Ted Neeley - biography

Actor from United States of America

Ted Neeley Ted Neeley (born Teddie Joe Neeley on September 20, 1943 in Ranger, Texas) is a rock and roll drummer, singer, actor, composer, and record producer. He is probably best known for performing the title role in the film Jesus Christ Superstar in 1973. Neeley signed his first record deal in 1965, at age 22, with Capitol Records. He and his group, The Teddy Neeley Five, recorded an album titled Teddy Neeley. They played the club circuit for years, and at one point their name (on a marquee) appeared in an episode of Dragnet. In 1968 Neeley starred in the Los Angeles productions of Larry Norman's rock musicals Alison and Birthday for Shakespeare, with Norman, Richard Hatch and Kay Cole. Then, in 1969, Neeley played the lead role of Claude in both the New York and Los Angeles productions of Hair. His work with that show's director, Tom O'Horgan, led to him being called when O'Horgan was hired to stage Jesus Christ Superstar for Broadway. Ironically, Neeley originally auditioned for the role of Judas, seeing it as a great opportunity to play a character few understand. However, when Ben Vereen was chosen for the role, Neeley signed on as chorus and also became the Christ understudy. This  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Teddy Neeley,Ted Neely,Teddie Joe Neeley
Date of birth
1943-09-20
Place of birth
Ranger
Nationality
United States of America
Spouse(s)
Leeyan Granger
Children
Zack Tessa
Profession
Actor

Performances

Year Performance Character
1981 Hard Country

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