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Newcomer Harry Shum Jr. can currently be seen as one of the stars of the mega hit series “Glee.” Winner of both Golden Globe and SAG Awards in 2010, the show is created and produced by Ryan Murphy (“Nip/Tuck”), “Glee” is a one-hour musical comedy that follows an optimistic high school teacher, Mr. Schuster (Matthew Morrison) as he tries to transform a group of very unpopular, social misfits, known to everyone at school as the Glee Club, into national champions. On the show, Harry plays Mike Chang, a football player with dancing abilities that ends up joining the Glee Club despite the fact that it is social suicide. The show is co-created and executive produced by Ian Brennan and Brad Fulchuk.
In addition to his acting, Harry is starring in and associate producer/co-choreographer of The LXD (Legion of Extraordinary Dancers) -- a new online dance adventure created by director Jon M. Chu (STEP UP 3D). The series received critical acclaim and standing ovations with its promotional performances at TED 2010, the 82nd Annual Academy Awards®, and the GLEE Live tour. For more details, visit the community at: facebook.com/thelxd.
Born in San Jose, Costa Rica and raised in both Northern and Southern California Harry’s entertainment career began in high school with dance and soon after he discovered acting. In high school, a friend of his dared him to join the school’s dance team “AGHS Dance Company.” Harry had no formal training, but something in his gut was telling him he could do it, so he tried out and made the team. Innately, Harry knew a guy could dance and be cool but he changed the face of the team with a new style and zest that no one had thought possible! Through this experience, Harry found a natural gift for choreography, which would prove to be helpful in his career. Harry discovered acting while performing a one-man play for a drama competition. He saw the way he could grab and captivate an audience by being on stage. It was at this moment that he was hooked and knew he wanted to be an entertainer in every meaning of the word.
After making the move to Los Angeles, things began to take off with his dancing! He landed his first dance gig touring for Kaci and followed that by dancing for such world renowned artists such as Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Ashanti, T-Pain, Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez, and Raven just to name a few. On top of his extensive dance credits Harry was cast as one of the original silhouettes in the highly successful Apple iPod commercial and print campaign along with appearing in commercials for McDonalds, Joe Boxer (K-Mart), and Gap (Christmas). He is also featured in the very popular television and Internet campaign for Cingular-iTunes.
In 2004, Harry landed his first acting job on the popular Fox series, “Boston Public” and he followed that with guest-starring roles on such shows as “Zoey 101,” ABC Family’s ““Greek”” and recently starred in the hit TV movie “iCarly: iGo to Japan” as the arch nemesis “Yuki.” Harry used his extraordinary dance skills to break into the motion picture arena and landed a featured dancer role in the hit teen movie “You Got Served” (2004). He followed those with dance roles in such hit movies as “Fast & Furious 3: Tokyo Drift,” “Stomp The Yard,” “Center Stage 2” and “Bewitched.” In 2008, he landed his first official acting gig in the much anticipated sequel ““Step up 2: the Streets,”” and ““Step Up: 3D”” where he played the role of Cable.
When Harry isn’t acting, he is also a nationally renowned dance teacher and has toured with one of the nations top dance conventions, West Coast Dance Explosion. In 2006, Harry created his own production company alongside Shayna Gianelli called SHmaSH Productions, and has had great success in recent projects such as ““Krump Session One””; an instructional DVD that stars Lil C from the critically acclaimed film ““RIZE”” and ““So You Think You Can Dance.”” Harry also co-produced the biggest online dance battle between Miley Cyrus (M&M Cru), Jon M. Chu and Adam Sevani (ACDC), which has garnered over 20 million hits on YouTube featuring the likes of Lindsay Lohan, Chris Brown, and Adam Sandler. This led Harry to choreograph and produce the dance battle segment for the Teen Choice Awards, opening for “Ellen’s Even Bigger Really Big Show” and “You Tube Live with Jon M. Chuís Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.” Harry strives to bring the latest in innovative and creative artistic expression to all of his fields of expertise.
When Harry isnít acting or dancing, he enjoys spending time with his dog Charlie a Terrier-Schnauzer mix. He is a rescue dog that was found by his “Glee” co-star Lea Michele when they were shooting on location. Harry says he was dirty, shaggy, very calm and shy. After he adopted him, Charlie transformed into the most playful and disciplined pet. Besides hanging with Charlie, Harry LOVES to eat! So much so that his friends have nicknamed him “Foodie” because he is always trying new foods and always picking weird and exotic restaurants to explore. He recently joined a kickball team called WAKA and also enjoys golfing, cycling, and writing. He is a tech geek who loves gadgets and anything that has to do with technology. Harry currently resides in Los Angeles.