Matthew James Morrison
October 30th, 1978
Fort Ord, California
Matthew Morrison decided at a very young age to become an actor. After attending theater camp as a child, he decided to pursue a career in acting. He was trained at The Orange County High School of the Arts, and then later at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in the CAP 21 Program , which describes itself as:
"The comprehensive curriculum seamlessly integrates the three disciplines of Acting, Dance and Voice/Music into the actor’s body and technique creating a well-rounded and versatile young actor. The faculty of CAP21 is comprised of the finest master teachers and working professionals who specialize in the integration of these three disciplines."
Matthew has appeared in many musical theater productions on Broadway, including a musical version of Footloose, a revival of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, and caught his "big break" in 2002 when he was cast for the role of Link Lari in Hairspray.
He then started guest starting on television shows, such as Numb3rs, CSI: Miami, The Ghost Whisperer, Hack and Sex and the City, in which he played "Young Busboy."
Matthew has also had small roles in several motion pictures, including Dan In Real Life, I Think Love My Wife and Music & Lyrics.
Glee is Matthew's first leading role on television, and with the success of the musical-"dramedy", expect Matthew Morrison to become a household name for years to come.
Quick Quote: [After he was asked in an interview whether the rumor that he is John Wayne's grandson is truth] "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."