Cheyenne David Jackson, born July 12, 1975[1], is a 42-year-old American actor and singer. On Glee, he portrayed Dustin Goolsby between 2010 and 2011.

Personal life

Jackson was born in Idaho and was raised in Newport, WA and has two brothers, Chris and Jon, and one sister, Amber.[1] Jackson's name came from the 1950s television Western, Cheyenne.[2] He is an openly gay actor and a LGBT rights supporter. He is an ambassador of American Foundations of A.I.D.S Research (AmFar) and the national ambassador of The Hetrick-Martin Institute.

In Seattle, he worked as an ad executive at a magazine and did some theater on the side, earning his Equity card. "As soon as I found out what theater was, what Broadway was, I thought, Oh, that's what I'll do with my life. Just a matter of getting all the pieces in place." Inspired to rethink his career after both a death in his family and the September 11 attacks, he moved to New York.[2]

Jackson had been in a relationship with Monte Lapka for almost thirteen years and almost married for two years, before they deicde to call it quits in August 2013.[3] The marriage ended in divorce in September 2013.[4]

Jackson is in a relationship with Jason Landau, which was made public when an Instagram picture was posted in October 2013.[5] Jackson and Landau got married on 13 September 2014 in Encino, California[6], after announcing their engagement in February.[4]

Jackson and Landau have two children - Willow and Ethan (born October 2016).


He played 9/11 victim and hero Mark Bingham in the 2006 Academy Award-nominated film United 93, and has also made appearances and guest starred in multiple television shows, such as Ugly BettyLipstick Jungle, and Law & Order. He also has a recurring role on the NBC comedy series 30 Rock.

However, he is best known for his roles on Broadway, where he originated roles in All Shook Up and Altar Boyz. He starred in Thoroughly Modern Millie as well as opening as lead in Xanadu in 2007, for which he earned various award nominations. He most recently appeared on the Great White Way as Woody in the 2009 revival of the musical Finian's Rainbow.

Jackson has two albums, one collaboration ("The Power of Two" with Michael Feinstein) released in 2009[7] and one solo ("I'm Blue, Skies") released in June 2013.[8] He's currently writing a second solo album, according to an interview with IN magazine in July 2015.[9]

Jackson was announced to have joined the cast of American Horror Story: Hotel in March 2015.[10] His character was revealed at the 2015 FX Television Critics’ Association press tour as Will Drake.[11]


On Glee, Jackson portrayed Dustin Goolsby, the new coach of Vocal Adrenaline, and the main rival of the New Directions. Dustin already recruited Sunshine (Charice Pempengco) to Vocal Adrenaline, after a tip-off by Sue (Jane Lynch). Dustin returned in A Night of Neglect where he joined Sue's League of Doom as "Sergeant Handsome." His first assignment (which he failed to do) was to break-up Holly and Will. He later pulls Sunshine out of the benefit concert New Directions was holding, causing the amount of attendees to drastically drop (as Sunshine's Twitter followers were going to attend the benefit to see her). He was originally cast as Dakota Stanley in Acafellas, but had to pull out due to sickness. He was replaced by Whit Hertford. He also auditioned for the role of Will but didn't get it.


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Curiosity Luke short
2006 United 93 Mark Bingham
2008 Lipstick Jungle Bryce ("Chapter Fifteen: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Prada")
Family Practice Sebastian Kinglare TV movie
2009 The Mentalist Uniformed Police Officer ("A Dozen Red Roses" and uncredited)
Ugly Betty Timothy D'Artagnan ("Sugar Daddy")
Life on Mars Sebastian Grace ("Let All the Children Boogie")
30 Rock Danny Baker 2009 - 2012 (12 episodes)
2010 Hysteria Scott
Photo Op Zig short
Law & Order Jon Sorrentino ("Innocence")
It Takes a Village Scott TV movie
Glee Dustin Goolsby 2010 - 2011 ("Audition," "A Night of Neglect," and "New York")
2011 Smile Doctor Steve short
Curb Your Enthusiasm Terry ("Car Periscope")
The Green Daniel
2012 Local Talent Dr. Tim Brody
Mockingbird Lane Steve TV movie
Before You Man short
Lola Versus Roger
Price Check Ernie
2013 Full Circle Peter Barlow ("Trent & Trisha", "Trisha & Robbie" and "Celeste & Tim")
The Gay Christian Mingle short
Mutual Friends Christoph
Behind the Candelabra Billy Leatherwood TV Movie
Onion News Empire Cameron Grey TV Movie
2014 Opening Night Eli Faisel post-production
The One I Wrote for You Ben Cantor
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks Michael Minetti
Lucky Stiff MC
Royal Pains ("Oh, M.G.")
Dragula Mr. Newton short
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nebula1 ("Kitty")
Love Is Strange Ted
Beautiful Now David
HR Tim Harcourt TV Movie
2015 Bear with Us Hudson filming
CSI: Cyber
Days Out of Days Phil post-production
American Horror Story: Hotel Will Drake 2015 - 16 (9 episodes)
2016 American Horror Story: Roanoke Sidney Aaron James (4 episodes; 2 in voice-overs)




Ask A Star Cheyenne Jackson

Ask A Star Cheyenne Jackson

Cheyenne Jackson - DONT WANNA KNOW Official Music Video

Cheyenne Jackson - DONT WANNA KNOW Official Music Video