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By Tim Latterner | May 30, 2017 | People
With a spate of big-screen turns, Colorado native Geoff Stults's Hollywood star is on the rise.
In addition to crushing triathlons (well over a dozen) and enjoying the outdoors, TV darling Geoff Stults has made the move to silverscreen star.
“The reason I live on the beach in LA is it’s the closest thing to the open air,” muses actor and Green Mountain Falls native Geoff Stults. “I mean, it’s not the open air of the mountains, but still.” Best known for portraying (typically) earnest, lovable small-town characters in an impressive TV career, including star turns on 7th Heaven, The Odd Couple, and Enlisted, Stults is transitioning to being a leading player on the silver screen, with three major film projects this year: the recently released Warner Bros. thriller Unforgettable, alongside Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson; Granite Mountain, opposite Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Josh Brolin, and Jeff Bridges; and Horse Soldiers, with costars Chris Pine and Michael Shannon.
Both his ascension and his passion for his craft stem from Stults’s childhood in the mountains. “A River Runs Through It was huge growing up,” he says. “‘You can go to the mountains to fly-fish and be an actor? I’m gonna do that!’” Despite a hectic, nonstop schedule, the 39-year-old still makes time to get back to the Roaring Fork Valley whenever possible. “There’s a synergy [between] people in Aspen and LA,” says the six-foot-three triathlete, who attributes his penchant for physical activity to his Colorado upbringing as “a regular mountain kid.” “People want to be in a beautiful place.”
PHOTOGRAPHY BY FOX VIA GETTY IMAGES (STULTS); KAREN BALLARD (FILM STILL)