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Lucas Grabeel
Lucas Grabeel
Lucas Grabeel singing "Bop to the Top" in High School Musical: The Concert.
Background information
Birth name Lucas Stephen Grabeel
Born November 23, 1984 (1984-11-23) (age 32

)
Springfield, Missouri, U.S.

Genre(s) Pop, Dance-pop
Occupation(s) Actor], singer, songwriter, director, producer
Years active 2004–present
Label(s) Walt Disney Records, Gooniez Productions, 14341 Productions
Website www.LucasGrabeel.org

Lucas Stephen Grabeel born November 23, 1984) is an American actor, singer, songwriter, director and producer.

He is perhaps best known for his role as Ryan Evans in Disney Channel Original Movie's 2006 High School Musical and its sequels, High School Musical 2 (2007) and High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008), and as Ethan Dalloway in the third and fourth instalments of the Halloweentown series, Halloweentown High (2004), and Return to Halloweentown (2006).

Biography

Early life and career development

Grabeel was born in Springfield, Missouri on November 23, 1984, to Stephen Grabeel and Jean Harman.[1] He attended Logan-Rogersville elementary, middle and high school before transferring to and graduating from Kickapoo High School in Springfield in 2003. He also played drums for a local church and initiated a men's a cappella singing group at Kickapoo High school. He can also play the guitar and accordion; and can dance in the styles of jazz, ballet, hip-hop and tap.[2] While in Rogersville, Missouri, he regularly attended Harmony Baptist Church, where he was a part of the children’s and youth groups.[3]

Following graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to become an actor. Two months after moving from home to L.A., Grabeel landed his first commercial and soon after, he landed his first film role in the third instalment of the Halloweentown series; the Disney Channel Original Movie: Halloweentown High as the character Ethan Dalloway. He reprised his role in the fourth instalment, Return to Halloweentown.

Musical projects

Apart from his involvement in the High School Musical soundtracks, Grabeel also recorded a track called You Know I Will for the Fox and the Hound 2 soundtrack. He also recorded his own version of the Michael Bolton track Go the Distance, from Disney's Hercules, for DisneyMania 5. In 2007 Grabeel co-wrote and recorded a song called You Got It.[4] The song was released on iTunes on August 19, 2007[5] and a music video was released on his official website. Grabeel also recorded the song Trash Talkin' (another original song) which was released November 15, 2008 on YouTube.[6]

Other appearances

Grabeel has made TV guest appearances on TV series such as Boston Legal, 'Til Death, Veronica Mars and Smallville, where he portrayed a young Lex Luthor. In 2006, he was offered a guest role on an episode of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody but when the script called for him to kiss co-star Ashley Tisdale, the role went to High School Musical co-star, Zac Efron, due to Grabeel and Tisdale’s brother-sister dynamic established in High School Musical. In 2007, he filmed the movie, The Adventures of Food Boy with Brittany Curran, as the lead Ezra. Other film projects Grabeel was involved with includes the animated film, At Jesus' Side, where he voiced a dog called Jericho.[7] He also filmed the independent film, Alice Upside Down,[8] as the character of Lester McKinley, based on the "Alice book series" by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. In 2008, he also appeared in the movie Milk, a biopic about the slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk. Grabeel played a friend and supporter of Milk, photographer Danny Nicoletta. He also appeared in the 2008 Walt Disney Pictures film College Road Trip as Scooter, which features other Disney stars Raven-Symoné, Brenda Song and Margo Harshman. He also stars in the independent movie Lock and Roll Forever alongside Ore Ska Band.[9]

He also participated in the first ever Disney Channel Games and co-captained the green team along with Ashley Tisdale, Mitchel Musso, Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment and Kyle Massey. In June 2007, he returned to repeat his captaincy of the green team with Dylan Sprouse, Miley Cyrus, Monique Coleman and Brandon Baker.

In early 2009, he appeared at the Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.), an AIDS charity event, in Beverly Hills performing George and Ira Gershwin’s I Can't Be Bothered Now.[10][11]

Other projects: 14341 Productions

In 2007 Grabeel founded a production company called 14341 Productions. His role within involves overseeing many projects from writing, directing and executive producing. They have produced projects such as the short films The Real Son, Smoke Break; the music videos, Get Your Ass On and You Got It. They also produced a TV pilot called Regarding Beauregard which was Grabeel's first directorial debut. They are currently working on a short film, The Adventures Of Chuckle Boy, and have just released a short film, The Dragon.[12] They debuted their work at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.[13]

Current projects

Early in 2009, Grabeel was voted Most Likely to Do Big Things in 2009 by MTV and had an exclusive interview with them. He mentions the release of another music video for his track Get Your Ass On.[14] He also mentioned his latest movie project, The Legend of the Dancing Ninja, where he is to play the lead Tokyo Jones alongside David Hasselhoff.[15] He is also soon to begin his role on stage as Matt in the Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones musical, The Fantasticks with Eric McCormack and Harry Groener.[16]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2009 I Kissed a Vampire Dylan Online show, 2009-present
The Legend of the Dancing Ninja Tokyo Jones Film
2008 Milk Danny Nicoletta Film
High School Musical 3: Senior Year Ryan Evans Film
Lock and Roll Forever Donnie Film
At Jesus' Side Jericho Animated Film
The Adventures of Food Boy Ezra Direct-to-DVD Film
College Road Trip Scooter Film
Alice Upside Down Lester McKinley Direct-to-DVD Film
The Real Son Freddie Deasnman Independent Short Film
2007 High School Musical 2 Ryan Evans TV Film
2006 Smallville Young Lex Luthor Guest Appearance
'Til Death Pete Pratt Guest Appearance
Return to Halloweentown Ethan Dalloway TV Film
High School Musical Ryan Evans TV Film
Veronica Mars Kelly Kuzzio/Wanna Score Boy Guest Appearance (2 episodes)
2005 Boston Legal Jason Matheny Guest Appearance
Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth Charlie/Gertrude/Ophelia Film
2004 Halloweentown High Ethan Dalloway Television Film

Discography

High School Musical Soundtracks

Album Information
High School Musical Soundtrack
  • Released: January 10, 2006 (U.S.)
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • Peak U.S. Billboard: #1
  • U.S. sales: 4,010,086 (as of July 2007
  • RIAA certification: 4x Platinum
  • Songs feat. Lucas Grabeel:
High School Musical 2 Soundtrack
  • Released: August 17, 2007 (U.S.)
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • Peak U.S. Billboard: #1
  • U.S. Sales: 3,183,774 (as of August 2007)
  • RIAA certification: 3x Platinum
  • Songs feat. Lucas Grabeel:
High School Musical 3: Senior Year (soundtrack)
  • Released: October 21, 2008
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • Peak U.S. Billboard: #2
  • U.S. Sales:1,338,960
  • RIAA certification:Platinum
  • Songs feat. Lucas Grabeel:
    • 2008: "I Want It All"
    • 2008: "Just Wanna Be With You"
    • 2008: "A Night To Remember"
    • 2008: "Senior Year Spring Musical"
    • 2008: "We're All In This Together (Graduation Mix)"
    • 2008: "High School Musical"

Other songs

Year Title Album
2006 "You Know I Will" The Fox and the Hound 2
2007 "Go the Distance" DisneyMania 5
"You Got It" Single
"Jenny Got A Fever" Alice Upside Down Soundtrack
"Gotta Rock"
"Let It Snow" Disney Channel Holiday
2008 "Trash Talkin'" Leaked Track
2009 "Get Your Ass On" Single
"Outta My Head" I Kissed A Vampire Soundtrack
"Just A Little Peck" w/Adrian Slade & Drew Seeley
"Happily Afterlife"w/Adrian Slade & Drew Seeley

Awards

  • Grabeel's short film The Real Son won the Gold Medal For Excellence in 2007.[17]

References

  1. Ozarks son continues Hollywood climb, News-Leader.com, September 13, 2005; Retrieved April 6, 2009
  2. Lucas Grabeel - Biography, IMDB.com, Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  3. Lucas Grabeel, AtJesusSide.com, Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  4. Lucas Stephen Grabeel (writer) - You Got It, ASCAP.com, Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  5. Lucas Grabeel - You Got It - Single, iTunes, Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  6. Lucas Grabeel - Trash Talkin' (Fan Upload), YouTube.com, Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  7. AtJesusSide Cast, AtJesusSide.com, Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  8. Alice Upside Down, Alice Upside Down the Movie (Official Website), Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  9. Sony does Japanese 'Musical', Variety, October 30, 2007; Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  10. The Brothers Gershwin: George & Ira -The 25th Annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.) , Stage LA, Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  11. Recording of 'I Can't Be Bothered Now', YouTube.com, ; Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  12. 14341, 14341.com, Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  13. Lucas Grabeel & 14341 Productions Interview, Popstar.com, February 9, 2009; Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  14. Our Male Pop Rookies Plan Music-Industry And Hollywood Takeover In 2009, MTV.com, January 13, 2009; Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  15. The Legend of the Dancing Ninja, IMDB.com, Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  16. The Fantasticks, Reprise.org, Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  17. The Real Son - Awards, IMDB.com, Retrieved April 7, 2009.

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