Chord Overstreet

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Chord Overstreet
Chord Overstreet.jpg
Overstreet on the set of Glee, 2011
Born(1989-02-17) February 17, 1989 (age 25)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer, musician, composer
Years active2009–present
ParentsPaul Overstreet
 
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Chord Overstreet
Chord Overstreet.jpg
Overstreet on the set of Glee, 2011
Born(1989-02-17) February 17, 1989 (age 25)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer, musician, composer
Years active2009–present
ParentsPaul Overstreet

Chord Paul Overstreet (born February 17, 1989) is an American actor, singer and musician, known for his role as Sam Evans on the television series Glee.

Early years[edit]

Overstreet was born in Nashville, Tennessee, to hairdresser Julie Miller and country music singer-songwriter Paul Overstreet.[1] He has an older brother, Nash Overstreet, who plays guitar in the band Hot Chelle Rae,[2][3] an older sister, Summer, and three younger sisters, Harmony, Skye and Charity.[4][5][6] He is of German, Irish, English, and "a little bit of Native American" descent.[7][8] He was named after the musical term of the same name.[5] Overstreet was raised on a farm outside of Nashville.[9] Encouraged by his parents to pursue music, he started playing the mandolin at an early age, and moved on to the drums, flute, piano, and guitar.[7][10] He is also a songwriter.[5] In his teenage years, he modeled for advertisements for Famous Footwear and Gap.[11]

Acting career[edit]

Overstreet as Sam Evans on the Glee Live! In Concert! tour
Overstreet as Sam Evans on the Glee Live! In Concert! tour

Overstreet began to pursue his passion of performing after his high school graduation in 2007. After two unsuccessful years, Overstreet started his acting career on the web series Private, as Josh Hollis.[12] He was also featured in an episode of iCarly iSpeed Date (for a few minutes) and the unaired pilot of No Ordinary Family.[10][13] His first film role was that of Teenage Boy in the 2009 thriller The Hole, and he starred in the 2011 film A Warrior's Heart as Dupree, alongside Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz.[13]

Overstreet plays the character of Sam Evans, a transfer student and athlete, on the television show Glee.[10][14][15] He landed the role after auditioning with Commodores' "Easy" and Gavin DeGraw's "I Don't Want to Be".[5] He later sang "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars as a studio test, and eventually sang this in his debut episode titled "Audition".

On April 21, 2011, the video for Hot Chelle Rae's "Tonight Tonight" was released on YouTube and featured a series of cameos of Overstreet alternately making out with a girl (whom he stole from the lead singer) on an office copier, DJing at a club, then playing guitar and mugging for the crowd with his brother, bandmember Nash.[16]

On July 1, 2011, TVLine's Michael Ausiello broke the news that Overstreet's contract option to become a series regular on Glee had not been picked up for season 3, but that he could possibly come back as an occasional guest star.[17] In reaction to the announcement, fans launched a campaign to promote Overstreet's cover of "Billionaire" and various tags related to the actor, most notably "#dontcutthechord",[18] began trending on Twitter. The song made its way into the iTunes Top 5 "Glee" charts during the campaign.[19]

At the 2011 Comic-Con event, Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk reported that they had offered Overstreet a ten-episode deal with a possibility to become a series regular at mid-season, but that Overstreet had declined the option.[20][21] Overstreet later stated to Ausiello during an interview that he had decided to leave the show to focus on his music career, explaining, "They offered me the chance to come back for a few episodes, but there was nothing guaranteed so I decided to dive into the music thing."[22]

It was reported on October 18, 2011, and confirmed by series co-creator Ryan Murphy six days later, that Overstreet would be returning to Glee as a recurring character starting with the third season's eighth episode.[23] On July 23, 2012, it was confirmed that Overstreet would be a series regular for the fourth season of Glee.[24]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
2009The HoleAdam
2011A Warrior's HeartDupree
2011Glee: The 3D Concert MovieEvans, SamSam Evans
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2009iCarlyEricEpisode: "iSpeed Date"
2009PrivateHollis, JoshJosh HollisRecurring; 11 episodes
2010No Ordinary FamilyLucas FisherEpisode: "Unaired Pilot"
2010–presentGleeEvans, SamSam EvansRecurring (Seasons 23)
Main Role (Season 4–present)
2011The MiddleMr. WilkersonEpisode: "Hecking Order"
2013Regular ShowDust BEpisode: "The Thanksgiving Special"

Discography[edit]

Main article: Glee discography
Overstreet with Dianna Agron performing "Lucky" on the tour.

Overstreet's cover of "Billionaire" was released as a single and charted at #15 in Ireland, #24 in Canada, #28 in the United States, and #34 in Australia.[25][26][27][28] His cover of "Lucky" was also released as a single.[29] Overstreet is also featured in Hot Chelle Rae's "Tonight Tonight" music video, appearing with his brother, bandmember Nash Overstreet.

On December 13, 2011, one of Overstreet's solo tracks, entitled "Beautiful Girl", was leaked onto the internet.[30]

Tours

Awards[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
2011Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesGleeNominated
2012Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesGleeNominated
2012Hollywood Teen TV AwardsFavorite Breakout StarGleeNominated
2012Grammy AwardBest Compilation Soundtrack for Visual MediaGlee: The Music, Volume 4Nominated
2013Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesGleeNominated
2013Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV: Male Scene StealerGleeWon

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Paulson, Dave (June 19, 2009). "Hot Chelle Rae reaches for pop stardom". The Tennessean. Gannett Company. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ O'Donnell, Shauna (April 27, 2010). "Hot Chelle Rae". MUEN Magazine. Raven's Nest Records. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chord Overstreet: Bio". US Weekly. Wenner Media. Retrieved March 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d Berk, Brett (September 21, 2010). "Will Chord Overstreet Go Full Brokeback on Glee?". Vanity Fair. Condé Nast Publications. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  6. ^ "A Songwriters Project - Volume 1" (PDF) (Press release). Scarlet Moon Records. 1991. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "4 Things We Love About Glee's Chord Overstreet - Today's News: Our Take". TVGuide.com. 2011-03-08. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  8. ^ '+relative_time(twitters[i].created_at)+' (2012-03-06). "Chord Overstreet Featured in Zooey Magazine". ClevverTV. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  9. ^ "Chord Overstreet | Country Music Artist Info | New Information, Facts, Interviews, and". Allaccess.com. 2010-08-23. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  10. ^ a b c Nguyen, Hanh (September 21, 2010). "'Glee': Chord Overstreet talks about his big mouth, name and singing in the shower". Zap2it. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  11. ^ Arroyave, Luis (December 20, 2010). "New guy on 'Glee' strikes a Chord with auditioners". Chicago Tribune (Chicago: Tony W. Hunter). Retrieved December 20, 2010. 
  12. ^ Consoli, John (July 26, 2010). "Chord Overstreet Joins 'Glee' Cast". The Wrap. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  13. ^ a b Vena, Jocelyn (September 22, 2010). "'Glee''s Chord Overstreet Sings His Way Into Our Hearts As This Week's Hump Day Hottie". MTV. MTV Networks. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Chord Overstreet Signs Up for New Directions" (Press release). Fox Broadcasting Company. July 26, 2010. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  15. ^ Malkin, Marc (August 10, 2010). "New Glee Star Chord Overstreet Wants to "Beat It"". E!. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  16. ^ Hot Chelle Rae - Tonight Tonight JIVE Records, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment. Youtube.com. 2011.
  17. ^ Ausiello, Michael (July 1, 2011). "Glee Exclusive: Darren Criss and Harry Shum Jr. In, Chord Overstreet Out!". TV Line. Mail.com Media. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  18. ^ "The Fight To Keep Chord Overstreet On 'Glee' Has Begun!". Screenology. July 5, 2011. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  19. ^ "'Glee': Chord Overstreet fans rally for actor's role". MassLive. July 2, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  20. ^ Webb, Matt (2011-07-24). "Glee Boss Sets the Record Straight on McKinley High's Mass Exodus". TVLine. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  21. ^ "Comic-Con 2011: Glee Panel 1/4". YouTube. 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  22. ^ Michael Ausiello (2011-08-25). "Exclusive: Chord Overstreet Speaks Out on Leaving Glee and What's Next (Music and The Middle!)". TVLine. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  23. ^ Ausiello, Michael (October 18, 2011). "UPDATED Glee Exclusive: Chord Overstreet to Return in December!". TV Line. Mail.com Media. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  24. ^ Ausiello, Michael (July 23, 2012). "Glee It’s Official: Chord Overstreet Now a Glee Series Regular". TV Line. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Chart Track: TOP 50 SINGLES, WEEK ENDING 30 September 2010". Irish Singles Chart. GfK. Retrieved October 2, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Canadian Hot 100: Week of October 09, 2010 (Biggest Jump)". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved October 2, 2010. 
  27. ^ "Hot 100: Week of October 09, 2010 (Biggest Jump)". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved October 2, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Glee Cast - Billionaire (song)". australian-chart.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 6, 2010. 
  29. ^ "Lucky (Glee Cast Version) - Single". iTunes Store. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  30. ^ Beard, Lanford (2011-12-13). "Chord Overstreet solo track 'Beautiful Girl' leaks! Listen here | The Music Mix | EW.com". Music-mix.ew.com. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 

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