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Luke Kleintank 411

BIRTHPLACE: Cincinnati, OH
YEARS ON SHOW: 2010-present

A native of Cincinnati, OH, Luke Kleintank and his family moved to Guadalajara, Mexico, when he was 2. He spent his formative years in Maryland, residing there for 12 years.

Kleintank's mother introduced him to acting when he was 5. "She threw me into my first play,Carnival. Made a part for me," he recounts. "That's when I knew I wanted to act." He started doing plays and community theater, and took part in a number of stage productions while in high school.

Ultimately, he went to New York to pursue his career, and made his television debut as Greg in a 2009 episode of LAW & ORDER: SVU. Kleintank moved to Los Angeles in June 2010, promptly joining the cast of GOSSIP GIRL in a recurring role as Elliot, a bisexual character and love interest for Eric van der Woodsen. Kleintank won his first daytime role shortly thereafter, debuting as YOUNG AND RESTLESS's Noah Newman on Sept. 21.

The single actor enjoys whitewater rafting, singing, dancing and writing music. He is also hooked on geocaching. "It's a worldwide, national treasure hunt," he explains. "You [play] online at geocaching.com. There are millions of them all around the world."

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