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Colin Donnell

Colin Donnell
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Colin Donnell at WonderCon 2013.
Born (1982-10-09) October 9, 1982 (age 38)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2005–present
Partner(s) Patti Murin (2014–present; engaged)

Colin Donnell (born October 9, 1982)[1] is an American actor best known for his performances as Billy Crocker in Anything Goes and Tommy Merlyn in the The CW television series Arrow. In 2014, Donnell starred in the television series The Affair.

Early life and education

Colin Donnell was born in St. Louis, Missouri, as the youngest of three boys. He has Irish[2] and French ancestry. He played the guitar and took singing lessons when he was 17. His introduction to the stage was in high-school where he was a part of the choir and was in the background juggling and doing circus tricks, which led him in being part of his first school musical production of Barnum.[3] As he put it, he "loved it" and the rest is just history. Colin graduated from Indiana University in 2005.[4][5]

Career

Donnell has been part of many national stage tours such as Mamma Mia! and Wicked. His first Broadway Theatre performance was in Jersey Boys as Hank Mejewski. His other stage credits include Follies, Meet Me In St. Louis, Anything Goes for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award, Johnny Baseball and many more. Donnell made his television debut by playing Mike Ruskin in the television series Pan Am. In 2012, Donnell was cast as Tommy Merlyn in television series Arrow,[6][7] however, he later left the series after the first season's finale (as his character was killed off), but made a cameo in one episode during the second season and made two different cameos in the third season.

For the summer of 2013, Donnell starred as Berowne in the musical adaption of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost. He also appeared as Elizabeth Banks' husband in the crime thriller Every Secret Thing, which does not yet have a release date.[8][9]

On January 23, 2014, it was announced that Donnell was cast as Monty in the 1960s-era Broadway musical Violet alongside Sutton Foster and Joshua Henry; which would begin on March 28, 2014 with a special preview, and officially open on April 20, 2014.[10][11][12]

On April 28, 2014, it was announced that Donnell joined the cast of concert Bright Lights, Big City, which was performed on June 16, 2014.[13][14] On July 18, 2014 it was revealed that Donnell would play Joshua Jackson's brother in Showtime original drama The Affair.[15]

On November 4, 2014, it was announced that Donnell had joined the cast of Broadway Sings P!NK, which would take place on January 19 and 25, 2015.[16][17]

On November 19, 2014, Donnell joined the cast of musical Lady, Be Good, alongside Tommy Tune, Erin Mackey and Patti Murin. The show ran for seven performances, from February 4-8, 2015.[18][19]

On March 4, 2015, Donnell joined NBC drama pilot Love Is A Four Letter Word playing Sean, an ad agency partner. The show was passed on.[20]

On May 29, 2015, Donnell joined NBC series, as a regular, Chicago Med as a doctor in pediatrics.[21][22]

Personal life

Donnell resides in New York, with a rooftop apartment. He is a literary aficionado and a music man.[23] He has two tattoos from his tour trips - one from Memphis and one from Dayton; which are five silhouettes of birds to represent his family, and a Fleur De Lis, because his mom is French.[24] In May 2013, Donnell got his appendix removed.[25]

On December 19, 2014, it was revealed that Donnell became engaged to his girlfriend Patti Murin, whom he co-starred with in Love's Labour's Lost.[26]

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Every Secret Thing Paul Porter
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2011–2012 Pan Am Mike Ruskin 4 episodes
2012–2015 Arrow Tommy Merlyn 23 episodes;
Main Cast (Season 1)
Guest (Seasons 2–3)
2014 Person of Interest Billy Parsons Episode: "Root Path"
2014 Unforgettable Agent Stone Episode: "Flesh and Blood"
2014 The Affair Scotty Lockhart 9 episodes
2014 The Mysteries of Laura Daniel Mikorski Episode: "The Mystery of the Dysfunctional Dynasty"
2015 Love Is A Four Letter Word Sean Episode: "Pilot"
2016 Chicago Med[27][28] Main Cast; Filming
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2011 L.A. Noire Various Voice

Theatre

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Almost Heaven: Songs and Stories of John Denver Male Roles
2005–2007 Jersey Boys Hank Mejewski, Nick Massi, Bob Gaudio
2006 Jesus Christ Superstar Peter
2006 Meet Me In St. Louis[29] John Truitt
2007 Mamma Mia! Sky[30]
2007 Follies Young Benjamin Stone
2007 Me, Myself and I[31] Otto
2008 High School Musical on Stage! Troy Bolton[32]
2009 Wicked Fiyero
2010 Johnny Baseball Johnny O'Brian
2011–2012 Anything Goes Billy Crocker Nominated – Astaire Award for Outstanding Male Dancer
Nominated – Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Nominated – Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
2012 Merrily We Roll Along Franklin Shepard
2013 Love's Labour's Lost Berowne
2014 Violet Monty
2014 Bright Lights, Big City[33] Himself
2015 Broadway Sings P!NK Himself
2015 Lady, Be Good Jack Robinson
2015 #tbtLIVE Throwback Thursday: The Concert[34] Himself

References

  1. ^ "Happy Birthday to Colin Donnell! · Jersey Boys Blog". Jerseyboysblog.com. October 9, 2007. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ "In Focus: Irish American actor Colin Donnell- VIDEO". IrishCentral.com. 
  3. ^ "Anything Goes’ Charmer Colin Donnell on His Wicked Awesome Fans and High School Musical Story". Broadway.com. 
  4. ^ "JBB Interview Exclusive: Howard Tucker Interviews Colin Donnell! · Jersey Boys Blog". jerseyboysblog.com. 
  5. ^ http://newsinfo.iu.edu/web/page/normal/3268.html[dead link]
  6. ^ "JBB Interview Exclusive: Howard Tucker Interviews Colin Donnell! · Jersey Boys Blog". Jerseyboysblog.com. October 18, 2007. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Colin Donnell Biography". broadwayworld.com. 
  8. ^ BWW News Desk. "Daniel Breaker, Colin Donnell, Rebecca Naomi Jones & More Set for COMEDY OF ERRORS and LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST in the Park!". BroadwayWorld.com. 
  9. ^ Carina Adly MacKenzie (15 May 2013). "'Arrow' Season 1 finale: Colin Donnell speaks out on Tommy's terrible fate and what's next - Zap2it - News & Features". Zap2it. 
  10. ^ BWW News Desk. "Breaking News: Colin Donnell & Joshua Henry Join Sutton Foster in VIOLET on Broadway!". BroadwayWorld.com. 
  11. ^ "AP News: Local". AP News. 
  12. ^ "Joshua Henry, Colin Donnell to join Sutton Foster". U-T San Diego. 
  13. ^ BWW News Desk. "Alice Ripley, Colin Donnell, Matt Doyle & More to Star in BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY Concerts at 54 Below, 6/16". BroadwayWorld.com. 
  14. ^ "Bright Lights, Big City in Concert Will Feature Alice Ripley, Colin Donnell, Matt Doyle, Renee Elise Goldsberry and More". Playbill. 
  15. ^ "Jarett Wieselman on Twitter". Twitter. 
  16. ^ Editorial Staff (4 November 2014). "Broadway Sings P!NK Concert to Star Colin Donnell, Patti Murin, Ciara Renée - Theater News - Nov 4, 2014". theatermania. 
  17. ^ "Colin Donnell, Christine Dwyer, Patti Murin, Ciara Renée and Zak Resnick Will Sing New Arrangements of P!nk Songs". Playbill. 
  18. ^ BWW News Desk. "Tommy Tune, Colin Donnell, Erin Mackey & More Will Star in Encores! LADY, BE GOOD". BroadwayWorld.com. 
  19. ^ "Broadway Legend Tommy Tune Will Return to the Stage for Lady, Be Good at Encores!". Broadway.com. 
  20. ^ http://deadline.com/2015/03/meta-golding-colin-donnell-monet-mazur-cast-love-is-a-four-letter-word-pilot-nbc-1201386255/
  21. ^ http://deadline.com/2015/05/colin-donnell-cast-chicago-med-new-regular-1201434630/
  22. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/colin-donnell-joins-chicago-med-798896
  23. ^ "Colin Donnell". Facebook. 
  24. ^ "Anything Goes’ Charmer Colin Donnell on His Wicked Awesome Fans and High School Musical Story". Broadway.com. 
  25. ^ "Arrow's Colin Donnell Home After Appendectomy, Tweets About it". 
  26. ^ https://twitter.com/colindonnell/status/546060769570619393
  27. ^ http://deadline.com/2015/05/colin-donnell-cast-chicago-med-new-regular-1201434630/
  28. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/colin-donnell-joins-chicago-med-798896
  29. ^ "Meet Me in St. Louis". Nytheatre-wire.com. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  30. ^ "Anything Goes’ Charmer Colin Donnell on His Wicked Awesome Fans and High School Musical Story". Broadway.com. 
  31. ^ "Talkin' Broadway Regional News & Reviews - Me, Myself and I - 1/30/08". Talkinbroadway.com. 2008-02-17. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  32. ^ "St. Louisan Colin Donnell goes from Muny to 'Arrow' : Entertainment". Stltoday.com. 2012-10-07. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  33. ^ BWW News Desk. "Alice Ripley, Colin Donnell, Matt Doyle & More to Star in BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY Concerts at 54 Below, 6/16". BroadwayWorld.com. 
  34. ^ http://www.playbill.com/news/article/colin-donnell-bryce-pinkham-patti-murin-and-julia-murney-will-throw-it-back-in-tbtlive-concert-348645

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