John Lloyd Mills Young, or JLY, is an American actor and a singer, having starred in the films "Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!" and "
". He has also starred in an episode of "
". He is a member of the William Inge Festival National Advisory Board and was appointed to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, by President Obama in 2013. He was born on 4 July 1975 in Sacramento and has lived from Nebraska to upstate New York.
He has inherited the English, Welsh and German cultures from his paternal side, and the Italian culture from his mother Rosemarie Joan Cianciola. After finishing school in Pittsburgh, he went to Caracas, Venezuela as an exchange student and spent a year there. He pursued a degree in the art of theatre at Brown University and spent the senior year of his college life at Salamanca in Spain. He is well-versed in the Spanish literary culture.
Young made his mark in the theatre world at a very young age, bagging roles in numerous regional and off-Broadway plays. Some of them are- "The Drawer Boy,” by Michael Healey, ‘Charlie’ in Julia Jordan’s "The Summer of the Swans,” (based on the book by Betsy Byars), ‘Moritz’ in the adaptation of "Spring Awakening" by Douglas Langworthy, and ‘Claudio’ in "The Five Hysterical Girls Theorem,” (a play by Rinne Groff which traces the endeavours of a few number theorists). He also starred as ‘Marius’ in a Los Angeles production of "Les Misèrables".
He was the first guest star to appear on an episode of "Glee", as ‘Henri St. Pierre’. Young is known best for his role as
in "Jersey Boys,” for which he won a Tony for Best Actor Starring in a Musical in 2006. Ironically, he was unable to get the part in the show before it was staged at Broadway.
Later, he was asked to lead the show on Broadway. Consequently, he participated in the production for two years, and performed in various important places throughout New York, including the White House. His association with the role ended in 2007, only to be rekindled in the film adaptation of the show, directed by Clint Eastwood and released in June 2014. Apart from his skills as an actor, Young’s singing talents have won him many accolades. He released his debut album "My Turn" in 2012, and his song "Beggin” from the "Jersey Boys" is very popular.