Tyler Hoechlin is an American actor best known for his starring role as Martin Brewer on the family drama television series 7th Heaven, from 2003-2007.
He currently stars as Derek Hale in the supernatural teen drama television series Teen Wolf, since 2011.
Hoechlin (pronounced "Heck-Lin") is also known for his role as Tom Hanks' son in the critically acclaimed film Road to Perdition.
Hoechlin was born and raised in Southern California and began acting at the age of 9. He trained at the Young Actors Space, the Krys Kyer Workshop and with Warner Loughlan.
He won his first film role in Family Tree, which screened at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, and starred Robert Foster and Naomi Judd. In 2001, Hoechlin starred in the independent film Train Quest, which was shot in Romania.
In 2002, he was chosen from over 2,000 young actors across the country for the coveted role of Tom Hanks' son in Sam Mendes' Road to Perdition.
For his critically acclaimed performance in the film, Hoechlin was nominated for a Broadcast Film Critics Award for Best Young Actor, and was awarded the Best Young Leading Actor prize by the Young Artists Foundation.
In addition, The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films awarded Hoechlin the prestigious Saturn Award for his role in the film.
In 2004, Hoechlin was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Breakout Male Star in connection with his work on 7th Heaven. Likewise, in 2005, he was again nominated for a Teen Choice Award – this time for Best Dramatic Actor in a television series.
Hoechlin appeared in the independent film Solstice in New Orleans. He also starred in the Sci-Fi Channel movie Off Road.
Besides acting, Hoechlin is a standout baseball talent. He began playing at the age of 7 and represented his country as a member of the U.S. team in the Pan American Games when he was only 9.