Travis Van Winkle was born in California, however his mom and dad’s Air Force responsibilities would bring him to Michigan and Georgia before he eventually he made his way to Hollywood at the age of twenty.
Travis’s career seamlessly transitions between both television and film, with leading roles in features such as Paramount’s Friday the 13th and Transformers, Fox’s Meet the Spartans, and Universal’s comedy Accepted. In television Travis had a starring run on TNT’s high-concept drama The Last Ship for five seasons, and recently a series regular alongside Alan Cumming in the CBS drama Instinct. Some of his previous memorable television roles include recurring on CW’s Hart of Dixie and ABC’S Happy Endings, and guest appearances on 90210, Scorpion, 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men, Raising Hope, Malcolm in the Middle, Veronica Mars, The O.C., and his personal favorite That’s So Raven (his first ever).
Travis is a proud Global Ambassador to the non-profit organization buildOn. Through his work with buildOn he has engaged and inspired his creative community and network to help raise more than $300,000 to build schools in Haiti, Nepal, Malawi, and Senegal. He has also been a mentor in the Big Brother / Big Sister Organization since 2011, and graciously hosted two of their Galas, helping raise almost $2 million.