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Harry Shum, Jr.

Harry Shum Jr.
Shum at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
Born (1982-04-28) April 28, 1982
Limón, Costa Rica
Occupation Actor, dancer, singer
Years active 2002–present
Partner(s) Shelby Rabara
Harry Shum, Jr.
Chinese 岑勇康

Harry Shum, Jr. (born April 28, 1982) is an American dancer, actor, choreographer and singer. 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 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Music video 4.1
  • Awards 5
  • Discography 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

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 somewhat Latin, 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]


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 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],[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

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


Year Title Role Notes
2004 You Got Served Dancer Cameo
2007 Stomp the Yard Crew dancer Cameo
2008 Step Up 2: The Streets Cable Film debut
2008 Center Stage: Turn It Up Club dancer Cameo
2010 Our Family Wedding Harry (as Harry Shum) Credited
2010 Step Up 3D Cable Supporting role
2011 Glee: The 3D Concert Movie Mike Chang Main Cast
2012 White Frog Chaz Young Supporting role
2014 Moms' Night Out Joey Movie
2014 Revenge of the Green Dragons Paul Wong Post Production
2014 Fire City Frank Filming
2015 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny Filming
Year Title Role Notes
2011 3 Minutes Hunter #1 [29][30] Short Film
2011 Best Date Ever Stewart Short Film
2011 Buffet Lucas Short Film
2011 3 Steps to Self Esteem Himself Short Film
2012 Already Gone Scott Lee Short Film
2012 The Last Short Film
2013 Mortal Kombat: Legacy Kuai Liang Web Series
2014 Caper Luke Washington Web Series (9 Episodes)
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Boston Public Fletcher Episode: "Chapter Sixty"
2005 Committed Chinese Delivery Guy #1 Episode: "The Apartment Episode"
2007 Viva Laughlin Construction dancer Episode: "Pilot"
2007–2008 Greek Omega Chi brother 3 Episodes: No Campus for Old Rules, Three's a Crowd, Hell Week
2008 Zoey 101 Roy Episode: "Trading Places"
2008 iCarly Yûki Episode: "iGo to Japan"
2008 Rita Rocks Zack Episode: "Flirting with Disaster"
2009–Present Glee Mike Chang Recurring cast (Seasons 1–2, 5-6)
Main cast (Seasons 3–4)
2010–2011 The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers Elliot Hoo Main cast
2010 The Fran Drescher Show Himself Episode: "1.09"
2011 Top 100 Number Ones Himself TV
2011 The Glee Project Himself Guest mentor, episode: "Dance Ability"

Music video

Year Artist Song Notes
2000s Paul Oakenfold ft. Elvis "Rubberneckin Remix" Dancer
2000s S Club 7 "Alive" Dancer
2000s Willa Ford "Gimme Gimme Gimme" Dancer
2000s Back II Back "Didn't Mean To Make U Cry" Dancer
2002 702 "Star" Dancer
2003 Blaque "I'm Good" Dancer
2003 Nodesha "Crazy" Dancer
2004 Destiny's Child "Lose My Breath" Dancer
2005 Mariah Carey "It's Like That" Dancer
2008 Marques Houston "That Girl" Dancer
2012 Clara Chung "Fish" Cameo


Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Glee Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Group (with: Glee Cast) Nominated
Lesbian/Bi People's Choice Awards Favorite Music Duo or Group (with: Glee Cast) Nominated
Gay People's Choice Awards Favorite Music Duo or Group (with: Glee Cast) Won
2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Group (with: Glee Cast) Nominated
East West Players Visionary Awards Breakout Performance Award Himself Won
2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Glee Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media (with: Glee Cast) Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated



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  4. ^ Hernandez, Lee. "15 (More) Stars You Never Knew Were Latino!". Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
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  6. ^
  7. ^ "Harry Shum Jr. Interview – Portrait Magazine, November 2009 Issue". Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
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  10. ^ "Glee"Glee club is back in session on the season premiere of (Press release).  
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  12. ^ Milzoff, Rebecca (2010-05-25). "Glee’s Harry Shum Jr. Finally Speaks (and Answers Your Questions!) – Vulture". Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
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  21. ^ harry shum jr. in 3 minutes teaser trailer #2 | angry asian man. (2009-05-30). Retrieved on 2011-08-23.
  22. ^ On Screen & On Scene: The LA Miss Chinatown Fashion Show | Hyphen magazine - Asian American arts, culture, and politics. Hyphen magazine. Retrieved on 2011-08-23.
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  24. ^ TV's 100 Sexiest Men
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  26. ^ Exclusive: 4 Original Cast Members Not Returning as Series Regulars for Season 5Glee
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  28. ^ Blumm, K.C. (March 8, 2014). "Mike Chang is getting married! Glee star Harry Shum, Jr. engaged to longtime love Shelby Rabara".  
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  30. ^ angrylink (2009-05-30). "harry shum jr. in 3 minutes teaser trailer #2 | angry asian man". Retrieved 2011-07-07. 

External links

  • Harry Shum, Jr. – Official Site
  • Harry Shum Jr. at the Internet Movie Database
  • A new website founded by Harry Shum Jr. -
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