Matt Lanter: biography
Matt Lanter is an American actor who became famous after playing in the political drama Commander In Chief, as well as after joining the cast of the youth television series 90210, the spin-off of the acclaimed 1990 TV series Beverly Hills, 90210.
But fans know very well Matt Lanter's voice roles because for seven years the actor was the voice of Anakin Skywalker in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Lanter also considers this role to be one of the most significant in his career, and on his Instagram account, he even calls himself Jedi (the mystical order in the Star Wars universe), the name of his hero in the series.
American actor Matt Lanter was born on April 1, 1983, in a small town in Ohio.
When he was eight years old, his family moved to Atlanta. There, the boy became interested in football and golf, but his real passion was baseball. Matt Lanter was so mad about this game that he did not miss a single match of the local baseball club. He was honored to bring bits to team members, which is the right many fans were striving for.
The love of sports helped Matt overcome his parents' divorce. The guy was in good physical shape, and school gymnastics and basketball teams invited him. After graduation, Matt thought about his future sports career, though he wanted to become a manager. He entered the University of Georgia and was going to obtain a sports management degree, but at some point, he decided to change his life dramatically. The reason for it was Lanter’s passion for movies.
He left the university and moved to Los Angeles. The handsome man found a part-time job at modeling agencies quickly. Matt Lanter was a contestant on reality show Manhunt: The Search for America's Most Gorgeous Male Model, which jury was to choose the best male model. Matt was not in the top ten, but he got good experience and started an acting career.
At the same time, Matt Lanter appeared in the series Point Pleasant. There he was noticed by the producers of the series. The young man was offered a few small roles in the projects Heroes, Grey's Anatomy, Big Love.
In 2006, Lanter already got a voice role in the full-length animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars distributed by Warner Bros Studio, but the film premiered only in 2008. The plot of the animated series is based on the events of the great universe of George Lucas and tells about the time interval between the second and third episodes of the legendary Star Wars saga. The producer of the project was also George Lucas, and the plot of the cartoon was included in the Star Wars expanded universe.
The film received negative reviews from critics, but at the same time grossed a lot at the box office. Matt Lanter voiced the title character, young Jedi Anakin Skywalker, a hero whose strength was enough to decide the fate of the universe.
The actor got the same role in the cartoon series which became the continuation of the animated film. The animated series was broadcast on the Cartoon Network channel.
In 2008, Lanter was invited to shoot in the comedy Disaster Movie. He gladly agreed to play there, but the project was a failure. The same year, Matt began acting in the project 90210. The series was the next sequel, filmed in the vast universe which was created in the 1990 TV series Beverly Hills, 90210. It tells about the life of the prestigious area of Los Angeles, and especially about the teenagers, whose parents can give their children anything they want.
The actor got the role of a troubled teenager named Liam Court. The main antagonist fell in love with the actor’s hero. According to critics and fans of the series, this spoiled representative of the golden youth, Naomi Clark (AnnaLynne McCord), is also the title character of the series.
The young man is involved in the circle of the intrigue of Naomi and her sister, which is why Clark later even quarrels with her best friend. In the second season, the hero of Matt Lanter has become more independent, and he is now one of the title characters of the series.
Matt participated in several seasons until 2013, when the series was closed due to low ratings. In total, the actor starred in 98 episodes.
In 2009, the actor starred in the movie Sorority Row, but it also was not successful. But the grosses of the movie Vampires Suck exceeded four times its budget. Vampires Suck is a parody of the popular Twilight saga, in which Lanter appeared as Edward Sullen, a parody of the title character. The comedy film also shows the love of a vampire and a girl, but it shows romantic and epic situations in a more cynical manner. They also make fun of the viewers of this saga, showing an episode with female fans.
In 2011, Matt starred in the film The Roommate, which critics considered to be one of his best works. The project had several difficulties because the premiere was repeatedly postponed, and it had mixed reviews. However, viewers welcomed the film warmly.
In 2012, Matt Lanter starred in the film Liars All, and two years later he got a leading role in the fantasy film Star-Crossed. The actor played an alien trying to feel at ease on the Earth. The project premiered in February 2014, and in May of the same year, it was closed due to low ratings.
But Matt Lanter immediately began to play in the series The Astronaut Wives Club, which premiered in 2015.
While Matt Lanter’s television career isn’t doing well, he has a happy personal life. In 2009, he met Angela Stacy and fell in love. She also liked Matt. The couple dated for more than three years, and in the summer of 2012, Matt made Angela a marriage proposal. Soon they celebrated their marriage.
Nowadays the couple lives in Los Angeles. Matt and Angela do not have children. They regularly appear in public together. Judging by their facial expressions, they are happy together.
Lanter does charity work. He helps his friends to organize actions and raise money for the poor. The actor periodically visits sick children and also donates money to scientific research institutes and other organizations that develop a cure for AIDS and help people with this disease.
Matt Lanter now
In 2016, the actor was cast in the war drama USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage. The film is based on the true story and tells about the crew of the ship Indianapolis, which was torpedoed and drowned during the Second World War. The cruiser sank in 12 minutes, but for four days the crew of the ship was left at sea waiting for help. Matt Lanter got the role of Chief Petty Officer Brian Smithwick. Nicolas Cage portrayed the captain. The film received extremely negative reviews from viewers.
In 2016, the actor also got a leading role in the fantasy series Timeless. Lanter’s hero is Master Sergeant Wyatt Logan of the Delta Force operative. Together with two scientists, Wyatt joins a special team that is sent back in time to prevent a terrorist who stole a time machine from destroying the United States.
At first, it was announced that the series would be closed after the first season, but Timeless received positive reviews from critics, and it was renewed for the second season, which premiered in March 2018.
In 2017, the actor played a bit part in the musical comedy Pitch Perfect 3, telling about the fate of the female student band. In the third film, the participants have graduated from college, hated their jobs and gladly accepted the idea of the reunion.
- 2008-2015 - Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- 2009-2013 – 90210
- 2006 - Big Love
- 2006 - Commander in Chief
- 2007 - Grey's Anatomy
- 2009 - Sorority Row
- 2010 - Vampires Suck
- 2011 - The Roommate
- 2011 – Fanboy
- 2012 – The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange
- 2012-2017 - Ultimate Spider-Man
- 2012 - Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
- 2016 – A Chance Of Rain
- 2016-2018 - Timeless