Colton Haynes

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Colton Haynes
Colton Haynes 3, 2012.jpg
Haynes at a Teen Wolf event, 2012
Born Colton Lee Haynes
(1988-07-13) July 13, 1988 (age 27)
Wichita, Kansas, United States
Occupation Actor, model, musician
Years active 2007–present

Colton Lee Haynes (born July 13, 1988) is an American actor and model. He is best known for his role as Jackson Whittemore in MTV's supernatural drama series Teen Wolf and as Roy Harper/Arsenal in the superhero television series Arrow.

Early life[edit]

Colton Lee Haynes was born on July 13, 1988, in Wichita, Kansas,[1] the son of Dana Denise (Mitchell) and William Clayton Haynes.[2][3] He has described his parents as "free-spirited hippies".[1] Haynes has five siblings, including brothers Clinton and Joshua, and a sister Willow.[1][4] One of his paternal great-great-great-grandmothers, Sarah Ann Ward, was of documented part Cherokee descent; his other ancestry is mostly English, with smaller amounts of Scottish and Scots-Irish.[5] Haynes grew up on a farm in Andale, Kansas, and has also lived in Arkansas, New Mexico, Texas, and Florida.[6] He attended Navarre High School (Florida), Andale High School (Kansas) and graduated from Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz, Texas.


Haynes began his career as a model at the age of fifteen in New York City, New York. Haynes first began his success after appearing in a Bruce Weber photoshoot for Abercrombie & Fitch.[7] Afterward, Haynes began modeling in campaigns for Kira Plastinina, J. C. Penney, and Ralph Lauren.[6] In 2008, Haynes continued modeling in campaigns such as Verizon and also appeared in numerous magazine editorials such as Teen Vogue and Arena.

Haynes at 2015 PaleyFest

He made an uncredited appearance in the 2007 blockbuster Transformers. He also made a guest appearance on CSI: Miami, where he portrayed Brandon Fox, a young man who fails to commit suicide after being in a massive debt. He made a cameo appearance as a model in two episodes of The Hills. In addition to guest roles, Haynes also acted in My Chemical Romance's music video for their single "I Don't Love You", directed by Marc Webb.[7] In April 2007, Haynes appeared in My Chemical Romance's music video for "I Don't Love You", portraying the man in black who falls in love with the woman in white.[8] Later that year, Haynes auditioned for the role of Edward Cullen in the film version of Stephenie Meyer's young adult novel, Twilight. Robert Pattinson was cast instead.[9]

In 2008, he guest appeared as Alexander on the television series, Privileged, and also appeared as Ares Kostopolous on the television series, Pushing Daisies.[10] He won the role of Scott Holland in the Hallmark Channel film, Always and Forever. Filming began in December 2008, and the film was released to television on October 24, 2009. He unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of Royce Du Lac in the Nickelodeon film, Spectacular!.

It was announced in 2009 that Haynes had won the role of Shane in the Showtime series Look, based on the 2007 film of the same name. "I play a 17-year-old asshole. The show is very racy with lots of nudity, sex, drugs and real life experiences that will shock audiences," Haynes said in an interview.[11] The show premiered in 2010 and was cancelled after its first season. In March 2010, filming began for the ABC television series, The Gates, in which Haynes portrays Brett Crezski, a jock who begins to turn into a werewolf. The series premiered on June 20, 2010.[12] The show was short-lived and was cancelled after its first season. Afterwards he landed the role of Jackson Whittemore in the MTV series, Teen Wolf,[13] based on the 1985 film of the same name.

On October 11, 2012, Haynes tweeted, "These past few years have been the best of my life. I'm sad that this chapter has ended, but excited for a new one to begin. Thx for the love," leaving fans of Teen Wolf confused. The next day it was announced that he would be leaving the show.[14] He was a recurring member on the hit CW show Arrow, playing Roy Harper, a street thug who idolizes the Arrow and later becomes his protegé, Arsenal.[15] Haynes was upgraded to series regular status on Arrow for season two.[16] Haynes left the series at the end of season three.[17]

In September 2012, he was the lead in Leona Lewis's music video "Trouble", where he played the part of her boyfriend.[18]

In July 2013, he starred in Victoria Justice's music video "Gold".[19] In December 2014, he also made a cameo appearance in Andy Grammer's music video, Honey, I'm Good. That same year, he released some snippets to various covers of songs he had done. Colton started to further his career by singing, something he has loved to do since he was little. In November, he covered a song called "19 You+Me" with New Heights.[20] In December 2013, he released a single with fellow singer Travis-Atreo called "Baby It's Christmas".[21]

In 2014, Haynes made a return to his roots by participating in Abercrombie & Fitch's "Making of a Star" campaign. As a result, photography of Haynes shot by iconic photographer Bruce Weber was featured in A&F stores worldwide.[citation needed]

Haynes' first credited feature film role was in the 2015 film San Andreas.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Transformers Cafe kid Uncredited
2011 Charlie Brown: Blockhead's Revenge Linus van Pelt Short film
2015 San Andreas Joby O'Leary
2016 Triumph Jeff Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2007 CSI: Miami Brandon Fox Episode: "Bang, Bang, Your Debt"
2008 Privileged Alexander Episode: "All About Friends and Family"
2008 Pushing Daisies Ares Kostopolous Episode: "Frescorts"
2009 Always and Forever Scott Holland Television film
2009 Melrose Place Jessie Roberts Episode: "Gower"
2010 Gates, TheThe Gates Brett Crezski Main cast; 11 episodes
2010 Look: The Series Shane Main cast; 11 episodes
2011–12 Teen Wolf Jackson Whittemore Main cast; 24 episodes
2011 Nine Lives of Chloe King, TheThe Nine Lives of Chloe King Kai Episode: "Dogs of War"
2013–15 Arrow Roy Harper / Arsenal 53 Episodes;
Recurring (Season 1)
Main Cast (Seasons 2–3)
Special Guest Star (Season 4)

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role Notes
2007 I Don't Love You My Chemical Romance Guest Star
2012 Trouble Leona Lewis Love Interest
2013 Gold Victoria Justice Guest Star
2014 Honey, I'm Good. Andy Grammer Guest Star


  1. ^ a b c Flaunt Magazine | People: Colton Haynes
  2. ^ Wichita Eagle: Search Results
  3. ^ Colton Haynes
  4. ^ ARROW: Colton Haynes on Roy Harper’s Evolution, His Desire to be on ELLEN, and More | Give Me My Remote
  5. ^ Colton Haynes — EthniCelebs - Celebrity Ethnicity |What Nationality Background Ancestry Race
  6. ^ a b 5 Things You Don't Know About Teen Wolf's Colton Haynes - Us Weekly
  7. ^ a b "Colton Haynes - pictures, picture, pics, images, gallery, info, bio, gossip". Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  8. ^ Victoria Justice Gives ‘Gold’ Star To ‘Three-Time Video Ho’ Colton Haynes - MTV
  9. ^ What Does This Hot Guy Have to Do With Robert Pattinson? | E! Online UK
  10. ^ Colton Haynes | Teen Wolf | MTV
  11. ^ "Bruno Rand". Ohlala Mag. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  12. ^ "ABC Announces 2010 Summer Schedule" (Press release). ABC Television Network. April 7, 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2010. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Teen Wolf‘s Colton Haynes: 2 Years After Those Man-On-Man Kissing Photos / Queerty". 2013-03-23. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  14. ^ No Jackson for Teen Wolf Season 3. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  15. ^ Lesley Goldberg. "Has 'Arrow' Found its Speedy in 'Teen Wolf's' Colton Haynes?". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  16. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (March 13, 2013). "'Arrow' Promotes Colton Haynes to Series Regular for Season 2". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  17. ^ Abrams, Natalie (April 15, 2015). "Arrow twist: Scoop on the big exit". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  18. ^ 'Teen Wolf's' Colton Haynes lands Leona Lewis video role: See pics from the set! - Zap2it | News & Features
  19. ^ Victoria Justice Aims To Win Colton Haynes’ Love In ‘Gold’ Video - MTV
  20. ^ Colton Haynes Is a Singer! Watch the Arrow Star Cover 19 You + Me With New Heights | E! Online UK
  21. ^ iTunes - Music - Baby It's Christmas - Single by Colton Haynes & Travis-Atreo

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