Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Darren Everett Criss (born February 5, 1987) is an American television Actor, Singer-Songwriter, musician, and Internet personality. He is best known for his portrayals of
Harry Potter in the plays A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel, as well as playing the role of Blaine, an openly gay student at Dalton Academy, in the second season of Glee.

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Criss was born in San Francisco, California. His mother, a native of Cebu, is a Filipina of Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino descent,and his father has Irish ancestry.He was raised Roman Catholic and attended Stuart Hall for Boys and Saint Ignatius College Preparatory. As a child, Criss played a variety of instruments, some of which include violin, guitar, piano, cello, mandolin, and drums. During this time, he played drums in a band with his brother, Chuck, until Chuck moved to New York City to develop his music career (and subsequently join the indie rock group Freelance Whales).
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Criss made his professional stage debut at the age of ten, in 42nd Street Moon's 1997 production of Fanny in the role of Cesario. The next year, Criss played Mauro in the same company's production of the Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim musical Do I Hear a Waltz,followed by Babes in Arms in 1999, in which he played Beauregard Calhoun.
Criss went on to attend the University of Michigan, graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance, Acting.

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