After a brief-role in the Christian-themed direct-to-video feature Mary and Joe (2002) -- a kind of contemporary update about the immaculate conception set in modern-day New York City -- actor Josh Gad distinguished himself with a colorful supporting role on the Kelsey Grammer/Patricia Heaton-headlined sitcom Back to You (2007). The Fox series told of the hilarious and often biting rivalry between two newscasters, professionally reunited after more than a decade apart. Gad played 26-year-old Ryan Church, the diminutive, overweight, and wet-behind-the-ears news director with a mile-long geek streak. He was in the gambling drama 21, and the Rainn Wilson comedy The Rocker. He had a major supporting turn in Love and Other Drugs, and lent his voice to the 2012 animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift. Gad has also enjoyed great success acting on the Broadway stage in both The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Book Of Mormon.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Won the National Forensics League National Tournament Championship in Humorous Interpretation and Original Oratory while in high school.
- Went to high school with actor Seth Gabel, and is godfather to Gabel's son with Bryce Dallas Howard.
- Was one of the founding members of the Lost Nomads comedy troupe.
- Appeared in the 2002 Christian-themed direct-to-video feature Mary and Joe.
- Played William Barfee, owner of the magic foot, in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
- Followed a friend around a news station in Miami to prepare for his role as a news director on Back to You.
- Gained fame as Elder Cunningham in the hit Broadway show The Book of Mormon, although his first instinct had been to turn it down.