Taylor Kitsch

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Taylor Kitsch
Taylor Kitsch, 2012.jpg
Kitsch at the Australian premiere of Battleship in April 2012
Born (1981-04-08) April 8, 1981 (age 33)
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 2002–2004 (modeling)
2006–present (acting)

Taylor Kitsch (born April 8, 1981) is a Canadian actor and model. He is known for his role as Tim Riggins in the NBC television series Friday Night Lights (2006–2011), Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Lieutenant Alex Hopper in Battleship (2012), the eponymous lead character in John Carter (2012), Chon in Savages (2012), Dr. Lewis in The Grand Seduction (2013), Michael Murphy in Lone Survivor (2013) and Bruce Niles in The Normal Heart (2014).

Personal life[edit]

Kitsch was born in Kelowna, British Columbia. His mother worked for the BC liquor board; and his father, in construction.[1][2] He attended Gleneagle Secondary School in Coquitlam.[3] He has two older brothers and two younger maternal half sisters, and was raised by his single mother in Vancouver.[4] He played junior ice hockey for the Langley Hornets in the British Columbia Hockey League, before a knee injury ended his career.[5]



Kitsch moved to New York in 2002 after receiving an opportunity to pursue modeling with IMG and studied acting there as well, there he became a nutritionist and a personal trainer.[6] For a time in New York he was homeless and took to sleeping on subway trains in the middle of the night.[7] In 2004, he relocated to Los Angeles where he modeled for Diesel and Abercrombie & Fitch.[7][8] He also appears in the limited edition coffee table book About Face by celebrity photographer John Russo.[9]


In 2006, Kitsch was cast in his breakout role on the NBC sports teen drama television series Friday Night Lights based on Peter Berg's 2004 film of the same name and is set in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas. Kitsch portrayed the role of Tim Riggins, a high school student who is the fullback/running back of the Dillon Panthers,[10] for five seasons. It premiered in October 2006 to universal critical acclaim from critics and over 7.7 million viewers.[11] He has ruled out reprising his role in a potential film sequel to the television series.[12]

He played Pogue Parry in The Covenant alongside Steven Strait, Sebastian Stan, Laura Ramsey, Toby Hemingway, Jessica Lucas and Chace Crawford. In February 2008, he signed on to play Gambit in the X-Men franchise spinoff X-Men Origins: Wolverine, released in May 2009. Of the fan-favorite character of Gambit, Kitsch states, "I knew of him, but I didn't know the following he had. I'm sure I'm still going to be exposed to that. I love the character, I love the powers, and I love what they did with him. I didn't know that much, but in my experience, it was a blessing to go in and create my take on him. I'm excited for it, to say the least."[13]

In 2010, Kitsch starred in Steven Silver's The Bang Bang Club, a historical drama set in South Africa which documents the final bloody days of the apartheid.[14] He had to lose 35 pounds in two months to play the role of photojournalist Kevin Carter, alongside Ryan Phillippe and Malin Åkerman.[15] In November 2010, The Hollywood Reporter named Kitsch as one of the young male actors who are "pushing – or being pushed" into taking over Hollywood as the new "A-List".[16][17]

In the Disney film John Carter, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs's sword-and-sandal novel A Princess of Mars, he played the title character, a Confederate soldier who is transported to Mars. Released in March, 2012, it made back less than a third of its budget domestically, and worldwide grosses barely recouped its production and marketing costs.[18] Despite this, Kitsch has said, "I'm very proud of John Carter. Box office doesn't validate me as a person, or as an actor."[19] In May 2012, Kitsch starred in Peter Berg's Battleship, that is based on Hasbro's toy game, as Lieutenant Alex Hopper.[20] It, too, failed at the domestic box office, boasting the worst opening in history for a film that cost more than $200 million. Again, international revenues are expected to help mitigate its performance.[21] The film marked his reunion with Berg and former Friday Night Lights co-star, Jesse Plemons.[22] In July 2012, he starred in Oliver Stone's Savages with Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. HitFix '​s film critic Drew McWeeny was positive of Kitsch's bond with Johnson which he described as "not only credible but lived in and authentic throughout the film". McWeeny wrote that Kitsch was used the right way in this film with an ensemble that pushes him or challenges him in scenes which resulted in him playing hard, playing intense.[23]

In 2013, Kitsch starred in The Grand Seduction, remake of Jean-François Pouliot's French-Canadian La Grande Séduction (2003) directed by Don McKellar,[24] and another Peter Berg film, Lone Survivor, based on Marcus Luttrell's book.[25] He plays alongside Jim Parsons, Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo in Ryan Murphy's The Normal Heart, which aired on HBO on 25 May 2014.[26] Kitsch is in negotiations for the lead role in the American remake of The Raid.[27] Taylor and Rachel McAdams are co-starring the sophomore season of “True Detective” opposite Vaughn and Colin Farrell.


Year Title Role Notes
2006 John Tucker Must Die Justin
2006 Snakes on a Plane Kyle "Crocodile" Cho
2006 Covenant, TheThe Covenant Pogue Parry
2008 Gospel Hill Joel Herrod
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Remy LeBeau / Gambit
2010 Bang Bang Club, TheThe Bang Bang Club Kevin Carter
2012 John Carter John Carter
2012 Battleship Lt. Alex Hopper
2012 Savages Chon
2013 Lone Survivor Michael P. Murphy
2014 The Grand Seduction Dr. Paul Lewis
2014 Normal Heart, TheThe Normal Heart Bruce Niles
2015 Pieces (short) Kyle Also writer and director
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Godiva's Colm Episode: Flipping Switches
2006 Kyle XY Male Camper Episode: Pilot
2006–2011 Friday Night Lights Tim Riggins 68 episodes
2015 True Detective Paul Woodrugh Lead role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2007 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Breakout Friday Night Lights (TV series) Nominated
2008 Choice TV Actor: Drama Nominated
2009 Choice Movie Fresh Face Male X-Men Origins: Wolverine Nominated
2010 People's Choice Awards Favorite On-Screen Team Nominated
2012 Genie Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role The Bang Bang Club (film) Nominated
2012 CinemaCon Awards Male Star of Tomorrow N/A N/A
2014 Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries The Normal Heart (film) Nominated[28]


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  2. ^ Brian D. Johnson (March 2, 2012). "Taylor Kitsch: the next action hero". Maclean's. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ The Georgia Straight: John Carter's Taylor Kitsch is taking Mars and Hollywood Retrieved on 7 March 2012
  4. ^ "Taylor Kitsch Photo Gallery | Outside Magazine's Featured Photo Galleries". OutsideOnline.com. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Strombo - Taylor Kitsch". George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (CBC Television). Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Taylor Kitsch Gives Dietary Help". Contactmusic.com. March 3, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
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  9. ^ "NEW-RELEASES - About Face". Pixie Press Worldwide. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Tim Riggins profile". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  11. ^ "TV Reviews, Articles, Clips and more". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  12. ^ Ryan Lambie (April 2, 2012). "Peter Berg interview: directing Battleship, filming at sea, Kevin Costner, ILM effects and more". Den of Geek. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  13. ^ The MovieWeb Team (October 13, 2008). "Taylor Kitsch on Being Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine". MovieWeb.com. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  14. ^ Yamato, Jen (April 22, 2011). "Taylor Kitsch on The Bang Bang Club, Honoring Fallen War Photographers, and Battleship". Movieline. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  15. ^ Hill, Logan (April 18, 2011). "Taylor Kitsch on John Carter of Mars, Battleship, and Why Bang Bang Club Forced Him to Seek Psychiatric Help". New York. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  16. ^ THR staff (November 9, 2010). "See the Cover of the New Hollywood Reporter". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  17. ^ Lauren Schutte, Emily Blank (November 15, 2010). "Hollywood's A-List Redefined". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  18. ^ "John Carter (2012) - Box Office Mojo". May 20, 2012. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  19. ^ Wigler, Josh (March 4, 2012). "'John Carter' Wasn't A Failure, Taylor Kitsch Says". MTV. Retrieved April 15, 2012. 
  20. ^ Leins, Jeff (June 12, 2009). "Taylor Kitsch to Star in 'Battleship'". News in Film. Retrieved April 8, 2010. 
  21. ^ Young, John (May 20, 2012). "Box office report: 'The Avengers' crushes 'Battleship' and 'The Dictator' with $55.1 mil". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  22. ^ Radish, Christina (March 19, 2012). "Brooklyn Decker and Director Peter Berg Talk BATTLESHIP, Naval Warfare and the Design of the Aliens at WonderCon". Collider.com. Retrieved April 15, 2012. 
  23. ^ McWeeny, Drew (June 30, 2012). "Review: Oliver Stone turns Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, and Blake Lively into 'Savages'". HitFix. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  24. ^ Fleming, Mike (July 30, 2012). "Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch Find ‘The Grand Seduction’". Deadline.com. PMC. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  25. ^ Fleming, Mike (May 17, 2011). "Universal, Peter Berg Plot January Start For Navy SEAL Saga 'Lone Survivor'". Deadline.com. PMC. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  26. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 1, 2013). "Jim Parsons, Taylor Kitsch Join HBO's Ryan Murphy-directed movie, 'The Normal Heart'". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  27. ^ Sneider, Jeff (August 4, 2014). "Taylor Kitsch Offered Lead in ‘The Raid’ Remake (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  28. ^ Murray, Rebecca (April 12, 2012). "Taylor Kitsch is the Male Star of Tomorrow". About.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 

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