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Darren Everett Criss is an American singer-songwriter and actor.
Darren Criss rose to prominence as a cast member of the television series 'Glee (2010–2015)' as Blaine Andreson. He's also a founding member and co-owner of StarKid Productions, a Chicago-based musical theater company.
He gained popularity for the lead role of Harry Potter and for writing most of the music and lyrics for StarKid's musical production of 'A Very Potter Musical'. Darren Everett has also appeared on Broadway as a replacement for 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' and 'How to Succeed in Business Without Trying'. Criss co-founded Elsie Fest in 2015, which bills itself as "New York City's first outdoor music festival celebrating stage and screen tunes."
Criss made his film debut in the comedy 'Girl Most Likely' on September 7, 2012. 'Girl Most Likely' had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and was released in theaters nationwide on July 19, 2013. The film, formerly titled 'Imogene', starred Darren Criss, Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, and Matt Dillon.
Darren Criss has a net worth of $5 million.
Darren Criss earns up to $400,000 per year.
Darren Criss is 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) tall.
Darren Criss is 35 years old and was born on February 5, 1987.
Born in San Francisco, California, Criss spent his early life in San Francisco, apart from 1988 to 1992, when the family lived in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Darren Criss was educated in Roman Catholic schools. He finished elementary school at Stuart Hall for Boys and graduated from Saint Ignatius College Preparatory San Francisco in 2005. Criss earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Performance from the University of Michigan in 2009, with minors in Musicology and Italian.
Criss' passion for music began at a young age; at the age of five, he began taking violin lessons and spent the following 15 years studying classical music. Criss trained himself to play the guitar, piano, mandolin, harmonica, and drums, among other instruments. Criss was heavily involved in music in high school, serving as concertmaster of the school orchestra, fronting his band, and being chosen 'most likely to win a Grammy' by his classmates. At 15, Criss began learning music composition and wrote his first song, which became the title track of his first EP, 'Human', which debuted in 2009. Criss was also interested in the performing arts. Criss was enrolled in the American Conservatory Theater (Young Conservatory program) at the age of 10, where he spent his formative years studying theater performance. He was a member of the performing arts program at St Ignatius and appeared in productions such as 'The Music Man', 'The Diary of Anne Frank', and 'Fiddler on the Roof'. Basement Arts, a student-run theater company at the University of Michigan, had him as an actor and director.
Darren Criss confirmed his engagement with Mia Swier in January 2018. Darren Criss and Mia Swier got married on February 16, 2019. Mia and Darren announced they were expecting their first child in October 2021. Their daughter Bluesy Belle Criss was born in April 2022.
Darren Criss is well known for his role as heartthrob Blaine Anderson in 'Glee' from 2010 to 2015. His character resurrected male a cappella singing, and he deservedly became a musical superstar. Criss, on the other hand, isn't simply a Warbler. Criss made his Broadway debut in 2012 as J. Pierrepont Finch in 'How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying'. Criss's theater career has increased significantly over the years, including roles in Broadway musicals, regional performances, and even a viral cameo as a musically inclined Harry Potter.
Criss co-founded StarKid Productions, a musical theater group, with some friends and classmates from the University of Michigan in 2009. Harry Potter in the musical comedy 'A Very Potter Musical', 'A Very Potter Sequel', and 'A Very Potter Senior Year' was his most notable acting role with StarKid (based on the famous Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling).
On the Fox television show 'Glee', Criss played Blaine Anderson. Criss made his first appearance in season two on November 9, 2010. Criss debuted as the lead vocalist of Glee's Dalton Academy Warblers. His first song, a cover of 'Teenage Dream' by Katy Perry, became the show's fastest-selling single, reaching the eight position on the Billboard Hot 100. In the United States, it was certified gold. 'Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers (2011)' soundtrack album debuted at the second spot on the US Billboard 200, with over 1.3 million tracks sold.
Criss reunited with 'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy in 2017 to play serial killer Andrew Cunanan in Murphy's anthology series 'American Crime Story' Season 2.
Critics praised his performance, and he became famous for his role in the series.
Darren Criss attracted many television audiences with his character of Josh Burton on Eastwick in 2009.
Criss believes that love comes in all shapes. Criss is an outspoken supporter of LGBT rights and The Trevor Project, the nation's foremost nonprofit dedicated to preventing suicide among members of the LGBTQ community. He also received Variety's Power of Youth Philanthropy award for the support he showed for The Trevor Project.
Criss has served as an ambassador for several organizations, including Rock the Vote and the Foundation for New American Musicals.
Criss and his brother, Chuck Criss, recorded the Bob Dylan song 'New Morning' for Amnesty International.
Criss has performed at several charity events, including the American Conservatory Theater, AIDS Project Los Angeles, New Conservatory Theater Center, Toys for Tots, City of Hope National Medical Center, Motion Picture & Television Fund, Public School Arts, MusiCares Foundation, and the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
Darren Criss was awarded a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor. Criss was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Throughout his career, he also won awards like the Teen Choice Award for breakout star Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance for male Actors in a Miniseries or Television Movie. He was also nominated for MTV Movie & TV Awards for best performance in a Show, People's Choice Awards (based on audience choice) for Glee, and many more prestigious awards.
His Interest and Hobbies primarily include Photography. He’s fond of Photography and loves doing it in his free time. He also loves Thai food, and his Favorite fruit is Xigua (Chinese Watermelon).
As a Singer and Songwriter himself, he admires different music and art. He is Fond of Indian Classical Music and enjoys playing and watching Football.
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