Bruce NilesBruce Niles

Bruce Niles

Played by Taylor Kitsch

Taylor Kitsch

Taylor Kitsch was seen in the second season of True Detective opposite Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn, and alongside Brendan Gleeson in The Grand Seduction, which made its debut at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Lone Survivor marks Kitsch’s second film directed by Peter Berg. In addition, Berg directed him on NBC’s critically acclaimed sports drama Friday Night Lights, 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 daunting story of a fight against Mexican drug cartels. 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 Skarsgård, and 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, this gripping drama portrays the stresses, tensions and moral dilemmas of working in situations of extreme conflict; it premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and screened in April 2011 at the Tribeca Film Festival.

During a Friday Night Lights summer hiatus, the prolific actor 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 very next year in David R. Ellis’ cult classic Snakes on a Plane, starring 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, Lynn Collins.