Max Thieriot

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Max Thieriot
Born Maximillion Drake Thieriot
(1988-10-14) October 14, 1988 (age 26)
Los Altos Hills, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Lexi Murphy (m. 2013)

Maximillion Drake "Max" Thieriot (born October 14, 1988) is an American actor who is best known for his role as Dylan Massett on the thriller television drama series Bates Motel (2013–present). He has appeared in many thriller and horror films, including My Soul to Take (2010), Chloe (2010), Disconnect (2012), and House at the End of the Street (2012).

Early life[edit]

Thieriot's great-great-grandfather, M. H. de Young (1885)

Maximillion Drake Thieriot was born in Los Altos Hills, California, on October 14, 1988, the son of Bridgit (née Snyder) and George Cameron Thieriot. He has a sister, Frances, and a brother, Aidan.[1] Thieriot was raised in Sonoma County, California: he graduated middle school in 2002 from Sonoma Country Day School in Santa Rosa, California, and in 2006, graduated from El Molino High School in Forestville, California.[1]

Max's ancestors include German, English, Norwegian, Danish, Irish, Dutch Jewish, French Jewish, Scottish, Northern Irish.[2] Thieriot's family once owned the San Francisco Chronicle; his great-great-grandfather, M. H. de Young, who was of Dutch Jewish descent, co-founded the paper,[3][4] and his relatives, Charles and Richard Thieriot, were the editors and publishers of the paper.[5][6] Thieriot's paternal grandparents, Ferdinand and Frances Thieriot, died in the sinking of the SS Andrea Doria in 1956.[7]



Thieriot was signed to talent manager Don Gibble after taking his improvisation class. He modeled for GAP and appeared in two short films before being cast in his first feature film role, in 2004's Catch That Kid alongside Kristen Stewart and Corbin Bleu. He was subsequently cast in 2005's The Pacifier, playing one of the family members protected by a Navy Seal played by Vin Diesel.

Thieriot appeared in The Astronaut Farmer, released on February 23, 2007, as well as in the feature film version of Nancy Drew, released on June 15, 2007. In 2008, he played a younger version of Hayden Christensen's lead character in Jumper (co-starring with Rachel Bilson and, for the second time, with Kristen Stewart) and appeared in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.

In 2009, Thieriot co-starred in the erotic thriller Chloe, theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics on March 26, 2010. Chloe had enjoyed commercial success and became director Atom Egoyan's biggest moneymaker ever.[8] Thieriot also appeared in Wes Craven's 2010 film My Soul to Take, replacing Dennis Hopper's son Henry Lee Hopper. In the film, he portrays the main character Adam "Bug" Hellerman, who is one of seven characters chosen to die.

Thieriot starred in the horror-thriller House at the End of the Street alongside Jennifer Lawrence, which was released in 2012.[9] In 2013, Thieriot joined the main cast of the drama-thriller Bates Motel alongside Olivia Cooke, Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore. The show has received positive reviews.

Personal life[edit]

Thieriot enjoys hunting, basketball, wrestling, surfing, snowboarding, and other sports, and has listed Johnny Depp as his favorite actor.[10] He has described himself as a "small town farmboy in general."[11]

In June 2013, Thieriot married Lexi Murphy, his girlfriend of approximately eight years.[12][13] Thieriot splits his time between his home near Santa Rosa, California and Los Angeles.



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Catch That Kid Gus
2005 The Pacifier Seth Plummer
2007 The Astronaut Farmer Shepard Farmer
2007 Nancy Drew Ned Nickerson
2008 Jumper Young David Rice
2008 Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Will Shepherd
2010 My Soul to Take Adam "Bug" Hellerman
2010 Stay Cool Luke (Shasta's Boyfriend)
2010 The Family Tree Eric Burnett
2010 Chloe Michael Stewart
2011 Foreverland Will Rankin
2012 Yellow Young Nowell
2012 House at the End of the Street Ryan Jacobson
2012 Disconnect Kyle


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Dark Horse Carter Henderson Television movie
2013–present Bates Motel Dylan Massett 23 episodes
2015 Texas Rising Jack Hays Miniseries

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2006 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor The Pacifier Nominated [14]
2009 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Won [15]


  1. ^ a b Payne, Paul (February 23, 2007). "NEl Molino graduate seeing stars". The Press Democrat. Retrieved February 4, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Max Thieriot". EthniCelebs. 
  3. ^ Adams, Charles F. (2005). Murder By The Bay: Historic Homicide In And About The City Of San Francisco. San Francisco: Quill Driver Books. p. 59. ISBN 1-884995-46-2. 
  4. ^ Brechin, Gray (1999). Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin. University of California Press. p. 172. ISBN 0-520-22902-9. 
  5. ^ Nevius, C.W. (January 5, 2004). "Just another 15-year-old, except for the acting stuff". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 4, 2008. 
  6. ^ "History of The Chronicle". San Francisco Chronicle. July 28, 2000. Retrieved February 4, 2008. 
  7. ^ "NION R. THIERIOT, CONSERVATIONIST". Telegram & Gazette. January 1, 1999. Retrieved February 4, 2008. 
  8. ^ Pevere, Geoff (December 7, 2010). "The Digital Revolution: Part 1". The Star (Toronto). 
  9. ^ "Two Move Into 'House at the End of the Street'". Bloody Disgusting. 
  10. ^ "Teen Stars Online Mini-Biography". Teen Stars Online. 
  11. ^ "Max Thieriot: The Guy Next Door". Kidz World. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Max Thieriot". Twitter. June 3, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Max Thieriot of Bates Motel Marries; Kristen Stewart Attends". June 3, 2013. 
  14. ^ "27th Annual Young Artist Awards – Nominations / Special Awards". The Young Artist Foundation. 2006. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  15. ^ "30th Annual Young Artist Awards – Nominations / Special Awards". The Young Artist Foundation. 2009. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 

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