Darren Everett Criss (born February 5, 1987) is an American actor, singer, and songwriter. He rose to fame starring on the television series Glee (2010–2015) and received Emmy and Golden Globe acting awards for his leading role as spree killer Andrew Cunanan in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (2018). He has also appeared on Broadway and in film and has released several recordings as a soloist and in a band.A founding member and co-owner of StarKid Productions, a musical theater company based in Chicago, Criss first garnered attention playing the lead role of Harry Potter in, and writing most of the music and lyrics for, StarKid's musical production of A Very Potter Musical. The theater troupe made Billboard history when their original album, Me and My Dick, became the first charting student-produced musical recording, debuting at number eleven on the Top Cast Albums chart in 2010. Criss has also starred on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. In 2015, Criss co-founded Elsie Fest which is touted as "New York City's first outdoor music festival celebrating tunes from the stage and screen".Criss is best known for his portrayal of Blaine Anderson on the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee from 2010 until 2015. Initially appearing as the lead vocalist of Glee's Dalton Academy Warblers, Criss' first number, a cover version of "Teenage Dream", became the fastest-selling Glee single, reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, and was certified gold in the US. The Warblers have sold over 1.3 million tracks, and the soundtrack album, Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers (2011), peaked at number two on the US Billboard 200. He was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2015 for writing the song "This Time" for the Glee finale.In March 2017, Criss debuted his indie pop band Computer Games along with his brother Chuck Criss. Their first album, Lost Boys Life EP features 4 songs written by the duo. The lead single "Every Single Night" debuted at #2 on Billboard's "Hot Singles". In December 2017, Criss released a 5-track solo EP titled Homework. The EP debuted #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart and #7 on Billboard's Independent Albums Chart.In addition to his music endeavors, Criss starred in the second installment of Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story. Subtitled The Assassination of Gianni Versace (2018), Criss's portrayal of spree killer Andrew Cunanan received acclaim from critics, and earned him an Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries, or Television Film. Criss became the first Asian American actor to win an Emmy for acting.
In January 2018, Criss announced he was engaged to Mia Swier, his girlfriend of seven and a half years. They married on February 16, 2019.
Criss was born in San Francisco, California, the youngest child of Cerina and Charles William Criss, an investment banker and a patron of the arts. He has an older brother, Charles "Chuck" Criss, who is a member of the band Freelance Whales. Criss is Eurasian – his mother, a native of Cebu, Philippines, is of Chinese, Filipino and Spanish descent while his father, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was of English, German, and Irish descent. Criss was raised primarily in San Francisco, apart from 1988–92, when the family resided in Honolulu, Hawaii, where his father, Charles started EastWest Bank, serving as chairman and CEO.Criss attended Roman Catholic schools. He completed his elementary education at Stuart Hall for Boys, and later graduated from Saint Ignatius College Preparatory in 2005. In 2009, Criss obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, majoring in Theater Performance and minoring in Musicology and Italian.
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10umentary: Behind the Scenes of StarKid Homecoming
Go behind the scenes of StarKid Homecoming: the biggest reunion of StarKids ever! Over the course of three wild days, almost everyone who's even been in a StarKid show came to Los Angeles to celebrate...
The Disney Family Singalong
Ryan Seacrest hosts a nationwide singalong event featuring celebrities and their families as they take on their favorite Disney tunes from their homes; onscreen lyrics allow viewers to sing along.
Superman: Man of Tomorrow
It is the dawn of a new age of heroes, and Metropolis has just met its first. As Daily Planet intern Clark Kent secretly wields his alien powers of flight, super-strength and x-ray vision in the battl...
A group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Hollywood try to make it big — no matter the cost.
The Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye
Artemis, a tenacious host, has grown tired of the fluff pieces she has been assigned. The corporate corruption story they are investigating is sure to be a bust when she finds herself in the small min...
The subject of Royalties is the story of the world's biggest hits. It follows the ascent of a ragtag songwriting duo as they navigate the strange and hilarious challenges of creating a truly great son...
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The story of the Battle of Midway was told by the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome massive odds.
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Batman, Batgirl and Robin forge an alliance with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to fight against the Turtles' sworn enemy, The Shredder, who has apparently teamed up with Ra's Al Ghul and The League...
Activate: The Global Citizen Movement
There is a six-part documentary series on Global Citizen's efforts to combat global challenges connected to extreme poverty. Each episode focuses on a different issue related to the root causes of pov...
This special reunion concert will feature original cast members from our very first show (and performers from every StarKid show since), coming together for the first time in a decade to pay tribute t...
All You Ever Wished For
A young New York fashion executive's trip to Milan takes a bad turn when he is kidnapped and whisked off to an Alpine village to be held for ransom money. He or his abductors don't know that the small...
A Legendary Christmas with John & Chrissy
Friends, family and a song are what John Legend and his wife are celebrating with.
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American Crime Story
Some of the history's most famous criminals were the focus of the anthology series.
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After hiding her powers, Kara Zor-El must learn to embrace them. She was told to be careful with her powers.
Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter
Some of this year's most talked about talent open up about the challenges and triumphs of creating critically acclaimed series and performances.
A Very StarKid Reunion
Join Team StarKid as they return to the University of Michigan (where it all started) for "A Very StarKid Reunion!" Featuring the talents of over thirty StarKid members, and a collection of songs and ...
Wrestling Isn't Wrestling
Max Landis made a parody film. This production is not monetized or for profit. The clips are used for critique and satire, and the characters and situations depicted are for the purpose of satire. I h...
Transformers: Robots In Disguise
Years after the events of Predacons Rising, Bumblebee is summoned back to Earth to battle several of Cybertron's most wanted Decepticons that escaped from a crashed prison ship and assembles a team of...
Luna Goes Cruising
A dog named Luna and her owner interact with each other and other pets as they attempt to find Luna a significant other.
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Barry Allen fell into a coma after being struck by lightning. After he awakened with the power of super speed, he was given the ability to move through Central City like a guardian angel. Though initi...
Stan Lee's Mighty 7
When seven aliens crash land in the desert night, Stan Lee discovers that they are being chased by a top-secret military force led by Mr. Cross and his Chinese technical assistant, Lily. Stan hides th...
Backstage With Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years
For the first time, viewers have unprecedented access to the fast pace and high stakes world of Broadway. Cameras are backstage during a performance of "Aladdin," and the cast of the North American to...
Six by Sondheim
The life and career of the stage legend Stephen Sondheim is explored through six of his best-known songs in this intimate documentary.
A Very Potter Senior Year
Get ready for one last romp of magical, musical shenanigans because Harry and his pals are back for their senior year at Hogwarts! The gang's in for their biggest adventure yet as they face off agains...
Glee: Keep on Believin'
A Biography documentary going behind the scenes of the hit show 'Glee,' featuring interviews with creators and a handful of cast members as well as never-before-told stories from its conceptual beginn...
The Space Tour
Join Team StarKid as they blast off on the SPACE (StarKid Precarious Auditory Concert Experience) Tour! Featuring some of your favorite StarKids, see what happens when they attempt new arrangements of...
Girl Most Likely
A failed New York playwright ends up in the custody of her gambling-addict mother after trying to kill herself in an attempt to win back her ex.
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Glee: The Concert Movie
A concert documentary was made in 2011.
The Glee Project
The Glee Project finds and trains a group of twelve extraordinarily talented performers who compete against one another to win a guest starring role on “Glee". From thousands of entries, and an exhaus...
The Chicago 8
There were 8 anti-war protesters on trial for conspiring to cause riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
Bug wants to be a Ranger. An alien bug sets out to find love and save the universe on a far off world.
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A Very Potter Musical
In April 2009, a group of University of Michigan students (Team StarKid) performed what was renamed "A Very Potter Musical", a two act musical parody that featured major elements from all seven Harry ...
The world's most difficult spy is an archer. His mother is a spy. Between dealing with his boss and his co-workers, and also with his ex-girlfriend, Archer manages to annoy or seduce everyone that cro...
Me and My Dick
A boy and his best friend. Together they face the trials of growing up, love, sex and high school, but these two best pals are in for the adventure of a life-time in this new musical. You will not bel...
Little White Lie
Sami and Duder Reese are in a band. They are brother and sister. And they suck. They steal all their music and try to become famous in this new webseries.
Three very different women find themselves drawn together by a mysterious man who unleashes unique powers in each of them, and this small New England town will never be the same.
In this musical comedy, optimistic high school teacher Will Schuester tries to refuel his own passion while reinventing the high school's glee club and challenging a group of outcasts to realize their...
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The Philadelphia homicide squad's lone female detective finds her calling when she is assigned cases that have never been solved. Detective Lilly Rush combines her natural instincts with the updated t...
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