"Gleeks" the world over know Kurt Hummel, portrayed by actor Chris Colfer. But did you know the character of Kurt was created just for him, by Glee creator, Ryan Murphy? Chris originally auditioned for the role of Artie, the wheelchair-bound high school student. Murphy felt Colfer wasn't right for that role, but decided he had "something special."
Chris' first roles were in community theater productions of West Side Story and The Sound of Music, in which he played Kurt. Glee has been his first television role. He was also the inspiration for the reality show, the Glee Project, in which the winner was awarded a seven episode arc in Glee.
It is well known that Colfer can act, sing and dance, however, he is also an accomplished writer. He wrote, starred in and executive produced the comedy Struck by Lightning. In 2011, he signed a two book deal, to write children to young adult novels. The first, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, spent two weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list for children's chapter books.
Chris has been nominated for and won several awards for his work on Glee, including a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild and a People's Choice award. It has been said, that the next season of Glee will be the last, and Colfer will continue to write, as well as continuing to raise money for gay rights.