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Mar 26, 1985

Jonathan Drew Groff (born March 26, 1985) is an American singer-songwriter, stage, television and film actor. He is best known for the roles of Melchior Gabor in Spring Awakening and Jesse St. James in the musical television series Glee. Groff was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to a Methodist mother – Julie, a gym teacher – and Mennonite father – Jim, a harness horse trainer and driver. He has one older brother, David. Of his upbringing, he has said "My mother’s side of the family is Methodist, which is how I was raised. It was conservative in that I had strong values—sitting down and eating with the family every day, listening to authority and going to church every week and having perfect attendance at Sunday school. But at the same time, my parents always encouraged my brother and me to be happy with what we were doing. My parents were athletes in high school; my mom and my dad were the stars of the basketball team, but they never pushed my brother and me to be anything we didn’t want to be. " Groff graduated from Conestoga Valley High School in 2003. Groff told during the National Equality March in Washington, D.C., that he is "gay and proud". Groff guest starred

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