Leslie Odom, Jr.

Active - 2006 - Present  |   Born - Aug 6, 1981 in Queens, New York, United States  |   Genres - Comedy

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  • Made his Broadway debut at age 17 in Rent (he cut school to audition for the show). 
  • Originated the character of Isaiah Sturdevant in the 2012 Broadway production of Leap of Faith, and the role won him the 2012 Astaire Award for Outstanding Male Dancer on Broadway. 
  • Coached a group of aspiring Broadway hopefuls who were preparing for the 2012 National High School Musical Theater Awards.
  • Attended the same college as Smash costars Christian Borle and Megan Hilty. He and Hilty graduated a year apart and became friends in school. 
  • On Smash, he was promoted from recurring status in Season 1 to regular status in Season 2.
  • Narrated the audiobook version of Taylor Branch's The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement (2013).