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Derek Theler (born October 29, 1986) is an American film and television actor and model.

Derek Theler
Derek Theler (cropped).jpg
Born (1986-10-29) October 29, 1986 (age 32)
Alma materColorado State University
OccupationActor, model
Years active2007–present
Height6 ft 5 in (196 cm)[1]

Acting careerEdit

Derek started his acting career in 2009, starring in several minor roles in TV series such as The Middle, Cougar Town, and The Hills.[2]

In between acting gigs, Theler appeared as a model in TV commercials. He first landed a coveted Coke Zero commercial in 2009.[3] This was followed by a campaign for State Farm, in which he played a "hot guy" who was conjured up by three women.[4] He has also been in commercials for Nike,, Arby's, and Verizon.[5]

Aside from acting, he was also the writer and executive producer of a short film called Intrusion.[6] In his free time, he enjoys playing football and swimming. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

In 2012, Theler landed his first major role when he was cast in the ABC Family comedy Baby Daddy, playing Danny Wheeler, the brother of the title character.[7][8] Also that year, Theler starred as Riggins in the web series Project S.E.R.A.[9]

In 2015, he starred as Chase Walker in the movie Shark Killer, which released on June 16, 2015 via digital download.[10] Theler played the role of shark killer who hunts down a black-finned shark that swallowed a valuable diamond during a gang transaction. He also starred as Jordan in Christmas movie How Sarah Got Her Wings, which was released on digital hd and video on demand on November 1, 2015.[11] The Christmas movie premiered on Ion television on December 6, 2015.[12][13]

On November 19, 2015, Theler starred in the Funny or Die parody titled Chicago Sanitation.[14] In 2016, Theler starred as Jake Kenman in family movie Secret Summer, which was released on April 2, 2016 on PixL (On Demand and YouTube).[15] He also appeared on short Princess Rap Battle, where he played the role of Huntsman and it was released on YouTube on April 6, 2016.[16][17]

In 2017, he starred as Chris in the short film Brotherly Love alongside Krista Kalmus.[18] The same year, Theler was cast as Craig Hollis / Mister Immortal in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe series New Warriors.[19][20] The series notoriously lost its distributor before it could air proper and was ultimately cancelled.[21]

He guest starred in an episode of ABC comedy American Housewife as Dirk.[22] In 2018, he played the role of Aric Dacia/X-O Manowar in the Valiant Entertainment's Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe.[23] He also guest starred as Conan in the YouTube series Wayne and as Thor a.k.a Donar the Great in the Starz series American Gods.[24]

Personal lifeEdit

He attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Theler was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 3.[25]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 G Love Cliff Short
2010 Intrusion Mike Myers Short
Valentine's Day Masseur Uncredited
Get Him to the Greek Standard guest Uncredited
2011 Katherine Heigl Hates Balls Model Short film
Camp Virginovich Derek Moore
2015 Shark Killer Chase Walker
How Sarah Got Her Wings Jordan
2015 Chicago Sanitation Sanitation Worker short film
2016 Secret Summer Jake Kenman
2017 Brotherly Love Chris short film


Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Hills Himself Guest star in episode "New Year, New Friends"
2009 Cougar Town Beach Guy Episode "Two Gunslingers" (uncredited)
The Middle Sound Guy Episode "The Scratch" (uncredited)
2009-2010 The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien Bike Cop/ Loki Uncredited
2010 Vampire Zombie Werewolf Derekktor
2011 Conan All-star / Thor
90210 Shawn 2 episodes
2012 Project S.E.R.A. Riggins Web Series
2012–2017 Baby Daddy Danny Wheeler Main Role; 100 episodes
2017 American Housewife Dirk, The Pig Whisperer Episode: "The Pig Whisperer"
2018 Marvel's New Warriors Craig Hollis / Mister Immortal TV Pilot
2019 Wayne Conan Episode: "Buckle The F**k Up"
2019 American Gods Donar The Great Episode:"Donar The Great"

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Princess Rap Battle Hunstman
2018 Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe X-O Manowar


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Rihanna - Hard ft Jeezy Real Soldier #10 Actor/Model

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Breakout Baby Daddy Nominated
2016 Choice TV: Liplock: shared with Chelsea Kane

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Terrones, Terry. "MEDIA BUZZ: Q&A with actor and Colorado-native Derek Theler". Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  2. ^ Corriston, Michelle (11 July 2012). "Baby Daddy: Derek Theler Talks About His New Hit Show". College Magazine. Archived from the original on 12 November 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Coca-Cola Zero NANODISK". YouTube. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  4. ^ "State Farm "Like a Good Neighbor" Darkside Ad". YouTube. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Derek Theler - Biography". IMDb. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  6. ^ Derek Theler on IMDb
  7. ^ "Derek Theler plays Danny Wheeler". Baby Daddy. ABC family. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  8. ^ Lowry, Brian (18 June 2012). "Baby Daddy". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Project: S.E.R.A - Original Sci-Fi Series - Episode 1 of 6". YouTube. 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2015-09-02.
  10. ^ "Shark Killer". iTunes. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
  11. ^ "How Sarah Got Her Wings on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  12. ^ "Networks begin eight weeks of Christmas movies". Gusto. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  13. ^ "Serial Scoop: ION Movie 'How Sarah Got Her Wings' Premieres Tonight, Stars Lindsey Gort, Derek Theler". Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  14. ^ "Chicago Sanitation". Funny Or Die. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  15. ^ "Secret Summer Movie".
  16. ^ Whitney Avalon (2016-04-06), FREYA vs RAVENNA: Princess Rap Battle (Laura Marano, Derek Theler, Whitney Avalon), retrieved 2016-04-07
  17. ^ Lovett, Jamie (October 8, 2016). "Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Trailer Released At NYCC".
  18. ^ DJI (2017-02-14), DJI - Brotherly Love (A Short Film for Valentine's Day), retrieved 2017-02-28
  19. ^ "Marvel's 'New Warriors' Sets Its Cast — Including Squirrel Girl (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  20. ^ Petski, Denise (2017-07-10). "'Marvel's New Warriors' Sets Cast; Milana Vayntrub Is Squirrel Girl". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  21. ^ Polito, Thomas (September 15, 2019). "Exclusive: Marvel's 'New Warriors is Dead; Superhero Show Fails to Find a New Home". The GWW. Archived from the original on September 16, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  22. ^ "Dirk - American Housewife | TVmaze". Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  23. ^ "Valiant Entertainment". Valiant Entertainment. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  24. ^ Stephens, Emily L. "Drumroll, please, as American Gods comes to the cabaret". TV Club. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  25. ^ "The Reel Deal: Derek Theler Q&A". 303 Magazine.