Harry Shum Jr.

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Harry Shum Jr.
Harry Shum by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Shum at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011
Born (1982-04-28) April 28, 1982 (age 34)
Limón, Costa Rica
Residence Hollywood Hills, California
Occupation
  • Actor
  • dancer
  • singer
  • choreographer
  • producer
Years active 2000s–present
Spouse(s) Shelby Rabara (m. 2015)
Website www.tenthandfourth.com
Harry Shum Jr.
Chinese 岑勇康

Harry Shum Jr. (born April 28, 1982) is a Costa Rican-American actor, dancer, singer, and choreographer. He is best known for his roles as Mike Chang on the Fox comedy-drama television series Glee and as Magnus Bane on the Freeform fantasy television series Shadowhunters.

He has appeared in the films Stomp the Yard, You Got Served, Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny.[1] He also played Elliot Hoo in The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.

Early life[edit]

Shum was born in Limón, Costa Rica. His mother is a native of Hong Kong, and his father is from Guangzhou, China. They relocated to Costa Rica, where Shum and his two older sisters were born. When Shum was six years old, the family moved to San Francisco, California.[2] He stated: "I feel I have the best of so many worlds. I speak Cantonese and Spanish. Spanish is actually my first language before I learned Cantonese and English."[3][4] In an interview, he said that his earliest motivations to dance were from watching Ginuwine, Dru Hill, and Usher, before becoming influenced by iconic dancers like Gene Kelly and Michael Jackson.[5]

Shum has stated that he identifies as being somewhat Latino. The actor was quoted saying: "It's strange that I am full Chinese and born in a Latin country, but I love the fact that I was immersed in that culture at birth while maintaining my Chinese roots," and added: "I think the cultures share a lot of similarities as far as family values and the love for flavor in their foods. I do consider myself somewhat Latin."[6]

Career[edit]

Shum launched his career as the only male dancer on BET's Comic View in 2002, and has continued his dancing career from there. He was also one of the lead dancers for stars such as Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, and Jessica Simpson. He won a dance competition to dance in an iPod commercial.[7]

From 2009 until 2015, he portrayed the role of Mike Chang, a dancer who joins the glee club, on the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee.[8] Known for a while as "Other Asian" on Glee, with very few lines during the show's first season, Shum's character was given storylines in the second season, mostly involving his relationship with fellow glee club member Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz). He subsequently gave performances of "Make 'Em Laugh" in "The Substitute", "Sing" from A Chorus Line in "Duets", "Valerie" in "Special Education", and the show's first dance solo in "A Night of Neglect". He was promoted from guest star to series regular for the third season.[9] He was given a major storyline in the third episode of the season, "Asian F", and performed "Cool" from West Side Story, his first solo song. On June 28, 2013, it was reported that Shum would not return as regular on Glee's fifth season, but would be a recurring guest star.[10]

Shum has been featured in many productions done by Wong Fu Productions.[11] In 2010, he appeared in Step Up 3-D as Cable.[12] He is also a dancer and choreographer for the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.[13] In 2011, Shum completed a short action film, 3 Minutes, directed Ross Ching and produced by Don Le and George Wang.[14]

Shum was cast in the role of the Kuai Liang (the younger Sub-Zero) in the second season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy.[15] In 2014, he had a major role in crime drama film Revenge of the Green Dragons, which was executive produced by Martin Scorsese. Shum was cast as the warlock Magnus Bane in the Freeform fantasy series Shadowhunters, based on The Mortal Instruments series of novels by Cassandra Clare.[16] In 2016, he appeared as the character Wei-Fang in the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, titled Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Shum began a relationship with Filipino-American dancer Shelby Rabara in 2007.[18] The two became engaged in October 2013 while on vacation in Hawaii,[19] and were married on November 22, 2015 in Costa Rica.[20] The couple reside in a 3-bedroom 1930s home in the Hollywood Hills.[21]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 You Got Served Dancer Cameo
2007 Stomp the Yard Crew Dancer Cameo
2008 Step Up 2: The Streets Cable
2008 Center Stage: Turn It Up Club Dancer Cameo
2010 Our Family Wedding Harry
2010 Step Up 3D Cable
2011 3 Minutes Hunter #1 Short film
2011 Glee: The 3D Concert Movie Mike Chang Concert film
2012 White Frog Chaz Young
2012 Already Gone Scott Lee Short film
2014 Moms' Night Out Joey
2014 Revenge of the Green Dragons Paul Wong
2015 Fire City: End of Days Frank
2016 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny Wei-Fang

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Boston Public Fletcher Episode: "Chapter Sixty"
2005 Committed Chinese Delivery Guy Episode: "The Apartment Episode"
2007 Viva Laughlin Construction Dancer Episode: "Pilot"
2008 Zoey 101 Roy Episode: "Trading Places"
2008 Rita Rocks Zack Episode: "Flirting with Disaster"
2008 The American Mall Dancing Taco Television film
2008 Greek Omega Chi Brother 3 episodes
2008 iCarly Yûki Episode: "iGo to Japan"
2009–15 Glee Mike Chang 76 episodes
2013 The Eric Andre Show Himself 1 episode
2016–present Shadowhunters Magnus Bane Main Cast

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Mortal Kombat: Legacy Kuai Liang 2 episodes
2014 Caper Luke Washington 9 episodes
2010–11 The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers Elliot Hoo 9 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Glee Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Group (with cast) Nominated
Lesbian/Bi People's Choice Awards Favorite Music Duo or Group (with cast) Nominated
Gay People's Choice Awards Favorite Music Duo or Group (with cast) Won
2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Group (with cast) Nominated
East West Players Visionary Awards Breakout Performance Award Himself Won
2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Glee Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media (with cast) Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2016 TV Scoop Awards TV Breakout Stars - Male Shadowhunters Won

Discography[edit]

Main article: Glee discography

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, Julie (April 13, 2010). "Harry Shum Jr. on the Perks of Glee, Oprah and On-Set Dance Battles". Movieline. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Nov10 1-9-P" (PDF). Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ Lin, Shannon (April 10, 2007). "Harry Shum is full of Glee". Asiance. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ Hernandez, Lee. "15 (More) Stars You Never Knew Were Latino!". Latina. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ Apuy, Andrea (November 19, 2010). "The Different Worlds of Dance: interview with Harry Shum Jr.". Asia Pacific Arts. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ Charaipotra, Sona (June 3, 2013). "Harry Shum Jr.: Latinos in Hollywood". Mom.me. 
  7. ^ "Harry Shum Jr Has the Moves in Glee and the New iPod Nano Commercial". 8Asians.com. April 26, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  8. ^ Mulick, Marcus; Arrow, Jennifer (September 13, 2010). ""Asian" and "Other Asian" Hook Up on Glee – Is Artie Out for Good?". E! Online. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Glee club is back in session on the season premiere of Glee" (Press release). Fox Broadcasting Company. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  10. ^ Ausiello, Michael (June 28, 2013). "Glee Exclusive: 4 Original Cast Members Not Returning as Series Regulars for Season 5". TVLine. 
  11. ^ Berk, Brett (May 18, 2010). "Glee's Harry Shum Jr. Speaks! (And He Wants His Gaga Costume)". Vanity Fair. 
  12. ^ Milzoff, Rebecca (May 25, 2010). "Glee's Harry Shum Jr. Finally Speaks (and Answers Your Questions!)". New York. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  13. ^ Nguyen, Hanh. "'Glee's' Harry Shum talks 'The Situ-Asian,' Asian Camp and The LXD – From Inside the Box". Zap2it.com. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  14. ^ Wieselman, Jarett (January 10, 2011). "'3 Minutes' for Harry Shum to save the world". New York Post. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Web Series 'Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2' Hitting February 17th". Latino Review. December 3, 2012. 
  16. ^ Ge, Linda (May 15, 2015). "'Glee' Star Harry Shum Jr. Joining ABC Family's 'Shadowhunters'". TheWrap. 
  17. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (July 30, 2014). "'Glee's' Harry Shum Jr. Joins 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Sequel". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  18. ^ Alcala, Natalie (September 24, 2012). "Glee's Harry Shum Jr. on His Worst Breakup, Longest Relationship, & Dancing it Off". Bullett Media. 
  19. ^ Blumm, K.C. (March 8, 2014). "Mike Chang is getting married! Glee star Harry Shum Jr. engaged to longtime love Shelby Rabara". People. 
  20. ^ Park, Andrea (December 4, 2015). "Glee Star Harry Shum Jr. Marries Shelby Rabara". People. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  21. ^ David, Mark (February 6, 2014). "Glee Hoofer Harry Shum Jr. Buys Hollywood Hills Home". Variety. 

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