Steve Kazee

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Steve Kazee
Born (1975-10-30) October 30, 1975 (age 41)
Ashland, Kentucky, U.S.
Alma mater Tisch School of Arts
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2005–present

Steve Kazee (born October 30, 1975) is an American actor and singer.

Early life[edit]

Steven Michael Kazee was born and raised in Ashland, Kentucky. He is an alumnus of Fairview High School and Morehead State University. Kazee moved to New York City in 2002 and received his MFA from the Graduate Acting Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.


In 2006, Kazee played Dumas Shepherd in an episode of Conviction. In 2007, he appeared as Michael Barlow in Medium and Mark Green in Numb3rs. In 2008, he appeared on NCIS as Michael Locke, and in 2009, he played Dominic Humphreys on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Kazee had a starring role on CMT's Working Class, in which he played Nick Garrett. Most recently, in 2013, he appeared on Elementary as Jeff Hines and on Drop Dead Diva as Dustin Wycott. In 2015, he played Gus Pfender in a recurring role in season 5 and 6 of Showtime's series Shameless.[1]

Onstage, he starred in several shows on- and off-Broadway. He appeared in NYSF's As You Like It. In 2006, he appeared as Timmy Cleary in The Subject Was Roses, which played at the Kennedy Center from January 7 to 29. Later that year, Kazee was cast as Sir Lancelot in Spamalot, then in Seascape as the Leslie understudy. In 2007, he starred as Bill Starbuck in the revival of 110 in the Shade,[2] and in 2008, he played Sobinsky in To Be Or Not To Be, which ran from September 16, 2008 through November 16, 2008 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.[3]

Kazee starred as Guy in the stage adaptation of Once,[4] which began previews on Broadway on February 28, 2012 and opened on March 18, 2012 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. He originated the role Off-Broadway when it opened at the New York Theatre Workshop on December 6, 2011. In March 2012, Playbill interviewed Kazee[5] and, since the show's opening, Kazee has made several TV appearances with the show, including the March 29, 2012 episode of Late Show with David Letterman and the April 6, 2012 episode of the Today Show.[6] Kazee won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.[7] His final performance as Guy was scheduled to be March 24, 2013, but due to a vocal injury, took place on February 6, 2013.[8] Less than a week later, on February 10, 2013, Kazee and the cast of "Once" won the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.[9]

He is featured on Christina Perri's song "A Thousand Years, Pt. 2," which appears on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).



Year Title Role Notes
2005–2006 Seascape Leslie Booth Theatre
2006 Monty Python's Spamalot Various Characters Shubert Theatre
2007 110 in the Shade Bill Starbuck Studio 54
2008–2009 To Be or Not to Be Sobinsky Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
2011–2013 Once Guy Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre


Year Title Role Notes
2015–2016 Shameless Gus Pfender 14 episodes
2016–present Nashville Riff Bell 2 episodes
2016 Drew Ned Nickerson Unsold TV pilot

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2012 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Once Won
2012 Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Once Nominated
2012 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical Once Nominated
2013 Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album
(shared with Cristin Milioti, Steven Epstein, Martin Lowe, Glen Hansard, and Markéta Irglová)
Once Won


  1. ^ "Steve Kazee - News -". Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Complete ast of '100 in the Shade' at Studio 54 Announced"
  3. ^ "Greasepaint Can Be Mightier Than Pen or Sword". The New York Times. 15 October 2008. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "'Once' is Headed to Broadway", December 6, 2011
  5. ^ "The Leading Men"
  6. ^ [1][2]
  7. ^ Gans, Andrew; Jones, Kenneth; Hetrick, Adam. "2012 Tony Awards Nominations Announced; 'Once' Earns 11 Nominations" Playbill, May 1, 2012, accessed December 2, 2016
  8. ^ "To The Fans"
  9. ^ "Once Cast Album Wins Grammy Award as Best Musical Theater Album - Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 

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