Summary of Derek Theler:
• Born in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1986
• Obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Medicine and Nutrition in 2009
• Has appeared in TV shows such as "Baby Daddy", "Cougar Town", and "The Middle"
• Has been in commercials for Nike, Coca Cola, State Farm, and Verizon
• Has a net worth of approximately $3.4 million

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Short Info

MarkTowering height
FactHe appeared as a model in TV commercials.

Who is Derek Theler?

Born on 29 October, 1986, in Fort Collins, Colorado, under the water sign of Scorpio, Derek Theler is a 32-year-old American film star, television actor and model, best known for his recurring role in “Baby Daddy”, a hit comedy which aired on ABC for six seasons. Other than this major part, Derek also made appearances in “Cougar Town”, “The Hills” and “The Middle”, all of which contributed to his rising popularity and respect from his peers. Not many fans know this, but we almost saw Theler play Captain America in 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”. He had a successful run during the auditioning process, but ultimately lost to Chris Evans in the final round. In addition to his acting prowess, Derek has appeared in television ads for big brands such as Coca Cola, Nike, State Farm and more.

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Early Life and Education: Growing Up in Colorado

Derek was born into an American family in the city of Fort Collins; there is no conclusive information about his parents or their vocations. Despite being a well-known celebrity, Derek refuses to reveal any personal information, a clear sign that he is focused on his career and that he doesn’t want any allegations or rumors interfering with his plans. However, we do know that he is of mixed ethnicity, as he has English, Scottish and German roots, and that he was diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes at the age of three, apparently without significant lasting effects.

After matriculating from high school in 2005, Theler enrolled at Colorado State University. During his college years, he was an avid athlete, often playing football and having ‘excruciating’ swimming sessions to stay in shape. In 2009, he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine and Nutrition. Even though he never competed in any sport at the collegiate level, Derek’s height of 6ft 5in (196cm) allowed him to become a model, which is something he thought about during his teenage years.

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Career Beginnings: Smaller Roles and Modeling

Upon graduating, Derek already knew that he wanted to try his hand at acting. In 2009, he had small-time roles in “The Middle” and “Cougar Town”, which were an excellent beginning to his career. The same year, he made a cameo appearance as a soldier in the music video for Rihanna’s hit song “Hard”, featuring Jeezy. In 2010, he appeared in “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, and around the same time, Derek was noticed by several talent agencies, mostly because of his athletic build, and as a result, he was cast as a model in several ads for Nike and Coca-Cola. State Farm and Verizon also recruited him, which were welcome additions to his expanding portfolio. After these forays into the world of modeling, he focused on acting yet again, with roles in “Valentine’s Day”, “Get Him to the Greek” and “Conan” setting the foundation for the next chapter of his career.

Making it Big: Baby Daddy, Project: SERA and More

Derek started 2012 with a bang, appearing in “Camp Virginovich” and “The Grass Is Greener”, but soon afterwards he landed the biggest role of his career, when he was cast as Danny Wheeler in “Baby Daddy”. The show follows a man named Ben, who accidentally conceives a baby girl during a one-night stand. With the help of his brother Danny and the rest of his family, he raises the little girl and follows her through all the growing pains a child inevitably has to experience. Derek appeared in all 100 of the show’s episodes, with the show’s finale airing in May 2017. While still busy working on “Baby Daddy”, Theler was also cast as Riggins in “Project: SERA” a sci-fi series set in a dystopian future – unsuprisingly, critics began praising Derek for his versatility and dedication to the goal of delivering the best performance possible. In 2013, he also assumed the role of Derek in the cult series “General Hospital”, which has over 6000 episodes as of mid-2019.

Recent Works: Ninjack vs the Valiant Universe, Wayne and American Gods

After “Baby Daddy” concluded, Derek was free to assume new roles and experiment a bit, and we saw him appear as Dirk in an episode of “American Housewife”. In 2018, he was cast as Aric Dacia in “Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe”; the show centers around a man who works for a secret intelligence agency in Great Britain, however, he has to fight his alter ego – a martial artist whose destiny is to battle the forces of the Valiant Universe. In 2019, we saw him as Conan in “Wayne“, a comedy about a 16-year-old boy who rides his bike from Boston to Florida to find a car that a group of thieves stole from his father shortly before he died. In April 2019, he made a splash by taking on the role of Donar in the hit fantasy series, “American Gods”, playing the son of Odin in this episode, gauging great interest and receiving positive feedback from critics and fans alike.

Personal Life: Does Derek Theler Have a Girlfriend?

Derek is currently in a relationship with actress Lisa Marie Summerscales. They have been dating since May 2016, without any breakups or interruptions whatsoever. Lisa apparently can’t hide her happiness anymore, as her Instagram page is filled with photos of her and Derek together, although they aren’t planning to marry or have kids. Even though Derek is on cloud nine now, it took him a long time to find his one true love – before Lisa, he dated Meredith Giangrande for a few months in 2010, and while playing Danny in “Baby Daddy”, he had a fling with co-star Chelsea Kane, and afterwards was involved with Christina Ochoa, an actress and the grand-niece of Severo Ochoa, a Nobel Prize-winning Spanish scientist – he even proposed to her in 2013, but they never actually married. Immediately after breaking up with Christina, Derek fell in love with Lisa.

Body Measurements: How Tall is Derek Theler?

Derek Theler is 6ft 5in (196cm) tall and weighs 218lbs (99kg); to keep his body fit, Derek works out almost every day, and is careful about what he eats. He has blue eyes and light brown hair, and has no known tattoos or body modifications, as of mid-2019.

What is Derek Theler’s Net Worth?

According to several reputable sources, Derek Theler has a net worth of approximately $3.4 million, accumulated by appearing in a myriad of movies and TV shows, as well as several high profile commercials. Given the fact that he is still only 32 years-old, we might see his net worth rise in the near future if he continues to further his career and land more great roles.

Social Media Presence

Like almost every model and actor, Derek understands the importance of social media as a tool to engage with his audience and gain even more revenue. His favorite platform, by far, is Instagram, on which he regularly informs people about animal rights and T1 diabetes. With 680,000 followers, he is one of the more popular men in show business. On Twitter, he is followed by 150,000 people, and he also has an official Facebook page, with 220,000 ‘likes’.

General Info

Full NameDerek Theler
Height1.96 m
ProfessionActor, Model
EducationColorado State University


NominationsTeen Choice Award for Choice TV: Liplock, Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Breakout Star
MoviesHow Sarah Got Her Wings
TV ShowsBaby Daddy

Social profile links


#Marks / Signs
1Towering height


1He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was age 3.
2Audtitioned for Captain America in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), but lost to Chris Evans.
3He appeared as a model in TV commercials.
4He started his acting career in 2009.
5He enjoys playing football, swimming and riding his motorcycle.
6He has a degree in pre-medicine.




Marvel's New Warriors2018TV Series announcedCraig Hollis / Mister Immortal
Baby Daddy2012-2017TV SeriesDanny Wheeler
Brotherly Love2017/IIIShortChris
Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe2017TV SeriesAric Dacia / X-O Manowar
Noches con Platanito2016TV Series
Princess Rap Battle2016TV Series shortThe Huntsman
Secret Summer2016TV MovieJake
Chicago Sanitation2015ShortSanitation Worker
How Sarah Got Her Wings2015Jordan
Shark Killer2015Chase Walker
General Hospital2015TV SeriesDerek
Hey Tucker!2013TV Mini-SeriesDerek Theler
Project: SERA2013TV SeriesRiggins
The Grass Is Greener2012ShortJay
Camp Virginovich2012Derek Moore
Katherine Heigl Hates Balls2011Video shortModel
902102011TV SeriesShawn
Conan2011TV SeriesThor / All-Star
Vampire Zombie Werewolf2010TV SeriesDerekktor
Intrusion2010/IShortMike Evers
Get Him to the Greek2010Standard Guest (uncredited)
Valentine's Day2010/IMasseur (uncredited)
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009-2010TV SeriesLoki / Bike Cop
G Love2009ShortCliff
Cougar Town2009TV SeriesBeach Guy
The Middle2009TV SeriesSound Guy


Intrusion2010/IShort screenplay / story


Intrusion2010/IShort executive producer


Harry2017TV SeriesHimself
Home & Family2013-2017TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Doctors2016TV SeriesHimself
Rachael Ray2015TV SeriesHimself
Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration2014TV MovieHimself (as Cast of Baby Daddy)
Steve Harvey2014TV SeriesHimself
One Question Interviews2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Teen Choice Awards 20142014TV SpecialHimself
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHimself
81st Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade2012TV SpecialHimself
The Chew2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Hills2007TV SeriesHimself


Nominated Awards

2013Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV: BreakoutBaby Daddy (2012)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected].

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