Tyrone Giordano

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Tyrone Giordano
Born (1976-04-18) April 18, 1976 (age 43)
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
EducationGallaudet University
OccupationActor

Tyrone Giordano (born 1976) is a deaf American film, television, and stage actor. He is known for his roles in the musical Big River and the movie The Family Stone.

Early life and education[edit]

Giordano was born in Hartford, Connecticut to deaf parents,[1] he went to Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, and Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.[2]

Career[edit]

In 1999, Giordano was a member of a small troupe of deaf and hearing actors when he won his first professional role as a member of the Chorus in the Arena Stage production of The Miracle Worker.[3] In 2001, he enrolled in Deaf West Theatre's summer school program, and that fall he was cast in the lead role of Huckleberry Finn in the critically acclaimed Big River in Los Angeles. Big River was a hit at Deaf West Theatre and made a second run at the Mark Taper Forum. Big River continued its journey, returning to Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre in the summer of 2003, retaining some of its original cast members from 2001 and 2002. For his Broadway performance, Giordano was nominated for a 2004 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, losing out to Hugh Jackman; the Broadway cast of Big River was honored with a 2004 Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre.[4] Giordano remained with Big River for most of its year-long national tour (June 2004-June 2005) as well as its run in Japan.

While touring with Big River, Giordano was cast in The Family Stone (2005), in which he played a gay and deaf member of the title family,[5] he also plays the deaf brother of Ashton Kutcher's character in the 2005 film A Lot Like Love and was also in 2008's Untraceable starring Diane Lane and in 2010's The Next Three Days with Russell Crowe. He has appeared in episodes of the TV series Girlfriends and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

In 2009, Giordano was onstage as Pippin at the Mark Taper Forum,.[6] In 2017, he was in Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 A Lot Like Love Graham Martin
The Family Stone Thad Stone
2008 Untraceable Tim Wilks
2009 Simone Simon
All About Steve Dad
2010 The Next Three Days Mike

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Deaf Actor Signs Up for Broadway Stardom". People Magazine. August 25, 2003. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  2. ^ Jou, Ted (2014). "Tyrone Giordano '94: Finding His Voice on Stage". Montgomery Blair High School Magnet Foundation. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  3. ^ Riley, Jenelle (October 26, 2005). "Tyrone Giordano: Family Man". Backstage.
  4. ^ Evans, Everett (October 10, 2004). "Tony smiles on Deaf West Theatre's 'Big River'". Houston Chronicle.
  5. ^ Jacobs, Evan (May 29, 2006). "Tyrone Giordano Gets Down About The Family Stone". MovieWeb. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  6. ^ Isherwood, Charles (February 11, 2009). "A Prince Without Direction, Facing Inner Demons Through Song and Sign". The New York Times.
  7. ^ McNulty, Charles (March 11, 2017). "Deaf West sets out to tame 'Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo'". Los Angeles Times.

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