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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 Kosinski's Granite Mountain, opposite Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller. Additionally, Kitsch was seen alongside Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn in the HBO series True Detective, and in HBO's Emmy Award winning movie, The Normal Heart, alongside Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts, based on the Tony Award winning Play directed by Ryan Murphy. Kitsch also top-lined The Grand Seduction, alongside Brendan Gleeson, which made its debut at the 2013 Toronto International Film.

In the action-adventure Lone Survivor, Kitsch was directed by Peter Berg, who also 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. Earlier that year, he starred in Peter Berg's Battleship, alongside Liam Neeson, Rihanna and Alexander Skarsgard, and in Disney's 2012 live-action film John Carter, directed by two-time Academy Award winner Andrew Stanton (WALL-E, Finding Nemo).

Kitsch 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, the gripping drama depicts the stresses, tensions and 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 the 2008 feature Gospel Hill, alongside Julia Stiles, Danny Glover, Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson. Directed by actor-filmmaker 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 very next year, in David R. Ellis' cult classic Snakes on a Plane, starring Samuel L. Jackson.

Kitsch's additional feature film credits include Renny Harlin's horror film The Covenant; 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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