Frank James Michael Grande Marchione was born on 24 January, 1983. He is usually credited as Frankie Grande or Frankie J. Grande, is an American dancer, actor, singer, producer, television host, and YouTube personality. He is the older half-brother of singer and actress Ariana Grande.
He performed on Broadway as Franz in the musical Rock of Ages (2014–2015) and in Mamma Mia! (2007–2010) and has played roles Off-Broadway, in regional theatre productions and on tour. Grande has produced Broadway shows and both produced and appeared in cabaret acts, including his own one-man show. In 2012, Grande established a YouTube channel and has also been building a following on Twitter and Instagram. In 2014, he was a contestant on the US reality television series Big Brother 16.
James was a judge on the 2015 season of America’s Best Dance Crew. From 2016 to 2017, he co-hosted Style Code Live, a live Amazon fashion and shopping show that streamed on weeknights, from which he took off time to compete on the UK reality show Celebrity Big Brother 18 in mid-2016. His philanthropic work includes co-founding the non-profit arts organization “Broadway in South Africa” and work for buildOn.
In February 2014, Grande played Consuela Off-Broadway in a revival of the musical Pageant. In June of that year, he performed at DigiFest NYC. In mid-2014, Grande appeared on the US reality television series Big Brother 16. MTV called his 12 weeks on the show “controversial … peppered with some powerful, outrageous, and downright impressive moments”. Grande placed 5th out of 16 contestants.