January 4, 1991 (32)
Charles Melton is an American actor and model. He is known for his roles as Reggie Mantle on The CW television series Riverdale and Daniel Bae in the film The Sun Is Also a Star (2019).
Melton received mainstream attention in 2017 when he was cast as Reggie Mantle in the second season of the CW series Riverdale. He replaced Ross Butler, who left the cast due to his commitment to 13 Reasons Why. After recurring during the second season, Melton officially became a series regular on Riverdale starting with the third season. In 2019, he starred in his first feature film as Daniel Bae in The Sun Is Also a Star, the film adaptation of the book of the same name by Nicola Yoon. Melton is the first Asian-American actor to lead a teen romance film from a major Hollywood studio.
Beyond “Riverdale,” Charles Melton has also ventured into film, captivating audiences with his performances in movies like “The Sun Is Also a Star,” a romantic drama in which he starred opposite Yara Shahidi, and “Bad Boys for Life,” a high-octane action flick where he acted alongside Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.
Melton has had the opportunity to collaborate with a plethora of artists and celebrities. Alongside his “Riverdale” co-stars like KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, and Cole Sprouse, Melton has also crossed paths with other industry talents. His “The Sun Is Also a Star” venture brought him in close contact with director Ry Russo-Young and author Nicola Yoon, whose book the film is based on. While filming “Bad Boys for Life,” Melton worked with directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. Furthermore, on various public platforms and events, he has rubbed shoulders with personalities such as Jimmy Fallon, Ellen DeGeneres, and Andy Cohen,.
Though Melton has not yet been showered with high-profile awards, his work has garnered him significant attention and recognition. He received a Teen Choice Award nomination for his role in “Riverdale.”