Darren Criss in Mourning After His Father Charles William Jr. Dies: 'Dad Lived an Extraordinary Life

The actor went on to describe his father as "a true gentleman through and through" who was "a constant source of joy and inspiration" for him.

"I've spent most of my life trying to be like him, wanting to see and do all the incredible things he did — and I'm so grateful he was around to see me actually pull a few off," Criss wrote. "He was there for the greatest moments of my life, which of course, he always dressed up for. His kind blue eyes, big laugh, and infamous warm smile could not have been a better representation of who he was to his core."

He added, "I cherished him every day, and will forever."

In the tribute, Criss also shared a photo of his parents from his wedding with longtime love Mia Swier.

Criss and Swier, 33, married in February 2019 in a New Orleans ceremony.

The couple announced their engagement in January 2018, though Criss later admitted they’d been engaged for a bit before they made the announcement.

“Mia and I have had seven and a half years of fun, wacky, wonderful, CRAZY adventures together,” the Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story star wrote at the time. “And I’m happy to announce that we’re kicking those adventures up a notch. We’re goin for it. To boldly go where neither of us have gone before. Engage.”

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