Max Thieriot

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Max Thieriot
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Thieriot at the 2013 PaleyFest for Bates Motel
Born Maximillion Drake Thieriot
(1988-10-14) October 14, 1988 (age 27)
Los Altos Hills, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Lexi Murphy (m. 2013)[1]

Maximillion Drake "Max" Thieriot (born October 14, 1988) is an American actor, best known for his role as Dylan Massett on the A&E drama-thriller television series Bates Motel (2013–present). He made his acting debut in the 2004 film Catch That Kid, and has since appeared in the films The Pacifier (2005), Jumper (2008), My Soul to Take (2010), Chloe (2010), Disconnect (2012), and House at the End of the Street (2012).

Early life[edit]

Maximillion Drake Thieriot was born in Los Altos Hills, California, on October 14, 1988, the son of Bridgit (née Snyder) and George Cameron Thieriot. He has a sister, Frankie, and a brother, Aidan.[2] Thieriot was raised in Sonoma County, California: he graduated middle school in 2002 from Sonoma Country Day School in Santa Rosa, California, and in 2006, graduated from El Molino High School in Forestville, California.[2] Thieriot's family once owned the San Francisco Chronicle; his great-great-grandfather, M. H. de Young, who was of Dutch Jewish descent, co-founded the paper,[3][4] and his relatives, Charles and Richard Thieriot, were the editors and publishers of the paper.[5][6] Thieriot's paternal grandparents, Ferdinand and Frances Thieriot, died in the sinking of the SS Andrea Doria in 1956.[7]


Thieriot was signed to talent manager Don Gibble after taking his improvisation class. He modeled for GAP and appeared in two short films, before being cast in his first feature film role, 2004's Catch That Kid, alongside Kristen Stewart and Corbin Bleu. He was subsequently cast in 2005's The Pacifier, playing one of the family members protected by a Navy Seal played by Vin Diesel. He was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor for his role. Thieriot appeared in The Astronaut Farmer, released on February 23, 2007, as well as in the feature film version of Nancy Drew, released on June 15, 2007.

In 2008, he played a younger version of Hayden Christensen's lead character in Jumper (co-starring with Rachel Bilson and, for the second time, Kristen Stewart).[8] That same year, he appeared in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl,[9] for which he won the Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast with his co-stars.[10] In 2009, Thieriot co-starred in the erotic thriller Chloe, theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics on March 26, 2010.[11] Chloe enjoyed commercial success and became director Atom Egoyan's biggest ever box office earner.[12] The following year, he appeared in Wes Craven's horror film My Soul to Take, replacing Dennis Hopper's son Henry Lee Hopper in the cast.[13] Thieriot portrayed the film's main character Adam "Bug" Hellerman, who is one of seven characters chosen to die.

In 2011, he starred in the independent comedy The Family Tree, alongside Dermot Mulroney and Britt Robertson,[14] and had the lead role in the drama film Foreverland, starring opposite Juliette Lewis.[15] Thieriot then co-starred with Jennifer Lawrence in the Mark Tonderai-directed psychological horror-thriller House at the End of the Street, which was released to commercial success in 2012.[16] That same year, he starred in the drama film Disconnect.[17] In 2013, Thieriot joined the main cast of the drama-thriller Bates Motel alongside Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore.[18] The show has received positive reviews. In 2015, he starred in the History Channel event miniseries Texas Rising as John "Jack" Hays, a captain of the Texas Rangers.[19]

Personal life[edit]

On June 1, 2013, Thieriot married Lexi Murphy, with whom he had been in a relationship for approximately eight years.[1][20]

As well as being an actor, Thieriot is also a vintner. He, along with childhood friends Christopher Strieter and Myles Lawrence-Briggs, owns a vineyard in his hometown of Occidental and distributes products through their label Senses Wine.[21] In the third season of Bates Motel, the main characters can be seen drinking Senses Wine during a scene.[22]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Catch That Kid Gus
2005 The Pacifier Seth Plummer
2007 The Astronaut Farmer Shepard Farmer
2007 Nancy Drew Ned Nickerson
2008 Jumper Young David Rice
2008 Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Will Shepherd
2010 My Soul to Take Adam "Bug" Hellerman
2010 Stay Cool Luke (Shasta's Boyfriend)
2010 Chloe Michael Stewart
2011 The Family Tree Eric Burnett
2011 Foreverland Will Rankin
2012 Yellow Young Nowell
2012 House at the End of the Street Ryan Jacobson
2012 Disconnect Kyle


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Dark Horse Carter Henderson Unsold pilot
2013–present Bates Motel Dylan Massett 30 episodes
2015 Texas Rising John "Jack" Hays Miniseries; 5 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result Ref
2006 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor The Pacifier Nominated [23]
2009 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Won [24]


  1. ^ a b "Max Thieriot of Bates Motel Marries; Kristen Stewart Attends". People. June 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Payne, Paul (February 23, 2007). "NEl Molino graduate seeing stars". The Press Democrat. Archived from the original on 31 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Adams, Charles F. (2005). Murder By The Bay: Historic Homicide In And About The City Of San Francisco. San Francisco: Quill Driver Books. p. 59. ISBN 1-884995-46-2. 
  4. ^ Brechin, Gray (1999). Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin. University of California Press. p. 172. ISBN 0-520-22902-9. 
  5. ^ Nevius, C.W. (January 5, 2004). "Just another 15-year-old, except for the acting stuff". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 4, 2008. 
  6. ^ "History of The Chronicle". San Francisco Chronicle. July 28, 2000. Retrieved February 4, 2008. 
  7. ^ "NION R. THIERIOT, CONSERVATIONIST". Telegram & Gazette. January 1, 1999. Retrieved February 4, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Max Thieriot On Board Jumper". Empire. August 29, 2006. 
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 29, 2007). "4 more board 'Kit Kittredge' for HBO Films". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  10. ^ Douglas, Edward (June 30, 2008). "Kit Kittredge Tackles the Great Depression". 
  11. ^ Kit, Borys (March 2, 2009). "Max Thieriot joins Atom Egoyan's 'Chloe'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  12. ^ Pevere, Geoff (December 7, 2010). "The Digital Revolution: Part 1". The Toronto Star. 
  13. ^ Hilton, Beth (April 18, 2008). "'Jumper' star attached to Craven horror". Digital Spy. 
  14. ^ Goldstein, Gregg (February 26, 2008). "Class size grows for 'Lessons'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  15. ^ Franklin, Garth (January 27, 2011). "Lewis, Dekker, Thieriot Visit "Foreverland"". Dark Horizons. 
  16. ^ Kit, Borys (June 3, 2010). "Two join 'House at the End of the Street'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  17. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (September 23, 2011). "Max Theriot Joins 'Disconnect'". 
  18. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 14, 2012). "A&E's 'Bates Motel' Adds Max Thieriot as Norman's Brother". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  19. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (March 12, 2014). "Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser Among History's All-Star 'Texas Rising' Cast". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  20. ^ "Max Thieriot". Twitter. June 3, 2013. 
  21. ^ Isle, Ray (September 17, 2015). "Halloween at Bates Motel". Food & Wine. 
  22. ^ Boone, Virginie (May 2015). "Movie Star Max Thieriot Reveals his Wine Project Secrets". Wine Enthusiast Magazine. 
  23. ^ "27th Annual Young Artist Awards – Nominations / Special Awards". The Young Artist Foundation. 2006. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  24. ^ "30th Annual Young Artist Awards – Nominations / Special Awards". The Young Artist Foundation. 2009. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 

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