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Darren Criss is a popular American actor, singer and songwriter

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BirthdayFebruary 5, 1987
NationalityAmerican
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actors
City/StateCalifornia
SiblingsChuck Criss
Known asDarren Everett Criss
Universities
  • University of Michigan
Birth PlaceSan Francisco, California, United States
Height173cm
GenderMale
FatherCharles William Criss
MotherCerina Bru
Net Worth$3.5 million as of Nov 30,2016
Sun SignAquarius
Born inSan Francisco, California, United States
Famous asActor
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Who is Darren Criss?

Darren Everett Criss is a well-known American actor, singer, and songwriter. He first came to popularity with his portrayal of Blaine Anderson in the popular American musical comedy-drama series 'Glee'. He portrayed the lead vocalist of ‘Glee's Dalton Academy Warblers’, a fictional band in the series. His song 'This Time', which he wrote for the final episode of the series was a hit and got him nominated for an Emmy. He is a founding member and co-owner of StarKid Productions, a Chicago-based musical theater company. The company became famous for its musical named 'A Very Potter Musical', which was a parody of the popular Harry Potter series. The musical, where Criss portrayed Harry Potter, earned huge popularity. Even though Criss had previously appeared in a few films in minor roles, his first significant film was 'Girl Most Likely', an American comedy film. Also a successful theater actor, he has been acting in plays since an early age. He made his Broadway debut in a production of 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' which was based on a humorous book of the same name. He also played the role of Hedwig in the musical 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'.

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Childhood & Early Life

Darren Criss was born on 5th February 1987 in San Francisco, California, in the US to parents Cerina and Charles William Criss. He has an older brother named Charles Criss who is a member of the indie rock band Freelance Whales.

He primarily grew up in San Francisco and also spent some time in Honolulu. Criss developed an interest in music at a very early age. When he was only five years old, he began taking violin lessons. He also learnt to play other instruments such as the guitar and the piano.

Along with music, he also showed a keen interest in performing arts. He was accepted into the American Conservatory Theater at the age of ten. He appeared in theater classics such as ‘The Music Man’ and ‘Diary of Anne Frank’.

After he completed his graduation from Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, he attended the University of Michigan, from where he got his Bachelor of Fine Arts. His major was in Theater Performance, with minor in Musicology and Italian. While studying there, he was also active as an actor and a director in ‘Basement Arts’, the university’s student-run theater program.

Theatrical Career

Darren Criss made his professional stage debut at the early age of ten. His first appearance was in 42nd Street Moon’s production of the play ‘Fanny’ (1997) where he portrayed Cesario. He next appeared in the musical named ‘Do I Hear a Waltz’ (1998) and ‘Babes in Arms’ (1999).

Over the next few years he appeared in several American Conservatory Theater plays, including ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The plays he performed at the University of Michigan include ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’.

After finishing his graduation, Criss co-founded a musical theater company ‘StarKid Productions’ along with a few friends and classmates. It gained prominence for the musical comedy ‘A Very Potter Musical’, which was based on the famous Harry Potter novel by JK Rowling.

In January 2012, he made his Broadway debut, appearing in a revival of the popular play ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’. His work proved to be very successful. In 2015, he appeared in the play ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’, playing the role of Hedwig.

TV and Film Career

Darren Criss became quite well- known after his work in the American musical comedy drama TV series ‘Glee’. The series featured him in one of the main roles. His performance in the show was quite appreciated and won him multiple awards.

His first significant role on the big screen was in the 2012 comedy film ‘Girl Most Likely’. The film was directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini. It was met with negative reviews.

In 2017, he started appearing in the third season of the popular American anthology series ‘American Crime Story’. In the series created by Ryan Murphy, Criss portrayed a character named Andrew Cunanan. The series has earned critical acclaim so far, and has also won several awards.

Musical Career

Darren Criss started his musical career while he was still pursuing his graduation from the University of Michigan. In 2010, he released an EP named ‘Human’. It peaked at number 17 on the US Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums Chart. He has conducted solo tours in several states in the US, as well as in Canada and France.

As Blaine Anderson, the character he played in the TV series ‘Glee’, Criss has been featured in several musical performances. He has worked in many of the Glee albums as well.

Major Works

‘A Very Potter Musical’, is a parody musical based on the popular Harry Potter novels by JK Rowling. Undoubtedly one of the best works in his career, the musical stars Darren Criss as Harry Potter. Criss also wrote the lyrics and composed the music along with AJ Holmes. Produced by StarKid productions, the musical earned huge success and popularity. It was named one of the 10 Best Viral Videos of 2009 by Entertainment Weekly.

‘Glee’, a popular American musical comedy drama TV series can be considered the most significant work in Criss’ career. Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, the show started airing on 19 May 2009. It was a huge success and won several awards including six Emmy Awards, five Satellite Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. The show also received mostly positive reviews.

Awards & Achievements

Darren Criss has won several awards in his career so far. These include the ‘Dorian Award’ and the ‘Teen Choice Award’ for his role in ‘Glee’ in 2011.

For the song ‘This Time’, which he composed for ‘Glee’, Criss won the ‘Hollywood Music in Media Award’ in 2015. The song earned him an Emmy nomination as well.

He was nominated for a Grammy for his work on ‘Glee: The Music, Volume 4’ the fifth soundtrack album of ‘Glee’.

Personal Life

As Darren Criss portrayed a gay character in ‘Glee’, there have been rumors of him being homosexual. However, he is a straight male. He has been dating his girlfriend Mia Swier since 2011.

He is an active supporter of LGBT rights. He has also performed at several charity events.

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Darren Criss biography timelines

  • // 5th Feb 1987
    Darren Criss was born on 5th February 1987 in San Francisco, California, in the US to parents Cerina and Charles William Criss. He has an older brother named Charles Criss who is a member of the indie rock band Freelance Whales.
  • // 2009
    ‘A Very Potter Musical’, is a parody musical based on the popular Harry Potter novels by JK Rowling. Undoubtedly one of the best works in his career, the musical stars Darren Criss as Harry Potter. Criss also wrote the lyrics and composed the music along with AJ Holmes. Produced by StarKid productions, the musical earned huge success and popularity. It was named one of the 10 Best Viral Videos of 2009 by Entertainment Weekly.
  • // 19th May 2009
    ‘Glee’, a popular American musical comedy drama TV series can be considered the most significant work in Criss’ career. Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, the show started airing on 19 May 2009. It was a huge success and won several awards including six Emmy Awards, five Satellite Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. The show also received mostly positive reviews.
  • // 2010
    Darren Criss started his musical career while he was still pursuing his graduation from the University of Michigan. In 2010, he released an EP named ‘Human’. It peaked at number 17 on the US Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums Chart. He has conducted solo tours in several states in the US, as well as in Canada and France.
  • // 2011
    Darren Criss has won several awards in his career so far. These include the ‘Dorian Award’ and the ‘Teen Choice Award’ for his role in ‘Glee’ in 2011.
  • // 2011
    As Darren Criss portrayed a gay character in ‘Glee’, there have been rumors of him being homosexual. However, he is a straight male. He has been dating his girlfriend Mia Swier since 2011.
  • // 2012
    His first significant role on the big screen was in the 2012 comedy film ‘Girl Most Likely’. The film was directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini. It was met with negative reviews.
  • // Jan 2012 To 2015
    In January 2012, he made his Broadway debut, appearing in a revival of the popular play ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’. His work proved to be very successful. In 2015, he appeared in the play ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’, playing the role of Hedwig.
  • // 2015
    For the song ‘This Time’, which he composed for ‘Glee’, Criss won the ‘Hollywood Music in Media Award’ in 2015. The song earned him an Emmy nomination as well.
  • // 2017
    In 2017, he started appearing in the third season of the popular American anthology series ‘American Crime Story’. In the series created by Ryan Murphy, Criss portrayed a character named Andrew Cunanan. The series has earned critical acclaim so far, and has also won several awards.

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    Darren Criss was born at 1987-02-05

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    Darren Criss was born in San Francisco, California, United States

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    Darren Criss's nationalities is American

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    Darren Criss's siblings is Chuck Criss

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    Darren Criss studied at University of Michigan

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    Darren Criss's father is Charles William Criss

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