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Cheyenne Jackson

Sidney Aaron James

Cheyenne Jackson stars as Sidney Aaron James in the sixth installment of American Horror Story: Roanoke.

Career Highlights

Grammy®-nominated Cheyenne Jackson is a multi-talented stage, television and film actor. Within the world of AHS, Jackson starred as “Sidney James” in American Horror Story: Roanoke and “Will Drake” in American Horror Story: Hotel.

On the small screen, Jackson starred in director Steven Soderbergh’s critically-acclaimed HBO biopic, Behind the Candelabra, opposite Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. The film, which details the tempestuous six-year relationship between Liberace and his lover, Scott Thorson, premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and on HBO in May 2013. Also in 2013, Jackson appeared in DIRECTV’s Full Circle, a television drama that examined the human condition and relationships through a series of conversations between characters whose lives are intertwined. Jackson, who played “Peter Barlow,” an aspiring signer, was joined by Kate Walsh, David Boreanaz, Minka Kelly and Julian McMahon in the Neil LaBute series.

Additionally, Jackson can be seen in a series of films including Ira Sachs’ drama Love is Strange alongside Marisa Tomei, John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, Arthur Allan Seidelman’s film version of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, Daniela Amavia’s indie drama Beautiful Now opposite Abigail Spencer, Christopher Ashley’s Lucky Stiff with Nikki M. James and Jason Alexander and Matthew Watts’ Mutual Friends. Jackson also appears in Jack Henry Robbins’ Opening Night alongside Anthony Rapp and Zoe Cassavetes’ new film Day out of Days with Eddie Izzard and Melanie Griffith. Previously, Jackson appeared in the indie comedy, Price Check, opposite Parker Posey, which had its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and Fox Searchlight’s Lola Versus. Jackson made his film debut in 2005 in the short film, Curiosity, and has since appeared in The Green, Hysteria, Photo Op, and the Oscar-nominated United 93.

Among his Broadway credits include roles in the recent revival of Finian’s Rainbow (Drama Desk Award nomination), Xanadu (Drama Desk & Drama League Award nominations), All Shook Up (Theatre World Award, Drama League & Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), Aida, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Additionally, Jackson starred in the Encores! production of Damn Yankees, the Off-Broadway productions of The Agony & The Agony and Altar Boyz, and the benefit productions of The 24 Hour Plays and On the Twentieth Century. Cheyenne also joined an all-star cast for the benefit-staged reading of Dustin Lance Black’s 8.

On television, Jackson was seen in the guest-starring role of “Danny Baker” in NBC’s critically-acclaimed comedy series, 30 Rock, for four seasons. Jackson has appeared as “Dustin Goolsby” in FOX’s Glee, as well as Larry David’s trainer “Terry” in the final season of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. His additional television credits include roles in Sense8, The Real O’Neals, Family Practice, Life on Mars, Local Talent, Ugly Betty, Law and Order, It Takes a Village, and Royal Pains.

In addition to his acting credits, Jackson is also an accomplished singer. He made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall with his show, “Cheyenne Jackson’s Cocktail Hour: Music of the ‘Mad Men’ Era” and more recently joined Michael Feinstein on the Carnegie Hall stage for a duet concert, featuring music from their CD collaboration, “The Power of Two.” Jackson signed on with SONY/ATV as a songwriter and recording artist and released his first, full-length album of original music titled, “I’m Blue, Skies.” 

Jackson is an international ambassador for amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research), and he also serves as the national ambassador for HMI (The Hetrick-Martin Institute). For his many accomplishments and activism, Jackson was named Out Magazine’s 2008 “Entertainer of the Year.”

Jackson currently resides in Los Angeles.

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