Nolan Gerard Funk

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Nolan Gerard Funk
Born (1986-07-28) 28 July 1986 (age 28)[1][2][3]
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada[4]
Occupation Actor, singer, dancer
Years active 2001–present

Nolan Gerard Funk is a Canadian actor, singer, and dancer, known for portraying Hunter Clarington in the musical comedy-drama television series Glee, Collin Jennings in the comedy-drama television series Awkward, and Conrad Birdie in the 2009 Broadway revival of the musical Bye Bye Birdie.

Life and career[edit]

Funk received his first break when cast opposite Tammin Sursok in the starring role of the Columbia Records/Nickelodeon movie Spectacular!. On January 12, 2009, he had his first live concert performance at New York City's Hard Rock Cafe.[5]

Funk played the title role of Conrad Birdie in the revival of the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie, with a limited run at Henry Miller's Theatre from September 10, 2009 (previews) through January 24, 2010. Even though the show was mostly panned, he was a critical standout being cited "Excellent" by John Lahr of "The New Yorker" and also receiving kind words from "New York Times" critic Ben Brantley.[6]

In 2012, Funk appeared opposite Jennifer Lawrence and Elisabeth Shue in House at the End of the Street.

Funk guest-starred in season four of Glee, playing the new frontman of the Dalton Academy Warblers, Hunter Clarington.[7] He then played a recurring role in season three of the MTV comedy-drama series Awkward as Collin Jennings.[8]

Funk starred alongside Lindsay Lohan and James Deen in the 2013 erotic thriller-drama film The Canyons, written by acclaimed novelist Bret Easton Ellis and directed by Paul Schrader.[9] That same year, Funk appeared in the third installment in the Chronicles of Riddick film series, Riddick, with Vin Diesel, playing a devoutly religious mercenary named Luna. The film was released on September 26, 2013, and opened at number one.

In December 2013, Funk was announced as the face of Versace's spring/summer 2014 menswear campaign, photographed by famed photographers Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott.[10]


In 2007, Funk was nominated for a Leo Award in the "Best Performance or Host in a Youth or Children's Program or Series" category for his work on[11]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Moon in the Afternoon Alexander Short film
2003 X2 Captured X-Kid
2006 Hollow Man 2 Josh Direct-to-video
2006 Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story, AA Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story Michael Magidson Television film
2006 Obsession, TheThe Obsession Jesse Sherman Television film
2007 My Name Is Sarah Kit Television film
2008 Deadgirl Dwyer
2008 Class Savage Preppy dealer Short film
2009 Spectacular! Nikko Alexander Television film
2009 18 Kevin Short film
2010 Bereavement William
2010 Jack's Family Adventure Derek Vickery Television film
2010 Triple Dog Todd
2012 House at the End of the Street Tyler Reynolds
2013 Evidence Tyler Morris
2013 Canyons, TheThe Canyons Ryan
2013 Riddick Luna
2014 PopFan Xavier Television film
2014 WildLike Tommy
2015 American Romance Jeff Madison in post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Seven Days Ryan Episode: "The Brink"
2002 Taken Young Eric Crawford Episode: "High Hopes"
2003 Romeo! Booker Episode: "Minimum Cool"
2004–06 Ben Lalonde 7 episodes
2004 L Word, TheThe L Word Malcolm Episode: "Losing It"
2005 Smallville Zack Greenfield Episode: "Krypto"
2006 Killer Instinct Allan Harris Episode: "While You Were Sleeping"
2006 Dead Zone, TheThe Dead Zone Jake Phillips Episode: "Independence Day"
2006 Alice, I Think Daniel Feckworth-Goose Episode: "Wise Womyn"
2006 Supernatural Jake Tanner Episode: "Croatoan"
2007 Aliens in America Todd Palladino 5 episodes
2009 Lie to Me Dan Episode: "Pilot"
2009 Castle Brandon Episode: "Hedge Fund Homeboys"
2010 Warehouse 13 Todd 4 episodes
2010 Detroit 1-8-7 Trevor Elkin Episode: "Déjà Vu/All In"
2010 Hellcats MC Petey B Episode: "Think Twice Before You Go"
2012–13 Glee Hunter Clarington 4 episodes
2013 Awkward Collin Jennings 15 episodes
2014 Arrow Cooper Seldon Episode: "The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak"


  1. ^ Twitter (@nolanfunk) "Nolan Funk on Twitter" Retrieved January 30, 2015
  2. ^ LadyGunn Magazine "Nolan Gerard Funk" Retrieved 30 January 2015
  3. ^ WhoSay "Nolan Gerard Funk Celebrates His Birthday With Fan Art" Retrieved 31 January 2015
  4. ^ The Huffington Post. "Glee's Nolan Gerard Funk Talks Acting & More" Retrieved January 30, 2015
  5. ^ "EXCLUSIVE! Our Event With David Archuleta & Spectacular's Nolan Funk". Bauer Publishing. 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  6. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Bye Bye Birdie, With Stamos, Gershon, Irwin, Houdyshell and Trimm, Returns to Broadway",, September 10, 2009
  7. ^ Auseillo, Michael (October 1, 2012). "Glee Exclusive: Nolan Gerard Funk Cast as Lead Warbler – What Does He Want With [Spoiler]?". TVLine. TVLine Media, LLC. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Glee Villain Nolan Funk on MTV's Awkward. His Scandalous Debut"
  9. ^ Rodriguez, Javy (August 5, 2013). "Nolan Gerard Funk Joins the Cool Kids". Interview. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Nolan Gerard Funk for Versace Spring/Summer 2014 Campaign"
  11. ^ "LEO AWARDS, Nominees 2007". Retrieved 2009-02-22. [dead link]

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