• Taylor Kinney is an American actor best known for his role in the “Chicago” TV series franchise.
• He is also known for appearing in “The Vampire Diaries” and the 2012 thriller movie “Zero Dark Thirty.”
• He is the former fiancé of Lady Gaga.
• He began his acting career in 2006 and rose to prominence in 2009 with his role in the TV drama series “Trauma.”
• He has an estimated net worth of $8 million.

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Short Info

Net Worth$2 million
Date Of BirthJuly 15, 1981
MarkChiseled good looks
FactAttended Lancaster Mennonite High School.

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.

General Info

Full NameTaylor Kinney
Net Worth$2 million
Date Of BirthJuly 15, 1981
Height1.8 m
ProfessionActor, Model
EducationWest Virginia University, Lancaster Mennonite School


ParentsDaniel Kinney, Pamela Heisler
SiblingsRyan Kinney, Trent Kinney, Adam Kinney


AwardsPeople's Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic TV Actor
MoviesThe Forest, Rock the Kasbah, Consumed, The Other Woman, Least Among Saints, Zero Dark Thirty, Five, Prodigal, Furnace, Mann's World
TV ShowsTrauma, Fashion House, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Dating Rules from My Future Self

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#Marks / Signs
1Piercing blue eyes
2Chiseled good looks


1If 'Chicago Fire' goes for a long run, maybe I'll look for a place, but in my line of work, you can't throw your eggs into one basket because you might have to move. I'm not big on 'things,' though, so I don't own TVs, couches or cars because I wouldn't know where to put them.
2Being on 'The Vampire Diaries' feels almost like a game you play when you're a kid. When I was a kid, I used to have to take the garbage out at night on Wednesdays. I lived out in the country. I'd take the garbage out, and I used to pretend that I was the only person in the whole world, except for one other person, and he was looking for me.
3My mom wants me to get married - and have children, of course. She's met Gaga; we've been dating a while. We're in a committed relationship, and I'm really happy in my relationship. I'm a very lucky guy. As far as having more of a domestic life and settling down into my relationship, we have to see what happens.
4I was in San Francisco for 'Trauma' and then got back to town and got situated and started looking at things and passing on things. I think I was around for a month and a half, and there were other projects that were up, but it's all a waiting game. And then, 'The Vampire Diaries' came up, and I was really interested and read for it.
5I once lived in a cottage made entirely of wood, and there was an electrical fire. We all ran outside, and no one got hurt, but the house was demolished.
6To me, the most romantic gesture is a quiet night with my girl. I like to cook for her. I'm a meat eater and a griller - I do steaks, I do chicken, I do fish. I have a broad palate!
7I'm not very materialistic - I don't have a whole lot of stuff. But I do always like a pair of really weird socks.
8When I was on 'Trauma,' the first order was six, which turned to 12, and then there were rumors of getting cancelled. I'm used to that.
9I love Sunday-morning drives. I'll be up at 6 A.M., get a cup of coffee, and head out.
10As an actor, some of my favorite things to work on are night exterior scenes. Any time that we're on location and shooting at night, it's just magic. I got to do that so many times working on 'Vampire Diaries' that it filled my hat.
11I want a brood, you know. I'd like to have a little soccer team and a minivan and all that stuff.
12I think I'd be a good dad; it would be a pleasure.
13I'm a country boy. I grew up kicking around the woods, riding dirt bikes, playing football, climbing rocks and all that good stuff, so that's always been fun.
14I look up to a strong woman; maybe that's why I fell for [Lady] Gaga. She works incredibly hard and is very strong and inspirational like Mom, with a great work ethic.
15I am a gypsy. I haven't had a home for a long time. Call me a homeless person - I just throw everything in a bag and I'm good to go.
16I don't think anybody thinks they're bad, just in life, in general.
17I enjoy my food. I like to grill; I do that a lot. I like meat and have big dinners - steak, red meat splurges, prime cuts.
18I don't have lavish taste.
19I have a bunch of brothers. I grew up with a big family.
20To be honest, as an actor, job security is not a trait.
21I own nothing; I just stay with friends all over the country.


1Was engaged to girlfriend Lady Gaga, on Valentine's Day, 2015.
2Attended Lancaster Mennonite High School.
3He attended West Virginia University.
4He first met girlfriend Lady Gaga, in July 2011,while working on her music video, "You and I".
5His father is of English and German ancestry, while his mother is of German and Swiss-German descent, with remote French roots. Taylor's patrilineal line can be traced back to Henry Kinney, who was born in King's Lynn, Norfolk, England, c. 1623.




Chicago Fire2012-2017TV SeriesKelly Severide
Chicago Justice2017TV SeriesKelly Severide
Chicago P.D.2014-2017TV SeriesKelly Severide
Chicago Med2015-2017TV SeriesKelly Severide
The Forest2016/IAiden
Rock the Kasbah2015Private Barnes
The Other Woman2014Phil
Zero Dark Thirty2012Jared - DEVGRU
Least Among Saints2012Jessie
Breakout Kings2012TV SeriesPerry
Castle2012TV SeriesDarren Thomas
Shameless2012TV SeriesCraig Heisner
Dating Rules from My Future Self2012TV SeriesDave
The Vampire Diaries2010-2011TV SeriesMason Lockwood
Five2011TV MovieTommy
Prodigal2011/IIIShortBrad Searcy
Rizzoli & Isles2011TV SeriesJesse Wade
CSI: NY2011TV SeriesJason Locke
A Mann's World2011TV MovieFrance
Trauma2009-2010TV SeriesGlenn Morrison
Scorpio Men on Prozac2010May's Lover
Bones2008TV SeriesJimmy Fields
Furnace2007Bill Jamison
What About Brian2007TV SeriesJared
White Air2007Frank
Fashion House2006TV SeriesLuke Gianni


Entertainment Tonight2017TV SeriesHimself
Extra2014-2017TV SeriesHimself
Today2014-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
2016 Golden Globe Arrivals Special2016TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Made in Hollywood2014-2016TV SeriesHimself
Rotten Tomatoes2016TV SeriesHimself
The 42nd Annual People's Choice Awards2016TV MovieHimself
The Talk2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Late Late Show with James Corden2016TV SeriesHimself
The Meredith Vieira Show2015TV SeriesHimself
Steve Harvey2015TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Insider2014TV SeriesHimself
71st Golden Globe Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter (uncredited)
87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2013TV SpecialHimself
The 86th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2012TV SpecialHimself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2016-2017TV SeriesHimself
Extra2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Stars in Shorts2012Brad Searcy


Nominated Awards

2015People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Dramatic TV Actor

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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