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Fairytales are only valuable if you see them as metaphor in your life and the world. Slay YOUR own dragons. Much love to the 'Once' fans.
—Eion Bailey src

Eion Bailey is the American actor who portrays August Booth and Pinocchio (Wish Realm) on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Eion Francis Hamilton Bailey was born on June 8, 1976[1] and grew up in the Santa Ynez Valley of California. His father owned a small airline service which flew people around the state. Eion tagged along on flights and his father gave him flying lessons after dropping off passengers. His first lesson was at the age of twelve.[2]

In high school, he played baseball with major league potential, but a dare gone wrong on the field caused his relationship with the coach to worsen. At future varsity tryouts, Eion was completely overlooked due to the previous incident. However, to him, it was a sign that acting, which was already a serious hobby for him, would take precedence over baseball. Trouble both in school and with the law nearly had Eion sent to military school. Such intensity didn't go unrecognized by the high school drama teacher, who enrolled him under one condition—he act in all the plays until graduation.[3] Then, Eion went on to study formally at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.[2]

One of his early breaks was as one of the leads in the short-lived television series Significant Others in 1998 which also starred a then-unknown Jennifer Garner, Elizabeth Mitchell and Michael Weatherly.[2]

Eion also had recurring roles on ER and Dawson’s Creek and done guest spots on Cold Case, House Rules, CSI: NY, Without a Trace and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.[2]


  • Among all who were ever part of the main cast throughout the show, Eion is the only one not to appear in the final season at all.
  • His scenes in "Hat Trick" were cut.
  • Like his character Ben Mercer on Covert Affairs, Eion is a fan of the band Underworld.
  • Was included in the “Firemen of Hollywood’s Sunset Strip” charity calendar as an honorary fireman. He headlined the month of June.[4]
  • When auditioning for the role of August, he had no idea what his character's fairy-tale origin was.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 A Better Place Ryan Movie
1999 Fight Club Ricky Movie
2000 The Young Unknowns Joe Movie
2000 Center Stage Jim Movie
2000 Almost Famous Jann Wenner Movie
2001 Seven and a Match Sid Movie
2002 The Scoundrel's Wife Ensign Jack Burwell Movie
2004 Mindhunters Bobby Whitman Movie
2005 Mount of Olives


Romy[6] Movie
2005 Life of the Party Michael Elgin Movie

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer
in a Children / Youth / Family Special

2005 Sexual Life David Movie
2008 A House Divided Romi Meir Movie
2009 (Untitled) Josh Jacobs Movie
2009 The Canyon Nick Conway Movie
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Kyle Dufours 1 episode
1998 Dawson's Creek Billy Konrad 2 episodes
1998 Significant Others Cambell Chasen 6 episodes
2001 Band of Brothers Pvt. David Kenyon Webster TV miniseries - 6 episodes
2003 And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself Frank Thayer TV movie
2003 Without a Trace Christopher Mayes 1 episode
2004-2005 ER Jake Scanlon 10 episodes
2006 Orpheus TV movie
2006 CSI: NY Dean Lessing 1 episode
2006 Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King Lonnie Frehman 1 episode
2006 Candles on Bay Street Sam TV movie
2009 Anatomy of Hope Bill Morgan TV movie
2009 Can Openers Peter TV movie
2009 House Rules Alan Levi TV movie
2009 Numb3rs Cam 1 episode
2009 Cold Case Patrick "The Rifle" Lennox '63 1 episode
2010 Dirty Little Secret Jack 10 episodes
2010-2011 Covert Affairs Ben Mercer 7 episodes
2011 Grace Adam Knower TV movie
2011 30 Rock Anders 1 episode
2011 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Adam Winter 1 episode
2012–2017 Once Upon a Time August W. Booth 18 episodes
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Frank Patterson 1 episode


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

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  • First Look at August in Wish Realm

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    • I think that just means we'll see Eion in present day as well. Might as well use him if he's around, right? Unless they travel throug...
    • I think we will see Eion as Wish Realm Pinnocio, and also as August in present day SB.
  • Guess who is back for 401

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    • I have no particular opinion on either the character or the actor, but when I started seeing posts by people saying they didn't care for h...
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