Terrence Mann

Terrence Mann is an American actor, singer and theatre director. He is known for his appearances on the Broadway stage, which include Chester Lyman in Barnum, Rum Tum Tugger in Cats, Javert in Les Miserables, Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Charles in Pippin, Mal Beineke in The Addams Family, and The Man in the Yellow Suit in Tuck Everlasting.
He has received three Tony Award nominations, an Emmy Award nomination, and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. He is a distinguished professor of musical theatre at Western Carolina University, and is an artistic director of the Carolina Arts Festival and the North Carolina Theatre. His film credits include Critters, A Chorus Line, Big Top Pee-wee and Solarbabies. He stars as the villain Whispers in the Netflix series Sense8.

Early life

Mann was born in Ashland, Kentucky, the eldest of 3 sons to Helen and Charles Mann. Mann's mother was a concert pianist, and his father sang in a barbershop quartet. Music was part of his growing up, so singing came naturally to him. But it was the multiple pleasures of the stage that drew him to the world of theater.
In an interview with the Hartford Courant, Mann said: "When I was doing the junior class play — it was called 'In Deadly Earnest' — at the end of a scene, the script said, 'They kiss.' It was then that I honestly thought, 'I'm going to be in the theater!' I was fascinated with having words put in my mouth and that someone would say something back to me that would get us to a moment where we ended up in a kiss. I remember when my school counselor asked me what I wanted to do, I said without hesitation, 'Go into the theater!'"
Mann grew up in Largo, Florida and he is a 1969 graduate of Largo High School. His first professional job came during his college years in Jacksonville University. For $35 a week, he was offered the job of performing in the annual outdoor theater spectacular "The Lost Colony," during summers on the Outer banks of Manteo, North Carolina. It was here he met Joe Layton, who later was instrumental in getting him his first Broadway show.
Mann later attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, where his mentor was Malcolm Morrison, former dean at The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. For many years Mann was a regular at Morrison's North Carolina Shakespeare Festival.


Mann made his Broadway debut in 1980 in Barnum at the St. James Theatre, in the supporting role of Chester Lyman. He made his true break-through performance in the original Broadway cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats in 1982, in which he met and starred alongside his future wife, Charlotte d'Amboise. He created the memorable lead role of the "playful" cat Rum Tum Tugger. In 1985, Mann played assistant choreographer Larry in Richard Attenborough's film version of A Chorus Line.
In 1987, he played the role of Inspector Javert in the original Broadway cast of Les Misérables. His portrayal of Javert earned him his first Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role, a role which he would later reprise near the end of the musical's run at the Imperial Theatre in 2003. Mann returned to the role once more in June 2015, directing and starring as Javert in a staged concert of the show at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Storrs, Connecticut.
Mann earned his second Tony Award nomination for Actor in a Musical in 1994 for his portrayal of the Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the Palace Theater and reprised his role in the Los Angeles production in 1995 along with many of the original broadway cast members. In 1997, Mann created the role of Chauvelin in the Frank Wildhorn musical The Scarlet Pimpernel on Broadway.
He has also starred in other musicals on Broadway including: Rags, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Getting Away with Murder and the 2000 Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show, in addition to the Off-Broadway musical Assassins as Czolgosz.
He has appeared in all four Critters films as an alien bounty hunter named Ug. He starred in the television soap opera All My Children as Earl Boyd in 1997. Mann played "Old Tom" in Paul Green's outdoor drama The Lost Colony in North Carolina, and later returned to his theatrical roots to direct the show for 2 seasons.
He starred in the Broadway musical Lennon, which opened in August 2005 and closed after 49 performances. He then appeared in the world premiere of The Studio written and directed by his brother-in-law Christopher d'Amboise, at South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, California in March 2006.
Mann has made guest appearances on The Equalizer, Gargoyles, The Tick, and Law & Order. He was also a leading character on The Dresden Files as Hrothbert "Bob" of Bainbridge, a cursed ghost. He portrayed oceanographer Bob Ballard in the 30 Rock episode "TGS Hates Women".
He appeared in the 2008 films A Circle on the Cross as James Monroe Good, Eavesdrop as August, and the 2009 film The Mandala Maker as Museum Chief Curator. Other films completed include a small role in Jazz in the Diamond District and as Lt. Fox in Red Hook.
In November 2009, he originated the role of Mal Beineke opposite Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth in the Chicago tryout of a musical adaptation of The Addams Family. The show, along with Mann, transferred to Broadway, and opened in March 2010.
He continued to play the role of Mal Beineke until April 2011, when he, along with several other members of the original cast, left the show.
Mann played King Charles in the American Repertory Theatre production of Pippin, from December 2012 to January 2013 a role he first played in the 2004 World AIDS Day Concert. He reprised that role in the Broadway revival for which he received a 2013 Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. He performed alongside his wife, Charlotte d'Amboise, who performed as Fastrada, the King's devious second wife.
In 2015, he took over the role of Charles Frohman in the Broadway musical Finding Neverland, replacing Anthony Warlow, who left the show on September 27. He was to remain in the role until Kelsey Grammer's return in January 2016.
He appeared in the role of "Man in the Yellow Suit" in the Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting in 2016.

Personal life

He married Charlotte d'Amboise on January 20, 1996. The couple has two daughters, Josephine and Shelby.



Sources: TVGuide; TCM
2019The BlacklistHarris Van NessSeries, TVGuest
2015–2018Sense8WhispersSeries, NetflixRegular
201130 RockBobert "Bob" BallardSeries, TVGuest
2009Red HookLt. FoxMovie, Film
2009The Mandala MakerMuseum Chief CuratorMovie, Short
2008A Circle on the CrossJames Monroe GoodMovie, Film
2008EavesdropAugustMovie, Film
2007–2008The Dresden FilesBob Series, TVRegular
1997Liberty! The American RevolutionGeneral John BurgoyneMini-Series, TV
1997True WomenCaptain HallerMovie, TVUncredited
1997All My ChildrenEarl BoydSeries, TVGuest
1996Mrs. Santa ClausAugustus P. TavishMovie, TV
1996GargoylesOberonSeries, TVGuest
1995Beauty and the BeastBeastMovie, FilmVoice actor
1995Beauty and the Beast: The Broadway Musical Comes to L.A.BeastMovie, TV
1992LovingLeland OsgoodSeries, TVGuest
1992Critters 4Ug / Counselor TetraMovie, Film
1991The 10 Million Dollar GetawayRichard EatonMovie, TV
1991Critters 3UgMovie, Film
1991Bump in the NightBen NicolaidesSeries, TVVoice
1989Another WorldGriffen SandersSeries, TV
1989Stuck with Each OtherMovie, TV
1988Big Top Pee-weeSnowball the ClownMovie, Film
1988UgMovie, Film
1988GandaharThe Collective VoiceMovie, FilmVoice
1986As The World TurnsJesterSeries, TV
1986SolarbabiesIvorMovie, Film
1986CrittersUg / Johnny SteeleMovie, Film
1985A Chorus LineLarryMovie, Film
1972Spook!RichardMovie, School


Sources: Playbill; BroadwayWorld; Internet Broadway Database
Jerry Springer - The Opera2018Pershing Square Signature CenterJerry SpringerOff-Broadway
Tuck Everlasting2016Broadhurst TheatreThe Man in the Yellow SuitBroadway
Finding Neverland2015Lunt-Fontanne TheatreCharles FrohmanBroadway
Pippin2013–2014Music Box TheatreCharlesBroadway
The Addams Family2010–2011Lunt-Fontanne TheatreMal BeinekeBroadway
Lennon2005Broadhurst Theatrevarious rolesBroadway
Les Misérables2003Imperial TheatreJavertBroadway
The Rocky Horror Show2001–2002Circle in the Square TheatreFrank N. FurterBroadway
The Scarlet Pimpernel1997–1998Minskoff TheatreChauvelinBroadway
Getting Away with Murder1996Broadhurst TheatreGregory ReedBroadway
Beauty and the Beast1995–1996Shubert TheatreBeastLos Angeles
Beauty and the Beast1994–1995Palace TheatreBeastBroadway
Assassins1990–1991Playwrights HorizonsLeon CzolgoszOff-Broadway
Jerome Robbins' Broadway1989Imperial Theatrevarious rolesBroadway
Camelot1989Candlewood PlayhouseKing Arthur
Les Misérables1987–1988The Broadway TheatreJavertBroadway
Rags1986Mark Hellinger TheatreSaulBroadway
Cats1982–1985Winter Garden TheatreRum Tum TuggerBroadway
Barnum1980–1982St. James TheatreChester LymanBroadway

Awards and nominations