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The Strain

Season Premiere Sunday July 16

Max Charles stars as “Zack Goodweather,” a child who is torn between saving his infected mother and his father Eph’s mission to kill all the strigoi.

Now a captive of Kelly, Eichhorst and the Master, Zack misses his father and his freedom, but soon starts to find his affections and his loyalty divided. After all, the Master seems intent on keeping him human, and Zack finally has what he has long been aching for – his mother’s undying love.

At just 12 years of age, Max Charles is already an industry veteran, landing coveted roles on and off the big screen and working with some of Hollywood’s most respected and acclaimed actors, writers and directors.

Most recently, this charismatic and endearing young talent was nominated as “Best Young Actor on a Television Series” at the 2016 Saturn Awards for his role on The Strain. Charles also stars in three animated series, lending his voice to “Harvey Beaks” in Nickelodeon’s Harvey Beaks, “Kion” in Disney’s Lion Guard, and “Sherman” in the DreamWorks Animation film and Netflix series Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

Charles got his start in television at the age of six when he appeared in an episode of True Blood. He then went on to appear in multiple series including Raising Hope, Hot in Cleveland, Constantine, the Emmy®-nominated The Neighbors as series regular “Max Weaver,” and co-star in the Hallmark Channel original holiday movie North Pole. Other notable television credits include a recurring role on Disney’s Lab Rats and NBC’s holiday special Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas. Additionally, Charles continues to voice various characters on Family Guy, Adventure Time and American Dad.

Charles is no stranger to the big screen either. In 2014 he had a supporting role in American Sniper opposite Bradley Cooper. He also reprised his role of young “Peter Parker” in The Amazing Spider_Man 2 starring Andrew Garfield. His other feature film credits include Angry Birds, The Three Stooges, Least Among Saints, White Space and The Last Survivors.

Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, along with his three elder brothers, Charles now resides in Los Angeles. He is just like any young boy his age when not in production, spending time playing video games, basketball or skateboarding, and riding his bike. On days off, Charles can also be found hanging out with his dog, Pip, who shared the screen with him in Spooky Buddies. During filming, Charles fell so in love with the three-month-old beagle that he decided to adopt him.