Joshua Ilan Gad[1] (born February 23, 1981)[2] is an American actor, comedian, and singer. He is known for voicing Olaf in Frozen and Frozen 2, playing Elder Arnold Cunningham in the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, and LeFou in the live-action adaptation of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. For his activity as Olaf, Gad won an Annie Award, and for his work on The Book of Mormon, he gained a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical nomination.

Josh Gad
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Gad at the 41st Annie Awards in 2014
Joshua Ilan Gad

(1981-02-23) February 23, 1981 (age 38)
EducationCarnegie Mellon University (BFA)
OccupationActor, comedian, singer
Years active2002–present
Ida Darvish (m. 2008)

He has also appeared in ER, The Daily Show, Modern Family, New Girl, Bored to Death, and Numb3rs.

Gad played Skip Gilchrist in the political sitcom 1600 Penn on NBC, and a fictionalized version of himself on FX's The Comedians, alongside Billy Crystal. His other film roles include The Rocker, The Internship, 21, Frozen, Love & Other Drugs, Jobs, Pixels, The Wedding Ringer, The Angry Birds Movie and the sequel, A Dog's Purpose and sequel A Dog's Journey, Marshall, and Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express. He will star in the upcoming Netflix movie Super-Normal.

Early lifeEdit

Joshua Ilan Gad was born in Hollywood, Florida, on February 23, 1981.[2] His mother, Susan,[3] is a real estate agent and his stepfather is an investment advisor, and he has two older brothers, a stepbrother and a stepsister.[1] He was raised Jewish[4][5] as his father Sam (Shmuel) Gad is a Jewish emigrant from Afghanistan and his mother, who was born in Germany, is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.[6][7][8][9]

Gad attended the University School of Nova Southeastern University, graduating in 1999. While there, he won the National Forensics League (NFL) National Tournament Championships for Original Oratory in 1998, and for Humorous Interpretation and Original Oratory in 1999.[10] 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.[11]


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.[12] His signature segments include "The War on Christmas", in which he played an oversexed Benjamin Franklin, and "Chubby Chasers", in which he reported on Michelle Obama's efforts to curb childhood obesity.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15]

Gad originated 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.[16] Gad was nominated for the 2011 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, along with his co-star Andrew Rannells.[17] Both lost to Norbert Leo Butz in Catch Me If You Can.[18]

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.[19]

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. In 2013, he appeared as Skip Gilchrist in NBC's 1600 Penn, of which he is also a co-creator and executive producer.[20] 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.[21]

In 2013, Gad's name was briefly attached to the role of Sam Kinison in a biopic that was then under ongoing consideration.[22][23][24] He wrote an article entitled "Technology pundit (for a day)", which appeared in USA Today on August 12, 2013.[25]

In December 2013, it was announced Gad will star and co-write the film version of Gilligan's Island.[26] In April 2014, it was announced that Gad and Ryan Dixon will be developing a live-action family adventure-comedy for Disney.[27] In 2014, he had a guest voice role on Phineas and Ferb.

In 2015, Gad starred alongside Kevin Hart and Kaley Cuoco in The Wedding Ringer, co-starred with Billy Crystal on the FX comedy series The Comedians, which premiered on April 9,[28] and starred alongside Adam Sandler and Peter Dinklage in Pixels, about video game players who are recruited by the military to fight 1980s-era video game characters who have attacked the earth.[29]

In September 2016, it was announced that Gad will co-write and star in the Amazon limited-series adaptation of the non-fiction book Toy Wars, by G. Wayne Miller, which follows the real-life battle between American toy giants Hasbro, the company behind GI Joe, Transformer and My Little Pony toys, and Barbie-maker Mattel in the 1980s and 1990s.[30]

In 2017, Gad voiced the dog Bailey in A Dog's Purpose,[31] a film billed as "a celebration of the special connection between humans and their dogs."[32] Also that year, he played LeFou in the live-action adaptation of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon and co-starring with Emma Watson;[33] starred in Reginald Hudlin's biographical drama Marshall, alongside Chadwick Boseman and Beauty and the Beast co-star Dan Stevens; and played Hector MacQueen in a film adaptation of Agatha Christie's detective novel Murder on the Orient Express, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh, alongside Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, and Daisy Ridley.

)In addition, Gad will also be starring with Lupita Nyong'o and Alexander England in Abe Forsythe's Australian zombie romantic-comedy, horror film crossover, entitled Little Monsters.[34]

Personal lifeEdit

Gad married actress Ida Darvish on May 10, 2008. They have two daughters, Ava, who was born on December 1, 2010 and Isabella, who was born on February 17, 2014.[35][36] Gad has stated that while he loves the traditional aspects of Judaism and celebrates some traditions of his wife's Catholicism, he considers himself spiritual but not religious.[4]



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 22 Gigi
Miss Piggy
Jose Sanchez
The Clown
Spatula Lover
2009 Big Guy Rodney
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 Andrew "Headphones" Anderson
2013 Frozen Olaf (voice) Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
2014 Wish I Was Here Noah Bloom
2015 The Wedding Ringer Doug Harris
2015 Frozen Fever Olaf (voice) Short film
2015 Pixels Ludlow Lamonsoff
2016 The Angry Birds Movie Chuck (voice) [37]
2017 A Dog's Purpose Toby/Bailey/Ellie/Tino/Waffles/Buddy (voice)
2017 Beauty and the Beast LeFou
2017 Marshall Sam Friedman
2017 Murder on the Orient Express Hector MacQueen
2017 Olaf's Frozen Adventure Olaf (voice) Television special
2019 Little Monsters[38] Teddy McGiggle
2019 A Dog's Journey Bailey/Molly/Big Dog/Max (voice)[39]
2019 The Angry Birds Movie 2 Chuck (voice)
2019 Frozen II Olaf (voice)
2020 Artemis Fowl Mulch Diggums Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2005 ER Sgt. Bruce Larabee Episode: "Here and There"
2007–08 Back to You Ryan Church Main role; 17 episodes
2008 American Dad! Art (voice) Episode: "Pulling Double Booty"
2008, 2009 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 Himself (correspondent) 5 episodes
2010 Bored to Death Warren Episode: "Make It Quick, Fitzgerald!"
2011 The Cleveland Show Droopy / Pimp (voice) Episode: "Our Gang"
2011 Californication Doctor 2 episodes
2011 Gigi: Almost American Gigi 10 episodes
Also executive producer
2011 Modern Family Kenneth Ploufe Episode: "Punkin Chunkin"
2011 Good Vibes Mondo (voice) Main role; 12 episodes
2012–13 1600 Penn Skip Gilchrist Main role; 13 episodes; also co-creator and executive producer
2012–15 New Girl Bearclaw 3 episodes: "Katie", "Birthday", "Walk of Shame"
2013 Hollywood Game Night Himself Episode: "America's Got Game Night"
2014 Monsters vs. Aliens Internet (voice) Episode: "Bride of the Internet"
2015 The Comedians Josh Main role
Also executive producer and writer
2015 Sesame Street Vincent Van Stop Episode: "Bert's Sign Painting Challenge[40]
2015 Phineas and Ferb Wendell (voice) 2 episodes
2015 TripTank Louis (voice) 1 episode
2015 Jeopardy! Himself Celebrity contestant[41]
2016 Lip Sync Battle Himself / Donald Trump Episode: "Josh Gad vs. Kaley Cuoco"
2016 Sofia the First Olaf (voice) Episode: "The Secret Library: Olaf and the Tale of Miss Nettle"
2016 LEGO Frozen Northern Lights Olaf (voice) Special
2016 Talking Dead Himself Guest
2017 Star Wars Rebels Controller (voice) Episode: "Double Agent Droid"
2017 South Park Marcus Preston (voice) Episode: "Hummels & Heroin"
Also producer
2018 Bob's Burgers Damon (voice) Episode: "Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for Now"
2019 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Himself Guest Host
TBA Avenue 5 Herman Judd Main cast

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Voice roles
2012 MIB: Alien Crisis Emilio Chauncey, Handsome Guest, Khnemu
2013 Frozen: Olaf's Quest Olaf
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0[42]
2019 Kingdom Hearts III


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Kevin Pollak's Chat Show Himself / Guest Podcast


Year Title Role Notes
2005 The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee William Barfée Circle in the Square Theatre
2011 The Book of Mormon Elder Cunningham Eugene O'Neill Theatre


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