Leslie Odom Jr. Biography
Leslie Odom Jr. is an American singer and actor who has appeared on stage, in films, and on television. He’s also the author of two jazz albums. He is best known for his role as Aaron Burr in Broadway’s ‘Hamilton,’ for which he received a Tony Award for Best Actor in 2016 as well as a Grammy Award for his contribution to the play’s soundtrack. Leslie Odom Jr., an accomplished television actor, played a key role in the musical series ‘Smash.’
He began acting and singing as a child and made his Broadway debut at the age of 17. He is an actor, musician, and dancer. Leslie is also an author, having written ‘Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning.’
|Full Name:||Leslie Odom Jr.|
|Date of Birth:||August 6, 1981|
|Place of Birth:||Queens, New York City, USA|
|Occupation:||Singer, Actor and Author|
|Net Worth:||$10 million|
|Wife/Spouse:||Nicolette Kloe Robinson|
Early Life, Childhood and Education
Leslie Odom Jr. was born in Queens, New York City, USA on August 6, 1981. He and his family moved to Philadelphia, where he grew up. He attended Julia R. Masterman School before moving on to Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts.
As a child, he developed a love of singing and began singing in the church choir at Canaan Baptist Church. He eventually went to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and graduated with honors before moving to Los Angeles in 2003.
He began acting while still in college, at the age of 17
Leslie Odom Jr. was in the ensemble cast of the play ‘Jersey Boys’ in 2004. He appeared in the plays ‘Keep Your Pantheon’ and ‘Being Alive’ in 2007. Three years later, the actor was cast as Isaiah Sturdevant in the Broadway production of ‘Leap of Faith,’ which opened in 2012.
Following his performance in the off-Broadway production ‘Venice’ in 2013, he collaborated with Lin-Manuel Miranda in the production of ‘Tick, Tick… Boom!’ the following year.
In 2015, he made his stage debut as Aaron Burr in the Broadway production of the musical ‘Hamilton.’ On July 9, 2016, he made his final appearance in the play.
Leslie Odom Jr. has appeared in several short films, including “Scarecrow Joe” and “Luna Goes Cruising.” In 2012, he appeared as Declan ‘Winky’ Hall in the war film ‘Red Tails.’
The actor portrayed Dr. Arbuthnot in the 2017 film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel ‘Murder on the Orient Express.’ He is currently filming for the upcoming science fiction film ‘Needle in a Timestack.’
Leslie Odom Jr.’s first television appearance was as a recurring character in the 2003 series ‘CSI: Miami.’ He appeared in a few episodes as Joseph Kayle before leaving the show in 2006.
He had a recurring role as Maliko Christo in the drama ‘Vanished’ (2006). From 2006 to 2007, the actor played Freddy, a recurring character on the sitcom ‘Big Day.’ Following that, he appeared in an episode of ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’
In 2011, Odom appeared in a number of TV dramas, including ‘NCIS: Los Angeles,’ ‘Zeke and Luther,’ and ‘Supernatural.’
In 2013, he was cast as Sam Strickland in the musical drama ‘Smash.’ He also had a recurring role in ‘Person of Interest’ that year. The same year, he began playing Reverend Curtis Scott in ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.’
In 2014, he appeared in an episode of ‘Gotham.’ He hosted the web series ‘Aaron Burr, Sir: Backstage at Hamilton with Leslie Odom Jr.’ two years later. In 2018, he provided the voice of Dr. Leslie in an episode of the animated sitcom ‘We Bare Bears.’
Leslie Odom Jr. released his debut solo album, ‘Leslie Odom Jr.,’ on SoundCloud and CD in 2014. Two years later, he released a cover of Selena Gomez’s “Good for You” with Daveed Diggs. He signed with S-Curve Records and recorded an improved version of his album ‘Leslie Odom Jr.,’ which was released in June 2016.
He released his second album, ‘Simply Christmas,’ on November 11, 2016. It was a jazz album with interpretations of Christmas carols. The deluxe edition of the album, which included four additional songs, was released in October 2017.
As a singer, Odom frequently tours in support of his jazz albums, performing with his quintet of percussionists, drummers, guitarists, bassists, and pianists.
Odom published a book titled ‘Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning’ in 2018. Through the book, he hopes to inspire young people to pursue their dreams and to never give up, even when things get tough.
Leslie Odom Jr. is currently married to Nicolette Kloe Robinson, an actress. She is well-known for her roles in the Showtime original series ‘The Affair’ and the off-Broadway play ‘Invisible Thread.’
When Robinson was auditioning for a role in the musical ‘Once on This Island,’ the couple first met in Los Angeles in 2008. While training Robinson for her role, Odom, who was working as an assistant director for Billy Porter, fell in love with her. Odom and Robinson tied the knot in December 2012.
They currently have a daughter, Lucy (Lucille Ruby) and son, Abel, together. Their daughter, Lucille Ruby, who was born on April 23, 2017.
Leslie Odom Jr. Net Worth
Leslie Odom’s net worth is estimated at $10 million.