Okieriete Onaodowan

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Okieriete Onaodowan
Born (1987-08-16) August 16, 1987 (age 32)
Other namesOak Onaodowan
Years active2010–present
Known forHamilton and Station 19

Okieriete "Oak" Onaodowan[1] (/ˌkɛdiˈɛt ˈndəwɑːn/ oh-KED-ee-ET-ay oh-NOW-də-wahn;[2] born August 16, 1987)[3] is an American actor, known for originating the 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.

Early life[edit]

Onaodowan was born in Newark to Nigerian parents.[4] He grew up in West Orange, New Jersey,[5] and graduated from West Orange High School in 2005.[6] Onaodowan briefly played football at West Orange High School but stopped after an injury during practice. As a result of the injury, Okieriete started to explore acting as an alternative extracurricular activity.[7]


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.[8] He had the leading role in Young Jean Lee's 2009 play, The Shipment,[9] and played the title role in J.C. Lee's Luce.[10][11]

By 2015, Onaodowan was an experienced stage actor.[12] He also had several screen credits, including Lou in Thanks for Sharing, and roles in Gravity and Blue Bloods.[13] He originated the roles of James Madison and Hercules Mulligan in the musical Hamilton on Broadway.[14][15][16] He won a Grammy Award as part of the cast album of Hamilton.[17]

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.[18][19][20]

In 2018, he began playing the role of firefighter Dean Miller in the Grey's Anatomy spin-off Station 19.





Awards, nominations and recognition[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2016 Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album Hamilton Won
Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards Favorite Breakthrough Performance Nominated

Onaodowan was included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Hollywood & Entertainment list in 2016 for his acting in Hamilton.[21]


  1. ^ Sally, Henry (26 July 2015). "HAMILTON Meets Disney Meets WICKED in New #Ham4Ham Lottery Performance, Featuring Okieriete Onaodowan". Broadway World. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Meet The Cast of Ruined: Okieriete Onaodowan". La Jolla Playhouse. December 2, 2010. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  3. ^ Diggs, Daveed. "Tales from Backstage: Daveed Diggs in "Hamilton"".
  4. ^ Canty, Erin (25 February 2016). "How a second-generation immigrant conquered Broadway as one of America's Founding Fathers". Upworthy. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  5. ^ Kletnoy, Sergio (13 July 2015). "Founding Father Alexander Hamilton's Life Is Now a Hip-Hop Musical". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  6. ^ Herzog, Laura. "Broadway baby: 'Hamilton' star returns to N.J. alma mater", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, May 2, 2016. Accessed 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."
  7. ^ Vicki Kyman, "The gentle giant of 'Hamilton': Meet N.J.'s Okieriete Onaodowan," NJ.com, June 12, 2016.
  8. ^ "Okieriete Onaodowan". broadwayworld.com. Broadway World. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  9. ^ Scheck, Frank (27 January 2009). "Lods of Quality Material". New York Post. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  10. ^ Scheck, Frank (22 October 2013). "'Luce' fizzles out despite performances". New York Post.
  11. ^ Charles Isherwood (21 October 2013). "Once Their Son, Now a Riddle J C Lee's 'Luce' at Claire Tow Theater". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  12. ^ Hebert, James (3 December 2015). "The breathtaking 'Hamilton,' and its bloodlines with 'Allegiance'". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  13. ^ "Meet the Cast of The Public Theater's HAMILTON". Broadway World. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  14. ^ Kennedy, Mark (17 July 2015). "3 presidents in 'Hamilton' put 'blood into the statues'". Lima, Ohio. AP. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  15. ^ Lee, Ashley (28 July 2015). "'Hamilton': Lin-Manuel Miranda Repeatedly Rewards Lottery Hopefuls With Unique Pre-Shows". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  16. ^ "Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- HAMILTON's Okieriete Onaodowan". Broadway World. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  17. ^ "2016 GRAMMY Award Nominations". CBS News. 7 December 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  18. ^ "The Great Comet on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  19. ^ Paulson, Michael (2017-02-15). "A 'Hamilton' Star Is to Replace Josh Groban in 'Great Comet'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  20. ^ Sblendorio, Marissa (2017-06-30). "HAMILTON's Okieriete Onaodowan Will Make His GREAT COMET Debut on July 11". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  21. ^ Viagas, Robert (January 5, 2016). "Hamilton Actors on Forbes' "30 Under 30" Power List". Playbill. Retrieved January 23, 2018.

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