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Dylan Minnette
Dylan Minnette in 2018 (cropped).jpg
Minnette in 2018
Dylan Christopher Minnette

(1996-12-29) December 29, 1996 (age 23)
  • Actor
  • singer
  • musician
Years active2005–present

Dylan Christopher Minnette (born December 29, 1996) is an American actor, singer, and musician. He is known for his role as Clay Jensen in the Netflix drama series 13 Reasons Why. He has appeared in the drama series Lost, the fantasy series Awake, the drama series Scandal and Grey's Anatomy, and as a young Michael Scofield in Prison Break. He also plays the guitar and sings in the American alternative rock band Wallows.

In films, Minnette has appeared in the horror film Let Me In (2010), the thriller film Prisoners (2013), the family comedy film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014), the family fantasy film Goosebumps (2015), the horror film Don't Breathe (2016), and the horror film The Open House (2018). He is set to star in the upcoming fifth installment of the Scream franchise scheduled for release in 2022.

Personal life[edit]

Minnette was born in Evansville, Indiana, the son of Robyn and Craig Minnette.[1][2][3] The family moved to Champaign, Illinois, where they lived for five years, and later moved to Los Angeles so that he could pursue a career in acting.

From 2014 to 2018, Minnette was in a relationship with Kerris Dorsey, whom he met on the set of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.[4] Later that year, he began a relationship with Lydia Night.[5]



Minnette's first role was a single episode of Drake & Josh. He has since appeared in the NBC original film The Year Without a Santa Claus, as an unnamed character in Fred Claus, as Todd Lyons in the film The Clique, and as Noah Framm in Snow Buddies. Notable roles of Minnette on television include the young version of the character Michael Scofield on Prison Break and character Clay Norman on Saving Grace. He played a bully named Kenny in Let Me In, a remake of Swedish, Let the Right One In, released in October 2010. He also played a role as Jerry Grant Jr. on ABC's Scandal as the President's son. Minnette has also appeared in several commercials and in four episodes of Lost as Jack's son in the sideways timeline.[6] Minnette also appeared in "The Crow & the Butterfly" video from the rock group Shinedown.

Minnette in 2010

In 2016, Minnette starred in the horror film Don't Breathe which was directed by Fede Alvarez.[7] A sleeper hit, Don't Breathe received critical acclaim[8] and grossed over $156 million.[9]

Since 2017, Minnette has starred as Clay Jensen in the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why.[10][11] He also starred in the Netflix Original Film, The Open House, which premiered in January 2018.[12]

In September 2020, Minnette was cast in an undisclosed role in the fifth Scream film, which will be directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett.[13] The film will be released on January 14, 2022.[14][15]


Minnette is the singer and rhythm guitarist in the band Wallows with Cole Preston (drums) and Braeden Lemasters (singer, guitar).[16] Before 2017 they were known as The Feaver and then The Narwhals. They performed at "Summer Meltdown", a concert for autism awareness in 2010[17] and won a battle of the bands contest the same year, sponsored by 98.7 FM.[18] They played at Vans Warped Tour 2011[19] and have since performed at many Los Angeles venues including the Roxy Theatre and Whisky a Go Go.[20] Their song Bleeding Man was used in the promo for season 2 of R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour.

Throughout 2017, they released four singles "Pleaser", "Sun Tan", "Uncomfortable" and "Pulling Leaves Off Trees" on Apple Music and Spotify. In 2018, they released two more singles "Pictures of Girls" and "These Days". They performed "Pictures of Girls" on The Late Late Show with James Corden on May 8, 2018. Their debut album, Nothing Happens, was released in March 2019.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Game of Life Billy Direct-to-video film
2007 Fred Claus Orphanage kid
2008 Snow Buddies Noah Framm Direct-to-video film
2008 The Clique Todd Lyons Direct-to-video film
2010 Let Me In Kenny
2013 Labor Day 16-year-old Henry Wheeler
2013 Prisoners Ralph Dover
2014 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Anthony Cooper
2015 Goosebumps Zach Cooper
2016 Don't Breathe Alex
2017 The Disaster Artist Guy on cell phone Deleted scene[21][22]
2018 The Open House Logan Wallace
2022 Untitled Scream sequel TBA


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Drake & Josh Jeffrey Episode: "The Demonator"
2005 Two and a Half Men Young Charlie Harper Episode: "I Always Wanted a Shaved Monkey"
2005–2006 Prison Break Young Michael Scofield Recurring role; 5 episodes
2006 Mad TV Billy Season 11, episode 18
2006 The Year Without a Santa Claus Iggy Thistlewhite Television film
2007–2010 Saving Grace Clay Norman Main role
2007 Grey's Anatomy Ryan (boy with no ears) Episode: "Haunt You Every Day"
2008 Ghost Whisperer Pierce Wilkins Episode: "Stranglehold"
2008 Rules of Engagement Nicky Episode: "Buyer's Remorse"
2008 The Mentalist Frankie O'Keefe Episode: "Red Hair and Silver Tape"
2009 Supernatural Danny Carter Episode: "Family Remains"
2010 Lost David Shephard 4 episodes
2010 Medium Cameron Episode: "Bring Your Daughter to Work Day"
2010–2011 Men of a Certain Age Reed 4 episodes
2011 Lie to Me Noah Episode: "Rebound"
2011 Against the Wall Ryan Spencer Episode: "Obsessed and Unwanted"
2011 The Haunting Hour: The Series Corey Episode: "Brush with Madness"
2012 Awake Rex Britten Main role
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Luca Gabardelli Episode: "Learning Curve"
2012 Major Crimes Avi Strauss Episode: "The Ecstasy and the Agony"
2013 Nikita Stefan Tasarov Episode: "Reunion"
2013 Save Me Ben Tompkins Episode: "The Book of Beth"
2013 The Haunting Hour: The Series Chad Episode: "Funhouse"
2014 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Donnie Gill / Blizzard Episodes: "Seeds", "Making Friends and Influencing People"
2014 Scandal Fitzgerald "Jerry" Jr. Recurring role; 6 episodes
2017–2020 13 Reasons Why Clay Jensen Main role
2018, 2019 The Late Late Show with James Corden Himself Performing with his band "Wallows"
2019 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Himself Performing with his band "Wallows"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Refs
2008 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Young Actor Age Ten or Younger Saving Grace Won [23]
2009 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actor The Mentalist Nominated
Best Performance in a TV Series – Recurring Young Actor Saving Grace Nominated
2011 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor Let Me In Nominated [24]
Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Let Me In Nominated [24]
Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actor 14–17 Medium Won [24]
Best Performance in a TV Series – Recurring Young Actor Lost Nominated [24]
2013 National Board of Review Awards Best Acting by an Ensemble Prisoners Won
2015 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Nominated


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  3. ^ "Who Plays Clay in 13 Reasons Why? Get to Know Dylan Minnette!". April 14, 2017. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  4. ^ Gallagher, Caitlin (April 22, 2017). "19 Photos of Dylan Minnette and His Girlfriend That Will Make You Say, "Ah, Young Love"". Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Ginsberg, Gab. "Wallows' Dylan Minnette & The Regrettes' Lydia Night Made You This Valentine's Day Playlist". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  6. ^ Gorman, Bill (May 15, 2011). "NBC 2011–12 Primetime Schedule Announced". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
  7. ^ Ford, Rebecca (May 22, 2015). "Prisoners Actor Dylan Minnette Joins Fede Alvarez's Horror Film (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
  8. ^ "Don't Breathe". Archived from the original on November 22, 2018. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "Don't Breathe (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on January 31, 2017. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 8, 2016). "13 Reasons Why Netflix Series: Dylan Minnette & Katherine Langford Lead Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  11. ^ Highfill, Samantha (May 12, 2017). "How 13 Reasons Why cast Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  12. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 7, 2017). "Netflix Acquires The Open House Starring 13 Reasons Why Actor Dylan Minnette (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  13. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 10, 2020). "Mason Gooding And Dylan Minnette Join Ensemble Of New Scream Movie". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  14. ^ Miska, Brad (August 28, 2020). "Relaunch of Scream Slashing Into Theaters on January 14, 2022!". BloodyDisgusting. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  15. ^ Kroll, Justin (June 24, 2020). "New Scream Movie From Spyglass Media Will Be Released by Paramount (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  16. ^ "Meet Wallows, a young rock band worth your time in 2019". Los Angeles Times. March 22, 2019. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  17. ^ "Seventh annual Summer Meltdown concert rocks Santa Clarita Valley". Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 9, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ Rockstar 2010: The Feaver! Archived November 9, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on July 5, 2011.
  20. ^ " - SCV NewsBreak for Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 05-09-2012".
  21. ^ Cole, Jake (September 16, 2017). "The Disaster Artist". Slant Magazine. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  22. ^ Minnette, Dylan [@dylanminnette] (December 12, 2017). "lol yes it did. my major character arc as Guy On Cell Phone sadly did not see the light of day. was so fun though and loved the movie so much" (Tweet). Retrieved July 1, 2018 – via Twitter.
  23. ^ "29th Annual Awards 2008". The Young Artist Foundation. 2008. Archived from the original on July 6, 2008. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  24. ^ a b c d "32nd Annual Young Artist Awards – Nominations / Special Awards". The Young Artist Foundation. 2011. Archived from the original on August 8, 2013. Retrieved March 14, 2011.

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