Stephen Wilson Bethel (credited as Wilson Bethel) is an American actor, writer, and producer best known for his roles on Hart of Dixie and The Young and the Restless.


Bethel was born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, on February 24, 1984. His parents were Stephen Bethel and Joyce Maynard, an author. Before becoming an actor, Bethel worked as a disc jockey and also had an initial aspiration to become a high-school English teacher. He then became an actor and first guest-starred in various roles on TV shows like JAG, Cold Case, and NCIS. He then starred in the film 1968 Tunnel Rats, portraying a U.S. Army Special Ops soldier named Corporal Green. Bethel later starred as Corporal Evan "Q-Tip" Stafford in the HBO-produced miniseries Generation Kill, appearing in all seven episodes. He also starred in the HBO-produced documentary short Making Generation Kill. He then starred in Hart of Dixie, in which he portrayed Wade Kinsella. Bethel also narrated the audio-book for the novel Labor Day, written by his own mother.

On Criminal MindsEdit

Bethel portrayed serial killer Randy Jacobs in the Season Eleven episode The Bond.


  • Criminal Minds - The Bond (2016) TV episode - Randy Jacobs
  • Blood & Oil (2015) as Finn (3 episodes)
  • The Astronaut Wives Club (2015) as Scott Carpenter (8 episodes)
  • Bates Motel (2015) as Taylor
  • Hart of Dixie (2011-2015) as Wade Kinsella (76 episodes)
  • Memory 2.0 (2014) as Henry (short)
  • Inherent Vice (2014) as LAPD Officer #1
  • L.A. Rangers (2014) as Parker (5 episodes)
  • Stupid Hype (2013) as Hype
  • Treme (2013) as Lanny Fox
  • Cold Turkey (2013) as Hank
  • Not Today (2013) as Bill George
  • Inside the Box (2013) as Matt Palmer (short)
  • Reception (2012) as Greg (2 episodes)
  • Wyatt Earp's Revenge (2012) as Doc Holliday (video)
  • Stealing Summers (2011) as Trevor
  • The Perfect Student (2011) as Trent
  • The Young and the Restless (2009-2011) as Ryder Callahan (78 episodes)
  • 1968 Tunnel Rats - Behind the Scenes (2009) as Corporal Dan Green (video short)
  • Cold Case (2008) as James "Jimmy" Tully
  • Generation Kill (2008) as Cpl. Evan "Q-Tip" Stafford (TV miniseries, 7 episodes)
  • 1968 Tunnel Rats (2008) as Corporal Dan Green
  • NCIS (2008) as P.O. John Kirby (credited as Will Bethel)
  • JAG (2005) as Seaman Apprentice Charles Bander (credited as Wil Bethel)
  • The O.C. (2004) as Brad (credited as Will Bethel)


  • Memory 2.0 (2014) (short)
  • Stupid Hype (2013)
  • L.A. Rangers (2013)
  • Call Me Doctor (2012) (short)
  • Give a Shirt PSA (2011) (short)


  • Stupid Hype (2013) - Producer/Executive Producer
  • L.A. Rangers (2013) - Executive Producer
  • Call Me Doctor (2012) - Associate Producer (short)


For an up-to-date filmography, see here.

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