Gilles Marini

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Gilles Marini
Gilles Marini in 2010.jpg
Marini at the Disney–ABC Television Group's Summer TCA Party in August 2010
Born(1976-01-26) January 26, 1976 (age 37)
Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes, France
OccupationActor
Spouse(s)Carole (m. 1998)
Children2
Website
www.gillesmarini.com
 
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Gilles Marini
Gilles Marini in 2010.jpg
Marini at the Disney–ABC Television Group's Summer TCA Party in August 2010
Born(1976-01-26) January 26, 1976 (age 37)
Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes, France
OccupationActor
Spouse(s)Carole (m. 1998)
Children2
Website
www.gillesmarini.com

Gilles Marini /ʒl məˈrni/ (born January 26, 1976) is a French-American actor. He is known for having appeared in Sex and the City: The Movie and in the American television series Brothers & Sisters as Luc Laurent.

Early life[edit]

Marini was born in Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes, France to a Greek mother and Italian father.[1] After working as a baker in his father's bakery since he was eight years old, his "eclairs au chocolat" were famous all around town and he struggled with weight issues.He finally graduated from high school, and joined joined the French army to get in shape and was stationed in Paris, where he acted as a fireman for the Paris Fire Brigade, during his service, he burned the bottom side of his pinky finger, earning him a grandiose military decoration. It was in Paris where Marini met Fred Goudon, a photographer who introduced him to the world of modeling. After fulfilling his military duties, he went to the United States to learn English while working as a model, but his disfigured pinky finger stood in the way and had to get corrective surgery. He began his career as a model in his early twenties thanks to the successful surgery. One of his first jobs was a television commercial for Bud Light beer. He made his acting debut at the age of 29, in the 2005 horror flick Screech of the Decapitated.

Career[edit]

He played Dante in Sex and the City: The Movie in which he did a full frontal nude scene. He has appeared on Brothers & Sisters, Ugly Betty, Dirty Sexy Money, Criminal Minds, Nip/Tuck, The Bold and the Beautiful, and Passions. His film credits include One and the Other (L'Une et L'Autre) and The Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down. On February 8, 2009, it was announced that Marini would participate in the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars. His professional partner was Cheryl Burke.[2] He also took part in the 15th season of Dancing with the Stars for another chance to win the mirrorball trophy.[3] He danced with season 14 winner, Peta Murgatroyd. They were the eighth couple eliminated from the competition.

He was introduced as a recurring character on ABC's hit family drama Brothers & Sisters. He played Luc Laurent, the French love interest of Rachel Griffiths' character Sarah Walker in what was originally was supposed to be a five episode arc,[4] but was promoted to a series regular.[5] The series was cancelled in May 2011 after the fifth season ended. He also appears as Bay Kennish's biological father, Angelo Sorrento, in Switched at Birth. On September 18, it was announced that he would become a series regular for the second season.

Dancing with the Stars performances[edit]

Gilles and his partner Cheryl Burke came in 2nd Place of the American TV dance competition Dancing with the Stars. On May 19, 2009, Olympic Gymnast Shawn Johnson & her partner Mark Ballas won the competition, beating Gilles & Cheryl by less than 1%.

Season 8: Celebrity Partner Gilles Marini Average: 28.1 Placed: 2nd:

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha-cha-cha/ "Addicted to Love"888Safe
2Quickstep/ "Kryptonite"999Safe
3Samba/ "El Matador"999Safe
4Argentine Tango/ "Assassin's Tango"101010Safe
5Paso Doble/ "Habanera"10910Safe
6Jive/ "Dance, Dance"989Safe
7Viennese Waltz/ "I Go to Sleep"999Safe
8Lindy Hop/ "Go Daddy-O"
Tango/ "Womanizer"
9
9
9
9
9
10
Safe
9Foxtrot/ "Fever"
Rumba/ "Sexual Healing"
10
9
9
9
10
9
Safe
10
Semi-finals
Waltz/ "Come Away with Me"
Salsa/ "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)"
10
10
10
10
10
10
Safe
11
Finals
Paso Doble/ "So What"
Freestyle/ "Flashdance (What a Feeling)"
Argentine Tango/ "Assassin's Tango"
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
Second place


He appears also on Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 15) with partner Peta Murgatroyd. They were eliminated in week 8, coming in 6th place.

Personal life[edit]

Marini married his wife, Carole, in 1998. They have two children, a son Georges (born 1998) and a daughter, Julianna (born 2006).

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
2005Screech of the DecapitatedHenriDirect-to-video
2006Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down, TheThe Boys & Girls Guide to Getting DownAttractive man in club
2007Stand UpPhotographer
2007L'Une et L'AutreGillesShort film
2008Sex and the CityDante
2012Puss in Boots: The Three DiablosCaptain of the Guard/Paolo the SquireVoice only; short film
2012ScruplesRenee DufauxTelevision film
2014List, TheThe ListDr. Antonio RosenblattPost-production
2014Last Rescue, TheThe Last RescueBruno TravertPost-production
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2005Bold and the Beautiful, TheThe Bold and the BeautifulFrench waiterSeason 1, episode 4517
2006PassionsItalian bicycle riderSeason 1, episode 1730
2006Criminal MindsCurtEpisode: "The Fisher King: Part 1"
2006WindfallFrench manEpisode: "The Getaway"
2006Ugly BettyJean-LucEpisode: "Queens for a Day"
2007Bold and the Beautiful, TheThe Bold and the BeautifulJean ClaudeSeason 1, episode 5110
2007Dirty Sexy MoneyItalian DesignerEpisode: "The Lions"
2009–2011Brothers & SistersLuc LaurentGuest star (season 4); main cast (season 5); 30 episodes
2009Nip/TuckRenaldo Panettiere2 episodes
2011CastleTobias StrangeEpisode: "Poof! You're Dead"
2011Royal PainsNikoEpisode: "Listen to the Music"
2011–presentSwitched at BirthAngelo SorrentoRecurring (season 1); main cast (season 2–present)
2011Modern FamilyJulianEpisode: "Go Bullfrogs!"
2011–2012Hot in ClevelandCaptain Lebeau2 episodes
2012Are You There, Chelsea?RobertEpisode: "The Foodie"
20132 Broke GirlsNicolas3 episodes
2013KirstieMichelEpisode: "Pilot"

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Warren Sapp & Kym Johnson
Dancing with the Stars (US) runner up
Season 8 (Spring 2009 with Cheryl Burke)
Succeeded by
Mýa & Dmitry Chaplin