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Jackson Rathbone
Rathbone in September 2010
Monroe Jackson Rathbone V

(1984-12-14) December 14, 1984 (age 39)
  • Actor
  • singer
  • musician
Years active2005–present
Sheila Hafsadi
(m. 2013)
RelativesMonroe Jackson Rathbone II (great-grandfather)

Monroe Jackson Rathbone V (born December 14, 1984) is an American actor, singer, and musician best known for his role as Jasper Hale in The Twilight Saga film series. From 2008 to 2012, he was the vocalist and occasional guitarist, bassist, drummer, and keyboardist of the funk rock band 100 Monkeys.

Early life[edit]

Monroe Jackson Rathbone V[1][2] was born in Singapore on December 14, 1984,[3] the son of American parents Randee Lynn (née Brauner) and Monroe Jackson Rathbone IV. He has three sisters, including ceramic artist Kelly Rathbone.[4][5][6] He is distantly related to Civil War general Stonewall Jackson and English actor Basil Rathbone, being descended from the Rathbone family of Liverpool.[7] His great-grandfather, Monroe Jackson Rathbone II, was the chairman of Standard Oil, which later became Exxon.[6] Because of his father's job at Mobil Oil took the family to different places, he lived in Singapore, Norway, and Indonesia before settling in Midland, Texas.[8]

Rathbone attended the Trinity School of Midland and started out in local theater with the Pickwick Players youth actors program, initially doing musical theater.[9] For his junior and senior years of high school, he attended the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, where he majored in acting.[8][9] After graduation, he planned to further study acting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, but was rejected and instead decided to move to Los Angeles to look for acting work.[8]


Rathbone performing with 100 Monkeys in 2011

After being in Los Angeles for a short time, Rathbone was cast in Disney 411, where he interviewed up-and-coming personalities like Hilary Duff and the sister duo Aly & AJ. He also had guest roles on The O.C. and Close to Home. His film roles include work in Molding Clay, Pray for Morning, and Travis and Henry. In 2005, he got the role of Nicholas Fiske in ABC Family's original series Beautiful People. In a 2008 interview, he stated it was his first leading role and was his most difficult role to fit into.[10]

In 2008, he played Jasper Hale in the film Twilight, based on the best-selling novel by Stephenie Meyer.[11] He reprised his role in the sequels to Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and Part 2.[12][13] In 2009, Rathbone played Jeremy in S. Darko. In addition to that role, he won kudos for his performance as a serial killer on Criminal Minds. Rathbone played the role of Sokka in The Last Airbender, a 2010 film based on the animated series.[14] On an added production and marketing budget of 280 million dollars the movie was a commercial failure. The movie was also universally panned by critics. Among the criticism was the casting of Rathbone, whose character drew inspiration from the Inuit people. Rathbone himself is not of Inuit descent.

Rathbone formerly performed in a funk band called 100 Monkeys with two friends whom he met in high school at Interlochen Arts Academy, Ben Graupner and Ben Johnson,[9] as well as close friends Jerad Anderson and M. Lawrence Abrams ("Uncle Larry").[15] Jackson plays the guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, mandolin, trumpet, harmonica and is on vocals. The band released three albums in 2009.[16] In December 2009, 100 Monkeys began a 100-city tour that took them to nearly every state in the US by mid-2010.[17] The band continued to tour into 2011 to coincide with the release of their new album, Liquid Zoo, which was released in June.[18] The band headed overseas for their first international dates in winter 2011.[17]

Rathbone appeared in an episode of No Ordinary Family on November 9, 2010.[19][20] In November 2010, it was reported he had been cast in the Warner Premiere and Dolphin Entertainment action comedy web series Aim High alongside Aimee Teegarden.[21][22] The show in which he portrays Nick Green, a high school junior who's just starting a new school year as one of the country's 64 highly trained teenage operatives, premiered on October 18, 2011, on Facebook being the first "social series" ever created.[23]

In May 2011, Rathbone began shooting Live at the Foxes Den, a film in which he plays the lead role of lawyer Bobby Kelly. In November 2014, Rathbone joined the cast of Pali Road. Rathbone has a production company, PatchMo Entertainment, and a record company, Happy Jack Records.

Charity work[edit]

Rathbone is an honorary board member for Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit that works to restore and revitalize music education in disadvantaged U.S. public schools. He has shown support for the organization in several ways, including donating a signed Twilight script for auction, visiting a Little Kids Rock classroom, and delivering instruments to students.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Rathbone married his Iraqi-American girlfriend, Sheila Hafsadi, on September 29, 2013.[25][26][27] They reside in Alpharetta, Georgia,[8] and have three children: a son born July 5, 2012,[28] a daughter born May 31, 2016,[29] and son born January 5, 2020.[30] His close friend and Twilight co-star Nikki Reed is the godmother of their oldest son.

On September 18, 2014, Rathbone was on a JetBlue flight to Austin from Long Beach when its engine exploded. The plane returned to Long Beach for an emergency landing. There were four injured, but all passengers survived.[31][32]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 River's End Jimmy
2006 Pray for Morning Connor
2007 Big Stan Robbie the Hippie
2008 Senior Skip Day Snippy Direct to video
Twilight Jasper Hale
2009 S. Darko Jeremy Frame
Dread Stephen Grace
Hurt Conrad Coltrane
The Twilight Saga: New Moon Jasper Hale
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
The Last Airbender Sokka
Girlfriend Russ
Young Again Adult Ethan Short film
2011 100 Monkeys: Modern Time Red Short film
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 Jasper Hale
2012 Zombie Hamlet Shakespeare Purist Uncredited
Cowgirls n' Angels Justin Wood Direct to video
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Jasper Hale
2013 The Magic Bracelet Geoff Short film
Live at the Foxes Den Bobby Kelly
2014 City of Dead Men Jacob
2015 Pali Road Neil Lang
2016 100 Monkeys: The Fair Musician Short film
My Husband's Wife Kyle
2017 Horseshoe Theory Bobbo
Justice Thomas McCord
2018 Samson Rallah
2019 The Wall of Mexico Donovan Taylor
Do Not Reply Brad
2020 Until We Meet Again Eddie Conway
2021 Mixtape Wes Kelley
2022 Warhunt Walsh
2023 Condor's Nest Fritz Ziegler
2023 The Island Phil


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Beautiful People Nicholas Fiske 16 episodes
Close to Home Scott Fields Episode: "Romeo and Juliet Murders"
2006 The O.C. Justin Edwards 2 episodes
2007 The War at Home Dylan 2 episodes
2009 Criminal Minds Adam Jackson Episode: "Conflicted"
2010 No Ordinary Family Trent Stafford Episode: "No Ordinary Visitors"
2013 White Collar Nate Osbourne Episode: "Shoot the Moon"
2013 Family Guy Stanley Kowalski Episode: "Brian’s Play"
NTSF:SD:SUV:: Jesse James Episode: "The Great Train Stoppery"
Finding Carter Jared Peters 12 episodes
2017 The Last Ship Giorgio 8 episodes
2022 The Guardians of Justice Blue Scream


Year Title Role Notes
2011–2013 Aim High Nick Green 16 episodes, also executive producer


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