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Jeremy Piven
Play Ari Gold a Hollywood Executive in Entourage

 

Jeremy Samuel Piven[1] is a Jewish American film producer and actor best known for his role as Ari Gold in the television series Entourage for which Jeremy Piven has won a Golden Globe Award and three Emmy Awards as well as several other nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

Early years

Jeremy Piven was born in Manhattan, New York on July 26, 1965 and grew up in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb north of Chicago.[1] Jeremy Piven was raised in a Jewish household.[2] Jeremy Piven graduated from Evanston Township High School,[3][dead link] and attended Harand Theater Camp in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, as a teenager. Jeremy Piven played the part of "Bernardo" in West Side Story there. In Illinois, Jeremy Piven trained at Jeremy Piven Theatre Workshop,[4] founded by his parents, Byrne Jeremy Piven and Joyce Jeremy Piven , both of whom were actors and drama teachers.[1][5] Jeremy Piven also attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa,[6] and is a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.[7] Jeremy Piven spent a semester at the National Theater Institute in Waterford, Connecticut. Jeremy Piven has appeared in a number of films with John Cusack, who is also from Evanston and is a fellow alumnus of the Jeremy Piven Theatre Workshop (as are Cusack's sisters Joan and Ann). Jeremy Piven and Cusack once shared an apartment and have been friends since high school.

Career

Piven's first significant role came in 1992 when Jeremy Piven became a regular cast member on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show, where Jeremy Piven played the head writer Jerry. In 1993, Jeremy Piven portrayed George Costanza on the show-within-a-show scene in the Seinfeld episode, "The Pilot". Jeremy Piven has appeared in several successful films, including Lucas, Grosse Pointe Blank, Singles, Very Bad Things, The Family Man, Black Hawk Down, The Kingdom, Heat, PCU, Old School, Rock N Rolla, Serendipity, Smokin' Aces, and Runaway Jury. Jeremy Piven has also made cameo appearances in Rush Hour 2 and the US release of Cars.

Since 2004, Jeremy Piven has reinvigorated his career by playing a fast-talking, acerbic Hollywood agent Ari Gold in the HBO series Entourage. Jeremy Piven received Emmy[8] nominations for best supporting actor four straight years from 2005 to 2008, and won the award in 2006, 2007, and 2008. 2009 was the first year in which Jeremy Piven did not receive an Emmy Award nomination for his work on Entourage. Jeremy Piven was also the star and producer of the short-lived ABC dramedy series Cupid, and was a supporting cast member on the last three seasons of the sitcom Ellen. Jeremy Piven played the part of Ellen's cousin, Spence. Jeremy Piven also voiced Elongated Man in three episodes of Justice League Unlimited.

In 2007, Jeremy Piven appeared in the video for "Drivin' Me Wild", the third single taken from rapper Common's seventh album Finding Forever. The two were co-stars in Smokin' Aces, and appeared together when Jeremy Piven hosted SNL in January 2007.[9]

Jeremy Piven appeared in the first Broadway revival of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow, co-starring Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss and three-time Tony nominee Raul Esparza. The production began preview performances on October 3, 2008, and opened on October 23, 2008; the play was due to run through February 22, 2009. After Jeremy Piven missed several performances, on December 17, 2008, Piven's rep announced that due to an undisclosed illness, Jeremy Piven would be ending his run in the play effective immediately.[10] The illness was revealed to be hydrargaria, a disease caused by exposure to mercury or its compounds, though the source is unknown. Rumours have indicated that the high level of mercury could potentially have been caused by Piven's habit of consuming fish twice a day for the past 20 years.[11] An alternative explanation is that the herbal remedies Jeremy Piven was taking were responsible for his high levels of mercury.[12] Mamet joked that Jeremy Piven was leaving the play "to pursue a career as a thermometer."[13] On September 1, 2009, Jeremy Piven, in a guest appearance on Late Show with David Letterman, explained that Jeremy Piven had given up red meat and poultry, and had been getting all of his protein from fish for the past 20 years. William H. Macy and Norbert Leo Butz replaced Jeremy Piven in the Broadway show.[14] In August 2011, Jeremy Piven stated Jeremy Piven was interested in portraying the late drummer from The Who, Keith Moon.[15] Jeremy Piven is going to star in the new and upcoming show Mr. Selfridge along with Katherine Kelly
Personal life

Jeremy Piven was born to Jewish parents (of Russian origin)[16][17] and considers himself a Jewish Buddhist.[18] Jeremy Piven starred in the Travel Channel special Jeremy Piven 's Journey of a Lifetime detailing his journey across India. Jeremy Piven resides in Malibu, California.

Filmography

1986 Lucas Spike
1986 One Crazy Summer Ty
1989 Say Anything... Mark
1990 The Grifters Sailor Freshman
1990 White Palace Kahn
1992 The Player Steve Reeves
1992 Bob Roberts Candle Seller
1992 Singles Doug Hughley
1992 There Goes The Neighborhood Albert Lodge
1993 Twenty Bucks Nervous Quick-Mart Clerk
1993 Judgment Night Ray Cochran
1994 Floundering Guy
1994 Car 54, Where Are You? Herbert Hortz
1994 Twogether Arnie
1994 PCU James "Droz" Andrews
1995 Miami Rhapsody Mitchell
1995 Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde Peter Walston
1995 Heat Dr. Bob
1996 Larger Than Life Walter
1996 E=mc2 (Wavelength) Prof. Paul Higgins
1996 Layin Low Jerry Muckler
1997 Just Write Harold McMurphy
1997 Grosse Pointe Blank Paul Spericki
1997 Kiss the Girls Henry Castillo, LAPD
1998 Music from Another Room Billy Swan
1998 Phoenix Fred Shuster
1998 Very Bad Things Michael Berkow
2000 The Crew Det. Steve Menteer
2000 The Family Man Arnie
2001 Serendipity Dean Kansky
2001 Rush Hour 2 Versace Salesman
2001 Black Hawk Down Clifton "Elvis" Wolcott
2002 Highway Scawldy
2003 Old School Dean Gordon "Cheese" Pritchard
2003 Runaway Jury Lawrence Green
2003 Scary Movie 3 Ross Giggins
2004 Chasing Liberty Alan Weiss
2005 Two for the Money Jerry
2005 Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy? Rock Rivers Voice, Direct-to-video
2006 Keeping Up with the Steins Adam Fiedler
2006 Smokin' Aces Buddy "Aces" Israel
2006 Cars Harv Voice
2007 The Kingdom Damon Schmidt
2008 RocknRolla Roman
2009 The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Don Ready
2011 I Melt With You Ron
2011 Spy Kids: All the Time in the World Timekeeper
2012 The Pirates! Band of Misfits Black Bellamy Voice
2012 So Undercover Along side with Miley Cyrus
Television Year Title Role Notes
1990 Carol & Company Comedy sketch characters Unknown episodes
199298 The Larry Sanders Show Jerry Capen 15 episodes
1993 Seinfeld Michael Barth 3 episodes
1993 12:01 Howard Richter Television film
1995 Chicago Hope Godfrey Nabbott 2 episodes
1995 Pride & Joy Nathan Green Unknown episodes
199598 Ellen Spence Kovak 72 episodes
1997 The Drew Carey Show Spence Kovak 1 episode
1997 Grace Under Fire Spence Kovak 1 episode
1997 Coach Spence Kovak 1 episode
1997 Duckman Victor DeMann Voice role, 1 episode
1997 Don King: Only in America Hank Schwartz Television film
199899 Cupid Trevor Hale/Cupid 15 episodes
Producer
2000 Will & Grace Nicholas 1 episode
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Brain Pod #57 Voice role, 1 episode
2002 Rugrats Additional Voices 1 episode
2002 The Twilight Zone Tyler Ward 2 episodes
2003 Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Roland Gaines Voice role, 2 episodes
200405 Justice League Unlimited Elongated Man Voice role, 3 episodes
200411 Entourage Ari Gold Main cast, [Three Emmy Awards and One Golden Globe]

Awards

2002 Serendipity Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
2005 Entourage Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor Comedy Series Won
Entourage Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor Series, Miniseries or Television Film Won
2006 Entourage Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor Comedy Series Won
Entourage Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor Series, Miniseries or Television Film Won
Entourage Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2007 Entourage Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor Comedy Series Won
Entourage Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Entourage Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Entourage Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2008 Entourage Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor Comedy Series Won
Entourage Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor Series, Miniseries or Television Film Won
Entourage Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Entourage Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2009 Entourage Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Entourage Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Entourage Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2010 Entourage Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated

External links

Jeremy Piven on Twitter
Jeremy Piven at the Internet Movie Database
Jeremy Piven on Charlie Rose
Works by or about Jeremy Piven in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
Jeremy Piven collected news and commentary at The Guardian
Jeremy Piven collected news and commentary at The New York Times
Interview on WHO.com with Jeremy Piven and Doug Ellin[dead link]
Jeremy Piven on "Speed-The-Plow" and Mercury Poisoning at Yahoo![dead link]
Jeremy Piven at Emmys.com


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