"135n8"[32] 2014 Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.
As featured artist
List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[27]
AUS
[33]
UK
[34]
"What Time Is It?"
(among the cast of High School Musical 2)
2007 6 66 20 High School Musical 2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"You Know I Will" 2006 N/A The Fox and the Hound 2
"Go the Distance" 2007 DisneyMania 5
"Jenny Got a Fever" Alice Upside Down
"Gotta Rock"
"Let It Snow" Disney Channel Holiday
"Baby" 2011 Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure
"Just a Little Peck" 2012 Adrian Slade and Drew Seeley I Kissed a Vampire
"Happily Afterlife"
"Outta My Head" N/A

Other charted songs[edit]

List of songs, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[27]
AUS
[33]
CAN
[29]
UK
[34]
"Bop to the Top"
(with Ashley Tisdale)
2006 62 137 High School Musical
"We're All in This Together"
(among the cast of High School Musical)
34 40
"Fabulous"
(with Ashley Tisdale)
2007 76 91 63 64 High School Musical 2
"All for One"
(among the cast of High School Musical 2)
92 87
"A Night to Remember"
(among the cast of High School Musical 3)
2008 [a] 96 94 High School Musical 3: Senior Year
"High School Musical"
(among the cast of High School Musical 3)
105
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star: Male Switched at Birth Nominated
2013 Choice TV Actor: Drama
2014

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "A Night to Remember" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number eight on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ozarks son continues Hollywood climb, News-Leader.com, September 13, 2005; Retrieved April 6, 2009
  2. ^ Lucas Grabeel – Biography, IMDB.com, Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  3. ^ Lucas Grabeel, AtJesusSide.com, Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  4. ^ And The Best Song Oscar Nominees Should Be...., Billboard, January 21, 2009; Retrieved April 7, 2009
  5. ^ Fergie Scores Third Solo No. 1 On Hot 100, Billboard, August 30, 2007; Retrieved April 7, 2009
  6. ^ We're All In This Together – The Billboard Hot 100, Billboard, February 11, 2006; Retrieved April 7, 2009
  7. ^ I Don't Dance – The Billboard Hot 100, Billboard, August 8, 2007; Retrieved April 7, 2009
  8. ^ What Time Is It – The Billboard Hot 100, Billboard, November 8, 2007; Retrieved April 7, 2009
  9. ^ Chart Beat – High School Musical Charting, Billboard, February 2, 2006; Retrieved April 7, 2009
  10. ^ AtJesusSide Cast, AtJesusSide.com, Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  11. ^ Alice Upside Down, Alice Upside Down the Movie (Official Website), Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  12. ^ Lucas Stephen Grabeel (writer) – You Got It, ASCAP.com, Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  13. ^ Lucas Grabeel – You Got It – Single, iTunes, Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  14. ^ Lucas Grabeel – Trash Talkin' (Fan Upload), YouTube.com, Retrieved April 5, 2009.
  15. ^ Sony does Japanese 'Musical', Variety, October 30, 2007; Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  16. ^ Our Male Pop Rookies Plan Music-Industry And Hollywood Takeover In 2009, MTV, January 13, 2009; Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  17. ^ The Legend of the Dancing Ninja, Internet Movie Database, Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  18. ^ The Fantasticks, Reprise.org, Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  19. ^ The Brothers Gershwin: George & Ira – The 25th Annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.) , Stage LA, Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  20. ^ Recording of 'I Can't Be Bothered Now', YouTube.com, ; Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  21. ^ Two Switched at Birth teens fuel new ABC Family drama Zap2it.com, Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  22. ^ "TWIST Chats with Lucas Grabeel!". Twist. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  23. ^ 14341, 14341.com, Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  24. ^ Lucas Grabeel & 14341 Productions Interview, Popstar.com, February 9, 2009; Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  25. ^ http://www.disneydreaming.com/2012/06/23/lucas-grabeel-will-voice-a-character-on-disney-juniors-sheriff-callies-wild-west-with-mandy-moore/
  26. ^ "Sunshine – EP by Lucas Grabeel". iTunes US. Apple. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  27. ^ a b c "High School Musical cast Album & Song Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  28. ^ "The ARIA Report: Issue 981 (Week Commencing 15 December 2008)" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. p. 4. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  29. ^ a b "Canadian Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on September 26, 2009. Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
  30. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: E-40 – E-Z Rollers". Zobbel.de. Archived from the original on May 17, 2013. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  31. ^ ""You Got It" by Lucas Grabeel". iTunes US. Apple. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  32. ^ ""135n8" by Lucas Grabeel". iTunes US. Apple. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  33. ^ a b Peak chart positions for singles and other charted songs in Australia:
  34. ^ a b Peak chart positions for singles in the United Kingdom:
    • "What I've Been Looking For" and "Bop to the Top": "The Official UK Singles Chart for the week ending January 13, 2007". ChartsPlus. Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd (281): 3. 
    • "Fabulous" and "You Are the Music in Me": "The Official UK Singles Chart for the week ending October 6, 2007". ChartsPlus. Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd (319): 2. 
    • "What Time Is It?", "All for One", "Stick to the Status Quo" and "We're All in This Together": "The Official Charts Company - Cast of High School Musical discography". The Official Charts Company. 
    • "I Want It All":"The Official UK Singles Chart for the week ending November 1, 2008". ChartsPlus. Liverpool: UKChartPlus (375): 2. 
  35. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum Searchable Database – We're All in This Together". Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Retrieved November 17, 2012. [permanent dead link]

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