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Santino Fontana

Santino Fontana Actor, director, composer @SantinoFontana Facebook rectangle .gif IMDb
Portrays: Greg SerranoShow debut: "Josh Just Happens to Live Here!"
Family: Jessica Hershberg (wife) Other work: "Frozen", "Shades of Blue"


Bio[]

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At first, I didn't want to audition for it...I didn't think it was going to be anything that I would ever be cast (in). I thought they would cast a TV person, who looks more like a model.
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— Santino Fontana, Broadway world.com



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Santino Fontana

Santino Fontana is an American stage actor, director and composer. He was born on March 21, 1982 in Stockton, California and has Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish ancestry. After graduating from Richland High School in Richland, Washington in 200 he attended the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater earning a BFA from the Actor Training Program as part in 2004. In 2005, as a member of the Essentials, Fontana co-wrote the musical comedy "Perfect Harmony" originating the role of Philip Fellowes V. In 2006 he starred as Matt in the Off-Broadway revival of "The Fantasticks". His Broadway debut was "Sunday in the Park with George in 2007. Fontana originated the role of Tony in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot from October 1, 2008 to July 4, 2009. He was awarded the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his work in "Brighton Beach Memoirs". He starred as Prince Topher in "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella on Broadway" for which he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.His best known role is as the voice of "Hans" from the Disney animated feature "Frozen". In 2015 he married Jessica Hershberg. He portrayed the character of Greg Serrano on "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" from 2015 to 2016 officially leaving the show four episodes into Season Two.

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Broadway[]

Year Title Role
2019 Tootsie "Tootsie" (originated role)
2014 Act One "Moss Hart"
2013 Cinderella "Prince Topher"
2011 The Importance of Being Earnest (revival) "Algernon Montcrieff"
2010 A View From The Bridge "Rodolfo" (injured, replaced)
2009 Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound (revival) "Stanley Jerome"
2008 Billy Elliot the Musical "Tony Elliot" (originated role)
2006 Sunday in the Park with George * "Alex/Bather/Soldier", "George" understudy (Broadway debut)

Television[]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Good Wife Danny Willoughby Episode "Heart"
2012 Royal Pains Jason Episode "Dawn of the Med"
2014 A Summer Celebration of Song Himself/Guest Artist 2014 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Pioneer Day Concert
2015 Keep Christmas With You Himself/Guest Artist 2014 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert
2015 - 2016 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Greg Serrano Series regular
2015 Shades of Blue Stuart Saperstein 13 Episodes

Films[]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Frozen Prince Hans Singing and Speaking Voice
2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Running Banker Cameo
2015 Frozen Fever Hans Short film
2015 Sisters Mr. Geernt

Web series[]

Year Title Role
2011 - 2014 Submissions Only "Aaron Miller"

Notes[]

Show departure[]

Fontana was interviewed by Vulture.com and went into detail about his departure:

โ€œ What happened at the end of shooting last season was that there was a lot of time where we didnโ€™t know if the show would be coming back. A lot of time. In that interim I had some opportunities both with films and theater and writing that presented themselves, and I had no idea what was going to happen. Also keep in mind, I didnโ€™t know my future with the show regardless, and I didnโ€™t know if the show would be coming back. So when we did get picked up, I was in a really tricky spot because I had a bunch of things that I already committed to and I couldnโ€™t in good conscience back out of them. I didnโ€™t feel like it made the most sense. It was a really tough decision and it had a lot to do with my family and my base in New York. Itโ€™s a tricky thing, but I feel really blessed and lucky that I was able to have the best of both worlds. I was able to maintain my life as it was before Crazy Ex, which involved doing movies and theater and other TV guest spots and other jobs and writing. I was able to also go back and play with my Crazy Ex family in a smaller capacity and thatโ€™s all great. I donโ€™t view it as though Iโ€™m leaving. I view it as Gregโ€™s story taken off where itโ€™s taken off to, and him coming back is really up to the writers and fans. I view it as show business is a messy, complicated, confusing thing. [Laughs.] Itโ€™s not as clear-cut. Itโ€™s really a testament to the power of storytelling. Weโ€™re actors who are telling a great story, and I was thrilled to be in West Covina and thrilled to tell that story, and I hope Iโ€™m able to tell Gregโ€™s story in different ways as we move forward. Itโ€™s tricky. โ€
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Santino was later interview by Observer.com and further clarified other reasons for leaving:

โ€œ If I wanted to be the same person for six years of my life, Iโ€™d never have been an actor โ€
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Submissions Only[]

Fontana is one of three actors on "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (Donna Lynne Champlin and David Hull are the other two) who has appeared in the online comedy web series "Submissions Only".

  Cast edit
Main
Rachel Bloom ("Rebecca Bunch") ๐ŸŽˆ Donna Lynne Champlin ("Paula Proctor") ๐ŸŽˆ Vincent Rodriguez III ("Josh Chan")
Santino Fontana/Skylar Astin ("Greg Serrano") ๐ŸŽˆ Pete Gardner ("Darryl Whitefeather") ๐ŸŽˆ Vella Lovell ("Heather Davis")
Gabrielle Ruiz ("Valencia Perez") ๐ŸŽˆ Scott Michael Foster ("Nathaniel") ๐ŸŽˆ David Hull ("White Josh")
Recurring

Rene Gube ("Father Brah") ๐ŸŽˆ Erick Lopez ("Hector") ๐ŸŽˆ Ava Acres ("Young Rebecca")
Gina Gallego ("Mrs.Hernandez") ๐ŸŽˆ Danny Jolles ("Georgeโ€) ๐ŸŽˆ Amy Hill ("Lourdes Chan")
Tess Paras ("Jayma Epstein") ๐ŸŽˆ Coryn Mabalot ("Jastinity Chan") ๐ŸŽˆ Stephnie Weir ("Karen")
Michael Hyatt ("Dr. Noelle Akopian") ๐ŸŽˆ Jacob Guenther ("Chris") ๐ŸŽˆ Michael McMillian ("Tim")
Eugene Cordero ("Alex") ๐ŸŽˆ Paul Welsh ("Trent Maddock") ๐ŸŽˆ Parvesh Cheena ("Sunil Odhav")
Robin Thomas ("Marco Serrano") ๐ŸŽˆ Esther Povitsky ("Maya") ๐ŸŽˆ Olivia Edward ("Madison Whitefeather")
Burl Moseley ("Jim Kittsworth")

Guest

Tovah Feldshuh ("Naomi Bunch") ๐ŸŽˆ Briga Heelan ("Connie Cavanagh") ๐ŸŽˆ Nipsey Hussle
Brittany Snow ("Anna Hicks") ๐ŸŽˆ Rachel Grate ("Audra Levine") ๐ŸŽˆ Andrew Arrow ("Hank")
Patti LuPone ("Rabbi Shari") ๐ŸŽˆ Lea Salonga ("Tita Myrna)" ๐ŸŽˆ Grant Rosenmeyer ("Jason")
Jayden Lund ("Guardrail") ๐ŸŽˆ Thor Knai (โ€œXanderโ€) ๐ŸŽˆ John Allen Nelson ("Silas Bunch")
Britney Young ("Nicky") ๐ŸŽˆ Dr.Phil