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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.


Early life

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).



Personal life

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.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 White Air Frank
2007 Furnace Bill Jamison
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
2016 The Forest Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Fashion House Luke Gianni Main Cast
35 episodes
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
19 episodes
2010–2011 The Vampire Diaries Mason Lockwood Recurring (Seasons 2–3)
9 episodes
2011 A Mann’s World France Television film
2011 Five Tommy 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

Music videos

Year Title Role Notes
2011 You and I Love Interest



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PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 05: Taylor Kinney arrives at NBC Universal's all-star press tour party on August 5, 2009 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

PASADENA, CA – AUGUST 05: Taylor Kinney arrives at NBC Universal’s all-star press tour party on August 5, 2009 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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