Leslie Odom Jr is an American actor who has starred in numerous films and television shows, although it was in theater that he began his career in 1998 with Hire Besides stage and screen, he is also a singer who has released two albums so far. Because of his name, many people believe he is related to Lamar Odom, but is he? Find out below.
Who is Leslie Odom Jr?
On August 6, 1981, Leslie Odom Jr was born in Queens, New York City. However, it was in East Oak Lane, Philadelphia, that he was raised at the Julia R. Masterman School and later at the Graduate School of Creative and Performing Arts in Philadelphia. For his college education, the actor went to Carnegie Mellon University where he studied musical theater.
He began singing as a child and was a member of the Canaan Baptist Church choir where he sang solo for the Germantown Church. When it comes to his acting career, it was his 5th grade teacher who started it all when she entered him into a writing and speech recitation contest. From there, he obtained an art scholarship which introduced him to the theater.
Leslie Odom Jr debuted with a role in Broadway, Rent in 1998 when he was just 17 years old. It was then followed by another Broadway, Dream Girls From then on, he had many other appearances, his biggest coming of 2015 being as the villain of American history, Aaron Burr in Hamilton. Her performance in the production earned her the respect of many people, including former US President like Barack Obama and sensational singer Beyoncé. Additionally, his portrayal of the character won him the Tony Award for Best Musical Actor and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
Outside of theaters, Odom has also appeared in many movies such as Scarecrow Joe (2007) and Murder on the Orient Express in 2017. He has also appeared in many TV shows like CSI: Miami (2003 to 2006), Poe (2011), Smash (2013), and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2013 to 2015).
As a musician, Leslie Odom Jr has released two albums, Leslie Odom Jr. in 2014 followed by Simplement Noël (2016). Although he didn’t achieve as much success with the two jazz albums as some might imagine, he still did well to reach number 1 on the US American Jazz charts with his debut album as he was at 31 with the second.
Prior to his breakthrough with Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr. reportedly had a half-million dollar contract, but that would have taken him out of the TV show. So he refused it.
A very successful actor and singer who has Leslie Odom, Jr. performed before the President of the United States and the First Lady of the White House in the White House. It’s easy to bet that he has a great fortune. Although his actual net worth is still unknown, there is every indication that he is doing well, and better than he would have been had he taken the $500,000 contract presented to him.
His parents and his wife
Although there are many things about the actor that are known, the names of his parents still remain in the dark, although he described his mother as a very strong woman in an interview. He was raised alongside a younger sister.
On the side of his family life, Leslie Odom Jr is a married man. He married Nicolette Robinson in 2012, four years after they first met in 2008 while auditioning for the musical. Once on this island in which Odom was an assistant director.
Also a theater and television actress like her husband, Nicolette was still a student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) when she came to audition for the role. Due to certain events that happened at the time, Leslie had to catch up on what was going on. Soon things progressed from there and at the end of the show they started dating before getting married in 2012.
Their union was blessed with a daughter, Lucille Ruby was born in 2017. According to Leslie, his wife has remained his best friend and greatest teacher. Apart from being husband and wife, they have also done a few small jobs together such as workshops and music, although they don’t have a full production together yet.
Is Leslie Odom Jr related to Lamar Odom?
Since people have always wondered if LeslieOdom Jr is related to Lamar Odom, there are no records showing that the actor and the retired professional basketball player have any relationship. Of all we can gather, the only thing they share is a similar last name.