Tristan Wilds

Active - 2006 - 2012  |   Born - Jul 15, 1989 in Staten Island, New York, United States  |   Genres - Drama, War

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Biography by Nathan Southern

Though he specialized urban-oriented roles onscreen, actor Tristan Wilds lacked an edgy intensity and instead ushered in a soft, sensitive spirit that suggested a tremendous amount of vulnerability and depth. A star from his mid- to late teens, Wilds gained particularly favorable attention on television, initially for his portrayal of broken home victim Michael Lee on HBO's The Wire (in the fourth season of that program), and for his supporting role in the Queen Latifah/Dakota Fanning drama The Secret Life of Bees. In 2008, Wilds signed to play Southern California high school student Dixon Wilson in 90210, a spinoff of the original Beverly Hills 90210. Four years later he was cast in the WWII fighter pilot drama Red Tails.

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  • Reading Rainbow was his favorite program growing up.
  • Got his big break playing a school bully in Miracle's Boys on the N.
  • Originally auditioned for the role of Randy, not Michael, for The Wire.
  • Described working on HBO's The Wire as a "life-changing experience" in a TV Guide interview.
  • Modeled for Rocawear.
  • Appeared in the music videos for Jay-Z's "Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)" and Alicia Keys' "Teenage Love Affair."