Paul Vogt, August 2011
December 16, 1964 |
Buffalo, New York, United States
Life and career
Paul was born in Buffalo, New York. He graduated from Kenmore East High School in 1982. He has an identical twin brother, Peter Allen Vogt, who appeared with him in some sketches on MADtv, on an episode of Arrested Development, Reno 911!, Hannah Montana, and in the film Valentine's Day.
Paul has guest starred on Chicago Hope, Hannah Montana, and The In-Laws. Paul was a regular cast member of the NBC summer series The Rerun Show. Paul has also starred in several commercials, independent films, and stage work. He was seen in Happy Days: the musical for Garry Marshall at the Falcon Theater in Burbank. He also appeared in Marshall's film Raising Helen.
In January 2007, he took over the lead role of Edna Turnblad in the Broadway production of Hairspray (the role created by Divine in the John Water's film and then by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein on Broadway). Previously, he played the role in the Las Vegas production (succeeding Harvey Fierstein) in May 2006, as well as the regional theatre premiere at the North Shore Music Theatre (Beverly, Massachusetts) in the fall of 2006. He appeared in the movie Blonde Ambition, filming his scenes in between Hairspray performances. Paul voiced the character Buzz Offmann in the 2008 animated film Igor.
In August 2008, he reprised his role as Mrs. Edna Turnblad for 12 performances at the Sacramento Music Circus. He also reprised the role in August 2009 at The Muny.
He also appeared in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement as Lord Jerry Crawley. His twin brother also appeared as Lord Jerry's brother, Dean Crawley.
In January 2013, he reprised his role as Mrs. Edna Turnblad with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's production of "Hairspray in Concert".
Vogt joined the cast of MADtv during the eighth season as a featured player, then was promoted to repertory status the following. He created characters such as flamboyant Lillian Verner Game Show host Dale Briskett and Angela Wright's Canadian cousin Natalie. His celebrity impersonations included Charlotte Rae (a reprisal of Mrs. Edna Garrett from The Rerun Show), Dick Cheney, James Lipton, and Richard Simmons. He left the TV show because he had an out in his contract after three years. Vogt is the second cast member (after Nelson Ascencio) to have a twin sibling appear with each other in a sketch in the show. Vogt was also the only known openly gay cast member.
- 2-Litre Beth (Fantanas)
- Cynthia "Cindy" Delmont (Big Lady), a plus-sized woman who is oblivious to being discriminated due to her size.
- Dale Briskett (Lillian Verner Game Show)
- Ernie "Ernest" (The B.S.)
- Harvey Muckenthaler (Stuart Larkin)
- Carlton "Carl" Swanson, Sr. (Lorraine Swanson)
- Natalie Wright
- Nurse (7:00 AM Condo Report)
- Officer Rufus Champagne, a police officer who keeps getting attacked by midgets.
- Sister Mary (Coach Hines)