J. ROBERT SPENCER is a Tony Award Nominated Actor, Independent Film Director, Producer, and Writer living in New York City.
As an actor in theatre J. Robert has been seen nationally and internationally with such shows as SIDE SHOW, FINIAN'S RAINBOW, HEARTLAND, TOMMY, CATS, and LUCKY DUCK. In 2004, he was cast and originated the role of Nick Massi in the Tony and Grammy Award Winning Musical JERSEY BOYS. Jersey Boys led to many appearances on The Today Show, Regis and Kelly, Three Men and a Chick Flick, 62nd And 63rd annual Tony Awards, Late Night with David Lettermen, Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Years Eve… and many others.
In 2008 J. Robert was cast and originated the role of Dan Goodman in the Critically Acclaimed Broadway Production of NEXT TO NORMAL. He was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor and nominated for a 2008 - 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.
As a voiceover artist, he has performed the lead voice’s for two Japanese Animated Features. NIGHTMARE CAMPUS, and the Critically acclaimed Award winning GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES.
In 2004 J. Robert appeared as a Psychopathic Killer named Bob in the Critically Acclaimed Independent Feature Film NIGHT OF THE DOG. For this role he received a Best Supporting Actor Nomination at the SMMASH FILM FESTIVAL, and the film won Audience Awards for best feature film at Palm Beach, Santa Barbara, SMMASH and PBIFF.
In 2005 J. Robert began his Independent Film Company 7 SPENCER PRODUCIONS. He Produced/Wrote/Starred/Directed his first Independent Feature Comedy titled FARM GIRL IN NEW YORK. The film was featured on The Today Show with Ann Currey and Al Roker, and was the Official Selection of the Sacramento International Film Festival (Nominated for Best Comedy and Best Actress), Big Apple Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Buffalo Niagra Film Festival, and the Seattle True Independent Film Festival.
He is in currently in post production as Executive Producer/Producer for his second Independent Feature titled HETEROSEXUAL’S. This film features J. Robert Spencer, Ashley Williams, Tovah Feldshuh, and Natasha Lyonne.
In the fall of 2009 he will appear on CD/DVD through Sony Masterworks with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops in the PBS performances of HANDEL’S MESSIAH ROCKS.
J. Robert is the 2009 recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Shenandoah University.