Sean Faris

Sean Hardy Faris[1][better source needed] (born March 25, 1982[2]) is an American actor and model. He is known for his roles as Jake Tyler in Never Back Down, Kyo Kusanagi in The King of Fighters, and Rick Penning in Forever Strong.

Sean Faris
Sean Hardy Faris

(1982-03-25) March 25, 1982 (age 39)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
  • Actor
  • model
Years active2001–present
Cherie Daly
(m. 2017)

Early lifeEdit

Faris was born on March 25, 1982, in Houston, Texas, the son of Katherine and Warren Stephen Faris.[3] His family was working-class and lived in a small house in Houston; he moved to Ohio at age 12, where he attended Barbizon Modeling and Acting School in Cleveland.[4] In 1999, Faris competed at the International Model and Talent Association.[5] After graduating with honors from Padua Franciscan High School in 2000, he relocated to Los Angeles, California, to pursue his acting career.


Faris has starred in many different projects, including two television shows, Life as We Know It, and Reunion, both canceled before the end of their first season. He also played William Beardsley in Yours, Mine & Ours. Faris also appeared in Sleepover with Alexa Vega in 2004. Faris was also nominated for the Young Actors Award at the 7th Annual Young Hollywood Awards in 2004. In 2007, Faris returned to work on three back-to-back films, Forever Strong, Never Back Down, and Brooklyn to Manhattan. Never Back Down was released on March 14, 2008, with the other two films also opening in 2008.

In 2008, he produced and starred in a short film called Manifest Destiny.[6][7] In 2010, Faris appeared in three episodes of the TV show The Vampire Diaries.[8] He also appeared on the cover of the January/February issue of U.S. Men's Health Magazine, and was the highest selling issue of the magazine in 2010.[9] In early 2011, he co-starred in the CBS film The Lost Valentine, opposite Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt. On March 22, 2013, it was announced that Faris would portray Pennsylvania State Police Officer Gabriel Holbrook on Pretty Little Liars.[10]

In 2011, Faris voiced the character Jack Rourke in the 2011 video game Need for Speed: The Run. On February 25, 2014, it was reported that Faris had landed one of the lead roles in Supernatural: Bloodlines, a spin-off of the CW series Supernatural,[11] with the twentieth episode of the latter's ninth season airing as a backdoor pilot.[12] However, the pilot was not picked up as a series for the 2014–15 season.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

On September 5, 2017, Faris and actress Cherie Daly announced that they had gotten married during that year's Burning Man festivities.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Twisted Fernando Castillo
2001 Pearl Harbor Danny's gunner
2001 The Brotherhood II John Van Owen Direct-to-video film
2004 Sleepover Steve Phillips
2005 Yours, Mine & Ours William Beardsley
2008 Manifest Destiny Josh Short film
2008 Never Back Down Jake Tyler
2008 Forever Strong Rick Penning
2009 Ghost Machine Tom
2010 The King of Fighters Kyo Kusanagi
2011 Freerunner Ryan Also executive producer
2012 The Truth in Being Right Jake Short film; also executive producer and producer
2012 Stash House David Nash
2013 Lost for Words Michael Also executive producer
2013 Pawn Nick
2013 NYC Underground Logan Direct-to-video film
2015 The App Vic Becklett
2015 Adulterers Samuel originally titled Avouterie
2016 Female Fight Club Potter
2017 Gangster Land Jack McGurn also known as In the Absence of Good Men
2017 Surprise Me! Jeff Bachmann


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Undressed Darren 4 episodes
2002 Even Stevens Scott Brooks Episode: "Where in the World Is Pookie Stevens?"
2002 House Blend Chris Reed Unsold television pilot
2002 Maybe It's Me N/A Episode: "The Prom Episode: Part 2"
2002 Smallville Byron Moore Episode: "Nocturne"
2003 Eve Chip Episode: "Player Down"
2003 One Tree Hill High school guy Episode: "The Search for Something More"
2004 Boston Public Troy Mooney Episode: "Chapter Seventy-Nine"
2004–2005 Life as We Know It Dino Whitman Main role
2005 Reunion Craig Brewster Main role
2010 The Vampire Diaries Ben McKittrick 3 episodes
2011 Leverage Shelley 2 episodes
2011 The Lost Valentine Lucas Thomas Television film
2012 Christmas with Holly Mark Nagle Television film
2013–2015 Pretty Little Liars Gabriel Holbrook Recurring role (seasons 4–5)
2014 Supernatural Julian Duval Episode: "Bloodlines"[Note 1]
2016 White Hot Beck Merchant Television film; also known as Sandra Brown's White Hot
2017 An Uncommon Grace Levi Television film
2018 A Veterans Christmas Joe Peterson Television film
2019 Psycho Nanny Todd Television film; also known as Munchausen by Internet

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Need for Speed: The Run Jack Rourke Voice role

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Refs
2005 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Sleepover Nominated [15]
2007 Young Hollywood Award The One to Watch Himself Won
2008 MTV Movie Award Best Fight (shared with Cam Gigandet) Never Back Down Won



  1. ^ According to the State of Texas. Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997. At
  2. ^ "Sean Faris Biography (1982-)".
  3. ^ "Sean Faris".
  4. ^ "Barbizon Modeling and Acting - Alumni".
  5. ^ "Current Stars Who Came From IMTA". International Model and Talent Association. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
  6. ^ "Sean Faris".
  8. ^ Ausiello, Michael (November 9, 2009). "Exclusive: Coming up necks on 'Vampire Diaries' — Sean Faris!". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on March 17, 2010. Retrieved April 7, 2010.
  9. ^ Koblin, John (January 6, 2011). "Memo Pad: Rihanna Was Tops — Topless". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  10. ^ Holbrook, Damian (March 22, 2013). "Exclusive: Pretty Little Liars Casts a New Law Enforcer". TV Guide. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 25, 2014). "Sean Faris Joins The CW's 'Supernatural' Spinoff; Duo Cast In ABC Pilot 'Selfie'". Deadline Hollywood. PMC. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  12. ^ Thurm, Eric (April 29, 2014). "Supernatural: "Bloodlines"". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  13. ^ Ausiello, Michael (May 8, 2014). "Fall TV Scoop: The CW Orders Four Dramas, Including Flash, iZombie and Jane the Virgin, Passes on Supernatural Spin-Off". TVLine. PMC. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  14. ^ Kimble, Lindsay (September 7, 2017). "Pretty Little Liars Star Sean Faris Weds Actress Cherie Daly at Burning Man". People. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  15. ^ "Video is temporarily not available". Metacafe.

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