In order to get out of the Upside Down in season 2 of Stranger Things, you’re going to need Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo) to use his power—telekinesis. If you’ve been wondering how he got this special ability, don’t worry—we’ll get into that below. But first, let’s take a look at how Dustin went from a boy who had no friends and played Dungeons & Dragons by himself to one of the most relatable characters on TV today. Dustin Henderson: The Unlikely Hero of Stranger Things

So Who Exactly is Dustin?

Dustin Henderson, played by Gaten Matarazzo, is a fan favorite character from Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things. Best known for his lisp and his iconic blonde hair, Dustin has become one of TV’s most beloved characters. His affable personality and willingness to lend a helping hand to his friends has helped him earn respect throughout Hawkins. While some may see Dustin as someone who just happens to be in all the right places at all the right times, there is so much more to him than meets the eye. As we delve deeper into season 2 and eventually season 3 (Netflix recently announced a third season will arrive in 2019), let’s take a look at everything you need to know about Dustin Henderson himself.

Dustin Henderson: The Unlikely Hero of Stranger Things
Dustin Henderson: The Unlikely Hero of Stranger Things

What is Cleidocranial Dysplasia?

Sometimes, to save a life, you have to do what you have to do. In Stranger Things, Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo) did just that. He is proud of his new front teeth and is attracted to Max. His cleidocranial dysplasia causes him to lisp. But, if he hadn’t taken that stand in season 2 by speaking out for justice for Barb – one of Will Byers’ friends and victim in season 1 – then Hawkins, Indiana might not be here today with heroes like Jim Hopper (David Harbour) fighting against the monsters plaguing their small town.

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Dustin’s Role in Stranger Things Season 2

Dustin Henderson is one of my favorite TV characters, even though I have never watched an episode of Stranger Things. But if you’ve seen Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin, in an interview or a talk show appearance, then you know what makes him different from your average 14-year-old onscreen protagonist. And that difference is not his supernatural ability to sense otherworldly monsters; it’s his attitude about life despite being born with cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD), a condition which causes delayed development and abnormal tooth growth due to incomplete closure of certain bones in his face.

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Dustin Henderson: The Unlikely Hero of Stranger Things
Dustin Henderson: The Unlikely Hero of Stranger Things

How tall is Dustin from Stranger Things 2021?

Dustin’s character is only 12-years-old, but Gaten Matarazzo stands 6 feet 2 inches. Matarazzo is taller than his co-stars. Winona Ryder who plays Joyce Byers and Finn Wolfhard who plays Mike Wheeler are both only 5 feet 2 inches tall. On set, Matarazzo did not wear a height enhancer to make him look shorter like many child actors do for scenes when they are supposed to be small. His first role was in Judy Moody as Reggie Mantle in 2010 where he wore a height enhancer.

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What condition does Dustin have?

Cleidocranial dysplasia is a disorder characterized by delayed or absent ossification (i.e., lack of bone development). This results in multiple unhealed sutures, which are soft spots found on a newborn’s skull. As time passes, these spots usually fuse together, creating a single fused bone. However, in cases of cleidocranial dysplasia, they do not fuse properly and multiple bones remain instead. This is called craniosynostosis. Cleido- is Greek for collarbone; -cranial refers to the head; and -dysplasia means abnormal development. Thus people with cleidocranial dysplasia have abnormal development on their collarbones and skulls…

How old is Dustin Henderson?

Dustin is 12 in season 1, and 13 in season 2. In seasons 3 and 4, he is 14-15 years old. This means that he was born in 2004 or 2005. Dustin has a cleidocranial dysplasia so his physical age is difficult to determine; however, most adolescents with his condition have an adult height within 8 years of their true chronological age.

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Where is Gaten Matarazzo right now?

It’s not every day that an actor can say he gets to wear a spacesuit while playing a character on a TV show. However, that is exactly what Gaten Matarazzo has been able to do thanks to his role as Dustin Henderson in Netflix’s hit show, Stranger Things. He has also managed to make appearances at some pretty high-profile events including awards shows and even sporting events, thanks to his star power. But with all of that aside, where is Gaten Matarazzo right now? If you want to find out more about him and what he has going on today, read our latest biography.

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