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Full name: Darren Everett Criss
Date of birth: February 5, 1987
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Currently residing in: Los Angeles, California
Education: University of Michigan
Darren Criss made his debut in the Season 2 episode "Never Been Kissed" and was soon after signed as a series regular. But what was he doing before that? As it turns out, the guy'd been keeping busy, makin' hits for YouTube, TV, and the Billboard charts.
Darren, who's half-Filipino and half-Irish, grew up in San Francisco, California, and graduated in 2009 from the University of Michigan with a degree in acting. He first made a name for himself by starting StarKids Productions with fellow theater students at Michigan. They produced the Harry Potter spoofs A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel, which he co-wrote the songs for and starred in. Collectively, the videos have garnered over 25 million views. Those Harry Potter fans are almost as rabid as Gleeks!
Glee isn't Darren's first television show. He played Josh on Eastwick and also appeared in an episode of Cold Case. Better yet, he released a self-produced album in 2010 that made it onto the Billboard charts. He will next appear on the big screen with Kristen Wiig in Imogene.
Random factoid: Back when Glee debuted, Darren Criss had originally auditioned for the part of Finn. Good things do come to those who wait.