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LONE SURVIVOR

TAYLOR KITSCH (Michael Murphy) was most recently seen alongside Brendan Gleeson in The Grand Seduction, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8. In June, Kitsch will be seen alongside Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts in HBO's The Normal Heart, based on the Tony Award-winning play and directed by Ryan Murphy.

In 2012, Kitsch was seen in Oliver Stone's Savages, which tells the daunting story of a fight against a Mexican drug cartel. Kitsch starred alongside the riveting Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro. Earlier that year, he starred in Peter Berg's Battleship, alongside Liam Neeson, Rihanna and Alexander Skarsgard, and Disney's live-action film John Carter, which was directed by two-time Academy Award winner Andrew Stanton (WALL-E, Finding Nemo) and co-starred Lynn Collins.

Kitsch previously starred in Steven Silver's The Bang Bang Club as Kevin Carter, one of four young photojournalists whose graphic images drew the world's attention to the last stages of apartheid in South Africa. Based on a true story, this gripping drama portrays the stresses, tensions and moral dilemmas of working in situations of extreme conflict. The film premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, screened at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21, 2011, and was released theatrically the following day.

Lone Survivor marks Kitsch's third film directed by Berg. In addition, Berg 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. The fifth and final season of the series premiered on April 15, 2011, and ran throughout the summer season.

During one of FNL's summer hiatuses, Kitsch filmed the 2008 feature Gospel Hill, alongside Julia Stiles, Danny Glover, Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson. Directed by actor/director Giancarlo Esposito, the story focuses on a bigoted former 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, when he moved to New York to study with renowned acting coach Sheila Grey. He landed his first major feature film back on familiar ground (Vancouver) the next year in David R. Ellis' cult classic Snakes on a Plane, which starred Samuel L. Jackson.

His additional feature film credits include Renny Harlin's horror flick The Covenant; Betty Thomas' comedy John Tucker Must Die; and Gavin Hood's 2009 sci-fi action-adventure X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in which he starred as Gambit, alongside Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds and his John Carter co-star Collins.

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