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Sean Hardy Faris (born March 25, 1982) is a United States American model and actor. He is known for his roles as Jake Tyler in Never Back Down, Kyo Kusanagi in The King of Fighters (film), and Rick Penning in Forever Strong. He portrayed Gabriel Holbrook on Pretty Little Liars.

Life and career

Faris was born on March 25, 1982, in Houston, Texas, the son of Katherine (née Miller) and Warren Stephen Faris. His family was working-class and lived in a small house in Houston; he moved to Ohio at age 12, where he attended a modeling agency in Cleveland. In 1999, Faris competed at the International Model and Talent Association. 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 and 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. Currently, Faris is starring in and producing The Glass Eye with his manager Dino May.

In 2008, he stripped for UK Cosmopolitan magazine for a good cause, benefiting his choice of awareness of pancreatic cancer. The same year, he produced and starred in a short film called Manifest Destiny.

In 2010, Faris appeared in 3 episodes of the TV show The Vampire Diaries. In early 2011, he appeared in The Lost Valentine, a CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, which co-starred Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt. The only video game in which he starred was Need for Speed: The Run as Jack Rourke.

In March 2013, TV Guide announced that he would portray Gabriel Holbrook, a Pennsylvania State Officer, on Pretty Little Liars.



Year Film Role Notes
2001 Twisted Fernando Castillo
2001 The Brotherhood II John Van Owen Direct-to-video
2002 House Blend Chris Reed
2004 Sleepover Steve Phillips
2005 Yours, Mine, and Ours William Beardsley
2008 Manifest Destiny Josh Short film
2008 Never Back Down Jake Tyler
2008 Forever Strong Rick Penning
2010 Brooklyn to Manhattan Logan
2010 The King of Fighters Kyo Kusanagi
2010 Ghost Machine Tom
2011 Freerunner Ryan
2011 The Lost Valentine Lucas Thomas
2012 The Truth in Being Right Jake Short film (post-production)
2012 Christmas with Holly Mark Nolan Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie
2012 Stash House David Nash (post-production)
2013 Amsterdam Caden (pre-production)
2013 Lost for Words Michael (post-production)


Title Role Notes
2001 Undressed Darren 4 episodes
2002 Even Stevens Scott Brooks Episode: "Where in the World Is Pookie Stevens?"
2002 Maybe It's Me 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 Lead Role
2005 Reunion Craig Brewster Main Role
2010 The Vampire Diaries Ben McKittrick Episodes: "Unpleasantville", "Children of the Damned", "Fool Me Once"
2011 The Lost Valentine Lucas Thomas TV Movie
2011 Leverage Shelley Episodes: "The Girls' Night Out Job", "The Boys' Night Out Job"
2012 Christmas with Holly Mark Nagle TV Movie
2013-present Pretty Little Liars Gabriel Holbrook Season 4-present
2014-present <i>Supernatural: Bloodlines(TV series) Julian Durant Main Cast;Season 1-present

Video Game

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


  • Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2004) - Himself - Representing Life As We Know It (TV series)|Life As We Know It
  • Teen Choice Awards (2005) - Himself - Presenter for the V-Cast Award with Reunion (TV series)|Reunion castmates
  • Total Request Live|TRL (March 12, 2008)- Himself- Representing Never Back Down with co-star Amber Heard


2012 Amsterdam (producer)
2012 The Truth in Being Right (producer)
2011 Freerunner (producer)


Young Artist Awards

Year Result Award Category/Recipient
2005 Nominated Young Artist Award Sleepover (2004) Shared with: Mika Boorem, Eileen April Boylan, Kallie Flynn Childress, Scout Taylor-Compton, Brie Larson, Hunter Parrish, Sara Paxton, Evan Peters, Katija Pevec, Ryan Slattery, and Douglas Smith

Young Hollywood Awards

Year Result Award Category/Recipient
2007 Won Young Hollywood Award The One To Watch

MTV Movie Awards

Year Result Award Category/Recipient
2008 Won MTV Movie Award Best Fight for: Never Back Down (2008) Shared with: Cam Gigandet

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