Gad at the 41st Annie Awards in 2014
Joshua Ilan Gad
February 23, 1981
Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
|Education||Carnegie Mellon University (BFA)|
Joshua Ilan Gad(born February 23, 1981) is an American actor and singer. He is known for voicing Olaf in the Frozen franchise, playing Elder Arnold Cunningham in the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon , and LeFou in the live-action adaptation of Disney's Beauty and the Beast . For his role as Olaf, Gad won two Annie Awards, and for his work in The Book of Mormon, he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical.
Gad played Skip Gilchrist in the political sitcom 1600 Penn on NBC, and a fictionalized version of himself on FX's The Comedians , alongside Billy Crystal. His other film roles include The Rocker , The Internship , 21 , Love & Other Drugs , Jobs , Pixels , The Wedding Ringer , The Angry Birds Movie and its sequel, A Dog's Purpose and sequel A Dog's Journey , Marshall , and Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express . He will star in the upcoming Netflix movie Super-Normal. He has also appeared in ER , The Daily Show , Modern Family , New Girl , Bored to Death , and Numb3rs . In 2020, he began starring in the HBO comedy series Avenue 5 .
Joshua Ilan Gad was born in Hollywood, Florida, on February 23, 1981.His mother, Susan, is a real estate agent and his stepfather is an investment advisor, and he has two older brothers, a stepbrother and a stepsister. He was raised Jewish as his father Sam (Shmuel) Gad is a Jewish emigrant from Afghanistan and his mother, who was born in Germany, is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
Gad attended the University School of Nova Southeastern University, graduating in 1999. While there, he won the National Forensics League (NFL) National Tournament Championships for Original Oratory in 1998, and for Humorous Interpretation and Original Oratory in 1999.He then attended the Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts, where he graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drama. He attended college with fellow Broadway stars Leslie Odom Jr. and Rory O’Malley, the latter of whom he based his portrayal of Olaf in Frozen on. During this time, he undertook a semester-long exchange at the National Institute of Dramatic Art.
Gad made his film debut in the 2002 film Mary and Joe. In 2005, Gad made his television debut by guest starring in an episode of the NBC medical drama series ER. Gad went on to star in the Fox sitcom Back to You as news director Ryan Church. The sitcom lasted one season from 2007 to 2008. In 2008, Gad had a supporting role in the drama film 21 , and a leading role in the comedy film The Rocker .
After Back to You, Gad appeared as a correspondent on The Daily Show on May 5, 2009, and became a regular correspondent on June 2, 2009.His signature segments include "The War on Christmas", in which he played an oversexed Benjamin Franklin, and "Chubby Chasers", in which he reported on Michelle Obama's efforts to curb childhood obesity. Gad made his final appearance as a correspondent on June 27, 2011. Also in 2009, Gad starred in the short-form Crackle horror comedy series Woke Up Dead .
In 2010, he had a supporting role in the romantic comedy-drama film Love & Other Drugs opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. That same year, Gad had a voice role in the family comedy film Marmaduke. In 2011, Gad voiced Mondo in the MTV adult animated sitcom Good Vibes. That same year, Gad portrayed Elder Cunningham in the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon. The show opened at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on March 24, 2011.His last performance was June 6, 2012. Gad was nominated for the 2011 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, along with his co-star Andrew Rannells.
In 2012, Gad had a leading role in the independent film She Wants Me . Also in 2012, Gad co-created, produced and starred in the NBC sitcom 1600 Penn . Both Good Vibes and 1600 Penn were canceled after one season. That same year, Gad voiced the molehog Louis in Ice Age: Continental Drift.
In 2013, he played Andrew in the film The Internship and starred as Steve Wozniak in the film Jobs . The same year, he voiced Olaf in the Disney film Frozen , re-collaborating with co-songwriter Robert Lopez from The Book of Mormon. In 2014, Gad co-starred in Zach Braff's film Wish I Was Here , playing the main character's brother.
In 2015, Gad starred alongside Kevin Hart and Kaley Cuoco in The Wedding Ringer and starred alongside Adam Sandler and Peter Dinklage in Pixels, a film about video game players who are recruited by the military to fight 1980s-era video game characters who have attacked the earth.That same year, Gad co-starred with Billy Crystal on the FX comedy series The Comedians , which premiered on April 9, 2015. The series was canceled after one season. In 2016, Gad voiced Chuck in The Angry Birds Movie , based on the game franchise of the same name.
In 2017, Gad voiced the dog Bailey in A Dog's Purpose ,Also that year, he played LeFou in the live-action adaptation of Disney's Beauty and the Beast , directed by Bill Condon and co-starring with Emma Watson. Gad also starred in Reginald Hudlin's biographical drama Marshall , alongside Chadwick Boseman and Beauty and the Beast co-star Dan Stevens, and Gad played Hector MacQueen in a film adaptation of Agatha Christie's detective novel Murder on the Orient Express , directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh, alongside Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, and Daisy Ridley.
In 2019, Gad starred with Lupita Nyong'o and Alexander England in the Hulu horror-comedy Little Monsters .He also starred in A Dog's Journey , the sequel to A Dog's Purpose, reprising his role as Bailey. Also in 2019, Gad reprised his role of Olaf in the sequel Frozen II as well as the video game Kingdom Hearts III .
In 2020, Gad returned to television by starring in two different television series. First, Gad starred in the HBO science fiction comedy series Avenue 5 opposite Hugh Laurie. The series premiered on January 19 and was renewed for a second season a month later.Second, Gad created, produced and starred in the Apple TV+ animated musical comedy series Central Park. The series received a two-season order from Apple with each season set to consist of thirteen episodes each. The series premiered on May 29.
He starred in the science fantasy adventure Artemis Fowl (2020), based on the book of the same name by Eoin Colfer. The film was initially set for a theatrical release but was changed to a streaming release on Disney+ due to the coronavirus pandemic. In September 2020 Gad joined Princess Bride Reunion, a virtual live script read-through of the 1987 movie, in the role of Fezzik, originally played by the late André the Giant. The A.V. Club's review singled out his performance as "Josh Gad’s surprisingly moving Andre the Giant tribute... It was an impression in the gentlest, sweetest sense of the word, something remarked on repeatedly by the rest of the cast and host/moderator Patton Oswalt. 10s across the board."
During the COVID-19 pandemic, where people were encouraged to practice social distancing, Gad launched the YouTube series Reunited Apart , which reunites the cast, via video conferencing, of several popular movies and movie series including Back to The Future and Lord of the Rings . The series encourages its viewers to support non-profit charities such as Dig Deep, Project Hope and No Kid Hungry.In June, Gad announced that the episode on Ferris Bueller's Day Off would be the last, though the series later returned for a second season, which premiered in December 2020 with the cast of Wayne's World .
Gad is set to serve as co-creator, co-writer, and executive-producer for a Beauty and the Beast prequel limited series for Disney+, in which he will also reprise his role as LeFou as a series regular.Gad was also announced to star as Nick Szalinski in the upcoming film Shrunk , a legacy-sequel to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids .
Gad married actress Ida Darvish on May 10, 2008. They have two daughters, Ava, who was born on December 1, 2010 and Isabella, who was born on February 17, 2014.Gad has stated that while he loves the traditional aspects of Judaism and celebrates some traditions of his wife's Catholicism, he considers himself spiritual but not religious.
|2002||Mary and Joe||Angel|
|2007||Watching the Detectives||Mark|
|2009||The Lost Nomads: Get Lost 22||Gigi|
|2010||Marmaduke||Bandana Dog (voice)|
|2010||Love & Other Drugs||Josh Randall|
|2011||Mardi Gras: Spring Break||Bartholomew T. "Bump" Brown|
|2012||She Wants Me||Sam Baum|
|2012||Ice Age: Continental Drift||Louis (voice)|
|2012||Thanks for Sharing||Neil|
|2013||The Internship||Andrew "Headphones" Anderson|
|2013||Frozen||Olaf (voice)||Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production|
|2014||Wish I Was Here||Noah Bloom|
|2015||The Wedding Ringer||Doug Harris||Nominated - Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor|
|2015||Frozen Fever||Olaf (voice)||Short film|
|2015||Pixels||Ludlow Lamonsoff||Nominated - Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor|
|2016||The Angry Birds Movie||Chuck (voice)|
|2017||A Dog's Purpose||Toby/Bailey/Ellie/Tino/Waffles/Buddy (voice)|
|2017||Beauty and the Beast||LeFou|
|2017||Murder on the Orient Express||Hector MacQueen|
|2017||Olaf's Frozen Adventure||Olaf (voice)||Television special|
|2019||Little Monsters||Nathan Schneider/Teddy McGiggle|
|2019||A Dog's Journey||Bailey/Molly/Big Dog/Max (voice)|
|2019||The Angry Birds Movie 2||Chuck (voice)|
|2019||Frozen II||Olaf (voice)||Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production|
|2020||Artemis Fowl||Mulch Diggums|
|2020||Once Upon a Snowman||Olaf (voice)||Main role; short film|
|2005||ER||Sgt. Bruce Larabee||Episode: "Here and There"|
|2007–08||Back to You||Ryan Church||Main role; 17 episodes|
|2008||American Dad!||Art (voice)||Episode: "Pulling Double Booty"|
|2008, 2009||Numb3rs||Roy McGill||2 episodes|
|2009||Waiting to Die||Simon||Movie|
|2009||Party Down||Jeffrey Ells||Episode: "California College Conservative Union Caucus"|
|2009–11||The Daily Show with Jon Stewart||Himself (correspondent)||5 episodes|
|2010||Bored to Death||Warren||Episode: "Make It Quick, Fitzgerald!"|
|2011||The Cleveland Show||Droopy / Pimp (voice)||Episode: "Our Gang"|
|2011||Gigi: Almost American||Gigi||10 episodes|
Also executive producer
|2011, 2020||Modern Family||Kenneth Ploufe||2 episodes: "Punkin Chunkin" and "Dead on a Rival"|
|2011||Good Vibes||Mondo (voice)||Main role; 12 episodes|
|2012–13||1600 Penn||Skip Gilchrist||Main role; 13 episodes; also co-creator and executive producer|
|2012–15||New Girl||Bearclaw||3 episodes: "Katie", "Birthday", "Walk of Shame"|
|2013||Hollywood Game Night||Himself||Episode: "America's Got Game Night"|
|2014||Monsters vs. Aliens||Internet (voice)||Episode: "Bride of the Internet"|
|2015||The Comedians||Josh||Main role|
|2015||Sesame Street||Vincent Van Stop||Episode: "Bert's Sign Painting Challenge|
|2015||Phineas and Ferb||Wendell (voice)||2 episodes|
|2015||TripTank||Louis (voice)||1 episode|
|2016||Lip Sync Battle||Himself / Donald Trump||Episode: "Josh Gad vs. Kaley Cuoco"|
|2016||Sofia the First||Olaf (voice)||Episode: "The Secret Library: Olaf and the Tale of Miss Nettle"|
|2016||LEGO Frozen Northern Lights||Olaf (voice)||Special|
|2017||Star Wars Rebels||Controller (voice)||Episode: "Double Agent Droid"|
|2017||South Park||Marcus Preston / Ms. McGullicutty (voices)||Episode: "Hummels & Heroin"|
|2018||Bob's Burgers||Damon (voice)||Episode: "Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for Now"|
|2019||The Ellen DeGeneres Show||Himself||Guest host|
|2020–present||Avenue 5||Herman Judd||Main cast|
|2020||At Home with Olaf||Olaf (voice)||Main role|
|2020–present||Central Park||Birdie (voice)||Main cast; also co-creator and executive producer|
|2020||Home Movie: The Princess Bride||Grandson||Episode: "Chapter One: As You Wish"|
|2012||MIB: Alien Crisis||Emilio Chauncey, Handsome Guest, Khnemu|
|2013||Frozen: Olaf's Quest||Olaf|
|2015||Disney Infinity 3.0|
|2019||Kingdom Hearts III|
|2009||Woke Up Dead||Matt||21 episodes|
|2013||Kevin Pollak's Chat Show||Himself / Guest||Episode: "163"|
|2019–present||Blood Ties||Michael Richland||Radio Drama/Podcast|
|2020–present||Reunited Apart||Host||Web Series|
|2005||The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee||William Barfée (Replacement)||Circle in the Square Theatre|
|2011||The Book of Mormon||Elder Cunningham (Original Broadway Cast)||Eugene O'Neill Theatre|
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The table-reading and reunion, which served as a fundraiser in support of Wisconsin Democrats, was a messy, technically clumsy, non-stop source of delight...You could be forgiven for, upon learning that Gad was going to be stepping into Andre the Giant’s shoes for the evening, expecting a Fezzik with a lot less chill and a great deal more in the way of wacky hijinks. You would have been wrong, and likely delighted to be so.
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