Terrence Mann

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Terrence Mann
Terrence Vaughan Mann

(1951-07-01) July 1, 1951 (age 71)
Years active1970–present

Terrence Mann (born July 1, 1951) is an American theatre, film and television actor. He is best known for his appearances on the Broadway stage, which include Chester Lyman in Barnum, Rum Tum Tugger in Cats, Javert in Les Miserables, Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Charles in Pippin, Mal Beineke in The Addams Family, and The Man in the Yellow Suit in Tuck Everlasting.

He has received three Tony Award nominations, an Emmy Award nomination, and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. He is a distinguished professor of musical theatre at Western Carolina University, and is an artistic director of the Carolina Arts Festival and the North Carolina Theatre.[1] His film credits include Critters, A Chorus Line, Big Top Pee-wee and Solarbabies. He also starred as the villain Whispers in the Netflix series Sense8 from 2015 to 2018.

Early life[edit]

Mann was born in Ashland, Kentucky, the eldest of three sons to Helen and Charles Mann. Mann's mother was a concert pianist, and his father sang in a barbershop quartet.[2] Music was part of his growing up, so singing came naturally to him. But it was the multiple pleasures of the stage that drew him to the world of theater.

In an interview with the Hartford Courant, Mann said: "When I was doing the junior class play — it was called 'In Deadly Earnest' — at the end of a scene, the script said, 'They kiss.' It was then that I honestly thought, 'I'm going to be in the theater!' I was fascinated with having words put in my mouth and that someone would say something back to me that would get us to a moment where we ended up in a kiss. I remember when my school counselor asked me what I wanted to do, I said without hesitation, 'Go into the theater!'"[3]

Mann grew up in Largo, Florida and he is a 1969 graduate of Largo High School. His first professional job came during his college years in Jacksonville University. For $35 a week, he was offered the job of performing in the annual outdoor theater spectacular "The Lost Colony," during summers on the Outer banks of Manteo, North Carolina. It was here he met Joe Layton, who later was instrumental in getting him his first Broadway show.[3]

Mann later attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, where his mentor was Malcolm Morrison, former dean at The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. For many years Mann was a regular at Morrison's North Carolina Shakespeare Festival.[3]


Mann made his Broadway debut in 1980 in Barnum at the St. James Theatre, in the supporting role of Chester Lyman.[4] He made his true break-through performance in the original Broadway cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats in 1982, in which he met and starred alongside his future wife, Charlotte d'Amboise. He created the memorable lead role of the "playful" cat Rum Tum Tugger.[5] In 1985, Mann played assistant choreographer Larry in Richard Attenborough's film version of A Chorus Line.[6]

In 1987, he played the role of Inspector Javert in the original Broadway cast of Les Misérables. His portrayal of Javert earned him his first Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role, a role which he would later reprise near the end of the musical's run at the Imperial Theatre in 2003. Mann returned to the role once more in June 2015, directing and starring as Javert in a staged concert of the show at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Storrs, Connecticut.[7]

Mann earned his second Tony Award nomination for Actor in a Musical in 1994 for his portrayal of the Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the Palace Theater[8] and reprised his role in the Los Angeles production in 1995 along with many of the original broadway cast members. In 1997, Mann created the role of Chauvelin in the Frank Wildhorn musical The Scarlet Pimpernel on Broadway.[9]

He has also starred in other musicals on Broadway including: Rags (1986), Jerome Robbins' Broadway (1989), Getting Away with Murder (1996) and the 2000 Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show[10] (in which he played Frank-N-Furter, replacing Tom Hewitt in the role), in addition to the (then) Off-Broadway musical Assassins (1990) as Czolgosz.[11]

He has appeared in all four Critters films as an alien bounty hunter named Ug.[12] He starred in the television soap opera All My Children as Earl Boyd in 1997. Mann played "Old Tom" in Paul Green's outdoor drama The Lost Colony in North Carolina, and later returned to his theatrical roots to direct the show for 2 seasons.[13][14]

He starred in the Broadway musical Lennon, which opened in August 2005 and closed after 49 performances.[15] He then appeared in the world premiere of The Studio written and directed by his brother-in-law Christopher d'Amboise, at South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, California in March 2006.[16]

Mann has made guest appearances on The Equalizer, Gargoyles (voice of Oberon), The Tick (voice), and Law & Order. He was also a leading character on The Dresden Files as Hrothbert "Bob" of Bainbridge, a cursed ghost. He portrayed oceanographer Bob Ballard in the 30 Rock episode "TGS Hates Women".

He appeared in the 2008 films A Circle on the Cross as James Monroe Good, Eavesdrop as August, and the 2009 film The Mandala Maker as Museum Chief Curator. Other films completed include a small role in Jazz in the Diamond District and as Lt. Fox in Red Hook.

In November 2009, he originated the role of Mal Beineke opposite Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth in the Chicago tryout of a musical adaptation of The Addams Family. The show, along with Mann, transferred to Broadway, and opened in March 2010. [17] He continued to play the role of Mal Beineke until April 2011, when he, along with several other members of the original cast, left the show.[18]

Mann played King Charles in the American Repertory Theatre (Boston) production of Pippin, from December 2012 to January 2013[19] a role he first played in the 2004 World AIDS Day Concert. He reprised that role in the Broadway revival[20] for which he received a 2013 Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.[21] He performed alongside his wife, Charlotte d'Amboise, who performed as Fastrada, the King's devious second wife.[20]

In 2015, he took over the role of Charles Frohman in the Broadway musical Finding Neverland, replacing Anthony Warlow, who left the show on September 27. He was to remain in the role until Kelsey Grammer's return in January 2016. [22] He appeared in the role of "Man in the Yellow Suit" in the Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting in 2016.[23] And he gave a “commanding” performance starring as Edgar Degas in the West Coast premiere of Marie, Dancing Still at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre in 2019.[24]

Personal life[edit]

He married his Pippin co-star and wife Charlotte d'Amboise on January 20, 1996. The couple has two daughters, Josephine and Shelby.[25]



Sources: TV Guide;[26] TCM[12]

Year Production Role Format Notes
2021 Foundation Brother Dusk Series, Apple TV+ Regular
2019 The Blacklist Harris Van Ness Series, TV Guest
2015–2018 Sense8[27] 'Whispers' Series, Netflix Regular
2011 30 Rock Bob Ballard Series, TV Guest
2009 Red Hook Lieutenant Fox Movie, Film
2009 The Mandala Maker Museum Chief Curator Movie, Short
2008 A Circle on the Cross[28] James Monroe Good Movie, Film
2008 Eavesdrop[29] August Movie, Film
2007–2008 The Dresden Files[30] Bob (Hrothbert of Bainbridge) Series, TV Regular
2001 Law & Order[31] Oyler Series, TV Guest
1997 Liberty! The American Revolution[32] General John Burgoyne Mini-Series, TV
1997 True Women Captain Haller Movie, TV Uncredited
1997 All My Children Earl Boyd Series, TV Guest
1996 Mrs. Santa Claus[33] Augustus P. Tavish Movie, TV
1996 Gargoyles Oberon Series, TV Guest
1995 Beauty and the Beast Beast Movie, Film Voice actor
1995 Beauty and the Beast: The Broadway Musical Comes to L.A. Beast Movie, TV
1992 Loving Leland Osgood Series, TV Guest
1992 Critters 4 Ug / Counselor Tetra Movie, Film
1991 The 10 Million Dollar Getaway Richard Eaton Movie, TV
1991 Critters 3 Ug Movie, Film
1991 Bump in the Night Ben Nicolaides Series, TV Voice
1989 Another World Griffen Sanders Series, TV
1989 Stuck with Each Other Unknown Movie, TV
1988 Big Top Pee-wee Snowball The Clown Movie, Film
1988 Critters 2: The Main Course Ug Movie, Film
1988 Gandahar The Collective Voice Movie, Film Voice
1988 The Equalizer Shadow Man Series, TV Episode: Inner View
1986 As The World Turns Jester Series, TV
1986 Solarbabies Ivor Movie, Film
1986 Critters Ug / Johnny Steele Movie, Film
1985 A Chorus Line[6] Larry Movie, Film
1972 Spook! Richard Movie, School


Sources: Playbill;[10] BroadwayWorld;[34] Internet Broadway Database [35]

Title Year Location Role Notes
Marie, Dancing Still 2019 5th Avenue Theatre Edgar Degas Regional, West Coast Premiere
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2018 Connecticut Repertory Theatre Sweeney Todd Regional
Jerry Springer - The Opera Pershing Square Signature Center Jerry Springer Off-Broadway
Tuck Everlasting 2016 Broadhurst Theatre The Man in the Yellow Suit Broadway
Finding Neverland 2015 Lunt-Fontanne Theatre Charles Frohman Broadway (replacement)
Les Misérables Connecticut Repertory Theatre Javert Regional
Pippin 2013–2014 Music Box Theatre Charlemagne Broadway
The Addams Family 2010–2011 Lunt-Fontanne Theatre Mal Beineke
Lennon 2005 Broadhurst Theatre various roles
Les Misérables 2003 Imperial Theatre Javert Broadway (replacement)
The Rocky Horror Show 2001–2002 Circle in the Square Theatre Frank N. Furter
The Scarlet Pimpernel 1997–1998 Minskoff Theatre Chauvelin Broadway
Getting Away with Murder 1996 Broadhurst Theatre Gregory Reed
Beauty and the Beast 1995–1996 Shubert Theatre The Beast Los Angeles
Beauty and the Beast 1994–1995 Palace Theatre Broadway
Assassins 1990–1991 Playwrights Horizons Leon Czolgosz Off-Broadway
Jerome Robbins' Broadway 1989 Imperial Theatre various roles Broadway (replacement)
Camelot Candlewood Playhouse King Arthur[36] Regional
Les Misérables 1987–1988 The Broadway Theatre Javert Broadway
Rags 1986 Mark Hellinger Theatre Saul
Cats 1982–1985 Winter Garden Theatre The Rum Tum Tugger
Barnum 1980–1982 St. James Theatre Chester Lyman

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1987 Tony Award Best Actor in a Musical Les Misérables Nominated
1994 Beauty and the Beast Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical Nominated
2013 Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Musical Pippin Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Won
2016 Tuck Everlasting Nominated
2018 Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical Jerry Springer - The Opera Nominated


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  6. ^ a b A Chorus Line tcm.com. Retrieved December 3, 2017
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  15. ^ Lennon Playbill (vault). Retrieved December 3, 2017
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  17. ^ Suskin, Steve, "Review. The Addams Family Variety, April 8, 2010
  18. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Goodbye, Gomez: Nathan Lane Among 'Addams Family' Actors Exiting Broadway Musical March 6" Playbill, March 6, 2011
  19. ^ Pippin americanrepertorytheater.org. Retrieved December 3, 2017
  20. ^ a b " Pippin 2013" ibdb.com. Retrieved December 3, 2017
  21. ^ "Tony Awards 2013 winners and nominees: Complete list" Los Angeles Times, April 30, 2013
  22. ^ Lloyd Webber, Imogen. "Three-Time Tony Nominee Terrence Mann In, Kelsey Grammer Out, in 'Finding Neverland' on Broadway" broadway.com. September 18, 2015
  23. ^ Tuck Everlasting ibdb.com, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2016
  24. ^ ‘Marie, Dancing Still,’ at 5th Avenue Theatre, needs work before heading to Broadway seattletimes.com, 2019. Retrieved September 24, 2021
  25. ^ Spaner, Whitney. "How Terrence Mann and Charlotte d'Amboise's Love Began With Kisses in Cats Makeup" Playbill, August 31, 2015
  26. ^ "Terrence Mann TV Credits" TV Guide. Retrieved December 4, 2017
  27. ^ Wagner, Curt. " 'Sense8' Stars Discover Their Characters" tvshowpatrol.com. Retrieved December 4, 2017
  28. ^ A Circle on the Cross hollywood.com. Retrieved December 4, 2017
  29. ^ Eavesdrop allmovie.com. Retrieved December 4, 2017
  30. ^ The Dresden Files allmovie.com. Retrieved December 4, 2017
  31. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0629500/[user-generated source]
  32. ^ Liberty PBS. Retrieved December 4, 2017
  33. ^ Mrs. Santa Claus allmovie.com. Retrieved December 4, 2017
  34. ^ "Terrence Mann Broadway and Theatre Credits" broadwayworld.com. Retrieved September 24, 2021
  35. ^ "Mann Broadway" ibdb.com. Retrieved December 3, 2017
  36. ^ Alvin Klein (July 2, 1989). "Candlewood Stages a Revival of Camelot". The New York Times. Retrieved December 2, 2012.

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