Kelli Garner


Date Of Birth

April 11, 1984


American actress Kelli Brianne Garner was born on April 11, 1984 in Bakersfield, California. She didn’t think she’d end up in the entertainment industry until she was discovered by an agent during a friend’s bar mitvah, later making her film debut at the age of 16. She debuted in the short film Architecture of Renaissance by director Mike Mills, which was entered at the Sundance Film Festival. This earned her the attention of director Larry Clark, who cast her in his next film Bully. The 2001 docudrama led her to even more fame, enabling her for roles in Love Liza, Hometown Legend, Related, and Outside, all in 2002.

In 2004, Garner struck gold by appearing alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in acclaimed director Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator. She followed this up with another Sundance Film Festival hit, Thumbsucker, reuniting her with Mike Mills. Her next endeavor was a lead role, starring opposite Tommy Lee Jones in 2005’s Man of the House.

Kelli Garner continued to rise in Hollywood, and continued to get encouraging reviews for her work onstage. She was praised for her Off-Broadway performance in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead. She has also ventured into television, appearing on shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Grounded for Life, and Law & Order: SVU. She has also worked on two music videos with renowned band Green Day, starring in “Jesus of Suburbia” and the unreleased “Whatsername.”

She soon voiced a character on the animated series American Dad!, as well as a character in the film G-Force. Garner then appeared on Red Velvet and Everything’s Alright, and was cast in the movies Dreamland, The Six Wives of Henry Lefay, Taking Woodstock, and Going the Distance in 2010. That same year, she was given the role of Dawn Barbuso on the ABC documentary-style drama My Generation. She later got cast on the series Pan Am, starring alongside Christina Ricci.

Place of Birth

Bakersfield, California

Birth Name

Kelli Brianne Garner


2011: Neighbors (short) - Maggie Jerritt
2011: Pan Am (TV series) - Kate
2011: The Lie - Brianna
2010: My Generation (TV series) - Dawn Barbuso/Dawn
2010: Going the Distance - Brianna
2009: G-Force - Marcie
2009: The Six Wives of Henry Lefay
2009: Taking Woodstock - VW Girl
2009: American Dad! (TV series) (voice)
2008: Red Velvet - Linda
2007: Lars and the Real Girl - Margo
2007: Normal Adolescent Behavior - Billie
2006: Return to Rajapur - Samantha Hartley/Samantha Doyle
2006: Dreamland - Calista
2005: Born Killers - Archer
2005: London - Maya
2005: Man of the House - Barbara 'Barb' Thompson
2005: Thumbsucker - Rebecca
2005: The Youth in Us (short) - Alicia
2004: The Aviator - Faith Domergue
2003: Regular Joe (TV series) - Nikki
2002: Outside - The Girl
2002: Related (short)
2001-2002: Grounded for Life (TV series) - Tracey
2002: Da Mob (TV series) - Melanie Spores
2002: Hometown Legend - Josie
2002: Love Liza - Huffer Girl
2001: Bully - Heather Swallers
2001: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV series) - Kirstie
2000: Time Share - Kelly the Beach Girl
2000: Architecture of Reassurance (short) - Heather
2000: This Is How the World Ends (TV movie) - Christmas

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