Matt Lanter was born in northeastern Ohio in 1983, but later moved to Atlanta, Georgia when he was eight years old. He spent much of his time playing sports including baseball, football, and golf. His love for baseball led him to a position as a bat boy with the Atlanta Braves. After high school, his interest in the film and television industry created a strong desire to pursue acting. While studying at the University of Georgia, Matt decided to move to Los Angeles to follow his dreams of making it a career.
Shortly after his move, Matt landed a recurring role on Fox's "Point Pleasant" (2005). He also has appeared on ABC's "8 Simple Rules" (2002) and HBO's "Big Love" (2006), as well as few modeling jobs and a couple of national commercials. Matt has worked on the ABC Hit show "Commander in Chief" (2005). Matt has a current role as Liam Cort on the CW's 90210.
In addition to acting, Matt enjoys being outdoors, playing golf, and relaxing at the beach.
Matthew Mackendree Lanter, or better known to fans as Matt Lanter was born on April 1, 1983 in Massillon, Stark County, Ohio, to Joseph Lanter and Jana Burson. He also has a sister named Kara Day. She is a teacher at Rea View Elementary School in Waxhaw, Union County, North Carolina.
When Matt turned 8-years-old, he and his family moved to Atlanta, Fulton County in Georgia. Growing up, the blue-eyed actor spent most of his time playing baseball, football and golf. His love for baseball led him to scoring a position as a bat boy with the Atlanta Braves.
In the year 2001, he graduated from Collins Hill High School. Unfortunately for him, his parents got divorced when he was a senior at Collins Hill. Matt majored in Sports Business at the University of Georgia, but eventually moved to Los Angeles to follow his dreams of being part of the showbiz industry. He attended the University of Georgia after attending a community college for two years.
He first gained the attention of fans when he was selected as a contestant in the 2004 reality television series, "Manhunt: The Search for America's Most Gorgeous Male Model" (2004). The show revolved around contestants having to compete with each other in a series of modeling events. Although he did not win the competition, Matt succeeded in making the show's top 10.
It didn't take too long before critics started noticing Matt. He started landing guest roles on "8 Simple Rules" (2002), HBO's "Big Love" (2006) and "Point Pleasant" (2005), as well as some modeling jobs and national commercials in the country. Matt's big break came along when he starred as "Horace Calloway", the John F. Kennedy-like first son on the short-lived ABC political series, "Commander in Chief" (2005) in 2005. However, most people do not know that he was, in fact, not in the original pilot. Instead, Matt was a re-cast.
In summer 2006, Matt had the opportunity of starring in a theater production of "Without Walls", alongside Laurence Fishburne, at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. That same year, he managed to earn a role on "Heroes" (2006/II). He played "Brody Mitchum", opposite Hayden Panettiere's character, "Claire Bennett". Being a part of "Heroes" proved to be a great opportunity for Matt as the show had high ratings, which allowed Matt to gain more exposure. Fortunately for Matt, his role on "Heroes" paid off. He managed to snag guest roles on "Shark" (2006), "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000), "Grey's Anatomy" (2005) and "Monk" (2002).
The year 2008 proved to be one of Matt's successful years. He made his debut on the big screen as a voice actor. He portrayed "Anakin Skywalker" in the animated film, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), a side story that is set between Star Wars II and Star Wars III. He also managed to get a role in Disaster Movie (2008), playing "Will", who was the boyfriend of Vanessa Lachey's character, "Amy".
He was signed on to play "Liam Court" in _"90201" (2008). His movie, Sorority Row (2009), was released in October 2009.
Despite being busy working in the industry, Matt says that he tries to stay as humble as possible. When he's not acting, he enjoys being outdoors, playing golf and relaxing at the beach.
Born in northeastern Ohio, at the age of eight, Matt's family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he spent much of his time playing baseball, football, and golf. His love for baseball led him to a position as a batboy with the Atlanta Braves and, later, while studying at the University of Georgia, Matt developed an interest in the film and television industry.
After briefly working as a model, Matt decided to move to Los Angeles to follow his dream of establishing a successful acting career. The leap of faith turned out to be quite worthwhile and, after landing roles on shows such as "Grey's Anatomy" (2005), "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000), "Life" (2007/I), "Big Love" (2006), "Monk" (2002), as well as the feature film, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004), starring Jim Caviezel, he built a solid foundation and was already in demand for future projects.
Often recognized for his series regular role as Geena Davis' son, "Horace", on ABC's series, "Commander in Chief" (2005), Matt has also recurred on two of television's most popular shows: NBC's "Heroes" (2006/II) as the sinister quarterback "Brody Mitchumm" opposite Hayden Panettiere and CBS' "Shark" (2006) as "Eddie Linden". His talent surpasses the ability to solely act for TV and film and on stage; Matt had the opportunity of starring in his theatrical debut, opposite Laurence Fishburne in Alfred Uhry's "Without Walls" at The Mark Taper Forum.
Consistently booking role after role, he has starred in multiple other feature films merging him into a leading man. Lanter's films include: Warner Bros. animated feature film, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), in which he voices the popular character "Anakin Skywalker", the lead in Liongate's comedy, Disaster Movie (2008), and MGM's feature film, WarGames: The Dead Code (2008) (V). Prior to that, he established himself as a tween heartthrob, playing the lead in MGM/ABC Family's film, The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream (2008) (TV).
Outside of acting, Matt has participated in various events for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (one of which was a celebrity dodgeball team promoting the premiere of Ben Stiller's movie, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004), in which the proceeds also went to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation) and the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, where he was part of the "Commander in Chief" celebrity relay team. Matt currently resides in Los Angeles.
Attended the University of Georgia after attending a community college for two years.
Was a batboy for the Atlanta Braves.
Top Gun (1986) is one of his favorite movies.
He is a model-turned-actor.
His parents got divorced when he was a senior in high school.
He was on the reality show "Manhunt: The Search for America's Most Gorgeous Male Model" (2004), from Bravo, as "Matt Lauder". Although he did not win the contest, he was in the top 10 contestants.
Engaged to longtime girlfriend Angela Stacey.
Was cast for the role of "Anakin Skywalker" in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) only two days after auditioning for the role.
He really enjoys being outdoors, playing golf and relaxing at the beach.
He loves to build tree forts. He does it pretty regularly with his friends.
In order to prepare for his role in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), he watched the entire "The Clone Wars" micro-series.
(May 2005) Suwannee, Georgia.
(July 2005) Moved to the LA area to pursue acting.
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