Dylan and Cole Sprouse
Born August 4, 1992 (age 14)
Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy
Notable roles: Patrick Kelly in Grace Under Fire
Julian 'Frankenstien' McGrath in Big Daddy
Zack and Cody Martin on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
Cole Mitchell Sprouse and Dylan Thomas Sprouse (born August 4, 1992) are American identical twin brother actors. They are sometimes collectively referred to as Dylan & Cole, the Sprouse Bros., or the Sprouse Twins, and are best known for their roles in the film Big Daddy, as Ross's son Ben on Friends, and for portraying the title characters on the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. As a result of the series' success, they have become heartthrobs and overwhelming draws among tween and teen audiences.
The Sprouses were born in Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy to American parents Matthew Sprouse and Melanie Wright, who at the time were teaching at an American English language school in Italy. Dylan, named after poet Dylan Thomas, is fifteen minutes older than Cole, who is named for jazz singer and pianist Nat King Cole. The twins moved back to the United States four months after their birth, and grew up in their parents' native Long Beach, California. Their parents divorced in 1997.
After a suggestion by their grandmother, Jonine Booth Wright, who was a drama teacher and actress, the Sprouses began acting at the age of six months, appearing in a commercial for toilet paper. As with many identical twin actors, the two have often played the same role, allowing more time for the character to be filmed. From 1993 to 1998, the two starred on the ABC-TV series, Grace Under Fire, playing one character, Patrick Kelly.
In 1999, the twins appeared in their first major feature film, the Adam Sandler vehicle Big Daddy, in which they played a boy adopted by Sandler's character. That year, Cole collaborated with Sandler on the second version of The Chanukah Song, and the twins also had a minor role in the thriller The Astronaut's Wife. Dylan Sprouse has noted that after Big Daddy's release, the two entered into a slow period in their careers and were not cast in any major roles for a time. During the early 2000s, the twins appeared in episodes of the The Nightmare Room and That '70s Show, as well as in MADtv: Season Four (1998-1999) (episode #425) and the feature films The Master of Disguise and a voice-over role in Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights. In 2001, Cole Sprouse appeared in several episodes of the television show, Friends, as Ross Geller's son, Ben.
Between the years of 2002 and 2003, the two starred in I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus and Just for Kicks, both of which were family films that received a direct-to-video release. The Sprouses were subsequently cast in the Disney Channel television series The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, where they play identical twins Zack and Cody Martin. The series, which debuted in March 2005, has become a ratings success and the twins have become very well known among pre-teen and teen audiences. As part of their involvement with Disney, the brothers are now part of the 11-member group, the Disney Channel Circle of Stars, and sang the song A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes along with the members of the circle, for a video that was released as bonus material in the special edition version of the Disney film, Cinderella. The Sprouses also participated in the Disney Channel Games 2006, which began airing in June of 2006. Dylan was on the Red Team, while Cole was on the Blue Team.
The Sprouses played one character, Jeremiah, in the independent film The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, which was produced in 2004 but not given a theatrical release until March of 2006, when it played in a total of three theatres across the United States, ultimately grossing $29,000 domestically. As of November 2006, the two are filming the Sony Pictures film The Prince and the Pauper, which also stars Sally Kellerman, Ed Lauter and Dedee Pfeiffer, in Palm Beach, Florida; filming began in October and ended by December. It was also recently announced that The Suite Life of Zack & Cody would be shooting a third season. The boys also lent their voices to a movie called Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen, which also features the voices of fellow Disney Channel stars Brenda Song and Emily Osment.
"Sprouse Bros." brand
In September 2005, the Sprouses signed a licensing agreement with Dualstar Entertainment to create a new commercial brand, entitled "Sprouse Bros", which will include DVD movies, CDs, clothing, sports gear, video games, ring tones and deodorants targeted towards tween and teen audiences. Dualstar has partnered with Leisure Publishing LLC to create a magazine called Sprouse Bros. Code, which will target boys ages 8-14 with a guide on recent trends favored by the Sprouses; Cole Sprouse has stated that the magazine will appeal to "people who are our age and boys. We don't want anything too girlie", while Dylan has said that it will have "something that will appeal to everybody". The first issue became available on July 18, 2006.
In September of 2006, the Sprouse brothers, represented by Dualstar Entertainment, signed a book deal with Simon Spotlight, a publishing company, to release a spy book series that will utilize the "Sprouse Bros." brand. The book series, which is scheduled for release in the summer of 2007, has been described by the publisher as featuring the Sprouses as "young James Bonds [or] undercover agents".
Dylan Sprouse has stated that the experience of coming to fame after the success of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody is "kind of scary, how fast everything is moving. Just a year ago none of this was happening, it was just doing 'Suite Life,' and now I can't wait for what's in store..." While filming The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, the two receive on-set tutoring for three hours each day.
As of 2006, the Sprouses enjoy snowboarding, surfing, basketball and motocrossing, as well as working on drawing a comic strip, The Adventures of Tibblebu and Thumbin, based on a stuffed animal of Cole's. Cole Sprouse's favorite school subjects are math and science; he names The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time as his favorite video game and Forrest Gump and Godzilla as the films he likes the most. Dylan prefers science, dislikes math, and enjoys playing the videogames Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee; his favorite film is Napoleon Dynamite. The twins have a dog named Bubba, and their favorite actor and co-star is Adam Sandler.
According to a May 2006 interview with Mad Kids magazine, the Sprouses do not speak Italian, despite incorrect reports to the contrary:.
Cole: "I can't say anything in Italian. "Pizza, por favor" maybe?"
Dylan: "...I don't really speak Italian except for "spaghetti", "Italian ice" (Yum!) and "Ferrari".
A Modern Twain Story: The Prince and the Pauper|Eddie Tudor and Tom Canty|Main
The Emperor's New School|Zim & Zam|Guests
Present-The Suite Life of Zack and Cody|Zack and Cody Martin|television series
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things|Jeremiah (Age 11)|limited release
Apple Jack|Jack Pyne|short film
Just For Kicks|Cole & Dylan Martin|direct-to-video
Eight Crazy Nights|K-B Toys Soldier
The Master of Disguise|Young Pistachio Disguisey
Diary of a Sex Addict Sammy Jr. direct-to-video
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus|Justin Carver|direct-to-video
The Nightmare Room: Scareful What You Wish For|Buddy|one episode
The Astronaut's Wife|Twin
Big Daddy|Julian 'Frankenstein' McGrath
Birth name: Ashley Michelle Tisdale
Born: July 2, 1985 (age 21)
West Deal, New Jersey, USA
Official site: http://www.ashleytisdale.com/
Notable roles: Maddie Fitzpatrick in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
Sharpay Evans in High School Musical
Ashley Michelle Tisdale (born July 2, 1985) is an American model, actress and singer. After appearing in several television roles during the late 1990s and early 2000s, she became known to young audiences for playing Madeline Fitzpatrick on the Disney Channel sitcom The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Sharpay Evans in the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical.
Tisdale was born in West Deal, New Jersey. Her parents are Lisa Morris and Mike Tisdale, and her older sister is Jennifer, also an actress. Her maternal grandfather is Arnold Morris, the developer of Ginsu Knives; through her grandfather, she is also related to businessman Ron Popeil. Tisdale is Jewish on her mother's side and considers herself Jewish. She was discovered by her current manager, Bill Perlman, at her hometown mall in Monmouth County, New Jersey when she was three. She began acting appearing in stage productions of Gypsy: A Musical Fable and The Sound of Music at the Jewish Community Center of Monmouth County. She sang for Bill Clinton at the White House when she was twelve years old. During her teen years, Tisdale worked at Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister Co., and Wet Seal stores.
During the late 1990s, Tisdale appeared in episodes of several television series, including Smart Guy, 7th Heaven, Grounded for Life, Boston Public, Strong Medicine, Charmed and Beverly Hills, 90210. She had a minor role in the 2001 film Donnie Darko and recurring roles on the sitcoms The Hughleys and Still Standing. Then, Tisdale was cast in the role of Maddie Fitzpatrick on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody after auditioning for the roles of Maddie Fitzpatrick and London Tipton. As the series became popular, Tisdale became a featured performer on the Disney Channel and performed a voice role in Whisper of the Heart. She was also cast in Disney's television film High School Musical, which became a major success for the channel after its premiere on January 20, 2006.
Tisdale originally tried out for Gabriella Montez, but was cast as Sharpay Evans. The role required her to perform several songs including, "What I've Been Looking For", "Bop to the Top" and "We're All in This Together." All three managed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. She has also recorded versions of the songs "Some Day My Prince Will Come," and "Kiss The Girl" (including a music video) for Disney. In addition, she recorded a version of "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" with the other members of the Disney Channel Circle of Stars, and appeared in the Disney Channel Games as captain of the Green Team.
More recently, Tisdale signed a deal with Staples, Inc. to appear in the promotional campaign for the company's "Geared 4 School" sweepstakes that fall.
Tisdale's first solo album, Headstrong, is distributed by Warner Bros. Records and is scheduled for release on February 6, 2007. Her first single is Be Good to Me which was released to iTunes on January 9, 2007. Her second single He Said She Said, written by Jonathan "J.R." Rotem and Evan "Kidd" Bogart and was released on December 19, 2006. There are three versions of this song, the Radio Disney version which is more appropriate for children, a High School Musical tour version which she sings in the High School Musical tour, and an explicit version which is more "mature" than the other versions. Also her song Headstrong was also released on the iTunes store as part of the He Said She Said single album. Be Good to Me will have a music video first then not long after will be He Said She Said. Ashley said it will be like having two singles out at the same time.
High School Musical 2|Sharpay Evans
Phineas and Ferb|Candace|voice over
Whisper of the Heart|Yuko Harada|voice over
High School Musical|Sharpay Evans
Donnie Darko|Kim, the Dorky girl
A Bug's Life|Lead Blueberry Scout/additional voices
Release: February 6, 2007 (U.S.)
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Peak U.S. Billboard: TBA
U.S. sales: TBA
RIAA certification: TBA
o 2007: "Be Good to Me"
o 2007: "He Said She Said"
Year|Title|Album|Chart positions U.S. Disney CAN IRE NZ SPA AUS CHI
2005 "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes"
(with Disney Channel Circle of Stars) DisneyMania, Vol. 4
2006 "What I've Been Looking For"
(with Lucas Grabeel) High School Musical OST 35 -
"Stick to the Status Quo"
(with High School Musical Cast) 43
"Bop to the Top"
(with Lucas Grabeel) 62
"We're All in This Together"
(with High School Musical Cast) 34 31 14 44
"Kiss The Girl" The Little Mermaid Special Edition OST 6
"Last Christmas" -
2007 "Be Good to Me" Headstrong 80 5
"He Said She Said" 77 2 TBR 45
"So Much For You" TBR
"Not Like That"
2006 "I Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You"
(with Zac Efron, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, and Lucas Grabeel) High School Musical OST
"Some Day My Prince Will Come"
(feat. Andrew Seeley) DisneyMania, Vol. 4
2007 "Kiss the Girl" DisneyMania, Vol. 5
High School Musical 2: The Soundtrack
The Little Mermaid 2006 Special Edition Soundtrack
High School Musical: The Soundtrack
TV shows and guest appearances
Present-The Suite Life of Zack & Cody|Maddie Fitzpatrick
Kim Possible|Camille|voice only
The Life of Eddie|Verny
High School Musical 2|Sharpay Evans
Phineas and Ferb|Candace|voice
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno|Herself|Aired on August 9
Total Request Live|Herself|Co-host with Miley Cyrus on June 20; guest with Zac Efron
High School Musical|Sharpay Evans
Hannah Montana|Maddie Fitzpatrick|Episode On The Road Again
Disney Channel Games 2006|Herself|Captain for the green team
Grounded for Life|Leah
Strong Medicine|Sherry Lowenstein
Malcolm in the Middle|Girl
The Hughleys|Stephanie|Three episodes
The Mayor of Oyster Bay|TV movie
Once and Again|Marni
Nathan's Choice|Stephanie|TV movie
Boston Public|Carol Prader
The Geena Davis Show|Tracy
Movie Stars|Female Student
The Amanda Show|Number One Fan - Cold-Curer
Beverly Hills 90210|Nicole Jungquist