Jackson Rathbone

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Jackson Rathbone
BornMonroe Jackson Rathbone V
(1984-12-14) December 14, 1984 (age 29)
OccupationActor, musician
Years active2005–present
Spouse(s)Sheila Hafsadi (m. 2013)
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Jackson Rathbone
BornMonroe Jackson Rathbone V
(1984-12-14) December 14, 1984 (age 29)
OccupationActor, musician
Years active2005–present
Spouse(s)Sheila Hafsadi (m. 2013)

Monroe Jackson Rathbone V[1][2] (born December 14, 1984)[3] is an American actor and musician. He is best known for his role as Jasper Hale in The Twilight Saga and for playing Sokka in The Last Airbender.

Early life[edit]

Rathbone was born in Singapore, the son of American parents Randee Lynn (née Brauner) and Monroe Jackson Rathbone IV.[4][5] His great-grandfather, Monroe Jackson Rathbone II, was the chairman of Standard Oil of New Jersey, which later became Exxon;[5] Rathbone is also distantly related to Civil War general Stonewall Jackson and famous British actor Basil Rathbone.[6] Because of his father's job at Mobil Oil, Rathbone has lived in places ranging from Indonesia to Midland, Texas.[7] He started out in local theater in Midland with the youth actors program "The Pickwick Players", initially doing musical theatre.[8] 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.[7][8] 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.[7] He is descended John Rathbone of County Lancashire, England and an early purchaser and settler of Block Island, Rhode Island in 1661 and Wait Rathbone of Stonington, Connecticut and Troy-Lansingburgh,New York-a patriot of the American Revolution (Source: Rathbone Rathbun Rathburn International Family Association Robert Boehm Rathbun Archivist)


Rathbone performing with band 100 Monkeys in Indianapolis, IN, June 29, 2011

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.[9] 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.[10] He reprised his role in the sequels to Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.[11][12] 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.[13]

Rathbone appeared in an episode of No Ordinary Family on November 9, 2010.[14][15] In November 2010, it was reported he had been cast in the Warner Premiere and Dolphin Entertainment action webseries Aim High alongside Aimee Teegarden.[16][17] 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.[18]

In May 2011, Rathbone began shooting Live at the Foxes Den, a film in which he plays the lead role of lawyer Bobby Kelly.

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

Racial controversy[edit]

The Last Airbender has caused controversy because of the casting of white actors like Rathbone to play characters that were clearly depicted as Asian or Inuit in the animated series. Rathbone stated, "I think it's one of those things where I pull my hair up, shave the sides, and I definitely need a tan. It's one of those things where, hopefully, the audience will suspend disbelief a little bit."[13]

Personal life[edit]

Rathbone enjoys music, writing, singing and producing.[7] 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,[8] as well as close friends Jerad Anderson and M. Lawrence Abrams ("Uncle Larry").[citation needed][19] The band released three albums in 2009.[20] In December 2009, 100 Monkeys began a 100-city tour that took them to nearly every state in the US by mid-2010.[21] The band continued to tour into 2011 to coincide with the release of their new album, Liquid Zoo, which was released in June.[22] The band headed overseas for their first international dates in winter 2011.[21] Rathbone resides in Los Angeles. Rathbone and his girlfriend, Sheila Hafsadi, had a son, Monroe Jackson Rathbone VI, on July 5, 2012.[23] Close friend and Twilight co-star Nikki Reed is the godmother. He married Sheila Hafsadi on September 29, 2013.[24][25][26]

On September 18, 2014, Rathbone was on board JetBlue Flight 1416 en-route from Long Beach, California to Austin, Texas when its engine exploded, but he and his family survived the emergency.[27]


Rathbone is a 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.[28]


Film and television
2005River's EndJimmy
Close to HomeScott FieldsTV series
2006Pray for MorningConnor
O.C., TheThe O.C.Justin EdwardsTV series, episodes: "The Sister Act" and "The Heavy Lifting"
Beautiful PeopleNicholas FiskeTV series
2007Valley of Light, TheThe Valley of LightTravis
War at Home, TheThe War at HomeDylanTV series
Big StanRobbie the Hippie
2008Senior Skip DaySnippy
Cleaner, TheThe CleanerJoeyTV series, episode: "Back To One"
HurtConrad Coltrane
Young AgainEthan
TwilightJasper Hale
2009DaZe: Vol. Too (sic) - NonSeNseJehosefat
S. DarkoJeremy Frame
DreadStephen Grace
Criminal MindsAdam JacksonTV series, episode: "Conflicted"
Twilight Saga: New Moon, TheThe Twilight Saga: New MoonJasper Hale
2010Last Airbender, TheThe Last AirbenderSokka
Twilight Saga: Eclipse, TheThe Twilight Saga: EclipseJasper Hale
No Ordinary FamilyTrentTV series, episode: "No Ordinary Visitors"
2011Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1Jasper Hale
Aim HighNick GreenWeb series (2011–present), 16 episodes
2012Zombie HamletShakespeare Puristuncredited
Cowgirls n' AngelsJustin Wood[29]
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2Jasper Hale
2013White CollarNate OsbourneTV series, episode "Shoot The Moon"
NTSF:SD:SUV::Jesse JamesTV series, episode "The Great Train Stoppery"
The Magic BraceletGeoffShort film
Live at the Foxes DenBobby KellyPost-production
The ConcertoEddie ConwayPost-production
The Dead MenJacobPost-production


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