TAYLOR KITSCH (Ray) starred as infamous cult leader David
Koresh in Paramount
Network's hit television series Waco. Prior to that, Kitsch starred in Joseph
Mountain, opposite Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller. Additionally, Kitsch was
Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn in the HBO series True Detective,
HBO's Emmy Award winning movie, The Normal Heart, alongside Mark Ruffalo and
Roberts, based on the Tony Award winning Play directed by Ryan Murphy. Kitsch
The Grand Seduction, alongside Brendan Gleeson, which made its debut at the 2013
In the action-adventure Lone Survivor, Kitsch was directed by Peter Berg, who
directed him on NBC's critically acclaimed sports drama Friday Night Lights
(FNL), in which Kitsch
played the role of Tim Riggins, a troubled Texas high-school fullback who
struggles to find his
identity while wrestling with personal demons.
In 2012, Kitsch was seen in Oliver Stone's Savages, which tells the story of
a fight against
Mexican drug cartels. Kitsch starred alongside Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro.
year, he starred in Peter Berg's Battleship, alongside Liam Neeson, Rihanna and
Skarsgard, and in Disney's 2012 live-action film John Carter, directed by
Award winner Andrew Stanton (WALL-E, Finding Nemo).
Kitsch starred in Steven Silver's The Bang Bang Club, as Kevin Carter, one of
photojournalists whose graphic images drew the world's attention to the last
stages of apartheid
in South Africa. Based on a true story, the gripping drama depicts the stresses,
moral dilemmas of working in situations of extreme conflict. The film premiered
at the 2010
Toronto International Film Festival, was screened on April 21, 2011 at the
Tribeca Film Festival,
and was released theatrically the following day.
During one of Friday Night Light's summer hiatuses, the prolific actor filmed
feature Gospel Hill, alongside Julia Stiles, Danny Glover, Angela Bassett and
Jackson. Directed by actor-filmmaker Giancarlo Esposito, the story focuses on a
sheriff of a Southern town and a civil-rights worker whose intersecting lives
are still haunted by
events that took place decades before.
Kitsch, who grew up in British Columbia, Canada, began his career in 2002,
moved to New York to study with renowned acting coach Sheila Grey. He landed his
feature film back on familiar ground (Vancouver) the very next year, in David R.
classic Snakes on a Plane, starring Samuel L. Jackson.
Kitsch's additional feature film credits include Renny Harlin's horror film
Betty Thomas' comedy John Tucker Must Die; and Gavin Hood's 2009 sci-fi
action-adventure, XMen Origins: Wolverine, in which Kitsch starred as Gambit,
alongside Hugh Jackman, Liev
Schreiber, and Ryan Reynolds.
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