Tristan Paul Mack Wilds is an actor and hip-hop artist. He uses the professional names Tristan Wilds for acting and Mack Wilds for music. Wilds has garnered fame for portraying Michael Lee in the HBO original drama series ‘The Wire’ and Dixon Wilson in the CW teen drama series ‘90210’. Originally from New York, he obtained his high-school diploma from the Michael J. Petrides School. He made his acting debut in 2005 in an episode of the TV miniseries ‘Miracle's Boys.’ A year later, his first cinematic appearance came in the drama film ‘Half Nelson’. Playing Michael Lee in the series ‘The Wire’ was the breakthrough performance of his career. Since then, he has established himself as a promising young star in the industry. In 2013, Wilds put out his debut studio album, ‘New York: A Love Story’. His second and most recent album, ‘AfterHours’, was released in 2017. As an actor, he has been nominated for a Black Reel Award, NAACP Image Award, and two Teen Choice Awards. For his first album, Wilds received Grammy and BET nominations.
Tristan Wilds made his first appearance as an actor in ‘Miracle’s Boys’, a miniseries that Spike Lee produced for The N/TeenNick. In the following year, he played Jamal in ‘Half Nelson’, Ryan Fleck’s directorial venture that also stars Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, and Shareeka Epps.
In 2006, he became a member of the cast of the HBO crime-drama series ‘The Wire’ in its fourth season. His character, Michael Lee, is introduced as a soft-spoken, introverted middle-schooler who gradually becomes involved in the world of crime. Between 2006 and 2008, Wilds appeared in 23 episodes before making his final appearance in the series finale.
Wilds has guest-starred on shows like ‘Cold Case’ (2007), ‘Law & Order’ (2008), and ‘Tales’ (2019). in 2008, he shared the screen space with Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, and Queen Latifah in writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s drama film ‘The Secret Life of Bees’. His outing as Zach Taylor in the film brought him a Black Reel nomination for Breakthrough Performance. He portrayed 2nd Lt. Ray "Ray Gun" or "Junior" Gannon in the historical war drama ‘Red Tails’ (2012).
From 2008 to 2013, he essayed the role of Dixon Wilson, the adopted son of Harry and Debbie Wilson, in ‘90210’. Since the pilot episode, his character had served as one of the most important protagonists of the series. For his performance, Wilds was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Breakout Star: Male in 2009, Teen Choice Award for TV Actor Drama in 2010, and ALMA Award for Favorite TV Actor – Supporting Role in 2011.
In 2017, he worked with Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, and Stephen Moyer in the Fox ten-part miniseries ‘Shots Fired’, for which he earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special. His character, Joshua Beck, is a sheriff’s deputy who is being investigated for shooting a college student.
In 2018, he appeared in the telefilm ‘Dinner for Two’, which he also produced. Wilds is set to star in the upcoming drama film ‘Really Love’.
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Before launching his music career, Wilds made appearances as a model in the music videos of several popular stars. In 2007, he was featured in the music video for Alicia Keys’ song ‘Teenage Love Affair’. Two years later, he appeared in the music video for Jay-Z’s ‘Roc Boys’. He has also starred in the video for Lil Wayne’s ‘How to Love’ (2011) and Adele’s ‘Hello’ (2015).
On June 24, 2013, he put out his first single, ‘Own It’, from the album, ‘New York: A Love Story’. It garnered modest response, opening at the 18th place on the US Heat chart and 35th place on the US R&B chart. The album was released three months later, on 30 September, through Louder than Life and Sony Red record labels. Comprised of 13 tracks, it reached the seventh position on the US Heat chart. The album brought him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album in 2014. That year, he was also nominated for a BET Award for Best New Artist.
Wilds’ next studio album, ‘AfterHours’, was released on April 7, 2017, through The Ninety Five Percent and EMPIRE record labels. It also contains 13 tracks, including the single ‘Love in the 90z’. Featuring guest appearances from the likes of Wale, Tink, and Cam Wallace, ‘AfterHours’ debuted at the 15th position on the US Heat chart. He directed and produced several music videos on the songs from the album, including ‘Choose’, ‘Stingy’, and ‘Explore’.
Wilds has been featured on the works of artists like Fabolous, Tiara Thomas, Mobb Deep, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Rick Ross, and Camp Lo.
Family & Personal Life
Born on July 15, 1989, in Staten Island, New York, USA, Tristan Wilds is the son of Monique Moncion and Paul Wilds. His mother is of Afro-Dominican and Irish ancestry, while his father is African-American. Monique worked as a beautician before becoming a stockbroker. Wilds was educated at the Michael J. Petrides School in Staten Island.
Wilds was in a relationship with American singer-songwriter Sevyn Streeter between 2013 and 2014.