Today is not only Memorial Day. It's also Glee's Chris Colfer's 23rd birthday! It's amazing how much this powerhouse actor, author and producer has accomplished already.
Memorial Day has a somber side (we remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces). But this year it also marks a big birthday celebration for one of our favorite Glee actors. Drum roll, please!
The wonderful and multifaceted Chris Colfer turns 23 today. That may not seem like a huge milestone, like turning 18, 21 or 25, but when you think of everything that Chris has accomplished in his 23 years, it's inspiring. Here are five things that he has accomplished that most of us haven't even dreamed of:
1. He Is An Award-Winning Actor
In 2011, Chris became the youngest person to ever win a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in aSeries, Miniseries or Television Film. During his acceptance speech he took a stand against bullying. He has been nominated twice for an Emmy, in 2010 and 2011, for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
2. Chris Is Influential
Also in 2011, Chris landed on Time's list of the 100 most influential people with the added bonus of the cover photo of the magazine. For his place in history, he was applauded for rallying for anti-bullying. His article for the magazine was written by cast mate Dianna Agron. Check out his Time video:
3. He Impresses Producers
Chris originally auditioned for the role of Artie on Glee, but he get didn't the part. However, casting directors were so impressed with his audition that they actually wrote the role of Kurt for him. It didn't stop there. He inspired the "Rocky Horror" episode of Glee. With the heart he brings to everything, producers of the show took notice of his persistent campaigning to get to sing "The Time Warp."
4. He Is A New York Times No. 1 Bestselling Author
Chris has released two books to date. The first was The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, about a pair of twins, Alex and Conner, who leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land. It made it to the top of The New York Times bestsellers list in the Children's Chapter Books category following its release. Chris also published Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal that same year. The Land of Stories series is set to release this summer.
5. He Is a Writer, Producer and Actor
As a jack of all trades, Chris wrote, starred in and executive-produced a coming-of-age comedy movie Struck by Lightning in 2012. This was on top of his book Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal. Amazingly this wasn't his first time doing this. Back in high school, he wrote and directed Shirley Todd, a musical spoof of Sweeney Todd. So maybe not surprisingly, he currently has a TV movie that he is writing, producing and will act in called The Little Leftover Witch.