Keegan Allen

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Keegan Allen
Born Keegan Phillip Allen
(1989-07-22) July 22, 1989 (age 25)
California, U.S.[citation needed]
Occupation Actor, Musician
Years active 2002; 2010–present
Parents Phillip R. Allen
Joan Snyder

Keegan Phillip Allen (born July 22, 1989[1]) is an American actor and musician. Allen is best known for his current role as Toby Cavanaugh on the ABC Family hit series Pretty Little Liars.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Allen is the son of Joan Snyder and Phillip Richard Allen, an off-Broadway theater actor best known for his role as Captain J.T. Esteban in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.[citation needed]


Keegan’s passion in his younger years tended towards photography, cinematography and other roles behind the camera.[2] This coupled with his parents' background led up to his job as an actor on the front stage.[citation needed]

At the age of thirteen Keegan landed his first paid job for a small, non-speaking role in a documentary for Animal Planet.[3] He went on to star in a short film, Small Emergencies, as the Parakeet Owner’s Son in 2002. In 2010, after a long break from acting, Keegan starred in Nickelodeon’s TV show Big Time Rush.[1] In the same year, he starred in a short film entitled As A Last Resort. Shortly after, Keegan secured his breakthrough role as Toby Cavanaugh, Spencer Hastings’ (played by Troian Bellisario) love interest on ABC’s Pretty Little Liars. He also made an appearance in CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2011. This year, Allen played the role of Jake in an episode of Fox’s sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter and is currently working on a movie titled Bukowski,[4] produced and directed by Hollywood star James Franco.[citation needed]

Allen was nominated as Choice Summer TV Star: Male, for the 2011 Teen Choice Awards. Allen did not win, but he was nominated again in 2013 and won.[citation needed]

Social networking[edit]

In an interview, Keegan mentioned that he passionately keeps in touch with his fans through his Twitter account. Keegan includes in the interview that he also maintains an Instagram account to keep his fans up to speed with his daily life.[5] In addition, Allen also manages a blog on the microblogging platform, Tumblr. On his blog, Allen displays his continued childhood enthusiasm for photography and cinematography despite his digression into the acting industry. Allen is also an avid user of Keek, the recent social media tool that enables users to post video status updates.[citation needed]


Year Series Role Notes
2002 Small Emergencies Parakeet Owner's Son Short film
2010 As a Last Resort Driver Short film
2013 Palo Alto Archie
2014 Bukowski Jimmy Haddox
2014 The Sound and the Fury TBA Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Big Time Rush Model #2 "Big Time Jobs" (Season 1: episode 11)
2010–Present Pretty Little Liars Toby Cavanaugh Recurring Role; ABC Family Original Series; 62 episodes
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Max Ferris "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead" (Season 11: episode 16)
2013 I Hate My Teenage Daughter Jake "Teenage Party" (Season 1: episode 11)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2011 Teen Choice Awards "Choice Summer TV Star: Male" Pretty Little Liars Nominated
2013 Won
2013 TV Guide Awards "Favorite Villain" (Shared with: Janel Parrish) Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Awards "Choice TV Actor: Drama" Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Keegan Allen Bio". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "An Interview with Keegan Allen (Toby, 'Pretty Little Liars')". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Keegan Allen Bio". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Bukowski (2014) at the Internet Movie Database.
  5. ^ Thomas, Rachel. "An Interview with Keegan Allen (Toby, 'Pretty Little Liars')". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 

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