Adrian Grenier

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Adrian Grenier
Adrian Grenier shot by Steve Erle, March 2014.jpg
Grenier, photographed in Los Angeles by Steve Erle, March 2014
Born(1976-07-10) July 10, 1976 (age 37)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
OccupationActor, Producer, Director, Musician
Years active1997–present
 
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Adrian Grenier
Adrian Grenier shot by Steve Erle, March 2014.jpg
Grenier, photographed in Los Angeles by Steve Erle, March 2014
Born(1976-07-10) July 10, 1976 (age 37)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
OccupationActor, Producer, Director, Musician
Years active1997–present

Adrian Grenier (born July 10, 1976) is an American actor, producer, director and musician. He is most notable for playing the lead role of Vincent Chase on the HBO original series, Entourage.

Early life[edit]

Grenier was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the son of Karesse Grenier and John T. Dunbar. His parents met at a commune in the 1970s, and were never married.[1][2][3] His father was from Ohio, and was of European ancestry; his mother was born in New Mexico, to a Hispanic family, with Mestizo roots; a DNA test, on the PBS program Finding Your Roots, showed Adrian to have approximately 8% Native American ancestry and that his matrilineal line was Native American.[4][5]

Grenier was raised by his mother, a real estate agent, in Manhattan, New York.[6][7][8] He went to Bard College in New York where he studied molecular biology.[9]

Career[edit]

In 1997, Grenier made his film debut in the independent drama Arresting Gena. In 1999, he played opposite Melissa Joan Hart in Drive Me Crazy as well as in "(You Drive Me) Crazy", in 2001, starred in James Toback's Harvard Man . In 2002, Grenier made his directorial debut with the documentary, Shot in the Dark. The documentary chronicles his years-long search for his father, with whom Grenier's mother broke up when Adrian was still a baby. Grenier and Dunbar remained estranged for 18 years, and in 2001, Adrian began work on the documentary in an attempt to forge a relationship with Dunbar. The two eventually reunited and maintain a warm relationship.[10] HBO premiered the documentary on June 3, 2007.

In 2004, Grenier landed the lead role as Vincent Chase in the HBO series Entourage, which has brought him his most substantial notice and success.[11] In 2006, he won a role in The Devil Wears Prada, as Anne Hathaway's boyfriend, Nate. In 2007, People magazine ranked him #7 in its annual list of Sexiest Men Alive.[12]

On June 2, 2008, Grenier's new show, Alter Eco (not to be confused with Fair Trade importers Alter Eco), premiered on Planet Green. The show features the actor and his team of green experts showing changes that can be made to become more eco-friendly.[13]

On September 27, 2010, HBO premiered the documentary Teenage Paparazzo, a film concerning the relationship between the celebrity and society that Grenier worked on for three years as a producer. The work features interviews with celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, Alec Baldwin, and Whoopi Goldberg.[14]

He will next reprise his role as Vincent Chase in the upcoming Entourage film; shooting will start in January 2014.[15]

Other ventures[edit]

In addition to being a filmmaker, Grenier is also a musician, playing guitar, drums, French horn, and the piano. He is a member of two New York bands, lead singer in Kid Friendly and drummer in The Honey Brothers.[16][17]

On December 17, 2009, Grenier and his business partner Peter Glatzer founded the green lifestyle site SHFT.com, which promotes sustainability through video, design, art and culture.[18]

In 2012, Grenier partnered with a Seattle, Washington brewery and former Nike designer Jim Hawkins to found Churchkey Can Company.[19] Grenier is also an investor and advisor to the mobile video app MONTAJ.[20]

Grenier has also shown his support for Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit that works to restore and revitalize music education in disadvantaged public schools, by filming a PSA for the organization.[21]

Personal life[edit]

In 2005, Grenier purchased a $1 million home in Brooklyn, New York and had it remodeled.[22] He has installed solar panels, and says that he grew up with a lot of greenery around him.[23]

His father was from Ohio of Northern European ancestry; his mother was born in New Mexico and was part Hispanic on both her paternal and maternal sides. A DNA test, on the PBS program Finding Your Roots, showed Adrian to have approximately 8.44% Native American ancestry and his direct maternal line's Native American descent was confirmed by his mitochondrial haplogroup C12b.[24][25][26]

Grenier is a Democrat and supporter of President Obama, particularly his environmental policies, and attended the 2012 Democratic National Convention.[27]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1997Arresting GenaKabush
1997Hurricane StreetsPunk
1998Fishes Outta Water
1998CelebrityDarrow's Entourage
1998Adventures of Sebastian Cole, TheThe Adventures of Sebastian ColeSebastian Cole
1999Drive Me CrazyChase Hammond
2000Cecil B. DementedLyle
2001Harvard ManAlan Jensen
2001Artificial Intelligence: AITeen in van
2002Love in the Time of MoneyNick
2002Hart's WarPvt. Daniel E. Abrams
2003Bringing RainClay Askins
2003Anything ElseRay Polito
2004Tony N' Tina's WeddingMichael
2005Perfect Fit, AA Perfect FitJohn
2006Across the HallJulianShort film
2006Devil Wears Prada, TheThe Devil Wears PradaNate
2007Off HourBrunoShort Film Award Best Actor
2008Adventures of PowerDallas Houston
2014Goodbye WorldJames
2014UnityNarrator
2015Sex, Death and BowlingSean McAllisterPost-production
2015EntourageVincent ChaseFilming

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2002Freshening UpNoahShort film
2004–2011EntourageVincent ChaseLead role; 96 episodes
Nominated - PRISM Awards Performance in a Comedy Series (2011, 2012)
Nominated - Golden Nymph Outstanding Actor, Comedy Series (2010)
Nominated - ASTRA Awards Favourite International Personality or Actor (2009)
Nominated - Teen Choice Award Choice Summer TV Star: Male (2009)
Nominated - Golden Nymph Outstanding Actor, Comedy Series (2008)
Nominated - Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor: Comedy (2007)
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2007, 2008, 2009)
Nominated - Teen Choice Award Choice TV Chemistry (shared w/ cast) (2006)
201090210HimselfEpisode: "Age of Inheritance"

Producer[edit]

YearTitleNotes
2002Shot in the Dark
2005Across the HallShort
2008Alter Eco9 episodes
2009Waiting For The Light To Change
2010Teenage Paparazzo
Comprimse
Don't Quit Your Daydream
2011Young Farmers
2012My Name Is Faith
How To Make Money Selling Drugs

Director[edit]

YearTitleNotes
2002Shot in the Dark
2006Euthanasia
2010Teenage Paparazzo

Writer[edit]

YearTitleNotes
2006Euthanasia
2010Teenage Paparazzo

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ryan, Jim (May 27, 2007). "'ENTOURAGE' OF STAR'S '2 DADS'". New York Post. 
  2. ^ "Adrian Grenier Biography – Yahoo! Movies". 
  3. ^ "Adrian Grenier Biography". 
  4. ^ Stated on Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., May 20, 2012, PBS
  5. ^ Jurgensen, John (March 22, 2012). "Doubling Down on DNA". The Wall Street Journal. 
  6. ^ Keck, William (2004-08-12). "No need for his own 'Entourage'". USAToday.com. 
  7. ^ "Breakout Star: Adrian Grenier – Adrian Grenier : People.com".  He
  8. ^ http://www.npr.org/2012/03/23/149222907/helping-celebrities-find-their-roots
  9. ^ "'Entourage's Adrian Grenier: 5 Things You Didn't Know About the Actor". The Hollywood Reporter. July 20, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Adrian Grenier Talks About Finding His Father – Adrian Grenier : People.com". 
  11. ^ Adrian Grenier
  12. ^ "The Sexiest Men Alive 2007 - Adrian Grenier". People. November 26, 2007. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  13. ^ Planet Green
  14. ^ "Ministry of Gossip". Los Angeles Times. September 22, 2010. 
  15. ^ McNary, Dave (November 20, 2013). "‘Entourage’ Movie Starts Shooting Jan. 16". Variety. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  16. ^ TreeHugger.com, Adrian Grenier and the Honey Brothers Talk Green Living at the Wanderlust Festival, 2009
  17. ^ ""Adrian Grenier pic, poster, close-up pics & event picture" April 14, 2008". 
  18. ^ "Adrian Founds Shft.com". Adrian Founds Shft.com. Retrieved February 14, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Actor Adrian Grenier teams up with Portlanders to bring back beer in flat-top cans", oregonlive.com 
  20. ^ Adrian Grenier-backed MONTAJ aims to let iPhone users create videos simply by shaking their wrist 
  21. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p41DKD5j7sM Retrieved January 15, 2014
  22. ^ http://www.posh24.com/adrian_grenier/adrian_greniers_exclusive_home
  23. ^ http://www.nowness.com/day/2011/8/10/1577/at-home-with-adrian-grenier
  24. ^ Stated on Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., May 20, 2012, PBS
  25. ^ Jurgensen, John (March 22, 2012). "Doubling Down on DNA". The Wall Street Journal. 
  26. ^ http://www.npr.org/2012/03/23/149222907/helping-celebrities-find-their-roots
  27. ^ McDevitt, Caitlin (September 7, 2012). "'Entourage' star talks up Obama". Politico. 

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