Buffed and handsome, Jarrod Emick's performance as Joe Hardy, the old man who almost sells his soul to the devil for eternal youth and baseball stardom, in the 1994 Broadway revival of "Damn Yankees"...
Series debut as a regular, the Fox drama "L.A. Firefighters"; show was pulled off the schedule for retooling and renamed "Fire Co. 132"; never aired
TV debut co-starring in "Andersonville" for TNT
Participated in the workshop production of a musical version of "A Face in the Crowd"
Made feature film debut with small role in "Jeffrey"
Returned to Broadway in "The Rocky Horror Show" playing Brad
Cast in the Aaron Spelling-produced primetime Fox soap "Pacific Palisades"
Raised in Hawaii, North Dakota, California and Oral, South Dakota
Made Broadway debut as member of the ensemble of the musical "Les Miserables"
Starred as Joe Hardy in "Damn Yankees" revival on Broadway; won Tony Award
Began career working at the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer, South Dakota while still in college
Had lead role in the London staging of the musical "The Full Monty"
Toured as male lead Chris in "Miss Saigon", then took over lead in Broadway production in 1990
Buffed and handsome, Jarrod Emick's performance as Joe Hardy, the old man who almost sells his soul to the devil for eternal youth and baseball stardom, in the 1994 Broadway revival of "Damn Yankees" was possibly the most famous thing to happen to male underwear since those Marky Mark billboards. In 1994, Emick paraded around stage in locker room drawers to packed houses, but it was his voice that won him the Tony Award and stardom. Born in Virginia and raised in South Dakota (where his rather owned a sheep ranch), Emick found work in New York soon after hitting town, first in the ensemble of "Les Miserables" on Broadway, then as the male lead in the road company of "Miss Saigon", later taking the role on Broadway as well. Six feet tall, with strapping muscles on a lean 175 lb. frame, Emick found himself a cover boy on magazines and earned attention as a sex symbol. Yet, it was not until 1995 that he was seen on screen, first in a small role in the feature film "Jeffrey". In 1996, he made his TV debut as Josiah Day, the Union prisoner of war taken to "Andersonville", the horrid Confederate prison in the TNT Civil War drama. Later that same year, he made his series debut as the dedicated captain of a firehouse in the short-lived Fox drama series "L.A. Firefighters". Within a year, he had returned to series TV in the short-lived Fox primetime soap "Pacific Palisades".
Hugh Evans Walker
retired Army lieutenant colonel; became sheep rancher in South Dakota
College of Fine Arts, University of South Dakota
Jarrod Emick's first name comes from the character played by Richard Long in the 60s TV series "The Big Valley."
"A magazine called PARLEE ENTERTAINMENT put me on their cover, and the picture was huge. And I looked at it and thought, 'Oh, that's great.' And then I realized it was a gay magazine, and somebody said, 'Does that bother you?' and it doesn't. I'll take any fans. Some people just have different reasons for liking me." --Jarrod Emick in INTERVIEW, June 1994.
"Nobody wanted to get out of that state [South Dakota] worse than I did. But now, I live for the times I can get back. Everybody's a stranger in New York." --Emick in USA TODAY, May 27, 1994.