Jonathan Groff was born on the 26th March 1985, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania USA, and is a Tony Award-nominated actor and singer, best known for his roles in such Broadway plays as “Spring Awakening” and “Hamilton”. Groff has also played in numerous television series and films such as “Boss” (2012), “The Normal Heart” (2014), “American Sniper” (2014), and “Looking: The Movie” (2016). His career started in the mid- 2000s.
Have you ever wondered how rich Jonathan Groff is, as of mid-2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Groff’s net worth is as high as $3 million, an amount earned largely through his acting career. In addition to performing on television and film, Groff has also worked on Broadway, which improved his wealth too.
Jonathan Groff Net Worth $3 Million
Jonathan Groff is the son of Jim, a harness horse trainer and driver, and Julie Groff, a physical education teacher, and grew up alongside his older brother David in Pennsylvania. Jonathan went to the Conestoga Valley High School, from where he matriculated in 2003, and despite having plans of attending the Carnegie Mellon University, Groff moved to New York to pursue his acting career.
After playing in the theater for two years, Groff got his on-screen debut in the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated television series “One Life to Live”, appearing in 11 episodes in 2007. He continued with roles in such movies as “Pretty/Handsome” (2008) with Joseph Fiennes, Carrie-Anne Moss and Blythe Danner, and in Ang Lee’s “Taking Woodstock” (2009) starring Demetri Martin, Henry Goodman, and Edward Hibbert. In 2010, Jonathan had a part in Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator” alongside Robin Wright, James McAvoy, and Tom Wilkinson, while from 2010 to 2015, he appeared in 14 episodes of the Golden Globe Award-winning series “Glee”. In the meantime, Groff also played in ten episodes of the Golden Globe Award-winning show “Boss” (2012), and starred in the movie called “C.O.G.” (2013). Jonathan also lent his voice to the character of Kristoff in the animated feature “Frozen” in 2013. Thanks to his roles in Clint Eastwood’s Oscar Award-winning blockbuster “American Sniper” (2014) starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, and Kyle Gallner, Groff’s net worth significantly increased. He also had a part in the Golden Globe Award-winning film “The Normal Heart” (2014) with Mark Ruffalo and Frank De Julio.
From 2014 to 2015, Groff played the lead role of Patrick Murray in the series “Looking”, then in 2016 he starred in a movie version “Looking: The Movie” (2016). At the moment, Groff is working in the show called “Mindhunter”, produced by David Fincher and Charlize Theron, and which will be released late in 2017.
Regarding his personal life, Jonathan Groff survived a skin cancer in his early 20s. He is an advocate for the LGBT community, after ‘coming out’ in 2009 at the National Equality March in Washington.
He is of German, and some Swiss-German, English, and Scottish, descent. He has deep roots in Pennsylvania on both sides of his family (Pennsylvania Dutch, the nickname for Germans in the state).
Was in a relationship with fellow actor Zachary Quinto during 2012 till spring 2013.
Gained a 5 inch scar on his biceps while shooting Glee (2009) because his dance partner for the "Bohemian Rhapsody" performance (in the season 1 finale) accidentally scarred him with her stilettos.
in London starring in the play "Deathtrap" at the Noel Coward Theatre [September 2010]
Playing Jesse in the 'back nine' of season one of Glee. [April 2010]
Starring in "The Singing Forest" at The Public Theater, New York City. [April 2009]
While Groff was raised Methodist, his father was raised Mennonite.
Groff, along with other openly gay actors (including Sean Hayes and Neil Patrick Harris), was the target of a highly controversial April 2010 Newsweek article by Ramin Setoodeh that argued that gay actors aren't convincing playing straight characters. The article created a huge media backlash, with many public figures (including Groff and Hayes' co-star Kristin Chenoweth) decrying it as homophobic and defending Hayes', Harris', and Groff's performances as straight characters.
He remains very good friends with his "Spring Awakening" co-star Lea Michele.
Groff was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor for "Spring Awakening" in 2007.
[on appearing as Patrick Murray on 'Looking'] One of the cool things about the show is that no one's having a 'coming out' story. My character is 29, and that's the youngest of the ensemble. Most characters are in their 30s and 40s. It's a show with gay characters, but no one's grappling with their sexuality. One of the most successful gay movies ever is 'Brokeback Mountain', where the story is basically two gay men who are both devastated by the fact that they're gay and they're in love with each other. In this show everybody's completely fine with the fact they're gay, and so the issues become about their relationships and work. Hopefully it becomes even more relatable to people who aren't gay.
[on performing intimate incidents on 'Looking'] Without fail, there was at least one moment of every script where I would grab my hair and be like,'Oh, god, I can't believe I have to do that'. Most of is social anxiety and awkwardness.
I love the cultural and class difference between Richie and Patrick. It's really interesting and I think also a universal issue of people finding themselves in relationships, gay or straight..There's a Mexican-Cuban dynamic which is really interesting in the reflection of the Latino community. I personally wasn't aware of it until it was written into the show.
[on working with Andrew Haigh] He has a very specific way of creating naturalism on set - he's not precious about the writing of scenes. If something doesn't feel right he's like 'Just cut it or change it or whatever'. He's very laid back...He would encourage improv into the scene - cut that one line that didn't sound right, and improv at the end - and it ends up becoming really in the moment, which is really exciting and taught me a lot as an actor.
Just follow your joy. Always. I think that if you do that, life will take you on the course that it's meant to take you. Which is - maybe you're meant to be an actor. Maybe you're meant to be a director. Maybe you're meant to be a producer. Maybe you're meant to be a teacher. But if you just just sort of follow that joy and really explore what excites you, then the rest will take care of itself.
Don't let the world define you. In the world of acting, and I think in any profession really, people are really eager to put you in a box and categorize you as one particular thing. Make sure that you always follow your heart and your gut, and let yourself be who you want to be, and who you know you are. And don't let anyone steal your joy.