Reeve Carney Biography

Reeve Carney is a singer-songwriter and actor known for his work in the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and the Jeff Buckley biopic Mystery White Boy.


Born in New York City in 1983, Reeve Carney started his professional music career around age 15, playing guitar at B.B. King's nightclub in Los Angeles, California. Soon, he started his own band, Carney, with brother Zane. Carney released its first full-length album in 2010, the same year the young musician/actor began starring as Peter Parker in the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. With that major role under his belt, Carney has gone on to appear in film and on TV, notably being cast as Jeff Buckley in the biopic of the singer-songwriter, Mystery White Boy.

Early Years

Reeve Carney was born in New York City's West Village on April 18, 1983. Carney came from a musical family (and an acting one as well, as Art Carney was his great uncle), and he was singing and playing piano before he could even walk. He aimed his talent toward a career early on, singing jingles for radio and television commercials as a child. At age 8, Carney sang during a holiday concert at New York's Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center with Peter, Paul and Mary, and he officially became a professional actor in 1993 with a small role in the film The Saint of Fort Washington.

Small parts soon followed on TV's Dave's World (1994) and the animated Pon Poko (1994), but Carney's love of music had not faded, and he stepped up his efforts in the field, writing songs and learning various instruments. In 1997, Carney auditioned for the film Snow Falling on Cedars, landing the role of young Ishmael Chambers. His performance received glowing reviews and subsequently earned him the 2000 Young Artists Award for best performance in a feature film.

Music School and 'Spider-Man'

After a move to Los Angeles, California, Carney attended the Academy of Music at Alexander Hamilton High School and began performing in local clubs and music venues. When he was 16, Carney began playing regularly at B.B. King's Blues Club in Universal City, and he and his brother Zane formed their own band, Carney.

After high school, Carney and his brother both attended the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, and their band cut their first EP, Looking Glass, in 2004. The Carney brothers left USC to focus on the band, and signed with Interscope Records in 2006. They released Nothing Without You, their second EP, in 2008, and their first full-length album, Mr. Green Vol. 1, in 2010. The band went on tour and eventually opened for U2 in New Brunswick, Canada, on the final date of U2's "360° Tour."

The connection with U2 was only starting, however, as 2010 marked a new venue for Carney—Broadway—and this time, both his musical and acting talents would be on display.

Taking the lead role in the much-hyped and very expensive Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, with lyrics by U2's Bono and the Edge, Carney was thrust into the spotlight like never before. The show began running previews in November 2010.

Playing Jeff Buckley and Other Recent Roles

Less than a year later, Carney got another high-profile acting/singing gig: the lead role in the Jeff Buckley biopic Mystery White Boy, directed by Amy Berg and also starring Patricia Arquette (as Mary Guibert).

When he's not on screen or stage, Reeve Carney keeps busy writing and performing songs for soundtracks for films such as The Tempest (2010, a film in which Carney also appeared) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (2012).

Since splitting with actress Ashley Greene in 2012, Carney has been linked romantically to country singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.

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