Peter Facinelli

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Peter Facinelli
Peter Facinelli TCA 2015.jpg
Facinelli in January 2015
Born(1973-11-26) November 26, 1973 (age 41)
Queens, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Jennie Garth (m. 2001; div. 2013)
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Peter Facinelli
Peter Facinelli TCA 2015.jpg
Facinelli in January 2015
Born(1973-11-26) November 26, 1973 (age 41)
Queens, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Jennie Garth (m. 2001; div. 2013)

Peter Facinelli (born November 26, 1973)[1] is an American actor and producer. He starred as Donovan "Van" Ray on the Fox series Fastlane from 2002 to 2003. He played Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the film adaptations of the Twilight novel series, and is also known for his role as Mike Dexter in the 1998 film Can't Hardly Wait. Facinelli is a regular on the Showtime comedy-drama series Nurse Jackie, portraying the role of Dr. Fitch "Coop" Cooper.

Early life[edit]

Facinelli grew up in Ozone Park, Queens, the son of Italian immigrants Bruna (née Reich), a homemaker, and Pierino Facinelli, a waiter.[2][3] His parents are from the Val di Non valley, which is located in Trentino, Northern Italy. His father is from Revò, while his mother is from Spormaggiore.[3][4] He was raised Roman Catholic[2] and attended St. Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows, New York.[5]

He studied acting at New York University,[6] as well as at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School in New York City; his teachers there included William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Giancarlo Esposito and Camryn Manheim.


Facinelli made his feature film debut in Rebecca Miller's Angela in 1995 and came to the attention of critics in the TV-movie The Price of Love later that year. In 1996, Facinelli played opposite his then-future wife Jennie Garth in An Unfinished Affair. Other TV roles followed, including a part in After Jimmy (1996) and a college dropout in Calm at Sunset. Facinelli co-starred with Amanda Peet and Michael Vartan in the 1997 AIDS-themed drama Touch Me (1997) and co-starred as a high school student in two 1998 features with Ethan Embry and Breckin Meyer, Dancer, Texas Pop. 81, and Can't Hardly Wait, which starred Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Facinelli appeared in the sci-fi film Supernova starring James Spader in 2000. He made appearances in Riding in Cars with Boys in 2001 and The Scorpion King in 2002, followed by a leading role in the Fox drama Fastlane. Facinelli had a recurring role in the HBO series Six Feet Under in 2004 and a role in the FX original series Damages beginning in 2007. Facinelli starred in Hollow Man 2 with Christian Slater. It was released direct-to-video in May 2006.

Facinelli with his daughters Luca, Lola, and Fiona at the World of Color premiere at Disney California Adventure on June 10, 2010

After wrapping up Finding Amanda with Matthew Broderick, Facinelli played Carlisle Cullen in the film adaptation of Twilight, based on the book by Stephenie Meyer.[7] According to an interview, "I almost didn't read for Twilight. My agent said, 'Do you want to do a vampire movie?' And I was like, 'No.' I was totally thinking blood and guts and bats in caves, like some kind of horror movie. They literally talked me into reading the book and I actually enjoyed the book a lot."[6] Facinelli continued his portrayal in the sequels of the film, The Twilight Saga: New Moon,[8] The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.[9]

He stars as Dr. Fitch Cooper in the Showtime dark comedy series Nurse Jackie.[10]

He is the founder of the production company Facinelli Films. Their first feature film, Loosies, which was written entirely by Facinelli, was filmed in 2011.[6] He starred in the film, which is a story of a New York pickpocket that being produced by Verdi Corrente Productions.[11] In 2011 he also wrote and produced the Hallmark Channel telefilm Accidentally in Love which starred his then-wife Jennie Garth.

Personal life[edit]

Facinelli met actress Jennie Garth on the set of An Unfinished Affair in 1995.[12] Facinelli and Garth married on January 20, 2001, in a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony.[12] They have three daughters: Luca Bella (b. 1997), Lola Ray (b. 2002), and Fiona Eve (b. 2006).[2] In March 2012, Facinelli filed for divorce from Garth[13] and it was finalized in June 2013.[14] Facinelli has been dating fellow actress Jaimie Alexander since 2012 after meeting on the set of Loosies.[15][16]


Facinelli at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International
1995Price of Love, TheThe Price of LoveBrettTelevision film
1996Unfinished Affair, AnAn Unfinished AffairRick ConnorTelevision film
1996FoxfireEthan Bixby
1996After JimmyJimmy StappTelevision film
1996Calm at SunsetJames PfeifferTelevision film
1997Touch MeBail
1998Dancer, Texas Pop. 81Terrell Lee Lusk
1998Can't Hardly WaitMike Dexter
1998Telling YouPhil Fazzulo
1998Welcome to HollywoodActor
1999Big Kahuna, TheThe Big KahunaBob Walker
1999Blue Ridge FallDanny Shepherd
2000SupernovaKarl Larson
2000HonestDaniel Wheaton
2001Stealing TimeAlec Nichols
2001TemptedJimmy Mulate
2001Riding in Cars with BoysTommy Butcher
2002Scorpion King, TheThe Scorpion KingTakmet
2005ChloeThe boyfriendShort film
2005Enfants terriblesCurtis
2006Hollow Man 2Detective Frank Turner
2006Touch the Top of the WorldErik WeihenmayerTelevision film
2005Lather Effect, TheThe Lather EffectDanny
2006ArcParis Pritchert
2007Battle OlympiaPossessed office high jumperShort film
2007That GuyJackShort film
2007LilyThe manShort film
2008Finding AmandaGreg
2008TwilightDr. Carlisle Cullen
2008ReaperJesusShort film
2009Twilight Saga: New Moon, TheThe Twilight Saga: New MoonDr. Carlisle Cullen
2010Twilight Saga: Eclipse, TheThe Twilight Saga: EclipseDr. Carlisle Cullen
2011Accidentally in LoveTelevision film
Producer and writer
2011Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1Dr. Carlisle Cullen
2012LoosiesBobby CorelliAlso producer and writer
2012Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2Dr. Carlisle Cullen
2013Gallows HillDavid Reynolds
2014FreezerDetective Sam Gurov
1995Law & OrderShane SutterEpisode: "Performance"
1995Wright Verdicts, TheThe Wright VerdictsVincent CostanzaEpisode: "Sins of the Father"
2002–03FastlaneDonovan "Van" RayMain role; 22 episodes
2004–05Six Feet UnderJimmy9 episodes
2006American Dad!Miles (voice)Episode: "Roger 'n' Me"
2007DamagesGregory Malina8 episodes
2009–presentNurse JackieDr. Fitch "Coop" Cooper
2013–14GleeRupert Campion4 episodes


  1. ^ Peter Facinelli Biography (1973-)
  2. ^ a b c Tauber, Michelle (2002-11-11). "Vroom, Vroom!". People. Retrieved 2009-08-04. Given Facinelli's Catholic upbringing, ... 
  3. ^ a b "PETER FACINELLI: Un vampiro dalla val di Non" (in Italian). Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  4. ^ In Trentino, giornale on-line del Trentino, ed. (2008-12-19). "Dalla Val di Non a Hollywood" (in Italian). Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  5. ^ Roleke, John (2009-12-24). "Twilight Star Home for the Holidays in Queens". Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  6. ^ a b c Kugel, Allison (December 12, 2011). "Peter Facinelli Talks Producing His First Indie Film, Loosies, Nurse Jackie, & Almost Passing on Twilight.". Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  7. ^ Carroll, Larry (2008-02-19). "'Twilight' Film's First Family Revealed: Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser Lead Cullen Clan". MTV. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  8. ^ Carroll, Larry (2008-11-26). "Peter Facinelli Excited To Play Carlisle Cullen Again In 'New Moon'". MTV. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  9. ^ "Cullen Family Stars Sign on For 'Breaking Dawn' – Yahoo! Movies". 2010-05-19. Retrieved 2010-08-15. 
  10. ^ "Nurse Jackie: Official Site". Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  11. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (2010-06-17). "Vincent Gallo, Michael Madsen join 'Loosies'". Retrieved 2010-08-15. 
  12. ^ a b "'Jennie Garth Has Red-and-White Wedding'". ABC News. 2001-02-01. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  13. ^ "Peter Facinelli Files for Divorce from Jennie Garth". People. 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  14. ^ "Jennie Garth & Peter Facinelli: Divorce Final - Nicest Divorce Ever". TMZ. 2013-06-12. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  15. ^ Michelle Ward (30 November 2012). "Peter Facinelli Finds Love with Costar Jaimie Alexander". People. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  16. ^ Cynthia Littleton (25 August 2014). "Inside the Emmy Parties: MPTF's Evening Before, Showtime, NBC, ICM Partners Cap Emmy Eve". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 23 September 2014. Jaimie Alexander has reunited with her "Kyle XY" producer Julie Plec, and the two are animatedly chatting along with Alexander's beau Peter Facinelli 

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