Kenton Duty Biography
Kenton Duty Biography
Kenton Duty was born on May 12, 1995 in Plano, Texas.
Kenton first began his acting career at the age of 9 after his parents suggested he attend a summer musical theatre workshop to help with presentations in school.
It was at the Dallas Theater Center that Kenton Duty discovered he had a love for musical theatre, and it was there that he would also meet the casting director who would ask him to audition for his first play, A Christmas Carol. The following summer, Kenton auditioned for a part in the musical Ragtime. It was during this production that he realized that acting was his true passion
Kenton began taking acting classes at the Young Actors Studio in Dallas, TX. It was not long after that he was discovered at a workshop and asked if he wanted to pursue acting as a career. This opened the doors for Kenton to begin auditioning for parts in Los Angeles.
In 2006 Kenton started appearing in a number of sketches on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and in 2007 he scored a lead role as Michael Marino in the made for television movie Christmas In Paradise.
Kenton Duty’s success on television continued with a guest-starring role on the CBS hit Cold Case and on the NBC series CTRL with Tony Hale. Kenton also appeared in a number of movies including 2:13, Forget Me Not, Crazy On The Outside and My Name is Khan.
Kenton gained popular notoriety in the role of young Jacob on the popular ABC TV series ‘Lost’. When cast on the show no one, including Kenton himself, knew who his character was until nearly the final episode of the series. He was billed simply as “Teenage Boy.”
In 2010, Duty landed a starring role on the Disney Channel original series ‘Shake It Up!’ as the flamboyant dancer/fashion designer antagonist Gunther Hessenheffer. On Shake It Up Kenton Duty plays one half of the glitzy Hessenheffer duo with co-star Caroline Sunshine.
For Kenton Duty 2011 marked continued success and opportunities. Kenton was cast as Steve in the independent film Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea. It is a story about many invaluable lessons learned during those early and often rocky, teenage years. In addition to Amazing Love, Kenton appeared in a guest-starring role on the new ABC Tim Allen comedy, Last Man Standing.
In 2012, Kenton began work on Contest The Movie, co-starring Katherine McNamara and Dan Flaherty. Contest is set in a small-town high school, where two students — a bully and one who has been bullied — are forced to work together in a cooking contest that tests their relationship.
Kenton Duty is also a very talented musician. Before Shake It Up, Kenton played guitar in the band KGMC Gigmasters with his LOST co-star Dylan Minnette.
More recently, Kenton was featured in collaborations with his Shake It Up co-stars on remakes of hits like Monster Mash and Roam. Kenton is currently recording his own music. For all the latest check back here and follow Kenton Duty on Twitter.