Dylan Playfair Wiki Bio
Dylan Playfair was born in Fort Saint James, British Columbia, Canada, on 19 June 1992 – his zodiac sign is Gemini, and he holds Canadian nationality. He’s an actor and a former hockey player, perhaps known best for his roles as Knox in the TV series “Some Assembly Required”, as well as for playing Reilly in the series “Letterkenny”.
Early life, family and education
Dylan is the son of the famous National Hockey League (NHL) player Jim Playfair, while his mother, Roxanne, is a business owner. He’s also the nephew of the former NHL star Larry Playfair. He has two younger brothers, Austyn and Jackson, with whom he shares a close bond.
Growing up, Dylan naturally had an interest in hockey, and wanted to pursue a career of a professional player, just like his father and uncle.
He grew up playing the sport alongside his brothers, and travelling across the US and Canada, as their father coached various teams in the NFL. Dylan played in junior leagues for two years, but eventually came to a point where he thought that he wouldn’t be able to fill in his father’s footsteps and become an NHL player.
At the age of 19, Dylan stopped playing hockey professionally, and instead chose to pursue an acting career. He moved to Vancouver, British Colombia, where he started taking classes at the Acting School of Vancouver. He has revealed in a recent interview that his entire family was supportive of his career change, and his father even told him ‘If you do a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life’. He has also said that acting came to him naturally, as he is a very extroverted and emotional person who loves performing for other people.
He had previously had roles in high school productions of plays, such as the title role in “Hamlet”.
Career as a hockey player
Dylan started off his hockey career in the season 2009-2010, when he played in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, as a member of Penticton Lakers.
In the following season, he played as a left-winger for Merritt Centennials, in the British Colombia Hockey League. He had one assist but didn’t score a goal, spending a lot of time on the bench, as he had 56 PIMs (Penalty per Minute) over the 42 games he played for the team.
Roles in movies
Dylan made his film debut in the 2012 mystery horror “Grave Encounters 2”, about a young film student who is obsessed with the movie “Grave Encounters”, and sets out to visit the psychiatric hospital in which the movie takes place.
In the following year, he played the role of Marty Mowe, in the award-winning biographical sports drama “Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story”, based on the real life story of the legendary hockey player Gordie How, who returned to playing at the age of 44. Also in 2013, Dylan starred alongside Nathan Dales and Andrew Herr in the short comedy “Hockey Players”.
In 2015, Dylan had a supporting role in the horror “The Hollow”, written and directed by Sheldon Wilson, and which starred Stephanie Hunt, Sarah Dugdale and Alisha Newton. In the following year, he appeared in another critically-acclaimed horror, “It Stains the Sands Red”, set in dystopian Las Vegas, ravaged by a zombie apocalypse.
In 2017, Dylan was cast in the Disney live action adventure film “Descendants 2: It’s Going Down”, the second movie of the “Descendants” franchise, centered on the lives of teenage children of villains from classic Disney animated movies, who are rebelling against their parents. In the film, Dylan played Gil, the son of Gaston, the main villain of “The Beauty and the Beast”. He reprised his role in 2018, in the short spin-off movie “Under the Sea: A Descendants Story”, and in the 2019 sequel, simply entitled “Descendants 3”.
2020 saw Dylan star in the hockey-themed comedy “Odd Man Rush”, based on the eponymous novel by Bill Keenan, about a hockey player from Harvard who has to give up on his dream of playing in the NHL, and adjust to living in Sweden as a minor league player. The film was written and directed by Doug Dearth, and also starred Jack Mulhern and Sissy Sheridan.
Dylan is currently working on the action film “Used Mercs”, in one of the leads alongside Kevin Sorbo and Gigi Saul Guerrero, set for release in 2022.
Roles in TV series
Dylan made his TV series debut in 2014, when played one of the leads in the family sitcom “Some Assembly Required”, which also starred Kolton Stewart, Harrison Houde and Sydney Scotia. The series aired on the Canadian channel YTV from January 2014 to June 2016, and followed a 14 year-old boy who became the CEO of a renowned toy company, and starts recruiting a diverse group of children to help him run it. In the series, Dylan played the role of Knox, a not very bright extreme sports enthusiast who gets recruited as a product and safety tester.
In 2016, Dylan appeared in three episodes of the Netflix comedy drama “Haters Back Off!”, created by and starring the famous YouTuber Colleen Ballinger, aka Miranda Sings.
In the same year, he joined the cast of the Canadian sitcom “Letterkenny”, centered on a group of people living in a fictional town in rural Ontario. It was created by Jared Kesso and Jacob Tierney, and started off as a YouTube web series, before it was commissioned for TV by the subscription service Crave. “Letterkenny” had the biggest debut of any series on the platform, and was the most watched show for two consecutive years. It was also warmly received by the critics, and has won eight awards, including the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for the Best Comedy Series.
In early 2021, we saw Dylan play the role of Coach T in the first season of the Disney Channel sports comedy “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changer”, a sequel to “The Mighty Ducks” movie trilogy, starring Lauren Graham, Brady Noon and Emilio Estevez.
Dylan was cast for the role by the series’ creator Steve Brill, who is a big fan of “Letterkenny”, and wanted to give Dylan a chance to combine his two passions in another hockey-themed role. The next season of the series is set to premiere on Disney+ in March 2022.
Love life and girlfriend
Dylan is engaged to the Canadian actress and model, Jen Araki. The two started dating in January 2017, and became engaged in mid-2018. ‘Two days ago I asked my best friend to marry me, to share in all the beauty, joy, love and possibilities this life has to offer’, wrote Dylan in a heartfelt Instagram post, announcing that he had proposed to his long-term girlfriend. Although they haven’t shared their plans for the wedding yet, it’s rumored that they’re considering exchanging their vows sometime next year, 2022.
Prior to dating Jan, Dylan was in a relationship with the actress Daniella Bozzetto, who is perhaps known best for her role in the sci-fi thriller TV series “Parallel”.
Hobbies and interesting facts
Dylan volunteers for The Cameron Boyce Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in the memory of the late actor Cameron Boyce. It’s focused on preventing gun violence, and helping people who are suffering from epilepsy.
Dylan was diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as a child, and still has to take medication for it.
He has a white mixed breed pet dog called Teddy, and loves sharing the adorable photos of it on Instagram.
Dylan never misses a chance to travel somewhere with his fiancée and dog, when he isn’t busy working on acting projects. They prefer visiting warm and tropical destinations, and in 2021 travelled to Brazil and Thailand.
Appearance, age and net worth
Dylan is 29 years old. He has long blonde hair and brown eyes, he’s 5ft 9ins (1.79m) tall, and weighs around 177lbs (80kgs). As of October 2021, his net worth is estimated at more than $1 million.
Who is Dylan’s fiancée Jen Araki?
Jen Araki was born in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada; her birthdate and age aren’t publicly available. She’s an actress, model and a director, perhaps known best for her roles in movies such as “Red Butterfly” and “House of Demons”.
Jen started dreaming of becoming famous at an early age, and when she was only 13 years old she signed with the Elite Model Management. After matriculating high school, she moved to New York City to pursue an acting career; she studied acting at the renowned New York Film Academy, while working as a model on the side.
One of her first roles was in 2007, in an episode of the HBO crime drama series “The Sopranos”, in which she played James Gandolfini’s mistress. In the following years, she appeared alongside Henry Winkler in his comedy series “Royal Pains”, and had several minor TV and film roles.
Jen also has a passion for filmmaking, and she and Dylan are the co-owners of the production company Crystal Mountain Film (previously Broken Trees Productions), through which Jan directed and produced the feature documentaries “We Gotta Get Out of Here” and “They Call Me Superman”.
Jan has long blonde hair and green eyes; she’s 5ft 10ins (1.77m) tall, weighs around 121lbs (55kgs), while her vital statistics are 34-25-35.
As of October 2021, her net worth is estimated at more than $300,000.