Adam Pascal (born October 25, 1970) is an American actor. He is best known for originating the role of Roger Davis in Jonathan Larson's musical Rent. Pascal was born to a Jewish family in The Bronx, New York, and raised in Syosset, Long Island. Adam started as a rock musician playing in a number of bands he formed with his schoolmates, Pascal became drawn to musical theater. At the suggestion of his high school friend's (Idina Menzel who played Maureen in Rent) boyfriend he auditioned for the role of Roger in Rent and was cast.