Joshua Winslow Groban , born February 27, 1981,[1] is a 37-year-old American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and record producer. He guest starred as himself on the first season of Glee in between 2009 and 2010.

Personal life

He was born in Los Angeles, California to Lindy Johnston and Jack Groban.[1] He has a younger brother, Chris, who shares the same birthday, four years later.[1][2]

Groban attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts Camp in Michigan, between the summers of 1997 and 1998,[3] and went on to attend the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as a theatre major and graduated in 1999. He was admitted to Carnegie Mellon University, intending to study drama, but he made the decision to leave college to pursue his music career full-time.[1]

Groban was in a relationship with January Jones for three years before they broke up,[4] and after the relationship ended, he moved his primary residence to New York City.[5]

Groban launched the nonprofit organization Find Your Light Foundation to "enrich the lives of young people through arts, education and cultural awareness".[3] Groban reportedly (in October 2014) is in a relationship with Kat Dennings.[6]


He got his big break singing at the 1999 inauguration for the governor of California at the request of renowned producer, composer and arranger David Foster. Groban filled in for Andrea Bocelli during rehearsals of the 1999 Grammys, singing a duet with Celine Dion and attracting the attention of Rosie O'Donnell, who hosted the event that year; she booked him on her talk show. He performed with Charlotte Church at the closing ceremonies of the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and collaborated with iconic producer Rick Rubin for his fifth album, Illuminations.[3]

Groban has six albums, Josh Groban (2001), Closer (2003), Awake (2006), Illuminations (2010), All That Echoes (2013).

He guest starred on Glee in 2009 and 2010.

He guest star on The Crazy Ones as Danny on November 7, 2013.[7]


Season One


Sometime before Acafellas, Josh accidentally 'friended' Sandy Ryerson on MySpace. Sandy then became obsessed with Josh, and frequently sent Josh nude photos, edible gift baskets, locks of hair, and sonnets, and constantly called Josh, even after Josh changed his number.

Sandy invited Josh to attend an Acafellas performance, and much to the surprise of Will and the rest of the Acafellas, Josh agreed. However it was only with the intent to deliver a restraining order. After the show, Josh went backstage, complimented the group on their performance, and delivered the restraining order. He made certain to bring his bodyguard Flex with him to keep Sandy from getting too close. After that, he hits on Mrs. Schuester, claiming to like blowsy alcoholics like herself. Whether he pursued these feelings for her are unknown.


Josh makes a follow-up appearance in Journey in which he, along with Sue Sylvester, Olivia Newton-John, and Rod Remington, are selected to be celebrity judges for Regionals. Josh at first appears to be the only one in support of New Directions, feeling that they were the only group with heart. He also comments "that brunette" (Rachel) has an amazing voice. His opinion however is ridiculed by Olivia and Rod, and when Sue surprisingly argues in defense of the Glee group, Josh joins in with Olivia and Rod in insulting Sue, saying that it's ridicule to call her famous in comparison to them. This provokes Sue to vote New Directions for first place. However, Josh, Olivia and Rod's vote give the top two places to Vocal Adrenaline & Aural Intensity, seeing that he did not follow his opinion.


Mrs. Schuester

He romantically and/or sexually pursued her after an Acafellas performance. He tells her that he is not attracted to crowds of screaming teenagers and would rather be with a blowsy alcoholic like Mrs. Schuester. She tells him she may not be making good decisions because she is drunk, and he is immediately attracted to her.

Sue Sylvester

During Journey, Sue and Josh are members of the celebrity judging panel for Regionals. In keeping with his love of older women, Josh asks whether Sue is single while they discuss who should win. However, despite finding Sue attractive, Josh seems to agree with the other judges that Sue being considered a celebrity laughable. As such, the likelihood of them having a relationship is highly unlikely.


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Ally McBeal Malcolm Wyatt ("The Wedding," "Nine One One")
2005 American Dad! Whiny Parishioner ("Deacon Stan, Jesus Man" and voice)
2006 Josh Groban: The Making of Awake video short
2009 Great Performances Anatoly Sergievsky ("Chess in Concert")
Glee Himself 2009/2010 ("Acafellas" and "Journey")
2011 The Office Walter Bernard, Jr. 2011 - 2012 ("Garden Party" and "The Boat")
Crazy, Stupid, Love. Richard
Robot Chicken Bill ("Catch Me If You Kangaroo Jack" and voice)
2013 Coffee Town Sam
CSI: NY Josh Groban ("Blood Actually")
The Crazy Ones Danny Chance 2013 - 2014 ("Sydney, Australia" and "Danny Chase Hates Brad Paisley")
2014 American Dad Himself ("News Glance with Genevieve Vavance")
Happyland Dirty Dave ("Pilot", "Never Break Character" and "Park Maintenance")
Muppets Most Wanted Maximum Security Prisoner
2015 The Hollars Rev. Dan post-production
TBA Julie’s Greenroom



Josh: And which one of you is...Sandy?
Sandy: Right here! We are so honored you c-
Josh: I came here to tell you - stop calling me! I don't know how you got my number. I don't know how you got my number after I changed it! But stop sending me nude photos and locks of your hair. I don't want anymore of your edible gift baskets or listen to any of those sonnets you wrote. Here's a restraining order.

—Josh Groban and Sandy Ryerson, Acafellas

Crowds of screaming teenagers don't do it for Josh Groban... No... Josh Groban likes a blousy alcoholic.

—Josh Groban, Acafellas


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