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Jon Michael Hill stars in "Detroit 1-8-7" as Detective Damon Washington.

A 2010 Tony Award nominee for his Broadway debut in "Superior Donuts," Jon Michael Hill got hooked on acting as a first-grader in Waukegan, Illinois, after watching a performance of a story he wrote about his brother getting lost at the zoo. Though playing high school football and saxophone in the band later occupied much of his extracurricular time, it was the school stage where Hill continued to find his true passion.

After
Jon Michael Hill in "Detroit 1-8-7"
Jon Michael Hill Detroit 1-8-7
attending a summer drama program for high school students at Northwestern University, Hill decided to make his passion his future. He went on to earn a BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois, where his favorite roles included Edgar in "King Lear," Paul in "Six Degrees of Separation," Pete Gint in "Gint" and himself in "Ain't Misbehavin'." Still in college, Hill was the youngest ensemble member of the acclaimed Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago, which premiered "Superior Donuts" by Tracy Letts—the play that later would bring him to Broadway. In addition to scoring a Tony nomination that year, Hill's performance as Franco Wicks in "Superior Donuts" brought him an Outer Critics Circle Award, Theater World Award and Drama League nomination.

Hill has also won over audiences in New York and Houston as Puck in different stagings of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"—Dan Sullivan's production of the Shakespearean classic in New York City's Central Park and Neil Armfield's production of a version by Benjamin Britten at the Houston Grand Opera. Audiences in Atlanta have also cheered him at the Alliance Theater in Tina Landau's production of "In the Red and Brown Water."




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JON MICHAEL HILL: FACTS

Birthday: July 28
Hometown: Waukegan, IL





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