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Creator / Darren Criss

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"I'm Harry Freakin' Potter, and I'm the man!"
Harry Potter, A Very Potter Sequel

Darren Everett Criss (born February 5, 1987 in San Francisco, California) started out in the surprise Youtube hit and Affectionate Parody A Very Potter Musical, as the title character. He banded together with a few fellow University of Michigan student and formed Team StarKid, a theater production company that is now Los Angeles-based. Among the StarKid projects that he's been in are A Very Potter Musical, A Very Potter Sequel, and Little White Lie.

Even though he's been quoted as wanting to be an actor who sings and not the other way around, he's inseparable from music. He wrote part of the music for Me and My Dick, and all the music for A Very Potter Sequel, as well as for the musical Starship. In the meanwhile, he put out his own 5-song EP, “Human”. He loves singing live; give this guy a mike, a guitar, and a stage, and he's a happy man.

After graduation from U of M, he had a role in the short-lived series Eastwick, and made an appearance in one of the final episodes of Cold Case ("Free Love").

He played the character of Blaine Anderson, an openly gay student at the all-boys' school Dalton and Kurt Hummel's love interest on Glee. Criss's start on Glee made a huge splash, as his version of “Teenage Dream” featuring the Dalton Warblers (a.k.a. the Tufts University Beelzebubs) became the highest-selling Glee song overnight, easily beating out “Don't Stop Believin'”.

Criss made his Broadway debut in the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in January 2012, replacing the original Harry Freakin' Potter, Daniel Radcliffe. He then portrayed the title character in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway in 2015.

In 2018, Criss starred in The Assassination of Gianni Versace, as Andrew Cunanan, which earned him universal acclaim and resulted in him becoming the first Filipino Emmy winner.

He married his longtime girlfriend, Mia Swier, in 2019.

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Tropes that apply to this actor include:

  • Wild Hair: He sheared down to a more debonair look for Glee, but he has naturally curly hair which can become this when he lets it grow out.