Thursday, July 12, 2018

Happy Birthday to Actor, Singer Cheyenne Jackson


Cheyenne Jackson was born today, July 12, in 1975. He is a actor and singer-songwriter His credits include leading roles in Broadway musicals and other stage roles, as well as film and television roles, concert singing, and music recordings.

After beginning his acting career in regional theatre in Seattle, he moved to New York and was an understudy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002) and Aida (2003). He next originated the role of Matthew in Altar Boyz (2004). Jackson's first leading role on Broadway was in All Shook Up (2005), which earned him a Theatre World Award for "Outstanding Broadway Debut." Since then, on the New York stage, he has starred in The Agony & the Agony (2006), Xanadu (right)(2007; Drama League, Drama Desk nominations), Damn Yankees (2008), Finian's Rainbow (2010; Drama Desk nomination), (2011), The Heart of the Matter (2012), and The Performers (2013).

He has also appeared in a number of films, including the 2006 Academy Award-nominated United 93, in which his portrayal of LGBTQ hero Mark Bingham earned him the Boston Society of Film Critics 2006 award for Best Ensemble Cast. He also had a leading role in the 2014 independent romantic comedy ensemble, Mutual Friends, and guest roles in television series such as NBC's 30 Rock and Fox's Glee. Since 2015, Jackson starred in the FX Horror anthology television series, American Horror Story. H
e also starred in the HBO biopic of Liberace, Behind the Candelabra with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.

In concert, Jackson has sold out Carnegie Hall twice: The Power of Two in 2010 and Music of the Mad Men Era in 2011. He also performs in cabaret. In addition to his Broadway cast albums, he has released three albums of popular music, including a joint album called The Power of Two with Michael Feinstein in 2008. In 2012, Jackson released two singles, "Drive" and "Before You", from his 2013 album I'm Blue, Skies. In 2016, Jackson released his latest album, Renaissance, an album adapted and expanded from his solo concert Music of the Mad Men Era.

Jackson appeared on the March 26, 2008, cover of The Advocate. The magazine used the caption: "Hello, gorgeous! For leading man Cheyenne Jackson, coming out is a beautiful thing." 

Jackson and Monte Lapka, a physicist, married on September 3, 2011 in New York City, but were divorced in 2013.  Jackson announced he was dating actor Jason Landau on his official Instagram account in October of 2013. They married in Encino, California in September 2014. They welcomed twins, a girl and boy, in October 2016 (see photo above).

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