Charles Michael Melton (born January 4, 1991) is an American actor and model. He is known for his roles as Reggie Mantle on The CW television series Riverdale and Daniel Bae in the film The Sun Is Also a Star (2019).
Melton was born in Juneau, Alaska, United States, to Sukyong and Phil Melton. His father is a white American, with English ancestry, and has also been described as having Cherokee roots. His mother is a Korean emigrant, who moved to the U.S. with his father in 1990. Melton is their eldest child. His family moved frequently because his father worked for the military. At one time, he and his family lived in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi, South Korea, for about 5 years. They eventually settled down in Manhattan, Kansas, where Melton graduated from Manhattan High School in 2009. Melton studied at nearby Kansas State University, where he played as a defensive back on the football team under coach Bill Snyder. He left school at 20 to pursue acting and moved to Los Angeles, California, in 2012.