Colton Shires (born William Colton Shires) is an American child actor best known for his role as the young Ethan Winthrop in the soap-opera Passions.


Shires was born in Denton, Texas, on October 16, 1996. He started acting as a child, with his first role being Isaac Malone in the 2003 short film The Bug Man. The following year, he got his best-known role of the young Ethan Winthrop in the soap-opera Passions; Shires played that role until 2008. As he got older, Shires started directly participating in the filmmaking process as well, having co-written and co-edited the 2011 short film Just the Beginning, served as the editor and the cinematographer for the 2012 short film Weight's Not the Problem, and directed an episode of Teen Idol: The Chris Coley Diaries in 2015.

On Criminal Minds

Shires portrayed Sam Crawford, one of Karl Arnold's child victims, in the Season One episode The Fox.


  • Enigma (2017) as Connor (TV miniseries)
  • Teen Wolf (2016) as Lacrosse Player
  • A Hero for a Day (2016) as Hero (short)
  • Teen Idol: The Chris Coley Diaries (2015) as Unknown Character(s) (2 episodes)
  • CSI: NY (2012) as Jordan Parr
  • Ted (2012) as Teenage John Bennett
  • GCB (2012) as Will Vaughn (4 episodes)
  • Lie to Me (2009) as Zack
  • No Man's Land: The Rise of Reeker (2008) as Boy
  • Passions (2004-2008) as Young Ethan Winthrop (123 episodes)
  • Desperate Housewives (2007) as Boy #1
  • Justice (2007) as Seth Rose
  • The Hollywood Babysitter (2006) as Ronnie (short)
  • Criminal Minds - The Fox (2005) TV episode - Sam Crawford
  • The Good Humor Man (2005) as Young Jay (uncredited)
  • Medical Investigation (2004) as Boy
  • CSI: Miami (2004) as Joey Williams
  • The Kids Who Saved Summer (2004) as Ben (video)
  • Strong Medicine (2004) as Mikey Simmonds
  • Gotta Make Them Angels (2004) as Kenny (short)
  • The Bug Man (2003) as Isaac Malone (short)


  • Weight's Not the Problem (2012) (short)
  • Just the Beginning (2011) - Additional Editing (short)


  • Teen Idol: The Chris Coley Diaries (2015) - 1 episode


  • Just the Beginning (2011) - Co-Head Writer (short)


  • Weight's Not the Problem (2012) (short)


For an up-to-date filmography, see here.