Sean Hardy Faris is an American actor and model. He is known for his roles as Jake Tyler in Never Back Down, Kyo Kusanagi in The King of Fighters, and Rick Penning in Forever Strong.
Sean Hardy Faris was born in Houston, Texas, to Katherine (Miller) and Warren Stephen Faris. He is of English, German, Scottish, and Irish descent. Sean moved to Ohio at age twelve, and has been honing his craft in Los Angeles since moving four years upon his high school graduation. He received an MTV Movie Award for his lead role in Summit Entertainment's hit Never Back Down, and starred as Betty White's grandson and Jennifer Love Hewitt's love interest in the CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame telefilm The Lost Valentine.
Known For- Famous for starring in Never Back Down tv show
Nickname- Jake, Sean
Full Name- Sean Hardy Faris
Profession- Actor, Model, Producer
Age -40 years old (in 2022)
Date of Birth- March 25, 1982
Birthplace- United States
Religion- Roman Catholic
Zodiac Sign- Aries
Beginning as a teen model, Faris moved on to the world of acting after graduating high school. He landed an early break in 2001, with a minor role in the Ben Affleck-starrer ‘Pearl Harbor.’
The taste of early success in Hollywood reassured him of his career switch. He, however, spent his earnings quickly and did not work for the next 6 or 7 months.
The beginnings of his career are peppered with small parts in movies such as ‘Twisted’ (2001) and ‘The Brotherhood II: Young Warlocks’ (2001), guest appearances on TV shows such as ‘Smallville’ and ‘Boston Public,’ and a role in ‘MTV’s fourth season of ‘Undressed’ (2001).
After a 3-year wait, he finally landed a series-regular role, as the lead, ‘Dino Whitman,’ in the teen drama ‘Life as We Know It’ (2004–2005). Unfortunately, this ‘ABC’ series created by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah had a short run and was canceled after 13 episodes.
In 2004, he also acted in the teen comedy ‘Sleepover,’ opposite actor Alexa Vega. Directed by Joe Nussbaum, the film mostly received negative reviews, although it did earn Faris and the cast a ‘Young Artist Award’ nomination for the ‘Best Performance in a Feature Film-Young Ensemble Cast.’
Faris played his next lead role in the ‘Fox’ American drama series ‘Reunion’ (2005). However, this, too, was taken off-air only after nine episodes, owing to low ratings.
He earned widespread recognition in 2005, for his role in the family comedy ‘Yours, Mine & Ours.’ Directed by Raja Gosnell, it was a re-make of the hit classic of the same name from 1968 and was about a family with 18 children.
In 2008, he made a huge comeback with three consecutive-releases: ‘Forever Strong,’ ‘Never Back Down,’ and ‘Brooklyn to Manhattan.’ ‘Never Back Down’ ran for 84 days at the North American box office, earning $41,627,431, making this martial arts movie one of Faris’s best successes. The movie, made on a meagre budget of $20 million by Jeff Wadlow, earned Faris the ‘MTV Movie Award’ for the ‘Best Fight.’
2008 was a busy year for Faris, as he jumped into the dual role of producer and actor in the movie ‘Manifest Destiny.’ He also appeared in the nude for the centerfold poster of the June 2008 issue of ‘Cosmopolitan UK’ to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer.
Grace Award Most Inspirational Television Acting
The Lost Valentine (2011)
MTV Movie + TV Awards
MTV Movie Award Best Fight
Never Back Down (2008)
Young Artist Awards
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast