|Intro||An American actor, singer-songwriter, composer, and musician.|
|A.K.A.||Mark Wayne Salling|
|Is||Actor Musician Singer Composer Record producer Pianist Television actor Guitarist Songwriter|
|From||United States of America|
|Type||Business Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music|
|Birth||17 August 1982, Dallas|
Mark Wayne Salling (born August 17, 1982) is an American actor, singer-songwriter, composer, and musician. He is known for his role as Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the comedy television series Glee.
Salling was born in Dallas, Texas. He was home-schooled at an early age. He was raised in a "strict Christian home" and attended Providence Christian School and Our Redeemer Lutheran during elementary school. He attended but did not graduate from Culver Military Academy, and later graduated from Lake Highlands High School in 2001, where he was a classmate of art rock musician Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent. While he attended high school, he was a member of the school wrestling team. After graduating from high school, Salling attended the Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music in Pasadena, California and began studying guitar, giving guitar lessons to make a living.
Salling sings, writes, and produces his own music, and plays the piano, guitar, bass guitar, and drums. His solo project's (under the stage name "Jericho") debut album Smoke Signals was released on February 8, 2008, under Jericho Records. On October 25, 2010, Salling released a rock/jazz album entitled Pipe Dreams, which was inspired by Alice in Chains, Nine Inch Nails, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. It was released by Pipe Dreams Records, Salling's own label, in partnership with Fontana Distribution. He is the composer, performer and producer, of each track. The first single, "Higher Power", premiered on August 10, 2010.
For the television show Glee, he soloed and dueted on cover versions of various songs including; "Sweet Caroline", "Only the Good Die Young", "The Lady Is a Tramp", "Run Joey Run", "Beth", "Good Vibrations", "Just Give Me a Reason", and "Fat Bottomed Girls". During filming, Salling paid tribute to the cast of Glee by writing a song and creating a video entitled "Chillin' on Glee'", which featured various cast and crew members.
Salling acted in Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering (1996) and The Graveyard (2006). In 2008, he was cast as a regular character, Noah Puckerman, on Fox Broadcasting Company series, Glee. On June 28, 2013, it was reported that Salling would not be returning as a regular on Glee's fifth season, but would instead be a recurring guest star on the series.
He resides in Shadow Hills, Los Angeles.
Sexual assault and child pornography charges
In January 2013, a woman accused Salling of committing sexual battery by forcing her to have unprotected sex without her consent. He denied the charges and filed a counter-suit for defamation of character. In March 2015, Salling settled with the woman out of court.
On December 29, 2015, Salling was arrested at his Los Angeles home on suspicion of possessing several thousand photos and videos depicting child pornography. On May 27, 2016, he was charged with receiving and possessing child pornography. As of June 2, 2016, Salling was removed from the Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets cast.
|1996||Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering||James Rhodes||Direct-to-video|
|2006||Graveyard, TheThe Graveyard||Eric||Direct-to-video|
|2011||Glee: The 3D Concert Movie||Noah "Puck" Puckerman/Himself|
|1999||Walker, Texas Ranger||Billy||Episode: "Rise To The Occasion"|
|2009–2015||Glee||Noah "Puck" Puckerman||Main Role (Seasons 1–4) |
Recurring Role (Seasons 5–6); 81 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2009)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2010)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2011)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2012)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Breakout Star Male (2010)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Music: Group (2010) (shared with Glee Cast)
Nominated—Choice TV: Scene Stealer Male (2011)
|2010||The X Factor||Himself||Special guest|
|2011||The Glee Project||Himself||Episode: "Sexuality"|
|2014||Rocky Road||Harrison Burke||TV movie|
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|US ||US Heat ||US Indie |
|2008||Smoke Signals (released under stage name Jericho) ||—||—||—|
|2010||Pipe Dreams ||189||5||29|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart.|
- Glee: The Music, Volume 1 (2009)
- Glee: The Music, Volume 2 (2009)
- Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna (2010)
- Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers (2010)
- Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals (2010)
- Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album (2010)
- Glee: The Music, Volume 4 (2010)
- Glee: The Music, Volume 5 (2011)
- Glee: The Music, Volume 6 (2011)
- Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2 (2011)
- Glee: The Music, Volume 7 (2011)
- Glee: The Music, The Graduation Album (2012)
- Glee: The Music, Season 4, Volume 1 (2012)
|2010||"Higher Power"||—||Pipe Dreams|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart, or was not released.|