Harry Shum, Jr.

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Harry Shum Jr.
Harry Shum by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Shum at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
Born(1982-04-28) April 28, 1982 (age 32)
Limón, Costa Rica
OccupationActor, dancer, singer
Years active2002–present
Partner(s)Shelby Rabara
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Harry Shum Jr.
Harry Shum by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Shum at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
Born(1982-04-28) April 28, 1982 (age 32)
Limón, Costa Rica
OccupationActor, dancer, singer
Years active2002–present
Partner(s)Shelby Rabara
Harry Shum, Jr.

Harry Shum, Jr. (born April 28, 1982) is a Costa Rican-born Asian Latino American dancer, actor, choreographer and singer of Chinese descent. He is best known for his role as Mike Chang on the Fox television show Glee. He has appeared in dance films such as Stomp the Yard, You Got Served, Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D.[1] He also plays the character of Elliot Hoo in The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.

Early life[edit]

Shum was born in Puerto Limón, Costa Rica, on April 28, 1982. His mother is a native of Hong Kong, and his father is from Guangzhou, China. They relocated to Costa Rica, where Shum and his two older sisters were born. When Shum was six years old, the family moved to San Francisco, California.[2] He states, "I feel I have the best of so many worlds. I speak Cantonese and Spanish. Spanish is actually my first language before I learned Cantonese and English".[3][4] In an interview, he said that his earliest motivations to dance were from Ginuwine, Dru Hill, and Usher, before becoming influenced by iconic dancers like Gene Kelly and Michael Jackson.[5]

In an interview Shum has stated that he identifies as being Latino, the actor was quoted as saying “It's strange that I am full Chinese and born in a Latin country, but I love the fact that I was immersed in that culture at birth while maintaining my Chinese roots,” the actor also said “I think the cultures share a lot of similarities as far as family values and the love for flavor in their foods. I do consider myself somewhat Latin.”[6] Although to date he hasn't been cast as a character of Hispanic or Latino background.


Shum launched his career as the only male dancer on BET's Comic View in 2002 and has continued his dancing career from there. He was also one of the lead dancers with stars such as Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Simpson. He won a dance competition to dance in an iPod commercial.[7][8] He plays Mike Chang, a dancer who joins the glee club, on the Fox musical television show Glee.[9] Known for a while as "Other Asian" on Glee, with very few lines during the show's first season in 2009–2010, Shum's character was given storylines in the second season, mostly involving his relationship with fellow glee club member Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz), and his performances of "Make 'Em Laugh" in "The Substitute", "Sing" from A Chorus Line in "Duets", "Valerie" in "Special Education", and the show's first dance solo in "A Night of Neglect". He was promoted from guest star to series regular for the third season, which was Mike's senior year of high school.[10] He was given a major storyline in the third episode, "Asian F", and performed "Cool" from West Side Story, his first solo song.

Shum has been featured in many productions done by Wong Fu Productions.[11]

In 2010, Shum appeared in Step Up 3-D, a 3D look at New York style street dancing.[12] He is also a dancer and choreographer for the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.[13]

In 2011, Shum completed an action-oriented project with director Ross Ching, producers Don Le and George Wang, starring himself in the lead role as "the Hunter", Stephen "tWitch" Boss (runner-up of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance (season 4), and Katrina Law (Spartacus: Blood and Sand, The Resistance). The project released January 10, 2011, and is set to be part of a trilogy of short films. "3 Minutes" has received nationwide coverage from the official Star Wars site,[14] Wired.com,[15] and Gizmodo,[16] as well as the New York Post,[17] Seventeen Magazine,[18] Audrey Magazine,[19][20][21] and Hyphen Magazine.[22] It was also won the coveted slot of Vimeo's Staff Pick of the Day on its debut day, netting well over 60,000 views on the site within the first 24 hours.[23]

BuddyTV voted him as #7 in TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011.[24]

Shum was cast in the role of the Kuai Liang (the younger Sub-Zero) in the second season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy.[25]

On June 28, 2013, it was reported that Shum would not return as regular on Glee's fifth season, but would be a recurring guest star.[26]

Shum will be appearing as Tie-Fang in the upcoming Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Shum has been in a relationship with Shelby Rabara since 2013 and has been engaged since 2014.[28]


2004You Got ServedDancerCameo
2007Stomp the YardCrew dancerCameo
2008Step Up 2: The StreetsCableFilm debut
2008Center Stage: Turn It UpClub dancerCameo
2010Our Family WeddingHarry (as Harry Shum)Credited
2010Step Up 3DCableSupporting role
2011Glee: The 3D Concert MovieMike ChangMain Cast
2012White FrogChaz YoungSupporting role
2014Moms' Night OutJoeyMovie
2014Revenge of the Green DragonsPaul WongPost Production
2014Fire CityFrankFilming
20113 MinutesHunter #1 [29][30]Short Film
2011Best Date EverStewartShort Film
2011BuffetLucasShort Film
20113 Steps to Self EsteemHimselfShort Film
2012Already GoneScott LeeShort Film
2012The LastShort Film
2013Mortal Kombat: LegacyKuai LiangWeb Series
2014CaperLuke WashingtonWeb Series (9 Episodes)
2003Boston PublicFletcherEpisode: "Chapter Sixty"
2005CommittedChinese Delivery Guy #1Episode: "The Apartment Episode"
2007Viva LaughlinConstruction dancerEpisode: "Pilot"
2007–2008GreekOmega Chi brother3 Episodes: No Campus for Old Rules, Three's a Crowd, Hell Week
2008Zoey 101RoyEpisode: "Trading Places"
2008iCarlyYûkiEpisode: "iGo to Japan"
2008Rita RocksZackEpisode: "Flirting with Disaster"
2009–presentGleeMike ChangRecurring cast (Seasons 1–2, 5-present)
Main cast (Seasons 3–4)
2010–2011The Legion of Extraordinary DancersElliot HooMain cast
2010The Fran Drescher ShowHimselfEpisode: "1.09"
2011Top 100 Number OnesHimselfTV
2011The Glee ProjectHimselfGuest mentor, episode: "Dance Ability"

Music video[edit]

2000sPaul Oakenfold ft. Elvis"Rubberneckin Remix"Dancer
2000sS Club 7"Alive"Dancer
2000sWilla Ford"Gimme Gimme Gimme"Dancer
2000sBack II Back"Didn't Mean To Make U Cry"Dancer
2003Blaque"I'm Good"Dancer
2004Destiny's Child"Lose My Breath"Dancer
2005Mariah Carey"It's Like That"Dancer
2008Marques Houston"That Girl"Dancer
2012Clara Chung"Fish"Cameo


2010Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesGleeWon
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Music: Group (with: Glee Cast)Nominated
Lesbian/Bi People's Choice AwardsFavorite Music Duo or Group (with: Glee Cast)Nominated
Gay People's Choice AwardsFavorite Music Duo or Group (with: Glee Cast)Won
2011Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Grammy AwardsBest Compilation Soundtrack for Visual MediaNominated
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Music: Group (with: Glee Cast)Nominated
East West Players Visionary AwardsBreakout Performance AwardHimselfWon
2012Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesGleeNominated
Grammy AwardsBest Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media (with: Glee Cast)Nominated
2013Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominated


Main article: Glee discography


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