Darren Criss

by ethnic on January 9, 2017

Birth Name: Darren Everett Criss

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 5, 1987

*English, German, Northern Irish, remote Scottish (father)
*Filipino, as well as Spanish and Chinese (mother)

Darren Criss is an American actor, singer, and songwriter. He is known for starring on the television show Glee.

Darren’s father is American-born, and is of English, German, Northern Irish, and remote Scottish, ancestry. Darren’s mother is Filipino-born, and has Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese ancestry. In an interview on Philstar, Darren stated that he knows basic Visayan rather than Tagalog.

A picture of Darren with his parents can be seen here.

Darren’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to Johanne Jorge Nicholas Crist (born, c. 1690, in Germany) and Anna Elizabeth Mueller (born, c. 1695, in Germany).

Darren’s paternal grandfather was Charles William Criss (the son of William Ramsey Criss and Olive May White). Charles was born in Pennsylvania. William was the son of Jacob Pitser Criss and Margurete Duran Brown, whose parents were born in Ireland. Olive was the daughter of James Francis White and Nancy Rosetta Cochran.

Darren’s paternal grandmother was Charlotte Elizabeth Bartlett (the daughter of Everett Burl Bartlett and Edna M. Hughes). Charlotte was born in Pennsylvania. Everett was the son of Arthur Emory Bartlett and Mary Elizabeth Wilson.

Sources: http://www.philstar.com

Marriage announcement of Darren’s paternal grandparents, Charles William Criss and Charlotte Elizabeth Bartlett – http://www.newspapers.com

Darren’s paternal grandfather, Charles William Criss, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Darren’s paternal great-grandparents, William Ramsey Criss and Olive May White, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Darren’s paternal great-grandfather, William Ramsey Criss, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

photo by Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

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alexgxo April 18, 2017 at 5:26 pm

He doesn’t look that white to me. Without makeup I’ve seen pics in more natural lighting where he looks darker and his hairs actually curly.

In those pics he looks like he could be Jason Mamoas child lol.

alexgxo January 17, 2017 at 4:56 pm

Enrique’s mother is no doubt mixed. Darren on the hand hand, his mother doesn’t looked mixed at all. Most likely 50 euro, 50 Asian.

Genes are weird and darren just got most of the genes on his fathers side. Anyways I saw more natural younger pics where he looked more darker and more “ethnic” looking. Now he looks Jewish imo.

Ya know, I always wondered why do Filipinos, especially the females seem to want to be white or anything but Filipino so bad. Many “Filipino” actors in Hollywood are usually mixed or married to white people and in real life many usually claim to the heavens that they’re mixed when they’re most likely not. Looking at many of their actors in the Philippines and even their Miss universe comtetants, contrast to other countries many seem to be first generation mixed. And here where I live in canada, they all seem to date anyone that’s not Filipino. From Indian to Arab to European descents or black people. Jeez.

fuzzybear44 January 18, 2017 at 12:51 am

Quote( I always wondered why do Filipinos, especially the females seem to want to be white or anything but Filipino so bad. )

Like most place, they’ve been taught that whiter is better. Also some silly thing about you’re poor if you’re dark meaning you work outside or something like that. However it’s different from place some I’ve seen Filis as well as other Asians that like being outside

cdonorab December 20, 2015 at 8:22 am

Correction. He also has remote Scottish ancestry as well threw his Bartlett line. The two people who were Scottish were Oliver Colt and his wife who were born there in the mid 1530s.

Connerfromvine October 21, 2015 at 11:20 pm

He looks like Screech from saved by the bell i wonder if theyre related

cwm85 July 15, 2015 at 4:09 pm

His brother has the typical looking slanted/almond eyes but not Darren. Sometimes it works out that way, unless he was adopted it lol. I look like my dad and most would not believe my birth mom is my actually mother. I see not much is known about his mother’s side other than see was born in the Philippines.

neiltennant June 28, 2015 at 1:27 pm

he looks white like an italian or dark irish guy i know from manchester

and most people with asian descent do have dark brown to black eyes

Alice June 29, 2015 at 4:58 am

So this guy look dark Irish and Sean Connery looks Arab?

neiltennant August 24, 2015 at 4:36 am

yes of course

when i first saw him i never had guessed he has some asian roots. he is a white guy from next door especially in some areas like NEW YORK

anen87 June 8, 2015 at 9:16 am

Wow he LOOKS fully white to me, never would of thought he was half asian, I just googled his mom and she looks very asian like the Malay dark asian kind

neiltennant September 16, 2016 at 2:59 pm
noneofyourbusiness February 6, 2015 at 8:43 am

I googled pictures of his mother and he looks nothing like her. He looks fully white.

Sue Elle May 21, 2015 at 12:10 am

He doesn’t look fully white. When I first saw him, I thought he was Latino or something (Castizo kind of Latino- a person that’s predominately European, yes, but 25% Native American too).

anen87 June 8, 2015 at 9:24 am

I’m latina and I disagree with you. He looks fully white to me. It CAN happen. When I first saw him I thought his ethnicity would be Jewish but never would of thought he’d be half asian, especially dark asian.

Check7t October 14, 2014 at 5:26 pm


White18 September 25, 2014 at 2:31 am

Looks Italian to me.

Your Mom August 6, 2014 at 3:09 am

What The Hell? How Did He Turn Out So White Looking? Is His Mother A Filipino Of Predominately Spanish Descent?

J.J. October 29, 2014 at 11:07 pm

unlikely but clearly the white genes were selected on the mother’s side, enrique iglesias’s mother is filipino and he could pass for full spanish

Dogg November 23, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Enrique Iglesias’s mother looks very European to me. And I mean that as in she definitely looks mixed and not just Filipino.

noneofyourbusiness December 3, 2014 at 3:29 pm

I’m pretty sure that Enrique’s mother is mixed.

Check7t July 31, 2014 at 8:50 am

He doesn’t even look Asian.

neiltennant July 25, 2014 at 5:25 pm

he looks so damn white

there is nothing in him, which makes me think he is non white

plus as a partly asian he has rather white eyes, they are not asian shapped and he they are at least hazel or green

ssempre July 11, 2014 at 9:12 pm

He’s really white passing…

cwm85 July 15, 2015 at 4:11 pm

He is mostly European… So that makes sense.

Princess June 14, 2014 at 1:53 am

He looks White….

WTF June 4, 2014 at 5:58 pm

he looks jewish

roman2886 June 4, 2014 at 4:17 pm

He looks very Irish or should i say Black Irish a lot of people in west Ireland and south ireland look like him

follers June 4, 2014 at 5:58 pm

He doesn’t have much Irish ancestry, if any. Father’s genealogy up now.

roman2886 June 4, 2014 at 4:15 pm

He is of Irish descent but he has a English surname not all Irish people with English surnames have English ancestry some don’t but most Irish people with English surnames have English ancestry there is lots of British descendants in Ireland there is lots of Irish descendants in Britain there is about as much British descendants in Ireland than there is Irish descendants in Britain.

joey June 1, 2014 at 10:25 am

I used to watch Glee, I forgot the character he played.
I did not know he is half filipino. I am Filipina and I must
admit, when people talk to me in public, I am either mistaken
for being Chinese, Hawaiian or Vietnamese.
I can understand why they think i am Chinese, my grandfather
is half Chinese, and my mom’s ( mother) is french/Spanish.

I can see why you think Darren Criss looks are typical Caucasian.

Have you ever seen a blonde filipino or filipina actress?

I have.

Nikki April 27, 2014 at 8:38 am

He is a white man

AnonymousPerson December 30, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Wow he looks white as hell. I mean I’ve seen white looking Filipino mixes but I thought he was straight up white. I mean he doesn’t even look exotic! He looks like a regular white guy.

Nikki April 16, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Yeah you are right. I bet his mother had european ancestry along with spanish, fillipino, and chinese, or his father had more than irish

roman2886 June 4, 2014 at 4:21 pm

His father may have English blood

roman2886 June 4, 2014 at 4:20 pm

I’m a White Filipino mix and i look white like Italian Spanish looking i look too Mediterranean too be Filipino.

andrew September 29, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Asian genes skipped him

aja675 July 8, 2012 at 1:19 am

I kinda noticed that often, white person+Filipino/Filipina=
white looking offspring.

AnonymousPerson December 30, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Yeah or Mexican. He looks 100% white though…

DarellDianne April 6, 2012 at 7:34 am

This is very random but can someone tell me … where does the name Cabahug come from or Sanchez or Nacua…i need help please…thank you

DarellDianne April 6, 2012 at 7:32 am

Hey i know Visayan tooo instead of tagalog…he is pretty awesome

me March 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm
I love you, Roger Scientist March 9, 2012 at 5:16 pm
me March 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm

they say that he is not gay, this turn me on.

eMI February 27, 2012 at 7:06 pm


Angelina February 28, 2012 at 4:03 am

have you been smoking?

me March 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm

hahaha *laughing a lot*

I love you, Roger Scientist March 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm

He is a crafty troll that suffers from delusions.

me January 28, 2012 at 10:18 am

it’s a shame that he is not gay in real life, otherwise I could catch-it

Meg January 28, 2012 at 9:15 pm

what is this Me?

storm January 28, 2012 at 10:00 pm

you are gay male?

me February 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm

He’s a hot Eurasian, I thought he was Jewish.

liniker February 11, 2012 at 10:36 pm

effeminate aptness he has, of course he is gay

Isabell February 12, 2012 at 8:39 am

He is actually not gay, as he has said many times :)

me February 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm

@liniker i agree

claudia March 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm

yeah catch it lmfao,

Una March 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm

This site is called sexualorientationcelebs now?

Marie January 17, 2014 at 3:01 am

Do you have a problem with it? If you do, you have every right to leave and never go on this site ever again.

anen January 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm

He looks White. Never would of thought asian

Maria January 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm

He is a handsome fella.

Nathalie January 9, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Wow. I really did not know he was asian!! That’s a cool mix he has.

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