Josh Gad Biography

(Actor and Voice Artist Known for His Roles in the Films: 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Frozen' Series)

Birthday: February 23, 1981 (Pisces)

Born In: Hollywood, Florida, United States

Josh Gad, born Joshua Ilan Gad, is an American actor, voice actor, and singer. He is best known for portraying the role of Elder Arnold Cunningham in the Broadway musical named ‘The Book of Mormon’. He is also known for voicing the animated character ‘Olaf’ in Disney’s flick ‘Frozen.’ Besides this, he has appeared in a number of TV shows, such as ‘ER’, ‘Modern Family’, ‘Bored to Death’, ‘The Daily Show’, ‘New Girl,’ and ‘Numb3rs’, to name a few. Gad has also acted in numerous films. His popular movie projects include: ‘The Internship’, ‘Jobs’, ‘Pixels’, ‘The Rocker’, ‘A Dog's Purpose’, ‘The Angry Birds Movie’, ‘The Wedding Ringer’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’. The talented actor has also worked for video games like ‘Frozen: Olaf's Quest’, ‘MIB: Alien Crisis’ and ‘Disney Infinity 3.0’. The Grammy Award-winning artist has performed in many comedy projects as well. Today, Gad is one of the most sought-after actors/voice actors in Hollywood. Not surprisingly, he has got millions of fans from all across the globe.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: Joshua Ilan Gad

Age: 43 Years, 43 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Ida Darvish (m. 2008)

children: Ava Gad, Isabella Gad

Born Country: United States

Jewish Actors Actors

Height: 5'6" (168 cm), 5'6" Males

Notable Alumni: Nova Southeastern University

Ancestry: German American, Afghan American

U.S. State: Florida

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education: Carnegie Mellon University, Nova Southeastern University


Josh Gad started his acting career in 2002 with the movie ‘Mary and Joe’. He then did some theater work by appearing in the musical comedy ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ in 2005. The same year, he appeared in an episode of the TV series ‘ER’. From 2007 to 2008, Gad did the television series ‘Back to You’. Then he had a supporting role in the movie ‘21’ and a major role in the flick ‘The Rocker’. He also appeared in two episodes of ‘Numb3rs’ during that time.

After this, Gad did television movies, namely ‘Waiting to Die’ and ‘No Heroics’ in 2009. The same year, he got featured in the show ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’. Then in 2010, he had a voice role in the film ‘Marmaduke’. One year later, the American actor appeared in the TV series ‘Californication’. He also portrayed the role of Gigi in ‘Gigi: Almost American’ that year. Gad was also cast for an episode of ‘Modern Family’ and was even offered a lead voice role in ‘Good Vibes’. He also appeared in Broadway’s ‘The Book of Mormon’.

Josh Gad was cast as Skip Gilchrist in the television series ‘1600 Penn’ in 2012. During that year, he also did a voice role for the video game ‘MIB: Alien Crisis’. The next year, he did the movies ‘Jobs’ and ‘Frozen’. He also lent his voice to the character of ‘Olaf’ for the video gaming series ‘Frozen: Olaf's Quest’. The American actor then got a movie named ‘Pixels’ in 2015. He was also given the lead role in the show ‘The Comedians’ and a voice role in the video game ‘Disney Infinity 3.0’. The following year, Gad did ‘The Angry Birds Movie’. In 2017, he appeared in Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ as well as played a voice role in the show ‘Star Wars Rebels’. The following year, he appeared in the biographical documentary film ‘Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.’ directed by Steve Loveridge.

In 2019, he reprised his voice role as ‘Chuck’ in the animated action comedy film ‘Angry Birds 2.’ The film garnered praise from critics and grossed over $152.8 million on a $65 million budget. That same year, he returned to voice ‘Olaf’ in the animated musical fantasy film ‘Frozen 2’ directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. The film served as a direct sequel to the 2013 film ‘Frozen’ and received mostly positive reviews from critics. It was also a massive box office success, amassing over $1.453 billion at the box office. He next appeared in films like ‘Artemis Fowl,’ ‘Once Upon a Snowman,’ ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife,’ and ‘Once Upon a Studio.’ He is also a part of television shows like ‘Central Park’ and ‘Wolf Like Me.’

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Personal Life

Josh Gad was born Joshua Ilan Gad on February 23, 1981, in Hollywood, Florida, USA. He has two brothers as well as a stepsister. He studied at NSU University School and graduated from there in 1999. There he won the NFL National Tournament Championship for Original Oratory as well as NFL National Tournament Championship for Humorous Interpretation and Original Oratory. After this, he attended Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts, graduating in 2003 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama. Coming to the actor’s love life, he has been married to Ida Darvish since 2008. As of now, the couple has two daughters, Ava and Isabella Eve.

Josh Gad Movies

1. Beauty and the Beast (2017)

  (Romance, Fantasy, Musical, Family)

2. A Dog's Journey (2019)

  (Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy)

3. Marshall (2017)

  (Biography, Drama)

4. 21 (2008)

  (Thriller, Drama, Crime)

5. A Dog's Purpose (2017)

  (Fantasy, Drama, Adventure, Comedy, Family)

6. Love & Other Drugs (2010)

  (Drama, Comedy, Romance)

7. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

  (Drama, Mystery, Crime)

8. Crossing Over (2009)

  (Crime, Drama)

9. The Wedding Ringer (2015)


10. Wish I Was Here (2014)

  (Comedy, Drama)


Grammy Awards
2012 Best Musical Theater Album Winner

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