Tanner Buchanan is an American actor who is obviously one of the busiest of his age. He is best known for his roles in the small screen from Girl Meets World to The Fosters, The Goldbergs and more recently, Designated Survivor.
In the latter he plays Leo Kirkman, the teenage son of the US cabinet member turned president Tom Kirkman as portrayed by the legendary Kiefer Sutherland. Here is his story.
Tanner Buchanan Bio (Age, Other Background Info)
Buchanan was born on December 8, 1998, in Ottawa, Ohio to parents Steve and Marlona Buchanan. For his kindergarten education, Buchanan was enrolled in Glandorf Elementary where he remained until the fourth grade. He then attended Ottawa’s Center Stage Academy where his multiple talents began to manifest. He played soccer, basketball and baseball, however, his first love was tap dance which he began doing from the age of 5.
His mother Marlona has revealed to the media that the discipline instilled in him from tap dance is what helped him become an exceptional athlete in school as it thought him to keep his focus on the pitch. Additionally, Tanner was also very good with music, playing the guitar and the piano.
His school principal at Glandorf had very nice things to say about him when The Blade magazine approached them for an interview about what Buchanan’s early years were like. They are now huge fans of him and anticipate his appearance on shows.
Buchanan sought to go professional with dancing, thus he honed his skills at Starbound Talent in Toledo with Wendi Davis serving as his dance instructor. He began to enter competitions and in no time made it to a national competition in New York where he came second. His impressive performance attracted the attention of managers and agents. However, many of them were interested in grooming him to become an actor rather than a dancer.
Upon the requests of the managers, an ecstatic Marlona relocated with her son to Los Angeles where they began living in a one-bedroom apartment. Despite the relocation, Marlona had only little faith about her son’s Hollywood career, but she was set up for a surprise.
Like most aspiring actors, Buchanan began by doing commercials, one of the most notable ones was one for Pam cooking spray. To keep up with his education Marlona enrolled her son in an online school and Buchanan did a good job managing it alongside his burgeoning acting career as the gigs started pouring in.
According to his Designated Survivor bio on the ABC website, Buchanan’s first TV gig was a pilot episode of Home Grown, but it appears the show never got picked up. Buchanan was first seen in a small role in Modern Family. He then appeared in TV movies; Untitled Jeff and Jackie Filgo Project (2011) and The Real St. Nick (2012).
Buchanan’s activity increased in 2013 when he had a number of guest roles in shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Major Crimes, Ghost Ghirls, and The Goldbergs. He returned to the latter in 2018 to portray a different role. Also in 2013, Buchanan made his feature film debut in Jake Squared.
From the year 2015, Buchanan had advanced from mere guest roles to recurring ones. That same year, he made his stage debut in The Power of Duff at the Geffen. His first recurring role to turn heads was Disney’s Girl Meets World. He went on to appear in The Fosters, Game Shakers, and Fuller House. He plays Robby Keene in Cobra Kai which premiered in 2018.
Is He Gay?
Yes, he has portrayed a couple of gay roles but that doesn’t automatically make him gay. Well, Buchanan himself has never openly addressed his sexuality, but as far as we know, the young lad is straight.
How do we know? He is in love with a girl and is totally smitten by her. Just read the sweet comments he posts on her photos and those he dedicates to her via his Instagram account and we bet you’d catch some love fever.
Her name is Lizze Broadway and she is an actress. Some of her credits include Chicago P.D., Bad Moms, Bones, Shameless, and more. Like Buchanan, Broadway was born in 1998.
Quick Facts You Need to Know
As of this writing, Tanner Buchanan still lives with his parents. His dad Steve, a travelling businessman later joined the family in Los Angeles after Buchanan’s career began to pick up.
Buchanan loves LA but he says it is nothing like his hometown of Ottawa, Ohio which he loves for her calm nature. “Everything is so crazy in California,” he once said. He frequently travels there to relax.
Tanner Buchanan’s Height measures 5 feet 8.5 inches (1.74 m).