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O'Brien at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Dylan Rhodes O'Brien[1]

(1991-08-26) August 26, 1991 (age 29)
EducationMira Costa High School
Years active2011–present

Dylan Rhodes O'Brien (born August 26, 1991) is an American actor. His first major role was Stiles Stilinski on the MTV supernatural drama Teen Wolf (2011–2017), where he was a series regular during all six seasons. O'Brien achieved further prominence for his lead role of Thomas in the Maze Runner science fiction film trilogy (2014–2018), which led to further film appearances. He portrayed the lead roles of fictional counterterrorist Mitch Rapp in the action thriller American Assassin (2017) and the title character in the Transformers installment Bumblebee (2018), along with playing real-life Deepwater Horizon explosion survivor Caleb Holloway in the disaster film Deepwater Horizon (2016). O'Brien has also appeared as the lead of the adventure film Love and Monsters (2020).

Early life

O'Brien was born in New York City, the son of Lisa (née Rhodes), a former actress who also ran an acting school, and Patrick O'Brien, a camera operator.[2][3] He grew up in Springfield Township, New Jersey, until the age of twelve, when he and his family moved to Hermosa Beach, California.[4][5][6] His father is of Irish descent, and his mother is of Italian, English and Spanish ancestry.[7] After graduating from Mira Costa High School in 2009, he considered pursuing sports broadcasting and possibly working for the New York Mets.[8] At 14, O'Brien began posting original videos onto his YouTube channel. With the videos developing, a local producer and director approached him about doing work for a web series while in his senior year of high school.[3] While working on the webseries, O'Brien met an actor who connected him with a manager. He had planned to attend Syracuse University[9] as a sports broadcasting major, but decided to pursue an acting career instead.[10]


Before beginning his career in acting, O'Brien produced, directed and starred in a number of comedic short films which he released through his personal YouTube channel.[11] He was also the drummer for the independent rock band Slow Kids at Play.[12]

He went through several auditions before getting one of the main roles in MTV's Teen Wolf, a series loosely based on the 1985 film Teen Wolf. He had been intended to play Scott, but after reading the script, O'Brien wanted to audition for the part of Stiles instead.[13] After four auditions, he was cast.[3] In 2010, he began playing Stiles in the series.[14]

In 2011, O'Brien was introduced to audiences in the entirely improvised independent comedy film High Road. The following year, he starred in the romantic comedy The First Time.

In 2013, O'Brien co-starred in the comedy film The Internship. That same year, O'Brien filmed The Maze Runner which began filming in summer 2013, while he was on hiatus from Teen Wolf.[15] He played Thomas, the lead role. Yahoo! Movies named O'Brien as one of the 15 Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2014.[16] He reprised the role of Thomas in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, released on September 18, 2015.[17]

In March 2016, O'Brien was seriously injured on set while filming a stunt for Maze Runner: The Death Cure. O'Brien was in a harness on top of a moving vehicle when he was pulled off the vehicle unexpectedly and hit by another vehicle. His injuries included facial fractures, a concussion, and brain trauma.[18][19] O'Brien later stated that the accident "'broke most of the right side'" of his face; he underwent reconstructive facial surgery.[20] After months of recovery, O'Brien eventually began filming other projects, and his March 2017 return to The Death Cure set marked his complete return to health.[21] The film premiered on January 26, 2018.[21][22][23]

In 2016, he appeared in the disaster thriller-drama Deepwater Horizon, based on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion. He starred in 2017's American Assassin, an action-thriller in which he played the titular character Mitch Rapp,[24][25] and voiced the CGI title character in the Transformers spin-off film Bumblebee in 2018.[26]

In 2019, O'Brien guest-starred in the comedic sci-fi anthology series Weird City.[27] In 2020, he starred in the mystery thriller The Education of Fredrick Fitzell, filmed in 2018,[28] and the post-apocalyptic road trip film Love and Monsters.[29]

In February 2021, O'Brien was cast in The Outfit with filming set to begin in March 2021.[30] In April 2021, filming on the project was completed.[31]


O'Brien at ComicCon, 2014


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Charlie Brown: Blockhead's Revenge Charlie Brown Short film[32]
2011 High Road Jimmy
2012 The First Time Dave Hodgman
2013 The Internship Stuart Twombly
2014 The Maze Runner Thomas
2015 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Thomas
2016 Deepwater Horizon Caleb Holloway
2017 American Assassin Mitch Rapp
2018 Bumblebee Bumblebee (voice)
2018 Maze Runner: The Death Cure Thomas
2020 Flashback Fredrick Fitzell
2020 Love and Monsters Joel Dawson
2021 Infinite Heinrich Treadway Post-production
TBA The Outfit TBA Post-production[31]


Year Title Role Notes
2011–2017 Teen Wolf Stiles Stilinski Main role
2013 First Dates with Toby Harris Peter Web series short; episode: "Roommates"[33]
2013 New Girl The Guy Episode: "Virgins"
2019 Weird City Stu Maxsome Episode: "The One"[27]
2020 Amazing Stories Sam Taylor Episode: "The Cellar"[34]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work or artist Result Ref.
2013 Young Hollywood Awards Best Ensemble (shared with Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Holland Roden and Tyler Hoechlin) Teen Wolf Won [35]
2014 Giffoni Film Festival Experience Award Himself Honored [36]
NewNowNext Awards Best New Film Actor The Maze Runner Nominated [37]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Villain Teen Wolf Won [38]
Young Hollywood Awards Breakthrough Actor Himself Won [39][40]
2015 Melty Future Awards Prix International Masculin Himself Won [41]
MTV Movie Awards Best Hero The Maze Runner Won [42]
Best Fight (shared with Will Poulter) The Maze Runner Won
Best Scared-As-S**t Performance The Maze Runner Nominated
Breakthrough Performance The Maze Runner Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure The Maze Runner Nominated [43]
Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with Thomas Brodie-Sangster) The Maze Runner Nominated [44]
Choice TV: Scene Stealer Teen Wolf Won
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice AnTEENcipated Movie Actor Deepwater Horizon Won [45]
Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure The Scorch Trials Won [46]
Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with Thomas Brodie-Sangster) The Scorch Trials Won [47]
Choice Summer TV Actor Teen Wolf Won
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Teen Wolf Won [48]
Choice TV Ship (shared with Holland Roden) Teen Wolf Nominated
2018 BreakTudo Awards International Actor The Death Cure Won [49]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Action Movie Actor The Death Cure Nominated [50]
Choice Movie Ship (shared with Kaya Scodelario) The Death Cure Nominated


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