Colton Haynes

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Colton Haynes
Colton Haynes Comic-Con 2012.jpg
Born Colton Lee Haynes
(1988-07-13) July 13, 1988 (age 26)
Wichita, Kansas, United States
Occupation Actor, model, musician
Years active 2007–present

Colton Lee Haynes (born July 13, 1988) is an American actor and model. At the age of fifteen, Haynes began modeling for Abercrombie & Fitch while living in New York City, New York. After moving to Los Angeles, California, he began acting in television. He is best known for his roles as Jackson Whittemore in MTV's supernatural drama series Teen Wolf and Roy Harper/Arsenal in the superhero television series Arrow.

Early life and education[edit]

Colton Lee Haynes was born on July 13, 1988, in Wichita, Kansas,[1] the son of William Clayton Haynes [2] and Dana Denise Mitchell.[3] He has described his parents as "free-spirited hippies".[1] Haynes has five siblings, including brothers Clinton and Joshua and a sister Willow.[1][4] One of his paternal great-great-great-grandmothers, Sarah Ann Ward, was of documented part Cherokee (meaning Haynes is 1/64th Native American descent or less); his other ancestry is English, Scottish and Scots-Irish.[5][6][7] Haynes grew up on a farm in Andale, and has also lived in Arkansas, New Mexico, Texas, and Florida.[8] He attended Navarre High School (Florida), Andale High School (Kansas) and graduated from Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz, Texas.

Personal Life[edit]

Haynes is best friends with fellow Arrow cast member Emily Bett Rickards.


Modeling career[edit]

Haynes began his career as a model at the age of fifteen in New York City, New York. Haynes first began his success after appearing in a Bruce Weber photoshoot for Abercrombie & Fitch.[9] He also appeared in a photo shoot for gay-oriented magazine XY in 2006. Afterward, Haynes began modeling in campaigns for Kira Plastinina, J. C. Penney, and Ralph Lauren.[8] In 2008, Haynes continued modeling in campaigns such as Verizon and also appeared in numerous magazine editorials such as Teen Vogue and Arena.

Acting career[edit]

Haynes at a Teen Wolf event, 2012

He made an uncredited appearance in the 2007 blockbuster Transformers. He also made a guest appearance on CSI: Miami, where he portrayed Brandon Fox, a young man who fails to commit suicide after being in a massive debt. He made a cameo appearance as a model in two episodes of The Hills. In addition to guest roles, Haynes also acted in My Chemical Romance's music video for their single "I Don't Love You", directed by Marc Webb.[9] In the second half of 2007, Haynes auditioned for the role of Edward Cullen in the film version of Stephenie Meyer's young adult novel, Twilight. Robert Pattinson was cast instead.[10]

In 2008, he guest appeared as Alexander on the television series, Privileged, and also appeared as Ares Kostopolous on the television series, Pushing Daisies.[11] He won the role of Scott Holland in the Hallmark Channel film, Always and Forever. Filming began in December 2008, and the film was released to television on October 24, 2009. He unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of Royce Du Lac in the Nickelodeon film, Spectacular!.

It was announced in 2009 that Haynes had won the role of Shane in the Showtime series Look, based on the 2007 film of the same name. "I play a 17-year-old asshole. The show is very racy with lots of nudity, sex, drugs and real life experiences that will shock audiences," Haynes said in an interview.[12] Filming began in the summer of 2009 and the show premiered in 2010 and was cancelled after its first season. In March 2010, filming began for the ABC television series, The Gates, in which Haynes portrays Brett Crezski, a jock who begins to turn into a werewolf. The series premiered on June 20, 2010.[13] The show was short-lived and was cancelled after its first season. Afterwards he landed the role of Jackson Whittemore in the MTV series, Teen Wolf,[14] based on the 1985 film of the same name.

On October 11, 2012, Haynes tweeted "These past few years have been the best of my life. I'm sad that this chapter has ended, but excited for a new one to begin. Thx for the love" leaving fans of Teen Wolf (and of his character Jackson Whittemore) confused. The next day it was announced that he would be leaving the show.[15] He was a recurring member on the hit CW show Arrow, playing Roy Harper, who was one of the Green Arrow's sidekicks who first took the name Speedy before gradually becomes a superhero in his own right by first taking the name Arsenal and then Red Arrow in the comics.[16] Haynes was upgraded to series regular status on Arrow for season two.[17]

Haynes will be appearing in his first film role in San Andreas alongside with Dwayne Johnson.

In popular culture[edit]

Haynes appeared on the cover of Hero in the magazine's #6 issue for Winter 2011/Spring 2012.[18]

In April 2007, Haynes appeared in My Chemical Romance's music video for "I Don't Love You", portraying the man in black who falls in love with the woman in white.[19] In September 2012, he was the lead in Leona Lewis's music video "Trouble", where he played the part of her boyfriend.[20] In July 2013, he starred in Victoria Justice's music video "Gold".[21]

In 2013, Haynes released some snippets to various covers of songs he had done. Colton started to further his career by singing, something he has loved to do since he was little. In November, he covered a song called "19 You+Me" with New Heights.[22] In December 2013, he released a single with fellow singer Travis-Atreo called "Baby It's Christmas".[23]

In 2014, Haynes made a return to his roots by participating in Abercrombie & Fitch's "Making of a Star" campaign. As a result, photography of Haynes shot by iconic photographer Bruce Weber was featured in A&F stores worldwide.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Transformers Cafe kid Uncredited
2009 Always and Forever Scott Holland Television Film
2011 Charlie Brown: Blockhead's Revenge Linus van Pelt Short Film
2015 San Andreas Joby Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2007 CSI: Miami Brandon Fox Episode: "Bang, Bang, Your Debt"
2008 Privileged Alexander Episode: "All About Friends and Family"
2008 Pushing Daisies Ares Kostopolous Episode: "Frescorts"
2009 Melrose Place Jessie Roberts Episode: "Gower"
2010 Gates, TheThe Gates Brett Crezski Main cast; 11 episodes
2010 Look: The Series Shane Main cast; 11 episodes
2011–2012 Teen Wolf Jackson Whittemore Main cast; 24 episodes (Season 1-2)
2011 Nine Lives of Chloe King, TheThe Nine Lives of Chloe King Kai Episode: "Dogs of War"
2013–present Arrow Roy Harper / Arsenal Main Cast (39 Episodes)
2014–present The Flash Roy Harper / Arsenal 1 episode

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 I Don't Love You Guest Star Music Video
2012 Trouble Guest Star Music video
2013 Gold Guest Star Music video


  1. ^ a b c Flaunt Magazine | People: Colton Haynes
  2. ^ Wichita Eagle: Search Results
  3. ^ Colton Haynes
  4. ^ ARROW: Colton Haynes on Roy Harper’s Evolution, His Desire to be on ELLEN, and More | Give Me My Remote
  5. ^ "COLTON HAYNES from TEEN WOLF: LIVE WEBCHAT 12th JULY 2011". Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ Colton Haynes — EthniCelebs - Celebrity Ethnicity |What Nationality Background Ancestry Race
  7. ^ Colton Haynes - Biography - IMDb
  8. ^ a b 5 Things You Don't Know About Teen Wolf's Colton Haynes - Us Weekly
  9. ^ a b "Colton Haynes - pictures, picture, pics, images, gallery, info, bio, gossip". Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  10. ^ What Does This Hot Guy Have to Do With Robert Pattinson? | E! Online UK
  11. ^ Colton Haynes | Teen Wolf | MTV
  12. ^ "Bruno Rand". Ohlala Mag. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  13. ^ "ABC Announces 2010 Summer Schedule" (Press release). ABC Television Network. April 7, 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Teen Wolf‘s Colton Haynes: 2 Years After Those Man-On-Man Kissing Photos / Queerty". 2013-03-23. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  15. ^ No Jackson for Teen Wolf Season 3. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  16. ^ Lesley Goldberg. "Has 'Arrow' Found its Speedy in 'Teen Wolf's' Colton Haynes?". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  17. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (March 13, 2013). "'Arrow' Promotes Colton Haynes to Series Regular for Season 2". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  18. ^ Hero magazine issues[dead link]
  19. ^ Victoria Justice Gives ‘Gold’ Star To ‘Three-Time Video Ho’ Colton Haynes - MTV
  20. ^ 'Teen Wolf's' Colton Haynes lands Leona Lewis video role: See pics from the set! - Zap2it | News & Features
  21. ^ Victoria Justice Aims To Win Colton Haynes’ Love In ‘Gold’ Video - MTV
  22. ^ Colton Haynes Is a Singer! Watch the Arrow Star Cover 19 You + Me With New Heights | E! Online UK
  23. ^ iTunes - Music - Baby It's Christmas - Single by Colton Haynes & Travis-Atreo

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