Josh is an award-winning American actor, singer, and comedian who is very widely known for uniquely voicing Olaf in Frozen, a performance that fetched him an Annie Award. He is also known for playing Elder Arnold Cunningham in The Book of Mormon, another standout performance for which he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
But more than that, Josh Gad is a husband and a father of two lovely daughters. The story of his rise prominence and the way he handles his family life is one that is truly worth reading.
Josh Gad Burst Into Widespread Limelight With ‘Frozen’
Born in Hollywood, Florida, on February 23, 1981, Josh Gad kickstarted his acting career in 2002 and quickly started getting acting roles from that time. However, his biggest break came more than 10 years later when he voiced a character in Frozen, an American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy film that tells the thrilling tale of a princess who embarks on a journey to locate her estranged sister.
Josh Gad was cast to voice Olaf, a main character in the film and this blew him up. The animated movie made a lot of waves in the USA and beyond. In fact, it achieved huge commercial success after its release, raking in an amazing $1.280 billion in worldwide box office revenue. It also won several awards including two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, and other awards.
The success of the movie made Josh Gad very popular. His performance as a voice actor in the movie was so good that it fetched him an Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production.
Josh Gad later reprised his role as Olaf in Frozen II, a sequel to Frozen in 2019. Fans were elated to hear the man’s voice back in action for the 3D computer-animated musical fantasy film. In 2020, he further reprised his Olaf role in At Home with Olaf, a short TV series.
He Proved He Was No Fluke With ‘Beauty And The Beast’
After starring in Frozen, Josh Gad went on to star in other movies and TV series that were talked about proving he was in the industry to stay. One of these productions was the 2017 live-action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an animated musical romantic fantasy film.
The movie found massive success and, in fact, went on to become Disney’s first animated film to be adapted into a Broadway musical. It also won several awards including the prestigious Academy Award. Josh Gad’s voice performance as LeFou, was hailed by fans and experts for its believability.
Josh Gad has also starred in many other movies and TV series over the years. In 2017, Gad was cast to voice Bailey the dog in A Dog’s Purpose, a comedy-drama adventure film. The same year, he starred alongside Chadwick Boseman and Dan Stevens in Marshall, a biographical legal drama film. He also appeared in Murder on the Orient Express, a mystery thriller film in which he played Hector MacQueen.
In 2019, he portrayed Teddy McGiggle alongside Lupita Nyong’o in the Australian zombie romantic-comedy, Little Monster. The same year, he voiced Chuck in The Angry Birds Movie 2. In 2020, Gad appeared in the TV miniseries, The Princess Bride. He also played Birdie in the TV series, Central Park. So far, Josh Gad has starred in more than 70 movies and TV series and he is still going strong.
‘The Book of Mormon’ Made Josh Gad A Remarkable Theatre Figure
Josh Gad is known for playing different roles in movies and TV series, however, it is noteworthy that he is a stage actor. In fact, he is recognized on Broadway for his mesmerizing display which has won him accolades.
On the Broadway scene, Josh appeared in the musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in 2005. He played the role of William Barfée in the stage production which held at the Circle in the Square Theatre.
Josh Gad also appeared as Elder Cunningham in the 2011 musical, The Book of Mormon. The show was staged at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. Gad’s performance was so good that he was nominated for the 2011 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical together with his co-star Andrew Rannells.
How Much Money Has He Made?
Apparently, Josh Gad is a wealthy man. Having starred in more than 70 movies and TV series since his career began, some of which are blockbusters, it is clear that he has been able to rake in a considerable amount of money for himself over the years.
At the moment, Josh Gad’s net worth has been pegged at about $12 million. Much of this has come from his on-screen career over the years.
The Actor Is Married To The Stunning Ida Darvish
Josh Gad is not only a charming actor who also voices amazing characters in movies, but he is also a family man who is apparently devoted to creating the best life for his family.
Josh Gad is married to Ida Darvish, the beautiful American actress who is known for her work in the 2006 American action mystery-thriller film, Inferno. The couple has been married for a while and they still seem stricken with each other.
Gad And Darvish Played A Married Couple Before Tying The Knot In Real Life
The story of how Josh Gad and Ida Darvish first met is quite a very interesting one. According to Yahoo, the couple first got to know each other as far back as 2004 when they were cast to play a married couple in the David Ives play All in the Timing.
During the play, they became very close and afterward, they realized just how much they had cared about themselves. Soon, they started a romance that blossomed into a very serious relationship.
Eventually, on May 10, 2008, Josh Gad and Ida Darvish tied the knot as husband and wife. They have remained ever since. Together they own a production company which they call Angry Child. He occasionally shows off his wife on Instagram.
He Calls His Daughters ‘The Purest Story’ In His Life
Josh Gad and Ida Darvish now have two daughters together. Their first daughter named Ava Gad was born on December 1, 2010, while their second child named Isabella Gad was given birth to on February 17, 2014.
Josh Gad is very fond of the girls. In fact, in a chat with PEOPLE, Gad described his two daughters as the ‘purest story in my life’. He also revealed that he has a nightly ritual which he never fails. According to him, every night before he goes to sleep, he stops in his daughters’ rooms and then kisses his own hand before touching their faces with the same hand as he pets them to deeper slumber. Apparently, the family is a peaceful and close-knit one.