Matthew James “Matt” Morrison (born October 30, 1978) is an American actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter. He is known for starring in multiple Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including his portrayal of Link Larkin in Hairspray on Broadway, and for his role as Will Schuester on the Fox television show Glee (2009–2015). He is signed with Adam Levine’s 222 Records. Morrison received a Tony Award nomination for his featured role as Fabrizio Nacarelli in the musical The Light in the Piazza. He is now currently starring as J.M Barrie in the new Broadway production of “Finding Neverland”.
Morrison was born in Fort Ord, California, the son of Mary and Tom Morrison. He was raised in Orange County, and is of Scottish heritage. He was part of the Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21) and the Orange County High School of the Arts, while at the Los Alamitos High School campus. While in high school, Morrison did a musical with actress Jodie Sweetin. He attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for two years before dropping out and joining the Broadway adaptation of Footloose.
By freshman year of college Morrison already was a regular performer on Broadway. He states in Details “There were all these beautiful, beautiful dancers. As a straight guy I had some room. There were the shared interests in singing and dancing, and I always find dancing with someone very erotic and sexual. I definitely hooked up with a lot of girls when I was a young guy on Broadway. It was fun, I guess. Very joyous and free.
While working on a Broadway production together, he briefly dated future Glee co-star Lea Michele. Morrison became engaged to actress Chrishell Stause on December 9, 2006. Their relationship later ended. In 2011, Morrison began dating Renee Puente. On June 27, 2013, Elton John helped Morrison announce that Morrison and Puente were engaged. Morrison and Puente were married on October 18, 2014 at a private home on the island of Maui.