Brett Dalton

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Brett Dalton
Brett Dalton FSC 2015.jpg
Dalton at the June 2015 Florida Supercon
Born Brett Patrick Dalton
(1983-01-07) January 7, 1983 (age 35)
San Jose, California
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present
Spouse(s) Melissa Trn (m. 2015)
Children 1

Brett Patrick Dalton[1][better source needed] (born January 7, 1983[2][better source needed]) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Grant Ward and Hive in ABC's series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Early life[edit]

Dalton graduated in 2001 from Westmont High School in Campbell, California, where he became interested in acting after auditioning for a production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest[3] and where he was California Scholarship Federation President and Associated Student Body President. He played the lead in My Favorite Year. After studying at University of California, Berkeley for his undergraduate degree,[3] Dalton received a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University in 2011.[3][4][5] One of his Yale classmates was Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o.[6][better source needed]


In November 2012, he was cast in a starring role in the Joss Whedon TV series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D as Agent Grant Ward. The series takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following character Agent Phil Coulson and his small team of agents, Dalton's character among them.[7] Dalton's other television credits include Blue Bloods, Army Wives, and National Geographic Channel's Killing Lincoln, a Tony and Ridley Scott Production. His theatre credits include Passion Play, Romeo and Juliet, and Happy Now? (Yale Repertory); Sweet Bird of Youth and Demon Dreams (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Macbeth (Macbeth) and You Can't Take It With You (Chautauqua Theater Company).[8]

On May 16, 2014, Dalton was cast in indie drama film The Tourist, as Eric Lazard, a heartbroken former college football star who gets in over his head with a dangerous Florentine sport and alluring local woman, alongside Stana Katic and Emily Atack.[9][10]

In 2015, Dalton voiced the character Mike in Until Dawn (2015), an action survival horror video game developed by Supermassive Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 4. In February, Dalton was nominated by the National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers for his performance.[11]

Dalton stars in The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, a film released on January 20, 2017 by Walden Media and Vertical Church Films.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Brett lives in Los Angeles with his wife Melissa Trn[13] and their daughter, who was born in 2012.[6][14][15]


Dalton in 2014
Year Title Role Notes
2010 1:00am Games Travis Short film
2013 Sheets Short film
2014 Beside Still Waters James
2016 Trust No One Victor Short film
2017 The Resurrection of Gavin Stone Gavin Stone
2017 Lost in Florence Eric Lazard
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Nurses Dr. Kurt Taylor Unsold pilot
2012 Blue Bloods Phillip Gibson Episode: "Collateral Damage"
2012 Army Wives Beach Runner Episode: "Fatal Reaction"
2013 Killing Lincoln Robert Todd Lincoln Television film
2013–17 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Grant Ward & Hive 57 episodes;
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Male Breakout Star (2014)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Villain (2016)
2015 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Talon (voice) Episode: "Flight of the Feathers/Captain Hookity Hook"
2015 Robot Chicken Doctor Manhattan (voice) Episode: "Cheese Puff Mountain"
2016–17 Milo Murphy's Law Brick (voice) 6 episodes
2018 Cooking With Love[16] Post-production; Television film
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Until Dawn Michael "Mike" Munroe Voice and motion capture performance;
Nominated – National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Award for Best Supporting Role in a Drama


  1. ^ "California Birth Index, 1905-1995",, California Department of Health Services 
  2. ^ "Brett Patrick Dalton". Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Brett Dalton: I'm lucky to be on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.". Huffington Post. September 23, 2013. Archived from the original on December 8, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Brett Dalton Interview — Comic-Con 2013. IGN. July 20, 2013. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Brett Dalton joins 'physical comic book world' in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.". September 17, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
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  7. ^ "Exclusive: Joss Whedon's red-hot S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot adds 'deadly' new Agent". TV Line. November 27, 2012. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Meet the Cast: Brett Dalton". Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
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  12. ^ "First trailer for faith-based comedy drama The Resurrection of Gavin Stone starring Brett Dalton". Flickering Myth. 2016-09-16. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  13. ^ "Melissa Trn on Twitter". Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  14. ^ "'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Brett Dalton talks playing 'badass' Ward". Los Angeles Times. October 16, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
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