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Lin-Manuel Miranda () (born January 16, 1980) is an American actor, singer, songwriter, rapper, producer, and playwright. He created and starred in the Broadway musicals In the Heights and Hamilton. His awards include a Pulitzer Prize, two Laurence Olivier Awards, three Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards, two Emmy Awards, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a Kennedy Center Honor in 2018.

A graduate of Wesleyan University, Miranda made his Broadway debut in the 2008 musical In the Heights for which he starred and wrote the music and lyrics. The production was a critical and commercial success winning the Tony Award for Best Musical. Miranda won the Tony Award for Best Original Score and was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical. Miranda along with the show's cast won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The stage musical has been made into a film, also titled In the Heights, which was released in June 2021.

He gained wider recognition for writing the script, music and lyrics for Hamilton, which has been acclaimed as a pop culture phenomenon since its Broadway premiere in 2015. The show earned the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and was nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards, of which it won 11, including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book. For portraying the titular role, Miranda was nominated for another Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. The Hamilton cast recording spent ten weeks atop Billboard's Top Rap Albums chart in 2015; Billboard subsequently listed it as the eleventh-biggest album of the 2010s. The Hamilton Mixtape, an album of covers of songs from the musical, developed by and featuring Miranda, reached number one on the Billboard 200.

As a collaborator of The Walt Disney Company, Miranda wrote music and songs in the animated musical Moana (2016), which gained him an Academy Award for Best Original Song nomination for the song "How Far I'll Go", and starred as Jack in the musical fantasy Mary Poppins Returns (2018), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. For his performance in the Disney+ live stage recording of Hamilton which was released in 2020 he received both Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Miranda is making his directorial film debut with the film adaptation Tick, Tick...

Boom! (2021). He also lent his voice to the animated films Vivo, and Encanto both released in 2021. Miranda's television work includes recurring roles on The Electric Company (2009–2010) and His Dark Materials (2019). He received two Emmy award nominations for acting for hosting Saturday Night Live in 2017, and for his appearance on Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2018.

Miranda has been politically active, most notably on behalf of Puerto Rico, including support for the 2016 PROMESA. He met with politicians in 2016 to speak out in favor of debt relief for Puerto Rico and raised funds for rescue efforts and disaster relief after Hurricane Maria in 2017.

quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: Because of the success of 'Hamilton' and 'On Your Feet!' you can't hide behind the old argument of, 'It needs to be bankable, so we can't put all these people of color in the show.' We are bankable. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

Because of the success of 'Hamilton' and 'On Your Feet!' you can't hide behind the old argument of, 'It needs to be bankable, so we can't put all these people of color in the show.' We are bankable.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: I couldn't possibly write 'Next to Normal,' but God, I can weep and watch 'Next to Normal' five times. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

I couldn't possibly write 'Next to Normal,' but God, I can weep and watch 'Next to Normal' five times.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: 'Rent' was the show that made me want to write. Or that showed me you're allowed to write. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

'Rent' was the show that made me want to write. Or that showed me you're allowed to write.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: I only know how to write musicals. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

I only know how to write musicals.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: If there is a Busta Rhymes of musical theater, it probably is Mandy Patinkin. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

If there is a Busta Rhymes of musical theater, it probably is Mandy Patinkin.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: What I learned from my go-round with 'In the Heights' is that it's tough to make a movie. In Hollywood, even the people in charge have people in charge. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

What I learned from my go-round with 'In the Heights' is that it's tough to make a movie. In Hollywood, even the people in charge have people in charge.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda

quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: What 'Twilight Zone' did was show we all have a great capacity for good and evil. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

What 'Twilight Zone' did was show we all have a great capacity for good and evil.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda

quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: A big part of growing up is bringing all of yourself into a space, not just the parts of yourself that relate to the people in the room. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

A big part of growing up is bringing all of yourself into a space, not just the parts of yourself that relate to the people in the room.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: No one wants to hear me crooning a ballad. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

No one wants to hear me crooning a ballad.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: I probably shouldn't brag, but dag I amaze and astonish. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

I probably shouldn't brag, but dag I amaze and astonish.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: You are perfectly cast in your life. I can't imagine anyone but you in the role. Go play. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

You are perfectly cast in your life. I can't imagine anyone but you in the role. Go play.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: Well, hello. My name is Lin. But if you're dyslexic, call me Nil. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

Well, hello. My name is Lin. But if you're dyslexic, call me Nil.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: I am the epitome of coolness. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

I am the epitome of coolness.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: Why do you write like you're running out of time? with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

Why do you write like you're running out of time?

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda

quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: The problem is I got a lot of brains but no polish. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

The problem is I got a lot of brains but no polish.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda

quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: If you know the voice you're writing for it's such a shortcut. It's such a catalyst to creating the kind of energy you want. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

If you know the voice you're writing for it's such a shortcut. It's such a catalyst to creating the kind of energy you want.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: I work my inspiration til I find a spark of life in it 
I draw on it 
I siphon it 
I earn my multi-hyphenate. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

I work my inspiration til I find a spark of life in it
I draw on it
I siphon it
I earn my multi-hyphenate.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: You are not defined by the speed of your surroundings, your mind is racing. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

You are not defined by the speed of your surroundings, your mind is racing.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda

quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: The only shows I saw as a kid were that holy trinity: 'Les Miz,' 'Cats,' 'Phantom.' with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

The only shows I saw as a kid were that holy trinity: 'Les Miz,' 'Cats,' 'Phantom.'

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: I like the quiet it takes to pursue an idea the way I pursued Hamilton, but I couldn't write a book, because there's no applause at the end of writing a book. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

I like the quiet it takes to pursue an idea the way I pursued Hamilton, but I couldn't write a book, because there's no applause at the end of writing a book.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda

quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: When I get called in for stuff for Hollywood, I get to be the best friend of the Caucasian leadIf I want to play the main guy, I have found, I have to write it. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

When I get called in for stuff for Hollywood, I get to be the best friend of the Caucasian leadIf I want to play the main guy, I have found, I have to write it.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: Alexander Hamilton's too much. He's very extra a lot of the time. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

Alexander Hamilton's too much. He's very extra a lot of the time.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda




quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: That's being yourself. Chasing wherever inspiration goes, even if it's radically different from the thing that people know you as. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

That's being yourself. Chasing wherever inspiration goes, even if it's radically different from the thing that people know you as.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: The reason I make that distinction cassette before CD is you have to listen to it in the order in which I've curated it for you. You know, side A to side B is our act break. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

The reason I make that distinction cassette before CD is you have to listen to it in the order in which I've curated it for you. You know, side A to side B is our act break.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: It was a real dream come true just to get the job in Moana, and yeah, and we sort of got right to work. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

It was a real dream come true just to get the job in Moana, and yeah, and we sort of got right to work.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: My rhymes are gonna kill, so I suggest you write your will and leave your expletive to me. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

My rhymes are gonna kill, so I suggest you write your will and leave your expletive to me.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda



quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: Unclench your fists. Lower your shoulders. Step away. Then come back with a clear head, redouble your efforts. I believe in you. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

Unclench your fists. Lower your shoulders. Step away. Then come back with a clear head, redouble your efforts. I believe in you.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: I'm not going to hang out with celebrities, I'm not going to parties. I have two songs due for Moana next week, and I'm going to go and spend some time with Maui and Moana in the ocean, in my mind. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

I'm not going to hang out with celebrities, I'm not going to parties. I have two songs due for Moana next week, and I'm going to go and spend some time with Maui and Moana in the ocean, in my mind.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: Good morning.
Your very presence is intoxicating.
Good night.
Your very absence is sobering. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

Good morning.
Your very presence is intoxicating.
Good night.
Your very absence is sobering.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: My power of speech, unimpeachable. Only 19 but my mind is older. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

My power of speech, unimpeachable. Only 19 but my mind is older.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: The theater should always be a safe space. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

The theater should always be a safe space.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: You will have to say no to things to say yes to your work. It will be worth it. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

You will have to say no to things to say yes to your work. It will be worth it.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: You can't control the success or failure of a thing you work on. You can only control the thing you work on. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

You can't control the success or failure of a thing you work on. You can only control the thing you work on.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: I'm the music guy, I get to wear the music hat, but being able to be that guy in the room is a thrill at this level and caliber. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

I'm the music guy, I get to wear the music hat, but being able to be that guy in the room is a thrill at this level and caliber.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: My sister is as responsible for anyone for giving me good taste in music. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

My sister is as responsible for anyone for giving me good taste in music.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: These New York City streets get colder, I shoulder every burden every disadvantage I've learned to manage. I don't have a gun to brandish. I walk these streets famished. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

These New York City streets get colder, I shoulder every burden every disadvantage I've learned to manage. I don't have a gun to brandish. I walk these streets famished.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: If you think in terms of topping, you're in the wrong business. You can't think that way. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

If you think in terms of topping, you're in the wrong business. You can't think that way.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: I am not throwing away my shot. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

I am not throwing away my shot.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: I'm just like my country, I'm young, scrappy and hungry, and I'm not throwing away my shot. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

I'm just like my country, I'm young, scrappy and hungry, and I'm not throwing away my shot.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda

quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: Come on brain, think of things
Come on brain, think of things
Come on brain, be so smart. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

Come on brain, think of things
Come on brain, think of things
Come on brain, be so smart.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: Don't be shocked when your history book mentions me. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

Don't be shocked when your history book mentions me.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: The fact that I'm a performer helps me enormously as a lyricist. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

The fact that I'm a performer helps me enormously as a lyricist.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda

quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: Pretty much anything William Shatner is in is great. He's great at playing that 'I'm the only one sane in the world' character. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

Pretty much anything William Shatner is in is great. He's great at playing that 'I'm the only one sane in the world' character.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda

quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: Every day has the potential to be the greatest day of your life. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

Every day has the potential to be the greatest day of your life.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: You've got friends and loved ones going through it today.
Be there for them.
Shore up your support and love.
Earn those titles today, friends and loved ones. 
❤️❤️❤️. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

You've got friends and loved ones going through it today.
Be there for them.
Shore up your support and love.
Earn those titles today, friends and loved ones.
❤️❤️❤️.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda

quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: I loved musicals. I loved being in the school play and being lucky enough to get parts in the school play. But they always took place in some other time and place. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

I loved musicals. I loved being in the school play and being lucky enough to get parts in the school play. But they always took place in some other time and place.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda

quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: Gmorning to the miracle
(psst that's you, 
you're the miracle)

Gnight to the miracle
(Quit looking around, 
you're the miracle, YOU). with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

Gmorning to the miracle
(psst that's you,
you're the miracle)

Gnight to the miracle
(Quit looking around,
you're the miracle, YOU).

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: We push away what we can never understand; we push away the unimaginable. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

We push away what we can never understand; we push away the unimaginable.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: Biggie and Big Pun were the best storytellers of the '90s. I would get wrapped up in the narrative of what they were talking about. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

Biggie and Big Pun were the best storytellers of the '90s. I would get wrapped up in the narrative of what they were talking about.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: You cannot let all the world's tragedies into your heart. You'll drown. But the ones you do let in should count. Let them manifest action. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

You cannot let all the world's tragedies into your heart. You'll drown. But the ones you do let in should count. Let them manifest action.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: In your corner even in the roundest of rooms, on your side even when it makes the see-saw kind of boring. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

In your corner even in the roundest of rooms, on your side even when it makes the see-saw kind of boring.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda


quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: I'm a diamond in the rough, a shiny piece of coal trying to reach my goal. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

I'm a diamond in the rough, a shiny piece of coal trying to reach my goal.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: With every word, I drop knowledge. I'm a diamond in the rough, a shiny piece of coal trying to reach my goal. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

With every word, I drop knowledge. I'm a diamond in the rough, a shiny piece of coal trying to reach my goal.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: ELIZA
You and your words flooded my senses, your sentences left me defenseless. You built me palaces out of paragraphs, you built cathedrals. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

ELIZA
You and your words flooded my senses, your sentences left me defenseless. You built me palaces out of paragraphs, you built cathedrals.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda

quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: (Questlove) Is this the most revolutionary thing to happen to Broadway, or the most revolutionary thing to happen to hip-hop? with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

(Questlove) Is this the most revolutionary thing to happen to Broadway, or the most revolutionary thing to happen to hip-hop?

--Lin-Manuel Miranda

quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: The past places no absolute limit on the future. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

The past places no absolute limit on the future.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: I am not throwing away my shot.
I am not throwing away my shot.
I'm just like my country.
I'm young, scrappy, and hungry.
And I am not throwing away my shot. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

I am not throwing away my shot.
I am not throwing away my shot.
I'm just like my country.
I'm young, scrappy, and hungry.
And I am not throwing away my shot.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: I am the one thing in life I can control. I am inimitable; I am an original. I'm not falling behind or running late. I'm not standing still: I am lying in wait. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

I am the one thing in life I can control. I am inimitable; I am an original. I'm not falling behind or running late. I'm not standing still: I am lying in wait.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: Southern motherfucking democratic-republicans. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

Southern motherfucking democratic-republicans.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: When my prayers to God were met with indifference, I picked up a pen, I wrote my own deliverance. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

When my prayers to God were met with indifference, I picked up a pen, I wrote my own deliverance.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: Life doesn't discriminate
Between the sinners and the saints
It takes and it takes and it takes
And we keep living anyway
We rise and we fall and we break
And we make our mistakes. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

Life doesn't discriminate
Between the sinners and the saints
It takes and it takes and it takes
And we keep living anyway
We rise and we fall and we break
And we make our mistakes.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: I am the one thing in life I can control. 
I am inimitable.
I am an original. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

I am the one thing in life I can control.
I am inimitable.
I am an original.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: Lin beamed, and threw a couple of triumphant middle fingers in the air. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

Lin beamed, and threw a couple of triumphant middle fingers in the air.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: Dying is easy, young man. Living is harder. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

Dying is easy, young man. Living is harder.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda

quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: BURR
I am the one thing in life I can control. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

BURR
I am the one thing in life I can control.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: I have been working on this movie Moana since before Hamilton happened. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

I have been working on this movie Moana since before Hamilton happened.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda


quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: When I was asked to do a song from 'In the Heights' at the White House in 2009, I chose instead to do 'Alexander Hamilton' because I felt like I was meeting a moment. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

When I was asked to do a song from 'In the Heights' at the White House in 2009, I chose instead to do 'Alexander Hamilton' because I felt like I was meeting a moment.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda
quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: The music you love when you're a teenager is always going to be the most important to you, and I find that it's all over the score of 'Hamilton.' with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

The music you love when you're a teenager is always going to be the most important to you, and I find that it's all over the score of 'Hamilton.'

--Lin-Manuel Miranda

quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: Good morning, stunner. 
You're just getting started.
Your age doesn't matter. 
The sun is up, the day is new, 
You're just getting started. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

Good morning, stunner.
You're just getting started.
Your age doesn't matter.
The sun is up, the day is new,
You're just getting started.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda

quote by Lin-Manuel Miranda: Good morning.
Lead with gratitude. 
The air in your lungs, the sky above you. 
Proceed from there. with background image: photo of author Lin-Manuel Miranda with quote

Good morning.
Lead with gratitude.
The air in your lungs, the sky above you.
Proceed from there.

--Lin-Manuel Miranda

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