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Josh Gad is a Tony Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning singer and actor known for his roles in The Book of Mormon, 1600 Penn and Jobs.
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Born on February 23, 1981, in Hollywood, Florida, actor Josh Gad went on to work on television series like Back to You and The Daily Show. After making his Broadway debut in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, he earned accolades for his role in The Book of Mormon. He's served as co-creator and co-star of the sitcom 1600 Penn and also worked in several films, including 21, Love and Other Drugs and Jobs.
"I was a product of a divorced family and I used humor as a weapon to combat sadness. I used comedy to make my mother laugh in light of the darkness that she faced, and to me it became a very powerful tool at a very young age, at 6. I saw how therapeutic it could be."
Joshua Gad was born on February 23, 1981, in Hollywood, Florida, as his family's youngest son, with two older brothers. As a child, he used wit and humor to help deal with his parents' divorce. Winning a National Forensics League humor and oratory championship title while in high school, Gad went on to study drama at Carnegie Mellon University, graduating in 2003. He also studied with the Los Angeles improvisational school The Groundlings and co-founded the comedy troupe The Lost Nomads.
Gad co-starred in the direct-to-video indie feature Mary and Joe (2002) and the horror film Razortooth (2006) before landing a supporting part in the 2007 comedy TV series Back to You, which starred Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton as a broadcast news duo.
In 2005, Josh Gad had made his Broadway debut as the lad with the magic foot, William Barfee, in the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. (Though Gad didn't gain entry into Carnegie Mellon's musical theater program, he nonetheless cultivated vocal chops.) After Bee, Gad took part in the early development of a future blockbuster musical with religious themes.
The year 2008 saw Gad featured on the big screen once again, in the gambling thriller 21 and the music comedy The Rocker. The following year, Gad became a correspondent for the TV comedy series The Daily Show, and in 2010, the actor co-starred with Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway in the romantic comedy Love and Other Drugs.
After just having had a daughter with wife Ida Darvish, Gad debuted as earnest, evangelical Elder Cunningham in Broadway's The Book of Mormon—written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez—in early 2011. The show earned raves, becoming a major hit and winning multiple awards. Gad earned a Tony nomination, and won an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Grammy Award (best musical theater album), for his performance in the satire musical.
Gad left the musical in June 2012 to prepare for the NBC TV sitcom 1600 Penn, in which he served as executive producer, co-creator and co-star. The series, which debuted in late 2012 and stars Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman, follows the tribulations of a U.S. presidential family. Gad, who plays first son Skip Gilchrist on 1600 Penn, has worked with Modern Family director Jason Winer and Jon Lovett, an actual political speechwriter, on setting the tone of the show.
Gad has continued his film projects as well, including voiceover work for 2012's Ice Age: Continental Drift. More recently, he's landed lead roles in a number of projects: He portrays Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Jobs (2013), with Ashton Kutcher portraying tech visionary Steve Jobs, and is featured in the Google-based comedy The Internship, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. Gad also has a part as a medic in a movie on sex-addiction, Thanks for Sharing, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012, and has begun writing work on a sequel to the 1988 Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy Twins.
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