Josh Gad is an American actor and comedian. He is perhaps most widely-known as Olaf from the Frozen franchise and LeFou from the 2017 movie Beauty and the Beast.
Gad is also a Tony Award-nominated theatre performer who has performed on Broadway.
Born Joshua Ilan Gad on February 23, 1981, in Hollywood, Florida, Gad has 69 acting credits to his name.
Here are seven facts you should know about him.
7. Father to Two Daughters with Wife, Ida Darvish
Josh has been married to Ida Darvish. Darvish is an actress who is most known for her work in short movies like The Holy Cannoli, Big Guy, and One Last Thing. She has also had a prolific television career during which she was featured in such TV shows as Raising the Bar, Gigi: Almost American, and most recently, The Mandalorian.
Josh and Darvish tied the knot on May 10, 2008. On December 1, 2010, Ida gave birth to their first child together, a daughter, Ava Tanya Gad.
She gave birth to their second child, daughter Isabella Eve Gad, on February 17, 2014.
6. Voice of Olaf in Frozen
Besides his live-action acting roles, Josh has also been an extensive voice-acting portfolio under his belt.
He is most widely recognized as Olaf, the magical snowman in the 2013 Disney computer-animated musical-adventure movie, Frozen. He reprised his role in the 2019 sequel, Frozen II.
Besides Frozen, he has lent his voice to a litany of different movies and TV shows. He voiced Bandana Dog in Marmaduke (2010), Louis in Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), and Chuck in The Angry Birds Movie (2016) and The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019).
5. Movie Roles Include Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Murder on the Orient Express
Josh has also played LeFou, the lackey of the main antagonist, Gaston (played by Luke Evans) in the Emma Watson and Dan Stevens-led Disney musical romantic fantasy, Beauty and the Beast.
A modern live-action adaptation of the eponymous 1991 animated movie, Beauty and the Beast was a huge box-office success, grossing $1.264 billion at the worldwide box office.
His other high-profile movie role includes 2017's mystery thriller, Murder on the Orient Express. He plays Hector MacQueen and joins an ensemble cast of such icons as Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley.
4. Notable Stage Work in the Broadway Musical, The Book of Mormon
Besides his esteemed work in front of the camera, Josh has also had a distinguished career on-stage. He is a Tony Award-nominated stage actor of such acclaimed musicals as The Book of Mormon and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
He played William Barfée in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Circle in the Square Theatre in 2005.
He also originated the role of Elder Cunningham in the Tony Award-winning comedy-musical, The Book of Mormon, for which Gad was himself nominated for a Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.
3. Appearances in Modern Family and New Girl
Josh has been a fixture of television since his TV debut in a 2005 episode of the medical drama, ER.
He has been featured prominently in such TV series as Back to You, Woke Up Dead, Good Vibes, 1600 Penn, and The Comedians.
Josh is also known to make cameos here and there in projects he regards highly. He made a cameo in the Thanksgiving 2011 edition of the ABC comedy series, Modern Family. He also appeared in a 2015 episode of Sesame Street as Vincent Van Stop.
He made intermittent guest appearances as Bear Claw in the comedy series New Girl from 2012 to 2015.
2. Stars Alongside Hugh Laurie in the HBO Sci-Fi Comedy, Avenue 5
Most recently, Josh can be seen sharing the screen with acting icon Hugh Laurie in the HBO science-fiction comedy series, Avenue 5.
Set in the distant future on-board the Avenue 5, the series follows the misadventures of the interplanetary cruise ship when a malfunction sets the ship off-course.
The series also stars Zach Woods, Rebecca Front, Lenora Crichlow, Jessica St. Clair, and Kyle Bornheimer in prominent roles.
The series premiered on HBO on January 19, 2020; the series was renewed for a sophomore season in February 2020.
1. Has a Net Worth of $12 Million
As of April 2020, Josh Gad is worth $12 million. His wealth comes from his prolific and diverse body of work amassed over his 17-year acting career.
Josh Gad is has been an actor and a comedian since 2002. In the decade-plus since then, he has been in numerous movies and TV series -- 69, to be exact.
There is not much Josh has not done in his career: he has performed on-camera in movies and TV series, he has performed on-stage, and he has been a voice actor.
He has appeared in such movies as Jobs, The Internship, The Wedding Ringer, Beauty and the Beast, and Murder on the Orient Express.
On television, he has made appearances in ER, NUMB3RS, Californication, Modern Family, and New Girl.
His most notable voice work portfolio credits him as Bandana Dog in Marmaduke, Olaf in the Frozen franchise, Louis in Ice Age: Continental Drift.
He has also lent his voice to Art in American Dad!, Wendell in Phineas and Ferb, and Marcus Preston in South Park.
Josh Gad can be seen in the HBO sci-fi comedy-adventure Avenue 5, set for a second season. He is also one of the confirmed names in the upcoming sci-fi adventure movie, Artemis Fowl, set to premiere on Disney+ on June 12, 2020.