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2011 Greggys: Morning Men of the Year are Sam Kass! Rory O’Malley! and Brant Daugherty!

The final 2011 Greggy Award is a fun category: Morning Men of the Year.

The criteria is simple: These are three guys who are, quite simply, the most unforgettable selections this year.

We start with the bald and beautiful Sam Kass.


He is the Assistant White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives.

He was on Chopped, one of my favorite shows, during an episode about school lunches that featured four lovely ladies who are cafeteria chefs.

According to the New York Times, Sam forged a close bond with the Obamas while cooking for them and their children for about two years before they moved to Washington and has golfed with the president on Martha’s Vineyard. Behind the scenes, he attends briefings on child nutrition and health, has vetted nonprofits as potential partners for White House food initiatives and regularly peppers senior staff about policy matters.

Sam is known to be an eligible bachelor but it seems he is also straight. Oh well, can’t win ‘em all!

********************************************** O’Malley, an out actor starring as The Book of Mormon’s gay character, was nominated for a Tony Award this week for his role in the hit musical which opened March 24 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre.

The Advocate writes that O’Malley quickly discovered that being closeted professionally wasn’t an option for him.

“Life comes before the business,” says the 30-year-old New Yorker, who was featured in the movie Dreamgirls and last appeared on Broadway in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. “Maybe some actors haven’t gotten a role because they came out, but who gives a shit if you aren’t happy? I do have it easier because I’m not a leading man, but I can’t imagine having the energy to be in the closet. Besides, gay actors who start up gay organizations can’t exactly get away with it.”

He is referring to Broadway Impact, the coalition of theater professionals raising funds and organizing events in support of marriage equality that he founded in December 2008 with friends Jenny Kanelos and Gavin Creel.
He may be going through the busiest time in his career thus far, but he continues to make time for the cause.
“For a long time I felt it would hinder my acting if I focused on anything else, but I found myself wanting to broaden my horizons,” he says. “There comes a point when you have to be more than an actor, and doing something else that means a lot to me has actually made me a stronger actor. It’s stimulated something else in my brain and heart.”
The 25-year-old Brant Daugherty wasn’t on my radar until late June but I’m sure glad he is now!

Brant is best known for his role as Noel Kahn on the series Pretty Little Liars which has gained quite a following in the short time it’s been on the air.

Brant was born and raised in Ohio, Brant was until quite recently working behind the scenes as a production assistant on such shows as Pushing Daisies and also wrote, directed and produced the short film The World’s  Smartest Man.

A few years ago, he played the role of “hottest guy on campus” Thomas Pearson, in’s PRIVATE!

What makes me like Brant all the more because of his very public support of same-sex marriage.

He took to Twitter after New York passed same-sex marriage in June and wrote: Well done, New York! another step forward today #equality

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2 Remarks

  1. Greg, there’s a whole blog devoted to Sam Kass. Thought you’d love it as much as I do:

    Happy holidays!

  2. January 5th, 2012 at 9:03 am
    ND Mitchell says:

    Our three guys are very sexy but Sam and Brant are just yummy! I would listen and gaze into Sam’s eyes for everything he said or did. Ok, I admit it I’d be a puppy. Now, Brant, whew, a young stud. I watch Pretty Little Liars, hopefully he is not “A”.

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