Charles Carver Martensen

Charlie Carver

Charlie Carver, an American actor and scriptwriter, gained recognition through his performances in acclaimed television series like “Desperate Housewives,” “Ratched,” and “Teen Wolf.” While his portfolio may not be extensive, the roles he has tackled are distinguished by his unique blend of charisma and audacity, leaving a lasting impression on audiences.

What we know about this person

Full name:

Charles Carver Martensen

Date of birth:

July 31, 1988

Zodiac sign:



San Francisco, California, USA





Marital status:





5' 10" (1.79 m)


actor, screenwriter

Early life

Born Charles Carver Martensen on the last day of July 1988 in San Francisco, Charlie has a twin, Max, who entered the world a mere seven minutes later, officially on August 1st. Their mother, a civic activist, and their father, a writer and medical professional, separated when the twins were toddlers, a decision influenced by their father’s coming out. Their mother later married Dennis Sutro, a lawyer.

The brothers were raised in Napa Valley and enrolled in a boarding school, shaping their early educational journey. Charlie’s passion for the dramatic arts was evident from a young age, notably when he participated in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” He furthered his artistic pursuits at the Interlochen Arts Academy before advancing to the University of Southern California, where he committed to studying the arts more deeply.


Charlie Carver in Ratched


Charlie Carver earned early fame for his appearances in “Desperate Housewives,” acting alongside notables like Felicity Huffman and Doug Savant. Alongside his twin brother, he depicted one of Lynette Scavo’s mischievous sons, engaging in youthful explorations and controversial romantic entanglements. Following this role, Carver was cast in “Fred 3: Camp Fred,” sharing the screen with Jake Weary and Carlos Knight.

His career trajectory saw a swift ascent with roles in “Restless Virgins,” featuring Vanessa Marano, and “The Leftovers,” starring Justin Theroux. A significant milestone was his participation in “Teen Wolf,” where he collaborated with Tyler Posey and Linden Ashby, earning acclaim for his engaging performance.

Carver also featured in “Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses,” a narrative centered around an audacious confrontation with drug peddlers. The release of “I Am Michael” in 2015 showcased him in a supporting role, delving into the complex narrative of a man grappling with his sexuality and faith. Carver portrayed the ex-lover of the protagonist, contributing to the film’s exploration of identity and transformation.

His collaboration with his brother continued in “Fist Fight,” a comedy that navigates the aftermath of a public dispute between teachers, further cementing Carver’s versatility as an actor. Following positive critical reception, he embarked on projects like “In the Cloud” and “Mr. Real Estate.”

Carver’s advocacy for LGBT rights permeated his choice of roles, notably in “When We Rise.” His Broadway debut in “The Boys in the Band” in 2018, later adapted for Netflix, underscored his theatrical prowess. By 2020, Carver had landed a pivotal role in “Ratched,” acting alongside Sarah Paulson and Cynthia Nixon, showcasing his continued evolution as an actor.


Charlie Carver (on the right) in Desperate Housewives

Charles Carver Martensen Movies and TV Shows

  • 2022

    The Batman

    The Twin

  • 2020


    Huck Finnigan

  • 2020

    The Boys in the Band


  • 2017

    Fist Fight


  • 2015

    I Am Michael


  • 2014–2017

    The Leftovers

    Scott Frost

  • 2011–2017

    Teen Wolf

    Ethan Steiner

  • 2011–...

    American Horror Story: NYC

    Adam Carpenter

  • 2010–2020

    Hawaii Five-0

    Travis Kealoha

  • 2004–2012

    Desperate Housewives

    Porter Scavo

Talk Shows

  • 2018

    Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino

    Role: Guest

  • 2018

    Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen

    Role: Guest


Max and Charlie Carver

Charlie Carver’s personal life

On a personal note, Carver has been open about his sexuality since 2016, sharing his journey towards self-acceptance amidst challenges like depression and identity struggles. He maintains a private stance on his personal life, focusing on his professional endeavors and advocacy.

Published: April 5, 2024
Updated: May 30, 2024