Vincent Kartheiser

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Vincent Kartheiser
Vincent Kartheiser at PaleyFest 2014.jpg
At The Paley Center, 2014
Born Vincent Paul Kartheiser
(1979-05-05) May 5, 1979 (age 35)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Alexis Bledel (m. 2014)

Vincent Paul Kartheiser[1] (born May 5, 1979) is an American actor best known for playing Connor in the WB TV series 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] He is of German, and to an extent Polish, Finnish, Swedish, and Luxembourgian, ancestry.[5]


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.[6]

He 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 (1995) and a starring role in the film Alaska (1996). The film led to Kartheiser getting the lead role in Masterminds the following year.

He 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, playing 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.

Kartheiser in 2009

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 show's cast, Kartheiser won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2009 and 2010.[7] 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.[8] In the summer of 2013, he 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. He began dating his Mad Men co-star Alexis Bledel in mid-2012.[9] He and Bledel announced their engagement in March 2013,[10] and were married in California in June 2014.[11]

In a 2010 interview with The Observer, Kartheiser revealed that he eschewed the extravagant lifestyle of a Hollywood celebrity in favor of simple living.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Untamed Heart Orphan Boy
1994 Little Big League James
1994 Heaven Sent Eddie Chandler
1995 Indian in the Cupboard, TheThe Indian in the Cupboard Gillon
1996 Alaska Sean Barnes
1997 Masterminds Ozzie
1998 Another Day in Paradise Bobbie
1998 Hairy Bird, TheThe Hairy Bird Snake - Flat Critter AKA, All I Wanna Do
2000 Crime and Punishment in Suburbia Vincent
2000 Bad Seed Dillon
2000 Ricky 6 Ricky Cowen
2000 Luckytown Colonel
2001 Unsaid, TheThe Unsaid Thomas Caffey
2004 Dandelion Mason Mullich
2005 Shakespeare's Sonnets Sebastian Short film
2006 Alpha Dog Pick Giaimo
2006 Waning Moon Michael Short film
2007 Killing Zelda Sparks Craig Blackshear
2010 Elektra Luxx Jimmy
2011 Rango Ezekiel / Lasso Rodent (voice)
2011 In Time Philippe Weis
2011 Fruit of Labor Alfred Short film
2012 Cussing in the Workplace Jack
2013 Beach Pillows Nick
2014 Red Knot Peter Harrison
2014 Winter Light Samuel Short film, post-production
2015 Day Out of Days Tark Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Sweet Justice Nicholas Episode: "Story of My Life"
1999 ER Jesse Keenan Episode: "Truth & Consequences"
2002-2004 Angel Connor Main role (28 episodes)
2007-2014 Mad Men Pete Campbell Main role (86 episodes)
2010 American Experience Thomas Nickerson (voice) Episode: "Into the Deep: America, Whaling, & the World"
2010 Money Fielding Goodney TV miniseries
2011 Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland Show (voice) Episode: "Like a Boss"
2013 Axe Cop Bat Warthog Man (voice) Episodes: "Ask Axe Cop: President", "Night Mission: Stealing Friends Back", "Birthday Month"
2013 High School USA! Marsh Merriwether (voice) Main role (11 episodes)

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 L.A. Noire Walter Clemens (voice) Video game


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