Filippo Chillemi was born May 12, 1982, in White Plains, New York, to Frank and Angela Chillemi.
Chillemi is a former soccer player of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Prior to his college career, he was a regular member of the US Youth National Soccer Team, and took part in the first IMG Residency Program with teammates Bobby Convey, Landon Donovan, and DaMarcus Beasley. After college, he spent a year playing in Italy with FC Mazzarra, FC Olbia, and Empoli FC, and has retired from play due to an ankle injury. He is currently pursuing a career in orthopedic surgery. He attended Roswell High School in Roswell, Georgia.