Versatile on stage and screen, Jonathan Groff currently stars as Patrick, a young video game designer, in the hit HBO television series, ‘Looking.' Created by Michael Lannan and directed and executive produced by Andrew Haigh, ‘Looking' follows three gay friends as they navigate life in modern-day San Francisco.
Groff most recently voiced the character of Kristoff, the rugged mountain man, in Walt Disney Pictures' Academy Award-winning animated comedy-adventure, ‘Frozen.' Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, and also featuring the vocal talents of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, the film was released in November 2013 and has since become the highest grossing animated film in history.
In addition, Groff also recently appeared in the independent feature, ‘C.O.G.,' which premiered as part of the Dramatic Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Directed and adapted by Kyle Patrick Alvarez and also starring Denis O'Hare, Corey Stoll, and Casey Wilson, the movie, based on the popular David Sedaris short story and the first ever film adaptation of his work, tells the story of a cocky young man who travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm, finding himself out of his element as his lifestyle and ideas are suddenly questioned by the locals. Groff made his big screen debut as Michael Lang, the legendary concert promoter and co-creator of the famed Woodstock Music and Art Festival, in Ang Lee's ‘Taking Woodstock.' He subsequently starred in ‘The Conspirator,' directed by Robert Redford and also starring James McAvoy and Robin Wright, as well as the independent drama, ‘Twelve-Thirty,' written and directed by Jeff Lipsky and co-starring Mamie Gummer.
On the small screen, Groff gained notoriety for his role as Jesse St. James in Fox's hit musical comedy series, ‘Glee.' Groff then joined the cast of the critically-acclaimed Starz political drama, ‘Boss,' for its second season. Among Groff's other television credits include a guest-starring role on the lauded CBS legal drama, ‘The Good Wife.'
A young veteran of the theater, Groff originated the role of Melchior Gabor in the Tony Award-winning musical, ‘Spring Awakening.' With music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater, ‘Spring Awakening,' based on Frank Wedekind's controversial 1891 play of the same name, concerns a group of teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer tumult of their sexuality. Groff's role as Melchior Gabor, the sharp, searching teen, earned him a Theatre World Award, in addition to Tony, Drama Desk, and Drama League Award nominations. Groff created the role Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theatre Company, prior to reprising the role on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.
Following his acclaimed turn in ‘Spring Awakening,' Groff transitioned into the famed role of Claude in The Public Theater's heralded revival of ‘Hair,' which ran as part of their Shakespeare in the Park series at the Delacorte Theatre. Groff also starred in two Off-Broadway plays by acclaimed playwright/screenwriter Craig Lucas, for which he was the recipient of an Obie Award for Outstanding Performance: ‘Prayer for My Enemy,' directed by Bartlett Sher, at Playrwights Horizons, and ‘The Singing Forest,' co-starring Olympia Dukakis, at the Public Theatre.
Prior to making his West End debut at the Noel Coward Theatre in the heralded revival of Ira Levin's ‘Deathtrap,' Groff starred as Dionysus, the God of wine, in the Public Theater's summer staging of Euripides' ‘The Bacchae.' Subsequently, he starred on stage opposite Rutina Wesley and Eddie Kaye Thomas in the MCC Theater production of Jeff Talbot's provocative Off-Broadway drama ‘The Submission.' Most recently, Groff joined Alfred Molina onstage in the West Coast premiere of the Tony Award-winning play ‘Red' at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.