Jeremy Piven Celebrity

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Born to the founders of a prestigious, Illinois-based acting school, this offbeat comic actor has made a scene-stealing career out of playing twits (the dean in Old School), nuts (the title character in the short-lived dramedy Cupid) and funny best friends… (more)

Birth Place: New York, NY

Birthday: July 26, 1965, Leo

Profession: Actor

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Biography

Born to the founders of a prestigious, Illinois-based acting school, this offbeat comic actor has made a scene-stealing career out of playing twits (the dean in Old School), nuts (the title character in the short-lived dramedy Cupid) and funny best friends (in Serendipity, starring his real-life buddy and frequent collaborator John Cusack). But though he's been a familiar face on the small and big screens since the late '80s, he didn't become a star until he took on the flashy role of a morally bankrupt agent in Entourage, a part that earned him multiple Emmy Awards.

Fast Facts

  • Parents founded the Piven Theatre Workshop in Chicago.
  • Studied acting at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT, and at the National Theatre in London.
  • Often stars in films alongside John Cusack, a close friend and alumnus of the Piven Theatre Workshop.
  • Cofounded New Criminals theater group with Cusack in 1989, which later evolved into New Crime Productions.
  • Former member of the Second City National Touring Company.
  • Dropped out of the 2008 Broadway revival of Speed-the-Plow before the end of the run when he was diagnosed with extreme mercury toxicity.

Awards

  • 2005, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2008, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2007, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2009, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2010, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Shira Piven — Sister
  • Joyce Hiller Piven — Mother
  • Byrne Piven — Father

College

  • Attended Drake University, Des Moines, IA; attended New York University, New York, NY

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