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Leslie Odom, Jr.



Biography

LESLIE ODOM JR.

Multifaceted performer Leslie Odom, Jr. completed his run on Broadway starring as ‘Aaron Burr’ in the
original cast of the blockbuster hit musical, “Hamilton,” a role that earned him the 2016 Tony Award for
Lead Actor in a Musical. He is also a Grammy Award-winner as a principal soloist on Hamilton’s Original
Broadway Cast Recording, which won the 2016 award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Odom, Jr. made his Broadway debut at the age of 17 in Rent, before heading to Carnegie Mellon
University’s prestigious School of Drama, where he graduated with honors. He is the recipient of a 2002
Princess Grace Award for Acting, which is dedicated to identifying emerging talent in theater, dance and
film.

Additional theatre credits include Leap of Faith on Broadway, for which he won the 2012 Astaire Award
for Outstanding Male Dancer on Broadway and was nominated for a Drama League Award; the 2014
musical Venice, which also played at The Public Theater; and the Encores! Off-Center production of Tick,
Tick... Boom! which was his first time working with Hamilton creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

On the small screen, Odom, Jr. is best-known for his portrayal of ‘Sam Strickland’ in the NBC musical
series, “Smash,” and his recurring role as ‘Reverend Curtis Scott’ on “Law & Order: SVU.” He’s also
appeared in episodes of “Gotham,” “Person of Interest,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “House of Lies,” “Vanished”
and “CSI: Miami.” On the big screen he starred in the 2012 film, “Red Tails,” opposite Terrence Howard,
Cuba Gooding Jr. and David Oyelowo.

Leslie’s debut solo album, “Leslie Odom, Jr,” was released in June 2016 on S-Curve Records and quickly
rose to number one on the Billboard and iTunes Jazz charts.

Look for him this fall in Kenneth Branagh’s reimaging of Agatha Christie’s, Murder on the Orient Express
featuring an all-star cast including Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Dame Judi Dench and more.

Odom Jr. was raised in Philadelphia, and currently resides in New York City.
Leslie Odom Jr