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Matthew Mackendree "Matt" Lanter (born April 1, 1983) is an American actor, former reality TV star and model, perhaps best known for his roles in Commander in Chief, 90210, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Disaster Movie, Sorority Row and Vampires Suck.

Lanter joined the cast of 90210 as Liam Court, a recurring character in season one, before being promoted as a series regular from season two onwards.

Early life and career

Lanter was born in Massillon, Stark County, Ohio, the son of Joseph "Joe" Lanter and Jana Burson.[1] He moved to Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia in 1991 at age 8. He graduated from Collins Hill High School in 2001. He played baseball, football, basketball, gymnastics and golf and was a batboy for the Atlanta Braves. He attended University of Georgia, majoring in Sports Business. But an interest in the film and television industry created a strong desire to pursue acting instead.

In 2004, Lanter was a contestant on Bravo's reality show Manhunt: The Search for America's Most Gorgeous Male Model. He did not win the series.

Acting career

Within a few weeks of moving to Los Angeles, California, Lanter successfully auditioned for the role of Nick on the Supernatural Teen-Drama Fox series Point Pleasant. He had a major recurring role throughout the series first and only season. He has since then appeared in television shows such as Grey's Anatomy, 8 Simple Rules, Big Love and Heroes.

In April 2005, he signed on to become a series regular portraying the role of Horace Calloway on ABC's Political Drama series Commander in Chief opposite Geena Davis and Donald Sutherland. The series premiered on September 27, 2005 and had a high series debut but was cancelled on June 14, 2006.

In December 2006, he was announced to play the role of Anakin Skywalker for Warner Bros CGI Animated Science Fiction/Action film Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The film which was released on August 15, 2008 received generally negative reviews from critics. The film had box office success earning worldwide $69,182,844. He was announced to reprise the role of Anakin in a Spin-Off Animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars which premiered on October 3, 2008 on the Cartoon Network. He has also reprised his role in various Video Games based on the franchise. The series third season is to premiere in October, 2010.

In February 2008, he was announced to portray the central character Will, in Lionsgate's Parody/Comedy film Disaster Movie. The film is written and directed by directing and screenwriting duo Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer who have previously worked on other Parody films such as Meet The Spartans and Epic Movie. The film spoofs recent disaster films such as Cloverfield. He stars alongside Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Minnillo and Carmen Electra. The film, which was released on August 29, 2008, was a critical bomb. The film grossed over $34 million worldwide and received extremely negative reviews from critics, as well as six nominations at the 29th Golden Raspberry Awards.

In October 2008, he was announced to star in Summit Entertainment's remake of the cult 1983 Slasher film The House on Sorority Row. The film stars Briana Evigan, Audrina Patridge and Rumer Willis. Sorority Row was released on September 11, 2009 and received negative reviews.

In 2009, he began a major recurring role on The CW's 90210 portraying the role of Liam Court. In September 2009, he was announced as a series regular for the second series. The series is a modern day remake of the '90s Teen Drama series Beverly Hills, 90210. In March 2010, he signed on for another parody project with Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, 20th Century Fox's Vampires Suck. He played Edward Sullen, a spoof of Edward Cullen from The Twilight Saga. The film was released on August 18, 2010.

In May 2009, it was announced he has signed on for the role of Jason Webber in Screen Gems Horror The Roommate. Starring alongside Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester, filming took place in 2009. The film originally was schedule for an October 2010 release but was pushed forward to September 17, 2010. However, it was later announced Screen Gems was pushing it forward again to February 4, 2011. He has also signed on to voice the role of Sled in Tinker Bell: A Winter Story which will be released Straight-to-DVD in 2011.


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius Bobby Jones' caddy
2007 Judy's Got a Gun Isaac Prentice Television film
2008 Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream, TheThe Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream Zack Conroy Television film
2008 WarGames: The Dead Code Will Farmer Direct-to-video
2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker Voice
2008 Disaster Movie Will
2009 Sorority Row Kyle Tyson
2010 Vampires Suck Edward Sullen
2011 Roommate, TheThe Roommate Jason Webber Post-production
2011 Tinker Bell: A Winter Story Sled In-production
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Manhunt: The Search for America's Most Gorgeous Male Model Himself Contestant
2005 8 Simple Rules Brendon Episode: "The After Party"
2005 Point Pleasant Nick 3 episodes
2006 Big Love Gibson Episode: "Eviction"
Commander in Chief Horace Calloway 18 episodes (Main role)
2006 Heroes Brody Mitchum 5 episodes
2006 Shark Eddie Linden 3 episodes
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ryan Lansco Episode: "Fallen Idols"
2007 Monk Clay Bridges Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Birds and the Bees"
2007 Grey's Anatomy Adam Singer Episode: "The Heart of the Matter"
2008 Life Patrick Bridger Episode: "Everything... All the Time"
2008 Oaks, TheThe Oaks Mike Episode: "Pilot"
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker (voice) 38 episodes (Main role)
90210 Liam Court 30 episodes (Main role, season 2)

Video games

Video Games
Year Title Character
2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels Anakin Skywalker
2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Jedi Alliance Anakin Skywalker
2009 Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes Anakin Skywalker


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