Aaron Tveit b 1983 – Actor

Aaron Kyle Tveit born October 21, 1983) is an American theatre, television, and film actor. He is known for originating the roles of Gabe in Next to Normal and Frank Abagnale Jr. in the stage version of Catch Me If You Can. He is also known for the recurring role of Tripp van der Bilt in The CW’s Gossip Girl and for his portrayal of Enjolras in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Miserables.

 

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Life
Tveit was born in Middletown, New York. He graduated from Middletown High School in 2001, where he was active both in theater and sports, playing golf, soccer and basketball while also performing in all four of his school’s theater productions. He has a younger brother. He turned down business school scholarships to major in vocal performance at Ithaca College, a decision his parents supported, before switching to musical theater after his freshman year because he missed acting and theater.
Career
Tveit left Ithaca College after two years to join the national tour of Rent as Steve and covering Roger/Mark. Following Rent, he was cast as Link Larkin in the first national tour of Hairspray.

The role of Link Larkin provided Tveit with his Broadway debut in 2006. In the following year, he portrayed D’Artagnan in a musical adaptation of The Three Musketeers that played at the North Shore Music Theatre from late August to early September. In July 2007 Tveit played Matt in the Barrington Stage Company’s Calvin Berger.

In 2008 he starred as Gabe in the Off-Broadway production of the musical Next to Normal, which ran from January 16 through March 16 at the Second Stage Theatre. Tveit received a nomination for the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor for this role. He then played Dean in the musical version of the film Saved!, which ran for a limited engagement at Playwrights Horizons in June 2008. Also in June 2008, Tveit began performances as Fiyero in Wicked. He left the role in November in order to reprise his role in the Arena Stage production of Next to Normal, for which he was awarded the 2009 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Performer in a Non-Resident Production.

Tveit returned to Wicked on January 2009, leaving once again for the Broadway production of Next to Normal, which began previews in March 2009 and officially opened on April 15. Tveit’s performance as Gabe earned him the Clarence Derwent Award from the Actors’ Equity Association. Tveit left Next to Normal on June 6, 2009 to prepare for Catch Me If You Can, where he played Frank Abagnale Jr.. The musical was performed at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle from July 28 through August 16, 2009. Tveit returned to Next to Normal on September 7 through January 3, 2010. Tveit landed on AfterElton.com’s list of the “37 Hottest Guys in Theater”.He also starred in the Hollywood Bowl’s production of Rent directed by Neil Patrick Harris.

Tveit appeared alongside Ricky Gervais as a young anesthesiologist in the film Ghost Town. He also made appearances on the CW series Gossip Girl as Tripp van der Bilt, the cousin of Nate Archibald. He appeared in the television series Ugly Betty for one episode, entitled “All the World’s a Stage”. He portrayed Zachary Boule, Betty’s boyfriend.

Tveit played Frank Abagnale Jr in the Broadway production of Catch Me If You Can, opening on April 10, 2011 and closing on September 4, 2011. For this role he was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, and the Fred Astaire Award for Best Male Dancer on Broadway.

Tveit appeared in Rob Epstein’s Howl, a biopic about the Allen Ginsberg poem and the controversy and trial that ensued after its publication. Tveit played Peter Orlovsky, Ginsberg’s longtime partner, opposite James Franco. He appeared as a guest star on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on April 21, 2010 as Jan, an animal loving, yoga instructor who is questioned about the death of his girlfriend, and then again on September 28, 2011 as Stevie Harris, a junkie who accuses his well-respected former basketball coach of sexual abuse.

He was also featured in the April 2011 Vanity Fair magazine for his role in Catch Me if You Can. He played Enjolras, leader of the Friends of the ABC, in the film production of Les Misérables (2012).

In 2012, Aaron Tveit took part in a private reading for a new musical based on the animated film, Anastasia. Tveit read for the character Dimitri, a conman who brings Anastasia to a wealthy Empress searching for her missing granddaughter, in return for a reward. The stage musical is rumored to be heading to Russia for its world premiere; however, Aaron currently has no further ties with the production.

Beginning on June 6, 2013, Tveit will star in the USA Network series Graceland as Mike Warren.
Movies

2008 Ghost Town Anesthesiologist
2010 Howl Peter Orlovsky
2011 Girl Walks into a Bar Henry
2012 Premium Rush Kyle
2012 Miserables, LesLes Miserables Enjolras

TV

2009 – 2012 Gossip Girl William “Tripp” van der Bilt III 10 episodes
2010 Ugly Betty Zachary Boule Episode: “All the World’s a Stage”
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jan Eyck Episode: “Beef”
2011 Body of Proof Skip Episode: “Point of Origin”
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Stevie Harris Episode: “Personal Fouls”
2011 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Spencer Zschau Episode: “Executive Order 13224”
2013 Graceland Mike Warren Main cast

Theatre

2006 – 2007 Hairspray Link Larkin Neil Simon Theatre July 18, 2006 – January 18, 2007
2007 Three Musketeers, TheThe Three Musketeers D’Artagnan North Shore Music Theatre August 21 – September 9, 2007
2008 – 2009 Wicked Fiyero Gershwin Theatre June 24 – November 9, 2008 January 20 – March 9, 2009
2009 -2010 Next to Normal Gabe Goodman Booth Theatre March 27, 2009 – January 3, 2010
2009 Catch Me If You Can Frank Abagnale, Jr. 5th Avenue Theatre July 28 – August 16, 2009
2010 Rent Roger Davis Hollywood Bowl August 6 – 8, 2010
2011 Catch Me If You Can Frank Abagnale, Jr. Neil Simon Theatre March 11 – September 4, 2011

Awards and Nominations

2012 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble Les Miseables Won
2012 San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble Les Miseables Nominated
2012 Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture Les Miseables Won
2012 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast Les Miseables Nominated
2012 National Board of Review Award for Best Cast Les Miseables Won
2013 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble Les Miseables Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Les Miseables Nominated


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