Kellan Lutz

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Kellan Lutz
Born (1985-03-15) March 15, 1985 (age 39)
  • Actor
  • model
Years active2004–present
Brittany Gonzales
(m. 2017)

Kellan Christopher Lutz (born March 15, 1985) is an American actor and model. He made his film debut in Stick It (2006), and is best known for playing Emmett Cullen in The Twilight Saga film series (2008–2012). He has since played Poseidon in the 2011 film Immortals, voiced the title character in the 2013 animated film Tarzan, also played John Smilee in The Expendables 3 (2014), and Hercules in The Legend of Hercules (2014). He co-starred in the CBS action thriller series FBI: Most Wanted (2020–2021).

Early life[edit]

Kellan Christopher Lutz was born on March 15, 1985, in Dickinson, North Dakota, the son of Karla (née Theesfeld; b. 1960) and Bradley Lutz (b. 1960),[1][2] both of Dutch descent.[3][4] He has six brothers, Brandon, Tanner, David, Daniel, Brad, and Chris.[1] Lutz grew up in the Midwest and in Arizona,[1] and graduated from Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Arizona.[1] Before deciding to pursue an acting career,[5] he attended Chapman University to pursue a degree in chemical engineering.[6]


Lutz at the Germany premiere of The Expendables 3 in 2014

Lutz had recurring roles on Model Citizens (2004) and The Comeback (2005), and smaller roles in episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful, CSI: NY, Summerland, Numb3rs , Six Feet Under, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Heroes. He was also in the films Stick It (2006), Accepted (2006), and Prom Night (2008). Additionally, Lutz has performed on the California stage and was the host of Bravo's Blow Out. He also appeared in the 2006 commercial for Hilary Duff's fragrance With Love... Hilary Duff, and in the 2007 music video for her single, "With Love".[7] In 2008, he appeared in another music video, Hinder's "Without You".[8] In the same year, Lutz also appeared in the miniseries Generation Kill, based on the book by Evan Wright, and had a starring role in the film Deep Winter.

Lutz's big break came when he played Emmett Cullen in the film adaptations of the Twilight (2008) saga by Stephenie Meyer. He reprised his role for all four follow-up films, beginning with The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009).[9][10] He also appeared as George Evans in the 90210 spinoff (2009) on The CW.[11] Lutz also appeared the 2010 remake A Nightmare on Elm Street as Dean, "a well-liked, well-off high school jock", in April 2010.[12] He reprised his role as Emmett Cullen in the third installment of the Twilight saga, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), and then appeared as the feisty Poseidon, God of the Sea in Immortals (2011).[13] Lutz reunited with his Twilight co-star and close friend, Ashley Greene, in the film A Warrior's Heart (2011).[14] He was considered for the lead role in Conan the Barbarian (2011), but eventually lost out to Jason Momoa.[15] He also reunited with his Immortals co-star Mickey Rourke in the action film Java Heat (2013), which was shot in Indonesia.[16] In 2012, Lutz was one of the candidates for the male lead in the film Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, a role that ultimately went to Jeremy Renner.[17] Lutz starred in the epic The Legend of Hercules (2014), but the film was a critical and commercial failure, and Lutz was nominated for two Golden Raspberry Awards.[18]

Lutz is signed with Ford Models.[19] He is one of the models featured in the 2010 Calvin Klein X underwear campaign.[20]

In 2012, Lutz made a special guest appearance on the TV show 30 Rock, playing a version of himself who is related to the character J.D. Lutz, played by actor John Lutz. In 2011 and 2012, he again portrayed Emmett Cullen, in the fourth and fifth Twilight installments, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and Part 2 (2012).

In 2016, Lutz starred in the thriller film Money with Jamie Bamber, Jesse Williams, and Jess Weixler directed by Martin Rosete and produced by Atit Shah.[21] Lutz had also appeared as the main lead in Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child and Guardians of the Tomb.

On June 24, 2016, Lutz tweeted that he had a meeting with McG and Mary Viola about playing the role of He-Man.[22][23]

Beginning in 2020, Lutz played FBI Special Agent Kenny Crosby on CBS's FBI: Most Wanted. He left the role in the third-season premiere to move his family back to California.


Lutz's primary charity is "Saving Innocence" which works to rescue and rehabilitate child victims of sex trafficking in the United States. He was GQ's Gentleman of the Year for his work with this organization,[24] and has been the organization's public ambassador since 2011. Lutz dedicates his birthday each year to financially benefit Saving Innocence, and runs campaigns for them on a regular basis.[25]

In 2010, Lutz was a spokesman for PETA's "Adopt, Don't Buy" campaign.[26] He is also a supporter of West African primate conservation charity Ape Action Africa, and used the Dublin premiere of the film Tarzan to raise funds for the charity's work to save endangered gorillas and chimpanzees.[27] Lutz endorsed the documentary film The Paw Project, which focuses on the declawing of exotic and domesticated cats in America.[28]

He is also a supporter of rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, in particular with the St. Bernard Project.[29]

In 2013, he co-founded Foresight Creative Group, a product development company specifically focuses on his patents and inventions. The company, which is partnered in with various charities which he promotes on his social media outlets, released a sleep mask and a dice game named after Lutz.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Lutz enjoyed numerous outdoors and fitness activities,[30] and prefers to perform his own stunts when making films.[31] Although Lutz enjoys watching crime movies, he prefers to star in action films.[32] He is a Christian.[33]

In October 2017, Lutz revealed that he was engaged to TV host and model Brittany Gonzales.[34] On November 23, 2017, Lutz and Gonzales announced that they had married.[35] On November 28, 2019, Lutz announced on his Instagram account that he and Gonzales were expecting a baby girl in 2020. On February 6, 2020, Gonzales announced the unexpected loss of their baby six months into the pregnancy.[36] The couple's daughter was born in February 2021,[37] and a son was born in August 2022.[38]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Stick It Frank
2006 Accepted Dwayne
2007 Ghosts of Goldfield Chad Direct to video
2008 Prom Night Rick Leland
2008 Deep Winter Mark Rider
2008 Twilight Emmett Cullen
2009 After Dusk They Come Jake
2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Emmett Cullen
2010 Meskada Eddie Arlinger
2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street Dean Russell
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Emmett Cullen
2011 A Warrior's Heart Conor Sullivan
2011 Love, Wedding, Marriage Charlie
2011 Arena FBI Agent David Searle / David Lord / Death Dealer
2011 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Emmett Cullen
2011 Immortals Poseidon
2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Emmett Cullen
2013 Java Heat Jake Travers
2013 Syrup "Sneaky" Pete
2013 Tarzan Tarzan Voice role
2014 The Legend of Hercules Hercules
2014 The Expendables 3 John Smilee
2015 Experimenter William Shatner
2015 Extraction Harry Turner
2016 Money Mark
2016 The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One Sy Lombrok
2017 Lima Lima Short film
2018 Guardians of the Tomb Jack Ridley
2019 What Men Want Captain Fucktastic
2020 Famous Adjacent Himself Short film
2020 Divertimento Jonas Olsen Short film
2022 What Remains Troy
2023 Come Out Fighting


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Model Citizens Himself Contestant
2004 The Bold and the Beautiful Rob Episode #1.4409
2005 CSI: NY Alex Hopper Episode: "Tri-Borough"
2005, 2014 The Comeback Chris MacNess 14 episodes
2005 Six Feet Under Critter Episode: "Hold My Hand"
2005 Summerland Fordie 2 episodes
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Chris Mullins Episode: "Empty Eyes"
2007 Heroes Andy Episode: "Five Years Gone"
2008 Generation Kill Cpl. Jason Lilley Miniseries
2008–09 90210 George Evans 6 episodes
2009 Valley Peaks Kyle McBride 2 episodes
2012 Punk'd Himself Guest host
2012 30 Rock Himself Episode: "Unwindulax"
2014 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange King Potadectes / Pie-Clops Episode: "Mash of the Titans"
2015 Bullseye Himself Host
2019–21 FBI Special Agent Kenny Crosby 3 episodes
2020–21 FBI: Most Wanted Main role (Seasons 1–3)
2021 FBI: International Episode: "Pilot"
2022 The Guardians of Justice King Tsunami Recurring Role

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2007 "With Love" Hilary Duff
2008 "Without You" Hinder
2012 "Put Your Hands Up" Matchbox Twenty

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Scene Stealer Male[39] The Twilight Saga: New Moon Won
2011 Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer[40] The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Won
2012 Choice Movie Scene Stealer: Male[41] The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Won
2013 Choice Movie Scene Stealer[42] The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Won
2014 Choice Movie Actor: Action[43] The Legend of Hercules Nominated
Young Hollywood Awards Super Superhero Won
Hottest Body Nominated
2015 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Actor The Legend of Hercules Nominated
Worst Screen Combo Nominated
2016 Northeast Film Festival Best Actor in a Feature Film Money Nominated
Orlando Film Festival Best Ensemble Cast Nominated


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