Darren Criss is an American actor, singer-songwriter, musician, composer, and a founding member and co-owner of the theater company StarKid Productions and has a net worth of $1.3 million. Darren Criss earned his net worth in the music industry. In 1997 he made his professional stage debut at the age of ten in 42nd Street Moon's production of Fanny. Growing up in San Francisco, he played a variety of instruments including violin, guitar, piano, and drums. He played drums in a small band with his brother Chuck before he went on to pursue his acting degree at the University of Michigan. In his senior year of college, Criss and his friends created a Harry Potter musical parody entitled, A Very Potter Musical as a fun project for their classmates, friends and other Harry Potter fans. Along with starring as the boy wizard himself, he also lent several of his songs to be used in the show. Within weeks of posting the musical online, it became a YouTube hit, garnering millions of views and musical theater-world attention. He is a regular on the FOX television show Glee and he portrays Blaine Anderson, an openly gay high school student. He is currently signed with Sony Music Entertainment and will be recording a full-length studio album. He became the 400,000th member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers on December 10, 2010. On March 11, 2011, he performed with Yale University's renowned a cappella group, The Whiffenpoofs, at a benefit for Public School Arts. He is credited as one of the primary songwriters and composers, along with A.J. Holmes and Carlos Valdes, for StarKid Productions. He has contributed to the Glee soundtrack as lead singer of the Dalton Academy Warblers. Darren Criss was born on February 5th, 1987 in San Francisco, California.