Milo Ventimiglia

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Milo Ventimiglia
Milo Ventimiglia Paleyfest.jpg
Ventimiglia in 2017
Born Milo Anthony Ventimiglia
(1977-07-08) July 8, 1977 (age 41)
Anaheim, California, U.S.
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles
Occupation
  • Actor
  • producer
Years active 1995–present

Milo Anthony Ventimiglia (/vɛntɪˈmljə/; born July 8, 1977) is an American actor. After a series of roles in television series and parts in independent films, he gained international recognition for his roles as Jess Mariano on the television series Gilmore Girls from 2002 to 2006, and as Peter Petrelli on the NBC series Heroes from 2006 to 2010. He currently stars as Jack Pearson on the NBC drama This Is Us.

Ventimiglia made his film debut playing a gay teenager in the anthology film Boys Life 2 (1997) before being cast in the short-lived Fox series Opposite Sex in 2000. His later roles include Richard Thorne on The WB's The Bedford Diaries, a recurring role as Meg Pryor's love interest on NBC's American Dreams, and Rocky Balboa's son (Rocky Jr.) in the sixth installment of the Rocky series, Rocky Balboa (2006). He starred as Peter Petrelli on NBC's Heroes from 2006 to 2010, for which he received nominations for Teen Choice, Saturn and People's Choice Awards. He also had roles in the horror films Pathology (2008) and Kiss of the Damned (2013).

Ventimiglia later appeared in television as Ian Mitchell on the Crackle original series Chosen as well as Sean Bennigan on The Whispers in 2015. He reprised his role as Jess Mariano on Netflix's reunion miniseries, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016), and currently stars as Jack Pearson on NBC's This Is Us (2016–present). For his role as Jack Pearson, Ventimiglia has received two nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. As part of the This Is Us cast, he went on to win a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in January 2018.

Early life[edit]

Ventimiglia was born July 8, 1977[1] in Anaheim, California, the youngest child of Carol (née Wilson) and Peter Ventimiglia,[2] a Vietnam War veteran.[3] He has two older sisters, Leslie and Laurel.[1][4] His father is of Italian-Sicilian descent and his mother is of English and Scottish ancestry.[5] Ventimiglia was born with a self-described "crooked mouth" that is the result of damaged nerves on the left side, which cause that side to remain immobile, much like actor Sylvester Stallone, with whom he worked in Rocky Balboa.[2]

Ventimiglia attended El Modena High School in Orange, California, where he wrestled, acted in drama productions and held the office of president in student government. He graduated in 1995. At eighteen years of age, Ventimiglia studied at the American Conservatory Theater for their summer program.[6] He attended the University of California, Los Angeles as a theatre major.[7]

Career[edit]

Early roles and breakthrough[edit]

At eighteen, Ventimiglia began pursuing an acting career. His first starring role was as a gay teenager in Must Be the Music, a short film released as part of Strand Releasing's Boys Life 2.[8] After, he enrolled at UCLA before landing a role on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. He has guest starred on such television series as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Boston Public. He had the part of the main character, Jed Perry, in the short-lived Fox TV series, Opposite Sex, which originally aired in 2000.[9]

Ventimiglia at the season three premiere of Heroes, 2008.

From 2002 to 2004, Ventimiglia played brooding teen Jess Mariano on Gilmore Girls; he was introduced in the second season as a main cast member. He signed on for a spin-off of Gilmore Girls called Windward Circle which was to be focused on the relationship between Jess and his estranged father (played by Rob Estes), but the proposed series never made it to air.[10] Afterward he dropped down to a guest star/recurring cast member, and he came back for four episodes in season four and two episodes in season six. In the third and final season of American Dreams, Ventimiglia played Chris Pierce, the rebellious boyfriend of Meg Pryor (Brittany Snow);[11] Pierce and his single mother, Shelly (Daphne Zuniga), a Playboy bunny, move into the house next to the Pryors. In 2005, he starred in the mid-season replacement series The Bedford Diaries. The producers had only Ventimiglia in mind but the show lasted only eight episodes and was one of several shows not picked up by the newly formed network The CW.

Heroes; film and production work[edit]

In between television work, Ventimiglia had supporting roles in the horror films Cursed (2005), directed by Wes Craven, and Stay Alive (2006), as well as starring roles in the short-film Intelligence and the full-length feature Dirty Deeds (2005). The same year, he was cast as Robert "Rocky Jr." Balboa, the son of Rocky Balboa, in the sixth Rocky installment Rocky Balboa which was released in December 2006.[12]

He starred as Peter Petrelli in the NBC program Heroes, a show about "ordinary" people discovering they have superpowers, and portrayed the character until the series' conclusion in 2010. Ventimiglia also produced and developed a mini web-series called It's a Mall World as part of a marketing campaign for American Eagle Outfitters in 2007.[13] In mid-2007 he starred as the love interest of pop/R&B singer Fergie in the music video for "Big Girls Don't Cry". In 2008, he starred as a medical student in the horror film Pathology. The movie co-starred Charmed actress Alyssa Milano and was directed by Marc Schölermann for MGM.[14]

In 2005, Divide Pictures created the DSC, or Divide Social Club, an online and global social network for like-minded people[15] co-founded by Ventimiglia with his best friends Russ Cundiff and Dino DeMilio, a radio producer for The Tom Leykis Show. Ventimiglia, Cundiff, and Divide Pictures partnered with Top Cow to produce the comic series REST which will be a monthly limited series. The comic is about John Barrett, a white-collar New Yorker whose life changes when he becomes addicted to a drug that prevents him from falling asleep. Divide also has a comic book called Berserker written by Rick Loverd.[16]

Film and television; This Is Us[edit]

Ventimiglia with David Mazouz promoting Gotham, London, 2017.

After working with writers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor on Pathology, Ventimiglia appeared in the pair's next film, Gamer.[17] Ventimiglia also starred in the Xavier Gens apocalypse thriller film, The Divide.[18]

Ventimiglia was the voice of Wolverine in the English dub of the Marvel Anime: Wolverine anime series and reprised his role in an episode of the Marvel Anime: Iron Man and an episode of Marvel Anime: Blade. He did not return to voice Wolverine in Marvel Anime: X-Men, due to that series portraying an older Wolverine, instead Wolverine was voiced by Steven Blum.[19] He played Ned Stax, a former marine, in Frank Darabont's short-lived neo-noir crime drama Mob City for TNT.[20] He also reprised his role as Jess Mariano in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life in November 2016. After this, he reportedly told USA Today that, "I hear rumors that they're bringing back everything that I've ever been a part of... I think it's exciting. At times, though, I think it's too much. There are more stories to tell with a lot of these characters, but at the same time some of these characters for some of us actors are more than a decade in the past. It was exciting going back to Gilmore Girls for the four Netflix movies, but I'm satisfied with it(.) I think the stories were told. I think it was great for the audience and fans to get just one small taste of that world again. But, at the same time, I think people should not get so greedy."[21]

Beginning in the fall of 2016, Ventimiglia starred opposite Mandy Moore in the critically acclaimed[22] NBC period drama series This Is Us playing Jack Pearson, the patriarch of a middle-class family in 1990s America.[23] Ventimiglia stars in the upcoming suspense thriller Devil’s Gate, alongside Amanda Schull.[24] For his role as Jack Pearson, Ventimiglia received his first Emmy nomination in the category Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Ventimiglia and fellow former Gilmore Girls co-star Alexis Bledel were in a relationship from December 2002 to June 2006.[26] Ventimiglia also dated his Heroes co-star Hayden Panettiere from December 2007 to February 2009.[27][28]

Ventimiglia has said in interviews that both he and his sisters were raised as lacto-vegetarians by his parents, and that he has maintained the diet as an adult.[29] He was named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' Sexiest Vegetarian in 2009.[30][31] He also does not smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol.[30] He is a fan of The Clash.[32]

Ventimiglia took a United Service Organization tour from July 6 to 12, 2008 in support of American troops in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.[33]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Boys Life 2 Jason Segment: "Must Be the Music"
1999 She's All That Soccer Player
Speedway Junky Travis
2000 Massholes Doc
2001 Nice Guys Finish Last Josh Short film
2003 Winter Break Matt Raymand
2005 Cursed Bo
Dirty Deeds Zach Harper
2006 Intelligence Colin Mathers Short film
Stay Alive Loomis Crowley
Rocky Balboa Robert Balboa Jr.
2008 Pathology Dr. Ted Grey
2009 Gamer Rick Rape
Armored Officer Jake Eckehart
2010 Order of Chaos Rick
2011 The Divide Josh
2012 That's My Boy Chad Martin
Static Jonathan Dade
2013 Kiss of the Damned Paulo
Grown Ups 2 Frat Boy Milo
Breaking at the Edge Ian Wood
Killing Season Chris Ford
2014 Grace of Monaco Rupert Allan
Tell Ethan Tell
2015 Walter Vince
Wild Card Danny DeMarco
2016 Madtown Denny Briggs
2017 Sandy Wexler Barry Bubatzi
Devil’s Gate Jackson Pritchard
2018 Second Act Trey Post-production
2019 The Art of Racing in the Rain Denny Swift Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Party Guest #1 Episode: "Bourgie Sings the Blues"
1996 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Letterman Episode: "Terrible Things"
Saved by the Bell: The New Class Greg Episode: "Hospital Blues"
1997 EZ Streets Young Cameron Quinn Episode: "A Terrible Beauty"
1998 Brooklyn South Johnny Mancuso Episode: "Hospital Blues"
Kelly Kelly Steve Spencer Episode: "Bye Bye Baby"
One World Eric Episode: "Community Service"
1999 Promised Land Tony Brackett Episode: "In the Money"
2000 Opposite Sex Jed Perry Main role; 8 episodes
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Bobby Taylor Episode: "Friends & Lovers"
2001–06 Gilmore Girls Jess Mariano 37 episodes
2003 Windward Circle Jess Mariano Unsold pilot
Boston Public Jake Provesserio 3 episodes
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lee Healy Episode: "Escape"
2004–05 American Dreams Chris Pierce 12 episodes
2006 The Bedford Diaries Richard Thorne III Main role; 8 episodes
Heroes Peter Petrelli Main role; 70 episodes
2008 Robot Chicken Green Arrow Episode: "They Took My Thumbs"
2010 The Webventures of Justin and Alden Himself Episode: "The Last Episode"
2011 Suite 7 Milo Episode: "That Guy"
The Temp Life Cook 2 episodes
Wolverine Wolverine / Logan 12 episodes
2013 Mob City Ned Stax Main role; 6 episodes
Chosen Ian Mitchell Main role; 12 episodes
2014 Ultimate Spider-Man Spider-Man Noir[34] 2 episodes
2015 Gotham Jason Lennon / The Ogre 3 episodes
The PET Squad Files Cash Buggiardo 4 episodes
The Whispers Sean Bennigan Main role; 13 episodes
The League Agent Baker Episode: "The Block"
2016 Relationship Status Jack Web series; 3 episodes
This Is Us Jack Pearson Main role
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Jess Mariano 2 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Title Role Notes
2007 Fergie "Big Girls Don't Cry (Personal)" Love interest
2014 Priyanka Chopra "I Can't Make You Love Me"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 X-Men: Destiny Grant Alexander Voice role

Director[edit]

Year Title Notes
2007 It's a Mall World Miniseries; 13 episodes
2009 Dave Knoll Finds His Soul
2010 Ultradome Episode: Han Solo vs. Indiana Jones
2011 Suite 7 Episode: "That Guy"

Producer[edit]

Year Title Notes
2007 It's a Mall World Producer; 13 episodes
Winter Tales Producer
2009 Dave Knoll Finds His Soul Executive producer
2010 Ultradome Executive producer; 3 episodes
2011 Suite 7 Producer; episode: "That Guy"
2012 Static Executive producer
2013 The PET Squad Files Executive producer; 6 episodes
Chosen Executive producer; 18 episodes
2014 Tell Producer

Writer[edit]

Year Title Notes
2010 Ultradome Co-creator

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2007 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Drama Heroes Nominated
2008 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on Television Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Action Won
2009 Nominated
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Actor in a New TV Series This Is Us Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
MTV Movie & TV Awards Tearjerker Won
2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Pending

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