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Taylor Kinney

Taylor Kinney
Born Taylor Jacks Kinney
(1981-07-15) July 15, 1981
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Education Lancaster Mennonite School
Alma mater West Virginia University
Occupation actor, model
Years active 2006–present
Home town Neffsville, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Taylor Jacks Kinney[1] (born July 15, 1981) is an American actor and model. He is best known for his roles as U.S. Navy SEAL Jared in Zero Dark Thirty and Lieutenant Kelly Severide in Chicago Fire and Chicago PD.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
    • Music videos 4.3
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life and education

Kinney was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Pamela Heisler, who worked as a dental hygienist,[2][3][4] and father Daniel Kinney, a banker.[5] Kinney was raised in Neffsville, Pennsylvania by his mother after his parents divorced. Kinney had three brothers: Adam, Ryan, and Trent.[6] Ryan died prior to September 7, 2008.[3][4]

In 2000, he graduated from Morgan Fairchild.


Kinney played Luke Gianni on the TV series Fashion House on MyNetworkTV, and also played Glenn Morrison on Trauma on NBC.[9]

Kinney bounced back in a big way with a recurring role on the hit supernatural drama "The Vampire Diaries," joining the cast during season two as Mason Lockwood, a former resident of Mystic Falls who returns home after being gone for seven years to deal with his brother's death. It was later revealed that Mason was a werewolf with superhuman strength. The character was eventually killed by resident bad boy vamp, Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder), but briefly returned for the third season as a ghost out for redemption. His appearance on "The Vampire Diaries" led to a number of opportunities for the handsome and charming actor, including a guest role on the dysfunctional family series "Shameless" (Showtime, 2011- ) as a love interest for Emmy Rossum's misunderstood Fiona. In real life, Kinney was linked to pop star Lady Gaga, whom he reportedly began dating in 2011 after meeting on the set of the "You and I" music video. After several years as a supporting player, Kinney landed a starring role in 2012 on "Chicago Fire," a drama series that followed the lives of Windy City firefighters and paramedics. Kinney played Lieutenant Kelly Severide, a strong and flirtatious firefighter opposite Jesse Spencer's more reserved and commanding Lieutenant Matthew Casey. That same year, Kinney also appeared on the big screen in Kathryn Bigelow's acclaimed war drama "Zero Dark Thirty" as one of the Navy SEALS who took down Osama bin Laden.

In 2011, Kinney was featured in Lady Gaga's music video for the song "You and I".[10] In 2012, he guest starred on Shameless as Craig, the former high school crush of the lead character Fiona (played by Emmy Rossum).[11]

He stars in the TV series Chicago Fire as Lieutenant Kelly Severide on Rescue Squad 3 opposite former House star Jesse Spencer.

Personal life

Since July 2011, Kinney has been dating Lady Gaga. They first met while working on the music video for her song "You and I" and began dating soon afterwards.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 White Air Frank
2007 Furnace (film) Bill Jamison
2010 Scorpio Men on Prozac May's Lover
2011 Prodigal Brad Searcy Short film
2012 Least Among Saints Jesse
2012 Stars in Shorts Brad Searcy
2012 Zero Dark Thirty Jared
2014 The Other Woman Phil
2015 Rock the Kasbah Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Fashion House Luke Gianni Main Cast
35 episodes
2007 What About Brian Jared 1 episode: "What About Secret Lovers..."
2008 Bones Jimmy Fields 1 episode: "Player Under Pressure"
2009–2010 Trauma Glenn Morrison Main Cast
19 episodes
2010–2011 Vampire Diaries, TheThe Vampire Diaries Mason Lockwood Recurring (Seasons 2–3)
9 episodes
2011 A Mann's World France Television film
2011 Five Tommy Television film
2011 CSI: NY Jason Locke 1 episode: "Identity Crisis"
2011 Rizzoli & Isles Jesse Wade 1 episode: "Don't Hate the Player"
2012 Dating Rules from My Future Self Dave Main Cast
2012 Shameless Craig Heisner 2 episodes: "I'll Light a Candle for You Every Day", "A Beautiful Mess"
2012 Castle Darren Thomas 1 episode: "Once Upon a Crime"
2012 Breakout Kings Perry 1 episode: "SEALd Fate"
2012–present Chicago Fire Lieutenant Kelly Severide Main Role
2014 Chicago PD Lieutenant Kelly Severide Recurring Role

Music videos

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Yoü and I Love Interest


  1. ^ "Taylor Jacks Kinney - United States Public Records".  
  2. ^ "Taylor Kinney is a 'lucky guy' to be with Lady Gaga".  
  3. ^ a b "Charles R Heisler (1930–2008)".  
  4. ^ a b "Joanne F Fritz Heisler (1929–2011)".  
  5. ^ "Pamela H Kinney - United States Public Records".  
  6. ^ Von Rieter, Paul (7 December 2013). "Alexa and Trent, Adamson House, Malibu". Paul Von Rieter (Photographer). Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Lady Gaga blends in during visit to Lancaster County".  
  8. ^ "'"Actor Taylor Kinney heats up 'Chicago Fire.  
  9. ^ Keck, William (July 10, 2010). "Keck's Exclusives! Vampire Diaries Casts Mason Lockwood". TV Guide. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Lady Gaga goes public with romance".  
  11. ^ Bentley, Jean (January 6, 2012). Shameless': Emmy Rossum on romancing James Wolk, Taylor Kinney & buying a bra in Season 2"'". Zap 2 It. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Lady Gaga fell for Taylor Kinney on video shoot". November 25, 2013. 

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