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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]
  • Kelli Garner, born 11 April 1984, in Bakersfield, California, gained recognition for her role in “The Aviator.”
  • Raised in a Jewish family, she focused on soccer before acting and graduated from Thousand Oaks High School in 2002.
  • She was discovered at a bar mitzvah in 1999, leading to her debut in “Architecture of Reassurance.”
  • Kelli is known for “Lars and the Real Girl,” “Pan Am,” “The Enemy Within,” and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.”
  • She previously dated Johnny Galecki; in a long-term relationship with Zach Shield. Active on Instagram with nearly 25,000 followers.

Who is Kelli Garner?

Born Kelli Brianne Garner under the sign of Aries on 11 April 1984, in Bakersfield, California USA, Kelli is a 39-year-old Caucasian actress of Jewish beliefs. She is known to the world for her significant presence across many media outlets, and especially on the TV screen due to the roles she has had thus far.

One of her most popular is her portrayal of Faith Domergue in “The Aviator” in 2004, but she has also had several other successes during her acting career since 2000.

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Early Life and Education: Growing up in California

Kelli Garner was raised in the Jewish religion in her birth state by her father and mother, whose names and professions are still unknown. As for any siblings, she is widely considered to be an only child. Her interests as a young child mostly revolved around sports, as she is known to have played soccer in her early years, and even planned on pursuing a career in the game.

She didn’t have much of a passion for other things, including acting, which was an interest that developed after her first experience. As for her education, she attended Thousand Oaks High School in California, from where she matriculated in 2002.

After that, it is unknown whether Kelli ever planned on furthering her studies by pursuing a college degree, though she is generally thought not to have opted for this step, considering the fact that she had a career before she even finished high school.

Full NameKelli Brianne Garner
Known ForActing, notably in “The Aviator”, “Lars and the Real Girl”, “Pan Am”
EducationThousand Oaks High School
Net WorthOver $1 million
SpouseEngaged to Zach Shield
ParentsFather: Brian Garner, Mother: Dawn Garner
Date of BirthApril 11, 1984
Zodiac SignAries
Place of BirthBakersfield, California, USA
Hair ColorBlond
Eye ColorGreen
Bra Size34D
Height5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m)
Weight53 kg (117 lbs)
Measurements38-25-35 inches
Notable Works“The Aviator”, “Lars and the Real Girl”, “Pan Am”, “The Enemy Within”, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”
Social Profile LinksInstagram

Career: A lucky pick

Kelli’s career started in a rather fortunate and unpredictable manner when she was noticed by Hollywood manager and producer Richard Kerner, who was attending his friend’s bar mitzvah at some point in 1999.

The very next year, Kelli starred in her first title ever, a short film named “Architecture of Reassurance”, then in the same year made her TV movie debut, by appearing as Christmas in “This Is How the World Ends”, and in another less popular film in a role with significantly less screen time.

In 2001, she made her TV series debut, being seen as Kirstie in a single episode of the world-famous “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” entitled “The Body”, while she also portrayed Heather Swallers in “Bully”. In 2002, the year of her matriculation, it seems as though her previous fame and experience combined with her newfound free time, and so she was that year cast in a total of six titles, the most significant of which was as Melanie Spores in an episode of “Da Mob”.

With just one role in 2003, Kelli finally made it to the true spotlight by securing her role as Faith Domergue in “The Aviator”, which significantly boosted her career success and net worth.

Kelli Garner

Kelli after “The Aviator”

In 2005, Garner was seen in a total of seven titles, which is clear evidence of the kind of recognition she had achieved the previous year. In 2006, she appeared to be less active than usual, with only two titles in her wake. 2007 went by the same way, but this time she was cast in the important role of Margo in “Lars and the Real Girl”.

With just one role in 2008, Kelli made a return in 2009 with three roles, an appearance in “American Dad!” being one of them. In 2010, she obtained her first TV series role that lasted more than one episode, appearing as Dawn Barbuso in six episodes of “My Generation”.

In 2011, she was cast as Brianna in “The Lie”, and then portrayed Kate Cameron in “Pan Am”, an influential TV series in which she stayed for 14 episodes through 2012, meanwhile also appearing in a short film. The year 2013 meant another two appearances for her, while 2014 showed her in just one episode of “Looking”, and another in 2015 when she starred in another film and a TV show. Kelli seems to have gone on hiatus from acting in 2017.

Her most recent two years in the business

Besides being seen in a short film in 2018, what really made Kelli stand out was being cast as Kate Ryan in 13 episodes of “The Enemy Within” in 2019. The show was created by NBC and received national attention even before its launch, while Kelli was present in the project from the very start, having been cast in the pilot episode.

She also had a role in “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”, “American Gigolo,” V/H/S/85,” and “Walden.”

Love Life: Does Kelli Garner have a boyfriend? Is she dating someone?

When it comes to Kelli’s romantic involvements, according to the sources that are supplied with enough information to address this matter, she doesn’t seem to have been too secretive about her love life so far, but there are still unconfirmed rumors.

She is known to have dated celebrities only, and no one has been linked to her romantically prior to 2005 when she met and began dating Logan Marshall-Green, which lasted for three years. Sometime later she was rumored to be dating Eric Jungmann, though neither of them ever confirmed this.

At some point, parts of the Hollywood audience even speculated that she may have been involved with the legendary Keanu Reeves, though no evidence for this ever surfaced.

In 2012, she started her most famous relationship yet, when she took actor Johnny Galecki from “The Big Bang Theory” as her boyfriend.

They spent two years together and split up in 2014 due to irreconcilable differences that were never revealed to the media. According to, the two remained best friends even after their relationship ended, and one can therefore conclude that their breakup wasn’t overly dramatic.

Her longest relationship yet

As of some point in 2015, Kelli has been in an apparently happy relationship with Night Things musician Zach Shield. Seeing how her previous relationships were mostly short-lived, the fans were quite surprised when Kelli revealed in December 2018 that she and Zach were about to celebrate the New Year in South America.

Nowadays, they are rumored to still be together, though it is unknown whether they’re planning an engagement, and where they reside at the moment. As per the available information, or the lack thereof, Kelli is currently in a very happy relationship with Zach Shield.

What is Kelli Garner’s Net Worth?

Have you ever considered just how rich Kelli Garner might be around 2024? According to some of the most reputable sources currently eligible for providing an answer to this inquiry, it has been estimated that the total of Kelli’s accumulated net worth is over $1 million, created by lending her desirable appearance and acting expertise to various titles throughout her career, most famously as Faith Domergue in “The Aviator” alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in 2004.

Seeing as her career is nowhere near finished, and how she remains actively looking for castings, the specified amount is bound to increase.

Body Measurements

Regarding Kelli’s physical specifications, she is 5ft 5ins (165cm) tall, weighs around 121lbs (55kg) at the moment, and her body shape is generally described as voluptuous, as evidenced by her vital statistics of 38-24-35. Her dress size is 8, her bra size 34D, but her shoe size is unknown. Her hair is bright blond and her eyes are a muddy green, while her complexion is often seen as rather fair.

Social Media Presence

As is the case with most actors across social media networks nowadays, Kelli is widely expected to keep her fans posted about many or most of the happenings in both her private and public life and to inform them of all of her professional engagements.

This way, she manages to maintain and nourish a very close relationship with those who follow her, and as the effect increases, so does the number of those who see her social media posts, which in turn directly contributes to any future earnings she may have.

It seems as though Kelli herself is only partially dedicated to living up to this expectation since her presence on social media appears to be lacking. She’s not on Facebook and Twitter, while her Instagram account has almost 25,000 followers.

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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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