Aaron Kyle Tveit (//; born October 21, 1983) is an American actor and singer. He is known for originating the roles of Gabe in Next to Normal and Frank Abagnale Jr. in the stage version of Catch Me If You Can on Broadway. He is also known for his recurring role as Tripp van der Bilt on The CW's teen drama series Gossip Girl, his portrayal of Enjolras in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables, as Mike Warren on the USA Network series Graceland, and as Danny Zuko in Grease Live. Tveit also starred in the CBS series BrainDead as Gareth Ritter.
Tveit in 2011
|Born||Aaron Kyle Tveit|
October 21, 1983
Middletown, New York, U.S.
|Education||Middletown High School|
|Alma mater||Ithaca College|
Early life and education
Tveit was born in Middletown, New York, the son of Posie and Stanley Tveit. His brother, Jon, is five years younger and a Catholic priest in Yonkers, NY. His surname is Norwegian. He graduated from Middletown High School in 2001, where he was active both in theater and sports, playing golf, soccer and basketball while also performing in all four of his school's theater productions. As a child, he played the violin and French horn. He turned down business school scholarships to major in vocal performance at Ithaca College, a decision his parents supported, before switching to musical theater after his first year because he missed acting and theater.
Tveit left Ithaca College in his second year to join the national tour of Rent as Steve and understudy Roger/Mark. Nine years later, in 2012, Tveit completed his college degree, thanks in part to many of his theater roles counting as college credit.
Following Rent, he returned to school briefly only to be cast as Link Larkin in the first national tour of Hairspray. The role of Link Larkin provided Tveit with his Broadway debut in 2006. In the following year, he played Matt in the Barrington Stage Company's Calvin Berger in July. From August to September 2007 he portrayed D'Artagnan in a musical adaptation of The Three Musketeers that played at the North Shore Music Theatre.
In 2008, he starred as Gabe in the Off-Broadway production of the musical Next to Normal, which ran from January 16 through March 16 at the Second Stage Theatre. Tveit received a nomination for the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor for this role. He then played Dean in the musical version of the film Saved!, which ran for a limited engagement at Playwrights Horizons in June 2008. Also in June 2008, Tveit began performances as Fiyero in Wicked. He left the role in November in order to reprise his role in the Arena Stage production of Next to Normal, for which he was awarded the 2009 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Performer in a Non-Resident Production.
Tveit returned to Wicked in January 2009, leaving once again for the Broadway production of Next to Normal, which began previews in March 2009 and officially opened on April 15. Tveit's performance as Gabe earned him the Clarence Derwent Award from the Actors' Equity Association. Tveit left Next to Normal on June 6, 2009, to prepare for Catch Me If You Can, where he played Frank Abagnale Jr.. The musical was performed at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle from July 28 through August 16, 2009. Tveit returned to Next to Normal from September 7 through January 3, 2010. Tveit landed on AfterElton.com's list of the "37 Hottest Guys in Theater". He also starred in the Hollywood Bowl's production of Rent directed by Neil Patrick Harris, as Roger Davis.
Tveit played Frank Abagnale Jr in the Broadway production of Catch Me If You Can, opening on April 10, 2011, and closing on September 4, 2011. For this role he was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, and the Fred Astaire Award for Best Male Dancer on Broadway.
In July 2012, Aaron Tveit took part in a private reading for a new musical based on the animated film, Anastasia. Tveit read for the character Dimitri, a con man who brings Anastasia to a wealthy Empress searching for her missing granddaughter, in return for a reward. In January 2014, he recorded the concept album for a new Broadway show An American Victory: A New Musical with Ashley Brown, Hugh Panaro, Ruthie Henshall, Alexander Gemignani, and many other Broadway stars. The cast recording was released more than two years later in April 2016.
Tveit starred in the Menier Chocolate Factory's production of Sondheim's Assassins as John Wilkes Booth. The production ran from November 21, 2014, to March 7, 2015. However, he had to leave the production on February 8, due to his working schedule.
In November of that year, Tveit participated in a developmental lab for the stage adaptation of the 2001 movie Moulin Rouge!, cast in the role as Christian, the character originally created by Ewan McGregor. In April 2018, it was announced that Aaron would be reprising his role in the premiere engagement of Moulin Rouge!The Musical at Boston's Emerson Colonial Theatre. The musical's premiere was scheduled for June 27, however construction delays pushed the start of performances to July 10, 2018. Billed as a "pre-Broadway" run, the musical is expected to transfer to Broadway.
Film and television
Tveit appeared alongside Ricky Gervais as a young anesthesiologist in the 2008 film Ghost Town. He also made appearances on the CW series Gossip Girl as Tripp van der Bilt, the cousin of Nate Archibald. He appeared in an episode of the television series Ugly Betty titled "All the World's a Stage" as Zachary Boule, Betty Suarez's boyfriend.
Tveit appeared in Rob Epstein's Howl, a biopic about the Allen Ginsbergpoem and the controversy and trial that ensued after its publication. Tveit played Peter Orlovsky, Ginsberg's longtime partner, opposite James Franco. He appeared as a guest star on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on April 21, 2010 as Jan, an animal loving yoga instructor who is questioned about the death of his girlfriend, and then again on September 28, 2011 as Stevie Harris, a man with substance abuse issues who accuses his well-respected former basketball coach of sexual abuse.
In 2012, he played Enjolras, leader of the student revolutionary group in the film adaptation of Les Misérables. On February 24, 2013, he performed with the cast of Les Misérables at the 85th Academy Awards ceremony. Tveit starred as undercover FBI Special Agent Mike Warren in the USA Network series Graceland, which premiered on June 6, 2013. The show was canceled in October 2015.
Tveit's next film role was in Big Sky which was released on August 14, 2015. In 2016, Tveit appeared as Danny Zuko in a live version of Grease that aired on Fox on January 31. Additionally, he is featured on the soundtrack for Grease Live along with co-stars Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens.
Tveit then starred in Undrafted which was released on July 15, 2016. His next film Better Off Single was released in theaters and on demand on October 7, 2016.
In October 2015 Tveit was announced to star in CBS's summer series BrainDead opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead, which premiered on June 13, 2016. On October 17, 2016 BrainDead was cancelled after one season.
In September 2013, Broadway Records released The Radio in My Head, a live recording of songs Tveit performed at New York City venue 54 Below. Some of the songs on the album are from musicals in which Tveit has starred, including "I'm Alive" from Next to Normal, "Goodbye" from Catch Me If You Can, and "One Song Glory" from Rent.
Tveit performed in several concerts from February through May 2017 in cities around the United States, including New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Florida and California. He described these concerts as pop rock shows with some theater music mixed in.
Tveit hosted the 2016 Stockings with Care Benefit Gala at Bowery Hotel Ballroom. The organization grants holiday wishes to homeless families and those in assistance programs.
Tveit partnered with The First Tee in Spring 2017. Tveit himself is an avid golfer.
Tveit was in a relationship with musical theater actress Jacqui Polk from 2005 to 2007. He has stated that he prefers to keep his personal life private.
|2011||Girl Walks into a Bar||Henry|
|2012||Misérables, LesLes Misérables||Enjolras|
|2013||Dream of Flying, AA Dream of Flying||The Young Man||Short film|
|2016||Undrafted||John "Maz" Mazzello|
|2016||Better Off Single||Charlie||Previously named Stereotypically You|
|2017||Created Equal||Tommy Reilly|
|2018||Out of Blue||Tony Silvero||Post-production|
|2009–12||Gossip Girl||William "Tripp" van der Bilt III||10 episodes|
|2010||Ugly Betty||Zachary Boule||Episode: "All the World's a Stage"|
|2010||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Jan Eyck||Episode: "Beef"|
|2011||Body of Proof||Skip||Episode: "Point of Origin"|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Stevie Harris||Episode: "Personal Fouls"|
|2011||Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife||Spencer Zschau||Episode: "Executive Order 13224"|
|2013–15||Graceland||Mike Warren||Main cast; 38 episodes|
|2016||Grease Live||Danny Zuko||Television movie|
|2016||BrainDead||Gareth Ritter||Main cast; 13 episodes|
|2016||The Good Fight||Spencer Zschau||Episode: "Not So Grand Jury"|
|2004||Rent||Steve, u/s Roger, Mark||US national tour:|
January – December 2004
|2005–08||Hairspray||Link Larkin||US national tour:|
August 2005 – July 2006
Neil Simon Theatre:
July 18, 2006 – January 18, 2007;
April 1 – May 4, 2008
|2007||Calvin Berger||Matt||Barrington Stage Company:|
July 3–14, 2007
|2007||The Three Musketeers||D'Artagnan||North Shore Music Theatre:|
August 21 – September 9, 2007
May 10 – June 22, 2008
|2008–10||Next to Normal||Gabe Goodman||Second Stage Theatre:|
January 16 – March 16, 2008
November 21, 2008 – January 18, 2009
March 27, 2009 – January 3, 2010
June 24 – November 9, 2008;
January 20 – March 9, 2009
|2009||Catch Me If You Can||Frank Abagnale, Jr.||5th Avenue Theatre:|
July 28 – August 16, 2009
|2010||Rent||Roger Davis||Hollywood Bowl:|
August 6–8, 2010
|2011||Catch Me If You Can||Frank Abagnale, Jr.||Neil Simon Theatre:|
March 11 – September 4, 2011
|2014–15||Assassins||John Wilkes Booth||Menier Chocolate Factory:|
November 21, 2014 – February 8, 2015
|2017||Company||Robert||Barrington Stage Company:|
August 10 – September 10, 2017
|2018||Moulin Rouge!||Christian||Emerson Colonial Theatre:|
June 27 – August 19, 2018
Awards and nominations
Film and television
|2012||Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award||Best Ensemble||Les Misérables||Won|
|San Diego Film Critics Society Award||Best Performance by an Ensemble||Nominated|
|17th Satellite Award||Best Cast – Motion Picture||Won|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society Award||Best Cast||Nominated|
|National Board of Review Award||Best Cast||Won|
|2013||Critics' Choice Award||Best Acting Ensemble||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2017||MTV Movie & TV Awards||Best Musical Moment||Grease Live!
"You're The One That I Want"
|2017||Sunscreen Film Festival Award||Best Actor||Created Equal||Won|
|2008||Lucille Lortel Awards||Outstanding Featured Actor||Next to Normal||Nominated|
|2009||Helen Hayes Award||Outstanding Supporting Performance, Non-Resident Production||Won|
|2009||Clarence Derwent Award||Most Promising Male Performer||Won|
|2009||Broadway.com Audience Awards||Favorite Featured Actor in a Broadway Musical||Won|
|Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Male)||Nominated|
|2011||Drama League Awards||Distinguished Performance||Catch Me If You Can||Nominated|
|2011||Outer Critics Circle Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
|2017||Berkshire Theatre Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Musical||Company||Nominated|