Kyle Gallner

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Kyle Gallner
Kyle Gallner 2015.jpg
Gallner in June 2015
Born Kyle Steven Gallner
(1986-10-22) October 22, 1986 (age 30)
West Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Tara Ferguson
Children 2

Kyle Steven Gallner (born October 22, 1986) is an American actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Cassidy "Beaver" Casablancas in the television series Veronica Mars, and for guest-starring in drama series Smallville as superhero Bart Allen. He is also well known for portraying Reed Garrett, Mac Taylor's stepson, on CSI: NY, and for his roles in the horror films The Haunting in Connecticut, Jennifer's Body and the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Early life and career[edit]

Gallner was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, to Larry and Mary Jane Gallner. He has an older sister, Samantha, and two younger siblings, Eva and Jack (ten years his junior). Kyle attended West Chester East High School. He started his career by following his sister along to one of her auditions.[1] He proceeded to guest star on popular shows such as Judging Amy and Close to Home. Gallner joined the cast of Veronica Mars as Cassidy Casablancas toward the end of the show's first season, in May 2005 before becoming a season regular during the show's second season.

After playing Bart Allen in the Smallville episode "Run", Gallner reprised the role on the January 18, 2007 episode "Justice"[2] and the season 8 finale. He also guest starred on Cold Case as a teenage gunman in the episode "Rampage", and appeared in the independent film Sublime. In 2007, he guest starred in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit titled "Impulsive" as a high school student who accuses his teacher (played by Melissa Joan Hart) of statutory rape.[3]

He also guest starred in an episode of Bones as Jeremy Farrell, the suspected murderer of a child beauty pageant contestant. He also played the lead role in the horror film The Haunting in Connecticut, playing a cancer patient who is tormented by evil spirits.

He appeared in the independent film Cherry, filmed on the campuses of Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University, along with several locations in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan.[4] He plays Aaron, an Ivy League freshman who falls for an older woman while becoming the object of affection for the woman's young daughter.

Gallner played Quentin in the reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street; his character is the love interest of main character Nancy.[5]

Gallner played the brother of Aaron Paul's character in the 2012 film, Smashed.

Gallner played Zach in one episode in the fourth season of AMC's The Walking Dead. It was initially reported that he would be a recurring character, but his character was killed off instead.[6]

In 2014 Gallner played the role of Kurt, the antagonist to lead character Sam, in the independent film Dear White People.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Gallner is good friends with actor Jake Abel, his former roommate. The two had a band called "The Third Kind" together for a short time.[8] Kyle attended Abel's wedding to Allie Wood in late 2013,[9] and Abel attended Kyle's wedding in 2015. Gallner is also good friends with fellow actor Chris Coy. In 2013, Kyle co-founded the independent production company Minutehand Pictures along with Oliver Thompson and Bay Dariz. The trio is currently producing the feature film Welcome to Happiness, in which Gallner portrays Woody Ward, a children's book author with a secret door in his closet.[10]

Kyle married Tara Kathryn (née Ferguson) on December 12, 2015. The couple have two sons.[11]

Gallner's father is of Jewish descent.[12]


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Third Watch Raleigh TV series, episode: "Young Men and Fire..."
2001 Wet Hot American Summer Bobby's Buddy
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Marc Lesinski TV series, episode: "Juvenile"
2003 Touched by an Angel Josh TV series, episode: "Virtual Reality"
2003 Red Betsy Charlie
2003 Finding Home Young Dave
2004-2010 Smallville Bart Allen/Impulse TV series, episodes: "Run","Justice","Doomsday"
2004 The District Brian Johnson TV series, episode: "Something Borrowed, Something Bruised"
2005 Judging Amy Zachary Pettit TV series, episode: "The Long Run"
2005 Jack & Bobby BJ Bongaro TV series, episode: "Time Out of Live"
Episode: "Querida Grace"
2005 Red Eye Headphone Kid's Brother
2005–2006 Veronica Mars Cassidy 'Beaver' Casablancas TV series, 25 episodes
2006 Close to Home Jacob Towers TV series, episode: "The Good Doctor"
2006 Danika Kurt Merrick
2006 Cold Case Cameron Coulter TV series, episode: "Rampage"
2006 Skater Boys Sean Davis TV series, episode: "Sundown"
2006 Bones Jeremy Farrell TV series, episode: "The Girl with the Curl"
2006 Four Kings Spencer TV series, episode: "Upper West Side Story"
2006–2007 Big Love Jason Embry TV series, 6 episodes
2007 Sublime Ned Video
2007 Medium Young Stephen TV series, episode: "The Boy Next Door"
2007 The Closer Eric Wallace TV series, episode: "Homewrecker"
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Shane Mills TV series, episode: "Impulsive"
2007 Insatiable Dickie TV series, episode: "Pilot"
2007–2011 CSI: NY Reed Garrett TV series, 13 episodes
2008 Red Harold
2008 Gardens of the Night Ratboy
2008 Trunk Will
2008 Life Zak Sutter TV series, episode: "Black Friday"
2008 Shield, TheThe Shield Lloyd Denton TV series, 3 episodes
2009 Haunting in Connecticut, TheThe Haunting in Connecticut Matt Campbell
2009 Jennifer's Body Colin Gray
2010 Past Life Xander TV series, episode: "Saint Sarah"
2010 Cherry Aaron
2010 Nightmare on Elm Street, AA Nightmare on Elm Street Quentin Smith
2010 Beautiful Boy Sam Carroll
2011 Red State Jared
2011 Losers Take All Brian
2011 Little Birds Jesse McNamara
2011 Cougars, Inc. Sam Lowell
2011 Magic Valley TJ Waggs
2012 Smashed Owen Hannah
2012 Jan Robbie
2012 Criminal Minds James Heathridge TV series, episode: "Heathridge Manor"
2012 Wigs YouTube
2013 Beautiful Creatures Larkin
2013 CBGB Lou Reed
2013 The Walking Dead Zach (Guest; 2 episodes)
2014 Dear White People Kurt
2014 Zen Dog Reed
2014 Just Before I Go Zeke
2014 American Sniper Winston
2015 Band of Robbers Huck Finn
2015 Welcome to Happiness Woody
2016 The Finest Hours Andrew Fitzgerald
2016 The Master Cleanse Eric
2016 Outsiders Hasil Farrell

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 Fright Meter Awards Best Supporting Actor[13] Red State Nominated
2016 Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema Best Actor – Feature[14] Welcome to Happiness Nominated


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