Born on April 28, 1982 in Puerto Limón, Costa Rica, Harry Shum Jr. is of Latin and Chinese descent. Harry was six years old when his family moved to San Francisco, California. After attending San Francisco State University for a year, Harry dropped out to pursue a dance career in Los Angeles. Harry is an actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, and producer.
Harry launched his career as the only male dancer on BET’s ComicView (2002) and has worked as a leading dancer for artists such as Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, and Jessica Simpson. Harry is most known for his performance on Fox’s hit show Glee (2009-2015), on which he portrayed the role of “Mike Chang.” Harry has been featured in movies such as Wong Fu Productions’ Step Up as “Cable” (2008 and 2010), Revenge of the Green Dragons as “Paul Wong” (2014), and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny as “Wei-Fang” (2016). In 2015, Harry was announced to be playing “Magnus Bane” in Freeform’s Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments. He also landed a role on Youtube Red’s mini-series Single by 30, as lead “Peter Ma” (2016).
Currently, Harry is still playing “Magnus Bane” in Shadowhunters and he will be featured in up-coming book adaptation Crazy Rich Asians as “Charlie Wu” in 2018.
Harry has won many awards as a member of the cast of Glee, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards (2010) and the Gay People’s Choice Award (2010). In 2011, Harry won the award of Breakout Performance Award by East West Players. Harry won TV Breakout Star – Male by TV Scoop Awards (2016) and, alongside fellow actor Matthew Daddario, his performance landed Shadowhunters the GLAAD award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2017.