Jackson Rathbone

Jackson Rathbone Biography

Monroe Jackson Rathbone V (born December 14, 1984) is a Singaporean-born American actor and musician known for his role as Jasper Hale in the Twilight film series.

Early life

Rathbone was born in Singapore, the son of American parents Randee Lynn (ne 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 distantly related to Civil War general Stonewall Jackson and British actor Basil Rathbone. Because of his father's job at Mobil Oil, Rathbone has lived in places ranging from Indonesia to Midland, Texas. He attended Trinity School of Midland, a college preparatory school, and 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 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 got the role of Nicholas Fiske in ABC Family's original series Beautiful People. In a 2008 interview, he stated it was his first leading role and was his most difficult role to fit into. Rathbone also played a role in Criminal minds as Adam and Amanda.

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 series.

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.

In November 2014, Rathbone joined the cast of Pali Road.

Rathbone has a production company, PatchMo Entertainment, and a record company, Happy Jack Records.

Personal life

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 then girlfriend, Sheila Hafsadi, had a son, Monroe Jackson Rathbone VI, on July 5, 2012. Close friend and Twilight co-star Nikki Reed is the godmother. He married Sheila Hafsadi on September 29, 2013.

On September 18, 2014, Rathbone was on board JetBlue Flight 1416 en-route from Long Beach, California to Austin, Texas when its engine exploded. The plane returned to Long Beach and performed an emergency landing with all passengers surviving and four injuries.

On March 10, 2016, Rathbone announced that they are expecting another baby. On May 31, 2016, his wife gave birth to a baby girl named Presley Bowie Rathbone.


Rathbone is an honorary board member for Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit that works to restore and revitalize music education in disadvantaged U.S. public schools. He has shown support for the organization in several ways, including donating a signed Twilight script for auction, visiting a Little Kids Rock classroom, and delivering instruments to students.


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2005 River's End Jimmy
Close to Home Scott Fields TV series
2006 Pray for Morning Connor
' Justin Edwards TV series, episodes: "The Sister Act" and "The Heavy Lifting"
Beautiful People Nicholas Fiske TV series
2007 ' Travis
' Dylan TV series
Big Stan Robbie the Hippie
2008 Senior Skip Day Snippy
' Joey TV series, episode: "Back To One"
Hurt Conrad Coltrane
Young Again Ethan
Twilight Jasper Hale
2009 DaZe: Vol. Too (sic) - NonSeNse Jehosefat
S. Darko Jeremy Frame
Dread Stephen Grace
Criminal Minds Adam Jackson TV series, episode: "Conflicted"
' Jasper Hale
2010 ' Sokka
' Jasper Hale
No Ordinary Family Trent TV series, episode: "No Ordinary Visitors"
Girlfriend Russ
2011 ' Jasper Hale
Aim High Nick Green Web series (2011-2013), 16 episodes
2012 Zombie Hamlet Shakespeare Purist uncredited
Cowgirls n' Angels Justin Wood
' Jasper Hale
2013 White Collar Nate Osbourne TV series, episode "Shoot The Moon"
NTSF:SD:SUV:: Jesse James TV series, episode "The Great Train Stoppery"
The Magic Bracelet Geoff Short film
Live at the Foxes Den Bobby Kelly
2015 Finding Carter Jared
City of Dead Men Jacob
2016 Pali Road Neil Lang
2017 Horseshoe Theory Bobbo

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