Kellan Lutz

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Kellan Lutz
Kellan Lutz, 2012.jpg
Lutz in April 2012.
Born (1985-03-15) March 15, 1985 (age 34)
Dickinson, North Dakota, United States
Occupation Model, actor
Years active 2004–present

Kellan Christopher Lutz (born March 15, 1985) is an American model and actor. He is best known for playing Emmett Cullen in The Twilight Saga film series (2008–2012), and has since played Poseidon in the 2011 film Immortals, Tarzan in the 2013 animated film Tarzan, Expendables 3 (2014) and Hercules in the 2014 film The Legend of Hercules.

Early life

Lutz was born in Dickinson, North Dakota, the son of Karla (née Theesfeld) and Bradley Lutz.[1][2] He has one sister and six brothers.[1] Lutz grew up in the Midwest and Arizona,[1] and graduated from Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Arizona,[1] before deciding to pursue an acting career.[3] He attended Chapman University to pursue a degree in chemical engineering.


Lutz has had recurring roles on Model Citizens (2004) and The Comeback (2005), and smaller roles in episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful, CSI: NY, Summerland, Six Feet Under, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Heroes. He was also in the films Stick It (2006), Accepted (2006), and Prom Night (2008). Additionally, Lutz has performed on the California stage and was the host of Bravo's Blow Out. He also appeared in the 2006 commercial for Hilary Duff's fragrance With Love... Hilary Duff, and in the 2007 music video for her single, "With Love".[4] In 2008, he appeared in another music video, Hinder's "Without You".[5] In the same year, Lutz also appeared in the miniseries Generation Kill, based on the book by Evan Wright and had a starring role in the film Deep Winter.

Lutz's big break came when he played Emmett Cullen in the film adaptations of the Twilight (2008) saga by Stephenie Meyer and reprised his role for the sequel, The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009).[6][7] He also appeared as George Evans in the 90210 spinoff (2009) on The CW.[8] Lutz also appeared the 2010 remake A Nightmare on Elm Street as Dean, "a well-liked, well-off high school jock", in April 2010.[9] He reprised his role as Emmet Cullen in the third installment of the Twilight saga, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010). He appeared as the feisty Poseidon, God of the Sea in Immortals (2011).[10] Lutz reunited with his Twilight co-star and close friend, Ashley Greene, in the film A Warrior's Heart (2011).[11] He was considered for the lead role in Conan the Barbarian (2011), but eventually lost out to Jason Momoa.[12] He also reunited with his Immortals co-star Mickey Rourke in the action film Java Heat (2013), which was in Indonesia.[13] In 2012, Lutz was one of the candidates for the lead role in the film Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, a role that ultimately went to Jeremy Renner.[14] Lutz starred in the epic The Legend of Hercules (2014), but the film was a critical and commercial failure.

Lutz is signed with Ford Models.[15] He is one of the models featured in the 2010 Calvin Klein X underwear campaign.[16]

In 2012, Lutz made a special guest appearance on the TV Show 30 Rock, as himself, where he pretended to be related to the character J.D. Lutz, who is played by actor John Lutz.

On June 9, 2015, Variety announced that Jamie Bamber, Kellan Lutz, Jesse Williams, and Jess Weixler had joined the cast of a thriller film titled Money, directed by Martin Rosete and produced by Atit Shah.[17]

Charity work

Lutz supports the animal charity PETA and stars in a video supporting the adoption of animals instead of buying them.[18] He is also a supporter of West African primate conservation charity Ape Action Africa, and used the Dublin premiere of the film Tarzan to raise funds for the charity's work to save endangered gorillas and chimpanzees.[19]

He is also a supporter of rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, in particular with the St. Bernard Project.[20]

Lutz endorsed the documentary film The Paw Project, which focuses on the declawing of exotic and domesticated cats in America.[21]

Personal life

Lutz enjoys numerous outdoors and fitness activities.[22] He also has a passion for horror films, and prefers to perform his own stunts when making films.[23] He is a devout Christian.[24]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Stick It Frank
2006 Accepted Dwayne
2007 Ghosts of Goldfield Chad Direct-to-video
2008 Prom Night Rick Leland
2008 Deep Winter Mark Rider
2008 Twilight Emmett Cullen
2009 After Dusk They Come Jake Direct-to-video
2009 Twilight Saga: New Moon, TheThe Twilight Saga: New Moon Emmett Cullen
2010 Meskada Eddie Arlinger
2010 Nightmare on Elm Street, AA Nightmare on Elm Street Dean Russel
2010 Twilight Saga: Eclipse, TheThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse Emmett Cullen
2011 Warrior's Heart, AA Warrior's Heart Conor Sullivan
2011 Love, Wedding, Marriage Charlie
2011 Arena David Lord
2011 Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Emmett Cullen
2011 Immortals Poseidon
2012 Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Emmett Cullen
2013 Java Heat Jake Travers
2013 Syrup Sneaky Pete
2013 Tarzan Tarzan
2014 The Legend of Hercules Hercules Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Actor: Action
2014 The Expendables 3 John Smilee
2015 Experimenter William Shatner
2015 Extraction Harry Turner
2016 Money Mark


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Model Citizens Himself Contestant
2004 Bold and the Beautiful, TheThe Bold and the Beautiful Rob Episode #1.4409
2005 CSI: NY Alex Hopper Episode: "Tri-Borough"
2005–14 Comeback, TheThe Comeback Chris MacNess 14 episodes
2005 Six Feet Under Critter Episode: "Hold My Hand"
2005 Summerland Fordie 2 episodes
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Chris Mullins Episode: "Empty Eyes"
2007 Heroes Andy Episode: "Five Years Gone"
2008 Generation Kill Cpl. Jason Lilley Miniseries
2008–09 90210 George Evans 6 episodes
2012 Punk'd Himself Guest host
2012 30 Rock Himself Episode: "Unwindulax"
2015 Bullseye Host


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Valley Peaks Kyle McBride 2 episodes

Music videos

Year Title Artist
2007 "With Love" Hilary Duff
2008 "Without You" Hinder
2012 "Put Your Hands Up" Matchbox 20

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Scene Stealer Male[25] The Twilight Saga: New Moon Won
2011 Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer[26] The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Won
2012 Choice Movie Scene Stealer: Male[27] The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Nominated
2013 Choice Movie Scene Stealer[28] The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Won
2014 Choice Movie Actor: Action[29] The Legend of Hercules Nominated
Young Hollywood Awards Super Superhero Won
Hottest Body N/A Nominated
2015 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Actor The Legend of Hercules Nominated
Worst Screen Combo Nominated


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