Wilds attended Michael J. Petrides School in Staten Island, New York. He is of African American, Dominican, and Irish descent. He started acting at age seven. His first professional role was in the 2005 Miracle’s Boys on The N alongside future Wire co-star Julito McCullum.
After The Wire ended, he completed a workshop of Wool for The Roundabout Theatre Company, where he worked with Phylicia Rashad, and played the role of Brice in a workshop of Stockholm Brooklyn for the Cherry Lane Theatre. He currently plays the role of Dixon Wilson on the CW Network’s Beverly Hills, 90210 spinoff, 90210.
He can be seen in Jay-Z’s video “Roc Boys” from the American Gangster album billed as “the nephew”. Tristan also appeared in Lil Flip’s music video “Ghetto Mindstate”, Wale’s video “Pretty Girls”, and the video for Alicia Keys’ “Teenage Love Affair”. He has also appeared in a clip encouraging people to register to vote, called The Muzzler alongside Jessica Alba and Hayden Panettiere.
His film work includes roles in the movies Half Nelson and The Secret Life of Bees, a film adaptation of the book by Sue Monk Kidd. In 2009, Tristan is slated to star in Red Tails, director George Lucas’ new film about the Tuskegee Airmen.
Now, in 2010, he decided to start working more on his music.
Edited by like_a_drum on 7 Nov 2010, 13:35
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