Mark Salling was born in Dallas, Texas on August 17, 1982 to Condy, a school secretary, and John, an accountant. He's the younger of two siblings. He graduated high school in 2001 and moved to Los Angeles where he attended the Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music…more
Mark, along with his Glee costars, was nominated for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Mark won a 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" with his co-stars for his role in Glee.
Mark's favorite TV shows are The Simpsons and Family Guy.
Mark also works as a painter and sketch artist.
Mark put out his first album in 2009 entitled "Smoke Signals" with his band Jericho in which he does the instrumentals as well as singing.
Mark lives in Los Angeles.
Mark is a singer and songwriter.
Mark: You don't really have time to watch TV if you work on TV.
Mark: Growing up, I was into that '90s grunge movement like Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam and Nirvana. I've gone through every phase -I'll be into country music for a while, or rap music. Now I'm just a snob, I only listen to smooth jazz and that's about it.
Mark: I've been playing piano since I was 5, and started writing when I was 6 or 7. It was never a revelation I had, it was just what I did. Playing music was always a part of my life, I don't know anything else.
Mark:(On his hairstyle for Glee) I had knee surgery about four months before the audition, and I cut my hair in a mohawk. I don't know why, but I did. So I decided to do it again for this audition because of this part; maybe it would make me stand out from the rest of the guys. Lo and behold, it worked out. And now I'm stuck with it.
Mark:(On what he was doing before landing a part on Glee) I was planning on moving back to maybe Austin and trying my luck there. I enrolled in an acting class and sent out 100 packets with a head shot and résumé. I sent them to 50 different agents and 50 different managers – and one manager called me.
Mark: (On his most memorable moment filming Glee) I can think of two moments. One moment would be shooting a scene with Kristen Chenowith where she is singing. I was sitting right in front of her and she was just belting it out. She can let loose like no other! She's singing a song and it was pretty much directly to me. I was sitting right in front of her and she was singing it to the group of people I was in. It was one of those moments where I thought, "Wow! How did I end up here?" She is so beautiful and talented.
Mark:(On the chemistry of the cast of Glee) We all knew it was a good group right away, but personally I am bonding with people still and more and more. I think that's good. I love everybody on the show and I'm not just saying that. They've grown on me over time, like any group of people will. We've gotten more and more close as the months go on. Hopefully, they feel that way and it is a lot of fun. It's a good group. I'm very lucky to be a part of this group of talented Broadway singers and hardworking actors. Everyone in the cast has a real interesting story of how they got there.
Mark:(On preparing for his role in Glee) They did want me to get in shape for a particular scene, as opposed to me getting in character mentally before we shot. I had to get in character physically. For the pilot, I knew the character was a football player so I wanted to bulk up and gain as much weight as possible. So, I put on about twenty pounds. For one scene, they wanted me to be toned so I lost about thirty pounds. It was kind of an extreme experience.
Mark: (On the challenges of playing a stereotypical character on Glee) It would be making the character more than two-dimensional so he can be likeable at the same time. He has to be a jerk and be likeable at the same time. I had to make him likeable so I had to find the balance between arrogance and cocky and sensible and likeable.
Mark: (On what attracted him to Glee) First of all, anything Ryan Murphy is a part of is a good idea to be a part of. He's got just such a clear vision. So, I knew the project was going to be great. I liked the fact it combined music, as well. It was an opportunity for me to showcase some of that part of my life. Plus, the writing is dope! It's great writing and good music.