Darren Criss

Criss in 2011, photo by Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Darren Everett Criss

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 5, 1987

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

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

Darren is the son of Cerina and Charles Criss, who started EastWest Bank, serving as its Chairman and CEO. His brother is musician Chuck Criss, of the band Freelance Whales. Darren is married to Mia Swier.

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


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  1. alexgxo says:

    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.

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