Childhood & Early Life
Dylan Sprouse was born Dylan Thomas Von Sprouse on August 4, 1992, in Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy. He was named after the famous poet Dylan Thomas.
His mother Melanie Wright and his father Matthew Sprouse were both Americans teaching English at a school in Tuscany.
Dylan’s twin brother Cole Mitchell Sprouse is younger to him by 15 minutes.
Four months after he and his brother were born, Dylan’s parents moved back to the states and started living in their family house in Long Beach, California.
Dylan and his twin brother started appearing in TV commercials, advertising diapers from the age of eight months. Their grandmother Jonine Booth Wright, an actor and drama teacher during her younger days, was responsible for their appearance in TV commercials.
They also played the role of ‘Patrick Kelly’ in the series ‘Grace Under Fire,’ produced by ‘ABC’ when they were kids.
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In 1999, Dylan and his twin brother landed an opportunity to act in a comedy film titled ‘Big Daddy’ where they played the role of ‘Julian.’ They acted alongside Adam Sandler, who was playing the part of ‘Sonny Koufax.’ They soon became famous as actors at an early age.
In 1999, they also appeared in a small role in a thriller titled ‘The Astronaut’s Wife.’ During the early-2000s, they appeared on episodes of TV shows, such as ‘Mad TV’ (1998), ‘The Nightmare Room,’ and ‘That ‘70s Show.’
He and his brother also appeared in various feature films during this period, such as ‘Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights’ and ‘The Master of Disguise.’
In 2001, Dylan did not share the role of ‘Ben Gellar,’ Ross Gellar’s son in the sitcom ‘Friends.’ The role was solely played by his twin brother Cole.
They then appeared in films, such as ‘Just for Kicks’ and ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’ which were made especially for distribution through DVDs.
Dylan and his twin brother received their biggest break when they were chosen to play the title roles in the ‘Disney Channel’ sitcom ‘The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.’ They appeared in all the episodes of this sitcom, which ran from 2005 to 2008.
In 2005, the twins opened up franchises for clothing line, magazine, and a book series under the name ‘Sprouse Bros’ after signing an agreement with ‘Dualstar Entertainment.’ By 2008, all of the franchises except the clothing line had shut down.
On March 2006, the film ‘The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things’ was released with Dylan and his twin brother playing the role of ‘Jeremiah.’ The production of the film had started way back in 2004, but the release was delayed.
The two brothers were next seen in the film ‘A Modern Twain Story: The Prince and the Pauper’ which received moderate ratings from critics.
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The brothers lent their voices to an animation film titled ‘Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn’t Happen’ where the female voices were lent by Emily Osment and Brenda Song.
In 2008, Dylan and Cole reprised their roles as ‘Zack’ and ‘Cody’ in ‘The Suite Life on Deck,’ a spin-off of ‘The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.’ This sitcom, which ran from 2008 to 2011, was highly popular among teenagers and children.
In 2009, Dylan and his brother appeared in another stage performance titled ‘The Kings of Appletown’ which was an adaptation of the book ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.’
In 2009, the twins started working on the film ‘Sivilized’ which is a modern adaptation of the book ‘Huckleberry Finn.’ The brothers backed out from the project before it was completed as they thought they were no longer suitable for the role.
During 2009 and 2010, they appeared in advertisements for ‘Dannon Danimals’ which is a French food-manufacturing company.
On August 2010, Dylan and his twin brother entered a deal with ‘Nintendo DS’ as part of endorsing their products.
On March 2011, Dylan and his brother appeared in a movie titled ‘The Suite Life Movie,’ which was adapted from ‘The Suite Life of Zack & Cody’ series.
In 2012, Dylan and his family moved from Long Beach to Calabasas in California after buying a house with the money earned by Dylan.
Because of an unfortunate incident, Dylan and his brother were not able to land acting opportunities in the industry for some time. So, they decided to stay away from the film industry temporarily and joined the ‘New York University’ in 2010. They deferred attending classes until 2011, and graduated from the ‘Gallatin School of Individualized Study’ on May 2015.
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After studying at the university, Dylan and Cole decided to take up projects individually to break away from the image they had created as child actors.
In 2014, Dylan started commenting on a few ‘Super Smash Bros’ tournaments.
At the beginning of 2017, Dylan announced that he is setting up a brewery in Brooklyn, New York with the help of his partners. In 2018, he opened a meadery in Brooklyn.
In 2017, he was cast in the thriller film ‘Dismissed’ where he played the lead role of ‘Lucas Ward.’ He was also cast in the comedy film ‘Banana Split’ as ‘Nick.’
He played the role of ‘Paul’ in the 2019 short film ‘Daddy.’ It was announced on August 2019 that Sprouse had been cast as ‘Trevor’ in ‘After We Collided,’ the sequel to the 2019 film ‘After.’
He has also been in music videos like ‘Consequences’ by Camila Cabello and ‘Think About You’ by Kygo.