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 is the younger of two children of Condy Sue (née Wherry), a school secretary, and John Robert Salling, Jr., an accountant. He was home-schooled at an early age. Salling 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. While he attended high school, he was a member of the school wrestling team.
After graduating from high school, he 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 (under the stage name "Jericho"), was debut album Smoke Signals, 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", and "Good Vibrations." 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) with Naomi Watts, and also in 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 will not be returning as a regular on Glee's fifth season, but will instead be a recurring guest star on the series.
In January 2013, Salling was accused by a woman who claims he committed sexual battery by forcing sex without a condom. He has denied the charges and has filed a countersuit for defamation of character.
Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering
Graveyard, TheThe Graveyard
Glee: The 3D Concert Movie
Noah "Puck" Puckerman/Himself
Walker, Texas Ranger
Episode: "Rise To The Occasion"
Noah "Puck" Puckerman
Main Role (Seasons 1-4), 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)
The Glee Project
Rocky Road (TV Movie)