Vincent Kartheiser

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Vincent Kartheiser
Vincent Kartheiser 2.jpg
Kartheiser in London, November 2009
BornVincent Paul Kartheiser
(1979-05-05) May 5, 1979 (age 35)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Years active1993–present
Partner(s)Alexis Bledel
(2012–present; engaged)
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Vincent Kartheiser
Vincent Kartheiser 2.jpg
Kartheiser in London, November 2009
BornVincent Paul Kartheiser
(1979-05-05) May 5, 1979 (age 35)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Years active1993–present
Partner(s)Alexis Bledel
(2012–present; engaged)

Vincent Paul Kartheiser[1] (born May 5, 1979) is an American actor known for playing Connor in Angel and Pete Campbell in Mad Men.

Early life[edit]

Kartheiser was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Janet Marie (née Gruyé), who ran a nursery, and James Ralph Kartheiser, who sold construction equipment.[2][3] The youngest of six children, he has four sisters, Andrea, Colette, Elise and Theresa, and a brother, Nathan.[4]


Some of Kartheiser’s first acting experiences were on stage of Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis, including roles in Pippi Longstocking, Our Town, Dr. Seuss’ The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.[5]

Kartheiser made his screen debut with a bit role in the 1993 film Untamed Heart. Kartheiser found himself cast in mostly family fare, including The Indian in the Cupboard and a starring role in the film Alaska. The film led to Kartheiser getting the lead role in Masterminds.

Kartheiser next portrayed Bobby, a drug-addicted, homeless street urchin in Larry Clark's Another Day in Paradise. He had two explicit sex scenes with Natasha Gregson, one of which was cut from the film in order to avoid an NC-17 rating. The film earned the young actor significant accolades, and he went on to appear in Strike! (later retitled All I Wanna Do) and Crime and Punishment in Suburbia.

Screened at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, Crime and Punishment in Suburbia was a moody, updated take on Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, set in a modern high school. Kartheiser later landed a regular role on the supernatural drama series Angel in 2002. He played Connor, the son of two vampires, Darla and the titular Angel. Upon returning to Los Angeles, Connor's gradually unraveling mental state was among the main focuses of the show's fourth season; he would make two more appearances during its final season.

Returning to film work, Kartheiser starred in the well-received coming-of-age drama Dandelion, which was shown at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Since its 2007 debut, he has played the role of ambitious young ad man Pete Campbell in the television series Mad Men, on AMC.

Along with the rest of the cast of Mad Men, Kartheiser won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2009 and 2010.[6] Kartheiser filmed his role as Fielding in the BBC's two-part adaptation of Martin Amis' novel Money in the winter of 2009. The adaptation began airing on BBC Two on the 23rd of May, 2010.

Kartheiser's short film, Fruit of Labor, made its Orange County debut at the Newport Beach Film Festival in April 2013.[7] In the summer of 2013, Kartheiser returned to his theatrical roots in Minneapolis to portray Mr. Darcy in an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice at the Guthrie Theater.

Personal life[edit]

Kartheiser dated his The Hairy Bird co-star Rachael Leigh Cook for four months in 1998. Kartheiser began dating his Mad Men co-star Alexis Bledel in mid-2012.[8] Kartheiser and Bledel announced their engagement in March 2013.[9]

In a 2010 interview with The Observer, Kartheiser revealed that he eschewed the extravagant lifestyle of a Hollywood celebrity in favor of simple living.[10]



1993Untamed HeartOrphan Boy
1994Little Big LeagueJames
1994Heaven SentEddie Chandler
1995Indian in the Cupboard, TheThe Indian in the CupboardGillon
1996AlaskaSean Barnes
1998Another Day in ParadiseBobbie
1998Hairy Bird, TheThe Hairy BirdSnake - Flat CritterAKA, All I Wanna Do
2000Crime and Punishment in SuburbiaVincent
2000Bad SeedDillon
2000Ricky 6Ricky Cowen
2001Unsaid, TheThe UnsaidThomas Caffey
2004DandelionMason Mullich
2005Shakespeare's SonnetsSebastianShort film
2006Alpha DogPick Giaimo
2006Waning MoonMichaelShort film
2007Killing Zelda SparksCraig Blackshear
2010Elektra LuxxJimmy
2011RangoEzekiel / Lasso Rodent (voice)
2011In TimePhilippe Weis
2011Fruit of LaborAlfredShort film
2012Cussing in the WorkplaceJack
2013Beach PillowsNick
2014Red KnotPeter Harrison
2014Winter LightSamuelShort film, post-production
2015Day Out of DaysTarkPost-production


1994Sweet JusticeNicholasEpisode: "Story of My Life"
1999ERJesse KeenanEpisode: "Truth & Consequences"
2002-2004AngelConnorMain role (28 episodes)
2007-2014Mad MenPete CampbellMain role (86 episodes)
2010American ExperienceThomas Nickerson (voice)Episode: "Into the Deep: America, Whaling, & the World"
2010MoneyFielding GoodneyTV miniseries
2011Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland Show(voice)Episode: "Like a Boss"
2013Axe CopBat Warthog Man (voice)Episodes: "Ask Axe Cop: President", "Night Mission: Stealing Friends Back", "Birthday Month"
2013High School USA!Marsh Merriwether (voice)Main role (11 episodes)

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