Lanter was born in northeastern Ohio in 1983, but later moved to Atlanta, Georgia when he was eight years old. He spent much of his time playing sports including baseball, football, and golf. His love for baseball led him to a position as a bat boy with the Atlanta Braves. After high school, his interest in the film and television industry created a strong desire to pursue acting. While studying at the University of Georgia, Matt decided to move to Los Angeles to follow his dreams of making it a career.
Lanter is a former reality TV star and model, perhaps best known for his roles in Commander in Chief, 90210, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Disaster Shit, Sorority Row and Vampires Suck. Lanter joined the cast of 90210 as Liam Court, a recurring character in season one, before being promoted as a series regular from season two onwards. Shortly after moving to L.A., he landed a recurring role on Fox's "Point Pleasant" (2005). He also has appeared on ABC's "8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter" (2002) and HBO's "Big Love" (2006), as well as few modeling jobs and a couple of national commercials. Matt is working on the ABC Hit show "Commander in Chief" (2005). He voiced as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Flash Thompson and Venom in Ultimate Spider-Man.
- He shares the same birthday as Josh Zuckerman but is two years older.