Charles Melton (actor)

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Charles Melton
Charles Michael Melton

(1991-01-04) January 4, 1991 (age 28)
Juneau, Alaska, U.S.
OccupationActor, model
Years active2014–present

Charles Michael Melton (born January 4, 1991) is an American actor and model. He is known for his roles as Reggie Mantle on The CW television series Riverdale and Daniel Bae in the film The Sun Is Also a Star (2019).

Life and work[edit]

Melton was born in Juneau, Alaska, and was raised in Manhattan, Kansas, the son of Sukyong and Phil Melton.[1] His family moved frequently because his father worked for the military.[2] His mother is Korean and his father is European-American.[3][4][3] He has a sister named Tammie.

He studied at Kansas State University, where he played on the football team. He also previously worked as a dog walker on the app Wag.[5] He dropped out of college after two years to pursue acting and relocated to Los Angeles in 2014. He was first successful as a model, having booked gigs for Dolce & Gabbana, Kenneth Cole and MAC.[5] His first acting roles included guest spots on Glee and American Horror Story.[5]

His big break came when he was cast in the CW series Riverdale as Reggie Mantle in season 2. Melton replaced Ross Butler, who left the cast due to his commitment to 13 Reasons Why.[6] After recurring on season 2, Melton officially became a series regular on Riverdale starting season 3.[7] In 2019, he played the male lead, Daniel Bae, in The Sun Is Also a Star, the film adaptation of the book of the same name by Nicola Yoon. The film is Melton's first feature film.[8] He starred opposite Yara Shahidi.[9]

In June 2018, Melton was involved in a controversy over fat shaming tweets he had written in 2011 and 2012. He publicly apologized after making his account private.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
2015 Faces Without Eyes Doc Short film
2015 Bad Friend Colin Short film
2016 The Channel Chris Short film
2018 The Thinning: New World Order Cage Web film
2019 The Sun Is Also a Star Daniel Bae
2020 Bad Boys for Life Harry Doyle
2020 Swing Chris Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Glee Model Episode: "New New York"
2015–2016 American Horror Story: Hotel Mr. Wu 2 episodes
2017–present Riverdale Reggie Mantle Recurring (season 2); main (season 3–present);

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist(s)
2016 "Save My Soul" JoJo
2019 "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" Ariana Grande


  1. ^ "'On Their Shoulders': Why Charles Melton calls his mom his 'queen' and 'hero'".
  2. ^ Nordstrom, Leigh (2018-11-27). "Charles Melton Is Your Next Heartthrob". WWD. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  3. ^ a b "Model of the Week: Charles Melton". August 4, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "'Riverdale' star Charles Melton shares his secret to finding love: 'It's being open and unafraid'". 2019-05-14.
  5. ^ a b c Kaufman, Amy (2019-05-17). "Riverdale's Charles Melton steps into the spotlight with The Sun Is Also a Star". Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  6. ^ Nemetz, Dave (May 12, 2017). "Meet Riverdale's New Reggie — Plus: Ross Butler Endorses Recast". TVLine. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  7. ^ Swift, Andy (May 2, 2018). "Riverdale Promotes Vanessa Morgan, Charles Melton to Series Regulars". TVLine. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  8. ^ Gandhi, Lakshmi (May 17, 2019). "In his first feature film, actor Charles Melton is learning to 'trust the process'". NBC News. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  9. ^ Galuppo, Mia; Sun, Rebecca (May 31, 2018). "Riverdale Star Charles Melton Joins Yara Shahidi in The Sun Is Also a Star (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  10. ^ Dicker, Ron (June 20, 2018). "Charles Melton Of Riverdale Apologizes For Fat-Shaming Tweets". HuffPost. Retrieved May 18, 2019.

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