Keegan Allen is an American actor, photographer, author and musician. He is best known for his role as Toby Cavanaugh on the TV series Pretty Little Liars. 


Allen was born and raised in Southern California by parents Joan Snyder, an artist, and actor Phillip R. Allen, who was best known for his role as Captain Esteban in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984). He grew up practicing Judaism and continues to do so. The actor was born on July 22, 1989, currently 32-years-old. He also has two sisters, Kim and Debbie.

Allen was drawn to artistic expression, specifically through the medium of photography, since a young age. Allen has said that he’d spend an average day at the house either playing the piano or guitar while his parents were painting. He has been capturing moments with his father’s Leica camera since he was nine-years-old when he initially became interested photography.

Throughout high school and college, he learned the mastery of video production and the function of cameras and their settings. The star has managed to keep the names of his educational institutions a secret.


Allen debuted his acting career in a short 2002 film titled Small Emergencies when he was about 13-years-old. It wasn’t until eight years later that he began acting again, playing the role of a male model in Nickelodeon’s TV series Big Time Rush. 

The actor’s biggest role was that in Pretty Little Liars, from 2010 to 2017. He played the mysterious Toby Cavanaugh, who was originally killed off early on in the books. However, fans begged the writers of the show to keep his character on, and Allen was on Pretty Little Liars for the entirety of its seven-season run.

Allen was nominated for several awards for his work on Pretty Little Liars, taking home the 2013 Teen Choice Award for Male Summer TV Star.

After the mystery drama had ended, Allen performed guest stints on TV shows including Youthful Daze, A Moving Romance and Major Crimes. In 2011 and 2013, he also acted in episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and I Hate My Teenage Daughter. 

In terms of movies, Allen has starred in Palo Alto (2013), The Sound and the Fury (2014), King Cobra (2016), In Dubious Battle (2016) and Actors Anonymous (2017).

In February 2015, Allen released his first photography book,, which became a national bestseller. He published his second, Hollywood: Photos and Stories from Foreverland, on April 24, 2018. Allen has already begun working on his third, which he says will be similar in concept to Hollywood. 

He also created a podcast titled Foreverland, which covers his life, interests and experiences. Allen generally publishes a new podcast each month.

On February 1, 2017, he released his digital-only single “Million Miles Away.”


The Pretty Little Liars star explained the goal of his new book Hollywood exclusively to uInterview, saying he wanted to both protect yet expose the city’s truths.

“As a photographer, as a young photographer, I wanted to bring the truth, protect the place where I grew up and also expose the beautiful and sometimes very dark elements of Hollywood as well,” Allen said. “All over the world, people look at Hollywood as this place that is an idea of the dream, a chase, a place of great triumphs and successes, but also where dreams come true, dreams are shattered — everything. It really is the central point of sometimes media and creating iconic Hollywood movies. You know, you think of things that have made you feel certain ways. So it was an interesting journey to set forth on.”

Additionally, Allen elaborated on what it means to him to learn more about Hollywood and its people through shooting for his book and hearing interpretations of it.

“Now, is it the be all, end all version? Absolutely not,” Allen said. “That’s the beauty of it, and as I do these interviews, I’m starting to learn more about my book through others’ interpretations of what they’re seeing. As you start to look at the people — that was the thing that started to come to the surface for me — was as I was shooting the book, that people would come up to the surface and really change how I looked at the world around me now.”

Allen also revealed his favorite photo of the book, a view of a Los Angeles sunset.

“It’s a photo of the sunset — and that actual photo is in the book — towards the end of the book before this Foreverland story,” Allen said. “That’s always really resonated with me because here we are in the hustle and bustle the jive and the constant hunger for the fame monster or to make it or just to live another day and be seen, no one really looks up and notices how beautiful Los Angeles is.”


Allen has been in a relationship with model Ali Collier, 23, for about two years, their beginnings dating back to around July 2016. Rumor has it, Allen dated co-star Shay Mitchell, but definitely dated the actress and model Skylar Samuels and Chuck Grant, Lana Del Rey‘s sister.

His estimated net worth is an estimated $2 million as of 2017.

Allen stands at 6’1″ tall. He can be found on Instagram as @keeoone and Twitter as @KeeganAllen.


I really like playing the bad guy. There are so many more objectives to play when you’re mad or villainesque, or when there’s some agenda that you have. That’s drama, that’s where the heart lives. I love playing the bad guy, but especially the bad guy who’s still with the girl.”

“As an actor, to go and see those shows – great plays like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Clifford Odets’s Golden Boy – it’s so exhilarating. I’d personally love to perform the role of Jerry in Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story. He’s a transient, lost soul, and an example of humanity at its rawest.”

“When I was in high school, my friends and I would drive out into the country to abandoned houses and structures… haha… to ghost hunt. We would scare each other so bad! We would sometimes camp out by the abandoned buildings just to scare ourselves! Such good times. The adrenaline of real fear is so cool!”

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