A native of Yellow Knife, Northwest Territories, clean-cut Canadian actor Dustin Milligan gamely established himself as a Hollywood presence during the mid- to late 2000s. As one interested in drama from a tender age, Milligan initially moved to Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada's premier film community), where he signed with the agency Lucas Talent; by 2004, however, he transitioned to Hollywood and began signing for bit parts in projects including the feature Perfect Romance and the docudrama telemovie Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution (based on the infamous Scott Peterson homicide case). Milligan maintained a much higher profile as Henry Rader, the son of framed and threatened Washington, D.C., district attorney Paul Rader (Donnie Wahlberg) on the CW network's short-lived thriller series Runaway (2006); following a small supporting role in director Jon Kasdan's feature In the Land of Women (2007), Milligan signed on to play Southern California high school student Ethan Ward in the Beverly Hills 90210 spinoff series 90210 (2008). In the years to come, Milligan would find ongoing success in movies like Extract, Repeaters, and The Campaign.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Playing the leads in high-school productions of Grease and Saturday Night Fever ignited his passion for acting.
- Moved with his mother to Vancouver to pursue his career.
- Worked as a cake cutter at a bakery until he began landing acting jobs.
- Established the "Enough Talk, Hurry Up and Do It Already" Arts Scholarship to assist students from his hometown in the pursuit of post-secondary studies in the dramatic arts, film or writing.