Kartheiser in London, November 2009
|Born||Vincent Paul Kartheiser
May 5, 1979
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. The youngest of six children, he has four sisters, Andrea, Colette, Elise and Theresa, and a brother, Nathan.
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.
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.
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.
Kartheiser's short film, Fruit of Labor, made its Orange County debut at the Newport Beach Film Festival in April 2013.
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.
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. Kartheiser and Bledel announced their engagement in March 2013.
Film and television credits
|Film and Television appearances|
|1993||Untamed Heart||Orphan Boy|
|1994||Heaven Sent||Eddie Chandler|
|1994||Little Big League||James|
|1994||Sweet Justice||Nicholas||Episode: "Story of My Life"|
|1995||Indian in the Cupboard, TheThe Indian in the Cupboard||Gillon|
|1998||Hairy Bird, TheThe Hairy Bird||Snake||AKA, Strike!|
|1998||Another Day in Paradise||Bobbie|
|1999||ER||Jesse Keenan||Episode: "Truth & Consequences"|
|2000||Crime and Punishment in Suburbia||Vincent|
|2000||Ricky 6||Ricky Cowen|
|2001||Unsaid, TheThe Unsaid||Thomas Caffey|
|2006||Alpha Dog||Pick Giaimo|
|2007||Killing Zelda Sparks||Craig Blackshear|
|Mad Men||Pete Campbell||Series Regular
Nominated— Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, 2008
|2010||American Experience||Thomas Nickerson||Episode: "Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World"|
|2010||Money||Fielding Goodney||TV mini-series|
|2011||L.A. Noire||Walter Clemens||Arson Case: "The Gas Man"|
|2011||In Time||Philippe Weis|
|2012||Fruit of Labor||Alfred|
|2013||Axe Cop||Bat Warthog Man||Voice role
|2013||High School USA!||Marsh Merriwether||Voice role
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- Garrahan, Matthew (April 12, 2013). "Vincent Kartheiser: As the sixth season of ‘Mad Men’ gets under way, the actor describes what it’s like to play Pete Campbell, the most odious man on television". FT Magazine. Retrieved April 13, 2013.
- "Cast Bio: Vincent Kartheiser". AMC.[dead link]
- "Children's Theatre Company -Curtain Call Ball". Childrenstheatre.org. 2011-09-10. Retrieved 2011-12-27.
- "Streep, Penn Win Top SAG Awards For Film"
- of Labor Newport Beach Film Festival 2013 Screenings”
- Gay, Verne (2012-06-20). "Report: Alexis Bledel, Vincent Kartheiser an item". Newsday.com. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
- Ravitz, Justin (2013-03-20). "Alexis Bledel, Vincent Kartheiser Engaged! Mad Men Costars to Marry". Us Weekly. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
- Adams, Tim (2010-04-25). "Vincent Kartheiser: 'I definitely do psychopathic. I don't try to, but it just sneaks out'". The Observer. Retrieved 2013-11-17.