November 18, 2013 12:00 PM

AGE: 30

HOMETOWN: SAN JOSE, CALIF.

JOB: ACTOR

Brawn and Brains: He’s all business as villain-fighting Grant Ward on ABC’s action hit Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but in real life, “I’m a lot goofier,” says Dalton. He’s also an Ivy Leaguer who earned his M.F.A. from Yale University in 2011.

Geek Chic: Dalton’s dating life has improved dramatically since attending Westmont High School in Campbell, Calif. “I had no game,” he says. “I wore sweater vests, and I had glasses. I was far from cool. Maybe that’s why I liked theater at that point!”

Moving On Up: Although he’s now on a popular show, “less than a year ago, I was catering. I thought, ‘If I can make my way and not have to cater, I’ve made it.’ I’m a good tipper now. You have to be. It’s such hard work.”

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