Daren Kagasoff

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Daren Kagasoff
Born Daren Maxwell Kagasoff
(1987-09-16) September 16, 1987 (age 27)
Encino, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2008–present

Daren Maxwell Kagasoff (born September 16, 1987)[1] is an American actor. He is best known for starring as Ricky Underwood on the ABC Family teen soap The Secret Life of the American Teenager from 2008-2013.

Early life[edit]

Kagasoff was born in Encino, California to mother Elise Kagasoff (née Levy) and Barry Kagasoff,[2] a diamond merchant. He is the middle of three children; he has an older brother, Justin,[3] and a younger sister, Natalie. He is Jewish.[4]

Kagasoff graduated from Montclair Preparatory High School in 2005[5] where he played on his school's baseball team.[6] While attending school at San Francisco State University, Kagasoff decided to become an actor.


After deciding to return to Los Angeles, Kagasoff landed the leading role in a local theater production of Suburbia, a play the 1996 film of the same name was based upon. After studying acting he began auditioning for television and film roles. On one of his first auditions, he impressed producer Brenda Hampton that she hand-picked him to star as Ricky Underwood in the ABC Family television series The Secret Life of the American Teenager. The show ran for 5 seasons.[7]

It was announced on February 24, 2013, that Kagasoff had been cast as Alex in the FOX pilot Delirium, based on the novel by Lauren Oliver.[8][9] The show did not go to series.[7]

Kagasoff co-starred as Trevor in the supernatural horror film Ouija,[10] directed by Stiles White and co-written by Juliet Snowden and White. The film was released in October 2014.

In September 2014, Kagasoff joined the cast of the Red Band Society, an American comedy-drama television series on Fox for the 2014–15 American television season developed by Margaret Nagle. He had a recurring role playing Kara's love interest, Hunter Cole.[11] The series premiered on September 17, 2014 and was canceled after one season.

Personal life[edit]

Kagasoff has a dog named Kidy.[12] He is dating actress Jacqueline MacInnes Wood since 2009.


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Ouija Trevor
Year Title Role Notes
2008–2013 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Richard "Ricky" Underwood 121 episodes
2013 Delirium Alex Sheathes (1 episode, 2013)-Pilot
2014 Stalker (TV series) Eric Bates (1 episode, 2014)-Premiere
2014-2015 Red Band Society Hunter Cole 6 episodes


Year Award Work Category Result
2009 Teen Choice Awards The Secret Life of the American Teenager Choice Summer TV Star: Male Won
Choice TV Breakout Star: Male Nominated
2010 Choice TV Actor: Drama Nominated
Choice Summer TV Star: Male Nominated
2011 Choice TV Actor: Drama Nominated
2012 Choice Summer TV Star: Male Nominated


  1. ^ "Daren Maxwell Kagasoff - California, Birth Index". FamilySearch. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Barry H Kagasoff mentioned in the record of Barry H Kagasoff and Elise Levy". FamilySearch. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Matsushita, Elaine (22 March 2009). "Daren Kagasoff reveals what's really in his closet (think Imelda Marcos)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Secret Life Stars Holiday Greetings - The Secret Life of the American Teenager" on YouTube
  5. ^ Hunter, Madison (March 2009). "Kagasoff Reaches Tween Stardom With Breakout Role" (PDF). Montclair Journal. 
  6. ^ "Southern Section". Los Angeles Times. 10 April 2005. Retrieved 24 February 2015. Montclair Prep 6, Etiwanda 3 Grant Bowman was two for three with two RBIs and a stolen base and Daren Kagasoff (1-0) threw a four-hitter with one earned run for Montclair Prep (8-6). 
  7. ^ a b Ng, Philiana (3 June 2013). "'Secret Life of the American Teenager': Daren Kagasoff on Series Finale (Exclusive Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Hibberd, James (8 May 2013). "Fox rejects 'Delirium' pilot starring Emma Roberts". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (25 February 2013). "Fox's 'Delirium' Finds Co-Lead in 'Secret Life of the American Teenager' Star". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  10. ^ The Deadline Team (4 December 2013). "Daren Kagasoff Joins ‘Ouija’". Deadline.com. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Thompson, Avery (12 November 2014). "‘Red Band Society': Daren Kagasoff Teases Hunter’s Romance With Kara". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  12. ^ Jefferson, Whitney (16 October 2014). "Tell Us About Yourself(ie): Daren Kagasoff". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 

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