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Harry Shum, Jr. born April 28, 1982, is a American-Costa Rican dancer, singer, choreographer and actor. He is known for his role as Mike Chang on Glee and as Magnus Bane in the Freeform series, Shadowhunters.

Personal life

He was born in Puerto Limón, Costa Rica. His mother is a native of Hong Kong, and his father is from Guangzhou, China. The couple relocated to Costa Rica, where Harry and his two older sisters were born. When Harry was six years old, the family moved to San Francisco, California. 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.

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He has been engaged to longtime girlfriend Shelby Rabara since October 2013 and married her in November 2015.[1] In March 2019, the couple announced the birth of their first daughter, Xia.[2]


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. He had also previously been in a McDonalds advert, when he was younger.

He also appeared in Zoey 101 and iCarly, but only as minor characters.

He currently plays Mike Chang, a dancer who joins the Glee Club, on the Fox musical television show Glee. Known for a while as the "Other Asian" on Glee, with very few lines during the show's first season, 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 is Mike's senior year of high school. 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.

In June, it was announced that Shum would not be returning as a series regular on Glee's fifth season, but will instead be a recurring guest star, along with Amber Riley, Heather Morris, and Mark Salling.

In May 2015, Shum was announced to have been casted as Magnus Bane in the upcoming ABC Family/FreeForm series Shadowhunters.[3] He playing the role from 2015 to 2019.


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Boston Public Fletcher (Chapter Sixty)
2004 You Got Served Dancer
2005 Committed Chinese Delivery Guy #1 ("The Apartment Episode")
2007 Viva Laughlin Construction Dancer ("Pilot")
High School Musical 2 Dance-Along Dancer uncredited and TV movie
Stomp the Yard Other Crew Dancer
2008 iCarly: iGo to Japan Yûki TV movie
Center Stage: Turn It Up Club Dancer
Greek Vance/OX Brother/Omega Chi Brother (3 episodes)
Rita Rocks Zack ("Flirting with Disaster")
The American Mall Dancing Taco TV movie
Step Up 2: The Streets Cable
Zoey 101 Roy ("Trading Places")
The Onion Movie Lollipop Love Dancer
2009 Glee Mike Chang 2009 - 2015 (90 episodes)
2010 Step Up 3D Cable
The LXD: The Uprising Begins Elliot Hoo
Our Family Wedding Harry as Harry Shum
The LXD: The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers Elliot Hoo 2010 - 11 (9 episodes)
2011 Top 100 Number Ones TV movie
3 Steps to Self Esteem Harry short
Best Date Ever! Stewart short
Buffet Lucas short
3 Minutes Harry - Hunter #1 short
2012 The Last Man video short
Already Gone Scott Lee short
White Frog Chaz
2013 Mortal Kombat Kuai Liang ("Kung Lao Reunite in Macau" and "The Cause of Liu Kangs Fall Is Revealed")
2014 Ballon Avi short
Revenge of the Green Dragons Paul
Moms' Night Out Joey
Caper Luke (9 episodes)
2015 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend Tiefang
Fire City: The Interpreter of Signs Frank
2016 Shadowhunters Magnus Bane 2016 - 2019, main role
Single By 30 Peter (8 episodes)
2018 Crazy Rich Asians Charlie Wu
2019 Tell Me a Story Brendan 2019 - 2020 (4 episodes)
Heart of Life Brendan Winter
Burn Officer Liu
Escape Plan: The Extractors Bao
2020 Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens Doc Hottie ("Grandma & Chill")

Other works

Year Title Description
2007 Karaoke revolution Presents: American Idol special thanks
2008 The Teen Choice Awards 2008 segment producer
2008 The Ellen DeGeneres Show's Even Bigger Really Big Show co-choreographer
2009 "Glee" soundtrack

Links and Social Networks


  • He is an avid tweeter (this is his Twitter ).
    • He got 1M followers on January 19, 2014.
    • He changed his username from iHarryShum to HarryShumJr in April 2014, after 5 years.
  • He was bullied in his youth.
  • He found a stray dog on the set of Glee, and decided to adopt him and name him Charlie after the character from All Dogs Goes to Heaven.
  • Understands Spanish & Cantonese, but can no longer speak the languages fluently.
  • His name in Chinese is 岑勇康.
  • He asked his date to prom over the phone (an act which he regrets).
  • He lost the keys to his car immediately after prom and had to have his mom pick both him and his date up (an act which he regrets even more).
  • He is a gadget geek/tech nerd and attends the annual TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference in Long Beach, CA.
  • He shares the same birthday with Jenna Ushkowitz (his previous on-screen lover) - April 28, though they are of different age.
  • When he was a kid, he liked to save insects.
  • His favorite movie is Singing in the Rain - he did a mash up of Singin' In the Rain/Umbrella.
  • The celebrity he wants to meet most is Jon Hamm.
  • He was rated 35th on BuddyTV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2010 list. [1]
  • He recently starred in a short film called "3 Minutes."
  • He prefers brunettes to blondes.
  • He prefers acting to dancing.
  • He has been a cast member of "The LXD" (Legion of Extraordinary Dancers) since 7/7/10 and is on (he's also a choreographer and producer for the series as well).
  • His audition song for Glee was Nat King Cole's "L-O-V-E" and he and Jenna Ushkowitz got to perform the song in Season 3, Heart.
  • He ships Brittana and Puckleberry.
  • He is good friends with Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, Chord Overstreet, Heather Morris, Naya Rivera and Amber Riley.
  • His favourite Disney film is Aladdin (@iharryshum Twitter Q&A session).
  • He has a crush on actress Julie Benz.
  • He has a new show called Remixed, which features two artists, mixing music and dance.
  • He claims his favorite TV role was on iCarly, he did an episode of the show.
  • He worked with Jon Chu three times in Step Up 2 and 3 and The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.
  • His fans are called "AweShum."
  • He is the silhouette for the iPod commercials.
  • The Glee cast voted him as the one with the Best Body and the Biggest Geek alongside Darren Criss.
  • He is a low baritone.
  • Michael Jackson is one of his biggest inspirations. Source