Brett Dalton

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Brett Dalton
Brett Dalton FSC 2015.jpg
Dalton in June 2015
Brett Patrick Dalton

(1983-01-07) January 7, 1983 (age 39)
Years active2007–present
Melissa Trn
(m. 2015; div. 2019)

Brett Patrick Dalton (born January 7, 1983)[1] 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., as well as Michael Munroe in the 2015 video game Until Dawn.

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[2] 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,[2] Dalton received a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama in 2011.[2][3][4] One of his Yale classmates was Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o.[5][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 follows character Phil Coulson and his small team of agents, Dalton's character among them.[6] 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) You Can't Take It With You (Chautauqua Theater Company), and The Understudy (Westport Country Playhouse).[7]

On May 16, 2014, Dalton was cast in indie drama film Lost in Florence as Eric Lombard, 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.[8][9]

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.[10]

Dalton stars in The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, a film released on January 20, 2017, by Walden Media and Vertical Church Films.[11]

In 2021, Dalton was cast in a recurring role in NBC drama series Chicago Fire as Interim Lieutenant Jason Pelham.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Brett lives in Los Angeles with his wife Melissa Trn[13] and their daughter, who was born in 2012.[5][14][15] He filed for divorce in November 2019.[16]


Dalton in 2014
Year Title Role Notes
2009 1:00am Games Travis Short film
2012 Sheets Short film
2014 Beside Still Waters James Miller
2016 Trust No One Victor Short film
2017 The Resurrection of Gavin Stone Gavin Stone
2017 Lost in Florence Eric Lombard
2019 Confidence Ordinary White Man Short film
2020 Superman: Man of Tomorrow Rudolph "Rudy" Jones / Parasite Voice, Direct-to-video
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Nurses Dr. Kurt Taylor Unsold pilot
2012 Blue Bloods Phillip Gibson Episode: Collateral Damage
2012 Army Wives Henry Episode: Fatal Reaction
2013 Killing Lincoln Robert Todd Lincoln National Geographic Television film
2013–2017 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Grant Ward / Hive Main role (seasons 1, 2, 3), Recurring role (season 4); 58 Episodes
Won - 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, 2018 Robot Chicken Various roles Voice;
Episodes: Cheese Puff Mountain & Shall I Visit the Dinosaurs?
2017–2019 Milo Murphy's Law Brick Voice;
6 Episodes
2018 Cooking with Love Stephen Harris Hallmark Channel Television film[17]
2018 Elementary Ryan Hayes Episode: An Infinite Capacity for Taking Pains
2018 Deception Isaac Walker Episode: "Loading Up"
2018 Once Upon a Christmas Miracle Christopher Dempsey Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel Television film[18]
2020 Just My Type Martin Clayborne Hallmark Channel Television film
2021 Ghostwriter Captain Vincent Apple TV + 3 Episodes
2021–2022 Chicago Fire Lieutenant Jason Pelham Recurring role; 9 Episodes
2021 One December Night Jason Bedford Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel Television film
2022 The Equalizer Carter Griffin Episodes: "Pulse" & "Exposed"
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
2022 Destiny 2: The Witch Queen The Witness Voice


  1. ^ "The Birth of Brett Dalton". California Birth Index. Retrieved September 30, 2016. actor Brett Dalton in 1983 (age 36)
  2. ^ a b c "Brett Dalton hits jackpot with role in 'Marvel's Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.'". Denver Post. September 23, 2013. Archived from the original on December 8, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  3. ^ Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Brett Dalton Interview — Comic-Con 2013. IGN. July 20, 2013. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  4. ^ "Brett Dalton joins 'physical comic book world' in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.". CBR. September 17, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "Meet the Cast: Brett Dalton". CTV. Archived from the original on August 25, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  8. ^ "Robin Tunney & Sarah Bolger Join 'My All American'; Brett Dalton In 'Tourist'; Tessa Thompson Cast In 'Selma'; Joel Lambert Books 'American Sniper'". Deadline Hollywood. May 16, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  9. ^ "'The Tourist', starring Brett Dalton & Stana Katic, filming in Florence, Italy". On Location Vacations. June 11, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  10. ^ "Nominees". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Corporation. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  11. ^ "First trailer for faith-based comedy drama The Resurrection of Gavin Stone starring Brett Dalton". Flickering Myth. September 16, 2016. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  12. ^ Cordero, Rosy (November 2, 2021). "'Chicago Fire': Brett Dalton Boards NBC Series In A Recurring Role Following Jesse Spencer's Departure". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  13. ^ Trn, Melissa [@Melissatrn] (February 29, 2016). "We have ABC Go, ABC app, Apple TV w/ ABC link..." (Tweet). Retrieved February 29, 2016 – via Twitter.
  14. ^ "'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Brett Dalton talks playing 'badass' Ward". Los Angeles Times. October 16, 2013.
  15. ^ "Brett Dalton". Archived from the original on July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  16. ^ "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D's Brett Dalton Files for Divorce from Wife Melissa Trn After 4 Years of Marriage". Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  17. ^ "Hallmark's 'Cooking with Love': Learn All About the Cast & the Movie". February 11, 2018.
  18. ^ "Suburban Chicago Couple's Love Story Becomes Holiday Hallmark Movie". NBC Chicago. December 11, 2018.

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