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Christopher Paul "Chris" Colfer (born May 27, 1990 in Fresno, Californiamarker) is an American dancer and actor, best known for his role portraying Kurt Hummel on Glee.

Early life and education

At the age of fourteen, he was the assistant director for a benefit at Valley Children's Hospital. Colfer has had an interest in acting since high school where he performed in community as well as regional based theater. According to his Glee profile at Fox.com, at Clovis East High School he was involved with Speech & Debate where he won "many speech and debate Champion titles", the drama club, the FFA, "was president of the Writer’s Club, editor of the school's literary magazine, and captain of Destination ImagiNation." His love of acting and directing continued in high school when, as a senior, he wrote, starred in, and directed a spoof of "Sweeney Todd" entitled "Shirley Todd" in which all the roles were gender-reversed. An experience that was later turned into a sub-plot for his character on Glee was being denied each year by the high school teachers the chance to sing "Defying Gravity" from the musical Wicked because it was traditionally performed by a woman. His grandmother, a reverend, let him sing the song in her church.

Career

At the age of eighteen Colfer starred as Russel Fish in Russel Fish: The Sausage and Eggs Incident. A short film where an awkward teenager must pass a Presidential Physical Fitness test or fail gym class and lose his admission to Harvard Universitymarker.

Colfer's first TV role came in 2009 when he was cast as Kurt Hummel on Fox's Glee as a flamboyant and vogue singer who is bullied by the school football team. Colfer has explained that Hummel "puts on a very confident, 'I'm better than you' persona, but underneath it all he's the same anxious and scared teen everyone is/was at some point. In later episodes, he goes through an identity crisis, accepting and finding acceptance for who he is. [...] He's a tough guy in designer clothes." The character is also gay which is a crux for many of his conflicts on the show. Colfer has a high vocal range, as displayed in the episode "Wheels" where as his character he sings a "high F" for his love of his father, who was being harassed due to his son's sexuality. Colfer is openly gay and shared on Access Hollywood that his parents were accepting of him but he was bullied at school. He originally auditioned for the role of Artie with the song "Mr Cellophane". Though Glee's casting directors ultimately selected Kevin Michael McHale for the part, they were so impressed by Colfer's audition they wrote the Kurt Hummel character into the show as a vehicle for him. Colfer commented on his casting, "It's good to have something positive, especially for kids in small towns, like myself, who need a little pick-me-up."

Filmography

Film/Show
Year Title Role
2009 Entertainment Tonight Himself
2009 The Teen Choice Awards 2009 Himself
2009 Russel Fish: The Sausage and Eggs Incident Russel Fish
2009 Glee Kurt Hummel

Discography

Singles

Year Single Peak positions Album
US AUS CAN
2009 "Defying Gravity" 31 58 38 Glee: The Music, Volume 1


References

  1. Chris Colfer on Glee wiki Gleewiki on Fox.com, accessed 14 November 2009.
  2. Glee’s Chris Colfer Reveals Real-Life Story Behind Kurt’s Diva Moment People, November 12, 2009.
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  4. Dish Of Salt: Who’s The Biggest Loser On ‘Glee’? Laura Saltman, Access Hollywood @2:30
  5. Advocate.com: Just One of the Guys
  6. Glee's Chris Colfer Not Out After All? The Advocate, 1 November 2009.


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