|Born||Penn Dayton Badgley
November 1, 1986
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Alma mater||Lewis & Clark College|
|Labels||Washington Square Music, Kitsuné|
Penn Dayton Badgley (born November 1, 1986) is an American actor and musician. He is best known for his role as Dan Humphrey on The CW's series Gossip Girl (2007–12) and has also starred in a number of films, including John Tucker Must Die (2006), The Stepfather (2009), Easy A (2010), Margin Call (2011), and Greetings from Tim Buckley (2012). He is currently the lead singer for Brooklyn-based indie band Mother (stylized as MOTHXR).
Badgley was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Lynne Murphy and Duff Badgley, who worked as a newspaper reporter and also a carpenter; Duff was the Green Party candidate for governor of Washington state in 2008. His parents divorced when he was 12. Badgley split his childhood years between Woodlake, Virginia and Seattle, Washington. He attended Woolridge Elementary, where his mother became PTA president before he transferred to St. Christopher's School. He enjoyed playing youth soccer, where his 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 11, 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 College. He was later accepted to the University of Southern California, where he deferred admission due to contractual obligations, but then later enrolled at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon for two years.
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 US 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 comedy-drama 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 premiered. The series was canceled short of a full season. Badgley later appeared in Drive-Thru playing Van co-starring future castmate Leighton Meester.
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 City'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 then proceeded to play Todd, the romantic interest of main character Olive (Emma Stone), in the 2010 teen romantic comedy Easy A. He 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.
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, Badgley began dating Zoë Kravitz but they were already linked together since July. It was announced in June 2013 that Badgley and Kravitz broke up after two years of dating.
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 The 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.
Badgley is friends with Baltimore activist DeRay McKesson whom he met during the Occupy Wall Street movement and considers himself an ally of the Black Lives Matter movement. Badgley wants the police brutality dialogue to include women victims. Badgley is also a LGBT rights activist.
In early 2014, Badgley and band mates released a song titled Easy on Soundcloud under the name M O T H E R the song quickly gained popularity and was posted on numerous blogs. Months later the band decided to go by the spelling of MOTHXR. In 2015, the band signed with the labels Kitsuné and Washington Square Music, the New York City-based subdivision of the Razor & Tie label. The band has supported acts such as Streets of Laredo, San Cisco, Sir Sly, Har Mar Superstar, The Neighbourhood and Miami Horror. Their debut album, Centerfold, was released February 26, 2016  
- Centerfold (2016)
|2000||Fluffer, TheThe Fluffer||Young Sean|
|2003||Debating Robert Lee||Debator|
|2006||John Tucker Must Die||Scott Tucker|
|2009||Juggler, TheThe Juggler||The stud||Short film|
|2009||Stepfather, TheThe Stepfather||Michael Harding|
|2010||Easy A||"Woodchuck" Todd|
|2011||Margin Call||Seth Bregman|
|2012||Greetings from Tim Buckley||Jeff Buckley|
|2014||Parts per Billion||Erik|
|2016||The Paper Store||Sigurd Rossdale|
|2016||Adam Green's Aladdin||Prince of Monaco|
|1999||Will & Grace||Todd||Episode: "I Never Promised You an Olive Garden"|
|2000–01||Young and the Restless, TheThe Young and the Restless||Phillip Chancellor||Role held: May 12, 2000 – February 1, 2001|
|2000–02||Brothers García, TheThe Brothers García||Eddie Bauer||2 episodes|
|2002||Nightmare Room, TheThe Nightmare Room||Mike||Uncredited; episode: "My Name Is Evil"|
|2002||Do Over||Joel Larsen||Main cast; 15 episodes|
|2002||What I Like About You||Jake Wood||Episode: "Copy That"|
|2003||Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight Zone||Trace Malone||Episode: "Homecoming"|
|2004–05||Mountain, TheThe Mountain||Sam Tunney||Main cast; 13 episodes|
|2006||Bedford Diaries, TheThe Bedford Diaries||Owen Gregory||Main cast; 8 episodes|
|2007–12||Gossip Girl||Daniel "Dan" Humphrey||Main cast; 121 episodes|
|2015||Slap, TheThe Slap||Jamie||2 episodes|
|1999||Mario Golf 64||Kid||Voice|
|2000||Mario Tennis 64||Alex||Voice|
Awards and nominations
|2001||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Daytime TV Series: Young Actor||Young and the Restless, TheThe Young and the Restless||Nominated|
|2008||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actor: Drama||Gossip Girl||Nominated|
|2009||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actor: Drama||Gossip Girl||Nominated|
|2010||Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie Actor: Horror/Thriller||Stepfather, TheThe Stepfather||Nominated|
|2010||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actor: Drama||Gossip Girl||Nominated|
|2011||Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie Actor: Romantic Comedy||Easy A||Nominated|
|2011||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actor: Drama||Gossip Girl||Nominated|
|2011||Gotham Independent Film Award||Best Ensemble Performance||Margin Call||Nominated|
|2011||Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award||Best Cast||Margin Call||Nominated|
|2011||San Diego Film Critics Society Award||Best Performance by an Ensemble||Margin Call||Nominated|
|2011||Phoenix Film Critics Society Award||Best Ensemble Acting||Margin Call||Nominated|
|2012||Independent Spirit Award||Robert Altman Award||Margin Call||Won|
|2012||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actor: Drama||Gossip Girl||Nominated|
|2013||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actor: Drama||Gossip Girl||Nominated|
|2016||2016 Manchester Film Festival||Jury Special Mention - Lead Actor||The Paper Store||Won|
|2016||2016 Oxford Film Festival||Best Actor||The Paper Store||Won|
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- 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
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