( ; born September 28, 1961) is a
-winning American film,
television and stage actor.
born in Nankin Township (now Westland), Michigan, the son of an advertising office
manager and an insurance claims adjuster.
He is of Lebanese
descent. After graduating from Wayne Memorial High
School in Wayne,
attended the University
of Michigan from 1979 to 1981.
He majored in
Communication Studies and took classes in Theatre and Musical
Theatre. He left Michigan to attend Juilliard (1982-1986) where he received his BFA in acting.
originated the role of "Jackie Elliot" (known as "Dad") in the
of Billy Elliot the
Musical, which opened on November 13, 2008.
portrayal of "Dad" Jbara received the Outer Critics Circle
, Drama Desk
, and Tony
awards for Best Featured Actor in a Musical
during the 2008-2009 Broadway awards season.
On May 5, 2005, Sardi's
of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Gleason, Jbara and Scott were unveiled in a ceremony hosted by
fellow co-star Sara Gettelfinger. (Scoundrels
Lithgow had already been caricatured at Sardi's.)) In a 2008
Grand Rapids Press
interview, Jbara (noting the importance of being caricatured at the
landmark Broadway restaurant) said, "You don't remember a year
later who won the Tonys, but that picture
will be in Sardi's for the rest of
Jbara received the BackStageWest Garland 2000 Award
his performance in the West Coast premiere of George Furth
's play, Precious Sons
co-starring Nora Dunn
, Michael Malota,
Ginger Williams and Adam Wylie
In 2006, Jbara received a Special Award from the New England
Theatre Conference for his achievement in theatre.
Jbara appeared as TV Land's
spokesperson in eight different spots featuring three generations
sitting on a couch: grandpa (William Severs), father/boomer
(Jbara) and teenage son (Dylan Kepp). The
spots focused, humorously, on the contrasts among those generations
and were first shown on TV Land during the TV Land Awards
broadcast on April 22,
Other selected stage credits
Selected TV credits
- "Stan Lawrence" in Monk episode, "Mr. Monk Gets Lotto
- "German General," "German Soldier," and "German Priest" in
Family Guy episode, "Road to Germany"
- "Col. Roger Bright" in The
Unit episode, "Paradise Lost"
- "Judge Herman Zemit" in Conviction episode, "True
- "The Tree Trimmer Hero" (voice) in Higglytown Heroes episode, "Kip Gets
- "Dan O'Keefe" (recurring role) in Grounded for Life (Seasons 2-5)
- "George Haan" in Century City episode, "Sweet
Child of Mine"
- "Gene Lester" ("Pyramid" contestant) in Friends episode, "The One Where the Stripper
- "Congressman Segal" in The West Wing episode,
- "Rev. Compton" in Ally
McBeal episode, "Reach Out and Touch"
- "Mike" in Malcolm in the
Middle episode, "New Neighbors"
- "Jo Jo Regosi" (recurring role) in That's Life
- "Scott Morgan" in Touched by
an Angel episode, "At the End of the Aisle"
- "Director Greg" in Come
On Over episode, "Welcome to the Theatre"
Selected film credits
- "Husband out dancing with wife" in multi-media ad campaign for
Caduet which launched April 2008 (internet,
- "Jbara biography,"filmreference.com
- "Jbara_Still A
- GregoryJbara.com - A Midsummer Night's Dream movie
premiere report by actor, 1999
- GregoryJbara.com - Interview with actor,
- GregoryJbara.com - Biography (Misc. Extras)
- OuterCritics.org - Awards for
- DramaDesk.org - Awards for 2008-2009dramadesk.org
- TonyAwards.com - Nominees and Winners, Billy
- On the Scene: Four Scoundrels Make the Wall at
Sardi's, Broadway.com Video Feature archived at
- A Wall Full of Scoundrels at Sardi's, Photo
- Stage, screen star comes to aid of Actors'
Theatre - mlive.com article archived at
- The Blank Theatre Company - Awards
- NETC Online: Excellence in Theatre Awards
- GregoryJbara.com - "Greg's voice part of Spaceship
- See image at Caduet.com
- Link to more info and scan of print ad
- Mention in Broadway.com interview