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Artie Abrams (Glee)

Played by: Kevin McHale

Artie Abrams
(Kevin McHale)

is a guitarist and paraplegic manual wheelchair user. McHale described Artie as a "nerd" who loves the glee club wholeheartedly and uses it as a form of escapism. Artie uses a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury he received in a car crash at the age of eight.

During the first season, he begins to accept his disability and the fact he will never achieve his dream of becoming a dancer. In the first season, he has a relationship with fellow New Directions member Tina Cohen-Chang, who breaks up with him at the beginning of the second season. Artie then loses his virginity to cheerleader Brittany Pierce, and with encouragement from his former bully, Puck, they begin dating. The two remain a couple for most of the season before breaking up.

In the third season, Artie, then a junior, directs the school musical and a television special featuring the glee club for the local PBS station.

McHale joined Glee from a dance background, and found it challenging to adapt to using a wheelchair, but was able to utilize his dancing ability in the episode "Dream On", in which Artie dances in a shopping mall during a fantasy flash mob sequence.] The episode "Wheels", which places focus on Artie and his disability, drew criticism from a committee of performers with disabilities, who felt that casting an able-bodied actor to play a disabled student was inappropriate. Glee's executive producer Brad Falchuk responded that while he understood the concern and frustration of disability advocates, McHale had the singing and acting ability, talent and charisma required for the role.


Kevin Michael McHale

born 14th June 1988 is an American actor, dancer, and singer.

Formerly of the boy band NLT, McHale is known for his role as Artie Abrams on the Fox television series Glee.

McHale was born in Plano, Texas, the youngest of four children. McHale is descended from emigrants from County Mayo,...

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