Tituss Burgess

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Tituss Burgess
Tituss Burgess at the NYS ARTS Fall Gala 2008.jpg
Burgess in 2008
Born (1979-02-21) February 21, 1979 (age 44)
Alma mater University of Georgia (BA)
Occupation(s)Actor, singer
Years active2005–present
Known for

Tituss Burgess (born February 21, 1979) [1] is an American actor and singer. He has appeared in numerous Broadway musicals and is known for his high tenor voice. He is best known for starring as Titus Andromedon on the Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015–2020), for which he has received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations.


On the Broadway stage, Burgess originated the role of Sebastian in The Little Mermaid and the role of Nicely-Nicely Johnson in the 2009 revival of Guys and Dolls . From October to December 2023, he'll play the role of Harold Zidler in Moulin Rouge! [2]

Personal life

Born and raised in Athens, Georgia, Burgess attended Cedar Shoals High School where he was active in the theatre program. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Art degree in music. [3] [4] [5] Burgess is Gay. [6]


2005–2014: Broadway debut

Burgess made his Broadway debut in the musical Good Vibrations as Eddie in 2005, and then appeared in Jersey Boys in 2005 as Hal Miller. Burgess originated the role of Sebastian the Crab in the Broadway musical The Little Mermaid in 2007 opposite Sierra Boggess, Sean Palmer, and Norm Lewis. Burgess portrayed Nicely-Nicely Johnson, traditionally played by a white actor, in the revival of Guys and Dolls in 2009. He has also performed in several regional theater productions, including The Wiz and Jesus Christ Superstar .

Burgess performed at the "Broadway for Obama" benefit concert at the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton, Pennsylvania on October 20, 2008. [7] He performed at the "Broadway After Dark" benefit concert on October 26, 2008, in New York City, [8] and in a solo concert at Birdland in New York City on July 27, 2009. [9]

In July 2009, he was a performer on the R Family Vacations Summer Cruise. [10] Three months later, he was featured on an episode of the popular web show The Battery's Down. He appeared in Season 5 of 30 Rock as D'Fwan, a member of Tracy Jordan's wife's entourage. He reprised the role in Season 6.[ citation needed ] He was cast as The Caterpillar in the 2011 Broadway musical Wonderland in October 2010. A month later he dropped out of the project. [11]

In March 2013, Burgess performed "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from the Broadway musical Dreamgirls at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraising concert Broadway Backwards. [12] He was cast as The Witch, a role traditionally played by a female, in Into the Woods in a 2015 production by DreamCatcher Theatre, presented in Miami's Carnival Studio Theater at the Adrienne Arsht Center. [13]

2015–2019: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

On March 6, 2015, Netflix released the first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt which stars Burgess in a main role as Titus Andromedon, Kimmy's roommate. He received universal acclaim for his performance, with The New York Times saying the role was "tailor-made" for him. [14] [15] For his performance in the first season, he received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series at the 2015 Critics' Choice Television Awards and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series at the 2015 ceremony.[ citation needed ]

In June 2016, Burgess and Norm Lewis reprised their roles of Sebastian the Crab and King Triton in the Hollywood Bowl concert event of The Little Mermaid opposite Sara Bareilles, Rebel Wilson, and Darren Criss. [16] He also took voice role in The Angry Birds Movie (2016). He also was a guest star judge in the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars (2017). He also took guest roles in Miracle Workers (2019) and The Good Fight (2019).

2020–present: Return to Broadway

Since May 2020, he has starred in the musical cartoon series Central Park as Cole Tillerman, with Leslie Odom Jr., Kristen Bell, Daveed Diggs, Josh Gad, Kathryn Hahn and Stanley Tucci. [17] On December 28, 2020, it was announced that Burgess would star as Remy in a benefit concert presentation of Ratatouille the Musical , an internet meme that originated on TikTok, inspired by the 2007 Disney/Pixar film. It streamed exclusively on TodayTix on January 1, 2021. [18] In August 2021, Burgess was cast as Rooster Hannigan in Annie Live! . [19]

In 2023, he took on the role as Narrator in the second season of the Apple TV+ musical comedy series Schmigadoon! . from October 10 to December 17, 2023, he’ll be joining the Broadway cast of Moulin Rouge! as Harold Zidler.

Theatre credits

October 31, 2003 – February 8, 2004 La Cage aux Folles JacobDowntown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport, CT
October 5, 2004 – January 16, 2005 Jersey Boys Barry Belson/Hal Miller/Ensemble La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego, CA
February 2 – April 24, 2005 Good Vibrations Eddie Eugene O'Neill Theatre, Broadway
November 6, 2005 – July 31, 2006 Jersey Boys Barry Belson/Hal Miller/Ensemble August Wilson Theatre, Broadway
September 26 – November 26, 2006 The Wiz The Lion La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego, CA
July 26 – September 9, 2007 The Little Mermaid Sebastian the Crab Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver, CO
November 3, 2007 – December 7, 2008 Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, Broadway
March 1 – June 14, 2009 Guys and Dolls Nicely-Nicely Johnson Nederlander Theatre, Broadway
December 8–30, 2012A Wind in the Willows ChristmasMr. Toad Two River Theater, Red Bank, NJ
January 22, 2015 – February 15, 2015 Into the Woods The Witch Arsht Center, Miami, FL
June 3–6, 2016 The Little Mermaid Sebastian the Crab Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
January 1, 2021 Ratatouille the Musical RemyOnline Benefit Concert
December 2, 2021 Annie Rooster HanniganGold Coast Studios, Bethpage, NY
October 10 – December 17, 2023 Moulin Rouge! Harold Zidler Al Hirschfeld Theatre, Broadway



2014Are You Joking?Hank Trenton
2016 The Angry Birds Movie Photog (voice)
Catfight John
2018 Set It Up Creepy Tim
Then Came You Julian
2019I Hate KidsThe Amazing Fabular
Dolemite Is My Name Theodore Toney
The Addams Family Glenn (voice)
2021 Respect James Cleveland
Hot Mess HolidayHimself
2023 The Slumber Party Mesmer


2009 Schoolhouse Rock NarratorEpisode: "The Rainforest" (Earth Rock series)
The Battery's DownMr. Z2 episodes
2011 A Gifted Man Larry the GuardEpisode: "In Case of Discomfort"
2011–2012 30 Rock D'Fwan4 episodes
2012 Blue Bloods PriestEpisode: "The Life We Chose"
2013 Royal Pains KristoffEpisode: "Bones to Pick"
2015–2019 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Titus Andromedon Series regular, 52 episodes (seasons 1-4)
2016 Match Game HimselfRegular panelist
2016–2018 Elena of Avalor Charoca (voice)2 episodes
2017 Julie's Greenroom HimselfEpisode: "Costumer Service"
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Himself (Guest Judge)Episode: "Pop Art Ball"
2019 Miracle Workers God's brotherEpisode: "1 Day"
The Good Fight Wade V.Episode: "The One with the Celebrity Divorce"
2020 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend Titus Andromedon Netflix television movie
DishmantledHimself (host)10 episodes
Sing On! Himself (host)Series regular
2020–present Central Park Cole Tillerman, Kelleth Vanbeaceler (voices)Series regular
2021 Annie Live! Rooster HanniganTelevision special
Name That Tune HimselfGuest
2022 Teletubbies NarratorSeries regular (2022 Netflix reboot)
Name That Tune HimselfGuest
2023 Schmigadoon! NarratorSeason Two Regular
The Wonder Years LonnieEpisode: "One Small Step"

Video games

2013 Grand Theft Auto V Bob Mulét Credited under "The Local Population." Notable voice appearance in WCTR program, "Chakra Attack," as the "Potato Water Guy" in the coconut water discussion.


Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResultRef
2008Broadway.com Audience AwardFavorite Featured Actor in a Musical The Little Mermaid Nominated
2015 Webby Award Best Actor Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Won
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Gold Derby TV AwardBest Supporting Actor in a ComedyWon
Dorian Award TV Performance of the Year, ActorNominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2016Nominated [20]
2018 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2020 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend Nominated
2021 Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance Central Park: A Fish Called SnakeheadNominated

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