ManCrush: Cheyenne Jackson
An actor who is always worth watching.
Cheyenne Jackson is an American actor and singer. His credits include leading roles in Broadway musicals and other stage roles, as well as film and television roles, concert singing, and music recordings.
After beginning his acting career in regional theatre in Seattle, he moved to New York and was an understudy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002) and Aida (2003). He next originated the role of Matthew in the workshop production of Altar Boyz (2004) for the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and was replaced by Scott Porter for the Off-Broadway run. Jackson’s first leading role on Broadway was in All Shook Up (2005), which earned him a Theatre World Award for “Outstanding Broadway Debut.” Since then, on the New York stage, he has starred in The Agony & the Agony (2006), Xanadu (2007; Drama League, Drama Desk nominations), Damn Yankees (2008), Finian’s Rainbow (2010; Drama Desk nomination), 8 (2011), The Heart of the Matter (2012), and The Performers (2013).
He has also appeared in a number of films, including the 2006 Academy Award-nominated United 93, in which his portrayal of Mark Bingham earned him the Boston Society of Film Critics 2006 award for Best Ensemble Cast. He also had a leading role in the 2014 independent romantic comedy ensemble, Mutual Friends, and guest roles in television series such as NBC’s 30 Rock and Fox’s Glee. Since 2015, Jackson starred in the FX Horror anthology television series, American Horror Story, in its fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth seasons.
In concert, Jackson has sold out Carnegie Hall twice: The Power of Two in 2010 and Music of the Mad Men Era in 2011. He also performs in cabaret. In addition to his Broadway cast albums, he has released three albums of popular music, including a joint album called The Power of Two with Michael Feinstein in 2008. In 2012, Jackson released two singles, “Drive” and “Before You”, from his 2013 album I’m Blue, Skies. In 2016, Jackson released his third studio album, Renaissance, an album adapted and expanded from his solo concert Music of the Mad Men Era.
He also stars as Hades in the Descendants 3, along with actors Booboo Stewart, Cameron Boyce, Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson with Director Kenny Ortega. In 2020, he reunited with Descendants alumni Ortega and Stewart in Netflix’s Julie and the Phantoms.
Jackson was born in 1975 and grew up in Idaho before moving to Seattle and then New York City to pursue a career in acting.
Jackson made his Broadway debut understudying both male leads in the Tony Award-winning musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. He has since gone on to perform in numerous productions.
Jackson portrayed Mark Bingham in the 2006 Academy Award nominated film United 93.
Jackson appeared in seasons 5-8 of American Horror Story.
Significant relationships have included Monte Lapka.
In 2014, Jackson married Jason Landau. The couple have two children.