Skylar Gaernter is an American actor, best known to the world as Jonah Byrde in the TV series “Ozark” (2017-2022), in addition to several other roles that he’s secured so far in his young career.
Skylar Gaertner Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Skylar Gaerner was born on 13 May 2004, in New York City, USA. The son of Timm Gaerner and his wife Dawn- he has two siblings, both sisters, Jenna Rae and Jadyn who is a musician.
When it comes to his education, there is no information about it, but it’s believed that he matriculated from a local high school in his hometown. There is no information about him enrolling in any university for the time being.
Skylar became interested in acting at a very young age – he began appearing in commercials when he was just three years old, and it didn’t take long for him to make his on-screen acting debut. This happened in 2008, when he portrayed Sam in the TV comedy-drama series “Lipstick Jungle”, starring Brooke Shields, Kim Raver and Lindsay Price, which follows the lives of three of ‘New York’s 50 Most Powerful Women’.
The same year, Skylar appeared in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning TV mystery crime-drama series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, on air since 1999; it follows detectives in the New York City Police Department who investigate sex-related crimes, with Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni and Ice-T as the main stars, among several other popular actors.
Three years later, he had his first major role as Bode Locke after being handpicked by Steven Spielberg in the television adventure horror-drama movie “Locke & Key”, about three children who become caretakers of a New England mansion, home to secrets and magic, directed by Mark Romanek and starring Miranda Otto, Ksenia Solo and Sarah Bolger.
Thanks Sarah. I appreciate it.
— Skylar Gaertner (@skylargaertner) September 13, 2018
The same year, he was Emmett Drake in the eponymous Primetime Emmy Award-winning mystery crime-drama series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, about an elite team of police forensic evidence investigation experts as they solve crime cases in Las Vegas, starring William Petersen, Laurence Fishburne and Ted Danson, created by Anthony E. Zuiker.
He continued his career with regular appearances in TV series, such as the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated action crime-drama series “Person of Interest” with Jim Caviezel in the lead role, accompanied by Kevin Chapman and Taraji P. Henson. Then, he featured in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning comedy-drama series “Nurse Jackie”, about a drug-addicted nurse who is struggling to find the balance between her job and personal life, with Edie Falco in the lead role, co-starring Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze and Dominic Fumusa.
In 2014, he was Tucker in the romantic comedy film “They Came Together”, directed by David Wain and starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler and Bill Hader, about two people coming from opposite sides of the business as they fall in love, despite their differences.
Moreover, Skylar featured in several other projects in the same year, including the drama film “Alex of Venice”, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Messina and Don Johnson in the lead roles, about a woman who’s an attorney, but has to change her life from the bottom when her husband suddenly leaves her.
Rise to Stardom
In 2015, Skylar was chosen for the part of Young Matt Murdock in the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated action crime-drama series “Daredevil”, about a blind lawyer who turns into a vigilante by night – Daredevil, who fights the crime of New York. Created by Drew Goddard and starring Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onorfio and Deborah Ann Woll, Skylar appeared in four episodes from 2015 to 2018 as the young version of the main character, which only helped him reach stardom.
Also in 2015, he appeared in Leslye Headland’s romantic comedy-drama film “Sleeping with Other People”, which starred Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, and Jordan Carlos.
Furthermore, he secured his first starring role as Eli Brooks in the award-winning drama film “I Smile Back”, about a homemaker mother of two children who is addicted to drugs and alcohol, and her self-destructive behavior starts to take a toll on the family, with Sarah Silverman and Josh Charles in the lead roles.
Next, in 2016 he portrayed Jonah in the drama film written and directed by Ido Fluk, “The Ticket” about a blind man who regains his vision, starring Dan Stevens, Malin Akerman and Oliver Platt.
However, it was in 2017 that he secured the role of his career, as Jonah Byrde in the TV action crime-drama series “Ozark”. The youngest child of the Byrde family, he follows his father’s steps to become a money laundering accountant. The rebellious son of the Byrde family has done much to help the family, but also got them into trouble throughout the series. His tumultuous relationship with his family is depicted, with him leaving them several times and trying to distance himself from the name, however, he always returns, and in the end, decides to attend the Byrde Family Foundation’s fundraiser in the series finale, and then protects the family by killing Mel.
He earned wide praise for his portrayal of the youngest Byrde, and was nominated alongside others three times for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award in the category for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama.
According to authoritative sources, Skylar Gaertner’s net worth is estimated at $1 million, as of early 2023.
Personal Life, Dating, Girlfriend, Single
Despite attaining world fame, Skylar has successfully hidden details of his personal life. According to reports, he’s currently single and solely focused on his rising career.
Appearance and Body Measurements
Skylar has brown eyes and black hair. He stands at a height of 5ft 7ins (1.7m) and weighs approximately 130lbs (59kgs). His vital statistics are unknown, but he has a slim figure.
Hobbies, Interests, and Trivia
His nickname is Sky, and his family, friends and colleagues often call him by his nickname.
In addition to acting, he’s fond of singing and playing the guitar. Although he hasn’t pursued music professionally, his sister has, and he’s often at her concerts and helps her make music.
An avid animal lover, Skylar has a pet dog.
He likes traveling and dancing, while he also enjoys swimming and photography as his pass-time activities.