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 38)
Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Carole (m. 1998)
Children 2
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 and high school, he joined the French army and was stationed in Paris, where he acted as a fireman for the Paris Fire Brigade. 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. He began his career as a model in his early twenties. 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/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha/ "Addicted to Love" 8 8 8 Safe
2 Quickstep/ "Kryptonite" 9 9 9 Safe
3 Samba/ "El Matador" 9 9 9 Safe
4 Argentine Tango/ "Assassin's Tango" 10 10 10 Safe
5 Paso Doble/ "Habanera" 10 9 10 Safe
6 Jive/ "Dance, Dance" 9 8 9 Safe
7 Viennese Waltz/ "I Go to Sleep" 9 9 9 Safe
8 Lindy Hop/ "Go Daddy-O"
Tango/ "Womanizer"
9
9
9
9
9
10
Safe
9 Foxtrot/ "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
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Screech of the Decapitated Henri Direct-to-video
2006 Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down, TheThe Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down Attractive man in club
2007 Stand Up Photographer
2007 L'Une et L'Autre Gilles Short film
2008 Sex and the City Dante
2012 Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos Captain of the Guard/Paolo the Squire Voice only; short film
2012 Scruples Renee Dufaux Television film
2014 List, TheThe List Dr. Antonio Rosenblatt Post-production
2014 Last Rescue, TheThe Last Rescue Bruno Travert Post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Bold and the Beautiful, TheThe Bold and the Beautiful French waiter Season 1, episode 4517
2006 Passions Italian bicycle rider Season 1, episode 1730
2006 Criminal Minds Curt Episode: "The Fisher King: Part 1"
2006 Windfall French man Episode: "The Getaway"
2006 Ugly Betty Jean-Luc Episode: "Queens for a Day"
2007 Bold and the Beautiful, TheThe Bold and the Beautiful Jean Claude Season 1, episode 5110
2007 Dirty Sexy Money Italian Designer Episode: "The Lions"
2009–2011 Brothers & Sisters Luc Laurent Guest star (season 4); main cast (season 5); 30 episodes
2009 Nip/Tuck Renaldo Panettiere 2 episodes
2011 Castle Tobias Strange Episode: "Poof! You're Dead"
2011 Royal Pains Niko Episode: "Listen to the Music"
2011–present Switched at Birth Angelo Sorrento Recurring (season 1); main cast (season 2–present)
2011 Modern Family Julian Episode: "Go Bullfrogs!"
2011–2012 Hot in Cleveland Captain Lebeau 2 episodes
2012 Are You There, Chelsea? Robert Episode: "The Foodie"
2013–2014 2 Broke Girls Nicolas Saintcroix 7 episodes
2013 Kirstie Michel Episode: "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