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Tony Award-Winning Actor & Musician

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  • Won a Tony Award for playing Aaron Burr in "Hamilton"
  • Principal soloist on "Hamilton's" Grammy-winning original Broadway cast recording
  • Other stage credits include Rent, Leap of Faith, Venice, and "Tick, Tick...Boom!"
  • Author of recent memoir, "Failing Up"
  • Starred on NBC series Smash and appears in a recurring role on "Law & Order: SVU"
  • Appeared in 2017 thriller "Murder on the Orient Express"
Tony Award-Winning Actor & Musician

A multifaceted performer, Leslie Odom, Jr. has played memorable roles on stage, TV, and film, most notably in the blockbuster Broadway musical "Hamilton," for which he won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for the role of Aaron Burr.

Also an accomplished jazz musician, Odom Jr. won a Grammy as a principal soloist on Hamilton’s Original Broadway Cast Recording, which won the 2015 award for Best Musical Theater Album. Odom Jr. can most recently be seen in the 2017 crime thriller "Murder on the Orient Express."

Odom Jr. is also the author of recent memoir, "Failing Up."

Odom, Jr. originated the role of Burr in a sold-out run at The Public Theater in 2015, earning a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical.

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 theater 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 "The Good Wife," "Gotham," "Person of Interest," "Grey’s Anatomy," "House of Lies," "Vanished," and "CSI: Miami." On the big screen, Odom Jr. starred in the 2012 film "Red Tails" as Declan Hall opposite Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and David Oyelowo, and in the 2017 crime thriller "Murder on the Orient Express" in the role of Dr. Arbuthnot along side Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Joni Depp, and others.

As a recording artist, his self-titled debut album was part-funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. The album was released in 2014 and then re-recorded and released again in 2016. He released the holiday album, "Simply Christmas," in late 2016. Odom Jr. tours to promote his albums, performing concerts backed by a jazz quintet that includes a drummer, percussionist, bassist, guitarist, and a pianist who is also Odom Jr.'s musical director.

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