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Penn Badgley

Badgley at CW Upfront Presentation, Madison Square Garden, New York City - May 21, 2009
Born Penn Dayton Badgley
November 1, 1986 (1986-11-01) (age 23)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999 – present

Penn Dayton Badgley (born November 1, 1986) is an American actor best known for his role as Dan Humphrey on the CW television series Gossip Girl.


Early life

Badgley was born in Baltimore, Maryland and split his childhood years between Richmond, Virginia and Seattle, Washington. He attended Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Washington, and was involved with the Seattle Children's Theatre. He soon began doing voice-overs for children's radio stations.

At age 11, Badgley relocated with his mother to Hollywood and began pursuing an acting career. Badgley also pursued a singing career during this time and recorded a pop single in 1998.[1] At 17, after completing two years of credits at Santa Monica College, he was accepted as a Junior at the University of Southern California (USC), where he deferred admission due to contractual obligations.


Early career

Badgley's first credit was voice work for the video game Mario Golf 64 in 1999 although he claims to have never played it himself. He followed this in 2000 with voice work on Mario Tennis 64.[2] His first screen acting credit was on an episode of Will & Grace.[2] He followed this up with appearances on shows such as Daddio, The Brothers Garcia and What I Like About You, among others.[2] He also appears in John Tucker Must Die playing Scott Tucker. In its opening weekend, the film grossed a total of $14.3 million, ranking third in the U.S. box office results for that weekend. As of November 2, the film has grossed $41 million domestically.


Badgley's first notice came with his role as Phillip Chancellor IV on the soap opera The Young and the Restless (2000 - 2001). He was nominated for a 2001 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Daytime Series for his work.[3]

In 2002, he starred in the WB half-hour series Do Over. Badgley starred as Joel Larsen, a 34-year-old man who gets a second chance to get his life right, thanks to a freakish accident that catapults him back to 1980, as a 14-year-old.The show premiered on The WB Television Network, which is currently known as The CW. He appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno as this show opened. The series was canceled short of a full season. Badgley later appeared in Drive-Thru playing Van co-starring future castmate Leighton Meester.[4]

Wider audiences may recognize him from his next starring role as Sam Tunney in The Mountain (2004 - 2005), but was canceled after the first season. The same thing happened to The Bedford Diaries, another series where Badgely had a lead role. While the show was popular, it was canceled in its first season.[2][5][6][7]

In The CW's new drama Gossip Girl, Badgley portrays Dan Humphrey, the son of 1990's former rock star Rufus Humphrey (Matthew Settle) and brother of Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen). He plays the love interest of Upper East Side's "it" girl, Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively). The show revolves around the lives of socialite young adults growing up on New York's Upper East Side who attend elite academic institutions while dealing with sex, drugs, and other teenage issues. He starred in the 2009 remake of the 1987 American thriller film The Stepfather, in which he is the stepson of the killer and plays an important role in the movie.[2][8]

Personal life

In late 2007, it was reported that Badgley was dating his Gossip Girl co-star and former childhood classmate Blake Lively. They have been dating since December 2007.


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Will & Grace Todd Episode: "I Never Promised You an Olive Garden"
Mario Golf 64 Voice Over Voice Only
2000 The Brothers Garcia Eddie Bauer Recurring Role
Bull Zack Episode: "Love's Labor Lost"
Mario Tennis 64 Voice Over Voice Only
Daddio Todd Episode: "The Last Temptation of Chris"
Episode: "A Confederacy of Daddies"
2001 The Fluffer Young Sean Minor Role
2001-2002 The Young and the Restless Phillip Chancellor IV 4 episodes
2002 What I Like About You Jake Wood Episode: "Copy That"
Do Over Joel Larsen 15 episodes
2003 The Twilight Zone Jace Malone Episode: "Homecoming"
2004 - 2005 The Mountain Sam Tunney 13 episodes
2006 The Bedford Diaries Owen Gregory 8 episodes
John Tucker Must Die Scott Tucker Supporting Role
Drive-Thru Van Minor Role
2007 - Present Gossip Girl Dan Humphrey Lead role
2008 Forever Strong Lars Lead role
2009 The Stepfather Michael Harding Lead role
The Juggler The Stud Pre-production
2010 Easy A Woodchuck Todd Supporting Role


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