Tyler Lee Hoechlin (/ˈhɛklɪn/; born September 11, 1987) is an American actor. Initially earning recognition for starring as Michael Sullivan Jr. in the 2002 film Road to Perdition, Hoechlin went on to star as Martin Brewer on 7th Heaven between 2003 and 2007. In television, he is also known for portraying Derek Hale on Teen Wolf and Superman on Supergirl in the Arrowverse.
Hoechlin was born in Corona, California, on September 11, 1987, to Lori and Don Hoechlin, describing his family's ethnic background as "Native American, German, Irish, and some others." He has two brothers, Tanner and Travis, and an older sister, Carrie. He graduated from Santiago High School in 2006.
Hoechlin began playing baseball at the age of seven. He played throughout high school, playing in the Area Code Games in both 2004 and 2005. He earned a scholarship to Arizona State University, where he played infield, and the team made it to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. In 2008, after a year at Arizona State, he transferred to the University of California, Irvine. He played infield as a second baseman for the UC Irvine Anteaters. During this time, he also played in collegiate summer leagues.