Tyler Lee Hoechlin (/ˈhɛklɪn/; September 11, 1987) is an American actor. He got his big break starring as Michael Sullivan, Jr. in the 2002 film Road to Perdition. On television he is known for playing the role of Martin Brewer on 7th Heaven, Derek Hale on Teen Wolf, and Superman on Supergirl.

Early life

Hoechlin was born in Corona, California, to Lori and Don Hoechlin. He has two brothers, Tanner and Travis, and an older sister, Carrie.[1] He graduated from Santiago High School in 2006.[1]


Hoechlin began playing baseball at the age of seven. He played throughout high school, playing in the Area Code Games in both 2004 and 2005.[1] He earned a scholarship to Arizona State University, where he played infield, and the team made it to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.[2][3] In 2008, after a year at Arizona State, he transferred to the University of California, Irvine.[2] He played infield as a second baseman for the UC Irvine Anteaters.[2][4] During this time, he also played in collegiate summer leagues.[2]

Hoechlin aimed for a career in baseball, prioritising it over his acting commitments. This led him to turning down auditions and meetings (including with acclaimed director Francis Ford Coppola) and declining the role of Emmett Cullen in the Twilight films.[2][5] During Hoechlin's junior year of college, he pulled his hamstring, limiting his ability to play and practice. As a result, he participated in more acting auditions, and eventually, on the advice of his coach, made the decision to pursue acting full-time.[2]


Hoechlin appeared in commercials as a baby, which he discovered at the age of eight. This led him to successfully audition at an acting school, and obtain an agent.[2][6] His first role, at the age of 11, was in Happy Haunting, a Disney Sing-Along Songs video.[2][6] At the age of 13, Hoechlin was selected from 2000 auditionees to play Michael Sullivan, Jr. in Road to Perdition alongside Tom Hanks.[7] Hoechlin was nominated for multiple awards for the role, and won both the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor and the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor.[8][9] That performance led to him getting the role of Martin Brewer in the television show 7th Heaven in 2003.[10] Initially booked for a two-episode arc, he became a recurring character for the rest of the season.[2] Hoechlin was nominated for a 2004 Teen Choice Award for Breakout Male Star for the role, and remained a regular character for the following four years, amassing further nominations for a Teen Choice Award and a Young Artist Award.[11][12] The show worked around Hoechlin's baseball schedule, filming on days he did not have practice or a match, throughout high school and his first year of college.[2]

Hoechlin in 2011

After 7th Heaven ended in 2007, he had small roles in other television series, including CSI: Miami and Castle.[13] He also returned to film work. Hoechlin starred in the 2007 David DeCoteau film Grizzly Rage and was in the 2008 movie Solstice.[14] He also appeared alongside Owen Wilson and Christina Applegate in the 2011 movie Hall Pass.[5]

Following his decision to commit to acting full-time and commencing in 2011, Hoechlin played werewolf Derek Hale in the television series Teen Wolf. He was a regular on the show for the first four seasons, and returned as a guest star for the sixth and final season in 2017. During the early seasons of the show, filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, Hoechlin lived with co-stars Tyler Posey and Dylan O'Brien.[15] BuddyTV ranked him #3 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011".[16] Throughout Teen Wolf's run, the cast won the Best Ensemble award at the 2013 Young Hollywood Awards and Hoechlin won the 2014 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Male Scene Stealer.[17][18]

After leaving Teen Wolf in order to pursue other work and films roles,[5] Hoechlin was cast in Richard Linklater's baseball comedy Everybody Wants Some!!. In order to achieve a sense of camaderie among the cast, they spent three weeks living together at Linklater's ranch while fine-tuning the script.[19][20] Hoechlin was able to draw upon his baseball experience for the film, in which he played team captain McReynolds.[19][21] The film was released in 2016 to critical acclaim.[22][23] That same year, Hoechlin appeared in a second baseball film, Undrafted, which in contrast to Everybody Wants Some!! was poorly received by critics.[24][25] He was cast in Fifty Shades Darker as Boyce Fox, an author, in early 2016.[26] He did not appear in the finished film, but does feature in the sequel Fifty Shades Freed, which was released in 2018.[27] He also appeared in military thriller film Stratton, released in 2017.[28]

Hoechlin at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con

Hoechlin was cast as Superman on the CW show Supergirl in 2016. Hoechlin was producer Greg Berlanti's first choice for the role, and did not have to audition.[29] Describing the casting as "surreal", he said he hoped to successfully embody the optimism of the character and maintain the idea of Superman as a symbol of hope.[30] He appeared in four episodes of the show's second season, and was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Guest Performance on a Television Series for his work in the role.[31][32] His portrayal of Superman was well-received by fans and critics and described as "fun" and a "breath of fresh air".[33][34][35]

Hoechlin has a number of completed films awaiting release. In February 2017, it was announced that he was cast in the upcoming Peter Hutchings teen drama Departures, starring alongside Asa Butterfield, Maisie Williams, and Nina Dobrev.[36] He will appear in The Domestics, a post-apocalytic thriller alongside Kate Bosworth and Lance Reddick.[37] Hoechlin has also completed filming George Gallo's Bigger, in which he stars as Joe Weider. The biopic reunites Hoechlin with Teen Wolf co-star Colton Haynes, and tells the story of the Weider brothers founding the International Federation of Bodybuilders.[38]


Hoechlin in 2012


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1998 Disney Sing Along Songs: Happy Haunting Zach Disney Channel video, also released on September 2006 on DVD.
1999 Family Tree Jeff Jo [6]
2001 Train Quest Billy [39]
2002 Road to Perdition Michael Sullivan, Jr.
2008 The Rapture of the Athlete Assumed Into Heaven The Athlete Short film [40]
2008 Solstice Nick
2011 Open Gate Kaleb [41]
2011 Hall Pass Gerry
2011 Charlie Brown: Blockhead's Revenge Schroeder Short film [42]
2012 Melvin Smarty Ricky Hershey [43]
2016 Everybody Wants Some!! Glen McReynolds
2016 Undrafted Johnathan "Dells" Dellamonica
2017 Stratton Marty
2018 Fifty Shades Freed Boyce Fox [26]
2018 Departures Frank Post-production
2018 The Domestics Mark West Completed[44]
2018 Bigger Joe Weider Post-production


Hoechlin (right) with his Teen Wolf co-stars Colton Haynes and Holland Roden.
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2003–2007 7th Heaven Martin Brewer Main role; 62 Episodes
2007 CSI: Miami Shawn Hodges Episode: "Sunblock"
2007 Grizzly Rage Wes Harding Television film
2009 Lincoln Heights Tad Episodes: "With You I Will Leave" and "Bully for You" [13]
2009 My Boys Owen Scott Episode: "Spring Training" [13]
2009 Castle Dylan Fulton Episode: "Fool Me Once..."
2011–2014, 2017 Teen Wolf Derek Hale Main role (Seasons 1–4), Guest role (Season 6); 63 episodes
2013 The Sticks Hot Cop Clark Russell Television film [45]
2016—present Supergirl Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman Guest star; 4 episodes
2017 Hollywood Game Night Himself Episode: "Super Smashed Game Night" [46]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2002 Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor Road to Perdition Won [8]
2003 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor Road to Perdition Won [9]
2003 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role - Male Road to Perdition Nominated
2003 Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Youth Performance Road to Perdition Nominated
2003 Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Youth in Film Road to Perdition Nominated
2003 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Young Actor/Actress Road to Perdition Nominated
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Star - Male 7th Heaven Nominated
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Drama 7th Heaven Nominated [11]
2005 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actor 7th Heaven Nominated [12]
2008 Fright Meter Awards Best Supporting Actor Solstice Nominated [47]
2013 Young Hollywood Awards Best Ensemble (shared with Holland Roden, Crystal Reed, Dylan O'Brien and Tyler Posey) Teen Wolf Won [17]
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Male Scene Stealer Teen Wolf Won [18]
2017 Saturn Awards Best Guest Performance on a Television Series Supergirl Nominated [32]


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