Who is Taylor Kinney?

Taylor Kinney is an American actor, who is probably best known for starring in the role of Kelly Severide in the TV series franchise “Chicago“. He is also widely recognized for appearing as Mason Lockwood in the TV series “The Vampire Diaries”, as well as in the role of Jared in the 2012 thriller movie “Zero Dark Thirty.” Additionally, Taylor Kinney is quite famous as the former fiancé of an American sensation, singer and an actress – Lady Gaga.

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Early Life, Childhood and Education

Taylor Jacks Kinney was born under the zodiac sign of Cancer on the 15th July 1981, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as one of four sons in the family of dental hygienist Pamela Heisler and banker Daniel Kinney. Apart from being of American nationality and white ethnicity, he is also of some German, Swiss and French ancestry through his mother, as well as of English descent through his father’s side.

After his parents separated, he was raised alongside his brothers, Ryan, Trent and Adam, in Neffsville, Pennsylvania, by their single mother, spending his childhood playing around in the woods, riding dirt bikes and climbing rocks.

Taylor attended Lancaster Mennonite High School, where he was heavily involved within the school’s volleyball team that later brought him the accolade of Section Two Volleyball Player of the Year in Pennsylvania. Upon completing his secondary education, in 2000 Kinney enrolled at West Virginia University where he studied Business Management, but he dropped out to pursue his acting career.

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Acting Career

Taylor’s acting career didn’t really begin until 2006, when he was cast for the recurring role of Luke Gianni in the TV romantic drama series “Fashion Show”. His big screen debut came in the following year, when he appeared in the critically booed sport movie “White Air”, which was followed by an appearance in the not-very-successful horror film entitled “Furnace”. To greater prominence Kinney came in 2009, when he landed the recurring role of Glenn Morrison in the television drama series “Trauma” continuing ’til 2010.

Later that year he appeared in the critically acclaimed drama film “Scorpio Men of Prozac”, which was followed by one of his most memorable on-screen appearances so far – the recurring role of Mason Lockwood in The CW TV’s supernatural drama series “The Vampire Diaries”.

The year of 2012 was quite busy for Kinney – he appeared as Dave in eight episodes of the first season of the TV comedy series “Dating Rules from My Future Self”, which was followed by a streak of guest appearances in television series such as “Shameless”, “Castle” and “Breakout Kings”, before being cast for the role of Jared in the thriller movie “Zero Dark Thirty”.

The big breakthrough in Taylor‘s career occurred later that year, when he was cast to portray one of the leading characters in the NBC TV’s action drama series “Chicago Fire” – since then he’s starred in the role of Lieutenant Kelly Severide, and has so far appeared in almost 180 episodes through the show’s eight seasons. Additionally, he has been reprising this role in the series’ spin-off shows “Chicago Med” and “Chicago P.D.”. All these ventures have earned him nominations for two People’s Choice Awards, in 2015 and 2017.

In 2014, he appeared in the romantic comedy movie “The Other Woman”, while in 2015 he starred opposite Bill Murray in the music comedy war movie “Rock the Kasbah”.

Personal Life

Taylor first met Lady Gaga in July 2011, when he was cast to appear as her lover in the music video for her song “You and I”. What was shown in the video appeared to be real, as they began their relationship not long afterwards. After three and a half years of dating, the couple announced their engagement on Valentine’s Day 2015, however, only a couple of months later in July, the engagement was called off and Kinney and Lady Gaga parted ways.

The 38-year-old actor sports a masculine figure, standing 5ft 11ins (1.80m) tall and weighing around 176lbs (80kgs).

Lady Gaga

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born on the 28th March 1986, in New York City, the older child of Cynthia Louise and Joseph Germanotta – She has a younger sister named Natali – and besides being of American nationality and white ethnicity, she is of Italian and French-Canadian descent as well. She attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute after which she enrolled at New York University’s Collaborative Arts Project 21.

Lady Gaga began her career in 2005 when she mostly wrote songs for big names of the music industry, such as Britney Spears, The Pussycat Dolls and Fergie to name a few. In 2008 she released her debut studio album, at first entitled “The Fame” but later re-issued as “The Fame Monster” which produced the hit singles “Poker Face” and “Just Dance”. Since then she’s released five more studio albums, of which the most commercially successful ones are certainly “Born This Way” (2011) and “Joanne” (2016). In her professional portfolio, there are numerous hit singles such as “Bad Romance”, “The Edge of Glory”, “Perfect Illusion” as well as “Alejandro” and “Paparazzi”, among plenty of others.

For her performance opposite Bradley Cooper in his 2018 Oscar-winning directorial debut music drama movie “A Star Is Born”, Lady Gaga was honored with Oscar as well as Golden Globe nominations, both for  the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.

Net Worth

Authoritative sources have estimated that the total of Taylor Kinney‘s net worth, as of mid-2020, revolves around the impressive sum of $8 million, which has been completely acquired through his prominent acting career that has currently spanned nearly 15 years.

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