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Tristan Wilds
Tristan Wilds

Born:

Tristan Paul Mack Wilds
(July 15, 1989)
Staten Island, New York, U.S.

Occupation:

Actor
Singer/Songwriter
Composer
Record Producer

Tristan Paul Mack Wilds (born July 15, 1989) is an American actor and Grammy-nominated recording artist. He is best known for his roles as Michael Lee on the HBO original drama series The Wire and as Dixon Wilson on the CW drama series 90210.

Early Life

Wilds was born in Staten Island, New York, to Monique Moncion and Paul Wilds. He is of African-American (father) and Irish, and Dominican (mother) descent. He attended Michael J. Petrides School. He started acting age seven, following in the foot steps of his older brother.

Acting Career

In 2005 Wilds made his acting debut in The N Drama Mini-Series Miracle's Boys Wilds has since guest appeared on television shows such as Cold Case and Law & Order. The following year Wilds made his film debut in a bit-role in the Independent Drama film Half Nelson alongside Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling. Wilds has dominantly appeared in a number of music videos for Jay-Z, Lil Flip, Wale, Wynter Gordon and Alicia Keys. He made a cameo in the music video for How To Love by American Hip-Hop rapper Lil Wayne. In 2008 Wilds appeared alongside Jessica Alba and Hayden Panettiere in a promotional-clip titled The Muzzler encouraging young people to vote.

In 2006 Wilds joined the HBO Drama television series The Wire in a major recurring role. Wilds portrayed the role of Michael Lee, a troubled middle school student who is living in poverty and caring for his younger brother. The Wire cast mate Jermaine Crawford is his second cousin. Wilds appeared over the course of 23 episodes. Shortly after "The Wire" ended Wilds attended an acting workshop at the Roundabout Theatre Company, in which he worked with actress Phylicia Rashad and played the role of Brice in a stage production of Stockholm Brooklyn at the Cherry Lane Theatre. In 2007 Wilds was cast in the Fox Searchlight Pictures Drama film The Secret Life of Bees an adaptation of the novel of the same name. Production began in January 2008 in Lumberton, North Carolina with Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys and Dakota Fanning confirmed to star. Wilds portrayed the role of Zach Taylor the romantic interest to Fanning's character. The film was screened in September 2008 at the 33rd Annual Toronto International Film Festival and was released in the United States the following month. The film received mixed reviews and grossed over $39 million worldwide.

In July 2008 Wilds was cast in The CW Teen Drama television series 90210, a spin-off to Beverly Hills, 90210. Wilds portrayed the role of Dixon Wilson, a teenage boy who is adopted whom moves with his family to Beverly Hills. The series premiered in September that same year to 4.65 million viewers and mixed reviews from critics. On May 3, 2012 The CW renewed the series for a fifth season.

In March 2009 Wilds was confirmed to star in the George Lucas War film Red Tails which follows the Tuskegee Airmen a group of African-American United States Army Air Force (USAAF) servicemen during World War II. Ne-Yo, Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding, Jr. were announced to star also. Production began that same month on a $58 million budget. Eventually the film was released after numerous push-backs in January 2012. The film was a failure, both critically and financially.

In July 2011 Wilds announced he had joined the Independent Drama film Indelible. The film was planned to begin filing in Upstate New York sometime in October that same year but plans never materialised. In April 2009 a trailer was filmed to promote awareness of the yet-to-be filmed film.

Music

In 2010 Wilds signed a recording contract with Independent Record Label Ten2one. Two tracks have leaked, the Rico Love-written track "Fall 4 Her" and "Runaround". Both songs were produced by Dre & Vidal. Another track titled "2 Girls" was featured in the fourth season of 90210 and "Kim". In October 2011 Wilds released an Extended play titled Remember Remember. In summer 2013, Tristan revisited the music scene and released the hit single "Own It". His debut album, New York: A Love Story was released on September 30, 2013. Wilds received his first Grammy Award nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album for New York: A Love Story at the 56th Grammy Awards to be held on January 26, 2014.

Discography

Studio Albums

Title Album Details Peak Chart Positions
US US R&B US Rap
New York: A Love Story
  • Released: September 30, 2013
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, Digital Download
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Singles

Title Year Peak Chart Positions Album
US US R&B US Rap
"Own It" 2013 120 39 - New York: A Love Story

Filmography

Film

Year Film Character
2006 Half Nelson Jamal
2008 The Secret Life of Bees Zach Taylor
2012 Red Tails Lt. Ray "Ray Gun" Gannon
Indelible Adrian

Television

Year TV Show Character
2005 Miracle's Boys A.J.
2006-2008 The Wire Michael Lee
2007 Cold Case- 8.03  Skill
2008 Law & Order- Driven Will Manning
2008-2013 90210 Dixon Wilson