Rannells was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He attended Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha. After graduating, he briefly attended Marymount Manhattan College.
As a voice actor, Rannells appeared in several 4Kids and DiC television programs and video games, such as Yu-Gi-Oh! In 2006, he won the role of Link Larkin in the Broadway production of Hairspray.
Rannells played Bob Gaudio in the First National Tour of Jersey Boys. His last performance with the tour was on December 6, 2008 in Toronto. In January 2009, he reprised the role of Gaudio in the musical's Broadway production.
Rannells originated the role of Elder Price in The Book of Mormon, a musical written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q composer Robert Lopez. For his performance, he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. He later won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for his performance in the musical's Original Broadway Cast Recording. His last performance was June 10, 2012.
Andrew Rannells & Mike Doyle
Andrew Rannells is an American actor and singer best known for his role as Elder Price in the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon. As a featured soloist on the musical's Original Broadway Cast Recording, he won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. His other Broadway credits include Jersey Boys and Hairspray. Rannells was in relationship with fellow Broadway performer and choreographer, Denis Jones, until beginning of 2012. He now shares his life with actor Mike Doyle.
Andrew Rannells & Denis Jones
Rannells later played a stripper in the film Bachelorette and played the lead character, Bryan Collins, in the 2012-13 television series The New Normal.
Rannells is currently playing the recurring role of Elijah on the HBO television series Girls.
Rannells is of Polish and Irish descent.
Michael "Mike" Doyle (born September 16, 1972) is an American actor, screenwriter, director and producer. He may be best known for his role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Ryan O'Halloran.
Doyle attended the Juilliard School as a member of the Drama Division's Group 27 (1994–1998).
On the set of Oz Doyle met George Morfogen, whom he would cast in Shiner, a short film written, produced and directed by Doyle that debuted at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. Doyle also wrote and produced the 2003 limited-release film Cutter. Doyle also appeared as Jamie Pearse, a small-time crook, in the 1996 television Mini-Series Titanic (also starring Peter Gallagher and Catherine Zeta-Jones).
Doyle played Lt. Cmdr. Tom Palatonio in the 2005 action film Phantom Below, which is notable for having been released in multiple versions under multiple names which included or excluded gay content depending on the edit (the gay-themed edit was released under the title Tides of War). His death in the season 10 finale of Law & Order Special Victims Unit ended a successful six-year run as forensic tech Ryan O'Halloran on the show. He guest starred on episodes of Criminal Minds and In Plain Sight.
He appeared alongside Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart in 2010's Rabbit Hole. In 2011, the feature film Union Square, co-written and directed by Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Award Winner Nancy Savoca, was premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, which starred Mira Sorvino, Patti Lupone, Michael Rispoli and Tammy Blanchard. He also starred in The Orphan Killer as Marcus Miller Sr. in 2011. He then joined the cast of A Gifted Man as Victor Lantz, an anesthesiologist. He had a recurring role in the 2012 ABC television series 666 Park Avenue.
In 2014, he portrayed songwriter and record producer Bob Crewe in the film of the hit musical Jersey Boys, based on the story of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. He also appeared in the music video "I Wanna Get Better" by Jack Antonoff's band Bleachers, alongside Retta. He is in a relationship with actor Andrew Rannells.
In 2016 Doyle will star as Greg Forrest in the upcoming psychological thriller, Amy Makes Three.
Doyle has been linked with actor Andrew Rannells since 2011. The pair share an apartment in New York and a house in Los Angeles.
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Andrew Scott Rannells (born August 23, 1978) is an American actor and singer best known for his work as Elder Price in the 2011 Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, which earned him a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. As a featured soloist on the musical's Original Broadway Cast Recording, he won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. His other Broadway credits include Jersey Boys and Hairspray.
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