Wilson Bethel

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Wilson Bethel
Born Stephen Wilson Bethel
(1984-02-24) February 24, 1984 (age 30)
Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States
Occupation Actor, Writer, Producer, Model
Years active 2004–present

Stephen Wilson Bethel (born February 24, 1984) is an American actor and the son of Stephen Bethel and author Joyce Maynard.[1] Bethel is best known for his roles as Wade Kinsella on Hart of Dixie and as Ryder Callahan on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless.[2][3] He is also the star and creator of the web series Stupid Hype on the The CW's new online platform CWD (CW Digital Studio).


Before becoming a regular on The Young and the Restless, Bethel had been seen on television in various one-time roles on shows such as JAG, Cold Case, and NCIS.[4] Those small parts were followed up by a role in the 2008 Vietnam War film, 1968 Tunnel Rats where he played the Army Special Ops soldier, Corporal Green.[5] This was followed by his role as Corporal Evan "Q-Tip" Stafford in the 2008 HBO mini-series Generation Kill; Bethel appeared in all 7 episodes as well as the HBO documentary short Making Generation Kill.

In Hart of Dixie, Bethel plays Wade Kinsella, "bad-boy" neighbor to the series' central character, Zoe Hart.[6] Production for the show began in early 2011 and it premiered on September 26, 2011. BuddyTV ranked him #14 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011" And 2012 Wilson Bethel was ranked #2 in TV's Sexiest Men " .[7]


List of acting performances in film and television
Year Film Role Notes
2004 The O.C. Brad Episode "The Telenovela"
2005 JAG Seaman Apprentice Charles Bander Episode "Dream Team"
NCIS P.O. John Kirby Episode "Switch"
2008 1968 Tunnel Rats Cpl. Dan Green
Generation Kill Cpl. Evan 'Q-Tip' Stafford 7 episodes
Cold Case James 'Jimmy' Tully Episode "Shore Leave"
2009-2011 The Young and the Restless Ryder Callahan 78 episodes
2011 The Perfect Student Trent TV movie
Stealing Summers Trevor
2011–present Hart of Dixie Wade Kinsella
2012 Wyatt Earp's Revenge Doc Holliday Video
Not Today Bill Post-production
Stupid Hype Hype Web Series
2013 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Himself 1 episode
2014 L.A. Rangers Parker Web Series
2014 Prototype Short Films: Memory 2.0 Henry Web short film; co-writer


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