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Dylan O'Brien

Dylan O'Brien
O'Brien at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con International
Born (1991-08-26) August 26, 1991
New York City
Occupation Actor, musician, director
Years active 2011–present
Dylan O'Brien (born August 26, 1991) is an American actor, musician, and director. He co-stars as "Stiles" Stilinski in the MTV series Teen Wolf.[1] He also co-starred in the film High Road, and starred in the films The First Time and The Maze Runner.

Life and career

O'Brien was born in New York City, the son of Lisa (née Rhodes), a former actress who also ran an acting school, and Patrick O'Brien, a camera operator.[2][3] He grew up in Springfield Township, New Jersey, until the age of twelve, when he and his family moved to Hermosa Beach, California.[4][5][6] His father is of Irish descent, and his mother is of Italian, English, and Spanish ancestry.[7] After graduating from Mira Costa High School in 2009, he considered pursuing sports broadcasting and possibly working for the Mets.[8] He had planned to attend Syracuse University in fall 2009 as a sports broadcasting major but decided to move to Los Angeles for an acting career.[3]

At fourteen, O'Brien began posting original videos onto his YouTube channel. With the videos developing, a local producer/director approached him about doing work for a web series of hers.[3] While working on the webseries, O'Brien met an actor who connected him with a manager. He went through several auditions before getting one for the main role in MTV's Teen Wolf. After reading the script O'Brien wanted to audition for the part of Stiles instead. After four auditions he was cast.[3]

In 2011, he began playing the role of Stiles in Teen Wolf, a series loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name. In 2013, O'Brien co-starred in the comedy film The Internship, with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

O'Brien played the lead role in the 2014 film The Maze Runner, the adaptation of the book of the same name. He filmed the movie in summer 2013 while on hiatus from Teen Wolf.[9] Yahoo! Movies named O'Brien as one of the 15 Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2014.[10] Pre-production for the Maze Runner sequel, The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, began in early September 2014 and filming began at the end of October 2014 in New Mexico.[11]

Personal life

In addition to acting in film and on television, O'Brien has produced, directed, and starred in a number of comedic short films produced for and released through his personal YouTube channel, and he is also the drummer for the independent rock band Slow Kids at Play.[5]

O'Brien has been in a relationship with actress Britt Robertson since they met while filming The First Time in 2012.[12]


Year Television Role Notes
2011–present Teen Wolf "Stiles" Stilinski Main cast
2013 First Dates with Toby Harris Peter Episode: "Roommates"
2013 New Girl The Guy Episode: "Virgins"
Year Film Role Notes
2011 Charlie Brown: Blockhead's Revenge Charlie Brown Short film
2012 High Road Jimmy
2012 The First Time Dave Hodgman
2013 The Internship Stuart Twombly
2014 The Maze Runner Thomas
2015 The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials Thomas Filming

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2013 Young Hollywood Award[13] Best Ensemble (shared with Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Holland Roden and Tyler Hoechlin) Won
2014 Giffoni Award[14] Giffoni Experience Award Honored
2014 Teen Choice Award[15] Choice TV Villain Won
2014 Young Hollywood Award[16][17] Breakthrough Actor Won
2014 NewNowNext Awards[18] Best New Film Actor Nominated
2015 Melty Future Awards[19] Prix International Masculin Pending


  1. ^ Gandhi, Neha (June 1, 2011). "Exclusive interview: Teen Wolf's Dylan O'Brien".  
  2. ^ Stuzin, Anne Chorske. "Skidmore Scope Fall 2009". Skidmore Scope. Retrieved March 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Barker, Lynn (July 27, 2011). """Teen Wolf's Dylan O'Brien "In real life, I'm the werewolf.. Teen Television. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Dylan O'Brien". Listal. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Dylan O'Brien". NewNowNext. Viacom. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ Jacobs, Jay S. (October 19, 2012). "'"Dylan O'Brien interview about 'The First Time' and 'Teen Wolf.. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ Johnson, Jason (June 4, 2012). "Sidekick supreme".  
  8. ^ Mathews, Dana. "Up Close and Personal with Dylan O'Brien: The 'Maze Runner' Star Talks Movies, Making It, and More".  
  9. ^ O'Brien, Dylan (April 19, 2013). "SO excited to join the cast of #MazeRunner @wesball @jamesdashner thank you for including me in this insanely awesome project. Can't wait!!". Twitter. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  10. ^ Warner, Kara (January 3, 2014). "15 Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2014".  
  11. ^ Jarett Wieselman (September 4, 2014). "A "Maze Runner" Sequel Is Already in Pre-Production". Retrieved September 6, 2014. 
  12. ^ Cubria, Kaitlin (September 19, 2013). "Dylan O'Brien, Brittany Robertson Dating, Tomorrowland Set". Retrieved January 12, 2014. 
  13. ^ Teen Wolf" Cast Wins Best Ensemble at 2013 Young Hollywood Awards""". Shine on Media. Shine on Media. August 2, 2013. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Dylan O'Brien Brings 'The Maze Runner' to the Giffoni Film Festival". Shine on Media. Shine on Media. July 21, 2014. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Teen Choice 2014". Teen Choice Awards. FOX. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  16. ^ "List of Nominees". Young Hollywood Awards. PMC. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  17. ^ Thompson, Avery (July 28, 2014). "Young Hollywood Awards Winners 2014 – Full List: Justin Bieber & More". Hollywood Life. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Best New Film Actor 2014". LogoTV NNNA 2014. Retrieved October 28, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Prix Internacional Masculin". melty. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 

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