Charlie Carver

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Charlie Carver
Charlie Carver by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Charles Carver Martensen
(1988-07-31) July 31, 1988 (age 28)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2008–present
Relatives Max Carver (twin brother)

Charlie Carver (born Charles Carver Martensen;[1] July 31, 1988) is an American actor. His best known roles include Porter Scavo on the ABC television series Desperate Housewives, Ethan on the MTV television series Teen Wolf, and Scott Frost on the first season of the HBO television series The Leftovers.[2] His twin brother Max Carver has frequently portrayed the twin of his characters.

Early life[edit]

Charlie Carver was born in San Francisco, California, on July 31, 1988. His identical twin brother Max was born seven minutes later on August 1. Before he began acting professionally, he was known as Charlie Martensen. His father, Robert Martensen, was an author and medical researcher in history at the National Institutes of Health, and his mother, Anne Carver, is a philanthropist and community activist. In 1992, Anne and her new husband Denis Sutro moved the family to Calistoga in Napa Valley. He attended High School at St. Paul’s Boarding School in Concord, New Hampshire, but left to attend Interlochen Arts Academy, Michigan, in his sophomore year. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2012. He also studied acting at The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.


Carver made his acting debut as an eighth-grader when he played fairy trickster Puck in his school's production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

His screen debut was with his brother in the ABC television series, Desperate Housewives; they played Porter and Preston Scavo, sons to Lynette Scavo and Tom Scavo. He and his brother appeared in season 3 of MTV's Teen Wolf as a pair of twin werewolves – Charlie plays Ethan, and Max plays Aiden.[3] They next appeared in the first season of HBO series The Leftovers.[4][5][6]

Carver has also acted separately from his brother. He has guest starred on shows such as Hawaii Five-0, and The League. His feature film roles have included Underdogs, Bad Asses, and I Am Michael.

Carver will be appearing in the ABC miniseries When We Rise in 2017.[7] The production will trace the history of the LGBTQ rights movement, beginning with the Stonewall riots in 1969.


Film roles
Year Film Role Notes
2013 Underdogs John Handon III [8][9]
2014 Bad Asses Eric Also known as Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses
2015 I Am Michael Tyler [10]
2017 Fist Fight Nathaniel
2017 A Midsummer Night's Dream Snug Post-production
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2008–2012 Desperate Housewives Porter Scavo Also starring role (seasons 5–8): 40 episodes
2012 Fred 3: Camp Fred Hugh Thompson Television film[11][12][13]
2013 Restless Virgins Dylan Television film (Lifetime)
2013–2014 Teen Wolf Ethan Recurring role (season 3): 19 episodes
2014 The Leftovers Scott Frost Main role (season 1)
2014 Hawaii Five-0 Travis Kealoha Episode: "Ka Hana Malu"
2015 The League Trophy Kevin Episode: "Trophy Kevin"
2017 When We Rise Michael Television Mini-Series
2017 Blooms Elliot Bloom

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Refs
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Desperate Housewives
(shared with rest of cast)
Nominated [14]


  1. ^ California Birth Index 1905–1995,
  2. ^ Interview with Charlie and Max Carver
  3. ^ Masters, Megan (November 18, 2012). "TVLine Items: Teen Wolf AddsDesperate Twins, Nick Cannon Signs New NBC Deal and More!". TVLine. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  4. ^ Rawden, Jessica (April 12, 2015). "The Leftovers Is Making All Of These Changes For Season 2". Cinemablend. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  5. ^ Lucarelli, Kristina (June 27, 2013). "'Teen Wolf' Twins Max And Charlie Carver Land Spots In HBO Pilot 'The Leftovers'". MTV. Viacom Media Networks (Viacom). Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 24, 2013). "Charlie & Max Carver Join HBO's 'Leftovers'". Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Here's A Look At 'When We Rise,' ABC's New LGBTQ Rights Miniseries". 
  8. ^ Heldenfels, Rich (June 27, 2012). "'Underdogs' movie to shoot in North Canton - Local - Ohio". Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  9. ^ Heldenfels, Rich (August 13, 2013). "North Canton movie 'Underdogs' getting extended local run - News - Ohio". Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  10. ^ Denizet-Lewis, Benoit (June 19, 2011). "My Ex-Gay Friend". New York Times Magazine. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  11. ^ ""Fred 3: Camp Fred," Premieres". The Futon Critic. Futon Media. July 12, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  12. ^ Korbelik, Jeff (July 21, 2012). "Columbus teen stars in third 'Fred' movie". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  13. ^ Ellyson, Tyler (July 10, 2012). "'Fred 3' set for July 28 premiere". Columbus Telegram. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  14. ^ Bruno, Mike (December 20, 2007). "The 14th Annual SAG Award Nominations". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Archived from the original on January 3, 2008. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 

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