Badgley at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival screening of Easy A.
|Born||Penn Dayton Badgley
November 1, 1986
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Penn Dayton Badgley (born November 1, 1986) is an American actor, best known for his role as Dan Humphrey on the CW television series Gossip Girl. Badgley has also starred in a number of films, most notably John Tucker Must Die, The Stepfather, Easy A, and Margin Call.
Early life 
Badgley was born in Baltimore, Maryland and split his childhood years between Woodlake, Virginia and Seattle, Washington. He attended Woolridge Elementary, where his mother, Lynne, became PTA president before he transferred to the honors program at Swift Creek Elementary. He enjoyed playing youth soccer, where father coached. He attended Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Washington, and was involved with the Seattle Children's Theatre. He soon began doing voice-overs for children's radio stations.
At age eleven, Badgley relocated to Hollywood and began pursuing an acting career. He also pursued a singing career during this time and recorded a pop single in 1998. At the age of fourteen, Badgley completed his California High School Proficiency Exam and began attending Santa Monica City College. He was later accepted to the University of Southern California, where he deferred admission due to contractual obligations.
Early work 
Badgley's first credit was voice work for the video game Mario Golf 64 in 1999, though he claims to have never played it himself. He followed this up in 2000 with voice work on Mario Tennis 64. His first screen acting credit was on an episode of Will & Grace and subsequently appearing on shows such as Daddio, The Brothers García and What I Like About You. Badgley's first major film credit was 2006's John Tucker Must Die, playing the role of Scott Tucker. In its opening weekend, the film grossed a total of $14.3 million, ranking third in the U.S. box office results for that weekend. As of November 2, the film has grossed $41 million domestically.
Badgley's first notice came with his role as Phillip Chancellor IV on the soap opera The Young and the Restless, holding that role from 2000 to 2001. He was nominated for a 2001 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Daytime Series for his work.
In 2002, he starred in the WB half-hour series Do Over as Joel Larsen, a 34-year-old man who gets a second chance to get his life right, thanks to a freakish accident that catapults him back to 1980, as a 14-year-old. He appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as this show opened. The series was canceled short of a full season. Badgley later appeared in Drive-Thru playing Van co-starring future castmate Leighton Meester.
Wider audiences may recognize him from his next starring role as Sam Tunney in The Mountain (2004–2005), but was canceled after the first season. The same thing happened to The Bedford Diaries, another series where Badgely had a lead role. While the show was popular, it was canceled in its first season.
In 2007, Badgley was cast in The CW's teen drama series Gossip Girl, based on the book series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar, which revolves around the lives of socialite young adults growing up on New York's Upper East Side who attend elite academic institutions while dealing with sex, drugs, and other teenage issues. Badgley portrays Dan Humphrey, the son of 1990s former rock star Rufus Humphrey (Matthew Settle) and brother of Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen), who becomes the love interest of Upper East Side's "it" girl, Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively).
He starred in the 2009 remake of the 1987 American thriller film The Stepfather, in which he is the stepson of the killer and plays an important role in the movie. Badgley also appeared in the 2011 financial thriller drama Margin Call.
In late June 2011, it was reported Badgley would portray Jeff Buckley in Greetings from Tim Buckley. The movie follows the journey Jeff Buckley took in grappling with the legacy of his late musician father, Tim, leading up to and culminating with his legendary 1991 performance of his father's songs. For the role, Badgley said he took guitar and vocal lessons.
Personal life 
In late 2007, rumors circulated that Badgley was dating his Gossip Girl co-star Blake Lively. In May 2008, after People magazine published photos of the two kissing while on vacation in Mexico, they became more open about their relationship. Badgley and Lively ended their three-year relationship in mid-September 2010.  In October 2011, Penn Badgley began dating Zoë Kravitz but they were already linked together since July.
During the 2008 United States presidential election Badgley expressed his support for Barack Obama over John McCain. Badgley and Lively appeared in a pro-Barack Obama commercial, as part of MoveOn's Youth Vote program. The commercial, directed by Doug Liman, aired during Gossip Girl on CW, MTV and Comedy Central.
In March 2010, The American Red Cross announced Penn Badgley as a member in National Celebrity Cabinet, a group of celebrity supporters who promote Red Cross services by donating their time, helping neighbors prepare for emergencies, responding to disasters and lending a helping hand to those in need – down the street, across the country and around the world.
|2001||The Fluffer||Young Sean|
|2004||Debating Robert Lee||Debator|
|2006||John Tucker Must Die||Scott Tucker||Supporting role|
|2009||The Juggler||The Stud||Short film|
|The Stepfather||Michael Harding||Main role|
|2010||Easy A||Todd||Supporting role|
|2011||Margin Call||Seth Bregman||Robert Altman Award (for the Director and the Acting Ensemble)
Nominated – Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Performance
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Nominated – Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
|2013||Greetings from Tim Buckley||Jeff Buckley||Main role
|2014||Parts Per Billion||Erik||Post-production|
|1999||Will & Grace||Todd||Episode 2.09: "I Never Promised You an Olive Garden"|
|2000||Daddio||Todd||Episode 2.01: "The Last Temptation of Chris"
Episode 2.09: "A Confederacy of Daddies"
|Bull||Zack||Episode 1.17: "Love's Labor Lost"|
|The Young and the Restless||Phillip Chancellor IV #8||6 episodes
Role held: May 12, 2000 – February 1, 2001
Nominated - 2001 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Daytime TV Series
|2000-2002||The Brothers García||Eddie Bauer||Episode 1.06: "A Hunting We Will Go"
Episode 3.01: "School Daze"
|2002||The Nightmare Room||Mike||Episode 1.11: "My Name is Evil"|
|What I Like About You||Jake Wood||Episode 1.08: "Copy That"|
|2002–2003||Do Over||Joel Larsen||Lead Role|
|2003||The Twilight Zone||Jace Malone||Episode 1.42: "Homecoming"|
|2004–2005||The Mountain||Sam Tunney||Main Cast|
|2006||The Bedford Diaries||Owen Gregory||Lead Role|
|2007–2012||Gossip Girl||Daniel "Dan" Humphrey||Lead Role
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Drama (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
|1999||Mario Golf 64||Kid||Voice only|
|2000||Mario Tennis 64||Alex||Voice only|
|2001||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Daytime TV Series - Young Actor||The Young and the Restless||Nominated|
|2008||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actor: Drama||Gossip Girl||Nominated|
|2009||Choice TV Actor: Drama||Nominated|
|2010||Choice TV Actor: Drama||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Actor: Horror/Thriller||The Stepfather||Nominated|
|2011||Choice Movie Actor: Romantic Comedy||Easy A||Nominated|
|Choice TV Actor: Drama||Gossip Girl||Nominated|
|2012||Choice TV Actor: Drama||Nominated|
- "tyra banks show behind the scenes: blake and penn".
- Penn Badgley at the Internet Movie Database
- Awards for Penn Badgley at the Internet Movie Database
- Drive Thru at the Internet Movie Database
- The Bedford Diaries at the Internet Movie Database
- The Mountain at the Internet Movie Database
- Gossip Girl at the Internet Movie Database
- The Stepfather at the Internet Movie Database
- "25 Beauties (and Hotties) at 25 - Penn Badgley". People. April 7, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2011.
- "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011". BuddyTV. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
- "Penn Badgley To Play Jeff Buckley In 'Greetings From Tim Buckley' Film". The Huffington Post. June 20, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
- Bennett Marcus (June 29, 2011). "Penn Badgley Knows There’s Skepticism About His Ability to Play Jeff Buckley". New York. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
- "Official Dress Website". Retrieved March 6, 2012.
- "Blake Lively Match Isn't Just 'Gossip'". Daily News. 2007-12-24. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
- "Exclusive: Blake & Penn's Romantic Getaway". People. May 13, 2008.
- "Give Her A Hand". People. 2008-07-08. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
- "Rep: Blake Lively, Penn Badgley Split!". Us Weekly. 2010-10-27. Retrieved 2010-10-07.
- Ravitz, Justin (October 5, 2011). "PIC: Penn Badgley, Zoe Kravitz Hold Hands". US Weekly. Retrieved October 9, 2011.
- Watkins, Jade (December 24, 2011). "Bikini-clad Zoe Kravitz and Penn Badgley enjoy some poolside passion". Daily Mail. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
- "Blake Lively & Penn Badgley Go for Laughs in Pro-Obama Ad". People. 2008-10-14. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
- "American Red Cross Adds Eight New Members to its Celebrity Cabinet". American Red Cross. Retrieved 2010-09-01.
- "Brad Pitt Joins USA Bid for World Cup". OK!. Retrieved 2010-09-01.
- "Twenty-Second Annual Young Artist Awards 1999-2000". youngartistawards.org. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
- "2008 Teen Choice Awards Nominees & Winners". About.com. 2008. Retrieved August 8,2011.
- "Teen Choice Awards 2009 nominees". Los Angeles Times. June 15, 2009. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
- Soll, Lindsay (June 14, 2010). "Teen Choice Awards 2010: First Round Of Nominees Announced". MTV. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
- "Teen Choice Awards 2011 Nominees Announced: Harry Potter vs Twilight". The Huffington Post. June 29, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
- "Teen Choice Award Nominees 2012". Huffington Post. May 18, 2012. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
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