O'Brien at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
August 26, 1991|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Education||Mira Costa High School|
|Home town||Springfield Township, New Jersey, U.S.|
Dylan O'Brien (born August 26, 1991) is an American actor. He is known for his lead role as Thomas in the dystopian science-fiction adventure trilogy The Maze Runner (2014–2018) and for his role as Stiles Stilinski in the MTV television series Teen Wolf. His other work includes starring in films such as The First Time and American Assassin, and supporting roles in The Internship and Deepwater Horizon.
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. He grew up in Springfield Township, New Jersey, until the age of twelve, when he and his family moved to Hermosa Beach, California. His father is of Irish descent, and his mother is of Italian, English and Spanish ancestry. After graduating from Mira Costa High School in 2009, he considered pursuing sports broadcasting and possibly working for the New York Mets. At 14, 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 while in his senior year of high school. While working on the webseries, O'Brien met an actor who connected him with a manager. He had planned to attend Syracuse University 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. He was also the drummer for the independent rock band Slow Kids at Play.
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. After four auditions he was cast. In 2010, he began playing Stiles in the series.
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, directed by Jon Kasdan. The film premiered in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was released later that year.
In mid-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.
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. Yahoo! Movies named O'Brien as one of the 15 Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2014.
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. In December 2015, 20th Century Fox picked up the action-comedy Little White Corvette, with O'Brien attached to star.
In March 2016, O'Brien was injured on set while filming a scene for Maze Runner: The Death Cure. O'Brien was in a harness on top of a moving vehicle when he was pulled off the vehicle unexpectedly and hit by another vehicle. His injuries, which included a "concussion, facial fracture, and lacerations", were substantial but not life-threatening. 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. After a few months of recovery, O'Brien eventually began filming other projects, and the rescheduling of filming dates for the last installment in the Maze Runner series, The Death Cure, by 20th Century Fox in August 2016 marked a complete return to health for him. That same year, he starred with Mark Wahlberg in the disaster thriller-drama Deepwater Horizon, based on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion.
After sufficient time for his recovery following his on-set accident and rescheduling of filming, 20th Century Fox settled on a March 2017 start date for principal photography for The Death Cure. The film premiered on January 26, 2018. All three films opened at number-one at the North American box-office during their opening weekend, 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 $945 million with a $157 million total budget.
|2011||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||Thomas|
|2016||Deepwater Horizon||Caleb Holloway|
|2017||American Assassin||Mitch Rapp|
|2018||Maze Runner: The Death Cure||Thomas|
|2011–2017||Teen Wolf||"Stiles" Stilinski||Main role|
|2013||First Dates with Toby Harris||Peter||Web series short; episode: "Roommates"|
|2013||New Girl||The Guy||Episode: "Virgins"|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award||Category||Work or artist||Result||Ref.|
|2013||Young Hollywood Awards||Best Ensemble (shared with Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Holland Roden and Tyler Hoechlin)||Teen Wolf||Won|||
|2014||Giffoni Film Festival||Experience Award||Himself||Honored|||
|NewNowNext Awards||Best New Film Actor||The Maze Runner||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Villain||Teen Wolf||Won|||
|Young Hollywood Awards||Breakthrough Actor||Himself||Won|||
|2015||Melty Future Awards||Prix International Masculin||Himself||Won|||
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Hero||The Maze Runner||Won|||
|Best Fight (shared with Will Poulter)||The Maze Runner||Won|
|Best Scared-As-S**t Performance||The Maze Runner||Nominated|
|Breakthrough Performance||The Maze Runner||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure||The Maze Runner||Nominated|||
|Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with Thomas Brodie-Sangster)||The Maze Runner||Nominated|||
|Choice TV: Scene Stealer||Teen Wolf||Won|
|2016||Teen Choice Awards||Choice AnTEENcipated Movie Actor||Deepwater Horizon||Won|||
|Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure||The Scorch Trials||Won|||
|Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with Thomas Brodie-Sangster)||The Scorch Trials||Won|||
|Choice Summer TV Actor||Teen Wolf||Won|
|2017||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor||Teen Wolf||Won|||
|Choice TV Ship (shared with Holland Roden)||Teen Wolf||Nominated|
|2018||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Action Movie Actor||The Death Cure||Nominated|||
|Choice Movie Ship (shared with Kaya Scodelario)||The Death Cure||Nominated|
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- 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.
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- Petski, Denise (27 Jul 2018). "'Weird City': Sara Gilbert, Dylan O'Brien, Laverne Cox Among Guest Stars Set For Jordan Peele Sci-Fi Anthology On YouTube". Deadline. Retrieved 3 Aug 2018.
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- "Dylan O'Brien Talks Tough Recovery after Maze Runner Set Injury: 'It Was the Worst Experience of My Life'". People. September 13, 2017. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
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- "MTV Movie Awards". MTV.com. MTV. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
- "Teen Choice 2015 Wave 1 Nominees". Teen Choice Awards. Fox Broadcasting Network. Archived from the original on March 22, 2016. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
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