Matthew Morrison knew he wanted to be an entertainer after participating in a theatre camp as a child. He attended NYU's TISCH School of the arts in the CAP21 program before joining the cast of Footloose. He was a member of the boy band LMNT, briefly, before he redevoted himself to Broadway in Rocky Horror. Hairspray has been his big break.IMDb Mini Biography By: Christina Trivigno
It took a summer of acting in a children's theater group to convince Matthew Morrison that he wanted to become an actor. He auditioned and attended Orange County High School of the Arts, and followed that with NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, although he didn't enjoy his college foray. Despite a regulation that students couldn't audition in the first two years at NYU, he got himself an agent and dropped out from NYU. His musical debut was in the musical version of Footloose (1984), which was then followed by "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". His big break, however, was in "Hairspray" when he landed the part of "Link Larkin". It was after this role that he made a debut into the television and film world, with small roles in "Sex and the City" (1998), "Hack" (2002), Encino Man (1992) and others. His self-proclaimed favorite role he did in television was in Once Upon a Mattress (2005) (TV), which was a musical for TV that starred Carol Burnett. He was nominated for a Tony for his role in "The Light in the Piazza" and eventually left the show in late 2005. He dabbled some more in roles between the television, film, and theater world. After starring in the Lincoln Center production of "South Pacific" as "Lt. Cable" in 2008, he took on the role of "Will Schuester" in the upcoming Fox series, "Glee" (2009), which premiers in Fall 2009.IMDb Mini Biography By: Brianna E
He worked at the Gap in New York City before joining the cast of "Footloose" on Broadway.
In addition to doing school plays and musicals in high school, he was a soccer player, president of the school, and prom king.
He became engaged to Chrishell Stause in December 2006, but they called off the relationship just a few months later.
He attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, but dropped out after two years.
[When asked in an interview whether the widespread rumor that he is John Wayne's grandson is true] Oh, God! That is just a rumor, but I would have no shame in perpetuating it. I'll be John Wayne's grandson! You know, his real name was Marion Morrison -- and if you look at pictures of him and me, it's quite uncanny.
[on the newer movie version of Hairspray (2007)] I've heard the rumor about John Travolta playing "Edna Turnblad" and it'd be interesting, but I want Harvey [Harvey Fierstein] to do it; he's the man - or woman - for the job. They might see me for "Link", but they'd probably go for Justin Timberlake.
[on working on Broadway] - There were all these beautiful, beautiful dancers. As a straight guy I had some room. There were the shared interests in singing and dancing, and I always find dancing with someone very evocative and sexual. I definitely hooked up with a lot of girls when I was a young guy on Broadway. It was exciting. Very joyous and free.
I'm not comfortable with the idea of my sex appeal, but I know in my job I have to use it. I wish I could say I got to this point in my career based on my talent, but I don't think that's true.
(January 2003) Starring as Link Larkin in the Broadway musical "Hairspray"
(April 2005) Starring in Tony-nominated musical The Light in the Piazza.
(October 2005) Performing in comedy A Naked Girl in the Appian Way.
(May 2009) Filming the new Fox show, "Glee" (2009), which premiers in Fall 2009.
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