Square-jawed, photogenic Travis Van Winkle divided his time between acting and modeling. Cinematically, Van Winkle made his mark in glossy, big-budget Hollywood genre films, often laden with heavy special effects. The Victorville, CA native landed his first prominent screen roles in the mid- to late 2000s, in outings such as the 2006 teen comedy Accepted, the 2007 action movie Transformers, and the Michael Bay-produced remake Friday the 13th (2009).
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Began modeling for Abercrombie & Fitch and Walmart as a teenager.
- Moved to Los Angeles at the age of 20 to pursue an acting career without ever having acted before and began taking cold reading classes two days after his arrival.
- Was featured in Julianne Hough's 2008 music video for "That Song in My Head."
- Played on the Hollywood Knights Celebrity basketball team in support of charity.
- Spent 15 days in an ashram in India, during which time he took a 10-day vow of silence.
- Created an app called BellyBump with fellow actor Justin Baldoni and musician Travis Clark that tracks and records a woman's pregnancy.
- Has traveled to Nicaragua, Haiti and Africa as a global ambassador for buildOn, an international nonprofit organization that constructs schools in developing countries.
- Organized and hosted a 5-hour celebrity talent show called Love Life: Livestream to raise money to build three schools through buildOn.
- Traveled with children from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Detroit to Malawi, where they assisted in the construction of a school.