Dylan O'Brien

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Dylan O'Brien
Dylan O'Brien 2014 Comic Con (cropped).jpg
Born (1991-08-26) August 26, 1991 (age 23)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor

Dylan O'Brien (born August 26, 1991) is an American actor, musician, and director. He co-stars as Stiles in the MTV series Teen Wolf.[1] He also co-starred in the film High Road, and starred in the film The First Time, with Britt Robertson and Victoria Justice and directed by Jon Kasdan.

Life and career

O'Brien was born in New York City, the son of Lisa (née Rhodes), a former actress who also ran an acting school, and Patrick O'Brien, a camera operator.[2][3] He grew up in Springfield Township, New Jersey, until the age of twelve, when he and his family moved to Hermosa Beach, California.[4][5][6] His father is of Irish descent, and his mother is of Italian, English, and Spanish ancestry.[7][8] After graduating from Mira Costa High School in 2009 he considered pursuing sports broadcasting and eventually become a commentator for—or the general manager of the Mets.[9] He had planned to attend Syracuse University in fall 2009 as a sports broadcasting major but decided to move to Los Angeles for an acting career.[3]

At fourteen, O'Brien began posting original videos onto his YouTube channel. With the videos developing, a local producer/director approached him about doing work for a web series of hers.[3] While working on the webseries, O'Brien met an actor who connected him with a manager. He went through several auditions before getting one for the main role in Teen Wolf. After reading the script O'Brien wanted to audition for the part of Stiles instead. After four auditions he was cast.[3]

In 2011, he began playing the role of Stiles in Teen Wolf, a series loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name. In 2013, O'Brien co-starred in the comedy film The Internship, with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

O'Brien takes the lead role in the 2014 film The Maze Runner, the film adaption of the book of the same name. He filmed the movie in summer 2013 while on hiatus from Teen Wolf.[10] Yahoo! Movies names O'Brien as one of the 15 Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2014.[11]

In addition to acting in film and on television, O'Brien has produced, directed, and starred in a number of comedic short films produced for and released through his personal YouTube channel, and he is also the drummer for the independent rock band Slow Kids at Play.[12]

Personal life

O'Brien has been in a relationship with actress Britt Robertson since they met while filming The First Time in 2012.[13]


Year Television Role Notes
2011–present Teen Wolf "Stiles" Stilinski Main cast
2013 First Dates with Toby Harris Peter "Roommates", season 2, episode 6
2013 New Girl The Guy "Virgins"
Year Film Role Notes
2011 Charlie Brown: Blockhead's Revenge Charlie Brown short movie
2012 High Road Jimmy
2012 The First Time Dave Hodgman
2013 The Internship Stuart Twombly
2014 The Maze Runner Thomas

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2014 Giffoni Award[14] Giffoni Experience Award Won
2014 Teen Choice Award[15] Choice TV Villain Won
2014 Young Hollywood Award[16][17] Breakthrough Actor Won


  1. ^ Gandhi, Neha. "Exclusive interview: Teen Wolf's Dylan O'Brien". Seventeen. Hearst Communications, Inc. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.skidmore.edu/scope/fall2009/classnotes/1986.htm
  3. ^ a b c d "Teen Wolf's Dylan O'Brien "In real life, I'm the werewolf."". Lynn Barker. July 27, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.listal.com/dylan-o%27brien_ii
  5. ^ "Dylan O’Brien". NewNowNext. Viacom. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.popentertainment.com/dylanobrien.htm
  7. ^ "Sidekick supreme". Jason Johnson. June 4, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  8. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3729721/bio
  9. ^ http://www.teenvogue.com/entertainment/movies/2014-08/dylan-obrien-maze-runner/?slide=1
  10. ^ "Dylan O'Brien Maze Runner". Dylan O'Brien. April 18, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  11. ^ https://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/yahoo-movies/15-breakout-stars-watch-2014-213625337.html
  12. ^ http://www.newnownext.com/personality/dylan-obrien/
  13. ^ Teen.com (2013-09-19). "Dylan O'Brien, Brittany Robertson Dating, Tomorrowland Set". Teen. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  14. ^ "Dylan O’Brien Brings ‘The Maze Runner’ to the Giffoni Film Festival - See more at: http://www.shineon-media.com/2014/07/21/dylan-obrien-brings-the-maze-runner-to-the-giffoni-film-festival/#sthash.H5uuOOZW.dpuf". Shine on Media. Shine on Media. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Teen Choice 2014". Teen Choice Awards. FOX. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "List of Nominees". Young Hollywood Awards. PMC. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  17. ^ http://hollywoodlife.com/2014/07/28/young-hollywood-awards-2014-list-award-winner/

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