Joshua Ilan "Josh" Gad (born February 23, 1981) is an American actor best known for voicing Olaf in Frozen and for playing Elder Arnold Cunningham in the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, and Ryan Church in the television series Back to You. He has also appeared in ER, The Daily Show, Modern Family, New Girl, Bored to Death, and Numb3rs. His film roles include The Rocker, Crossing Over, She Wants Me, 21, Love & Other Drugs, Jobs and Skip Gilchrist in the short lived political sitcom 1600 Penn on NBC.

Early life:

Gad was born in Hollywood, Florida. His mother is a realtor and his stepfather is an investment advisor. He was raised Jewish; His father is a Jewish immigrant from Afghanistan and his mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Gad attended the University School of Nova Southeastern University, graduating in 1999. While there, he won the National Forensics League National Tournament Championships for Original Oratory in 1998, and for Humorous Interpretation and Original Oratory in 1999. He then attended the Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts, where he graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drama. During this time, he undertook a semester-long exchange at the National Institute of Dramatic Art.

Career:

Gad portrayed news director Ryan Church on the Fox sitcom Back to You, which lasted one season from 2007 to 2008. Gad appeared as a correspondent on The Daily Show on May 5, 2009, and became a regular correspondent on June 2, 2009. He appeared on The Daily Show on November 11, 2009 in a segment titled "Crash for Clunkers" about the effect the Cash for Clunkers program had on demolition derbies. He appeared in a June 27, 2011, segment about the legalization of gay marriage in New York reported from the Gay Pride March in New York City.

In 2008, he played a supporting role in the film 21, and a leading role in The Rocker. In 2010, he had a role in Love & Other Drugs, and a guest role on the Bored to Death episode "Make it Quick, Fitzgerald!". He was cast in the American version of the British sitcom No Heroics. In the pilot, Gad played Horse Force, a former classmate from Superhero College, who can summon horses and works at a bar where the group hangs out. The show was not picked up.

Gad played the role of Elder Cunningham in the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon. His last performance was June 6, 2012. The show opened at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on March 24, 2011. Gad was nominated for the 2011 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, along with his co-star Andrew Rannells. Both lost to Norbert Leo Butz in Catch Me If You Can.

In 2011, Gad had a cameo appearance in ABC's hit show, Modern Family, in Season 3's Thanksgiving episode. In 2011, Gad voiced "Mondo" in the MTV animated series Good Vibes. He also made an appearance as Bump in the 2011 comedy road trip film Mardi Gras: Spring Break. In 2012, he voiced the molehog Louis in Ice Age: Continental Drift. He also played Bear Claw on an episode of New Girl. In 2012, he starred in the independent romantic comedy She Wants Me.

As of January 2013, he appears as Skip Gilchrist in NBC's 1600 Penn, of which he is also a co-creator and executive producer. Also in 2013, he played Andrew (Headphones) in the film The Internship and starred as Steve Wozniak in the film Jobs. The same year, he voiced Olaf in Frozen, re-collaborating with co-songwriter Robert Lopez from The Book of Mormon. In 2014, Gad co-starred in Zach Braff's film Wish I Was Here, playing the main character's brother.

On August 5, 2013, it was announced that Gad will play Sam Kinison in a biopic. He wrote an article entitled "Technology pundit (for a day)", which appeared in USA Today on August 12, 2013. In December 2013, Gad will star and co-write the film version of Gilligan's Island. In April 2014, Gad and Ryan Dixon will be developing a live action family adventure-comedy for Disney. In 2014, he was also a guest voice on Phineas and Ferb.

Personal life:

Gad married actress Ida Darvish in 2008. They have two daughters, Ava and Isabelle. He is also the godfather of Theo, the son of Bryce Dallas Howard and Seth Gabel. Gad has stated that he loves the traditional aspects of Judaism, but considers himself spiritual but not religious.

Filmography:

Film:

Year

Title

Role

Notes

2002

Mary and Joe

Angel

2007

Watching the Detectives

Mark

2008

21

Miles

2008

The Rocker

Matt

2009

Crossing Over

Howie

2009

The Lost Nomads: Get Lost!

Gigi,

Miss Piggy,

Jose Sanchez,

The Clown,

Spatula Lover

2009

Big Guy

Rodney

Short

2010

Marmaduke

Bandana Dog

Voice

2010

Love & Other Drugs

Josh Randall

2011

Mardi Gras: Spring Break

Bartholomew T. "Bump" Brown

2012

She Wants Me

Sam Baum

2012

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Louis

Voice

2012

Thanks for Sharing

Neil

2013

Jobs

Steve Wozniak

2013

The Internship

Headphones

2013

Frozen

Olaf

Voice

2014

Wish I Was Here

Noah Bloom

2015

The Wedding Ringer

Doug Harris

2015

Frozen Fever

Olaf

Voice (short)

2015

Pixels

2016

Angry Birds

Chuck

Voice

Television:

Year

Title

Role

Notes

2005

ER

Sgt. Bruce Larabee

Episode: "Here and There"

2007-08

Back to You

Ryan Church

17 episodes

2008

American Dad!

Art (voice)

Episode: "Pulling Double Booty"

2008-09

Numb3rs

Roy McGill

2 episodes

2009

Waiting to Die

Simon

Movie

2009

No Heroics

Horseforce

Movie

2009

Party Down

Jeffrey Ells

Episode: "California College Conservative Union Caucus"

2009

Woke Up Dead

Matt

21 episodes

2009-11

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Correspondent

2011

The Cleveland Show

Droopy / Pimp (voice)

Episode: "Our Gang"

2011

Californication

Doctor

2 episodes

2011

Gigi: Almost American

Gigi

10 episodes

2011

Modern Family

Kenneth

Episode: "Punkin Chunkin"

2011

Good Vibes

Mondo (voice)

12 episodes

2012-13

1600 Penn

Skip Gilchrist

13 episodes, also co-creator and executive producer

2012; 2014

New Girl

Bear Claw

2 episodes

2015

The Comedians

Josh