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TV/Film Actors That Got Their Start on the Stage
Glenn Close celebrates her 70th birthday today (March 19), and currently, the iconic actress is starring on Broadway in Sunset Boulevard as Norma Desmond, a role which garnered her a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 1995.
Many know Close best for her work in film and television, but she got her start acting in the theater, and she’s not alone. Check out these other film and television actors that started their acting career on the stage!
Glenn Close – Close’s stage career began in the 70s, and has since lead to winning the following three Tony Awards: Best Actress in a Play as Annie in ‘The Real Thing’ (1984), Best Actress in a Musical as Norma Desmond in ‘Sunset Boulevard (1995) and Best Actress in a Play as Paulina Salas Escobar in ‘Death and the Maiden.’ Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Sunset Boulevard
Andrew Rannells – The ‘Girls’ star has a number of stage credits to his name before making the jump to TV, but his biggest stage claim-to-fame is originating the role of Elder Price in ‘The Book of Mormon,’ which netted him a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical in 2011. Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images
Florence Henderson – The late actress best known as Carol Brady started her acting career in the 50s in touring productions of ‘Oklahoma!’ and ‘South Pacific’ and would later appear on Broadway in ‘Wish You Were Here’ and starred in the original musical production of ‘Fanny.’ Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for amfAR
Hugh Jackman – Most of us know him best as Wolverine, but Jackman’s career began on stage in various productions in Melbourne, Australia and London’s West End before landing the iconic ‘X-Men’ role. Jackman would make it to Broadway in 2003 in the starting role in ‘the Boy from Oz,’ which netted him a Tony Award win for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images for 20th Century Fox
Sarah Jessica Parker – Long before ‘Sex and the City,’ SJP was a Broadway child actor and starred as Annie in ‘Annie’ in 1979. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Erica Banas is a lover of classic television and wishes tap dancing would make a serious comeback.