Kevin McHale (actor)

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Kevin McHale
Kevin McHale 2012.jpg
Kevin McHale in December 2012
Born (1988-06-14) June 14, 1988 (age 26)
Plano, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor, singer, dancer
Years active 2005–present

Kevin Michael McHale (born June 14, 1988)[1] is an American actor, dancer, and singer. Formerly of the boy band NLT, McHale is known for his role as Artie Abrams on the Fox television series Glee.

Life and career[edit]

McHale was born in Plano, Texas, the youngest of four children. McHale is descended from immigrants from County Mayo, Ireland.[2]

He reportedly grew up with Disney Channel actress and singer Demi Lovato. Before becoming an actor, McHale joined an American boy group, NLT, which is short 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.[3] 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.

McHale currently stars on Glee as Artie Abrams, a member of the McKinley High glee club with a physical disability. Although his character is 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 Glee singing "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 season of Glee, he sang a solo (in a dream sequence), "Stronger", after being anesthetized by a dentist for dental surgery. He also danced in a dream sequence alongside Harry Shum, Jr. to the 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", where he played a pizza delivery boy who is taken hostage by Steve Carell's character, Michael Scott. In 2008, McHale was on HBO's True Blood for two[1] episodes as Neil Jones, a coroner's assistant. 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 is 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.)".

On July 22, 2012, McHale co-hosted the 2012 Teen Choice Awards with Demi Lovato.[4]

In September 2012, he and his dog Sophie appeared in a PETA ad campaign, promoting the adoption of shelter animals.[5]

McHale guest starred in an episode of Whose Line is it Anyway? on July 16, 2013. The appearance was praised by the media and the show's regulars. Host Aisha Tyler wrote on her blog: "Kevin McHale is a magical unicorn made of hilarious singing cookies. We would be lucky to get him again."[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]

McHale hosted a new panel show in the United Kingdom for E4 called Virtually Famous,[8] which began airing on July 21, 2014.


Film and television credits
Title Year Role Notes
All That 2005 Mark Episode: "On-Air Dares"
Ruthless 2005 Neighbor Neil Film short
Office, TheThe Office 2007 Delivery Boy Episode: "Launch Party"
Bratz: The Movie 2007 Boy (With Band) Auditioning for Talent Show Cameo
Frebreeze Air Freshener Commercial n/a Son playing video games
Zoey 101 2007–2008 Dooley Fibadoo 3 episodes: "Wrestling", "Goodbye Zoey: Part 1", "Goodbye Zoey: Part 2"
True Blood 2008 Neil Jones 2 episodes: "Escape from Dragon House", "Cold Ground".
Glee 2009–present Artie Abrams
Glee: The 3D Concert Movie 2011 Artie Abrams
The Glee Project 2011–2012 Himself 2 episodes: "Generosity", "Adaptability"
2012 Teen Choice Awards 2012 Himself Co-Host, broadcast by Fox
Whose Line Is It Anyway? 2013 Himself Guest star
Celebrity Juice 2013 Himself Panellist
Virtually Famous 2014 Himself Host
Boychoir 2015 Wooly Supporting role

Music videos[edit]


Main article: Glee discography


  1. ^ a b Kevin McHale at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Live with Regis and Kelly! - August 5, 2011 episode.
  3. ^ "Pussycat Dolls were pretty tame", Evansville Courier & Press, 11 April 2007.
  4. ^ "Kevin McHale to Co-Host Teen Choice Awards". TV Guide. 22 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Kevin McHale & His Super Cute Dog Stump for PETA's Pet Adoption Campaign," NBCUniversal, 6 September 2012.
  6. ^ Aisha Tyler's blog, re: Kevin McHale.
  7. ^ Boychoir Casting, Wooly.
  8. ^ E4 orders new panel show hosted by Glee star Kevin McHale, retrieved 19 May 2014

External links[edit]

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