Early life, family, educational background
American entertainer, television and film actor and activist, Casey Morton Cott, was born on August 8, 1992 in Michigan, USA. His mother is Lori Cott (née Morton), and his father is a former United States Air Force fighter pilot and investment manager Rick Cott. He has an older brother, Corey Michael Cott, who is also an actor, and a younger sister, Carly Megan Cott.
He grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio and attended Chagrin Falls High School. He then attended Boston University for two years before transferring to the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he graduated in May 2016 with a BA in acting.
His passion for acting came unintentionally from his mother, after he appeared in his school’s musical because she offered him $50 to do it. His interest grew after he failed at sports – he told Out magazine, ‘I always wanted to be good at sports, but it just wasn’t. My father always says I’m a late bloomer.’
The personal life of the family
Casey’s brother, Corey, is a singer and actor best known for his role in the Broadway musical “Newsies” as Jack Kelly. He auditioned for the part while still a student at Carnegie Mellon University. He returned to Broadway in the 2015 revival of the musical “Gigi”, as the role of Gaston Lachaille. He starred in the original Broadway musical “Bandstand”, the original actor for Donny Novitski.
He also appeared in television series such as “Filthy Rich” as Eric Montreaux, in “The Good Fight” and as Townsend Martin in “Z: The Beginning of Everything.”
In junior year of high school, Casey took part in his first school production. He then performed in local Ohio theaters, appearing in plays such as “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” and “Romeo and Juliet.” At the New Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh in 2014, he starred alongside some of his Carnegie Mellon classmates in “Parade in Pittsburgh,” and later appeared alongside them again at Barebone Productions in “Small Engine Repair.”
He starred as Moses, opposite John Cariani and Shuler Hensley, in the August 2016 premiere concert reading of Stephen Schwartz’s musical project at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, New York, in the stage production of “The Prince of Egypt.”
In March 2019, it was announced that he would star opposite Christian Borle and Mandy Gonzalez as Tommy in the Kennedy Center Broadway, “The Who’s Tommy.”
Television series and movie
During his senior year at Carnegie Mellon, on March 12, 2016, he was cast as Kevin Keller in the CW drama series ‘Riverdale’ based on the Archie Comics universe. A day after receiving the role, he flew to Vancouver to begin shooting for the show. Speaking to Out magazine about his experience on set, he said he was excited to have an acting job and be on television: “I remember sitting there knowing I’m going to be there for six months and thinking , like , holy smoke…’
He said it was fun working with such good actors and he still can’t believe he gets to star in a show that is watched by millions of people.
Kevin was the first gay character in the Archie Comics universe, created specifically to bring diversity to the comics. Casey knew the importance of the character and that he would need to perfect his role, so he asked the show’s director and writer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, for advice. Casey spoke to Elite Daily and shared that his favorite thing about Kevin is that he is openly and proudly gay.
He has received acclaim for his portrayal of Kevin, whom he considers to be the best character he has ever played. He told Teen Vogue he was thrilled with the support shown to him by the fans – “I think the response has been overwhelmingly amazing, from friends of mine to fans and other actors in the industry.” When talking about being a part of the show and playing Kevin, he said, “I’ll always love playing the character.” It is the greatest joy of my life right now. I love it more than anything.’
He released a video on his Facebook page in March 2017, sharing that he initially auditioned for the roles of Jughead Jones and Archie Andrews before being cast as Kevin; starting in season two, he became a regular on the series.
He appeared as Lucas Hale in the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” episode “Conversion” in 2017, and in the music video for Sabrina Carpenter’s “Why” later that year. At the SXSW Festival on March 12, 2018, he announced “The Mascot”, an upcoming movie directed and written by Matthew Perkins, in which Casey plays the main character. In 2019, the film ceased production.
Later in 2018, he landed the supporting role of Trever Olsson in the movie ‘All the Little Things We Kill’. That year he also appeared in the TV show “Instinct” as Dino Moretti. Along with Amandla Stenberg and Anthony Ramos, he graced the cover of the September issue of The Faces of Fall magazine.
— Casey Cott (@CaseyCott) April 10, 2020
While his character is gay in “Riverdale,” Casey is straight in real life. He dated fellow actor Kristin Serafini, who is best known for her roles in 2006’s Pittsburg and 2013’s After Hours, but the couple split in 2014. In October 2015, he started dating Stephanie Styles, but it seems that they are no longer together.
After playing Sabrina Carpenter’s love interest in her music video for “Why,” the two were rumored to be an item, but in Zach Sang’s 2017 interview with Sabrina, she cleared the air: “He’s such a great actor.. … with music videos, it’s kind of last minute… it was like, ‘Okay. We’re recording this in three days and we don’t have anyone.’ And I was such a fan of his because I know he’s such a good actor.”
She admitted that while they had good on-screen chemistry, Casey had a girlfriend. Sabrina said their chemistry was due to Casey for putting her at ease and they got along from day one on set. It seems that the friend she was referring to was Stephanie.
At the moment, Casey is reportedly in a relationship but has not shown his girlfriend’s face, name or any other information about her life or profession. He uploaded pictures of her kissing him on his Instagram.
He currently lives in New York City.
He has dark brown hair and green eyes. He is 1.83 m tall and weighs 78 kg.
Wealth and salary
According to sources, he earns around $55,000 per episode, and his net worth is estimated to be $300,000 as of early 2020, which seems temporarily conservative!