Corbin Bleu Bio: In His Own Words – Video Exclusive, News, Photos
Corbin Bleu Reivers, known professionally as Corbin Bleu, was born February 21, 1989 to Martha and David Reivers in Brooklyn, New York. From an early age, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become an actor, dropping his last name professionally. Bleu is the oldest of four children, with three younger sisters named Jag, Phoenix and Hunter. He is of Jamaican and Italian descent.
Corbin Bleu Bio: Early Life, Family, Education
Bleu has been in the spotlight virtually all his life. Starting at the age of two, Bleu appeared in commercials for Life cereal, Nabisco, Bounty and Hasbro, among others. Before acting in movies and television shows, Bleu was a child model, signed with Ford Modeling Agency at age four He appeared on toy packaging and in print ads for Toys “R” Us, Gap and Target.
At the age of six, Bleu appeared in his first professional theater production. He played a homeless mute in the off-Broadway show Tiny Tim Is Dead. Bleu began dancing at around the same time, often the only boy in his jazz and ballet classes. He went on to train in dancing at the Los Angeles High School for the Arts and in theater at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts in New York. He thrived onstage, starring as Ren and Sonny in his school’s productions of Footlose and Grease, respectively. Bleu received the Theatre Student of the Year Award for his in-school acting.
Corbin Bleu Bio: Early Career, High School Musical, Zach Efron
At seven years old, Bleu relocated with his family from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, securing his first television role as a recurring character on High Incident. Throughout his childhood, Bleu also landed guest spots on the shows ER, The Amanda Show; Hannah Montana; The Beautiful Life: TBL and One Life To Live.
Aside from television and theater, Bleu appeared in multiple movies – including Solider (1998), Galaxy Quest (1999) and Catch That Kid (2004) – prior to his breakout role in High School Musical. Starting in 2004, Bleu was featured as part of the cast of the Discovery Kids series Flight 29 Down. The actor was cast for High School Musical the summer following the show’s release.
Bleu became a household name in 2006 when he starred in the Disney Channel original movie High School Musical (dir. Kenny Ortega). He played Chad Danforth, protagonist Troy Bolton’s lifelong best friend and figurative partner in crime on the East High basketball team. The movie became one of Disney Channel’s highest-rated movies of all time and spawned two sequels, both featuring Bleu.
Between High School Musical movies, Bleu starred as Izzy Daniels in the Disney Channel movie Jump In! He also sang the most popular track in the movie, “Push It to the Limit,” and danced alongside co-star Keke Palmer. Following the release of High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Bleu acted in a number of other movies, including Free Style (2008), Sugar (2013) and The Monkey’s Paw (2013).
Corbin Bleu Bio: Exclusive Interview on ‘Free Style’
In November 2013, Bleu sat down for an exclusive uInterview about his film Free Style. In addition to acting in the movie he co-produced it and recorded the soundtrack song “Moments That Matter.”
Bleu told uInterview exclusively, “The song ‘Moments That Matter’ came along when I was making my album Another Side. I wrote that song on my birthday. That was my 19th birthday. I’m 20 now.” Bleu told uInterview what motivated him to write this song on such a special occasion. “I was in the recording studio,” he said, “and I didn’t get a chance to see much of my family or friends but a lot of them called me and left some really wonderful messages and it got me feeling really good and I just wanted to write a song, a sentimental song in a way. A song about family, the people in my life that really matter, which coincided really well with this film.”
After the release of Free Style, in which Bleu plays a motocross enthusiast, Bleu took up the hobby himself. “Most of the motocross scenes were the best,” Bleu told Uinterview. “I became obsessed with the sport ever since I started learning, and I have a Kawasaki 250 bike that I ride back in L.A. all the time, and I go to all the races. Any chance I had to get on the bike in the movie was fun for me.”
Check out the full interview below:
Corbin Bleu Bio: Later Career – TV Shows, Movies
In addition to acting onscreen, Bleu has also performed on Broadway three times. He played Usnavi in the 2010 musical In The Heights and Jesus in Godspell (2013), returning to the stage in 2019 for Kiss Me, Kate. The soundtrack for this production is set to release later this year and will feature Bleu as Bill Calhoun/Luciento Bleu has also released two music albums called Another Side and Speed Of Light, self-identifying as a lyric baritone and citing actor/singer Brian d’Arcy James as his inspiration.
In 2013, Bleu finished as runner-up on Dancing with the Stars’ 17th season, partnered with Ukranian ballroom dancer Karina Smirnoff, Bleu has also appeared in TV shows like Psych, The Good Wife, Castle and The Fosters. In 2017, he performed as Ted Hanover in the live remake of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn musical. Two of Bleu’s current projects – Stranded and Ovid and the Art of Love – are undergoing the post-production process.
Corbin Bleu Bio: Dating History, Girlfriends, Wife, Charity Work, Quotes
Over the years, Bleu has dated many of his Disney costars as well as other actresses, including Palmer, High School Musical costar Monique Coleman, Maddie Cyrus (cousin of Miley Cyrus), Maiara Walsh, Jaime Murray and Makeshia Lucien.
Bleu is involved with a number of charities, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the Starlight Children’s Foundation and Do Something, for which he hosted the organization’s award ceremony in 2009.
“I’m a very outgoing person. I’m always happy, I’m one of those people who are always smiling. If somebody described me to somebody else, they’d say the kid with the curly hair with the big smile on his face. I get along with everybody.”
“You name a show business faux pas and it has happened to me – from pants with the zipper down on the red carpet to having hair that looked like I put my finger in a light socket. It’s kinda like that naturally so when it gets freaky looking, it gets really freaky!”
“[on career choices] When you’re a kid you have grand ideas to become a lot of different things. I wanted to be a marine biologist. I wanted to be a plastic surgeon. Eventually, it came down to two directions – a pediatrician or an actor.”
Updated by Jen Curran, June 2019
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