Stephen Amell

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Stephen Amell
Stephen Amell August 2016.jpg
Amell at the Heroes & Villains Convention 2016
Born Stephen Adam Amell
(1981-05-08) May 8, 1981 (age 37)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma mater St. Andrew's College
Occupation Actor, professional wrestler
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s)
Carolyn Lawrence
(m. 2007; div. 2010)

Cassandra Jean
(m. 2012)
Children 1
Relatives Robbie Amell (paternal first cousin)

Stephen Adam Amell[1] (born May 8, 1981) is a Canadian actor and professional wrestler, known for portraying Oliver Queen / Green Arrow on The CW superhero series Arrow and its spin-offs. A lifelong professional wrestling fan, he has made guest appearances in major American promotions, including working a match for WWE in 2015, and more recently for Ring of Honor in 2017, joining the popular group known as Bullet Club.

Early life[edit]

Amell was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Sandra Anne (Bolté) and Thomas J. Amell.[2][3] He is a first cousin of actor Robbie Amell.[4]

He attended St. Andrew's College, a private, independent school for boys.[5]

Acting career[edit]

Amell on the set of Arrow in September 2014

Amell appeared in two episodes of the fourth season of Queer as Folk as the Liberty Ride spinning instructor in 2004. Amell played Adam in the first season of the television series Dante's Cove; he was replaced in the second season by Jon Fleming. In 2007, Amell won a Gemini Award for his guest-starring role on ReGenesis.[6] The same year he was also nominated for a Gemini Award in the Best Ensemble Cast Category for Rent-a-Goalie.[7]

He had recurring roles in the TV series Da Kink in My Hair and Heartland. On December 3, 2010, Amell joined the cast of The Vampire Diaries as werewolf 'Brady' for season 2.[8]

Amell starred as Joran van der Sloot in the Lifetime film Justice for Natalee Holloway which originally aired in May 2011.[9]

On October 2, 2011, season 3 of HBO's series Hung premiered with Amell starring as busboy-turned-prostitute Jason, a younger rival "ho" to Thomas Jane's Ray Drecker.[6] He also appeared as Jim in the fourth season of 90210.[10]

Amell announced on October 28, 2011, that he had just finished filming the Christmas episode of New Girl with Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield. He touches on the experience of filming his first "network half-hour comedy" in an interview with Daemon's TV.[10] On November 9, 2011, Amell was announced for the recurring role of Scottie, a paramedic on ABC's Private Practice.[11] He also played the role of Travis McKenna in Blue Mountain State

In January 2012, Amell was cast as the title character in The CW series Arrow, a re-imagining of the comic-book character Green Arrow.[9]

Amell co-starred in the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, released on June 3, 2016, as vigilante Casey Jones.[12]

Amell announced in May 2017 that he would be participating on a special celebrity edition of American Ninja Warrior.[13]

In 2017, Amell took part in the directorial debut of former Heartland co-star Michelle Morgan, a short film entitled Mi Madre, My Father, playing the estranged father of a six year old girl. Morgan raised funds for the production through a crowdfunding campaign.[14] The film premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.[15].

Professional wrestling[edit]

WWE (2015)[edit]

As an avid professional wrestling fan,[16] Amell campaigned for a guest appearance on WWE's weekly Raw program.[17] In May 2015 it was reported that he was tentatively set to wrestle Stardust (Cody Rhodes) at WWE's SummerSlam pay-per-view in August.[16] Amell made his first WWE appearance on the May 25 episode of Raw, where he had a confrontation with Stardust.[18] Amell returned to Raw in early August; after being assaulted in the audience by Stardust, Amell got into the ring to attack him until being contained by security. Following a backstage segment with Triple H, it was announced that Neville would team with Amell to face Stardust and King Barrett at SummerSlam.[19] At the event on August 23, 2015, Amell and Neville defeated Barrett and Stardust in a tag team match. Amell participated in the wrestling, and, behind the scenes, wrestlers were said to have been impressed with Amell's performance.[20][21] Amell became friends with Rhodes, with whom he later also worked on Arrow.[22] On December 21, 2015, Amell was awarded a Slammy for the "Celebrity Moment of the Year" for his dive onto Stardust during the match.[23]

Ring of Honor (2017)[edit]

Amell returned to professional wrestling for Ring of Honor on November 17, 2017, at Survival of the Fittest.[24] On the day of the show, Amell joined the Bullet Club faction, which also included Cody Rhodes. Amell also joined the ProWrestlingTees store, which released a "Vigilante Club" shirt, Amell's version of the Bullet Club shirt.[22] At the show, he teamed with Rhodes, Kenny Omega, and The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) in a five-on-four tag team match, where they defeated The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian), Flip Gordon, and Scorpio Sky. During the match, Amell again participated in the wrestling, including being put through a table by The Addiction.[25]

All In (2018)[edit]

On August 6, 2018, it was announced that Amell would be competing at All In, in his first-ever singles match, against Christopher Daniels.[26]

Philanthropy[edit]

Amell has hosted a number of successful fundraising campaigns via the crowd funded merchandise platform Represent.com.[27] In 2014, Amell partnered with the charity Fuck Cancer to raise almost a million dollars with the release of a T-shirt featuring his face on the front (with a Post-it note on his forehead, and featuring the organization's name). He ended up selling over 60,000 shirts from this campaign.[28][29] In January 2015, Amell launched his second Represent.com campaign featuring a word he made up, Sinceriously, to benefit two mental health charities: Paws and Stripes, and Stand For The Silent.[29] In August 2015, Amell used his guest appearance on WWE Raw with Stardust to raise funds via his third campaign for children's hospice Emily's House in Toronto. The campaign raised $300,000, and Amell and Stardust presented a cheque together at Emily's House.[30] During the Red Nose Day special of American Ninja Warrior, Amell donated $35,000 for completing all six obstacles, and an extra obstacle, the Salmon Ladder.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Amell married his first wife, fellow Canadian Carolyn Lawrence, on December 8, 2007, in Toronto.[32] The couple divorced in 2010.[33] Amell married actress and model Cassandra Jean on December 25, 2012, in a private ceremony in the Caribbean,[34] and for a second time in New Orleans on May 26, 2013.[35] The couple have a daughter, Mavi, born in 2013.[36][37]

Growing up, Amell was a fan of various local sporting teams, such as the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, and the Toronto Blue Jays. Amell is still very involved with sports; in 2015, Amell campaigned to have Jays' third baseman Josh Donaldson elected to the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.[38][39] Since moving to Los Angeles, Amell has supported the LA Kings, and more recently, the LA Rams. During a visit to Dublin in May 2017, Amell attended the Dublin derby in Dalymount Park, after which he became a member of Bohemian F.C.[40]

Amell and his business partner own Nocking Point, a wine company based in Walla Walla, Washington.[41]

In 2015, Amell and James Frazier (owner of Walker Stalker conventions), began Heroes and Villains Fan Fest (HVFF), with their inaugural event taking place in San Jose in November of that year. The pair now run regular HVFF conventions, featuring actors/artists/writers from both Arrowverse and other comics-based shows/films.[42]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Tracey Fragments Detective
2007 Closing the Ring Teddy Gordon
2009 Screamers: The Hunting Guy Direct to video
2011 Stay with Me Travis Short film
2016 Code 8 Drone Pilot (voice) Short film; also executive producer
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Casey Jones
2018 Mi Madre, My Father Hal Nelson Short film; premiered 2018 Cannes Film Festival[15]
2019 Code 8 Garrett Post production; also executive producer

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Queer as Folk Spinning Instructor 2 episodes
2004 Degrassi: The Next Generation Doorman Episode: "Ghost in the Machine: Part 2"
2005 Missing Ian Harrington Episode: "Paper Anniversary"
2005 Tilt Bellboy Episode: "Rivered"
2005 Beautiful People Jason 5 episodes
2005 Dante's Cove Adam 2 episodes
2006 The House Next Door Buddy Harrelson Television film
2006–08 Rent-a-Goalie Billy 18 episodes
2007 ReGenesis Craig Riddlemeyer 2 episodes
2007–09 Da Kink in My Hair Matthew 4 episodes
2007–12 Heartland Nick Harwell 6 episodes
2009 Flashpoint Peter Henderson Episode: "Exit Wounds"
2010 Blue Mountain State Travis McKenna 2 episodes
2010 CSI: Miami Peter Truitt Episode: "Sleepless in Miami"
2010 NCIS: Los Angeles Marine Gunnery Sergeant Andrew Weaver Episode: "Bounty"
2010 The Cutting Edge: Fire and Ice Philip Seaverm Television film
2011 The Vampire Diaries Brady 2 episodes
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation A.J. Gust Episode: "73 Seconds"
2011 Justice for Natalee Holloway Joran van der Sloot Television film
2011 Hung Jason 10 episodes
2011 90210 Jim 2 episodes
2011–12 New Girl Kyle 2 episodes
2012 Private Practice Scott Becker 7 episodes
2012–present Arrow Oliver Queen / The Hood / The Arrow / Green Arrow[A] Lead role
2013 When Calls the Heart Wynn Delaney Television film
2014–present The Flash Oliver Queen / Green Arrow[A] 6 episodes
2015 Reelside Himself Episode: "Superheroes"
2015 WWE Raw Himself 2 episodes
2016–present DC's Legends of Tomorrow Oliver Queen / Green Arrow[A] 5 episodes
2017 American Ninja Warrior Himself Episode: "Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day"
2017 Supergirl Oliver Queen / Green Arrow[A] Episode: "Crisis on Earth-X"

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Dudes Being Dudes in Wine Country Himself Also co-creator
2015–16 Vixen Oliver Queen / Green Arrow (voice) 6 episodes
2017–present Being The Elite Himself Cameo


Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Injustice: Gods Among Us Green Arrow (Arrow skin) Voice
2014 Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Green Arrow / Arrow Voice

Awards and nominations[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Refs
2016 CinemaCon Award Male Star of Tomorrow Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Won [43]
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Movie Actor Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Nominated

Television[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Refs
2007 Gemini Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role Dramatic Series
ReGenesis
Won
Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series
Rent-a-Goalie
Nominated
2008 Gemini Awards Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series Nominated
2012 IGN Awards Best TV Hero
Arrow
Nominated [44]
2013 NewNowNext Awards Cause You're Hot Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi Nominated [45]
Choice TV Breakout Star Nominated [45]
2014 IGN Awards Best TV Hero 2nd place [46]
People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Nominated
Leo Awards Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series Nominated [47]
Constellation Awards Best Male Performance in a 2013 Science Fiction Television Episode Nominated [48]
Young Hollywood Awards Super Superhero Nominated [49]
2015 Best. Ever. TV Awards 2015 Best Couple and Steamiest Moment (shared w/ Emily Bett Rickards) Won [50]
MTV Fandom Awards Ship of the Year (shared w/ Emily Bett Rickards) Won [51]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi Nominated [52]
Choice TV Liplock (shared w/ Emily Bett Rickards) Nominated [52]
Slammy Awards Celebrity Moment of the Year
SummerSlam
Won [53]
2016 MTV Fandom Awards Ship of the Year (shared w/ Emily Bett Rickards)
Arrow
Won [54]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Liplock (shared w/ Emily Bett Rickards) Nominated [55]
2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Hero Nominated [56]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor Action Nominated [57]
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor Action Nominated [58]
Choice TV Ship (with Emily Bett Rickards) Nominated [59]

Others[edit]

Year Award Category Result Refs
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Social Media Celebrity Nominated [60]

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