Taylor Jack Kinney (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 P.D.
Kinney was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to Pamela Heisler, who worked as a dental hygienist, and Daniel Kinney, a banker. His 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.
Kinney was raised in Neffsville, Pennsylvania, by his mother after his parents divorced. Kinney had three brothers: Adam, Ryan, and Trent. Ryan Kinney died sometime before September 7, 2008.
In 2000, he graduated from Lancaster Mennonite School. Kinney studied Business Management and earned a degree in Business Management at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. He left college during his junior year and moved to Hawaii, where he worked as a carpenter.
Kinney played Luke Gianni on Fashion House (2006) on MyNetworkTV, and played Glenn Morrison on Trauma on NBC.
Kinney had a recurring role on the supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries, joining the cast during season two as Mason Lockwood
In 2011, Kinney was featured in Lady Gaga’s music video for the song “You and I”.
In 2012, Kinney landed a starring role in 2012 on Chicago Fire, a drama series that follows the lives of firefighters and paramedics. Kinney plays Lieutenant Kelly Severide on Rescue Squad 3 opposite former House star Jesse Spencer.
Also in 2012, Kinney appeared on the big screen in Kathryn Bigelow’s acclaimed war drama Zero Dark Thirty.
In 2012, he guest starred on Shameless as Craig, the former high school crush of the lead character Fiona (played by Emmy Rossum).
Kinney began dating singer Lady Gaga in July 2011. They first met in Nebraska while working on the music video for her song “You and I”, and started dating soon afterwards. They became engaged in February 2015.
|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|
|2006||Fashion House||Luke Gianni||Main Cast
|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
|2010–2011||The Vampire Diaries||Mason Lockwood||Recurring (Seasons 2–3)
|2011||A Mann’s World||France||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 P.D.||Lieutenant Kelly Severide||Recurring Role|
|2011||You and I||Love Interest|