Photo of Chris Colfer Chris Colfer

A bell-voiced actor-singer who found overnight success in a TV role that was tailor-made for his talents, Chris Colfer was born in Fresno, Calif., on May 27, 1990. When he auditioned for his star-making turn in "Glee" (2009-), the short film Russel Fish: The Sausage and Eggs Incident (2009) was the only thing on his professional résumé.

Playing gay high-schooler Kurt Hummel gave Colfer, who is also gay, the chance to show off his singing, dancing and acting chops. Thanks in large part to his sensitive portrayal of a conflicted teen coming to terms with his sexuality, he won a Golden Globe Award in 2011 for his work on the acclaimed comedy series.

Colfer's voice is rare among males: His top note is two octaves above middle C. In high school, he wrote, directed and starred in "Shirley Todd," a gender-bending musical spoof of composer Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd."

Chris Colfer in Glee


2009 TV-PG

Amid relationship woes and personal attacks from wonderfully wicked cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, idealistic teacher Will Schuester fights to turn the underdog members of McKinley High's Glee Club into confident winners.

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