Garrett Clayton

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Garrett Clayton
Born Gary Michael Clayton
(1991-03-19) March 19, 1991 (age 26)
Dearborn, Michigan, United States
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active 2008–present

Gary Michael "Garrett" Clayton (born March 19, 1991) is an American actor and singer.[1] He began acting at Crestwood High School in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, performing in many of the drama club's productions. He later attended Oakland University where he studied musical theater. He is best known for portraying Tanner in the 2013 Disney Channel Original Movie Teen Beach Movie and its 2015 sequel, Teen Beach 2.

Life and career[edit]

Clayton was born in Dearborn, Michigan. He was cast in 2013 in the role of Tanner in Disney's musical Teen Beach Movie in which he plays a cool surfer who is "a mix between Frankie Avalon and Link from Hairspray".[2] The film is directed by Jeffrey Hornaday and was filmed in Puerto Rico and was first broadcast July 19, 2013. It co-stars Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, and Grace Phipps.

In December 2012, Clayton appeared in the Lifetime movie Holiday Spin, co-starring Ralph Macchio. He performed the role of Blake, a rebellious teen forced to live with his father after his mother is killed in a car accident.[3]

He has also made appearances on Days of Our Lives and Shake It Up. He had a recurring role on the latter half of the first season of The Fosters.[4] In 2016, he portrayed gay porn star Brent Corrigan in the film King Cobra, opposite James Franco and Christian Slater, and played the role of Link Larkin in the NBC television broadcast of Hairspray Live!, which aired on December 7, 2016.[5] In 2017, Clayton starred as Brady Mannion in the horror-thriller film Don't Hang Up, which was released in theaters on February 10, 2017.[6][7]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Tower Zombie
2009 Magic Mentah Sander
2010 Virginia Mormon Boy #2
2011 Love, Gloria Tad
2012 The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure Diner Dancer
2016 Welcome to Willits Zack
2016 Don't Hang Up Brady Mannion
2016 King Cobra Brent Corrigan
2017 Back to the 90's Boy Band Singer Short film
2017 Young Blood Jackson Stone Short film
2018 Between Worlds[8] Mike Post-production
2018 The Last Breakfast Club[9] Brian Post-production
2018 Reach[10] Steven Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Days of Our Lives Eli Episode: "29 April 2010"
2010 Shake It Up Dylan Episode: "Party It Up"
2012 Holiday Spin Blake Television film
2013 The Client List Billy Episode: "What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am"
2013 Jessie Earl Episode: "The Blind Date, the Cheapskate, and the Primate "
2013 Teen Beach Movie Tanner Television film
The Fosters Chase Recurring role (Season 4); 4 episodes
Episode: "The Show" (guest)
2015 100 Things to Do Before High School Stephen Powers Episode: "Survive the Virus Attack Trapped in the Last Home Base Station on Earth Thing"
2015 Teen Beach 2 Tanner Television film
2016 The Real O'Neals Ricky Episode: "The Real Lent"
2016 Hairspray Live! Link Larkin Television special


Year Title Role
2014–2015; 2017 Sleeping Beauty And Her Winter Knight[11][12][13] Prince of Alhambra
2015 Cruel Intentions: The Musical[14] Greg
2017 God Looked Away[15] Luke


  1. ^ Osmanski, Stephanie (December 27, 2013). "10 Things You Didn't Know About 'Teen Beach Movie' Star Garrett Clayton". M Magazine. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 
  2. ^ Takeda-Morrison, Marsha (November 9, 2012). "Garrett Clayton Takes Us On A 'Holiday Spin'". Celebrity Teen Scoop. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (June 4, 2012). "Ralph Macchio to Star in Lifetime Christmas Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 
  4. ^ Ng, Philiana (October 14, 2013). "'Teen Beach Movie' Star Joins ABC Family's 'The Fosters' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ Gioia, Michael (December 7, 2016). "'Hairspray Live!' Hits Television December 7". Playbill. Archived from the original on December 8, 2016. Retrieved December 10, 2016. 
  6. ^ Thomas Commonwealth. "{TB EXCLUSIVE} JOE JOHNSON BEGS YOU – "DON'T HANG UP"". [The Tracking Board. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Don't Hang Up (2017) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Nicolas Cage To Topline Indie Thriller 'Between Worlds' From Director Maria Pulera". Deadline. Retrieved December 18, 2017. 
  9. ^ ""The Last Breakfast Club" Gives Classic Film Lots of New Shine". LA Ex Cites. Retrieved December 18, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Trio To Topline High School Bully Dramedy 'Reach'". Deadline. Retrieved December 18, 2017. 
  11. ^ "SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT Enters Final Week at Pasadena Playhouse". Broadway World. Retrieved January 3, 2018. 
  12. ^ "SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT Adds 1/2 Performance at Pasadena Playhouse". Broadway World. Retrieved January 3, 2018. 
  13. ^ "Disney's Garrett Clayton to Reprise Role in SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT at Theatre Under The STars". Broadway World. Retrieved January 3, 2018. 
  14. ^ "BWW Reviews: CRUEL INTENTIONS at Rockwell - A True Homage to the '90s". Broadway World. Retrieved January 3, 2018. 
  15. ^ ""God Looked Away" Groomed For Broadway With Al Pacino As Tennessee Williams". New Now Next. Retrieved December 18, 2017. 

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