Dylan O'Brien

Dylan O'Brien

Born (1991-08-26) August 26, 1991
New York City, New York, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.[1]
Education Mira Costa High School
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 2011–present
Notable work The Maze Runner
Teen Wolf
Home town Springfield Township, New Jersey, U.S.

Dylan O'Brien (born August 26, 1991) is an American actor and musician. He plays "Stiles" Stilinski in the MTV series Teen Wolf.[2] He is the film lead in the dystopian science-fiction adventure series The Maze Runner, consisting of The Maze Runner and its sequel, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. He will reprise his role in the final installment, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, which was to be released on February 17, 2017,[3] but due to his injuries sustained on-set, 20th Century Fox first pushed the film back indefinitely, and later rescheduled it for a January 12, 2018 release.[4][5] He will headline as Mitch Rapp in the upcoming action-thriller adaptation of the bestselling novel American Assassin.[6]

Early life

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.[7][8] He grew up in Springfield Township, New Jersey, until the age of twelve, when he and his family moved to Hermosa Beach, California.[9][10][11] His father is of Irish descent, and his mother is of Italian, English and Spanish ancestry.[12] After graduating from Mira Costa High School in 2009, he considered pursuing sports broadcasting and possibly working for the Mets.[13] At fourteen, O'Brien began posting original videos onto his YouTube channel. With the videos developing, a local producer and director approached him about doing work for a web series of hers while in his senior year of high school.[8] While working on the webseries, O'Brien met an actor who connected him with a manager. He had planned to attend Syracuse University in fall 2009 as a sports broadcasting major, but decided to pursue an acting career.


Before beginning his career in acting, O'Brien produced, directed and starred in a number of comedic short films which he released through his personal YouTube channel.[14] He was also the drummer for the independent rock band Slow Kids at Play.[10]

He went through several auditions before getting one of the main roles in MTV's Teen Wolf, a series loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name. He had been intended to play Scott, but after reading the script, O'Brien wanted to audition for the part of Stiles instead.[15] After four auditions he was cast.[8] In 2010, he began playing Stiles in the series.[16]

In 2011, O'Brien was introduced to audiences in the entirely improvised independent comedy film High Road, directed by Upright Citizens Brigade co-founder Matt Walsh and co-starring veteran comedic actors Horatio Sanz, Rob Riggle, Abby Elliott, and Lizzy Caplan.

The following year, he starred opposite Britt Robertson in the romantic comedy The First Time by director Jon Kasdan. The film premiered in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was released in the fall.

In the summer of 2013, O'Brien co-starred in Shawn Levy's comedy film The Internship, with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. He was supposed to star as the lead in DreamWorks' sci-fi thriller Glimmer, but production could not be pursued owing to scheduling conflicts.[17][18]

O'Brien played Thomas in the lead role in The Maze Runner, a film adaptation of the novel of the same name, which began filming in summer 2013, while he was on hiatus from Teen Wolf.[19] Yahoo! Movies named O'Brien as one of the 15 Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2014.[20] Filming for the Maze Runner sequel, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, began at the end of October 2014 in New Mexico, and the film was released in September 18, 2015.[21] Both films opened at number-one at the North American box-office during their opening weekend,[22][23] and, in worldwide terms, constitute the fourth highest grossing film series based on young-adult books, after the film series of Harry Potter, The Twilight Saga, and The Hunger Games respectively, earning over $660 million with a $95 million total budget.[24] In December 2015, 20th Century Fox picked up the action-comedy Little White Corvette, with O'Brien attached to star.[25]

In 2016, he starred with Mark Wahlberg in the disaster thriller-drama Deepwater Horizon, based on the Deepwater Horizon explosion.[26] He will also star opposite Michael Keaton in the upcoming CBS Films and Lionsgate Films adaptation of American Assassin, an action-thriller in which he will portray the role of titular character Mitch Rapp.[27][28]

After sufficient time for his recovery following his serious accident on set and several attempts at rescheduling filming and coordinating cast and crew's schedules, 20th Century Fox settled on the start of principal photography for the last The Maze Runner installment, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, with a February 2017 date. The film is scheduled to premiere on January 12, 2018.[29]

Personal life

O'Brien is in a relationship with actress Britt Robertson. They met on the set of The First Time in 2011.[30][31][32]

In March 2016, O'Brien was injured on set while filming a scene for Maze Runner: The Death Cure; his injuries were substantial but not life-threatening.[33] In April 2016, it was revealed that his injuries were "serious" and worse than had been thought, and he would need more time to recover.[4] After a few months of recovery, O'Brien eventually began filming other projects, and the rescheduling of filming dates for The Death Cure by 20th Century Fox in August 2016 marked a complete return to health for him.[34]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 High Road Jimmy
Charlie Brown: Blockhead's Revenge Charlie Brown Short film
2012 The First Time Dave Hodgman
2013 The Internship Stuart Twombly
2014 The Maze Runner Thomas
2015 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
2016 Deepwater Horizon Caleb Holloway
TBA American Assassin Mitch Rapp Filming
2018 Maze Runner: The Death Cure Thomas


Year Title Role Notes
2011–present Teen Wolf "Stiles" Stilinski Main role
81 episodes
2013 First Dates with Toby Harris Peter Web series short
Episode: "Roommates"
New Girl The Guy Episode: "Virgins"

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2013 Young Hollywood Awards Best Ensemble (shared with Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Holland Roden and Tyler Hoechlin) Teen Wolf Won [35]
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Villain Won [36]
Giffoni Film Festival Experience Award Honored [37]
Young Hollywood Awards Breakthrough Actor Won [38][39]
NewNowNext Awards Best New Film Actor The Maze Runner Nominated [40]
2015 MTV Movie Awards Best Scared-As-S**t Performance Nominated [41]
Best Breakthrough Performance Won
Best Fight (shared with Will Poulter) Won
Best Hero Won
Melty Future Awards Prix International Masculin Won [42]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure The Maze Runner Nominated [43]
Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with Thomas Brodie-Sangster) Nominated [44]
Choice TV: Scene Stealer Teen Wolf Won
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure The Scorch Trials Won [45]
Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with Thomas Brodie-Sangster) Won [46]
Choice Summer TV Actor Teen Wolf Won
Choice AnTEENcipated Movie Actor Deepwater Horizon Won [47]


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