• Kelli Garner is an actress, best known for her roles in films such as “The Aviator”, “Horns”, and ‘Thumbsucker”
• She was discovered while attending a friend’s bar mitzvah, which led to her first roles in Eggo commercials
• Her feature film debut was the thriller entitled “Bully”, released in 2001
• She has a net worth of $1 million earned through a successful career in acting
• She is currently in a relationship with singer Zach Shields

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Date Of BirthApril 11, 1984
FactPlaying "Tricia" in the Off-Broadway play, "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead", at the Century Center for the Performing Arts (New York, NY). [December 2005]

Who is Kelli Garner?

Kelli Brianne Garner was born on 11 April 1984, in Bakersfield, California USA, and is an actress, well known for her roles in films such as “The Aviator”, “Horns”, and ‘Thumbsucker”. Her feature film debut was the thriller entitled “Bully”, released in 2001.

Early Life and Career Beginnings

Growing up, Kelli described herself as shy, though despite this, she was noticed by a talent agent while she was attending a friend’s bar mitzvah, which led to one of her first roles in an Eggo commercial. She attended Thousand Oaks High School, and during her time there was cast in the short film “Architecture of Assurance”, which was released in 2000 to critical acclaim. She also played soccer, and initially wanted to become a professional soccer player before acting roles came her way. After matriculating, she started to gain more roles through short films, before getting a supporting role in the television film “Time Share”. In 2001 she made her film debut in “Bully” in which she plays Heather Swallers, a teenager who becomes entwined in an orchestrated murder of one of her peers. Her next major role would come three years later in the Martin Scorsese film “The Aviator”, playing the role of actress Faith Domergue, having auditioned in front of Scorsese and co-star Leonardo DiCaprio for the role.

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Career Prominence

In 2005, Garner appeared in the comedy “Man of the House” and the teen drama “Thumbsucker”, which starred Vince Vaughn; the independent film focuses on a teenager coping with his thumb-sucking problem, romance, and a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Around the same time, she also had roles in “London” and “Dreamland”, which got her a Method Fest Independent Film Festival Best Actress Award. She also tried her hand at stage work with the Off-Broadway play “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead”, then worked with the band Green Day on music videos “Jesus of Suburbia”, and “Whatsername”.

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In 2007, she gained a lot of critical acclaim for her role in “Lars and the Real Girl”, co-starring alongside Ryan Gosling, in which Gosling’s character develops a romantic but platonic relationship with a sex doll. Her next project would come the following year in an off-Broadway production of “The Seagull”, starring opposite Dianne Wiest; the play is one of the first four major plays of Anton Chekhov. In 2009, she had a small role in the comedy “Taking Woodstock”, and was also one of the characters in the Disney film “G-Force”.

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Later Projects

The following year, Kelli had a supporting role in the film “Going the Distance”, which stars Drew Barrymore, and features a couple falling in love in New York City, and trying to keep their long-distance relationship alive. In 2011, Kelli was then cast in a main role in the series “Pan Am” which ran for a year, and featured pilots and stewardesses from the early 1960s, however, it was cancelled after just a season. She subsequently worked with Danielle Radcliffe in the film “Horns”, which is loosely based on the Joe Hill novel of the same name.

Her next role would be in the mini-series “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe”, playing the titular character, acting alongside Susan Sarandon. In 2015, she became a part of the independent film “When I Live My Life Over Again” which also starred Amber Heard and Christopher Walken. One of her latest projects is the series “The Enemy Within”, set to premiere on NBC as part of its 2019 programming.

The Wealth of Kelli Garner

How rich is Kelli Garner? As of late-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $1 million, earned through a successful career in acting. She’s also had numerous television roles over the course of her career, and as she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.

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Personal Life

For her personal life, it is known that Garner has been romantically linked to numerous celebrities, including Lou Taylor Pucci and Logan Marshall-Green, as well as Keanu Reeves and Eric Jungmann. In 2012, it was confirmed that she was dating “Big Bang Theory” actor Johnny Galecki, as they were spotted kissing in public, however, the relationship eventually ended. She was later confirmed to be in a relationship with singer Zach Shields, as the couple have been spotted several times in public. Zach is a close friend of actor Ryan Gosling, and they worked on a music album together called “Dead Man’s Bones”. He is also a writer and producer, having worked on “Krampus” and “Craggio”.

General Info

Full NameKelli Garner
Date Of BirthApril 11, 1984
Height1.65 m


ParentsBrian Garner, Dawn Garner


MoviesMan of the House, Lars and the Real Girl, The Aviator, Thumbsucker, Bully, Horns, G-Force, Normal Adolescent Behavior, Taking Woodstock, Going the Distance, When I Live My Life Over Again, Return to Rajapur, Born Killers, Dreamland, Time Share, The Lie, The Six Wives of Henry Lefay, London, Red Velv...
TV ShowsPan Am, My Generation

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1I really feel with this film that I've been able to show my soul and my child rather than my body. (On her role as the titular "Real Girl" in Lars and the Real Girl (2007)).


1Made an appearance as the girlfriend in the Green Day video "Jesus of Suburbia". [November 2005]
2Playing "Tricia" in the Off-Broadway play, "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead", at the Century Center for the Performing Arts (New York, NY). [December 2005]
3Richard Kerner, a Hollywood manager, met Kellie at a friend's bar mitzvah. He went on to manage Kellie for several years and was the person responsible for her landing the role in Bully (2001).




The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe2015TV Mini-SeriesMarilyn Monroe
One More Time2015Corinne
Looking2014-2015TV SeriesMegan Murray
Horns2013Glenna Shepherd
Two Wrongs2013TV MovieJenny
Neighbors2012/IIIShortMaggie Jerritt
Pan Am2011-2012TV SeriesKate Cameron
The Lie2011/IBrianna
My Generation2010TV SeriesDawn Barbuso / Dawn
Going the Distance2010Brianna
Taking Woodstock2009VW Girl
American Dad!2009TV SeriesWaitress
Red Velvet2008Linda
Lars and the Real Girl2007Margo
Normal Adolescent Behavior2007Billie
Return to Rajapur2006Samantha Hartley / Samantha Doyle
The Toast2005Bride
Born Killers2005Archer
Green Day: Jesus of Suburbia2005Video shortWhatsername
Man of the House2005/IBarb
The Youth in Us2005ShortAlicia
The Aviator2004Faith Domergue
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2004TV SeriesBrittany O'Malley
Regular Joe2003TV SeriesNikki
Outside2002The Girl
Grounded for Life2001-2002TV SeriesTracey
Da Mob2002TV SeriesMelanie Spores
Hometown Legend2002Josie
Love Liza2002Huffer Girl
Bully2001Heather Swallers
Buffy the Vampire Slayer2001TV SeriesKirstie
This Is How the World Ends2000TV MovieChristmas
Time Share2000Kelly the Beach Girl
Architecture of Reassurance2000ShortHeather (as Kelly Garner)


One More Time2015performer: "Somethin' Stupid"


The Quiet2005thanks


Weekend Today2015TV SeriesHerself
The Talk2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Devil Inside, les coulisses de Horns2015Video documentaryHerself
Project Runway All Stars2015TV SeriesHerself - Marilyn Monroe
The Marilyn Denis Show2011TV SeriesHerself
Going the Distance: A Guide to Long Distance Dating2010Video documentary shortHerself
Lars and the Real Girl: A Real Leading Lady2008Video shortHerself
Lars and the Real Girl: The Real Story of...2008Video shortHerself
Young Hollywood Awards2005TV SpecialHerself
Filmography2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Bully: On Location2003Video documentary shortHerself / Heather Swallers (uncredited)
Bully: Cast Interviews2001Video documentary shortHerself

Archive Footage

Extra2015TV SeriesHerself


Won Awards

2012Best ActressBurbank International Film FestivalNeighbors (2012)
2006Best ActressMethod FestDreamland (2006)
2006Rising Star AwardMethod Fest

Nominated Awards

2015OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesThe Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (2015)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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