Matt Lanter

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Matt Lanter
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Lanter in 2021
Born
Matthew MacKendree Lanter

(1983-04-01) April 1, 1983 (age 39)
Alma materUniversity of Georgia
Occupation
  • Actor
  • model
Years active2004–present
Spouse
Angela Stacy
(m. 2013)
Children1

Matthew MacKendree Lanter (born April 1, 1983)[1] is an American actor and model. He began his modeling career in 2004. The same year, he acted in the film Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius and the television series Point Pleasant. He went on to appear in numerous television series and films, including Commander in Chief and 90210. He later voiced Anakin Skywalker in the animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars, continuing to portray him in the identically named TV show and other media of the Star Wars franchise.

Early life[edit]

Lanter was born on April 1, 1983, in Massillon, Ohio. His father worked in insurance and his mother was a school secretary. He has one older sister. When Lanter was 8, the family moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Lanter played baseball in his youth and was a batboy with the Atlanta Braves for two seasons.[2] He majored in business at the University of Georgia.[3]

Career[edit]

In 2004, Lanter was a contestant on Bravo's reality show Manhunt: The Search for America's Most Gorgeous Male Model. He did not win the competition.[4] In November of that year, Lanter appeared as a caddie in the biographical film Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius.[5][6]

In June and July 2005, Lanter played the role of Nick in three episodes the supernatural drama Fox series Point Pleasant. The show received low ratings and did not last a full season.[7][8] He has since appeared in television shows such as Grey's Anatomy and Big Love.[9]

In April 2005, he signed on to become a series regular portraying the role of Horace Calloway on ABC's political drama series Commander in Chief.[2] The series premiered on September 27, 2005, ran for one season and was cancelled on June 14, 2006.[10]

In 2008, he took on the lead role as Zach Conroy in The Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream, as a member of a figure skating pair.[11]

Later that year,[12] Lanter starred in Disaster Movie as the character Will.[13] The film later appeared on Empire's 2010 poll, The 50 Worst Movies Ever, in which it scored number 14.[14]

Lanter appeared in the slasher film Sorority Row, which was released on September 11, 2009. It received negative reviews from both critics and audiences.[15][16]

Lanter at the Star Wars Weekends in June 2009

In 2009, he began a major recurring role on The CW's 90210 portraying the role of Liam Court.[9] In March 2010, he signed on for another parody project with Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, 20th Century Fox's Vampires Suck. He played Edward Sullen, a spoof of Edward Cullen from the Twilight saga. The film was released on August 18, 2010.[17]

In 2011, Lanter appeared in the psychological thriller The Roommate as Jason.[18] Although it received unfavorable reviews from critics, it was a moderate success at box office in North America; however, it was overshadowed by that year's Super Bowl.[19]

In 2012, he worked on the films Liars All and A Chance of Rain.[20] He also voices Harry Osborn, Flash Thompson and Venom in the TV series Ultimate Spider-Man,[20] which premiered on April 1, 2012. He also voiced the role of Sled in Secret of the Wings,[21] which was released later that year.[22]

On March 5, 2013, Lanter was cast as a co-star in The CW's science fiction drama series Star-Crossed (originally titled Oxygen).[23][24] Star-Crossed is about a romance between a human girl and an alien boy (Lanter) when he and six others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school 10 years after they landed on Earth and were consigned to an internment camp.[25]

In 2016, Lanter began playing the role of Wyatt Logan in the NBC series Timeless. Its second season was broadcast in early 2018, but the series was not renewed by NBC.[26]

On February 11, 2019, it was announced that Lanter was cast as George Hutchence in the Netflix superhero series Jupiter's Legacy.[27]

Star Wars[edit]

Lanter played Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker in the 2008 animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars and later all seven seasons of the TV series of the same name. He has stated that his fellow cast members and the other people who worked on the show are "like family" to him.[28] He also portrayed the character in Star Wars Battlefront II and Star Wars Rebels.[29]

He has said that Hayden Christensen, the actor who had previously had the role of Anakin in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Episode III – Revenge of the Sith had a "very, very difficult job" demonstrating the character's arc from hero to villain, and considers himself fortunate that he had more time than Christensen to show the transformation.[29]

In an interview, Lanter explained how he had no idea who he was auditioning for when trying for the role of Anakin. He was told he would be playing a character called "Deak Starkiller", who Dave Filoni[who?] suggested he portray as a mixture of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo.[28]

In December 2015, Lanter had minor roles in Episode VII: The Force Awakens as various alien scavengers and stormtroopers.[30] On December 13, 2019, he played Lant Davan, a New Republic soldier, in The Mandalorian episode "Chapter 6: The Prisoner".[31] He returned to his role as the voice of Anakin Skywalker in the miniseries Tales of the Jedi, which became available on Disney+ on 26 October 2022.[32][33]

Personal life[edit]

Lanter married his longtime girlfriend Angela Stacy on June 14, 2013. The two had been in a relationship since 2009.[34] They had a daughter together in 2017.[35]

In March 2022, Lanter underwent emergency surgery for a closed-loop intestinal obstruction, which had given him "intense abdominal pain".[36]

He is a Christian.[37]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius Bobby Jones's caddy
2008 WarGames: The Dead Code Will Farmer
2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker (voice)
2008 Disaster Movie Will Clayton
2009 Sorority Row Kyle Tyson
2010 Vampires Suck Edward Sullen
2011 The Roommate Jason Tanner
2012 Secret of the Wings Sled (voice)
2013 Liars All Mike
2015 Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Arthur Curry / Aquaman (voice)
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Additional voices
2016 USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage Brian "Bama" Smithwick
2017 Pitch Perfect 3 Chicago Walp
2018 The Death of Superman Arthur Curry / Aquaman (voice)
2020 Justice League Dark: Apokolips War Arthur Curry / Aquaman (voice)
2020 Chasing the Rain Eric
2021 DC Showcase: Blue Beetle Ted Kord / Blue Beetle Short film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Manhunt Himself Contestant
2005 8 Simple Rules Brendon Episode: "The After Party"
2005 Point Pleasant Nick 3 episodes
2005–2006 Commander in Chief Horace Calloway Main role
2006 Big Love Gibson Episode: "Eviction"
2006 Heroes Brody Mitchum Recurring role
2006 Shark Eddie Linden 3 episodes
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ryan Lansco Episode: "Fallen Idols"
2007 Monk Clay Bridges Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Birds and the Bees"
2007 Grey's Anatomy Adam Singer Episode: "The Heart of the Matter"
2007 Judy's Got a Gun Isaac Prentice Television film
2008 The Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream Zack Conroy Television film
2008 Life Patrick Bridger Episode: "Everything... All the Time"
2008 The Oaks Mike Episode: "Pilot"
2008–2014, 2020 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker (voice) 95 episodes; credit is shared with Hayden Christensen for season 7 episode 11 "Shattered"
2009–2013 90210 Liam Court Main role
2012 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Baylor Hotner (voice) 3 episodes
2012 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Matt the Pear Episode: "Generic Holiday Special"
2012–2017 Ultimate Spider-Man 46 episodes
2014 Star-Crossed Roman Main role
2015 The Astronaut Wives Club Ed White 3 episodes
2015 CSI: Cyber Tristan Jenkins Episode: "Corrupted Memory"
2016 Star Wars Rebels Anakin Skywalker (voice) 2 episodes
2016–2018 Timeless Wyatt Logan Main role
2017–2018 Star Wars Forces of Destiny Anakin Skywalker (voice) 6 episodes
2019 Avengers Assemble Winter Soldier (voice) Episode: "Vibranium Curtain: Part One"
2019 The Mandalorian Lant Davan Episode: "Chapter 6: The Prisoner"
2020 Lego Star Wars Holiday Special Anakin Skywalker (voice)
2021 Jupiter's Legacy George Hutchence Main role
2022 Lego Star Wars Summer Vacation Anakin Skywalker/Rodian (voice)
2022 Tales of the Jedi Anakin Skywalker (voice)

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Lightsaber Duels Anakin Skywalker
2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Jedi Alliance Anakin Skywalker
2009 Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Republic Heroes Anakin Skywalker [38]
2011 Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Darth Sadic / Agent Galen
2014 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Venom [39]
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Anakin Skywalker / Venom [40]
2016 Lego Marvel's Avengers Ulysses Klaue
2017 Star Wars Battlefront II Anakin Skywalker [41]
2022 Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Anakin Skywalker

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