Wilson Bethel

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Wilson Bethel
Stephen Wilson Bethel

(1984-02-24) February 24, 1984 (age 37)[1]
Years active2004–present
Spouse(s)Liesl Martinez-Balaguer

Stephen Wilson Bethel (born February 24, 1984) is an American actor and producer.[2] He is known for his roles as Wade Kinsella on Hart of Dixie,[3] as Ryder Callahan on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless,[4][5] and as Agent Benjamin “Dex” Poindexter on the Netflix original series Daredevil. He is also the star and creator of the web series Stupid Hype on the CW's online platform CWD (CW Digital Studio).

Early life[edit]

Bethel was born on February 24, 1984 in Hillsborough, New Hampshire. He is the son of artist Steve Bethel and author Joyce Maynard.[6]


Bethel made his on-screen debut as Brad in the teen drama series The O.C., in the episode "The Telenovela".[7] He had guest roles in JAG, Cold Case, and NCIS,[8] and portrayed Corporal Evan "Q-Tip" Stafford in the Emmy-nominated mini-series Generation Kill, starring Alexander Skarsgård.[2] Bethel made his film debut in the 2008 Vietnam War film, 1968 Tunnel Rats where he played the Army Special Ops soldier, Corporal Green.[9] In 2009, he landed a recurring role as Ryder Callahan on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless.[10]

In The CW's comedy-drama series Hart of Dixie, Bethel played Wade Kinsella, "bad-boy" neighbor to the series' central character, Zoe Hart.[11][7] Production for the show began in early 2011 and it premiered on September 26, 2011. The series concluded on May 7, 2015, after four seasons.[12] BuddyTV ranked him #14 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011"; in 2012 he was ranked #2 on the same list.[13] He appeared in four episodes of ABC's legal thriller series How to Get Away with Murder as Charles Mahoney.[10][14]

In 2017, he joined the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of The Last Match, which was set in the world of professional tennis.[2] In 2018, he joined the cast of Daredevil as Benjamin Poindexter / Bullseye.[15] In 2019, Bethel landed a main role on the CBS legal drama series All Rise as Deputy District Attorney Mark Callan.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Wilson Bethel got married on November 28, 2020 to Liesl Martinez-Balaguer (divorcée from the Dominican Republic, studied architecture at Pratt) at the Joshua Tree, officiated by his older brother.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 1968 Tunnel Rats Cpl. Dan Green
2011 Stealing Summers Trevor
Give a Shirt PSA N/A Short film; writer
2012 Wyatt Earp's Revenge Doc Holliday Direct-to-Video
Rachel Bilson: Call me Doctor N/A Short film; Associate producer and writer
2013 Inside the Box Matt Palmer Short film
Not Today Bill
Cold Turkey Hank
2014 Inherent Vice LAPD Officer #1
Memory 2.0 Henry Short film; also writer
2017 So It Goes Jimmy Short film
2021 Doors[17] Ricky Science fiction anthology


Year Title Role Notes
2004 The O.C. Brad Episode: "The Telenovela"
2005 JAG Seaman Apprentice Charles Bander Episode: "Dream Team"
NCIS P.O. John Kirby Episode: "Switch"
2008 Generation Kill Cpl. Evan 'Q-Tip' Stafford Miniseries; Main cast
Cold Case James 'Jimmy' Tully Episode: "Shore Leave"
2009–2011 The Young and the Restless Ryder Callahan 78 episodes
2011 The Perfect Student Trent TV movie
2011–2015 Hart of Dixie Wade Kinsella Main cast
2012 Reception Greg 2 episodes
2013 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Himself 1 episode
Treme Lanny Fox Episode: "Dippermouth Blues"
Stupid Hype Hype TV Pilot; also executive producer and writer
2014 L.A. Rangers Parker Web Series; Main cast also executive producer and writer
2014–2017 American Koko Salinger 3 episodes
2015 Bates Motel Taylor Episode: "Norma Louise"
The Astronaut Wives Club Scott Carpenter Recurring
Blood & Oil Finn 3 episodes
2016 Criminal Minds Randy Jacobs Episode: "The Bond"
Harley and the Davidsons Ray Weishaar Miniseries; Episode: "Race to the Top"
The Infamous[10] Jason Gant TV Pilot
2016–2017 How to Get Away with Murder Charles Mahoney 4 episodes
2018 Daredevil Agent Benjamin “Dex” Poindexter Main cast
2019–2021 All Rise Mark Callan Main cast


  1. ^ "Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 24 – March 2". WTOP-FM. February 23, 2019. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Wilson Bethel - All Rise Cast Member, retrieved 2020-08-12
  3. ^ Kerr, Luke. "The CW Renews Three Shows, Orders The Flash, iZombie, Jane the Virgin and The Messengers". Daytime Confidential. Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  4. ^ "Wilson Bethel at soaps.com". Archived from the original on 2011-11-05. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
  5. ^ "Hart of Dixie at TVGuide.com". Archived from the original on 2011-10-11. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
  6. ^ "Wilson Bethel biography at Soap Opera Digest". Archived from the original on 2011-11-04. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
  7. ^ a b Gelman, Vlada (2019-11-07). "Wilson Bethel on His 'Mind-Boggling' Journey from The O.C. to Hart of Dixie". TVLine. Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  8. ^ "Wilson Bethel credits". TV.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
  9. ^ "1968 Tunnel Rats at Rotten Tomatoes.com". Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
  10. ^ a b c Giddens, Jamey. "Wilson Bethel Books A&E's Hip Hop Crime Pilot 'The Infamous'". Daytime Confidential. Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  11. ^ "Hart of Dixie - Wilson Bethel interview at tv.net". Archived from the original on 2011-10-20. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
  12. ^ "CW Cancels 'Hart Of Dixie,' Creator Promises 'Satisfying' Ending - Starpulse.com". 2015-03-17. Archived from the original on 2015-03-17. Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  13. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011". BuddyTV. Archived from the original on 2012-10-30. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  14. ^ Slezak, Michael (2016-01-15). "How to Get Away With Murder Casts Wilson Bethel, Adam Arkin for 'Big' Arc". TVLine. Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  15. ^ "'Daredevil': Wilson Bethel on Becoming Bullseye, Eventually". The Hollywood Reporter. 20 October 2018. Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  16. ^ Radish, Christina (2019-11-04). "Wilson Bethel on the Transition from the Demands of 'Daredevil' to His CBS Drama 'All Rise'". Collider. Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  17. ^ "Doors (2021) - IMDb".

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