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Harry Shum, Jr.
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Gender: Male
Age: 32
Born: April 28, 1982 in San Jose, Costa Rica
Character: Mike Chang
Occupation: Actor, Choreographer, Dancer, Singer
Years Active: 2002-Present

Harry Shum, Jr. born April 28, 1982, is a 32-year-old American dancer, singer, choreographer and actor. He is known for his role as Mike Chang on Glee.

Personal life

He was born in Puerto Limón, Costa Rica. His mother is a native of Hong Kong, and his father is from Guangzhou, China. The couple relocated to Costa Rica, where Harry and his two older sisters were born. When Harry was six years old, the family moved to San Francisco, California. Shum graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 2000. He started dancing with his high school dance company team and continued his career in San Francisco under several different studios.

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He has been engaged to longtime girlfriend Shelby Rabara since October 2013.[1]

Career

Shum launched his career as the only male dancer on BET's Comic View in 2002 and has continued his dancing career from there. He was also one of the lead dancers with stars such as Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Simpson. He won a dance competition to dance in an iPod commercial. He had also previously been in a McDonalds advert, when he was younger.

He also appeared in Zoey 101 and iCarly, but only as minor characters.

He currently plays Mike Chang, a dancer who joins the Glee Club, on the Fox musical television show Glee. Known for a while as the "Other Asian" on Glee, with very few lines during the show's first season, Shum's character was given storylines in the second season, mostly involving his relationship with fellow Glee Club member Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz), and his performances of Make 'Em Laugh in The Substitute, Sing! from A Chorus Line in Duets, Valerie in Special Education and the show's first dance solo in A Night of Neglect.

He was promoted from guest star to series regular for the third season, which is Mike's senior year of high school. He has already been given a major storyline in the third episode, Asian F, and performed Cool from West Side Story, his first solo song.

In June, it was announced that Shum would not be returning as a series regular on Glee's fifth season, but will instead be a recurring guest star, along with Amber Riley, Heather Morris, and Mark Salling.

Filmography

Year Title Role
2002 BET's Comic ViewComic Dancer
2003 Boston Public Fletcher
2004 You Got Served Dancer
2007 Stomp the yard Crew Dancer
2007 Viva Laughlin Construction Dancer
2008 The Onion Movie Lollipop Love Dancer
2008 Zoey 101 Roy
2008 Step Up 2: The Streets Cable
2008 Greek (TV series) Omega Chi Brother
2008 Center Stage: Turn It Up Club Dancer
2008 iCarly: iGo to Japan Yuki
2009–present Glee Mike Chang Jr.
2010 Step Up 3-D Cable
2012 White Frog Chaz Young
2013 Mortal Kombat: Legacy Kuai Liang
2014 Revenge of the Green Dragons Paul Wong
2014 Moms' Night Out Joey
2014 Fire City: The Interpreter of Signs Frank

Other works

Year Title Description
2007 Karaoke revolution Presents: American Idol special thanks
2008 The Teen Choice Awards 2008 segment producer
2008 The Ellen DeGeneres Show's Even Bigger Really Big Show co-choreographer
2009 "Glee" soundtrack

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Trivia

  • He is an avid tweeter (this is his Twitter ).
    • He got 1M followers on January 19, 2014.
    • He changed his username from iHarryShum to Harryshumjr in April 2014, after 5 years.
  • He was bullied in his youth.
  • He found a stray dog on the set of Glee, and decided to adopt him and name him Charlie after the character from All Dogs Goes to Heaven.
  • Understands Spanish & Cantonese, but can no longer speak the languages fluently.
  • His name in Chinese is 岑勇康.
  • He asked his date to prom over the phone (an act which he regrets).
  • He lost the keys to his car immediately after prom and had to have his mom pick both him and his date up (an act which he regrets even more).
  • He is currently engaged to Shelby Rabara (who played Shoshandra of Vocal Adrenaline).
  • He is a gadget geek/tech nerd and attends the annual TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference in Long Beach, CA.
  • He shares the same birthday with Jenna Ushkowitz (his previous on-screen lover) - April 28, though they are of different age.
  • When he was a kid, he liked to save insects.
  • His favorite movie is Singing in the Rain - he did a mash up of Singin' In the Rain/Umbrella.
  • The celebrity he wants to meet most is Jon Hamm.
  • He was rated 35th on BuddyTV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2010 list. [1]
  • He recently starred in a short film called "3 Minutes."
  • He prefers brunettes to blondes.
  • He prefers acting to dancing.
  • He has been a cast member of "The LXD" (Legion of Extraordinary Dancers) since 7/7/10 and is on www.hulu.com (he's also a choreographer and producer for the series as well).
  • His audition song for Glee was Nat King Cole's "L-O-V-E" and he and Jenna Ushkowitz got to perform the song in Season 3, Heart.
  • He ships Brittana and Puckleberry.
  • He is good friends with Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Kevin McHale (Artie), Chord Overstreet (Sam), Heather Morris (Brittany), Naya Rivera (Santana) and Amber Riley (Mercedes).
  • His favourite Disney film is Aladdin (@iharryshum Twitter Q&A session).
  • He has a crush on actress Julie Benz.
  • He has a new show called Remixed, which features two artists, mixing music and dance.
  • He claims his favorite TV role was on iCarly, he did an episode of the show.
  • He worked with Jon Chu three times in Step Up 2 and 3 and The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.
  • His fans are called "AweShum."
  • He is the silhouette for the iPod commercials.
  • The Glee cast voted him as the one with the Best Body and the Biggest Geek alongside Darren Criss.
  • He is a low baritone.
  • Michael Jackson is one of his biggest inspirations. Source

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