Mark Salling

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Mark Salling
Mark Salling Glee Premiere.jpg
Salling in 2009
Born Mark Wayne Salling
(1982-08-17)August 17, 1982
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Died January 30, 2018(2018-01-30) (aged 35)
Los Angeles County, California, U.S.
Cause of death Asphyxia by hanging
Occupation Actor, composer, musician
Years active 1996–2015
Known for Noah "Puck" Puckerman on Glee

Mark Wayne Salling (August 17, 1982 – January 30, 2018)[1][2] was an American actor and musician. He was known for his role as Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the television series Glee.[3]

Salling studied at the Los Angeles College of Music before working as a guitar teacher. He also worked as an occasional actor, appearing in Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering (1996) and The Graveyard (2006) before gaining a recurring role in Glee in 2008. Initially a regular character, from the fifth season he was reduced to a recurring guest star role. On the show, he soloed and dueted on cover versions of various songs. Pursuing a music career, he established his own label, Pipe Dreams Records, in partnership with Fontana Distribution. On this label he released an album, Pipe Dreams, in 2010.

In January 2013, Salling was accused of sexual battery but settled with his accuser out of court. In December 2015, he was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. Salling faced between four and seven years' imprisonment after pleading guilty, but died due to asphyxia by hanging prior to his sentencing.

Early life and education[edit]

Salling was born in Dallas, Texas[4] as the younger of two children[5] to religious Christian parents; John Robert Salling Jr., an accountant,[6] and Condy Sue Salling (née Wherry), a school secretary.[5][7][8] He was home-schooled at an early age.[4] 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.[9] While he attended high school, he was a member of the school wrestling team.[10] 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.[11]

Career[edit]

Music[edit]

Salling sang, wrote, and produced his own music, and played the piano, guitar, bass guitar, and drums.[11] His solo project's (under the stage name "Jericho") debut album Smoke Signals was released on February 8, 2008,[12] 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.[13] It was released by Pipe Dreams Records, Salling's own label, in partnership with Fontana Distribution.[11] He was the composer, performer and producer, of each track.[11] The first single, "Higher Power", premiered on August 10, 2010.[14]

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", "Just Give Me a Reason", "Good Vibrations", and "Fat Bottomed Girls".[15] 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.[16]

Acting[edit]

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.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Salling dated Glee co-star Naya Rivera from 2007 to 2010, and Playboy model DJ Roxanne Dawn, from 2010 to 2011.[7][18] He resided in Shadow Hills, Los Angeles, California.[19]

Salling was a long-time member of the Echo Park Ornithology Club in Los Angeles, and even penned their theme song. The president and founder of the organization said that "he (Salling) really enjoyed birdwatching a lot, and he really cared about birds... he had a lot of animals at his house and he worked at an animal rescue when I knew him. We went birdwatching together."[20]

Legal issues[edit]

Sexual assault charges[edit]

In January 2013, Salling's ex-girlfriend Roxanne Gorzela[5] accused him of committing sexual battery by forcing her to have unprotected sex without her consent.[21][22][23] He denied the charges and filed a counter-suit for defamation of character.[24] In March 2015, Salling settled with Gorzela out of court after judges ordered him to pay her US$2.7 million.[5][25]

Child pornography charges[edit]

On December 29, 2015, Salling was arrested at his Los Angeles home on suspicion of possessing several thousand photos and videos depicting child pornography, following a tip-off to police from one of his ex-girlfriends.[7][26][27][28] He was released later on a $20,000 bailout but a search warrant found more than 50,000 images of child pornography, downloaded between April and December 2015 on his computer and USB flash drives.[7] On May 27, 2016, he was charged with receiving and possessing child pornography.[29] As a result of the charges, Salling was removed from the cast of Adi Shankar's film Gods and Secrets.[30] On September 30, 2017, he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, subsequently being registered as a sex offender and entering a treatment program, among other conditions. The guilty plea was formalized on December 18, 2017, with Salling facing four to seven years in jail.[31] Salling's sentencing date was set for March 2018.[32]

Death[edit]

Salling was found dead from apparent suicide by hanging on January 30, 2018, near his home in the Sunland area of Los Angeles, six hours after he was reported missing.[5][33][2][34]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering[35] James Rhodes Direct-to-video
2006 The Graveyard[36] Eric Direct-to-video
2011 Glee: The 3D Concert Movie[37] Noah "Puck" Puckerman/Himself

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Walker, Texas Ranger[38] Billy Episode: "Rise To The Occasion"
2009–2015 Glee[38] Noah "Puck" Puckerman Main role (seasons 1–4)
Recurring role (seasons 5–6); 81 episodes[17]
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2009)[39]
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2010)[40]
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2011)[41]
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2012)[42]
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Breakout Star Male (2010)[43]
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Music: Group (2010) (shared with Glee Cast)[44]
Nominated—Choice TV: Scene Stealer Male (2011)[45]
2010 The X Factor[46] Himself Special guest
2011 The Glee Project[47] Himself Episode: "Sexuality"
2014 Rocky Road[48] Harrison Burke TV movie

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
[49]
US Heat
[50]
US Indie
[51]
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.

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak Album
US[52]
2010 "Higher Power" Pipe Dreams
"—" denotes releases that did not chart, or was not released.

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