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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 5 February 1987San Francisco, California, USA
Birth NameDarren Everett Criss
Nicknames Dcriss
Dare
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Darren Criss was born on February 5, 1987 in San Francisco, California, USA as Darren Everett Criss. He is an actor, known for Glee (2009), A Very Potter Musical (2009) and A Very Potter Sequel (2010).

Trivia (18)

Part of StarKid Productions. Played Harry Potter in A Very Potter Musical (2009) and had a principal role in a mini series they did while in University called "Little White Lie".
Went to University of Michigan and graduated in 2009.
Grew up in San Francisco.
Has one older brother.
Darren's brother, Chuck Criss, is a member of the Freelance Whales.
Wrote every single song for Team Starkid's A Very Potter Sequel (2010) and their fourth Production Starship.
Graduated the University of Michigan in 2009, a month after the premier of A Very Potter Musical (2009).
Made his professional stage debut at age 10 in the 42nd Street Moon production of Harold Rome's Fanny 1997.
His mother, who is from Cebu in the Philippines, has Filipino, Chinese, and Spanish ancestry. His father, who is from Pittsburgh, has Irish ancestry.
Before the show Glee (2009), he sang his own rendition of some Disney songs at a Maggiano's restaurant every Thursday.
His signature pink glasses were a replacement for a pair of red sunglasses he lost.
Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who wrote the scores for The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992) and many more, once handed a hundred dollar tip to Darren Criss doing an acoustic medley of his songs at a coffee shop.
Speaks Italian fluently.
Lived in Arezzo, Italy for 6 months.
Lives in Los Angeles with fellow Team StarKid member, Joey Richter.
Los Angeles, CA: Filming "Glee" [September 2011]
Living in Los Angeles, CA [August 2010]
New York, NY: Playing J. Pierpont Finch in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" on Broadway. [January 2012]

Personal Quotes (8)

There's not a damn thing that I do on my own that's not for my fans or for people that have supported me. So, I don't really care about my agenda, I wanna be on yours.
That which makes you different is what makes you strong. Whether you're gay, straight, purple, orange, dinosaur, I don't care.
No matter what, I will always prefer a live performance. Whether it be a play or a musical, or playing music live. As long as it's live, it's the best because there's sort of an immediacy to connection between an audience and a performer, whereas where you do film or television, you're at the whim of so many different forces.
Pink. Because it would be really funny. 'Cause then really mean people wouldn't look so mean.
There's nothing more badass than being yourself.
[on his Glee (2009) character] As an actor you play different parts and this one happens to be a gay character - and a strong one, so really I lucked out.
[on his breakout fame] I wish I could say it's a dream come true but, quite frankly, my dreams weren't that good as a kid. I didn't have that big of an imagination.
[on his success in Glee (2009)] What's happened to me is not normal. When you're an artist you have to hope for everything and expect nothing.

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