Dylan O'Brien is an American actor, musician, and director who portrays Stiles Stilinski on Teen Wolf.


Dylan 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.[1][2] He grew up in Springfield Township, New Jersey, until the age of twelve, when he and his family moved to Hermosa Beach, California.[3][4][5] His father is of Irish descent, and his mother is of Italian, English, and Spanish ancestry.[6] After graduating from Mira Costa High School in 2009, he considered pursuing sports broadcasting and possibly working for the Mets.[7] 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.[2] 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.[2] 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. He originally wanted to audition for Scott but after reading the script O'Brien wanted to audition for the part of Stiles instead. After four auditions he was cast.[2] 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.[8] Yahoo! Movies named O'Brien as one of the 15 Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2014.[9] Pre-production for the Maze Runner sequel, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, began in early September 2014 and filming began at the end of October 2014 in New Mexico.[10]


  • According to his twitter he is a New York Mets fan.
  • Played drums in the band called "Slow Kids At Play".
  • Dylan's father is of Irish ancestry. Dylan's mother is of 1/2 Italian, 1/4 Spanish and 1/4 English ancestry.
  • He began as a YouTube star with his mother as an actress and his father a camera operator.
  • He auditioned for MTV's Teen Wolf, while planning to pursue college. After 4 auditions, he scored the role of Stiles.
  • He has one older sister named Julia - they are 16 months apart.
  • Best friends with Tyler Posey.
  • Has been in a relationship with Britt Robertson since 2011. The two met while filming 'The First Time'.
  • Dylan's maternal great grandparents were born in Italy and immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island.
  • Was reported to be considered for Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Untitled Spider-Man Reboot (2017), among others, before the role went to Tom Holland. On March 1, 2015, a source on Reddit stated that Dylan had been cast in the role, a story that was repeated by most prominent film news sites. In both the 2010 and 2015 casting cycles for Spider-Man, no actor reported by film websites as being all-but-confirmed for the role has ever ended up actually cast as Spider-Man. The other actors erroneously reported to have been cast are Logan Lerman (in April 2010), Jamie Bell (in June 2010), Josh Hutcherson (on June 30, 2010, one day before the official casting of Andrew Garfield), and Asa Butterfield (in May 2015).



Year Film Role Notes
2011 Charlie Brown: Blockhead's Revenge Charlie Brown Short film
2011 High Road Jimmy
2012 The First Time Dave Hodgman
2013 The Internship Stuart Twombly
2014 The Maze Runner Thomas
2015 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Thomas Post-production
2016 Deepwater Horizon Caleb Holloway Filming


Year Television Role Notes
2011–present Teen Wolf Stiles Stilinski Main cast
65 episodes
2013 First Dates with Toby Harris Peter 1 episode: "Roommates"
2013 New Girl The Guy 1 episode: "Virgins"


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