Penn Dayton Badgley
(born November 1, 1986) is an American
actor. He is best known for his role as Dan Humphrey
on the CW
television series Gossip Girl
. He has also starred in the movies John Tucker Must Die
, The Stepfather
, and Easy A
Badgley was born in Baltimore, Maryland
and split his childhood years between Richmond, Virginia
and Seattle, Washington
. He attended Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Washington
. Also Penn was involved with the Seattle Children's Theatre
. He soon began doing voice-overs
for children's radio stations.
At age 11, Badgley relocated to Hollywood
and began pursuing an acting career. Badgley also pursued a singing career during this time and recorded a pop single in 1998. At the age of 14, Penn completed his California High School Proficiency Exam and began attending Santa Monica City College. He was later accepted at University of Southern California
(USC), where he deferred admission due to contractual obligations.
Badgley's first credit was voice work for the video game Mario Golf 64
in 1999 although he claims to have never played it himself. He followed this in 2000 with voice work on Mario Tennis 64
. His first screen acting credit was on an episode of Will & Grace
. He followed this up with appearances on shows such as Daddio
, The Brothers García
and What I Like......