Samuel Larsen

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Samuel Larsen
Born(1991-08-28) August 28, 1991 (age 23)
San Francisco, California, United States
OccupationsActor, singer and model
Years active2010–present
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Samuel Larsen
Born(1991-08-28) August 28, 1991 (age 23)
San Francisco, California, United States
OccupationsActor, singer and model
Years active2010–present

Samuel Peter Acosta Larsen,[1] born August 28, 1991,[2][3] is an American actor and singer. On August 21, 2011, Larsen won the reality competition program The Glee Project on the Oxygen network (along with fellow contestant Damian McGinty), which led him to have a recurring role as Joe Hart on the FOX television show Glee during seasons 3 & 4.[4] Larsen is also a member of the band "Bridges I Burn".[5]


As a young boy, Larsen played drums,[6] bass, guitar and keyboards.[4][7] He graduated from Murrieta Valley High School in 2009, and he was in the school's marching band.[2] In sophomore year, he became vocalist and guitarist of the school band 15 North and the band performed in festivals.[8]

Larsen was also a model for Jac Vanek clothing and accessories.

In 2010, Larsen auditioned in season 9 of American Idol[5][9] but was cut after making it to Hollywood, failing to make it to the semi finals.[4] After doing some runway modeling for fashion designer Ashton Michael,[10] he met his soon-to-be band-mate Skip Arnold during a runway show,[11] moved to Los Angeles busking and applied to The Glee Project. Meanwhile Larsen and Skip Arnold formed the band "Bridges I Burn" and soon a third member, Salvatore Spinelli, joined them.[citation needed] Larsen writes and performs most of his music.[7] He auditioned for the role of Sam Evans on Glee but didn't get the part, which ultimately went to Chord Overstreet.[4][5]

His first Glee appearance was on the thirteenth episode of the third season, titled "Heart", as Joe Hart, a formerly home-schooled Christian.[12] During that episode he performed in two songs: Gym Class Heroes' "Stereo Hearts",[13] and a mashup of The Association's "Cherish" and Madonna's "Cherish".[14] Although his prize for having won The Glee Project was seven episodes, he appeared in each of the final ten episodes of Glee's third season. In addition, he has subsequently appeared as a mentor for The Glee Project's second season,[15] and has appeared in 12 episodes in Glee's fourth season.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Larsen was born in San Francisco[citation needed] to Henrik and Lupe Acosta Larsen. His father Henrik is from Denmark and his mother Lupe Acosta from Mexico.[1] Larsen has an older brother, Manolo Acosta, and a sister named Morgan.[2] He has made public declarations that he is a Christian.[4][5]



2010American IdolContestantSeason 9, eliminated during Hollywood Week
2011–2012The Glee ProjectContestantContestant (Season 1, winner)
Guest judge (Season 2, episode 2: "Dance-ability")
2012–2013GleeJoe HartRecurring (Seasons 3-4) (22 episodes)
2013Claire's CambodiaTBAFilming


  1. ^ a b "Samuel Peter Acosta Larsen Makes 'Glee' Debut as Hippy Homeschooler Joe Hart". Hispanically Speaking News. February 15, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Shultz, Craig (August 25, 2011). "Murrieta Valley grad wins reality show". North County Times. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ Larsen, Samuel (August 28, 2012). "Twitter / @SamuelLarsen: And just like that.... I am 21!!!". Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Graham, Ashley (February 14, 2012). "Samuel Larsen: 5 Things to Know About Glee’s Newest Star". Wetpaint Entertainment. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d Martin, Denise (August 22, 2011). "The Glee Project Winners Talk Subtitles, Cameron and Making Musical Love to Ryan Murphy". TV Guide. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ Hensel, Amanda (May 25, 2011). "Samuel Larsen of 'The Glee Project' Went to Hollywood With $5 and a Love for Michael Jackson". Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Samuel Larsen". Pop Tower. 
  8. ^ Surowski, Peter (February 8, 2008). "Passing the torch: Valley musicians win Best Rock, Best High School awards for second year". The Fallbrook Village News. The Fallbrook Village News. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Season 9 - Golden Ticket Interviews Samuel Larsen". Fox Broadcasting. 
  10. ^ Douglass, Beth (January 26, 2012). "Glee's Samuel Larsen: Former Fashion Model — OMG Video!". Wetpaint Entertainment. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  11. ^ Gonzales, Lizzy. "Interview + Gallery Exclusive Bridges I Burn: For The Love, of Love". CBS Radio Inc. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  12. ^ Keck, William (February 2, 2012). "Keck's Exclusives: Glee's Valentine To Fans". TV Guide. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  13. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 10, 2012). "'Glee' First Listen: 'The Glee Project's' Samuel Larsen Covers Gym Class Heroes' 'Stereo Hearts'". The Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter, Inc. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  14. ^ Slezak, Michael (February 14, 2012). "Glee Recap: Crazy, Stupid, Love". TVLine. Media. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  15. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (June 12, 2012). "'Glee Project' Winner Samuel Larsen Talks Mentoring, Temptation and Romancing Quinn". The Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter, Inc. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  16. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 14, 2012). "Comic-Con 2012: 'Glee': Damian McGinty Not Returning, Sue Gives Birth and 13 Season 4 Spoilers". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 

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