Tristan Wilds

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Tristan "Mack" Wilds
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Background information
Birth name Tristan Paul Mack Wilds
Born (1989-07-15) July 15, 1989 (age 27)
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
Occupation(s) Actor, singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active 2005–present
Labels Louder Than Life, Sony RED

Tristan "Mack" Wilds (born July 15, 1989) 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 Adele music video for "Hello". His debut album, New York: A Love Story was released on September 30, 2013[1][2] and was nominated for the Best Urban Contemporary Album at the Grammy Awards in 2014.[3] Wilds' sophomore album is set to be released some time in 2016.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Wilds was born and grew up in Staten Island, New York City. His mother, Monique Moncion, is of Irish and Afro-Dominican descent, and his father, Paul Wilds, is African-American.[5][6] His mother was first a beautician and then a stockbroker. Wilds attended and graduated from the Michael J. Petrides School in Staten Island.[3]

Acting career[edit]

His acting debut came in Miracle's Boys, a drama mini-series produced by Spike Lee on The N (now called TeenNick).[3] 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 also appeared in a number of music videos early in his career, including Jay-Z's "Roc Boys," Alicia Keys' "Teenage Love Affair," and Lil' Flip's "Ghetto Mindstate" among others.[8]

In 2006, Wilds joined the cast of the HBO drama television series, The Wire (then into its fourth season) in a major recurring role. He portrayed Michael Lee, a smart but troubled middle school student who lives in poverty and cares for his younger brother.[1][3][9] In 2007, he appeared alongside Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, and Dakota Fanning in the drama film The Secret Life of Bees, an adaptation of the novel of the same name.[5] Soon after his run on The Wire, Wilds attended an acting workshop at the Roundabout Theatre Company where he worked alongside actress, Phylicia Rashad in productions of Stockholm Brooklyn and Wool at the Cherry Lane Theatre.[10]

In 2008, Wilds returned to television in The CW's teen drama series, 90210, a spin-off of Beverly Hills, 90210. He played Dixon Wilson, a teenage boy who is adopted and moves with his family to Beverly Hills.[11] The show ran until 2013.[2] In March 2009, he secured a role in the George Lucas-produced 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. Wilds portrayed Ray "Ray Gun" Knight.[12] The film, which also starred Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Terence Howard, was eventually released in January 2012 after numerous push-backs.[13]

In 2015, Wilds starred as Adele's love interest in the music video for her song, "Hello," directed by Xavier Dolan.[14] In early 2016, he starred in the VH1 television movie, The Breaks about the hip hop industry in the 1990s.[2] On the heels of its successful January TV movie premiere, VH1 has greenlighted a full first season for the hip-hop drama.[15]

Music career[edit]

Wilds met producer Salaam Remi in 2008 at the BMI Awards, which sparked Wilds' initial interest in becoming a music artist.[3] In 2010, Wilds signed a recording contract with independent record label, Ten2one. He released several singles, including "2 Girlz" which was featured on the fourth season of his TV show, 90210. The song Fall 4 Her was produced by Rico Love. Wilds' debut EP, Remember Remember, was released toward the end of 2011.[16][17]

Wilds began working with Salaam Remi on his debut studio album in 2012. He signed to Remi's Sony Music imprint, Louder than Life, that same year.[3] He released the first single off the album, "Own It," in June 2013. The album, New York: A Love Story was released in September 2013.[8] It was well received by critics earning a Grammy nomination for the Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 56th Grammy Awards in 2014. The album would lose to Rihanna's Unapologetic.[7]

In November 2015, Wilds released the first single, "Love in the 90z," off his second album that's being released sometime in 2016.[4][18]

In March 2016, it was announced that Wilds had signed a management deal with Roc Nation.[19]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[20]
US R&B
[21]
US
Indie

[22]
US
Heat

[23]
New York: A Love Story 179 28 36 7
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US R&B
[24]
US Heat
[25]
"Own It" 2013 35 18 New York: A Love Story
"Henny" 2014
"Love in the 90z" 2016 TBA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of guest appearances
Title Year Other performer(s) Album
"Situationships" 2013 Fabolous, Tiara Thomas The Soul Tape 3
"Banned From Radio" 2014 Maino, Bodega Bamz, Chinx, Troy Ave, City Boy Dee N/A
"Debut" DJ Prostyle
"Low" Mob Deep The Infamous Mobb Deep
"All About You" Maino King of Brooklyn 2
"Bottle Girl (Remix)" Consequence, Blue Gem Movies on Demand 5
"Good Money" 2015 N.O.R.E., Troy Ave, Tweez, City Boy Dee Drinks
"Act Like That" Bridget Kelly N/A
"Troubled Times" 2016 Torae Entitled
"Money Dance II" J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Rick Ross, Camp Lo N/A

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
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
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Miracle's Boys A.J. Miniseries; 3 episodes
2006–2008 Wire, TheThe Wire Michael Lee 22 episodes;
Recurring (Season 4)
Series Regular (Season 5)
2007 Cold Case Skill Jones (2002) Episode: "8:03 AM"
2008 Law & Order Will Manning Episode: "Driven"
2008–2013 90210 Dixon Wilson Series Regular; 111 episodes
2016 The Breaks DeeVee Television Film
2016 Dinner in America with Brett Gelman Himself Television Special
2016 Shots Fired Officer Beck Event Series; Completed
Music Video
Year Title Artist Director
2009 "Roc Boys" Jay-Z The Hitmen
2015 "Hello" Adele Xavier Dolan
Web
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Black Actress Jared Smith Episode 5

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2008 Black Reel Awards Breakthrough Performance The Secret Life of Bees Nominated

Television[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2009 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Star: Male 90210 Nominated
2010 Choice TV Actor Drama Nominated
2011 ALMA Awards Favorite TV Actor – Supporting Role Nominated
2012 Prism Award Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline - Substance Use Nominated
Male Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline Nominated

Music[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2014 Grammy Awards Best Urban Contemporary Album New York: A Love Story Nominated
BET Awards Best New Artist Mack Wilds Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lavallee, Andrew (25 September 2013). "From Screen to Studio". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Jones, Tashara (3 January 2016). "Tristan Wilds, Adele's ex from 'Hello,' dishes on role in VH1 drama". New York Post. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Hope, Clover (23 June 2014). "VIBE Summer 2014 Cover Story: Mack Wilds". Vibe. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Harling, Danielle (4 January 2016). "Mack Wilds Discusses Role In VH1's "The Breaks" & Plans For Sophomore Album". HipHopDX. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Platt, Tevah (6 January 2008). "Star of HBO's 'The Wire' is still an Islander at heart". Staten Island Advance. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  6. ^ Hernandez, Lee (4 September 2008). "Tristan Wilds: a Beverly Hills Dominican". New York Daily News. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Harnick, Chris (23 October 2015). "Adele's "Hello" Lover Is Tristan Wilds From 90210". E!. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Iandoli, Kathy (30 July 2013). "Tristan 'Mack' Wilds On His Move From Acting To Singing". NPR. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  9. ^ Phull, Hardeep (14 September 2013). "'The Wire's' Tristan Wilds mixes it up with a new name and debut album". New York Post. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  10. ^ Vernon, Cheril (31 July 2008). "Tristan Wilds as Dixon Wilson on the new 90210". Crushable.com. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "Tristan Wilds makes move to "90210"". Reuters. 4 May 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  12. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (19 March 2009). "'90210' star joins 'Red Tails' film". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  13. ^ Haque, Fahima (20 January 2012). "'Red Tails' based on the Tuskegee Airmen opens Friday". The Washington Post. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  14. ^ Case, Wesley (23 October 2015). "'Wire' alum Tristan Wilds plays Adele's love interest in 'Hello' video". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  15. ^ VH1's 'The Breaks' to Become a Full Series; First Season Ordered
  16. ^ "Mack Wilds on Own it". Floss Magazine . 19 October 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  17. ^ Burt, Sharelle A. (16 October 2015). "7 actors that also topped the music charts". New York Daily News. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  18. ^ Rathon, Rocko (24 November 2015). "Mack Wilds Is Feeling Nostalgic On "Love In The 90z"". The Source. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  19. ^ http://ddotomen.com/2016/03/11/mack-wilds-signs-to-roc-nation/
  20. ^ "Mack Wilds - Chart History". www.billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 9 February 2016. 
  21. ^ "Mack Wilds - Chart History". www.billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 9 February 2016. 
  22. ^ "Mack Wilds - Chart History". www.billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 9 February 2016. 
  23. ^ "Mack Wilds - Chart History". www.billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 9 February 2016. 
  24. ^ "Mack Wilds - Chart History". www.billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 9 February 2016. 
  25. ^ "Mack Wilds - Chart History". www.billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 9 February 2016. 

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