Adrian Grenier

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Adrian Grenier
Adrian Grenier shot by Steve Erle, March 2014.jpg
Grenier, photographed in Los Angeles by Steve Erle, March 2014
Born (1976-07-10) July 10, 1976 (age 37)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Producer, Director, Musician
Years active 1997–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 by Grenier 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. Aside from HBO, Teenage Paparazzo premiered on 40 other outlets around the globe.

In 2010 Grenier began working as a producer alongside 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]

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[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13]

In December 2009, Grenier and his business partner Peter Glatzer founded the green lifestyle site SHFT.com, which promotes sustainability through video, design, art and culture.[14] In 2012 Grenier enlisted Cerise Mayo, an expert on food education, to help come up with the SHFT Mobile Kitchen Classroom–a teaching kitchen on wheels to bring lessons on cooking, gardening, and sustainable food to students all around New York City.[15]

Also 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".[16]

Grenier is an investor and advisor to the mobile video app MONTAJ.[17] 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.[18]

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

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Arresting Gena Kabush
1997 Hurricane Streets Punk
1998 Fishes Outta Water
1998 Celebrity Darrow's Entourage
1998 Adventures of Sebastian Cole, TheThe Adventures of Sebastian Cole Sebastian Cole
1999 Drive Me Crazy Chase Hammond
2000 Cecil B. Demented Lyle
2001 Harvard Man Alan Jensen
2001 Artificial Intelligence: AI Teen in van
2002 Love in the Time of Money Nick
2002 Hart's War Pvt. Daniel E. Abrams
2003 Bringing Rain Clay Askins
2003 Anything Else Ray Polito
2004 Tony N' Tina's Wedding Michael
2005 Perfect Fit, AA Perfect Fit John
2006 Across the Hall Julian Short film
2006 Devil Wears Prada, TheThe Devil Wears Prada Nate
2007 Off Hour Bruno Short Film Award Best Actor
2008 Adventures of Power Dallas Houston
2014 Goodbye World James
2014 Unity Narrator
2015 Sex, Death and Bowling Sean McAllister Post-production
2015 Entourage Vincent Chase Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Freshening Up Noah Short film
2004–2011 Entourage Vincent Chase Lead 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)
2010 90210 Himself Episode: "Age of Inheritance"

Producer[edit]

Year Title Notes
2002 Shot in the Dark
2005 Across the Hall Short
2008 Alter Eco 9 episodes
2009 Waiting For The Light To Change
2010 Teenage Paparazzo
Compromise
Don't Quit Your Daydream
2011 Young Farmers
2012 My Name Is Faith
How To Make Money Selling Drugs

Director[edit]

Year Title Notes
2002 Shot in the Dark
2006 Euthanasia
2010 Teenage Paparazzo

Writer[edit]

Year Title Notes
2006 Euthanasia
2010 Teenage 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. ^ TreeHugger.com, Adrian Grenier and the Honey Brothers Talk Green Living at the Wanderlust Festival, 2009
  11. ^ 'Entourage' Guy Starts His Own Music Label, Spin Magazine, May 2013, Retrieved Mar. 2014
  12. ^ 'Entourage' Guy Starts His Own Music Label, Spin Magazine, May 2013, Retrieved Mar. 2014
  13. ^ 'Entourage' Star's iPhone App, Forbes.com, May 2009, Retrieved Mar. 2014
  14. ^ "Adrian Founds Shft.com". Adrian Founds Shft.com. Retrieved February 14, 2012. 
  15. ^ Adrian Grenier's SHFT Mobile Kitchen Classroom Is a Food Innovator Awards Finalist, bonappetit.com, Retrieved Mar. 2014
  16. ^ Actor Adrian Grenier Teams Up With Portlanders To bring back Beer In Flat-Top Cans, oregonlive.com, Mar. 2012, Retrieved Mar. 2014
  17. ^ Adrian Grenier-backed MONTAJ aims to let iPhone users create videos simply by shaking their wrist TheNextWeb.com, Jan. 2013, 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. ^ Little Kids Rock PSA Featuring Adrian Grenier, Retrieved January 15, 2014
  20. ^ Adrian Grenier: Charity Work, Events and Causes, looktothestars.org, Retrieved Mar. 2014

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