Tristan Wilds

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Tristan Wilds
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Born Tristan Paul Mack Wilds
(1989-07-15) July 15, 1989 (age 26)
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active 2005–present

Tristan Paul Mack Wilds (born July 15, 1989), also known as Mack Wilds, is an American actor, singer-songwriter and record producer. He is known for his roles as Michael Lee on the HBO original drama series The Wire and as Dixon Wilson on the CW teen drama series 90210. He was also featured in the "Hello" Adele music video. His debut album, New York: A Love Story was released on September 30, 2013.[1] Wilds received his first Grammy Award nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album for New York: A Love Story at the 56th Grammy Awards in 2014.[2]

Early life[edit]

Wilds was born in Staten Island, New York City, to Monique Moncion and Paul Wilds.[3][4] His father is African American, and his mother is of Irish and Afro-Dominican descent.[5][6] He attended Michael J. Petrides School. He started acting at age seven, following in the footsteps of his older brother.

Acting career[edit]

In 2005, Wilds made his acting debut in Miracle's Boys, a The N (now called TeenNick) drama mini-series. Wilds then made guest appearances on television shows such as Cold Case and Law & Order. The following year Wilds made his film debut in a bit-role in the independent drama film Half Nelson alongside Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling.[7]

Wilds has appeared in a number of music videos for Jay-Z, Lil Flip, Wale, Wynter Gordon and Alicia Keys.[8] Most recently he made a cameo in the music video for "How To Love" by American Hip-Hop Rapper Lil Wayne.[9] In 2008, Wilds appeared alongside Jessica Alba and Hayden Panettiere in a promotional-clip titled The Muzzler encouraging young people to vote.[10]

The Wire[edit]

In 2006, Wilds joined the HBO drama television series The Wire (then into its fourth season) in a major recurring role. Wilds portrays Michael Lee, a smart but troubled middle school student who lives in poverty and cares for his younger brother. Jermaine Crawford, who plays Duquan "Dukie" Weems in the show, is Wilds' second cousin.[11][12] Wilds appeared over the course of 23 episodes.[13]

After The Wire[edit]

Shortly after The Wire ended Wilds attended an acting workshop at the Roundabout Theatre Company. Wilds worked with actress Phylicia Rashād and played the role of Brice in a stage production of Stockholm Brooklyn at the Cherry Lane Theatre.[14] In 2007 Wilds was cast in the Fox Searchlight Pictures drama film The Secret Life of Bees an adaptation of the novel of the same name.[15] Production began in January 2008 in Lumberton, North Carolina with Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys and Dakota Fanning confirmed to star.[16] Wilds portrays Zach Taylor, the romantic interest to Fanning's character. The film was screened in September 2008 at the 33rd Annual Toronto International Film Festival and was released in the United States the following month.[17] The film received mixed reviews[18] and grossed over $39 million worldwide.[19]

In July 2008 Wilds was cast in The CW teen drama television series 90210, a spin-off to Beverly Hills, 90210.[20] Wilds portrays Dixon Wilson, a teenage boy who is adopted and moves with his family to Beverly Hills.[21] The series premiered in September the same year to 4.65 million viewers and received mixed reviews from critics.[22] The series ended on May 13, 2013, after five seasons.

In March 2009, Wilds was confirmed to star in the George Lucas war film Red Tails. The film follows the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American United States Army Air Force (USAAF) servicemen, during World War II.[23] Ne-Yo, Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding, Jr. were announced to star in the film.[24] Production began that same month on a $58 million budget.[25] The film was eventually released in January 2012 after numerous push-backs.[26]

In July 2011, it was reported that Wilds would star in the independent drama film Indelible. The film was scheduled to begin shooting in Schenectady, New York in October that same year, but plans never materialized.[27] In April 2009, a trailer was filmed to promote the yet-to-be filmed film.

Wilds starred in Adele's 2015 music video "Hello", directed by Xavier Dolan.[28]


Wilds signed a recording contract with independent record label Ten2one in 2010.[29] Two tracks have leaked, the Rico Love-penned track "Fall 4 Her" and "Runaround".[30] Both songs were produced by Dre & Vidal. Another track titled "2 Girls" was featured in the fourth season of 90210[31] and "Kim".[32] In October 2011, Wilds released an extended play titled Remember Remember.[33]

In summer 2013, Tristan revisited the music scene and released the hit single "Own It".[34] His debut album, New York: A Love Story was released on September 30, 2013.[1] Wilds received his first Grammy Award nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album for New York: A Love Story at the 56th Grammy Awards in 2014, but lost out to Rihanna's Unapologetic.[2]

Wilds was also featured on Situationships by Fabolous, featuring Mack Wilds & Tiara Thomas off the mixtape album The Soul Tape 3[35]

He is expected to release his sophomore album, which follows the single "Bonnie & Clyde". It will feature music co-written and produced by Amy Winehouse producer Salaam Remi, the singer/songwriter Elijah Blake and the British writer David Asante.

Was also featured in the Adele music video Hello.


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
New York: A Love Story[1] 179 28 36 7
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Rap
"Own It"[34] 2013 120 39 New York: A Love Story
"Henny" 2014
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Title Role
2006 Half Nelson Jamal
2008 Secret Life of Bees, TheThe Secret Life of Bees Zach Taylor
2012 Red Tails 2nd Lt. Ray "Ray Gun" Gannon
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Miracle's Boys A.J. Miniseries
2006, 2008 Wire, TheThe Wire Michael Lee Recurring (season 4); main cast (season 5); 22 episodes
2007 Cold Case Skill Jones (2002) Episode: "8:03 AM"
2008 Law & Order Will Manning Episode: "Driven"
2008–2013 90210 Dixon Wilson Main cast; 111 episodes
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Black Actress Jared Smith Episode 5

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Outcome Ref.
2008 Black Reel Awards Breakthrough Performance "The Secret Life of Bees" Nominated [36]
2009 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Star: Male "90210" Nominated [37]
2010 Choice TV Actor Drama Nominated [38]
2011 ALMA Awards Favorite TV Actor – Supporting Role Nominated [39]
2012 Prism Award Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline - Substance Use Nominated [40]
Male Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline Nominated
2014 Grammy Awards Best Urban Contemporary Album "New York: A Love Story" Nominated [41]


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  3. ^ Platt, Tevan (2008-01-06). "PROFILE: Tristan Wilds". Staten Island Advance. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  4. ^ "Star of HBO's 'The Wire' is still an Islander at heart". Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  5. ^ Pastorizo, Dennis. "EXCLUSIVE: '90210' Stars Talk To Terra". Terra Networks. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  6. ^ Hernandez, Lee (2008-09-04). "Tristan Wilds: a Beverly Hills Dominican". Daily News. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
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  9. ^ "Official Visual :: Lil' Wayne's "How to Love" w/Cameo by Tristan Wilds - The Queen's Castle". 2011-08-24. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  10. ^ "Jessica Alba ‘muzzling’ Hayden Panettiere not at all like I imagined (No pudding, jet packs.) - The Superficial - Because You're Ugly". The Superficial. 2008-10-03. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  11. ^ Arnold, Paul W. "Jermaine Crawford: Youngest In Charge". hiphopdx. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  12. ^ "The Wire: Cast & Crew". HBO. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
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  14. ^ "Tristan Wilds Biography". 1989-07-15. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  15. ^ "On the Set of The Secret Life of Bees". 2008-09-29. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  16. ^ "Feature Films: New Listing". Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  17. ^ "Dakota Fanning Interview, PUSH - MoviesOnline". Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  18. ^ "The Secret Life of Bees". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  19. ^ "The Secret Life of Bees (2008)". Box Office Mojo. 2009-02-26. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  20. ^ "'The Wire' Guy Joins '90210' Spinoff". Zap2it. 2008-07-13. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  21. ^ Tristan Wilds makes move to "90210", Reuters, May 4, 2008.
  22. ^ "Nielsen TV Ratings Top CW Primetime Shows, September 1-7, 2008 - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". 2008-09-10. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  23. ^ "Tristan Wilds Cast in Red Tails". 2009-03-19. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  24. ^ "Director picked for Lucasfilm project". The Hollywood Reporter. 2008-09-30. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  25. ^ "FGV-Schmidle l Light & Camera Rental Munich". Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  26. ^ Haque, Fahima (2012-01-20). "‘Red Tails’ based on the Tuskegee Airmen opens Friday - The Root DC Live". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  27. ^ Christine (July 5, 2011). "Tristan Wilds will film 'Indelible' in Schenectady, NY this fall". On Location Vacations. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Who Is Tristan Wilds? Meet Adele's Lover From Her Newly Released Music Video 'Hello'". International Business Times. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  29. ^ "Jessica Reedy signs record deal !". Ten2One Entertainment Blogspot. 2010-10-16. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  30. ^ "SFPL’s Artist Spotlight: Tristan Wilds (@TristanWilds)". Stuff Fly People Like. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  31. ^ "90210 Music -Season 4, Episode 2". The CW. September 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  32. ^ "90210 Music -Season 4, Episode 3". The CW. September 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  33. ^ "News | The Wire & 90210 Actor Tristan Wilds Preps Free EP". Singersroom. 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  34. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - Own It - Single by Mack Wilds". 2013-06-24. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  35. ^ Fabolous - The Soul Tape 3
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