Teller at the Deauville Film Festival, September 2014
|Born||Miles Alexander Teller
February 20, 1987
Downingtown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Alma mater||Tisch School of the Arts|
Miles Alexander Teller (born February 20, 1987) is an American actor and musician. After graduating from New York University's Tisch School of Arts, he made his feature film debut in Rabbit Hole (2010). Since then, he has shown his comedic and dancing abilities in Footloose (2011), Project X (2012), That Awkward Moment (2014).
Teller has also had the lead roles in critically acclaimed films The Spectacular Now (2013) and Whiplash (2014). He will star in the upcoming biopic Bleed for This (2015), as boxer Vinny Paz. Teller received commercial success for portraying Peter Hayes in the The Divergent Series based on the best-selling series of novels. He will appear as Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic in the upcoming film Fantastic Four (2015).
Early life and education
Teller was born in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, the son of Merry (née Flowers), a real estate agent, and Mike Teller (born 1954), a nuclear plant engineer. His parents are from Carneys Point, New Jersey. He has two older sisters. His paternal grandfather was of Russian Jewish descent, while his other ancestry is English, Irish, Polish, and French.
He lived in several places as a child, because of his father's career, spending time in Citrus County, Florida, after moving from Cape May, New Jersey. Teller attended Lecanto High School, where he played the saxophone, was a drummer for a church youth group band, and was president of the drama club. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He was in a near-fatal car accident in 2007, leaving him with multiple scars on his face and neck.
Before making his feature film debut Teller appeared in many short films. After graduating from Tisch School of Arts in 2009, he made his debut in 2010's Rabbit Hole, after Nicole Kidman handpicked him for the role. Teller appeared in the stage musical Footloose in high school. Years later, he was cast in the film remake of Footloose (2011) starring Kenny Wormald, in which he played the same character as in his high school musical.
In 2013, he starred in 21 & Over, written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. That year, he began reaching critical success after starring in the James Ponsoldt film, The Spectacular Now, for which he won the Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, with co-star Shailene Woodley.
Also in 2013, he appeared in an in-depth interview and photo shoot in Hero magazine. In 2014, he co-starred in the comedy That Awkward Moment, alongside Zac Efron and Michael B. Jordan, appeared in the science fiction film Divergent, co-starring again with Shailene Woodley, and starred as a drummer in the well-reviewed drama Whiplash (2014), which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and opened in theaters in October 2014. Whiplash won Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons, and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture at the 87th Academy Awards.
In January 2014, Teller was cast to portray Dan Aykroyd in Steven Conrad's untitled John Belushi biopic. In February 2014, he was cast in a new film version of the Fantastic Four as Mister Fantastic. He will star alongside Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara. He will star in the upcoming film Bleed for This (2015) with Aaron Eckhart and Katey Sagal, as boxer Vinny Paz. In February 2015, it was announced that Teller would join Jonah Hill in the Todd Phillips directed film Arms and the Dudes (2016).
|2007||A Very Specific Recipe||Lee||Short film|
|2008||The Musicians||Miguel||Short film|
|2009||The Unusuals||James Boorland||TV series (Episode: "Boorland Day")|
|2010||The Track Meet||Andrew||Short film|
|2013||21 & Over||Miller|
|2013||The Spectacular Now||Sutter Keeley|
|2014||That Awkward Moment||Daniel|
|2014||Two Night Stand||Alec|
|2015||The Divergent Series: Insurgent||Peter|
|2015||Fantastic Four||Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic||Post-production|
|2015||Get a Job||Will Davis|
|2015||Bleed for This||Vinny Pazienza||Filming|
|2016||Arms and the Dudes||Filming|
|2016||The Divergent Series: Allegiant Part 1||Peter Hayes||-|
Awards and nominations
|2013||Sundance Film Festival||Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Acting||The Spectacular Now||Won|
|Alliance of Women Film Journalists||Alliance of Women Journalists Award for Best Depiction of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction||Nominated|
|Indiana Film Critics Association||Indiana Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor||Nominated|
|2014||MTV Movie Awards||MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Shailene Woodley)||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance||Nominated|
|Gotham Independent Film Awards||Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actor||Whiplash||Nominated|
|2015||BAFTA||BAFTA's Rising Star||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Satellite Award for Best Actor||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Male Performance||Nominated|
|Best Musical Moment||Nominated|
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