Monroe Jackson Rathbone V
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Monroe Jackson Rathbone V (born December 14, 1984), better known as Jackson Rathbone, is an American actor and musician. He is perhaps best known for his role as Jasper Hale in The Twilight Saga and for playing Sokka in The Last Airbender.

Early life
Rathbone was born in Singapore, the son of American parents Randee Lynn (née Brauner) and Monroe Jackson Rathbone IV.His great-grandfather, Monroe Jackson Rathbone II, was the chairman of Standard Oil of New Jersey, which later became Exxon; Rathbone is also distantly related to Civil War general Stonewall Jackson and a third cousin of the famous British actor Basil Rathbone.Because of his father's job at Mobil Oil, Rathbone has lived in places ranging from Indonesia to Midland, Texas.He started out in local theater in Midland with the youth actors program "The Pickwick Players", initially doing musical theatre.For his junior and senior years of high school, Rathbone attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, a private school for the arts in Michigan, where he majored in acting.After graduation, he had planned to go to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, but went instead to Los Angeles to experiment with film acting.
After being in Los Angeles for a short time, Rathbone was cast in Disney 411, where he interviewed up-and-coming personalities like Hilary Duff and the sister duo Aly & AJ. He has also had guest roles on The O.C. and Close to Home. His film roles include work in Molding Clay, Pray for Morning, and Travis and Henry. In 2005, he scored the role of Nicholas Fiske in ABC Family's original series Beautiful People. In a 2008 interview, he stated it was his first leading man role and was his most difficult role to fit into.
In 2008, he played Jasper Hale in the film Twilight, based on the best-selling novel by Stephenie Meyer.He reprised his role in the sequels to Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.In 2009, Rathbone played Jeremy in S. Darko. In addition to that role, he won kudos for his performance as a serial killer on Criminal Minds. Rathbone played the role of Sokka in The Last Airbender, a 2010 film based on the animated series.The Last Airbender has caused controversy because of the casting of white actors like Rathbone to play characters that some fans felt were depictions of Asians or Inuit. Rathbone stated, "I think it's one of those things where I pull my hair up, shave the sides, and I definitely need a tan. It's one of those things where, hopefully, the audience will suspend disbelief a little bit."
Rathbone appeared in an episode of No Ordinary Family on November 9, 2010.In November 2010, it was reported he had been cast in the Warner Premiere and Dolphin Entertainment action webseries Aim High alongside Aimee Teegarden.The show in which he portrays Nick Green, a high school junior who's just starting a new school year as one of the country's 64 highly trained teenage operatives, premiered on October 18, 2011 on Facebook being the first "social series" ever created.
In May 2011, Rathbone began shooting Live at The Foxes Den, a film in which he plays the lead role of lawyer Bobby Kelly.
Rathbone has a production company, PatchMo Entertainment, and a record company, Happy Jack Records.
Personal life
Rathbone enjoys music, writing, singing and producing.He formerly performed in a band called 100 Monkeys with two friends whom he met in high school at Interlochen Arts Academy, Ben Graupner and Ben Johnson,as well as close friends Jerad Anderson and M. Lawrence Abrams ("Uncle Larry").The band released three albums in 2009.In December 2009, 100 Monkeys began a 100-city tour that took them to nearly every state in the US by mid-2010.The band continued to tour into 2011 to coincide with the release of their new album, Liquid Zoo, which was released in June.The band headed overseas for their first international dates in winter 2011.Rathbone resides in Los Angeles. Rathbone and his girlfriend, Sheila Hafsadi, had a son, Monroe Jackson Rathbone VI, on July 5, 2012.Close friend and Twilight co-star Nikki Reed is the Godmother.

Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2005 River's End Jimmy  
2005 Close to Home Scott Fields TV series
2006 Pray for Morning Connor  
2006 O.C., TheThe O.C. Justin Edwards TV series, episodes: "The Sister Act" and "The Heavy Lifting"
2006 Beautiful People Nicholas Fiske TV series
2007 Valley of Light, TheThe Valley of Light Travis  
2007 War at Home, TheThe War at Home Dylan TV series
2007 Big Stan Robbie the Hippie  
2008 Senior Skip Day Snippy  
2008 Cleaner, TheThe Cleaner Joey TV series, episode: "Back To One"
2008 Hurt Conrad Coltrane  
2008 Young Again Ethan  
2008 Twilight Jasper Hale  
2009 DaZe: Vol. Too (sic) - NonSeNse Jehosefat  
2009 S. Darko Jeremy Frame  
2009 Dread Stephen Grace  
2009 Criminal Minds Adam Jackson TV series, episode: "Conflicted"
2009 Twilight Saga: New Moon, TheThe Twilight Saga: New Moon Jasper Hale  
2010 Last Airbender, TheThe Last Airbender Sokka  
2010 Twilight Saga: Eclipse, TheThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse Jasper Hale  
2010 No Ordinary Family Trent TV series, episode: "No Ordinary Visitors"
2010 Girlfriend Russ  
2011 Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 Jasper Hale  
2011 Aim High Nick Green Web series
2011 Zombie Hamlet Shakespeare Purist Post-production
2012 Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Jasper Hale  
2012 Live at The Foxes Den Bobby Kelly Post-production
2012 Cowgirls n' Angels Justin Wood  

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