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Harry Shum, Jr

Harry Shum Jr.
San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
Born (1982-04-28) April 28, 1982 (age 32)
Limón, Costa Rica
Alma mater Arroyo Grande High School
Occupation Actor, dancer, singer
Years active 2002–present

Harry Shum, Jr. (born April 28, 1982) is a Costa Rican-born American dancer, actor, choreographer and singer of Hong Kong 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

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 Chinese and Spanish. Spanish is actually my first language before I learned Chinese 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]


Shum graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 2000. He started dancing with his high school dance company team and continued his career in San Francisco under several different studios. He incorporates various different styles into his dance, including popping, tutting, waving, locking, breaking and also contemporary.

Shum was accepted into San Francisco State University, but only stayed there three months before deciding to pursue a career in dance and entertainment.[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 currently 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 has been promoted from guest star to series regular for the third season, which is Mike's senior year of high school.[10] He has already been 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 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 will not be returning as regular on Glee's fifth season, but will instead be a recurring guest star.[26]


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
2011 3 Minutes Harry - Hunter #1 [27][28] Short film
2011 Top 100 Number Ones Himself TV movie
2012 White Frog Chaz Young Supporting role
2012 Already Gone Scott Lee Short film
2014 Mom's Night Out
2014 Revenge of the Green Dragons Paul Wong
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
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)
Main cast (Seasons 3–4)
2010–2011 The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers Elliot Hoo Main cast
2011 The Glee Project Himself Guest mentor, episode: "Dance Ability"
2013 Mortal Kombat: Legacy Kuai Liang

Music video

Year Artist Song Notes
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


Main article: Glee Cast discography


External links

  • Harry Shum, Jr. – Official Site
  • Internet Movie Database
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