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Tanner Buchanan | Biography

Quick Information

  • Full Name Tanner Buchanan
  • Occupation Actor
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Lima, Ohio, USA
  • Birth Date December 8, 1998
Cast of 'Cobra Kai'

Tanner Buchanan | Biography

Actor of Series like 'Designated Survivor,' 'Cobra Kai,' and 'Game Shakers'

In the hit series Cobra Kai, Buchanan rose to prominence as the brooding bad boy, Robby Keene. He says his character had layers, referring to Robby’s transformation from a sarcastic and devious thief to an organized karate student. The series premiered on YouTube Red in 2018, followed by season 2 in 2019. After wrapping up the production of season three, YouTube stopped producing it, pushing its stream off the edge. However, in June 2020, Netflix was granted the right to stream the series. On 1 January 2021, Netflix released its third season; the series was already renewed for its fourth season. The fourth season will premiere in fall 2021. The series has been renewed for its fifth season in August 2021.


Tanner Buchanan is an American actor known as Robby Keene in The Karate Kid's sequel and continuing television series Cobra Kai.

Who is Tanner Buchanan?

Tanner Buchanan is an American actor acclaimed for his appearance in several TV series, including Girl Meets World, The Fosters, Game Shakers, Fuller House, The Goldbergs, and Designated Survivor. In addition, he is known for the lead role as Robby Keene in the Karate Kid franchise-continuing TV series Cobra Kai. He has also starred in short films, including Alone in the Dust. His other recent project credits include ABC’s Designated Survivor, Nickelodeon’s Game Shakers, and Freeform’s The Fosters.

Early life and Education

Tanner Buchanan was born in Lima, Ohio, USA, on 8 December 1998 to father Steve Buchanan and mother Marlona Buchanan. He attended Glandorf Elementary there in Lima from kindergarten to fourth grade. He grew up playing sports like baseball, soccer, and basketball. He eventually got fascinated by tap dancing at the Center Stage Academy in Ottawa. 

According to his mother, he has always been an outgoing person who had impressive soccer skills and magnificent coordination in dancing from childhood. Besides these extracurricular activities, he was pretty good at music as well. Buchanan’s tap-dancing ability progressed him towards competing in a national-level competition in New York, where he held the second position.

After that, managers and agents from the entertainment industry approached Buchanan, asking if he wanted to move to California or New York to start a career in acting. After a brief ponder regarding the proposal, his family relocated to Burbank, California. His mother even quit her job to help him advance his career in acting. 

Albeit, they never expected to stay in California permanently. But after getting featured in several national advertisements within a week of arrival in California, their interim stay turned into a permanent stay. As soon as they moved to Burbank, California, Buchanan enrolled in online schooling as well. He pursued his acting and studies at the same time.

Early Career

Shortly after moving to California, Buchanan enrolled for professional training at the Edge Performing Arts Center and Huckleberry Friends Production. In 2010, the actor made his television debut as a guest child actor in season 2, episode six, Halloween of Modern Family. He was just eleven then. Three years later, in 2013, he took hold of arrays of guest roles on the famous Grey’s Anatomy, Major Crimes, and The Goldbergs.  

Rise To Fame

In 2013, Buchanan made his feature-film debut in Jake Squared, alongside his co-stars Jennifer Leigh and Elias Koteas. A year later, he appeared in three short films, Ellie, Guests, and Alone in the Dust and the American sitcom Growing Up Fisher. He shot to fame with his breakthrough role as Charlie Gardner in the second season of the hit teen show Girl Meets World. 

He also got featured in Stephen Belber’s comedy theatre, The Power of Duff, at the Geffen Playhouse. In 2016, he portrayed the role of socially incompetent juvenile Jack Downey on ABC’s family drama The Fosters. He also bagged the role of Leo Kirkman, a rebellious teenager on Designated Survivor, the same year.

‘Cobra Kai’

Cobra Kai is a franchise-continuing comedy-drama television series centered on Robert Mark Kamen’s original films, The Karate Kid. Created by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg, the series premiered on YouTube Red in 2018, followed by season 2 in 2019. After wrapping up the production of season three, YouTube stopped producing it, pushing its stream off the edge. However, in June 2020, Netflix was granted the right to stream the series. On 1 January 2021, Netflix released its third season; the series was already renewed for its fourth season. The fourth season will premiere in fall 2021. The series has been renewed for its fifth season in August 2021.

His Character

In the hit series Cobra Kai, Buchanan rose to prominence as the brooding bad boy, Robby Keene. He says his character had layers, referring to Robby’s transformation from a sarcastic and devious thief to an organized karate student. 

“He was dealt such a bad hand of cards in his life, and he’s just trying to figure out what the right thing to do is and who the right people to surround himself with are. Robby, deep down, wants to be something, and he doesn’t want to throw his life away. He wants to better himself and truly live a life that he enjoys,” he said.

New Projects

Buchanan’s new projects include Miramax’s He’s All That, a remake of She’s All That directed by Mark Waters co-starring with the TikTok star, Addison Rae. It was launched on Netflix in August 2021. Besides this, he signed with ICM Partners and is additionally supported by Brillstein Entertainment and Myman Greenspan.

Who Is Tanner Buchanan Dating?

Buchanan is currently in a relationship with actress Lizzie Broadway. They also have a joint YouTube channel called Lizzie & Tanner. They have posted one video about the behind-the-scenes of the 2019 Comic-Con. In the video, they were seen snuggling up to each other and kissing. Besides, that video paparazzi have also caught them greeting fans while holding hands outside the Hard Rock Hotel.

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