Biography

Along with his twin brother, Cole, the fair-haired Dylan Sprouse reportedly commenced television appearances as early as six months old, when the two boys were cast as Patrick Kelly, the eight-month-old son of acid-mouthed oil-refinery worker Grace Kelly (Brett Butler) in the popular ABC sitcom Grace Under Fire. After that program's cancellation in 1998, the Sprouses signed to appear opposite funnyman Adam Sandler in his 1999 comedy Big Daddy, directed by Dennis Dugan. In that vehicle, the then-five-year-old twins played Julian, a little boy adopted by misfit and loser Sonny Koufax (Sandler), who hopes to prove to his estranged girlfriend that he's capable of juggling "adult" responsibilities. As they aged, the twins branched out into separate roles and careers, such as Cole Sprouse's stint on the sitcom Friends, without Dylan in tow. In 2001, the Sprouses reunited onscreen (and re-teamed with Adam Sandler) to voice the K-B Toys Soldiers in Sandler's dreadful animated holiday comedy Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights. From this point on, the Sprouses typically appeared together (as -- surprise -- brothers!) in lieu of playing the same role interchangeably. For example, they portrayed soccer-playing twins in the family-friendly 2003 comedy Just 4 Kicks, directed by Farrelly Brothers collaborator Sidney Bartholomew Jr. The brothers hit a zenith of sorts with their 2005 Disney Channel sitcom The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, in which they play a couple of wiseacre twins who reside in a Beantown hotel and wreak all sorts of havoc there. Bit roles in Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, and Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana followed after The Suite Life with Zack and Cody went off the air in 2008, and after reteaming with Cole for The Suite Life on Deck that same year, the siblings stuck together for The Suite Life Movie in 2011. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi