Cheyenne Jackson is a Grammy-nominated actor, singer, and songwriter who will soon be seen on FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel. He recently finished a critically acclaimed run of The Most Happy Fella in New York City Ben Brantley of The New York Times declared his portrayal of Joey “perfect.” In the fall of 2012, he starred on Broadway opposite Henry Winkler, Ari Graynor, and Alicia Silverstone in David West Read’s play The Performers. He also appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s award-winning Behind The Candelabra, with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, as well as the NBC TV pilot Mockingbird Lane. In September 2012, Cheyenne appeared in the PBS concert special From Dust To Dreams.
Jackson has appeared in numerous films including the 2006 Academy Award-nominated United 93; The Green, opposite Julia Ormond and Ileana Douglas; Price Check with Parker Posey; and Lola Versus with Greta Gerwig. Upcoming films include: Love is Strange with John Lithgow, Marisa Tomei, and Alfred Molina, which opened at Sundance and will be released nationwide by Sony Pictures Classics in 2014; Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks opposite Gena Rowlands, Jacki Weaver and Rita Moreno; Mutual Friends; Opening Night with Anthony Rapp; Beautiful Now; and Zoe Cassavetes’ new film Day out of Days with Eddie Izzard and Melanie Griffith.
On and off Broadway, Jackson has starred in 8, Finian’s Rainbow (Drama Desk nomination), Damn Yankees, Xanadu (Drama League and Drama Desk nominations), The Agony & the Agony, All Shook Up (Theater World Award, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle nominations), the premiere cast of Altar Boyz, Aida, Thoroughly Modern Millie, On the 20th Century, and The 24 Hour Plays.
On television, Jackson appeared on NBC’s 30 Rock as “Danny Baker” for four seasons, and portrayed the dastardly “Dustin Goolsby,” aka “Sargeant Handsome,” the new coach of Vocal Adrenaline, on Glee. Other television credits include Family Practice, Life on Mars, Ugly Betty, It Takes a Village, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Local Talent, HR, Law and Order, and the upcoming spinoff of CSI with Patricia Arquette. His latest pilot, OPEN, on HBO, was written by Ryan Murphy and Dexter’s Lauren Gussis. It stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michelle Moynihan, Scott Speedman and Wes Bentley, and was completed in March.
In concert, Jackson has sold out Carnegie Hall twice, in “The Power of Two” in 2010 with Michael Feinstein followed by his solo debut concert with the New York Pops, and at The Kennedy Center in 2012.
Jackson plays an active role in a variety of charities focusing on social issues which include LGBT rights, marriage equality, animal welfare, and HIV/AIDS research. He is an international ambassador for The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and serves as the national ambassador and spokesperson for The Hetrick-Martin Institute and the Harvey Milk High School. Jackson also actively supports “The Trevor Project” and GLSEN.
For his self-penned current album released last year on Sony/ATV, I’m Blue, Skies, he collaborated with Sia, Stevie Aiello, and Charlotte Sometimes. In 2012 he released his first three singles, “Drive,” the Top 40 hit “Before You,” and “Don’t Wanna Know,” all produced by Thomas “Tawgs” Salter.
For his many accomplishments and activism, Jackson was recently named Out Magazine’s “Entertainer of the Year.”