Kevin McHale (actor)

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Kevin McHale
Kevin McHale 2012.jpg
Kevin McHale in December 2012
Background information
Birth name Michael McHale[1]
Born (1988-06-14) June 14, 1988 (age 26)
Plano, Texas, U.S.
Genres Pop, R&B, dance, urban, soul
Occupation(s) Actor, singer, dancer, voice actor
Years active 2004–present
Labels Capitol, Roc Nation (2014-present) (solo)
Interscope (2003-2009) (NLT)

Kevin Michael McHale (born June 14, 1988)[2] is an American actor, singer, dancer and voice actor. Formerly of the boy band NLT, McHale is known for his role as Artie Abrams on the Fox television series Glee. As of 2014, he hosts the E4 panel show Virtually Famous in the UK.

Early life[edit]

McHale was born in Plano, Texas, the youngest of four children. McHale is descended from immigrants from County Mayo, Ireland.[3] He grew up with Disney Channel actress and singer Demi Lovato.[4]



Before becoming an actor, McHale joined an American boy group NLT, which stands for "Not Like Them". The R&B group was discovered by Chris Stokes. On March 13, 2007, they released their first single "That Girl". The following month, they opened (with Chantelle Paige) for The Pussycat Dolls.[5] The band also had a guest appearance in Bratz: The Movie. On April 30, 2009, group member Travis Michael Garland announced that NLT had split.

Film and television[edit]

McHale starred in the musical dramedy series Glee as Artie Abrams, a member of the McKinley High glee club with a physical disability. Although his character was in a wheelchair, McHale is a skilled dancer and has said that it is hard to keep his feet from moving along with the music while on the set. He had his first solo single on the show when he sang "Dancing with Myself" in the episode "Wheels". In the episode "Dream On", he danced in a fantasy sequence to "The Safety Dance", and sang "Dream a Little Dream of Me". In the episode "Britney/Brittany" of the second episode of the second season, he sang a solo (in a dream sequence) of "Stronger", after being anesthetized by a dentist for dental surgery. He also danced in a dream sequence alongside Harry Shum, Jr. to Michael Jackson's song "Scream" in the third season episode "Michael".

McHale's acting credits include a 2007 appearance on NBC's The Office in the season 4 episode "Launch Party". He played a pizza delivery boy who is taken hostage by Steve Carell's character, Michael Scott. In 2008, McHale featured in HBO's vampire drama series True Blood, appearing in two episodes as Neil Jones, a coroner's assistant.[2] Kevin was also in three episodes of Nickelodeon's hit show Zoey 101 as Dooley. In 2010, McHale appeared briefly in One Call's music video "Blacklight" alongside former NLT bandmate Justin Thorne, who was a member of One Call. In June 2011, McHale appeared in Katy Perry's music video for her song "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" as the character Everett McDonald. On July 22, 2012, McHale co-hosted the 2012 Teen Choice Awards with Demi Lovato.[6]

On February 24, 2014, it was announced that McHale had signed on to play a supporting role in the Kathy Bates and Dustin Hoffman led independent film Boychoir. McHale's character, Wooly, is a young music teacher who helps a troubled young boy at his school.[7] In January 2014, it was revealed that McHale would host a comedy panel show for the network E4 in the United Kingdom.[8] The show, titled Virtually Famous, also stars comedian Seann Walsh and radio presenter Chris Stark. It began airing on July 21, 2014.[9] In July 2014, it was announced that he and Aaron Tveit had signed on to star in the comedy film They Might Be Kennedys. McHale will play one of the leads, Teddy Mulligan.[10]


McHale's favorite singers are Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Jason Derulo, Sam Smith, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Usher, Christina Aguilera, Mýa, Ne-Yo, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine or Maroon 5, Mario and Chris Brown.

Personal life[edit]

In September 2012, he and his dog Sophie appeared in a PETA ad campaign, promoting the adoption of shelter animals.[11]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Ruthless Neighbor Neil Short
2007 Bratz: The Movie Boy (With Band) Auditioning for Talent Show Cameo
2011 Glee: The 3D Concert Movie Artie Abrams
2015 Boychoir Wooly Post-production
2015 They Might Be Kennedys Teddy Mulligan Pre-production[10]
Year Title Role Notes
2005 All That Mark Episode: "On-Air Dares"
2007 The Office Delivery Kid Episode: "Launch Party"
2007–08 Zoey 101 Dooley Fibadoo 3 episodes
2008 True Blood Neil Jones Episodes: "Escape from Dragon House" and "Cold Ground"
2009–15 Glee Artie Abrams Main cast
Won: SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Nominated: Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Breakout Star Male
Nominated: Teen Choice Award for Choice Music: Group
2011–12 The Glee Project Himself Episodes: "Generosity" and "Adaptability"
2012 2012 Teen Choice Awards Himself Co-host
2013 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Himself Episode: "Kevin McHale"
2013 MasterChef Himself Episode: "4x10"
2013 Celebrity Juice Himself Episode: "10x3"
2014–present Virtually Famous Himself Host
2015 Celebrity Juice Himself Episode: "13x3"
Music video
Year Title Artist Director Notes
2001 "There You'll Be" Faith Hill
2007 "That Girl" NLT as Himself
2009 "She Said, I Said (Time We Let Go)" as Himself
2009 "Karma" as Himself
2010 "Blacklight" One Call
2011 "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" Katy Perry Marc Klasfeld as Everett McDonald
2014 "Somebody Loves You" Betty Who
2015 "Realize" Kevin McHale Jamie Thraves


Main article: Glee discography

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
  • Release date: TBA, 2015
  • Label: Capitol
  • Formats: Music download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart
2015 "Realize" Debut studio album
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ "Kevin McHale". Wetpaint. 
  2. ^ a b Kevin McHale at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Live with Regis and Kelly! - August 5, 2011 episode.
  4. ^ "Demi Lovato Talks Hosting Teen Choice Awards With Friend Kevin McHale". MTV. July 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Pussycat Dolls were pretty tame". Evansville Courier & Press. April 11, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Kevin McHale to Co-Host Teen Choice Awards". TV Guide. July 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Boychoir Casting, Wooly". The Hollywood Reporter. February 24, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Glee star Kevin McHale to host E4 panel show pilot". January 31, 2014. 
  9. ^ "E4 orders new panel show hosted by Glee star Kevin McHale". Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Aaron Tveit & Kevin McHale Headed to Hyannis Port for Big Screen Kennedys Comedy". July 14, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Kevin McHale & His Super Cute Dog Stump for PETA's Pet Adoption Campaign". NBCUniversal. September 6, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Media offices
Preceded by
Kaley Cuoco
Teen Choice Awards host
Succeeded by
Lucy Hale and Darren Criss