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Lin-Manuel Miranda is an actor, rapper, producer, and playwright. He voices Juan in the animated special of One Day at a Time titled "The Politics Episode."

Early Life

Miranda was born in New York City and raised in the neighborhood of Inwood, the son of Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda, a clinical psychologist, and Luis A. Miranda, Jr., a Democratic Party consultant who advised New York City mayor Ed Koch. Miranda has one older sister, Luz, who is the Chief Financial Officer of the MirRam Group. During childhood and his teens, he spent at least one month each year with his grandparents in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico.

He is of mostly Puerto Rican descent. His mother's ancestors include an interracial couple, Sophie, who was black, and David Towns, who was white; from the early 1800s, this couple spent their married life trying to outrun slavery as laws and governments changed around them. Ensuing branches of the Towns family primarily married Mexican spouses in Texas and Mexico, and Miranda, for his part, has described his ancestry as a quarter Mexican. The name "Lin-Manuel" was inspired by a poem about the Vietnam War, Nana roja para mi hijo Lin Manuel, by the Puerto Rican writer José Manuel Torres Santiago.

Miranda attended Hunter College Elementary School and Hunter College High School, where his classmates included journalist Chris Hayes, who was Miranda's first director when the latter starred in a school play described by Hayes as "a 20-minute musical that featured a maniacal fetal pig in a nightmare that [Miranda] had cut up in biology class," and rapper Immortal Technique, who bullied Miranda during high school, although the two later became friends. It was during high school that Miranda began writing musicals.

As a student, Miranda wrote the earliest draft of what would become his first Broadway musical, In the Heights, in 1999, his sophomore year of college at Wesleyan University. After the show was accepted by Wesleyan's student theater company, Second Stage, Miranda added freestyle rap and salsa numbers, and the show was premiered there in 1999. Miranda wrote and directed several other musicals at Wesleyan, and acted in many other productions, ranging from musicals to Shakespeare. He graduated from Wesleyan in 2002.

Career

Lin-Manuel Miranda is an American composer, lyricist, singer, rapper, actor, producer, and playwright, widely known for creating and starring in the Broadway musicals In the Heights and Hamilton. His awards include a Pulitzer Prize, three Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a Kennedy Center Honor in 2018.

Miranda wrote the music and lyrics for the 2008 Broadway musical In the Heights. The stage musical has been made into a film, also titled In the Heights, which is scheduled to be released in June 2021. His work won the Tony Award for Best Original Score, the show's cast album won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album,[4] and the show won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Miranda was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his lead role. He gained wider recognition for writing the script, music, and lyrics for Hamilton, which has been acclaimed as a pop culture phenomenon since its Broadway premiere in 2015.

The show earned the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and was nominated for a record-setting 16 Tony Awards, of which it won 11, including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book. For portraying the titular role, Miranda was nominated for another Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. The Hamilton cast recording spent ten weeks atop Billboard's Top Rap Albums chart in 2015, and was eventually named by Billboard as the eleventh-biggest album of the 2010s.[6] The Hamilton Mixtape, an album of covers of songs from the musical, developed by and featuring Miranda, reached number one on the Billboard 200.

Miranda's television work includes recurring roles on The Electric Company (2009–2010) and Do No Harm (2013). He hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time in 2016 and earned his first Emmy award nomination for acting. Among other film work, Miranda contributed music and vocals for a scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015); wrote music and songs in the animated musical Moana (2016), which gained him nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song, for the song "How Far I'll Go"; and starred as Jack in the musical fantasy Mary Poppins Returns (2018), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

Miranda has been politically active, most notably on behalf of Puerto Rico. He met with politicians in 2016 to speak out in favor of debt relief for Puerto Rico, and raised funds for rescue efforts and disaster relief after Hurricane Maria struck the island in 2017.

Theater

1999 In the Heights Usnavi de la Vega Wesleyan University, April 20–22 Also composer and lyricist
2005 Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
2007 Off-Broadway, Feb 8 – July 15, 2007
2008–09 Broadway, February 14, 2008 – February 15, 2009
2009–10 US tour
2009 West Side Story N/A Broadway revival Spanish translations
2010–11 In the Heights Usnavi de la Vega Broadway, December 25, 2010 – January 9, 2011 Also composer and lyricist
2011 Working N/A Chicago revival Wrote two new songs
2012 Merrily We Roll Along Charley Kringas Encores!, Feb 8–9, 2012
2012 Bring It On: The Musical N/A Broadway & tour Co-composer and lyricist
2014 21 Chump Street Narrator Brooklyn Academy of Music, June 7, 2014 Book, music, and lyrics
2014 Tick, Tick... Boom! Jon Encores!, June 25–28, 2014
2015 Hamilton Alexander Hamilton Off-Broadway, Jan 20 – May 3, 2015 Book, music, and lyrics
2015–16 Broadway, August 6, 2015 – July 9, 2016
2016 Les Misérables Loud Hailer Broadway, January 24, 2016[96] Voice only
2019 Hamilton Alexander Hamilton Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center, Jan 11–27, 2019 Limited engagement; Book, music, and lyrics

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Clayton's Friends Pete Also writer, producer, director and editor
2012 The Odd Life of Timothy Green Reggie
The Polar Bears Jak (voice) Short film
2013 200 Cartas Raul
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Shag Kava (voice) Cameo; Also special featured composer
2016 Studio Heads Himself Short film
Moana N/A Composer and singer
2017 Speech & Debate The Genie
2018 Mary Poppins Returns Jack
2019 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Resistance Soldier Cameo; Also special featured composer
2020 Hamilton Alexander Hamilton Completed; also writer, composer, and producer
2021 In the Heights Mr. Piragüero Post-production; also composer and producer
Tick, Tick... Boom! N/A Filming; Director

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Sopranos Bellman Episode: "Remember When"
2009, 2012 Sesame Street Freddy Flapman / Lamb-Manuel Miranda 2 episodes; also composer and lyricist
2009–2010 House Juan "Alvie" Alvarez 3 episodes
2009–2010 The Electric Company Mario/himself 17 episodes; also composer
2011 Modern Family Guillermo Episode: "Good Cop Bad Dog"
2011 65th Tony Awards Awards show; writer of the closing rap number
2012 Submissions Only Auditioner #1 Episode: "Another Interruption"
2012 Freestyle Love Supreme Himself TV series; also lyricist
2013 Do No Harm Ruben Marcado 11 episodes
2013 Smash Himself Episode: "The Transfer"[161]
2013 67th Tony Awards Awards show; composer of the opening number "Bigger!"
2013 How I Met Your Mother Gus Episode: "Bedtime Stories"
2016 Inside Amy Schumer Himself Episode: "The World's Most Interesting Woman in the World"
2016 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Himself Episode: "Puerto Rico"
2016 Hamilton's America Himself Television documentary
2016 Difficult People Himself Episode: "Carter"
2016 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Lin-Manuel Miranda/Twenty One Pilots"
2016 Drunk History Himself Episode: "Hamilton"
2017 My Brother, My Brother and Me Himself Episode: "Candlenights & Vape Ape"
2017, 2020 BoJack Horseman Crackerjack Sugarman Voice

2 episodes

2017–2018 The Magic School Bus Rides Again Theme song singer
2017 Curb Your Enthusiasm Himself 2 episodes
2018–present DuckTales Gizmoduck/Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera, Marshall Cabrera Voice

7 episodes

2018 Bartlett Jesus 2 episodes
2018 Nina's World Paquito Fernando Voice

Episode: "Nina Live"

2019 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Lieutenant David Santiago Episode: "The Golden Child"[162]
2019 Fosse/Verdon Roy Scheider[163] Episode: "Providence"; also executive producer
2019 Saturday Night Live Julian Castro Episode: "David Harbour/Camila Cabello"
2019 His Dark Materials Lee Scoresby 4 episodes
2020 One Day at a Time Juan The Politics Episode

Web series

Year Title Role Notes 2020 Some Good News Self Episode 2
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