John Gallagher Jr. plays Jim Harper on Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO series, The Newsroom. Gallagher, who has stolen viewers’ hearts with his adorable awkwardness and passionate personality, plays a smart and lovable producer on the show. EG is rooting for Team Jim, the underdog in the Newsroom love game, and we’ve developed a big time crush! But what was John up to before taking on the role of Jim Harper? Turns out The Newsroom actor isn’t so new to the spotlight. Before Gallagher was dubbed the next HBO star, he was busy doing all kinds of other equally amazing things including performing on Broadway, winning Tonys, and rocking out with his band!
John was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware and comes from a family of musically talented creative types, which makes sense when you take John‘s countless show biz accomplishments into account. John got his acting career started at an early age, participating in children’s theatre where he played roles such as Tom Sawyer. Eventually he graduated to the big leagues and made his Broadway debut in Rabbit Hole. John even won a Tony award in 2007 for his portrayal of Moritz in the production Spring Awakening where he starred alongside Lea Michele pre-Glee. Speaking of spring, John also performed in a band called Old Springs Pike. Before landing his too-cute role on The Newsroom, John made appearances on all kinds of TV shows like Law and Order and The West Wing. Basically, John has done it all and we admire him so much for it. (EG loves an accomplished man!)
We can see why John is a hot commodity in the acting world and we are more than happy to see that adorable face splashed across our TV screen every Sunday night. Will Jim find love this season on the newsroom? If he doesn’t, we’ll be here waiting with open arms!