Taylor Kinney

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Taylor Kinney
Born Taylor Jacks Heisler Kinney[1]
(1981-07-15) July 15, 1981 (age 33)
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Education Lancaster Mennonite School
Alma mater West Virginia University
Occupation actor, model
Years active 2006–present
Home town Neffsville, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Taylor Kinney (born July 15, 1981) is an American actor and model. He is best known for his roles as U.S. Navy SEAL Jared in Zero Dark Thirty and Lieutenant Kelly Severide in Chicago Fire and Chicago PD.

Early life and education[edit]

Kinney was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Pamela Heisler, who worked as a dental hygienist,[2][3][4] and father Daniel Kinney, a banker.[5] Kinney was raised in Neffsville, Pennsylvania by his mother after his parents divorced. Kinney had three brothers: Adam, Ryan, and Trent.[6] Ryan died prior to September 7, 2008.[3][4]

In 2000, he graduated from Lancaster Mennonite School.[7] Kinney studied Business Management at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia.[8] He left college during his junior year and moved to Hawaii, where he worked as a carpenter before landing his first major role on the short-lived American telenovela "Fashion House" (MyNetworkTV, 2006) opposite Bo Derek and Morgan Fairchild.


Kinney played Luke Gianni on the TV series Fashion House on MyNetworkTV, and also played Glenn Morrison on Trauma on NBC.[9]

Kinney bounced back in a big way with a recurring role on the hit supernatural drama "The Vampire Diaries," joining the cast during season two as Mason Lockwood, a former resident of Mystic Falls who returns home after being gone for seven years to deal with his brother's death. It was later revealed that Mason was a werewolf with superhuman strength. The character was eventually killed by resident bad boy vamp, Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder), but briefly returned for the third season as a ghost out for redemption. His appearance on "The Vampire Diaries" led to a number of opportunities for the handsome and charming actor, including a guest role on the dysfunctional family series "Shameless" (Showtime, 2011- ) as a love interest for Emmy Rossum's misunderstood Fiona. In real life, Kinney was linked to pop star Lady Gaga, whom he reportedly began dating in 2011 after meeting on the set of the "You and I" music video. After several years as a supporting player, Kinney landed a starring role in 2012 on "Chicago Fire," a drama series that followed the lives of Windy City firefighters and paramedics. Kinney played Lieutenant Kelly Severide, a strong and flirtatious firefighter opposite Jesse Spencer's more reserved and commanding Lieutenant Matthew Casey. That same year, Kinney also appeared on the big screen in Kathryn Bigelow's acclaimed war drama "Zero Dark Thirty" as one of the Navy SEALS who took down Osama bin Laden.

In 2011, Kinney was featured in Lady Gaga's music video for the song "You and I".[10] In 2012, he guest starred on Shameless as Craig, the former high school crush of the lead character Fiona (played by Emmy Rossum).[11]

He stars in the TV series Chicago Fire as Lieutenant Kelly Severide on Rescue Squad 3 opposite former House star Jesse Spencer.

Personal life[edit]

Since July 2011, Kinney has been dating Lady Gaga. They first met while working on the music video for her song "You and I" and began dating soon afterwards.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 White Air Frank
2007 Furnace (film) Bill Jamison
2010 Scorpio Men on Prozac May's Lover
2011 Prodigal Brad Searcy Short film
2012 Least Among Saints Jesse
2012 Stars in Shorts Brad Searcy
2012 Zero Dark Thirty Jared
2014 The Other Woman Phil
2015 Rock the Kasbah Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Fashion House Luke Gianni Main Cast
35 episodes
2007 What About Brian Jared 1 episode: "What About Secret Lovers..."
2008 Bones Jimmy Fields 1 episode: "Player Under Pressure"
2009–2010 Trauma Glenn Morrison Main Cast
19 episodes
2010–2011 Vampire Diaries, TheThe Vampire Diaries Mason Lockwood Recurring (Seasons 2–3)
9 episodes
2011 A Mann's World France Television film
2011 Five Tommy Television film
2011 CSI: NY Jason Locke 1 episode: "Identity Crisis"
2011 Rizzoli & Isles Jesse Wade 1 episode: "Don't Hate the Player"
2012 Dating Rules from My Future Self Dave Main Cast
2012 Shameless Craig Heisner 2 episodes: "I'll Light a Candle for You Every Day", "A Beautiful Mess"
2012 Castle Darren Thomas 1 episode: "Once Upon a Crime"
2012 Breakout Kings Perry 1 episode: "SEALd Fate"
2012–present Chicago Fire Lieutenant Kelly Severide Main Role
2014 Chicago PD Lieutenant Kelly Severide Recurring Role

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Yoü and I Love Interest


  1. ^ "Taylor Jacks Kinney - United States Public Records". FamilySearch. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Taylor Kinney is a 'lucky guy' to be with Lady Gaga". Contactmusic.com. Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Charles R Heisler (1930–2008)". Find a Grave. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Joanne F Fritz Heisler (1929–2011)". Find a Grave. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Pamela H Kinney - United States Public Records". FamilySearch. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Von Rieter, Paul (7 December 2013). "Alexa and Trent, Adamson House, Malibu". Paul Von Rieter (Photographer). Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Lady Gaga blends in during visit to Lancaster County". Lancaster Online. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Actor Taylor Kinney heats up 'Chicago Fire'". USA Today. Gannett Company. October 10, 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  9. ^ Keck, William (July 10, 2010). "Keck's Exclusives! Vampire Diaries Casts Mason Lockwood". TV Guide. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Lady Gaga goes public with romance". The Belfast Telegraph. December 29, 2011. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ Bentley, Jean (January 6, 2012). "'Shameless': Emmy Rossum on romancing James Wolk, Taylor Kinney & buying a bra in Season 2". Zap 2 It. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Lady Gaga fell for Taylor Kinney on video shoot". November 25, 2013. 

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