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Lucas Stephen Grabeel (born November 23, 1984) is an American actor, singer, dancer, 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 installments of the Halloweentown series, Halloweentown High (2004), and Return to Halloweentown (2006).

Early life and workEdit

Grabeel was born in Springfield, Missouri on November 23, 1984, the son of Jean (née Harman) and Stephen Grabeel.[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 mens 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] During the summer of 2002, He attended the Missouri Fine Arts Academy at Missouri State University. In a letter written to protest eliminating MFAA, Grabeel stated, "I wouldn't be where I am at if it weren't for my time at MFAA."

Following graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to become an actor. Two months after moving from home to L.A., Grabeel landed his first TV role in a commercial for toothpaste, and then eventually went to star in other commercials for Lego and Hot Wheels, and soon after, he landed his first film role in the third installment of the Halloweentown series; the Disney Channel Original Movie: Halloweentown High as the character Ethan Dalloway (he reprised his role in the fourth installment, Return to Halloweentown).

2006–2008: High School MusicalEdit

His biggest, and his best known, role was playing the part of Ryan Evans, the fraternal twin brother of Sharpay Evans (played by Ashley Tisdale), in the Emmy Award-winning made-for-television Disney movie High School Musical. He reprises his role in the sequels High School Musical 2 and the motion picture High School Musical 3: Senior Year. In 2007, he joined co-stars Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman on the 51 date High School Musical: The Concert. In early 2009, Billboard believed that Grabeel and Tisdale’s track I Want It All should be nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category however, the song did not make the final shortlist.[4] During his time in High School Musical, Grabeel (along with his co-stars) had a total of six tracks chart in the Billboard Hot 100.[5][6][7][8] Furthermore, he and Tisdale are the first artists to debut in the Billboard Hot 100 with two simultaneous new entries in one week.[9]

Musical projectsEdit

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.[10] The song was released on iTunes on August 19, 2007[11] 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.[12] Grabeel also sings in the iTunes show I Kissed A Vampire in which he stars.

Other appearancesEdit

Grabeel has made Television 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.[13] He also filmed the independent film, Alice Upside Down,[14] 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.[15]

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.[16][17] Grabeel also guest starred in an episode of The Cleveland Show.

Other projects: 14341 ProductionsEdit

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 directorial debut. They are currently working on a short film, The Adventures Of Chuckle Boy, and have just released a short film, The Dragon.[18] They debuted their work at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.[19]

Current projectsEdit

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.[20] 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.[21] 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.[22]

Filmography Edit

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Film
Year Film Role
2005 Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth Charlie/Gertrude/Ophelia
2007 Alice Upside Down Lester McKinley
2008 Milk Danny Nicoletta
High School Musical 3: Senior Year Ryan Evans
Lock and Roll Forever Donnie
At Jesus' Side Jericho
The Adventures of Food Boy Ezra
College Road Trip Scooter
The Real Son Freddie Deasnman
2010 The Legend of the Dancing Ninja Ikki
TBA Release[23] TBA, in development
TV Films
Year Title Role
2004 Halloweentown HighEthan Dalloway
2006 Return to Halloweentown
High School Musical Ryan Evans
2007 High School Musical 2
Online Television
Year Title Role
2009–present I Kissed a Vampire Dylan
Television guest appearances
Year Title Role
2005 Boston Legal Jason Matheny
2006 Smallville Young Lex Luthor
'Til Death Pete Pratt
Veronica Mars Kelly Kuzzio/Wanna Score Boy (2 episodes)
2009 Glenn Martin DDS Singer
2010 The Cleveland Show Nerd
Family Guy Anthony
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Guillermo Seidel (Season 10 Episode 18 "Field Mice")
Smallville Teenage Alexander Luthor

DiscographyEdit

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High School Musical SoundtracksEdit

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 songsEdit

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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'" Single
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

AwardsEdit

  • Grabeel's short film The Real Son won the Gold Medal for Excellence in 2007.[24]

References Edit

  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. During the summer of 2002, He attended the Missouri Fine Arts Academy at Missouri State University. In a letter written to protest eliminating MFAA, Grabeel stated, "I wouldn't be where I am at if it weren't for my time at MFAA." His time there, as he refers to it, is what led him to move to LA and pursue an acting career.Lucas Grabeel, AtJesusSide.com, Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  4. And The Best Song Oscar Nominees Should Be...., Billboard.com, January 21, 2009; Retrieved April 7, 2009
  5. Fergie Scores Third Solo No. 1 On Hot 100, Billboard.com, August 30, 2007; Retrieved April 7, 2009
  6. We're All In This Together - The Billboard Hot 100, Billboard.com, February 11, 2006; Retrieved April 7, 2009
  7. I Don't Dance - The Billboard Hot 100, Billboard.com, August 8, 2007; Retrieved April 7, 2009
  8. What Time Is It - The Billboard Hot 100, Billboard.com, November 8, 2007; Retrieved April 7, 2009
  9. Chart Beat - High School Musical Charting, Billboard.com, February 2, 2006; Retrieved April 7, 2009
  10. Lucas Stephen Grabeel (writer) - You Got It, ASCAP.com, Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  11. Lucas Grabeel - You Got It - Single, iTunes, Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  12. Lucas Grabeel - Trash Talkin' (Fan Upload), YouTube.com, Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  13. AtJesusSide Cast, AtJesusSide.com, Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  14. Alice Upside Down, Alice Upside Down the Movie (Official Website), Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  15. Sony does Japanese 'Musical', Variety, October 30, 2007; Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  16. The Brothers Gershwin: George & Ira -The 25th Annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.) , Stage LA, Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  17. Recording of 'I Can't Be Bothered Now', YouTube.com, ; Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  18. 14341, 14341.com, Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  19. Lucas Grabeel & 14341 Productions Interview, Popstar.com, February 9, 2009; Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  20. Our Male Pop Rookies Plan Music-Industry And Hollywood Takeover In 2009, MTV.com, January 13, 2009; Retrieved April 6, 2009.
  21. The Legend of the Dancing Ninja, IMDB.com, Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  22. The Fantasticks, Reprise.org, Retrieved April 6, 2009.
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  24. The Real Son - Awards, IMDB.com, Retrieved April 7, 2009.

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