The Emmy-nominated Glee alum and Broadway star steals the series with his portrayal of Cunanan, the serial killer who murdered five men during a three-month, cross-country spree, with Versace as his final victim. Testing when he was younger revealed Cunanan had a 147 IQ, and he charmed endless numbers of friends and wealthy older men, but he was also known to lie about his life and his family background — and, as the FX series focuses on, always seemed to be pretending he had a more luxurious life than he actually did. Already on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list after the third murder, Cunanan killed himself eight days after shooting Versace.
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Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan
The Emmy-nominated Glee alum and Broadway star steals the series with his portrayal of Cunanan, the serial killer who murdered five men during a three-month, cross-country spree, with Versace as his final victim. Testing when he was younger revealed Cunanan had a 147 IQ, and he charmed endless numbers of friends and wealthy older men, but he was also known to lie about his life and his family background — and, as the FX series focuses on, always seemed to be pretending he had a more luxurious life than he actually did. Already on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list after the third murder, Cunanan killed himself eight days after shooting Versace.
(Photo: FX/AP Photo)

Don’t be fooled by the title: Although the 1997 murder of star fashion designer Gianni Versace is a major part of the sophomore season of Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story, the series is just as much, if not more deeply, the story of Versace’s killer, Andrew Cunanan. The season, based on journalist Maureen Orth’s bestselling 1999 book, Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History, begins with Versace’s death and then unpacks Cunanan’s complicated life and his murderous cross-country trip in reverse. The Versace family, multiple Cunanan friends and lovers, plenty of victims, and a plethora of cops and FBI agents factor into Cunanan’s journey, and they’re portrayed in the FX series by some very recognizable, beloved stars, and at least one newcomer who we’re certain we’ll be seeing a lot more of.

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