Samuel Larsen

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Samuel Larsen
Birth nameSamuel Peter Acosta Larsen
Born (1991-08-28) August 28, 1991 (age 27)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
  • Actor
  • singer
  • model
Years active2010–present
LabelsRoc Nation

Samuel Peter Acosta Larsen[1] (born August 28, 1991)[2][3] is an American actor and singer. On August 21, 2011, Larsen won the reality competition program The Glee Project on the Oxygen network, which led to his having a recurring role as Joe Hart on the Fox television show Glee.[4] Larsen was also a member of the band Bridges I Burn.[5]

He is pursuing his solo career, and released his debut EP, Vices, on October 27, 2014.[6]

Early life and career[edit]

As a young boy, Larsen played drums,[7] bass, guitar and keyboards.[4][8] He graduated from Murrieta Valley High School in 2009,[2] In sophomore year, he became vocalist and guitarist of the school band 15 North and the band performed in festivals.[9]

In 2010, Larsen auditioned in season 9 of American Idol[5][10] but was cut after making it to Hollywood, failing to make it to the semi-finals.[4] After doing some runway modeling for fashion designer Ashton Michael,[11] he met his soon-to-be bandmate Skip Arnold during a runway show,[12] moved to Los Angeles busking and applied to The Glee Project. Meanwhile, Larsen and Skip Arnold formed the band "Bridges I Burn" and soon a third member, Salvatore Spinelli, joined them.[citation needed] Larsen writes and performs most of his music.[8] He spent some time touring with the rock band Palaye Royale in 2017-2018. He auditioned for the role of Sam Evans on Glee but didn't get the part, which went to Chord Overstreet.[4][5]

His first Glee appearance was on the thirteenth episode of the third season, titled "Heart", as Joe Hart, a formerly home-schooled Christian.[13] During that episode he performed in two songs: Gym Class Heroes' "Stereo Hearts",[14] and a mashup of The Association's "Cherish" and Madonna's "Cherish".[15] Although his prize for having won The Glee Project was seven episodes, he appeared in each of the final ten episodes of Glee's third season. In addition, he appeared as a mentor for The Glee Project's second season,[16] appeared in 12 episodes in Glee's fourth season, and appeared in the final episode of the final season.[17] In July 2018 Larsen was cast as "Zed Evans" in the movie adaption of Anna Todd's bestselling novel "After". The movie is set to be released on 12 April 2019.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Larsen was born in San Francisco[citation needed] to Henrik and Lupe Acosta Larsen. His father Henrik is from Denmark and his mother Lupe Acosta from Mexico.[1] Larsen has an older brother, Manolo Acosta, and a sister named Morgan.[2]




Year Title Role Notes
2010 American Idol Contestant Season 9, eliminated during Hollywood Week
2011–2012 The Glee Project Contestant Contestant (season 1, winner)
Guest judge (season 2, episode 2: "Dance-ability")
2012–2013, 2015 Glee Joe Hart Recurring (seasons 3–4, 6) (23 episodes)
2015 Hawaii Five-0 Alfie Tucker Guest; Season 6, episode 9: "Hana Keaka" "Charade"


Year Title Role
2015 The Breakup Girl Uri
2016 The Remains Tommy
2016 Recovery Logan
2017 Disconnected Dirk
2019 After Zed Evans


  1. ^ a b "Samuel Peter Acosta Larsen Makes 'Glee' Debut as Hippy Homeschooler Joe Hart". Hispanically Speaking News. February 15, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Shultz, Craig (August 25, 2011). "Murrieta Valley grad wins reality show". North County Times. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  3. ^ Larsen, Samuel (August 28, 2012). "Twitter / @SamuelLarsen: And just like that.... I am 21!!!". Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d Graham, Ashley (February 14, 2012). "Samuel Larsen: 5 Things to Know About Glee's Newest Star". Wetpaint Entertainment. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c Martin, Denise (August 22, 2011). "The Glee Project Winners Talk Subtitles, Cameron and Making Musical Love to Ryan Murphy". TV Guide. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
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  7. ^ Hensel, Amanda (May 25, 2011). "Samuel Larsen of 'The Glee Project' Went to Hollywood With $5 and a Love for Michael Jackson". Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  8. ^ a b "Samuel Larsen". Pop Tower.
  9. ^ Surowski, Peter (February 8, 2008). "Passing the torch: Valley musicians win Best Rock, Best High School awards for second year". The Fallbrook Village News. The Fallbrook Village News. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  10. ^ "Season 9 - Golden Ticket Interviews Samuel Larsen". Fox Broadcasting.
  11. ^ Douglass, Beth (January 26, 2012). "Glee's Samuel Larsen: Former Fashion Model — OMG Video!". Wetpaint Entertainment. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  12. ^ Gonzales, Lizzy. "Interview + Gallery Exclusive Bridges I Burn: For The Love, of Love". CBS Radio Inc. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  13. ^ Keck, William (February 2, 2012). "Keck's Exclusives: Glee's Valentine To Fans". TV Guide. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  14. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 10, 2012). "'Glee' First Listen: 'The Glee Project's' Samuel Larsen Covers Gym Class Heroes' 'Stereo Hearts'". The Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter, Inc. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  15. ^ Slezak, Michael (February 14, 2012). "Glee Recap: Crazy, Stupid, Love". TVLine. Media. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  16. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (June 12, 2012). "'Glee Project' Winner Samuel Larsen Talks Mentoring, Temptation and Romancing Quinn". The Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter, Inc. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  17. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 14, 2012). "Comic-Con 2012: 'Glee': Damian McGinty Not Returning, Sue Gives Birth and 13 Season 4 Spoilers". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  18. ^ Ellenbogen, Rachael (24 July 2018). "When Is Anna Todd's 'After' Movie Coming Out? Release Date Revealed". Retrieved 3 August 2018.

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