Dec. 14th, 1984
Jackson Rathbone's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - The Last Airbender
2009 - Dread
2009 - Hurt
2009 - S. Darko
2008 - Twilight
2007 - Big Stan
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Guest
Monroe Jackson Rathbone V (born December 21, 1984), better known as Jackson Rathbone, is an American actor and musician.
Born in Singapore, the son of American parents Randee Lynn Brauner and Monroe Jackson Rathbone IV. His great-grandfather, Monroe Jackson Rathbone II, was the chairman of Standard Oil of New Jersey, which later became Exxon; Rathbone is also distantly related to Civil War general Stonewall Jackson. Because of his father's job at Mobil Oil, Rathbone has lived in places ranging from Indonesia to Midland, Texas.
Rathbone started out in local theater in Midland with the youth actors program "The Pickwick Players", initially doing musical theatre. For his junior and senior years of high school, Rathbone attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, a private school for the arts in Michigan, where he majored in acting. After graduation, he had planned to go to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, but went instead to Los Angeles to experiment with film acting.
After being in Los Angeles for a short time, Rathbone was cast in Disney 411, where he interviewed up-and-coming personalities like 'Hilary Duff' and the sister duo Aly & AJ. He has also had guest roles on The O.C. and Close to Home. His film roles include work in Molding Clay, Pray for Morning, and Travis and Henry. In 2005, he scored the role of Nicholas Fiske in ABC Family's original series Beautiful People.
In a 2008 interview, he stated it was his first leading man role and was his most difficult role to fit into.In 2008, he played Jasper Hale in the film Twilight, based on the best-selling novel by 'Stephenie Meyer'. He reprised his role in the sequels to Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
In 2009, Rathbone played Jeremy in S. Darko. In addition to that role, he won kudos for his performance as a serial killer on Criminal Minds. Rathbone played the role of Sokka in The Last Airbender, a 2010 film based on the animated seriel. The Last Airbender has caused controversy because of the casting of white actors like Rathbone to play characters that were clearly depicted as Asian or Inuit in the animated series. Rathbone stated, "I think it's one of those things where I pull my hair up, shave the sides, and I definitely need a tan. It's one of those things where, hopefully, the audience will suspend disbelief a little bit".
Rathbone appeared in an episode of No Ordinary Family on November 9, 2010. In November 2010, it was reported he had been cast in the Warner Premiere and Dolphin Entertainment action webseries Aim High alongside Aimee Teegarden. The show in which he portrays Nick Green, a high school junior who's just starting a new school year as one of the country's 64 highly trained teenage operatives, premiered on October 18, 2011 on Facebook being the first "social series" ever created.
In May 2011, Rathbone began shooting Live at the Foxes Den, a film in which he plays the lead role of lawyer Bobby Kelly.
Rathbone has a production company, PatchMo Entertainment, and a record company, Happy Jack Records.
Rathbone enjoys music, writing, singing and producing. He formerly performed in a band called 100 Monkeys with two friends whom he met in high school at Interlochen Arts Academy, Ben Graupner and Ben Johnson, as well as close friends Jerad Anderson and M. Lawrence Abrams ("Uncle Larry"). The band released three albums in 2009. In December 2009, 100 Monkeys began a 100-city tour that took them to nearly every state in the US by mid-2010. The band continued to tour into 2011 to coincide with the release of their new album, Liquid Zoo, which was released in June. The band headed overseas for their first international dates in winter 2011.
Rathbone resides in Los Angeles. Rathbone and his girlfriend, Sheila Hafsadi, had a son, Monroe Jackson Rathbone VI, (b. July 5, 2012). Close friend and Twilight co-star 'Nikki Reed' is the Godmother. He married Sheila Hafsadi (September 29, 2013).
- Was born in Singapore and grew up in Midland, Texas.
- Favorite actors are Christoper Walken, Clint Eastwood and Bryce Dallas Howard.
- Before Twilight, Jackson Rathbone, Nikki Reed and Cam Gigandet had guest starring roles on the TV show The O.C. during the show's third season. They were even in the same episode ("The Heavy Lifting") but did not share any scenes together.
- Is close friends with Interlochen buds, Ben Graupner and Will Schmidt and classmates Lindsey Shaw, 'Jerad Anderson' (qv), Rachel Wittman and Melissa Carnell.
- Enjoys playing his guitar, and other musical instruments such as the harmonica.
- Close friends with "Twilight" co-stars: Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz and Nikki Reed.
- Plays in band "100 Monkeys" with friends 'Jerad Anderson' (qv) and Ben Graupner.
- Is roommates with actor 'Ben Graupner' (qv).