Mark Salling

Mark Salling

Mark Salling at the Glee Premiere Party, May 2009
Born Mark Wayne Salling
(1982-08-17) August 17, 1982
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor, singer-songwriter, composer, musician
Years active 1996–present

Mark Wayne Salling (born August 17, 1982)[1] 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.[2]

Early life

Salling was born in Dallas, Texas. He was home-schooled at an early age. He was raised in a "strict Christian home"[3] 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.[4] While he attended high school, he was a member of the school wrestling team.[5] 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.[6]



Salling sings, writes, and produces his own music, and plays the piano, guitar, bass guitar, and drums.[6] His solo project's (under the stage name "Jericho") debut album Smoke Signals was released on February 8, 2008,[7] 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.[8] It was released by Pipe Dreams Records, Salling's own label, in partnership with Fontana Distribution.[6] He is the composer, performer and producer, of each track.[6] The first single, "Higher Power", premiered on August 10, 2010.[9]

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".[10] 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.[11]


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.[12]

Personal life

He resides in Shadow Hills, Los Angeles.[13]

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.[14][15][16] He denied the charges and filed a counter-suit for defamation of character.[17] In March 2015, Salling settled with the woman out of court.[18]

On December 29, 2015, Salling was arrested at his Los Angeles home on suspicion of possessing several thousand photos and videos depicting child pornography.[19][20][21] On May 27, 2016, he was charged with receiving and possessing child pornography.[22] As of June 2, 2016, Salling was removed from the Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets cast.[23]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering James Rhodes Direct-to-video[24]
2006 Graveyard, TheThe Graveyard Eric Direct-to-video[24]
2011 Glee: The 3D Concert Movie Noah "Puck" Puckerman/Himself


Year Title Role Notes
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[12]
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[24]
2011 The Glee Project Himself Episode: "Sexuality"
2014 Rocky Road Harrison Burke TV movie[24]


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US Heat
US Indie
2008 Smoke Signals (released under stage name Jericho)
2010 Pipe Dreams
  • Released: October 25, 2010
  • Label: Fontana, Pipe Dreams Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
189 5 29
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.



Year Single Peak Album
2010 "Higher Power" Pipe Dreams
"—" denotes releases that did not chart, or was not released.


  1. "Mark Salling". Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  2. Fox's official Glee page
  3. "Glee Cast Channels Inner Madonna - Glee". Retrieved 2011-10-18.
  4. Clark, Annie. "St Vincent Interview – Toro Magazine" (Interview). Interview with Marko Prelic. Retrieved 2015-01-01.
  5. Chen, Eva. "Mark Salling: Naughty by Nature". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  6. 1 2 3 4 "Mark Salling Bio". Retrieved August 10, 2010.
  7. Smoke Signals at
  8. "Pipe Dreams by Mark Salling". iTunes. Retrieved October 27, 2010.
  9. Stack, Time (August 10, 2010). "'Glee' star Mark Salling announces debut album and premieres new single: Listen to it here!". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved August 10, 2010.
  10. "Watch Glee Online - Streaming at Hulu". Hulu. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  11. "Mark's Tribute to his Glee Family". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-10-18.
  12. 1 2 Michael Ausiello. "'Glee' Season 5: Heather Morris, Mark Salling and 2 Others Not Returning as Regulars - TVLine". TVLine. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  13. "Ex-'Glee' star Mark Salling indicted on child-porn charges." Houston Chronicle. Saturday, May 28, 2016. Retrieved on May 28, 2016.
  14. "Mark Salling Sexual Battery: 'Glee' Star Sued By Ex-Girlfriend". The Huffington Post. 19 January 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  15. "'Glee' Star Sued For Alleged Sexual Assault". Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  16. Sadie Gennis (19 January 2013). "Mark Salling Sued by Ex-Girlfriend for Sexual Battery". Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  17. "Mark Salling: There Is 'No Truth' to Sexual Battery Lawsuit". Yahoo Celebrity. 19 January 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  18. "'Glee' Star Mark Salling Settles with Former GF in Fight Over Sexual Encounter". TMZ. 2015-03-25.
  19. "'Glee' actor Mark Salling arrested on suspicion of possessing child porn". Los Angeles Times. 29 December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  20. "'Glee' Actor Mark Salling Reportedly Arrested in Child Pornography Case - KTLA". KTLA. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  21. Todd Leopold, CNN (29 December 2015). "Mark Salling of 'Glee' arrested on child porn charges -". CNN. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  22. "Glee Actor Mark Salling Indicted for Possessing Child Pornography". The Hollywood Reporter. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  23. Associated Press (June 1, 2016). "Mark Salling dropped from miniseries after child porn charge". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  24. 1 2 3 4 Mark Salling at the Internet Movie Database
  25. "Mark Salling Album & Song Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  26. "Mark Salling Album & Song Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  27. "Mark Salling Album & Song Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
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