|Birthday||January 24, 1983 (age 32)|
Frank James Michael "Frankie" Grande Marchione is an American producer, dancer, actor, singer, and YouTube personality. He was born on January 24, 1983 in Boca Raton, Florida. He is the older half-brother of actress and singer Ariana Grande. Grande has performed in theatre productions, produced Broadway shows, and made appearances in cabaret acts.
In 2012, Grande created his own YouTube channel and has also been making a following on both Instagram and Twitter. His charitable work includes co-founding "Broadway in South Africa" a non-profit arts orginization and his work for buildOn. Grande helped buildOn by helping build a school in a village in Malawi, and in 2014 buildOn honored him for his work with its Global Impact Award.
Life and career Edit
Grande grew up in Boca Raton, Florida where he attended Pine Crest School. In 2005 he graduated from Muhlenberg College in Pensylvania where he triple-majored in biology, theatre, and dance. Grande is also openly gay.
In 2007 he made his acting debut as Boots the Monkey in a worldwide tour of Dora the Explorer Live! (Dora's Pirate Adventure) and in regional theatre productions such as George M! and A Chorus Line. In late 2007, Grande joined the broadway cast of Mamma Mia!, with the part of an understudy for Eddie, which he performed for three years. In 2007 he was named "Mr. Broadway" in the "Mr. Broadway 2007" charity profit. He co-founded "Broadway in South Africa" a non-profit arts organization. He went to South Africa to help work with the disadvantaged youth.
Grande has produced many shows on and off Broadway, such as the Broadway productions of Hamlet (2009) which starred Jude Law, La Bête (2010-11) which starred David Hyde Pierce, and Born Yesterday (2011) which starred Jim Belushi. In 2011 he produced Brooke Shields' one-woman cabaret show. Grande has performed in cabaret acts all across New York City, places such as Birdland Jazz Club and 54 Below. In 2013, he starred in a regional theatre making of the musical Crazy for You as Bobby. In February 2014, he starred Off-Broadway in a a new production of the musical Pageant. In 2013, Grande made his own show in New York Living La Vida Grande, performed at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. In June 2014, he made a performance at the DigiFest NYC, and a photo of him on stage there was shown in The New York Times.
In mid-2014 made an appearance as a contestant on the reality television series Big Brother 16. He got the news of his grandfather's death but that didn't make him leave Big Brother. MTV said his 12 weeks as a houseguest on Big Brother were "controversial ... it's impossible to deny that his reign on the show was peppered with some powerful, outrageous, and downright impressive moments". Grande made a promise that if he won on the show he would donate the Team America money to his charity, buildOn. On September 25, 2014 he made an appearance on the CBS daytime talk show The Talk to talk about his time on Big Brother.
In October 2012 Grande created a YouTube channel. TV Guide says Grande is one of "Our Favorite YouTube Stars". As of July 2014, Grande reached over 200,000 subscribers on YouTube and more then 10 million video views, and over 500,000 followers on both Twitter and Instagram. As of September 2014, Grande's social media presence had went up to over 300,000 subscribers on YouTube and over 900,000 followers on both Twitter and Instagram.