Darren Criss

American actor and singer

Darren Everett Criss (born February 5, 1987)[1] is an American actor and singer-songwriter. He is known for his roles as Blaine Anderson in the series Glee and as serial killer Andrew Cunanan in the limited crime series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (2018). For his role as Cunanan, he won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

Darren Criss
Criss in 2023
Darren Everett Criss

(1987-02-05) February 5, 1987 (age 37)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
  • Actor
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active1997–present
Mia Swier (m. 2019)
Musical career
InstrumentsVocals, piano, guitar, drums, violin, mandolin, harmonica
Years active2005–present


Year Title Role Notes
2005 I Adora You[2] Josh Short film, minor role
2009 Walker Phillips[3] Elliott Short film
2010 The Chicago 8[4] Yippee Man Minor role
2011 Glee: The 3D Concert Movie Blaine Anderson Concert documentary
2012 Girl Most Likely Lee Feature film debut
2013 The Wind Rises Katayama Voice
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Sutemaru Voice (English dub)
Six by Sondheim Franklin Shepard HBO documentary
2014 Stan Lee's Mighty 7 Micro Voice
2015 Wrestling Isn't Wrestling Theatre Audience Member Short film
2019 Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael Voice; direct-to-video[5]
2019 Midway Commander Eugene E. Lindsey
2020 Superman: Man of Tomorrow Clark Kent/Superman Voice; direct-to-video
2021 Justice Society: World War II Clark Kent/Superman (Earth-1); Superman (Earth-Two)
2023 Legion of Super-Heroes Clark Kent/Superman
Justice League: Warworld


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Eastwick Josh Burton Recurring role, 5 episodes
Little White Lie[6] Toby Phillips 11 episodes; also co-songwriter and musical producer
2010 Cold Case Ruben Harris Episode: "Free Love"
2010–15 Glee Blaine Anderson Recurring role (Season 2); 14 episodes
Main role (seasons 3–6)[7]
2011 Archer Mikey and Tommy Voice, episode: "Placebo Effect"
Life of Leopold[8] Leopold Bonar Voice
2011–12 The Glee Project Himself 4 episodes
2012 Glee: Don't Stop Believing Himself Documentary on Glee
The Cleveland Show[9] Hunter Voice, episode: "Jesus Walks"
2013 Web Therapy Augie Sayles 3 episodes
2013 Teen Choice Awards Co-host Co-hosted with Lucy Hale
2014 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Himself Episode: "Darren Criss"
2015–17 Transformers: Robots in Disguise Sideswipe[10] Voice[11]
2015 American Horror Story: Hotel Justin Recurring role, 2 episodes
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Take Time (and Space) Raphael Voice, short
Transformers: Rescue Bots Sideswipe[12] Voice, episode: "The Need for Speed")
Hairspray Live! Himself Television special, NBC
2017 Supergirl[13] Music Meister Episode: "Star-Crossed"
The Flash[13] Music Meister Episode: "Duet"
2018 The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Andrew Cunanan 9 episodes
2020 Saturday Night Seder Himself Television special
The Disney Family Singalong Himself Television special
Hollywood Raymond Ainsley 7 episodes; also executive producer
Royalties Pierce 10 episodes; also executive producer
Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye Ryan Reynolds 1 episode
2021 Trese Marco Voice[14]
Rick and Morty Bruce Chutback Voice, episode: "Amortycan Grickfitti"
Muppets Haunted Mansion The Caretaker TV special
2022 Green Eggs and Ham Looka Voice, 7 episodes


  1. "Darren Criss profile". TVGuide.com. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  2. "I Adora You". YouTube. Archived from the original on November 20, 2020. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
  3. "Walker Phillips". YouTube. Archived from the original on January 2, 2012. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
  4. "Darren Criss Profile Page". Reel Access. Archived from the original on May 22, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  5. Jackson, Matthew (February 13, 2019). "EXCLUSIVE: BATMAN AND THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES MEET IN FIRST ANIMATED MOVIE CROSSOVER". SYFY Wire. Archived from the original on February 14, 2019. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  6. "Little White Lie". StarKidPotter. Archived from the original on August 28, 2011. Retrieved January 18, 2012.
  7. "Glee Cast". FOX. Archived from the original on January 7, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  8. Life Of Leopold Archived February 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Life Of Leopold; retrieved June 20, 2011.
  9. Mullins, Jenna (April 10, 2012). "Glee Star Darren Criss Gets Animated". E!. Archived from the original on April 17, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  10. Graser, Marc (June 12, 2014). "Hasbro to Launch 'Transformers: Robots in Disguise' Show in Spring 2015 (Exclusive)". Variety. Archived from the original on December 27, 2017. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  11. Seikaly, Andrea (March 17, 2014). "Will Friedle, Darren Criss to Star in New 'Transformers' Animated Series". Variety. Archived from the original on March 18, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  12. "Darren Criss (visual voices guide) - Behind The Voice Actors". behindthevoiceactors.com. Retrieved October 27, 2021. Check mark indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  13. 13.0 13.1 Ausiello, Michael (January 23, 2017). "Darren Criss Joins 'The Flash'/'Supergirl' as Music Meister — Musical". TVLine. Archived from the original on January 24, 2017. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  14. Milligan, Mercedes (May 21, 2021). "New Trailer & Cast Revealed for 'Trese,' Premiering June 11". Animation Magazine. Retrieved May 22, 2021.