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Rannells is best known for his breakout role as Elder Price in Broadway's smash hit musical "The Book of Mormon," which was created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone of "South Park" fame along with Robert Lopez of "Avenue Q." "The Book of Mormon" received nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, and on the Tony Awards telecast, Rannells brought down the house with his performance of "I Believe." For his work in "The Book of Mormon," Rannells received nominations from Tony Awards, Drama Desk and the Drama League. He also won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album for the cast recording of "The Book of Mormon." Variety called his performance in "The Book of Mormon" "the brightest of a uniformly fine cast," and Entertainment Weekly noted Rannells as "a breakout star."
Previously, he was seen on Broadway as Bob Gaudio in "Jersey Boys," having played the role on the first national tour and in the Toronto Company as well. Rannells also played Link Larkin in the Broadway production of "Hairspray."
Currently, Rannells can be seen on HBO's new series "Girls," from producers Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow, and he will make his big screen debut later this year in Leslye Headland's "Bachelorette."
Rannells is a native of Omaha, Nebraska.