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Wilson Jermaine Heredia Poster

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Overview (2)

Born in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Nickname Willy J

Mini Bio (1)

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Wilson J Heredia was always surrounded by music. His mother was a seamstress and his father was a super. But they were both very musical. He studied medicine, and thought about advertising, but he realized he had to express himself, so he got into acting. He worked at a railway station in NY before he auditioned for the musical, RENT. He said he needed the $300 a week. Unbeknownst to him, his stint with the hit-musical would bring him popularity as a singer, dancer and actor, fans from all over the world and both the 1996 Tony award and Drama Desk award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trivia (16)

Plays the guitar and the drums
He was nominated for a 1999 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for his 1998 best supporting performance for Rent.
Won Broadway's 1996 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Musical) for "Rent."
Has one sister eleven years younger than him.
His character from Rent, Angel, is modeled after the character Schaunard, from La Boheme. The original character's name re-appears as Angel's last name, Schunard.
Parents are from the Dominican Republic.
His favorite music artists include Yasiin Bey, System of a Down, Prince, Audioslave and Franz Ferdinand.
His favorite movies include The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Spider-Man (2002), The Last Dragon (1985), and Batman Returns (1992).
His father was a building superintendent (known in the United States as a "super").
Has joined the Broadway cast of "La Cage Aux Folles" with Harvey Fierstein and Jeffrey Tambour. [February 2011]
Has joined the Off-Broadway show, Tales from the Tunnel, which will run from July until September. [June 2010]
Reprised his role as Angel in the major motion picture release of "Rent" directed by Chris Columbus. [January 2005]
Has joined the cast of "La Cage Aux Folles" with Harvey Fierstein and Jeffrey Tambor. [February 2011]
Started rehearsal for his return to Broadway in the play, "La Cage Aux Folles." He will join the cast February 15, 2011. [January 2011]
He reprised his role as Angel in the London production of Rent and had just recently left the cast last October. [1998]
Debuted in Broadway theatre in the hit musical, "RENT", as part of the Original Broadway Cast. He played Angel Dumott Schunard, a gay transvestite infected with AIDS for two years before quitting on November of 1997. [1995]

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