We have literally seen the identical twins Cole and Dylan Sprouse growing up on our screens. The adorable twins captured the hearts of many with their role as identical twins Zack and Cody in the Disney sitcom suite Life by Zack & Cody, which finally brought them the big breakthrough of their career.
Just in case you’re one of those who can’t tell one from the other, Dylan played the role of Zack while Cole portrayed Cody. But their Disney days are now behind them, as the former teen idols have now passed into adulthood and hope to keep up with their Disney tricks in Hollywood.
Cole and Dylan Sprouse Bio
Cole Mitchell Sprouse and Dylan Thomas Sprouse were born on 4 August 1992 in Arezzo, Tuscany, a region in central Italy. Teaching activities had brought their American parents Matthew Sprouse and Melanie Wright to Europe. However, they did not live there for long.
Four months after their birth, the entire family returned to their home in Long Beach, California. It took another 4 months before the boys started their career in show business, at the suggestion of their grandmother, who gave acting lessons.
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Dylan and Cole began appearing in diaper commercials before switching to television. Because of California’s child labor laws, which do not allow children to be filmed beyond a certain amount of time per day, Dylan and Cole, like most child twins, adopted the alternative method where the same role is interchangeable, allowing more shooting time.
Their first TV role was in Grace Under Fire, where they both played the lead role of Patrick Kelly for 72 episodes. This role ended in 1998 and the boys were to play a small part in two episodes of Mad TV.
They made their feature film debut in the single role of Julian McGrath in Big Daddy (1999), in which Adam Sandler also played the leading role. The film put the boys in the spotlight as they received a number of award nominations but unfortunately was unable to win any.
In the next few years, the boys made little progress as they made guest appearances and some direct shots on video. But the roles eventually prepared them for their break, which was in Disney’s “Suite Life of Zack & Cody” in 2005.
The sitcom was an instant success, making them Disney stars and members of the Disney Channel Circle of Stars, an 11-person group. During the show, the boys performed other side roles, including voice parts.
The brothers repeated their roles in the remodeled version of the show, entitled The Suite Life on Deck. The changes did not contribute to the show’s success, as it became the most-watched Tween/Kids TV show in 2008 and 2009.
They also starred in The Suite Life Movie, which was released in March 2011, as well as other original Disney films, including Hannah Montanna, Wizards of Waverly Place and I’m in the Band.
After the 2011 sitcom ended, the twin brothers decided to take a break to concentrate on their education. They enrolled at New York University, where they graduated in 2015. Cole studied photography, while Dylan focused on video game editing.
In the meantime, both have returned to acting. Cole plays the regular role of Jughead Jones on the CW sitcom Riverdale in the series. For this role, he received his first prize, a Teen Choice Award for the best television actor ever: Drama.
However, Dylan has made a conscious decision to remain subtle in his acting. His recent acting successes include Dismissed, Indie Film, Carte Blanche and the indie comedy Banana Split. He also had a role in the Brooklyn theatre production The Illuminati Ball.
Dylan has chosen instead to focus on his love of video games. He has cast a character in a roleplaying game and is working on his own project for an animated fantasy series. He also plays Dungeons & Dragons in a YouTube/Twitch web series. Dylan has also expanded into the business world. Together with two partners, he plans to open All-Wise Meadery in Brooklyn, NY.
During their days as Zack and Cody, Cole and Dylan were named the world’s richest children twice, in 2007 and 2010. With total earnings of $40,000 per episode, they were also the highest-paid teenage Disney TV actors.
Their success with the series gave rise to the Sprouse Bros. brand, which they founded in collaboration with the Olsen Twins’ Dualstar Entertainment. The brand’s merchandise included comic series, clothing lines, magazines, and more. The franchise was discontinued in 2008, only the clothing line remained. In March 2011, however, the clothing line was also discontinued.
The twin brothers have combined net assets of $16 million. In 2012 they bought their family a new house in Calabasas, California.
The Sprouse brothers have both romanced a number of women in the entertainment scene. Cole began dating Bree Morgan in 2013. They had met at NYU. However, they split in 2015. In 2017, he began dating his Riverdale co-star, Lili Reinhart.
Like his twin, Dylan hasn’t been lacking in the love department either. In 2014, he entered into a serious relationship with model Dayna Frazer. They frequently shared photos of each other on their respective Instagram accounts.
However, in August 2017 all hell broke loose when Dayna took to Twitter to reveal that she discovered that Dylan had been cheating on her. She didn’t waste time deleting all traces of Dylan from her socials.
However, Dylan responded in a series of tweets explaining that fans shouldn’t draw conclusions based on the limited information they have on the cheating issue. He didn’t deny cheating but termed the matter as complicated.
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Cole and Dylan Sprouse Facts
Cole was named after jazz singer and pianist Nat King Cole while Dylan was named after Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.
Dylan is older than Cole by 15 minutes.
Cole is taller than Dylan; Dylan Sprouse Height: 1.8 m (5 feet 11 inches), Cole Sprouse Height: 1.82 m (6 feet).
In 2013, Dylan was spotted working at a restaurant in New York. Rumors began to swirl that he took the job because he had squandered his Disney wealth. However, Dylan immediately debunked them explaining that he took the job to “primarily feed my over bountiful video game addiction” and to “try a new experience.”
The Sprouse brothers know how to roast each other. Give them a Twitter follow for that good-old sibling fight.