Matthew Morrison In-depth Biography
Although already an accomplished stage actor, Matthew Morrison made his biggest splash on TV, where he began playing the role of Mr. Shuester -- the well-meaning music teacher and adult star of Glee -- in 2009. The show required its cast to sing and dance, two skills Morrison had sharpened during his time on Broadway. A California native, he began performing in school plays and theater camp productions before relocating to New York, where he enrolled at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. After a brief stint in the boy band LMNT, Morrison returned his focus to acting and landed a role in the Broadway adaptation of Footloose. More Broadway shows followed, including the first stage production of John Waters’ Hairspray. The musical won a Grammy Award in 2003 for its soundtrack; Morrison also received his own nomination from the Outer Critics Circle Awards, having attracted a good bit of attention by originating the role of Link Larkin.
As his reputation grew, so did his résumé, and Morrison began branching out into film and TV.
In 2008, he joined fellow Broadway vets Lea Michele and Jenna Ushkowitz in the cast of Glee. The show aired its first season early the following year and became a surprise hit, leading the producers to extend the first season into mid-2010. That same year, Morrison signed a record contract with Mercury Records and began recording a solo album. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi