Adrian Grenier

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Adrian Grenier
Adrian Grenier June 2014.jpg
Grenier at Vocus "Demand Success 2014" conference
Born(1976-07-10) July 10, 1976 (age 38)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
OccupationActor, Producer, Director, Musician
Years active1997–present
 
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Adrian Grenier
Adrian Grenier June 2014.jpg
Grenier at Vocus "Demand Success 2014" conference
Born(1976-07-10) July 10, 1976 (age 38)
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 Emmy nominated 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 were never married and he was raised by his mother in New York. He graduated from the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and later attended Bard College in New York.[1][2]

Acting career[edit]

In 1997, Grenier left Bard to embark on a film career. He made his film debut in the independent drama, Arresting Gena, then in 1999 played opposite Melissa Joan Hart in Drive Me Crazy and in 2001 starred in James Toback's Harvard Man.

It wasn't until 2004 though, when Grenier landed the lead role of Vincent Chase in the HBO series Entourage that he gained his most substantial notability and success.[3] The series followed the triumphs and trials in the life of Vincent Chase as the movie star character and his friends conquered Hollywood and lived the good life in Los Angeles.[4] It ran for eight seasons, from 2004-2011, and was nominated for numerous Emmy awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series.

While filming the Entourage series, in 2006, Grenier played the role of Nate, Anne Hathaway's boyfriend, in the film, The Devil Wears Prada.

In 2013 he starred in the post-apocalyptic film, Goodbye World alongside Gaby Hoffman. It premiered at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival where it received good reviews. The film made its cinematic release in the United States on April 4, 2014.[5]

Grenier stepped back in front of the camera in 2014 to reprise his role of Vincent Chase in the upcoming Entourage film. Filming began in January and it is set to release in June 2015.[6][7]

Directing and Producing[edit]

Reckless Productions[edit]

As a vehicle for Grenier to transition between acting, directing and producing, with some partners, he started Reckless Productions in 2001. The company focused on producing socially minded films. One of its firsts, Shot in the Dark, chronicled Grenier's journey to reconnect with his estranged father, Dunbar, with whom his mother broke up with when he was still a baby. Grenier and Dunbar remained estranged for 18 years until he began work on the documentary in an attempt to forge a relationship with him. The two eventually reunited and continue to remain in contact. This was Grenier's directorial debut and the film premiered at the 2002 Tribeca Film Festival. HBO distributed the documentary and it premiered on the channel on June 3, 2007.[8]

On June 2, 2008, Grenier premiered a new television series, Alter Eco (not to be confused with Fair Trade importers Alter Eco), for which he was the producer. The show aired on the Discovery communications channel, Planet Green and featured Grenier and his team of green experts showing changes that can be made to live a more eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle.

On September 27, 2010, HBO premiered another documentary directed by Grenier and produced by Bert Marcus called, Teenage Paparazzo and it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film focused on 13 year old paparazzi, Austin Visschedyk, and the celebrity obsessed world in which he operates. It also featured interviews with celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, Alec Baldwin, and Whoopi Goldberg. Grenier worked on the documentary for three years as a producer as well. Aside from HBO, Teenage Paparazzo premiered on 40 other outlets around the globe.

In 2010 Grenier began working as a producer alongside producer Bert Marcus and director Matthew Cooke on the full length feature documentary, How to Make Money Selling Drugs. The film was a tongue in cheek look at what is considered to be one of the worst domestic policy failures in recent American History. It featured actual dealers and even celebrities commenting on the subject including; 50 Cent, Eminem, Susan Sarandon and David Simon, head writer of acclaimed HBO series, “The Wire.” It was released in the summer of 2013 on Amazon.com in addition to iTunes and received positive reviews.[9]

SHFT.com[edit]

An advocate of sustainable living, Grenier and his business partner, film producer Peter Glatzer founded the lifestyle brand SHFT.com in 2010. SHFT is a brand which promotes sustainability through film, design, art and culture and lives both online and offline.[10] Its mission is to nudge sustainable ideas and products into pop culture, and to provide context for an inspiring, modern, sustainable way of life. By using creative content it engages its audience who shop, watch content, and get their news online.[11]

SHFT has partnered with prominent brands such as; Ford Motor Company, AOL/Huffington Post, Virgin America, Stonyfield Farm, The W Hollywood, The Weather Channel, and Estée Lauder. In its second year, SHFT won two Webby Awards for best website in its category.

In 2014 Grenier and Glatzer partnered with Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture to create SHFT Mobile Kitchen Classroom – a teaching kitchen on wheels for high-school students in New York City. Through lessons on cooking, science, technology, and sustainability, it is designed to help teenagers understand how the food choices they make relate to broader issues of personal and environmental health.[12]

Music[edit]

Wreckroom[edit]

In addition to being an actor and filmmaker, Grenier is also a musician, playing guitar, bass and drums. He was a member of two New York bands, lead singer in Kid Friendly and drummer in The Honey Brothers[13] before moving on to build, Wreckroom, a music incubator and recording studio in May 2012.

Grenier's intentions were to create a space for friends to write, perform, and record music. However, the equipped studio eventually evolved, becoming a breeding ground for fresh talent. Run out of his Brooklyn homes basement, more than 50 artists have made use of the space.[14] One year later Grenier started Wreckroom Records.

Artists are vetted by Grenier and his team: Damien Paris, Mike Frankel, and Brian Koerber. Selected musicians join the team for a full day session, in which they professionally record an original song and film a live-style music video. Wreckroom releases EPs in addition to a video series of cover songs, titled "Under the Covers." Two bands, Missouri "punk 'n' roll" trio Radkey and metal-spined Brooklyn five-piece the Skins, released EPs on the label in 2013.[15]

Other Ventures[edit]

In 2009, Grenier launched an eco-themed app for Apple ‘s iPhone and Google ‘s Android mobile platform. The app, called Ecohero, incorporated a barcode-scanning technology to help consumers weigh products’ environmental and health impact. Ecohero also contained other functions, such as a carbon calculator and eco-encyclopedia.[16]

In 2012, Grenier partnered with former Nike designer Justin Hawkins to found Churchkey Can Company, a Seattle-based microbrewery. The brewery's name refers to its flagship beer, which must be opened using a can piercer, or "church key".[17]

Grenier is an investor and advisor to the mobile video app MONTAJ.[18] Released in January 2013, MONTAJ allows anyone to create videos like they’re a film director using quick snaps of their phone’s camera. The idea is that through the app, you can begin to film up to 40 clips with each one being five seconds or less.[19]

Philanthropic Efforts[edit]

Grenier has 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.[20] Grenier is also a supporter of Charity Water and co-hosted the first annual Charity Water Ball in 2006 with Jessica Stam.[21]

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
Compromise
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. ^ Keck, William (2004-08-12). "No need for his own 'Entourage'". USAToday.com. 
  2. ^ "Breakout Star: Adrian Grenier – Adrian Grenier : People.com". 
  3. ^ Adrian Grenier
  4. ^ Entourage Season 8 Preview, People Magazine, July 2012, Retrieved Mar. 2014
  5. ^ Goodbye World Trailer Starring Adrian Grenier, Gaby Hoffman, Ben Mckenzie and Mark Webber arrives April 4, 2014, RamaScreen.com, Mar. 2014, Retrieved Mar. 2014
  6. ^ 'Entourage' Movie Starts Shooting, Variety.com, Retrieved Mar. 2014
  7. ^ Entourage Movie Gets A Release date, Hollywood Reporter, Retrieved Mar. 2014
  8. ^ Adrian Grenier Talks About Finding His Father, People.com, Retrieved Mar. 2014
  9. ^ Interview with Adrian Grenier About His New Drug Documentary, Vice.com, Retrieved April 2014
  10. ^ "Adrian Founds Shft.com". Adrian Founds Shft.com. Retrieved February 14, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Adrian Founds Shft.com". Adrian Founds Shft.com. Retrieved February 14, 2012. 
  12. ^ Adrian Grenier's SHFT Mobile Kitchen Classroom Is a Food Innovator Awards Finalist, bonappetit.com, Retrieved Mar. 2014
  13. ^ TreeHugger.com, Adrian Grenier and the Honey Brothers Talk Green Living at the Wanderlust Festival, 2009
  14. ^ 'Entourage' Guy Starts His Own Music Label, Spin Magazine, May 2013, Retrieved Mar. 2014
  15. ^ 'Entourage' Guy Starts His Own Music Label, Spin Magazine, May 2013, Retrieved Mar. 2014
  16. ^ 'Entourage' Star's iPhone App, Forbes.com, May 2009, Retrieved Mar. 2014
  17. ^ Actor Adrian Grenier Teams Up With Portlanders To bring back Beer In Flat-Top Cans, oregonlive.com, Mar. 2012, Retrieved Mar. 2014
  18. ^ Adrian Grenier-backed MONTAJ aims to let iPhone users create videos simply by shaking their wrist TheNextWeb.com, Jan. 2013, Retrieved mar. 2014
  19. ^ Adrian Grenier-backed MONTAJ Aims To Let iPhone Users Create Videos Simply By Shaking Their Wrist, TheNextWeb.com, Jan. 2013, Retrieved Mar. 2014
  20. ^ Little Kids Rock PSA Featuring Adrian Grenier, Retrieved January 15, 2014
  21. ^ Adrian Grenier: Charity Work, Events and Causes, looktothestars.org, Retrieved Mar. 2014

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