What Movies and TV Shows Has Lin-Manuel Miranda Been In?
But there are a lot of other roles of his you may not be familiar with. Here’s a look at some the TV show and films Miranda has acted in.
Miranda’s career began in theater with his original musical In the Heights, the film version of which is due out in 2020. During this time, he also began to work in TV. And his first credited role on the small screen was in one of the biggest shows at the time: the HBO drama The Sopranos.
The episode he’s in is called “Remember When,” and is one of the final episodes of the long-running series. In the scene (above), he portrays a bellman at a hotel whom Paulie and Tony speak to. Of his time on the show, Miranda calls himself “green” (as in inexperienced), saying “you can see me look down for my mark.”
A couple of years later, In the Heights had really taken off, making its Broadway debut in 2008. Miranda headed out on a U.S. tour for the show, in which he also starred. At the same time the country became familiar with him as Usnavi, he also appeared in two episodes of another popular series.
Miranda portrayed Alvie in House. He is another patient at the psychiatric hospital House is in during the two-part season 6 premiere. During this episode, he gets to show off his rap skills. Miranda reprised the role in a later episode that season.
‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green
By 2012, Miranda was known for more than just In the Heights. He did a lot of behind-the-scenes work, including writing music and lyrics for Bring It On: The Musical and the closing number for the 2011 Tony Awards. Perhaps it was this clout that helped him land his first film role.
Miranda had a small role in the Disney film The Odd Life of Timothy Green. The movie is about a couple (played by Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton) who, unable to have a child, plant their wishes in their backyard, resulting in the titular child. Miranda is Reggie, a botanist who tries to remove the leaves growing out of Timothy’s legs.
‘How I Met Your Mother’
While Miranda was hard at work at what would become his Tony Award-winning sensation Hamilton, he continued to take on guest roles here and there on TV. He landed episodes of prominent series such as Modern Family and Smash. But his cameo in How I Met Your Mother really stands out.
The episode, “Bedtime Stories,” came during the final season of the long-running sitcom. In it, Marshall (Jason Segel) must rhyme everything he says to keep his infant son quiet during a long bus ride. Miranda plays Gus, whose abilities far surpass that of Marshall’s, as seen in the clip above.
Hamilton premiered in 2015. It quickly became a massive success, earning Miranda several Tonys, a Grammy, and even a Pulitzer Prize. Miranda quickly became a household name and earned himself quite a platform. One of the things he did with that power? Help keep Brooklyn Nine-Nine on air.
In May 2018, Fox canceled the popular sitcom. The internet began to rally around it, and Miranda was one of the biggest names pushing for it to be picked up by another network. It all worked out, and Miranda got himself a cameo appearance in a season 6 episode as David Santiago, Amy’s overachieving brother.