Penn Dayton Badgley is an American actor best known for his role as Dan Humphrey on the CW television series Gossip Girl.
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, and was involved with the Seattle Children's Theatre. He soon began doing voice-overs for children's radio stations.
At age 11, Badgley relocated with his mother to Hollywood and began pursuing an acting career. Badgley also pursued a singing career dur...