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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 1 April 1983Massillon, Ohio, USA
Birth NameMatthew Mackendree Lanter
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Matthew Mackendree Lanter was born April 1, 1983 in Massillon, Stark County, Ohio, to Jana Kay (Wincek) and Joseph Hayes Lanter. He has a sister, Kara. When he was eight years old, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where his father's family is from. His recent ancestry includes Polish, English, Austrian, Scottish, and German.

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. 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.

Lanter 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 did not take too long before critics started noticing Matt.

After landing roles on shows such as Grey's Anatomy (2005), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), Life (2007), 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. His big break came 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. Matt has also recurred on two of television's most popular shows: NBC's Heroes (2006) 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). 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).

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.

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.

Matt married his longtime girlfriend, Angela Lanter, on June 14, 2013.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Matt and Anastasia Andrew Veno and MLC PR

Spouse (1)

Angela Stacy (14 June 2013 - present)

Trivia (16)

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.
Is best fiends with Nina Dobrev and Sara Paxton.
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.
Moved to the LA area to pursue acting. [July 2005]
Suwannee, Georgia. [May 2005]
Matt's maternal grandparents were both of part Polish descent. Matt's other ancestry is English, Austrian, Scottish, German, and more distant Irish and 1/128th German Jewish-Dutch Jewish. Through his father, Matt is descended from the Sheftall family, Jewish immigrants who settled in Georgia in the 1700s; Matt's six times great-grandfather Levi Sheftall was the brother of Mordecai Sheftall. Mordecai was a Colonel in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, who was the highest ranking Jewish officer of the Colonial forces.
Is good friends with E! presenter Jason Kennedy.

Personal Quotes (14)

I'm a huge sci-fi geek, and I also really get into all of the alien shows on the History Channel where you see air force pilots talking about UFOs - I love that stuff.
I'm a bit of a gadget freak.
I don't really like the word 'religion.' To me, that's like rules and regulations and paying money to send up prayers. That kind of all weirds me out, honestly.
I do think 'The Notebook' is a darn good movie.
If I wasn't an actor, I probably would've tried to get a job with the Braves.
I want someone that I can have fun with and laugh with. I love to laugh, and I'm really sarcastic, so it's important that she can take a joke. I think if you are going to be with someone for a while, you really need someone you can let loose with and let go of all the stress of the day.
I'm an outdoorsy person. I really enjoy the hiking in L.A.
I honestly try not to eat a whole lot of fast food, so it wouldn't kill me to drop it all together.
I'm fascinated by beautiful scenery and what we have here on this Earth.
I believe in the Bible, and I believe in Jesus. It's a big part of my life.
I love the magic of movies and television, and I always have since I was kid.
Voice acting is very creative, especially 'Star Wars' voice acting, because there's so much you have to imagine.
I don't feel guilty about it, but I love me some 'Modern Family.'
There are so many possibilities of life out there that an alien doesn't have to have green, long tentacles. They can be very similar to us.

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