64 Facts About Lin-Manuel Miranda


Lin-Manuel Miranda is an American songwriter, actor, singer, filmmaker, and playwright.


Lin-Manuel Miranda is known for creating the Broadway musicals In the Heights, and Hamilton, and the soundtracks for the animated films Moana, Encanto, and Vivo.


Lin-Manuel Miranda's awards include three Tony Awards, two Emmy Awards, five Grammy Awards, two Laurence Olivier Awards, an Annie Award, a MacArthur Fellowship Award, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a Pulitzer Prize.


Lin-Manuel Miranda gained still wider recognition for writing the script, music, and lyrics for Hamilton, which has been acclaimed as a popular culture phenomenon since its 2015 Broadway premiere.


The Hamilton Mixtape, a cover album by Lin-Manuel Miranda, further reached number one on the Billboard 200.


Lin-Manuel Miranda hosted Saturday Night Live in 2016 and had a guest role on Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2018, for which he was nominated twice for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.


Lin-Manuel Miranda has been politically active on behalf of Puerto Rico.


Lin-Manuel Miranda met with politicians in 2016 to speak out in favor of debt relief for Puerto Rico and raised funds for rescue efforts and disaster relief after Hurricane Maria in 2017.


The name "Lin-Manuel Miranda" was inspired by a poem about the Vietnam War, Nana roja para mi hijo Lin Manuel, by the Puerto Rican writer Jose Manuel Torres Santiago.


Lin-Manuel Miranda was raised Catholic in the neighborhood of Inwood.


Lin-Manuel Miranda is of Puerto Rican, Mexican, and African descent.


Lin-Manuel Miranda has one older sister, Luz, who is the Chief Financial Officer of the MirRam Group, a strategic consulting firm in Government and Communications.


Lin-Manuel Miranda attended Hunter College Elementary School and Hunter College High School.


Lin-Manuel Miranda's classmates included rapper Immortal Technique, who bullied Miranda, although the two later became friends.


Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote and directed several other musicals at Wesleyan and acted in many other productions, ranging from musicals to William Shakespeare.


Lin-Manuel Miranda left the cast of the Broadway production on February 15,2009.


Lin-Manuel Miranda reprised the role when the national tour of In the Heights played in Los Angeles from June 23 to July 25,2010.


Lin-Manuel Miranda again joined the tour in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Lin-Manuel Miranda rejoined the Broadway cast as Usnavi from December 25,2010, until the production closed on January 9,2011, after 29 previews and 1,185 regular performances.


Lin-Manuel Miranda created other work for the stage during this period.


Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote Spanish language dialogue and worked with Stephen Sondheim to translate into Spanish song lyrics for the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story.


In 2003, Lin-Manuel Miranda co-founded Freestyle Love Supreme, a hip hop improv group that has toured the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as well as the Aspen, Melbourne and Montreal Comedy Festivals.


Lin-Manuel Miranda co-wrote the music and lyrics for Bring It On: The Musical with Tom Kitt and Amanda Green.


Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote music and lyrics for the one-act musical 21 Chump Street, and performed as narrator for the show's single performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on June 7,2014, which was broadcast on National Public Radio's This American Life on June 20,2014.


Lin-Manuel Miranda later said he spent a year writing the Hamilton song "My Shot", revising it countless times for every verse to reflect Alexander Hamilton's intellect.


Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the book and score and starred as the title character.


Chernow and Lin-Manuel Miranda received the 2015 History Makers Award from the New York Historical Society for their work in creating the musical.


The Hamilton ticket lottery evolved into Ham4Ham, a series of outdoor mini-performances for lottery participants that was hosted daily by Lin-Manuel Miranda and cast members for over a year, until August 31,2016.


Hamilton won the Tony Award for Best Musical; Lin-Manuel Miranda won the Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical and received a nomination for Best Actor in a Musical.


Lin-Manuel Miranda won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the musical, and the Hamilton cast album won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.


In May 2016, for his work in the role of Alexander Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda received the Drama League Distinguished Performance Award.


On March 15,2016, members of the cast of Hamilton performed at the White House and hosted workshops; Lin-Manuel Miranda performed freestyle rap from prompts held up by President Obama.


Lin-Manuel Miranda gave his last performance in Hamilton on July 9,2016, but vowed to return to the show.


On January 24,2016, Lin-Manuel Miranda performed the offstage cameo role of Loud Hailer in the Broadway production of Les Miserables, fulfilling his childhood dream of being in the show, as it was the first production he ever saw on Broadway.


Lin-Manuel Miranda appeared in a small role in the Walt Disney Pictures live-action film The Odd Life of Timothy Green.


Lin-Manuel Miranda interviewed with Disney in the winter of 2013, and submitted a six-song demo package to Walt Disney Animation Studios.


In January 2012, Lin-Manuel Miranda stated that the film adaptation was back under discussion; in May 2016, it was announced that Lin-Manuel Miranda would co-produce the film with Harvey Weinstein and backing from The Weinstein Company.


Ultimately, Lin-Manuel Miranda played the smaller role of Piraguero, the "Piragua Guy," in the film.


Lin-Manuel Miranda produced the film alongside Ron Howard and Brian Grazer: it was released on Netflix in 2021.


Lin-Manuel Miranda agreed in 2016 to serve as executive producer and composer of Lionsgate's film adaptation of The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss, as well as a tie-in television series.


Lin-Manuel Miranda was a composer and actor on the 2009 revival of The Electric Company and appeared in the CollegeHumor sketch "Hardly Working: Rap Battle", playing himself working as an intern and rapper.


Lin-Manuel Miranda appeared on the TV series Modern Family in the 2011 episode "Good Cop Bad Dog".


Lin-Manuel Miranda later appeared in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, in an all-verse episode titled "Bedtime Stories" that aired in November 2013.


Lin-Manuel Miranda hosted Saturday Night Live on October 8,2016, and played himself in two episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2017, receiving Emmy Award nominations for both appearances.


Lin-Manuel Miranda performed the theme song for the Netflix original series The Magic School Bus Rides Again, the revival and sequel series of the 1994 series The Magic School Bus.


Lin-Manuel Miranda played the part of Amy's brother in the episode "The Golden Child" in Brooklyn Nine-Nine.


On July 29,2019, it was announced that Lin-Manuel Miranda had teamed with TV producer Norman Lear to make an American Masters documentary about the life of Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno, titled Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It.


Lin-Manuel Miranda made a brief appearance playing Roy Scheider from All That Jazz.


The series won critical acclaim, and Lin-Manuel Miranda was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series as an executive producer.


Lin-Manuel Miranda was cast as Lee Scoresby in the BBC series television adaptation of His Dark Materials.


Lin-Manuel Miranda is set to appear as Hermes, messenger of the gods, in Percy Jackson and the Olympians, which will be released on Disney+ in early 2024.


Lin-Manuel Miranda married Vanessa Nadal, a high school friend, in 2010.


Lin-Manuel Miranda and Nadal's first son, Sebastian, was born in November 2014.


Sebastian was the first name listed in the production babies credits of Moana, for which Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the songs.


Lin-Manuel Miranda discovered that he is related to artists Residente and iLe of Calle 13 during a 2009 concert by the group in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where Lin-Manuel Miranda was invited to perform.


In 2017, Lin-Manuel Miranda performed on the opening track of Residente's self-titled debut album.


Lin-Manuel Miranda is a cousin of professional baseball player Jose Lin-Manuel Miranda.


Lin-Manuel Miranda uses proceeds from Hamilton to support Graham Windham, a nonprofit adoption agency founded by Eliza Schuyler Hamilton.


In 2016, Lin-Manuel Miranda advocated for the passing of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, a law setting out to restructure the debt of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.


Lin-Manuel Miranda became a target of criticism, especially when he performed Hamilton in Puerto Rico, given his lobbying on the bill as well as the musical's subject matter of the United States which many Puerto Ricans see as an oppressor of the island.


Lin-Manuel Miranda received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 30,2018.


In 2015, Lin-Manuel Miranda was the recipient of Smithsonian Magazine's American Ingenuity Award in the History category.


Lin-Manuel Miranda received an honorary degree in 2009 from Yeshiva University in Washington Heights, Manhattan, becoming the youngest person to receive an honorary degree from that university.


Lin-Manuel Miranda received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 2015 from his alma mater, Wesleyan University, and gave their commencement address.