|Born||August 16, 1987|
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
|Other names||Oak Onaodowan|
|Known for||Hamilton and Station 19|
Okieriete "Oak" Onaodowan (/ / oh-KED-ee-ET-ay oh-NOW-də-wahn; born August 16, 1987) is an American actor and singer known for originating the dual roles of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in the 2015 musical Hamilton and the role of Dean Miller in the ABC drama and Grey's Anatomy spin-off series Station 19.
Onaodowan was born in Newark, New Jersey, to Nigerian parents. He and his five sisters were raised in West Orange, New Jersey, He attended Gregory Elementary School and Roosevelt Middle School and West Orange High School, graduating in 2005. Onaodowan briefly played football for his high school, but he stopped after an injury during practice. As a result of the injury, Onaodowan started to explore acting as an alternative extracurricular activity. While attending high school, he began performing with the New Jersey Youth Theatre. After high school, Onaodowan auditioned for and was accepted to the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He attended for one year.
Onaodowan had roles in Rocky the Musical and Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway and was in the ensemble of the first national tour of American Idiot. He had the leading role in Young Jean Lee's 2009 play, The Shipment, and played the title role in J.C. Lee's Luce.
By 2015, Onaodowan was an experienced stage actor. He also had several screen credits, including Lou in the feature film Thanks for Sharing and roles in the TV series Gravity and Blue Bloods. He originated the roles of James Madison and Hercules Mulligan in the musical Hamilton on Broadway. He won a Grammy Award as part of the cast album of Hamilton.
On July 11, 2017, he took on the role of Pierre in the musical Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, replacing the outgoing Josh Groban. He took his final bow in this musical on August 13, 2017.
In 2018, he began playing the role of firefighter Dean Miller in the Grey's Anatomy spin-off Station 19. On November 11, 2021, he exited the series, and his character was killed off onscreen. Deadline reported that Onaodowan had asked to leave in order to pursue other opportunities.
- Langston in Harlem, off-Broadway
- Neighbors, off-Broadway
- The Shipment, off-off-Broadway
- Ragtime, Coalhouse, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
- The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate, off-off-Broadway, 2004
- American Idiot, Rock & Roll Boyfriend/Favorite Son (u/s), US Tour, 2011
- Cyrano de Bergerac, Cadet/Pastry Cook/Sentry/Carbon de Castel-Jaloux (u/s)/Cuigy (u/s)/Musketeer (u/s), Broadway, 2012
- Luce, Luce, off-Broadway, 2013
- The Shipment, off-Broadway, 2013
- The Brothers Size, Old Globe Theatre, 2013
- The Royale, Old Globe Theatre, 2014
- Rocky, Dipper Riley/Apollo's Cornerman/Apollo Creed (u/s), Broadway, 2014
- Hamilton, Hercules Mulligan/James Madison
- Off-Broadway, 2015
- Broadway, 2015–16
- Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, Pierre, Broadway, 2017
- [A Doll's House|A Doll's House]], Nills Krogstead, Broadway, 2023
|2012||Thanks for Sharing||Lou|
|2017||Person to Person||Lester|
|2020||Hamilton||Hercules Mulligan / James Madison|
|A Quiet Place Part II||Ronnie|
|2010||Gravity||Sam||Episode: "Old People Creep Me Out"|
|2012||NYC 22||Anton Barke||Episode: "Turf War"|
|2014||Blue Bloods||Damon Williams||Episode: "Forgive and Forget"|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Cash Lewis||Episode: "Broken Rhymes"|
|2017||Girls||Raneed||Episode: "Painful Evacuation"|
|The Get Down||Afrika Bambaataa||3 episodes|
|She's Gotta Have It||Slick Willie||Episode: "#DaJumpoff (DOCTRINE)"|
|2018–2021||Grey's Anatomy||Dean Miller||5 episodes|
|2018–2021||Station 19||Main role: 59 episodes|
|2019||BoJack Horseman||Mike (voice)||Episode: "The Kidney Stays in the Picture"|
|2020||Robot Chicken||Abraham Lincoln / Night King / Grim Reaper (voice)||2 episodes|
|Social Distance||Reggie||Episode: "Delete All Future Events"|
|2022||Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous||Mr. Gold (voice)||Guest role: Season 5|
|Billions||Leon Sherald||Episode: "Hostis Humani Generis"|
|Langston in Harlem||Cuban Balladeer|
|2011||American Idiot||Rock & Roll Boyfriend/Ensemble||US National Tour|
|2012||Cyrano de Bergerac||Pastry Cook/Cadet/Sentry||Broadway|
|2014||Rocky the Musical||Dipper Riley/Apollo's Cornerman||Broadway|
|2015||Hamilton||Hercules Mulligan/James Madison||Off-Broadway|
|2017||Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812||Pierre Bezukhov||Broadway (Replacement)|
Awards, nominations and recognition
|2016||Grammy Award||Best Musical Theater Album||Hamilton||Won|
|Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards||Favorite Breakthrough Performance||Nominated|
- Sally, Henry (July 26, 2015). "HAMILTON Meets Disney Meets WICKED in New #Ham4Ham Lottery Performance, Featuring Okieriete Onaodowan". Broadway World. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
- "Meet The Cast of Ruined: Okieriete Onaodowan". La Jolla Playhouse. December 2, 2010. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
- Diggs, Daveed. "Tales from Backstage: Daveed Diggs in "Hamilton"".
- Canty, Erin (February 25, 2016). "How a second-generation immigrant conquered Broadway as one of America's Founding Fathers". Upworthy.com. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
- Herzog, Laura (May 2, 2016). "Broadway baby: 'Hamilton' star returns to N.J. alma mater". NJ.com. NJ Advance Media. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
Onaodowan grew up in West Orange with his parents and five sisters, and attended Gregory Elementary School, Roosevelt Middle School, and West Orange High School, graduating in 2005, school officials said.
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- Scheck, Frank (January 27, 2009). "Lods of Quality Material". New York Post. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
- Scheck, Frank (October 22, 2013). "'Luce' fizzles out despite performances". New York Post.
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- Hebert, James (December 3, 2015). "The breathtaking 'Hamilton,' and its bloodlines with 'Allegiance'". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
- "Meet the Cast of The Public Theater's HAMILTON". BroadwayWorld.com. January 31, 2015. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
- Kennedy, Mark (July 17, 2015). "3 presidents in 'Hamilton' put 'blood into the statues'". limaohio.com. Lima, Ohio: AIM Media Midwest Operating, LLC. AP. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
- Lee, Ashley (July 28, 2015). "'Hamilton': Lin-Manuel Miranda Repeatedly Rewards Lottery Hopefuls With Unique Pre-Shows". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
- "Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- HAMILTON's Okieriete Onaodowan". BroadwayWorld.com. October 2, 2015. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
- "2016 Grammy Award Nominations". cbs.com. CBS News. December 7, 2015. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
- @GreatCometBway (February 15, 2017). "We're thrilled to announce one of the original stars of @HamiltonMusical joins @GreatCometBway as Pierre starting July 3! #WhatAboutPierre" (Tweet). Retrieved February 15, 2017 – via Twitter.
- Paulson, Michael (February 15, 2017). "A 'Hamilton' Star Is to Replace Josh Groban in 'Great Comet'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
- Sblendorio, Marissa (June 30, 2017). "HAMILTON's Okieriete Onaodowan Will Make His GREAT COMET Debut on July 11". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
- Andreeva, Nellie (November 11, 2021). "'Station 19' Original Cast Member Exits As Firefighter Drama Reveals Who Dies In Latest 'Grey's' Crossover". Deadline. Retrieved April 5, 2022.
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