Everybody dreams, but not everybody realizes this dream. It confirms the saying that many are called, but only a few are chosen. One example of a chosen one is Jeremy Jordan. Since his childhood, he has always dreamed of acting. His zeal for the theatre led him to study Fine Arts Music Theatre at Ithaca College, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree. His passion for acting began while he was still at school. Jeremy Jordan grew up in a low-income apartment, but today he is worth about $3 million.
Who is Jeremy Jordan?
Jeremy Jordan was born Jeremy Michael Jordan, the namesake of legendary NBA player Michael Jordan. Jeremy Jordan, as he is popularly known, is an actor, singer, and dancer born November 20, 1984, and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas by his mother Debbie after his parents divorced. He grew up with his two siblings Joey, his brother, and Jessica, his sister. His father is of multiple lineages: He’s of English, Scottish, Welsh and German descent. His mother is no different, her parents’ family were Jewish immigrants from Poland, Latvia, Russia, and Lithuania, which makes it difficult to determine a particular lineage to which Jeremy belongs.
Jeremy started singing as a teenager, he attended Mary Carroll High School where he was a member of the high school choir. In high school, he also started acting. He graduated from high school and enrolled at Ithaca College in New York, where he decided to study fine arts. In 2007, he graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in the field of musical theater.
After college, Jeremy continued to pursue his long-standing dream of becoming a professional actor. In 2008, he was cast in a play at Hartford Theatre, where he appeared in the play Little Dog Laughed as Alex. His performance in the play earned him a nomination from Connecticut critics. That same year he also played the role of Tom Sawyer in Big River.
In 2010 his fame increased when he appeared as Clyde in the musical Bonnie and Clyde. The show made its Broadway debut on December 1, 2011, and after 36 performances the show was discontinued on December 30, 2011. Another play from which Jeremy Jordan emerged was Newsies, where he played the role of Jack in the stage version at the Paper Mill Theater in New Jersey in September and October 2011.
In 2012 Jeremy Jordan returned to play the lead role of Jack Kelly in Disney’s Newsies on Broadway. His casting as Jack in Newsies earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical and a 2013 Grammy Award nomination for Best Musical Theater Album as the soloist of the original Newsies Album cast.
In the course of his career so far he has appeared in four films. In 2007 he starred as Joel in a short film called Common Change. In Joyful Noise, he starred as Randy Garrity in 2012 alongside Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer, and Dolly Parton. He played the role of Jamie Wellerstein in The Last 5 Years and as Jack Kelly in the live stage movie Disney’s Newsies the Broadway musical in 2017.
He has appeared in eight television series, some in single episodes, some in multiple episodes, and some in multiple seasons. He played the role of Doug Walshen in Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, as Levi Murney in Submissions Only, in Smash as Jimmy Collins, in Elementary as Joey Castoro, again in Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, but as a different character than Skye Adderson, in Tangled: The Series as Varian, in The Flash as General Winslow Schott Jr. and currently appears in Supergirl as Winslow WinnSchott Jr.
In addition to his appearances in television series and films, he has also appeared in six stage plays Rock of Ages, West Side Story, Heathers: the musical, Bonnie and Clyde, Newsies, and Finding Neverland. There he could be seen as Swing, Tony, Jason Dean, Clyde Barrow, Jack Kelly, and J.M. Barrie.
Jeremy Jordan has been nominated several times for his work and also received the award for his outstanding debut in Bonnie and Clyde in Theatre World Awards.
Who Is Jeremy Jordan’s Wife?
Jeremy Jordan is married to a 33-year-old American actress, singer, and dancer Ashley Spencer. She was born on March 8, 1985, in Canton, Ohio. The couple committed to holy matrimony on September 8, 2012, in a private wedding ceremony attended only by close family members and friends.
Ashley Spencer made her television debut in NBC’s Grease: You’re The Only One That I Want and also made her Broadway debut in Hairspray as Amber Von Tussle in July 2007.
Is Jeremy Jordan Gay?
Jeremy Jordan’s obviously not gay. He’s married to a woman in the person of Ashley Spencer. However, in June 2016, he informed the public on his Facebook page and Twitter about his cousin Sarah, who was sent to a remote Christian boarding school in Texas to “pray away that she is gay” for a year. Jeremy saw this as inappropriate for the then 18-year-old woman and had to set up a GoFundMe page to draw attention to her and raise funds for her release from the remote gay correctional facility. He argued, with findings from the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, that such treatments were psychologically harmful to the patients. In addition, he drew the attention of the concerned public to the fact that the success of his cousin Sara’s liberation would open the door for many other teenagers to accept their sexuality as it is in a world of love and acceptance for them. His outcry received reactions from other gay celebrities and public advocates for gay rights, and after five days of posting the Facebook post, his cousin came home from the facility.
What Is His Height?
Jeremy Jordan stands at a height of 5’9″ (1.75m) tall. He also weighs about 66 kg (145 pounds).