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“It’s official, after 11 years together, Zora’s no longer a bastard,” Jackson tweeted, referring to the couple’s dog. “Married the best man I’ve ever known.”
The actor-singer is perhaps best known for his role on Fox’s Glee, as the coach of rival singing group Vocal Adrenaline, and his frequent guest stints on NBC’s 30 Rock.
Here are five other facts you might not know about the actor-singer:
1. He was named after a TV show. Jackson told Metro Weekly that his father named him after the 1955-63 Western Cheyenne, which starred Clint Walker in the title role.
2. He started his professional career as an ad exec at a magazine in Seattle. The actor, who grew up on in rural Idaho, said he had done theater on the side in Seattle but didn’t pursue acting until two major events that “kind of made me light a fire under my tuchus: 9/11, and then we had a death in our family,” he told Metro Weekly. “Both of those things really brought home the idea that life is short. I thought, ‘You know what? Screw this.'” He quit his job and move to New York.
3. He got his start on Broadway. Within a few weeks of relocating to the Big Apple, Jackson made his debut understudying both male leads in the Tony Award winning musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. According to his official website, his big break came two years later when Miramax producers asked him to leave Altar Boyz and originate his first Broadway leading role in All Shook Up. His role earned him a Theatre World Award and nominations from the Drama League and Outer Critics Circle for outstanding lead actor.
4. He does good deeds. Jackson is an international ambassador for amfAR (the Foundation for AIDS Research) and serves as the national ambassador for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, which aims to create “a safe and supportive environment in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, ages 12 to 24, can reach their full potential.”
5. He will sing with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall on Nov. 18. The event, overseen by music director and conductor Steven Reineke, will feature “cool, swinging tunes” from the 1950s and ’60s, according to the Pops’ website.
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