Charles Melton: Everything To Know About The ‘Riverdale’ Actor

Charles Melton is an American actor and model best known for portraying the character of Daniel Bae in the film The Sun Is Also a Star and as Reggie Mantle on The CW’s Riverdale.

Charles Melton has, in recent years, began to cultivate an image of a Hollywood hunk as he hopes to lead the next generation of hot male actors. This was evident in his recent appearance as Rafe in the 2020 action comedy film Bad Boys for Life.

However, the Kansas-raised actor and model is better recognized for his role as high school football player Reggie Mantle in the popular teen drama television series Riverdale. Melton began his time on the show as a recurring character but has since been promoted to a regular as he has become a fan favorite.

Bio and Profile Summary:

Age/Date of Birth:
32 years old (January 4, 1991)
6 feet, 1 inch (1.85 m)
Wife or Girlfriend:N/A
Parents:Father: Phil Melton
Mother: Sukyong Melton
Net Worth:$3 million

How Old is Charles Melton, and What is his Ethnicity?

Charles Melton was born Charles Micheal Menton on January 4, 1991, in Juneau, Alaska, USA, and is has mixed ethnicity. He was welcomed to the world by his parents, Phil and Sukyong Melton, from different races. His father is an American of Cherokee descent, while his mother is a full-blooded Korean.

Although Melton was born in Juneau, Alaska, he was raised in Manhattan, Kansas, alongside his sister Tammie. The family moved around a lot and lived in different cities across the United States due to the actor’s father’s work with the military.

How Did Charles Melton Start His Career?

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Charles Melton poses for a shot.

While it is not clear where Charles Melton attended high school, it is public knowledge that he was enrolled at Kansas State University for two years before dropping out. During his time there, he played for the school’s Division 1 football team.

For reasons he will later explain as fate, Melton left college to pursue a career in show business. To do this, he relocated to Los Angeles and began working towards launching his acting career. Before doing that, however, he found work as a model, appearing in gigs for big names such as MAC, Kenneth Cole, and Dolce & Gabbana. He would soon later make his acting debut in an episode of the fifth season of Glee before appearing in short films like Bad Friend (2015) and The Channel (2016) and then in episodes of American Horror Story: Hotel (2015-2016).

His Breakthrough Role

Charles Melton finally hit gold in 2017 when he joined the CW series Riverdale cast in the second season and played Reggie Mantle’s role. He landed the role following the exit of actor Ross Butler who had originally been cast to play that role. Following his stunning performance in the role of a loudmouthed high school bully and football player, Melton became a regular face on the Riverdale series beginning from season 3.

In 2018, Melton appeared in the web film, The Thinning: New World Order, before playing the lead role of Daniel Bae in the film The Sun Is Also a Star which is based on the novel of the same name by Nicola Yoon. 2020 proved to be an even better year for the actor as he appeared in the box office hit Bad Boys for Life and Swing.

Does He Have A Girlfriend?

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Charles Melton and his former girlfriend, Camila Mendes

Earlier in his career, rumors were making the rounds that Charles Melton was gay. However, those rumors have been proven to be nothing but rumors as the Riverdale star appears to be very much straight. This is evident through his romantic relationship with actress Camila Mendes, his co-star on Riverdale. Although the pair started as friends, things later became steamy for the two, and they did not try to hide this. While at the movies in Vancouver with other Riverdale stars like Lili Reinhart and Casey Cot, Mendes and Melton were spotted kissing by other moviegoers.

After a year together, however, it was reported that the two lovebirds had decided to part ways. The couple was going through the most demanding period of their budding career and could not afford to spend much-needed time with each other, hence their decision to move on. They have, however, made sure to remain friends to this day as their separation was anything but acrimonious.

Since his relationship with Mendes, there has been no news about any woman in Charles Melton’s life. The actor looks to be paying full attention to his career as he hopes to land roles that will help him become the next big thing in Hollywood.

Profile Summary
First Name:Charles
Last Name:Melton
Also Known As:
Actor and Model
Famous For:Riverdale , The Sun Is Also a Star
Colleges/Universities Attended:
Kansas State University
Educational Qualifications:
Birthday & Zodiac
Age/Date of Birth:
32 years old (January 4, 1991)
Zodiac Sign:Capricorn
Birth Place:
Juneau, Alaska, United States
Country of Residence:
United States of America (USA)
Physical Attributes
6 feet, 1 inch (1.85 m)
74 kg (163 lbs)
Eye Colour:
Dark Brown
Hair Color:
Dark Brown
Other Body Measurements:
Marital Status:
Not Married
Family and Relatives
Phil Melton
Mother:Sukyong Melton,
Siblings:Tammie - Sister
Other Relatives:
Net Worth
Estimated Net Worth:
$3 million
Source of Wealth:
Ijeoma Ogbozor
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Ijeoma is a content writer by day and a creative cook at night. An Adventure and music enthusiast who is curious about everything, She enjoys reading and pays attention to details. You can find her in her downtime fantasizing about her trip into the ocean, space or neverland.


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