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Chris Colfer

Colfer at the Glee premiere party in Santa Monica, California
Born Christopher Paul Colfer
May 27, 1990 (1990-05-27) (age 19)
Clovis, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2009 – present

Christopher Paul Colfer (born May 27, 1990 in Fresno, California) is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of the character of Kurt Hummel on Glee.


Early life and education

According to his Glee profile at, while a student at Clovis East High School, Colfer was involved with the Speech & Debate program, 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."[1] As a high school senior, he wrote, starred in, and directed a spoof of "Sweeney Todd" entitled "Shirley Todd", in which all of the roles were gender-reversed.[2] A real experience of his in school that was later turned into a sub-plot for his character on Glee was high school teachers denying him the chance to sing "Defying Gravity" from the musical Wicked because it is traditionally performed by a woman.[3] His grandmother, a minister, let him sing the song in her church.[3]


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 University.

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."[4] The character is also gay which is at the crux of many of his conflicts on the show. Colfer has a high vocal range, as displayed in the episode "Wheels", in which his character demonstrates the unusual ability (for a man) of singing a "high F" (an F5). However, his character deliberately pretends to be unable to sing the note in order to spare his father the harrassment he would receive for having a gay son.[5]

Colfer is openly gay[6] and shared on Access Hollywood that his parents were accepting of him but he was bullied at school.[2][7][8] He originally auditioned for the role of Artie with the song "Mr Cellophane".[9] Though Glee's casting directors ultimately selected Kevin 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.[2][9] 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." Kurt Hummel has gone on to become an audience favorite.[10]

Awards and Nominations

2009 Satellite Awards:

  • Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Glee).

2010 Golden Globes:

  • Winner: Best Television Series- Comedy or Musical (Glee).

2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • Winner: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (Glee).


Year Title Role
2009 Russel Fish: The Sausage and Eggs Incident Russel Fish
Year Title Role
2009 "Glee" Kurt Hummel


Year Single Peak positions Album
"Defying Gravity" 31 58[11] 38 Glee: The Music, Volume 1
"—" denotes did not chart, or was not released.
Featured singles
Year Single Peak positions Album
"Don't Stop Believin'"a 4 5 50 2 Glee: The Music, Volume 1
"Gold Digger"b 59[12]
"Push It"a 60[12]
"Somebody to Love"c 28 65[13] 33
"It's My Life / Confessions, Pt. II"d 30 22 25
"Keep Holding On"c 56 56[14] 58
"Proud Mary"c Glee: The Music, Volume 2
"Lean on Me"c 50 76 39
"Imagine"c 67 82 49
"Hair" / "Crazy in Love"c
"Jump"c 104
"Smile"c 102
"You Can't Always Get What You Want"c
"My Life Would Suck Without You"c 51[15] 66 40
"Last Christmas"c 63 60 46 Last Christmas — Single
"—" denotes did not chart, or was not released.
a.^  shared with Lea Michele, Jenna Ushkowitz, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, and Cory Monteith
b.^  shared with Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, Jenna Ushkowitz, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, and Cory Monteith
c.^  shared with Lea Michele, Jenna Ushkowitz, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Cory Monteith, Dianna Agron, Mark Salling, Naya Rivera, Harry Shum, Jr, Dijon Talton, and Heather Morris.
d.^  shared with Cory Monteith, Kevin McHale, Mark Salling, Harry Shum, Jr, and Dijon Talton


  1. ^ Chris Colfer on Glee wiki Gleewiki on, accessed 14 November 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Just One of the Guys
  3. ^ a b Glee’s Chris Colfer Reveals Real-Life Story Behind Kurt’s Diva Moment People, November 12, 2009.
  4. ^ Steinberg, Jamie (May 2009). "Chris Colfer - Pure Glee". Starry Constellation Magazine. Retrieved June 2, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Wheels". Ryan Murphy (director, writer), Brad Falchuk (writer), Ian Brennan (writer). Glee. Fox. 2009-11-11. No. 9, season 1.
  6. ^ "Handler to Colfer: "We Know You're Gay"". The Advocate. December 4, 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  7. ^ Saltman, Laura. "Dish Of Salt: Who’s The Biggest Loser On ‘Glee’?". Access Hollywood. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  8. ^ Glee's Chris Colfer Not Out After All? The Advocate, 1 November 2009.
  9. ^ a b Kuhn, Sarah (September 3, 2009). "Life Stages". Back Stage. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  10. ^ Fernandez, Maria Elena (April 26, 2009). "Will TV audiences watch with 'Glee'?". LA Times.,0,7366573.story. Retrieved June 1, 2009. 
  11. ^ "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 30th November 2009" (pdf). Pandora Archive. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  12. ^ a b "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 5th October 2009" (pdf). Pandora Archive. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  13. ^ "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 2nd November 2009" (pdf). Pandora Archive. Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  14. ^ "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 9th November 2009" (pdf). Pandora Archive. Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
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