Dylan Riley Snyder is an American TV and film actor and musical theatre performer. He was born Dylan Riley Jacob Snyder to parents, Ashley and Les Snyder, on January 24, 1997. A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Dylan has an older sister Cassidy who was involved in community theater. Cassidy adored her brother and would take him and their mother with her to musical theater rehearsals. The infant Dylan got so exposed to musical theater so early that when he began taking his baby steps, he got to have minor parts on stage.
When he turned four, a director noticed that he could understand and take directions well. By the age of five, his family allowed him to go to auditions and this led to his very first speaking role on stage as ‘Tiny Tim’ in a local theater production of A Christmas Carol. His turn as ‘Tiny Tim’ caught the attention of Tina Fitch, a local actor, writer and director who later became a close family friend. Whenever they would need a child performer in several stage productions at the University of Alabama (U of A), Fitch would cast Snyder. Among his early theater credits include ‘Dill Harris’ for a production of To Kill a Mockingbird by Theater Tuscaloosa, ‘Michael Darling’ for Theatre Tuscaloosa's production of Peter Pan, ‘Buster’ for U of A's production of Pippin and ‘Billy Moore’ for U of A's production of Assassins.
By 2003, the Snyders had moved to Petal, Mississippi, where Dylan continued performing in the Mississippi Boys Choir and the Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera. In 2005, Dylan was selected for the American Boys Choir but because of Hurricane Katrina, the family had to return to Alabama. It was during this time that Tina Fitch suggested that Dylan try his luck in professional theatre in New York.
So, Dylan and his mother moved to New York by the time he turned 9. While his father stayed in Mississippi and his sister went to college in Alabama. He soon landed the role of ‘young Tarzan’ in the Disney Broadway musical Tarzan. In New York, Dylan further honed his craft by attending lessons in gymnastics, ballet, tap dance, voice etc.
Aside from the theater, young Dylan ventured into modeling. He appeared in several print ads for H&M and Lord & Taylor. He was also in commercials for Benadryl, Chuck E. Cheese and Univest Bank. Soon after, he broke into television, landing a role in Sesame Street and voicing roles in two episodes of a Nickelodeon animated series Wonderpets.
In 2009, Dylan debuted on film playing the autistic boy ‘Leo Amatog’ in the short film Valley of the Moon. Later that year, he portrayed ‘Timmy Maplewood’ in Life During Wartime, Todd Solondz’ dark comedy film. He then returned on stage to portray ‘Young Horace Robedaux’, in the epic and critically acclaimed off-Broadway production of The Orphans’ Home Cycle.
In 2010, Mr. Snyder scored a major role in the new original comedy series on Disney XD, Kickin’ It. He plays 'Milton Krupnick,' an awkward brainy student who became a karate competitor. Kickin’ It premiered in June 2011 and became the number one original series in the history of the network.
At such a young age Dylan can already be considered an achiever. Though a focus and hard working young performer, he still finds time to kick back and relax. In his free time, he enjoys solving Rubik’s cube, juggling, doing origami, playing billiards and chess.
Valley of the Moon Life During Wartime
Sesame Steet Wonderpets Game On Kickin’It
A Christmas Carol To Kill a Mockingbird Peter Pan Pippin Assassins Tarzan: The Broadway Musical The Orphan's Home Cycle