Jeremy Piven

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Jeremy Piven
JeremyPivenFeb09.jpg
Piven in February 2009
Born(1965-07-26) July 26, 1965 (age 49)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1983–present
 
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Jeremy Piven
JeremyPivenFeb09.jpg
Piven in February 2009
Born(1965-07-26) July 26, 1965 (age 49)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1983–present

Jeremy Samuel Piven (born July 26, 1965)[1] is an American actor and producer. He is best known for his role as Ari Gold in the comedy series Entourage, for which he has won one Golden Globe Award, three consecutive Emmy Awards, and several other nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

Early years[edit]

Piven was born in Manhattan, New York, and grew up in Evanston, Illinois.[1] He was raised in a Reconstructionist Jewish household.[2][3] He graduated from Evanston Township High School,[4] and attended Harand Theater Camp in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin as a teenager. He played Bernardo in West Side Story there. In Illinois, he trained at Piven Theatre Workshop,[5] founded by his parents, Byrne Piven and Joyce Hiller Piven (née Goldstein), both of whom were actors and drama teachers.[1][6][7] He also attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he earned a degree in theater[8] and is an alumnus of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.[9] He spent a semester at the National Theater Institute in Waterford, Connecticut. He has appeared in a number of films with John Cusack, who is also from Evanston and is a fellow alumnus of the Piven Theatre Workshop (as are Cusack's sisters Joan and Ann). Piven and Cusack once shared an apartment and have been friends since high school.

Career[edit]

Piven's first important role came in 1992 when he became a regular cast member on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show, in which he played the head writer Jerry. In 1993, he portrayed George Costanza on the show-within-a-show scene in the Seinfeld episode, "The Pilot". 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. He has also made cameo appearances in Rush Hour 2 and the US release of Cars.

Beginning in 2004, Piven scored a significant success playing a fast-talking, acerbic Hollywood agent Ari Gold in the HBO series Entourage. He received Emmy[10] 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 he did not receive an Emmy Award nomination for his work on Entourage. 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. He played the part of Ellen's cousin, Spence. He also voiced Elongated Man in three episodes of Justice League Unlimited.

In 2007, 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 Piven hosted SNL in January 2007.[11]

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 Piven missed several performances, on December 17, 2008, Piven's rep. announced that due to an undisclosed illness, Piven would be ending his run in the play effective immediately.[12] 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.[13] An alternative explanation is that the herbal remedies Piven was taking were responsible for his high levels of mercury.[14] Mamet joked that Piven was leaving the play "to pursue a career as a thermometer."[15] On September 1, 2009, Piven, in a guest appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, explained that he 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 Piven in the Broadway show.[16]

In August 2011, Piven stated he was interested in portraying the drummer from the Who, Keith Moon.[17] In 2013 he played the title role in the British television drama series Mr Selfridge, the story of the London department store Selfridges. The show airs on the ITV network in the United Kingdom and PBS in the United States.

Personal life[edit]

Piven was born to Jewish parents (of Russian origin)[18][19] and considers himself a Jewish Buddhist.[20] He starred in the Travel Channel special Jeremy Piven's Journey of a Lifetime detailing his journey across India. Piven resides in Malibu, California. His sister is director Shira Piven, who he describes as one of his first acting teachers; his brother-in-law is director Adam McKay.[21]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1986LucasSpike
One Crazy SummerTy
1989Say Anything...Mark
1990Grifters, TheThe GriftersSailor – Freshman
White PalaceKahn
1992Player, TheThe PlayerSteve Reeves
Bob RobertsCandle Seller
SinglesDoug Hughley
There Goes The NeighborhoodAlbert Lodge
1993Twenty BucksNervous Quick-Mart Clerk
12:01Howard RichterTelevision movie
Judgment NightRay Cochran
1994FlounderingGuy
Car 54, Where Are You?Herbert Hortz
TwogetherArnie
PCUJames "Droz" Andrews
1995Miami RhapsodyMitchell
Dr. Jekyll and Ms. HydePeter Walston
HeatDr. Bob
1996Larger Than LifeWalter
E=mc2Prof. Paul Higgins
Layin LowJerry Muckler
1997Just WriteHarold McMurphy
Don King: Only in AmericaHank SchwartzTelevision movie
Grosse Pointe BlankPaul Spericki
Kiss the GirlsHenry Castillo, LAPD
1998Music from Another RoomBilly Swan
PhoenixFred Shuster
Very Bad ThingsMichael Berkow
2000Crew, TheThe CrewDet. Steve Menteer
Family Man, TheThe Family ManArnie
2001SerendipityDean KanskyNominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Rush Hour 2Versace Salesman
Black Hawk DownClifton "Elvis" Wolcott
2002HighwayScawldy
2003Old SchoolDean Gordon "Cheese" Pritchard
Runaway JuryLawrence Green
Scary Movie 3Ross Giggins
2004Chasing LibertyAlan Weiss
2005Two for the MoneyJerry
Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?Rock RiversVoice
2006Keeping Up with the SteinsAdam Fiedler
Smokin' AcesBuddy "Aces" Israel
CarsHarvVoice, American version
2007Kingdom, TheThe KingdomDamon Schmidt
2008RocknRollaRoman
2009Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, TheThe Goods: Live Hard, Sell HardDon Ready
2011I Melt With YouRon
Spy Kids: All the Time in the WorldTimekeeper/Danger De Amo
2012Pirates! Band of Misfits, TheThe Pirates! Band of MisfitsBlack BellamyVoice
So UndercoverArmon
2014Edge of TomorrowColonel Walter MarxUncredited role
Sin City: A Dame to Kill ForBob
2015EntourageAri GoldPost-production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1990Carol & CompanyVariousUnknown episodes
1992–1998Larry Sanders Show, TheThe Larry Sanders ShowJerry Capen26 episodes
1993SeinfeldMichael Barth3 episodes
1995Chicago HopeGodfrey Nabbott2 episodes
Pride & JoyNathan Green6 episodes
1995–1998EllenSpence Kovak60 episodes
1997Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey ShowSpence KovakEpisode: "Drew Gets Married"
Grace Under FireSpence KovakEpisode: "Vegas"
CoachSpence KovakEpisode: "Viva Las Ratings"
DuckmanVictor DeMannEpisode: "Ebony, Baby"
1998–1999CupidTrevor Hale/Cupid15 episodes
2000Will & GraceNicholasEpisode: "Love Plus One"
Buzz Lightyear of Star CommandBrain Pod #57Episode: "Star Crossed"
2002Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight ZoneTyler Ward"The Lineman" parts 1 & 2
2003Spider-ManRoland Gaines2 episodes
2004–2005Justice League UnlimitedElongated Man3 episodes
2004–2011EntourageAri Gold96 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2006–08)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2005–07, 2009–10)
Nominated—Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (2008, 2010)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (2007–09)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2007–09)
2007Saturday Night LiveHostEpisode: "Jeremy Piven/AFI"
2009WWE RawHost/HimselfEpisode: "3 August 2009"
2013–presentMr SelfridgeHarry Gordon Selfridge20 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearNominated workAssociationCategoryResult
2002SerendipitySaturn AwardsBest Supporting ActorNominated
2005EntouragePrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmNominated
2006Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesWon
Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmNominated
Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmNominated
2007Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesWon
Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
2008Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesWon
Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmWon
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
2009Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
2010Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Jeremy Piven Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  2. ^ Jewish Daily Forward: "Actor ‘Hugs Out’ His Jewish Side" By Jordana Horn May 12, 2006
  3. ^ http://blogs.forward.com/the-arty-semite/173651/jeremy-piven-on-ari-gold-and-mr-selfridge/
  4. ^ Dandelife.com : Story : "poo is in *newsweek*", by caroline m[dead link]
  5. ^ "Piven Theatre Workshop – Home". Piventheatre.org. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  6. ^ "Jeremy Piven as Ari – Entourage". HBO. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  7. ^ "Piven, Byrne". Chicago Tribune. 2002-02-21. 
  8. ^ "Jeremy Piven, Employing His Acting Skills". washingtonpost.com. 2004-07-14. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  9. ^ "List of famous PIKES". Iastatepikes.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  10. ^ "Jeremy Piven Emmy Nominated". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  11. ^ SNL Archives | Episode. Retrieved October 10, 2007.
  12. ^ Docs Tell Piven: Broadway is Bad for Your Health TMZ, December 17, 2008
  13. ^ NFI Response to Jeremy's Piven's Claims About Fish and Mercury on YouTube
  14. ^ "Discussion of the possible cause of poisoning". Jdc325.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  15. ^ Jeremy Piven Abruptly Departs Broadway's Speed-the-Plow Playbill, December 17, 2008
  16. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (2008-12-18). "Jeremy Piven Abruptly Abandons Broadway Play". people.com. 
  17. ^ "Jeremy Piven wants to play Keith Moon?". Keithmoonmovie.com. 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  18. ^ "Jeremy Piven Gets A Body Double". YouTube. 2009-04-22. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  19. ^ "Jeremy Piven Discusses American Muscle Cars, Hot Wheels, and Being a Jewish Buddhist". Complex. 2011-02-18. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  20. ^ "The Star Online eCentral: Jeremy’s journey". Star-ecentral.com. 2006-10-17. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  21. ^ "Interview: Shira and Jeremy Piven Discuss Their Indie Comedy, "Fully Loaded"". ulu.com. 2013-04-01. Retrieved 2014-09-13. 

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