Born In: Clovis, California, United States
Chris Colfer is an American actor, singer and writer who came to limelight for his role of Kurt Hummel in the super hit television series ‘Glee’. Recipient of a Golden Globe and Screen Guild Award each and three People’s Choice Awards, Colfer was named in the Time's list of the 100 most influential people in 2011. His exceptional acting skills have been praised by critics who found a special talent in him. He has an incredible ability to put soul into his character. While Colfer’s role as Hummel made him a household name in America, it was his book series ‘The Land of Stories’ that gave him worldwide popularity. His first ever book ‘The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell’ went on to earn him a New York Times number-one bestselling author title. The book earned #1 position on New York Times Best Seller list in Children’s Chapter Books category and remained there for two weeks. The book series already has had five instalments with the sixth soon to be released in 2017. Apart from his work as an author and actor, Colfer has capped the hat of a producer, director and script writer as well. His hands are full with future projects in television, film and fiction.
Also Known As: Christopher Paul Colfer
father: Tim Colfer
mother: Karyn Colfer
siblings: Hannah Colfer
Born Country: United States
Ancestry: Irish American
U.S. State: California
Chris Colfer was born on May 27, 1990, in Clovis, California to Karyn and Timothy Colfer. He has an Irish ancestry. He has a younger sister Hannah who suffers from severe epilepsy.
At the age of eighteen, he essayed the titular role of Russel Fish in the short story ‘Russel Fish: The Sausage and Eggs Incident’. In it, he played an awkward teenager who was at a risk of losing his Harvard admission if he did not pass the physical test.
Colfer’s first major breakthrough came in 2009, when he was cast for the character of Kurt Hummel on Fox’s ‘Glee’. Colfer was initially auditioned for the role of Artie Abrams but eventually ended up starring as Hummel. Interestingly, the character of Kurt Hummel wasn’t a full-fledged one, but Colfer’s incredible talent and brilliant onscreen portrayal led show creator, Ryan Murphy, to expand the role of Hummel so that Colfer could have greater screen space.
The first book of the two-book series was released on July 17, 2012, titled ‘The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell’. The book was a big hit upon its release, and climbed to the number one position on New York Times Best Seller list in Children’s Chapter Books category. It retained the top spot for two weeks.
Colfer has recently announced that he is working on a new TV Show called ‘Indigo’. It is a sci-fi drama about indigo children who are misdiagnosed as having mental or physical illnesses, when they really possess supernatural abilities. He would not only serve as its writer but also direct and act in it. Along with Keith Quinn and Rob Weisbach, he is also one of the executive producers of the show.
The magnum opus of Colfer’s career came in when he starred as Kurt Hummel in ‘Glee’. He was so incredible in his role portrayal that the character was created specifically for him. Interestingly, Colfer did not intend to essay the role of Hummel. He intended to play the role of Artie Abrams but his amazing talent earned him the character of Hummel. His brilliance won him a Golden Globe and Screen Guild Award and three People’s Choice Award.
In January 2013, Chris Colfer started dating Will Sherrod.
Having been a victim of bullying as a child, Colfer actively supports It Gets Better Campaign and The Trevor Project. In 2011, he dedicated his Golden Globe Award to bullied kids in the LGBT community. Later in 2013, he filmed a PSA with Elmo about anti-bullying for Sesame Street in Communities and participated in the Course of the Force run benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He donated his Hollywood Game Night winning amount to Make-a-Wish Foundation of America.
Chris Colfer Movies
|2011||Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||Glee (2009)|
|2015||Favorite Comedic TV Actor||Winner|
|2014||Favorite Comedic TV Actor||Winner|
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