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Taylor Kitsch –


Taylor Kitsch in LONE SURVIVOR.

About Taylor Kitsch (1981 – )

Taylor Kitsch was born in Kelowna, British Columbia. His mother, Susan Green, worked for the BC Liquor Board while his father, Drew Kitsch, worked in construction. His parents separated when he was still in infancy, and he and his two older brothers (Brody and Daman) were raised by their mother in a mobile home park. He also has two younger maternal half sisters. Kitsch lived in Port Moody and Anmore. He started playing ice hockey at age 3, attended Gleneagle Secondary School in Coquitlam, and eventually played junior ice hockey for the Langley Hornets in the British Columbia Hockey League, before a knee injury ended his career. Following his injury, Kitsch took nutrition and economic courses from the University of Lethbridge and lived with his brother for a year.

Kitsch moved to New York in 2002, after receiving an opportunity to pursue professional modeling, he studied acting there as well, and became a nutritionist and personal trainer. For a time in New York he was homeless and slept nights on subway trains. In 2004, he moved to Los Angeles, where he modeled for Diesel and Abercrombie & Fitch. He also appeared in the limited edition coffee table book About Face by celebrity photographer John Russo.

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 set in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas. For five seasons, Kitsch portrayed the role of Tim Riggins, a high school student and fullback/running back of the Dillon Panthers. The series premiered in late 2006 to unanimous critical acclaim and had an audience of over 7.7 million viewers. Kitsch has no plans to reprise his role in any film sequels to the series.

From there 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 the following year. Of the fan-favorite character Gambit, Kitsch says, "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."

In 2010, Kitsch starred in Steven Silver's The Bang Bang Club, an historical drama set in South Africa which depicts the final bloody days of apartheid. He lost 35 pounds in two months to play the role of photojournalist Kevin Carter, opposite Ryan Phillippe and Malin Akerman.

In the Disney film John Carter, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs's A Princess of Mars, Kitsch played the title character, a Confederate soldier who is transported to Mars. Released in March 2012, it was a commercial flop domestically, and worldwide grosses barely recouped its production and marketing costs. 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." In May 2012, Kitsch starred in the Peter Berg film Battleship, based on the Hasbro game, as Lieutenant Alex Hopper. It, too, failed at the domestic box office, achieving the ignominious honor of having the worst opening in history for a film budgeted at more than $200 million. The film marked his reunion with Berg and former Friday Night Lights co-star Jesse Plemons. In July 2012, he starred in Oliver Stone's Savages with Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, and Emile Hirsch.

In 2013, Kitsch starred in The Grand Seduction, a remake of Jean-François Pouliot's French-Canadian La Grande Séduction (2003) directed by Don McKellar, and another Peter Berg film, Lone Survivor, based on Marcus Luttrell's book. He plays alongside Jim Parsons, Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo in Ryan Murphy's The Normal Heart. As of this writing, Kitsch is in negotiations for the lead role in the American remake of The Raid. He starred in the sophomore season of True Detective, opposite Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Colin Farrell.

Taylor Kitsch's notable movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2006 John Tucker Must Die Justin
2006 Snakes on a Plane Kyle "Crocodile" Cho
2006 The Covenant Pogue Parry
2008 Gospel Hill Joel Herrod
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Remy LeBeau / Gambit
2010 The 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
2015 Almost Heroes Sam (voice)
2015 Pieces (short) Kyle
Year Show/Series Role
2006 Godiva's Colm
2006 Kyle XY Male Camper
Friday Night Lights Tim Riggins
2014 The Normal Heart Bruce Niles
2015 True Detective Paul Woodrugh
Taylor Kitsch in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).
Taylor Kitsch, right, in Savages (2012).
Kitsch in the eponymous lead role in John Carter (2012).
Kitsch in The Grand Seduction (2013).
In the TV series Friday Night Lights (2006-2011).
Taylor Kitsch in Battleship (2012).
Kitsch in The Bang Bang Club (2010).

Memorable Quotes

“Video games and computers have become babysitters for kids. Parents have to lead by example. I have two little sisters and I help my mom raise them. You just try to give them knowledge piece by piece and tell them, '[By eating well and being active,] you're going to feel a lot better about yourself, you're going to be able to do better at school, you're going to have more energy in sports.' I think it's about self-empowerment, as well - giving kids choices. It starts with coaches, teachers, and especially parents, by living healthy themselves.”

“There's that stigma about New Yorkers, how they're so mean, but in my experience it was quite the opposite. People were very genuine and very nice, even on the subway. I mean, I was sleeping on the subway, man, so it wasn't like I was doing very well when I was in New York. It's a really intense city, and it tests you.”

“A lot of people are surprised to hear that an actor studied for two or three years. They take the craft for granted and wanna just wake up and be an actor. But paying your dues and all that puts so much into being a success. You have an understanding of what it's about, being on your own for three or four years and living day to day on $3, or living in an apartment with no electricity. I didn't want to just go back home and be like, "Yep, it didn't work out."”

“Actors become so fucking sensitive. I've worked with actors who are fucking lazy and expect shit to happen without putting in time. Look man, if you're not prepped and ready to go to work, don't sign up for an Oliver Stone film.”

“Living on the subway in New York City was by far the lowest point. That's where I slept for weeks. But that's a different low. Not 'I don't know if I'll ever make it as an actor'. It was pure survival.”

“If you told me ten years ago when I was homeless in New York City that my first two movies would make close to $600 million, I would have laughed at you. I passed out from exhaustion on 'Carter'. There's nothing more I could have given to that project.”

Did You Know

At age 25, Kitsch was the youngest ever cover boy for Men's Health magazine.

Asked to name the most romantic thing he's done for someone, he answered that he'd gone to Europe to surprise his girlfriend at the time.

Kitsch's favorite book is "The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoevsky.