Max Thieriot

Maximillion Drake Thieriot (/ˈtɛriɒt/;[2] born October 14, 1988) is an American actor and director. He made his acting debut in the 2004 adventure comedy film Catch That Kid. Thieriot has since appeared in the action comedy The Pacifier (2005), the mystery comedy Nancy Drew (2007), the sci-fi Jumper (2008), the supernatural horror My Soul to Take (2010), the erotic thriller Chloe (2010), the drama Disconnect (2012), the psychological horror-thriller House at the End of the Street (2012), and the action-thriller Point Break (2015).

Max Thieriot
Thieriot at the 2013 PaleyFest for Bates Motel
Maximillion Drake Thieriot

(1988-10-14) October 14, 1988
  • Actor
  • director
Years active2004–present
Lexi Murphy
(m. 2013)

From 2013 to 2017, Thieriot starred as Dylan Massett in A&E's drama-thriller series Bates Motel. He appeared as John Coffee "Jack" Hays in History Channel's miniseries Texas Rising (2015). In 2017, Thieriot began playing Navy SEAL Clay Spenser in the CBS drama series SEAL Team.

Early life

Thieriot was born in Los Altos Hills, California, the son of Bridgit Ann (née Snyder) and George Cameron Thieriot. He has one older sister and one younger brother.[3] He was raised in the small town of Occidental in Sonoma County, California. Thieriot was educated at the Sonoma Country Day School in Santa Rosa, California for middle school, and went on to attend El Molino High School in Forestville, California, from which he graduated in 2006.[3] Thieriot's ancestors once owned the San Francisco Chronicle. His great-great-grandfather, M. H. de Young, who was of Dutch Jewish descent, but later converted to Catholicism, co-founded the paper with his brother Charles de Young,[4][5] and his relatives, Charles and Richard Thieriot, were the editors and publishers of the paper.[6][7] Thieriot's paternal grandparents, Frances Harrison (née Dade) and Ferdinand Melly Thieriot, died in the sinking of the SS Andrea Doria in 1956.[8]


Thieriot was signed to talent manager Don Gibble after taking his improvisation class. He modeled for Gap and appeared in two short films, before being cast in his first feature film role, 2004's adventure film Catch That Kid, alongside Kristen Stewart and Corbin Bleu. He was subsequently cast in 2005's action comedy film The Pacifier, portraying one of the family members protected by a Navy SEAL (Vin Diesel). He was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor for his role. Thieriot then appeared in the drama The Astronaut Farmer (2007) and the film adaptation of Nancy Drew (2007).

In 2008, he played a younger version of Hayden Christensen's character in Jumper (co-starring for the second time with Kristen Stewart).[9] That same year, he appeared in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl,[10] for which he won the Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast with his co-stars.[11] In 2009, Thieriot co-starred in the erotic thriller Chloe.[12] Chloe enjoyed commercial success and became director Atom Egoyan's biggest ever box office earner.[13] The following year, he played the lead role in Wes Craven's horror film My Soul to Take, replacing Dennis Hopper's son Henry Lee Hopper in the cast.[14]

In 2011, he starred in the independent comedy The Family Tree, alongside Dermot Mulroney and Britt Robertson,[15] and played the lead role in the drama film Foreverland, opposite Sarah Wayne Callies.[16] Thieriot then co-starred with Jennifer Lawrence in the Mark Tonderai-directed psychological horror-thriller House at the End of the Street (2012).[17] That same year, he starred in the drama film Disconnect.[18] Also in 2012, Thieriot was cast in a leading role in Roland Emmerich's drama pilot for ABC, Dark Horse, but the project was not picked up to series.[19] From 2013 until its ending in 2017, he portrayed Dylan Massett, the half-brother of Norman Bates, in the critically acclaimed drama series Bates Motel, alongside Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore.[20] He made his directorial debut on the series with the fifth season episode "Hidden".[21]

In 2015, he starred in the History Channel event miniseries Texas Rising as John "Jack" Hays, a captain of the Texas Rangers,[22] and appeared in the remake of the action-thriller film Point Break. In 2017, Thieriot began starring as Navy SEAL Clay Spenser in the CBS drama series SEAL Team, opposite David Boreanaz and Jessica Paré.[23]

Personal life

In 2012, Thieriot became engaged to Alexis Murphy, his girlfriend of seven years. He proposed during a trip to the Caribbean, where the pair met as teenagers.[24] On June 1, 2013, they were married in Lake Tahoe, California.[1][25] The couple announced the birth of their first child, a boy, in 2015.[26][27] They had a second son in 2018. Through his sister's marriage, Thieriot is the brother-in-law of former Philadelphia Phillies baseball pitcher Michael Stutes.[28]

As well as being an actor, Thieriot is also a vintner.[29] He, along with childhood friends Christopher Strieter and Myles Lawrence-Briggs, owns vineyards in his hometown of Occidental and distributes wine through their label Senses.[30] In the third season of Bates Motel, the main characters can be seen drinking Senses during a family-dinner scene.[31]



2004Catch That KidGus
2005The PacifierSeth Plummer
2007The Astronaut FarmerShepard Farmer
Nancy DrewNed Nickerson
2008JumperYoung David Rice
Kit Kittredge: An American GirlWill Shepherd
2010My Soul to TakeAdam "Bug" Hellerman
Stay CoolShasta's Boyfriend
ChloeMichael Stewart
2011The Family TreeEric Burnett
ForeverlandWilliam "Will" Rankin
2012YellowYoung Nowell
House at the End of the StreetRyan Jacobson
2015Point BreakJeff

Television series

2012Dark HorseCarter HendersonUnsold TV pilot
2013–17Bates MotelDylan Massett48 episodes
2015Texas RisingJohn Hays5 episodes
2017–presentSEAL TeamClay Spenser44 episodes


2017Bates MotelEpisode: "Hidden"
2020SEAL TeamEpisode: "Drawdown"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Nominated work Result Ref
2005 The Stinkers Bad Movie Award for Worst Performance by a Child The Pacifier Nominated
2006 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor Nominated [32]
2009 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Won [33]


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  2. "Max Thieriot Recaps All Of 'Bates Motel' In 30 Seconds". Entertainment Weekly. May 6, 2015. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  3. Payne, Paul (February 23, 2007). "NEl Molino graduate seeing stars". The Press Democrat. Archived from the original on October 5, 2013.
  4. Adams, Charles F. (2005). Murder By The Bay: Historic Homicide In And About The City Of San Francisco. San Francisco: Quill Driver Books. p. 59. ISBN 1-884995-46-2.
  5. Brechin, Gray (1999). Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin. University of California Press. p. 172. ISBN 0-520-22902-9.
  6. Nevius, C.W. (January 5, 2004). "Just another 15-year-old, except for the acting stuff". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 4, 2008.
  7. "History of The Chronicle". San Francisco Chronicle. July 28, 2000. Retrieved February 4, 2008.
  8. "Nion Thieriot, Conservationist". San Francisco Chronicle. January 1, 1999. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  9. "Max Thieriot On Board Jumper". Empire. August 29, 2006.
  10. Andreeva, Nellie (May 29, 2007). "4 more board 'Kit Kittredge' for HBO Films". The Hollywood Reporter.
  11. Douglas, Edward (June 30, 2008). "Kit Kittredge Tackles the Great Depression".
  12. Kit, Borys (March 2, 2009). "Max Thieriot joins Atom Egoyan's 'Chloe'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  13. Pevere, Geoff (December 7, 2010). "The Digital Revolution: Part 1". The Toronto Star.
  14. Hilton, Beth (April 18, 2008). "'Jumper' star attached to Craven horror". Digital Spy.
  15. Goldstein, Gregg (February 26, 2008). "Class size grows for 'Lessons'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  16. Franklin, Garth (January 27, 2011). "Lewis, Dekker, Thieriot Visit "Foreverland"". Dark Horizons. Archived from the original on November 18, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  17. Kit, Borys (June 3, 2010). "Two join 'House at the End of the Street'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  18. Fleming Jr., Mike (September 23, 2011). "Max Thieriot Joins 'Disconnect'". Deadline Hollywood.
  19. Andreeva, Nellie (February 9, 2012). "Max Thieriot, Autumn Reeser And Kevin Alejandro Cast In Pilots". Deadline Hollywood.
  20. Goldberg, Lesley (September 14, 2012). "A&E's 'Bates Motel' Adds Max Thieriot as Norman's Brother". The Hollywood Reporter.
  21. Potts, Kimberly (March 14, 2017). "'Bates Motel' Postmortem: Star Max Thieriot on Directing Those Pivotal Norman Moments". Yahoo! TV.
  22. Goldberg, Lesley (March 12, 2014). "Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser Among History's All-Star 'Texas Rising' Cast". The Hollywood Reporter.
  23. Petski, Denise (March 3, 2017). "Max Thieriot Cast In CBS' Navy SEAL Drama Pilot". Deadline Hollywood.
  24. Johnson, Zach (March 11, 2012). "Actor Max Thieriot Engaged to Lexi Murphy!". Us Weekly.
  25. Thieriot, Max (June 3, 2013). "Best weekend of my life. Married the most beautiful and amazing woman in the entire world". Twitter.
  26. Thieriot, Max (December 27, 2015). "Christmas came early this year! @lexithieriot and I are so excited to announce the birth of our son Beaux". Instagram.
  27. Sisivat, Monica (December 27, 2015). "Bates Motel Star Max Thieriot Is a Dad — See the First Photo of His Baby Boy!". PopSugar.
  28. Spickard, Sally (January 4, 2015). "Frankie Thieriot Ties the Knot Bahama Style". Eventing Nation.
  29. Boone, Virginie (May 2015). "Movie Star Max Thieriot Reveals his Wine Project Secrets". Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
  30. "Senses Wines – Official Website". Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  31. Isle, Ray (September 17, 2015). "Halloween at Bates Motel". Food & Wine.
  32. "27th Annual Young Artist Awards – Nominations / Special Awards". The Young Artist Foundation. 2006. Archived from the original on July 4, 2010. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  33. "30th Annual Young Artist Awards – Nominations / Special Awards". The Young Artist Foundation. 2009. Archived from the original on August 15, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
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