Darren Criss

by ethnic on January 9, 2012

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 [including 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). 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). 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.

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