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Casey Cott
Photo of a bespectacled man with a microphone
Cott at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Born
Casey Morton Cott

(1992-08-08) August 8, 1992 (age 26)
ResidenceNew York City, New York
OccupationActor, singer
Years active2011–present
RelativesCorey Cott (brother)

Casey Morton Cott[1] (born August 8, 1992)[2][3] is an American actor, known for his role as Kevin Keller on The CW series Riverdale.

Early life and education

Cott was born in 1992 in New York City, the middle of three children of Rick Cott, an investment manager and former fighter pilot in the Air Force, and Lori Cott (née Morton).[4] Cott grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with his younger sister and older brother, actor Corey Cott, and graduated from Chagrin Falls High School.[5][6] He attended Boston University before deciding to study acting, transferring to the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.[7][5] He graduated in 2016.[8]

Career

Cott began his acting career performing in local Ohio theater, appearing in productions of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Romeo and Juliet, among others.[9][10] Upon moving to Pittsburgh for school, he got involved in the regional theater scene there while attending classes at CMU and working on university theater productions concurrently.[5] He appeared in a 2014 production of the play Parade at the New Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh, where he starred alongside several of his Carnegie Mellon classmates, as well as a production of Small Engine Repair at Barebone Productions.[11] In August 2016, he played Moses in the premiere concert reading of Stephen Schwartz's musical project, a stage production of The Prince of Egypt, at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, New York, opposite Shuler Hensley and John Cariani.[12]

On March 12, 2016, during his final year at CMU, Cott was cast as Kevin Keller on the CW drama series Riverdale, a TV adaptation of the Archie Comics universe. The character of Kevin is notable due to his status of being the first openly gay character in the history of Archie Comics.[13] Cott stated in a Facebook video released to fans in March 2017 that he originally auditioned for the roles of Archie Andrews and Jughead Jones, prior to landing the role of Kevin.[14] He was promoted to a series regular for the second season.[15]

On March 12, 2017, at the SXSW Festival, Cott announced his upcoming role in the film The Mascot, directed by Matthew Perkins. Cott will be portraying the lead role of Nick Shepard, an ex-quarterback turned mascot. Filming will begin in Atlanta in 2018.

Personal life

Cott resides in New York City.[7]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2018 All the Little Things We Kill Trevor Olsson
2019 Mascot Nick Shephard

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2017–present Riverdale Kevin Keller Recurring role (season 1); main cast (season 2–present)
2017 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lucas Hale Episode: "Conversion"
2018 Instinct Dino Moretti Episode: "Pilot"

Music videos

Year Title Artist Notes
2017 "Why" Sabrina Carpenter [16]

References

  1. ^ Blank, Matthew (April 7, 2015). "CUE & A: Gigi Star Corey Cott on Pokemon, Borrowing Shoes for a Callback and The 'Dog Actor Renaissance'". Playbill. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  2. ^ Casey Cott [@CaseyCott] (August 8, 2017). "Thank you for the kind birthday wishes! I have never been tagged in so many photos with @ShawnMendes. Happy birthday to you as well man!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Collette, Matt (August 15, 2018). "Cover Exclusive: Casey Cott Is More Than Your Gay Best Friend". Out.
  4. ^ "This Family Is Taking Over Broadway, TV and Finance". Sene. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  5. ^ a b c "'Newsies' star Corey Cott returns to Pittsburgh to cheer on brother". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2017-05-12.
  6. ^ "Now Casting - Casey Cott Resume". www.nowcasting.com. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  7. ^ a b "The CW Press – Riverdale". www.cwtvpr.com. Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  8. ^ "Carnegie Mellon Drama Alumni Nominated for 2017 Tony Awards". Carnegie Mellon University. May 2, 2017. Retrieved 2017-09-09.
  9. ^ "Casey Cott Theatre Credits and Profile". www.abouttheartists.com.
  10. ^ "Now Casting - Casey Cott Resume". www.nowcasting.com. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  11. ^ "Casey Cott - Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama". Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  12. ^ "Completed Prince of Egypt to Receive Starry Concert Reading". Playbill. Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  13. ^ Slezak, Michael (March 12, 2016). "The CW's Riverdale Pilot Casts Newbie as Gay Student Kevin Keller". TVLine. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  14. ^ "'Riverdale' Star Casey Cott Auditioned for Archie - 7 Takeaways From His Facebook Live". Toofab.
  15. ^ "Riverdale: Kevin Keller Actor Promoted to Series Regular". Screen Rant. May 12, 2017. Retrieved 2017-05-13.
  16. ^ Wass, Mike (July 20, 2017). "Sabrina Carpenter "Why" Video Is Suitably Whimsical". Idolator. Retrieved 2017-07-21.

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