Piven in February 2009
Jeremy Samuel Piven
July 26, 1965
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, producer|
|Parent(s)||Joyce Hiller Piven|
|Family||Shira Piven (sister)|
Adam McKay (brother-in-law)
Jeremy Samuel Piven (born July 26, 1965) is an American actor, comedian, and producer. He is known for his role as Ari Gold in the comedy series Entourage, for which he won a Golden Globe Award and three consecutive Emmy Awards. He also starred in the British period drama Mr Selfridge, which tells the story of the man who created the luxury English department store chain Selfridges, and portrayed Spence Kovak on Ellen DeGeneres's sitcom Ellen.
His parents are Byrne Piven (1929–2002) and Joyce Hiller Piven (née Goldstein), both of whom were actors and drama teachers. His sister is director Shira Piven, whom he has described as one of his first acting teachers; his brother-in-law is director Adam McKay.
He grew up in Evanston, Illinois and graduated from Evanston Township High School. As a teenager, he attended Harand Theater Camp in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, where he played Bernardo in West Side Story. In Illinois, he trained at Piven Theatre Workshop, founded by his parents. He also attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he departed after his sophomore year to attend New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He left Tisch during his senior year to pursue his acting career and is an alumnus of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He spent a semester at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut.
He has appeared in a number of films with John Cusack, who is also from Evanston and is a fellow alumnus of the Piven Theatre Workshop (as are Cusack's sisters Joan and Ann). Piven and Cusack once shared an apartment and have been friends since high school.
One of Piven's early roles was Spike in Lucas (1986). Piven's first important role came in 1992 when he became a regular cast member on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show, in which he played the head writer Jerry. He left the show in the second season after growing tired of playing Jerry, because his character was not given much of a background.
In 1993, he portrayed George Costanza on the show-within-a-show scene in the Seinfeld episode, "The Pilot". Piven was a supporting cast member on the last three seasons of the sitcom Ellen, wherein he played the part of Ellen's cousin, Spence. He was also the star and producer of the short-lived ABC dramedy series Cupid and voiced Elongated Man in three episodes of Justice League Unlimited.
Beginning in 2004, Piven achieved significant success playing the fast-talking, acerbic Hollywood agent Ari Gold in the HBO series Entourage. He received Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actor four straight years, from 2005 to 2008, and won the award in 2006, 2007, and 2008; 2009 was the first year in which he did not receive an Emmy Award nomination for his work on the show. He also received Golden Globe nominations from 2005 to 2010 for the role, and win in 2008.
Piven has appeared in numerous successful films, including Grosse Pointe Blank, Singles, Very Bad Things, The Family Man, Black Hawk Down, The Kingdom, Heat, PCU, Old School, Rock N Rolla, Serendipity, Smokin' Aces, and Runaway Jury. He has also made cameo appearances in Rush Hour 2 and the U.S. release of Cars.
In 2007, Piven appeared in the video for "Drivin' Me Wild", the third single from the rapper Common's seventh album, Finding Forever. The two were co-stars in Smokin' Aces and appeared together when Piven hosted SNL in January 2007.
Piven appeared in the first Broadway revival of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow. The production began preview performances on October 3, 2008 and opened on October 23, 2008; the play was due to run through February 22, 2009. After Piven missed several performances, on December 17, 2008, Piven's representation announced that due to an undisclosed illness, Piven would be ending his run in the play effective immediately. The illness was revealed to be hydrargaria, a disease caused by exposure to mercury or its compounds, though the source is unknown. Rumours have indicated that the high level of mercury could potentially have been caused by Piven's habit of consuming fish twice a day for the past 20 years. An alternative explanation is that the herbal remedies Piven was taking were responsible for his high levels of mercury. Mamet joked that Piven was leaving the play "to pursue a career as a thermometer." On September 1, 2009, Piven, in a guest appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, explained that he had given up red meat and poultry, and had been getting all of his protein from fish for the past 20 years.
On August 3, 2009, Piven guest hosted the WWE Raw wrestling program. In August 2011, Piven stated he was interested in portraying the drummer from the Who, Keith Moon. From 2013 to 2016, he played the title role in the British television drama series Mr Selfridge, the semi-fictional story based on the life of Harry Selfridge, who founded the London department store Selfridge's. The show aired on the ITV network in the United Kingdom and PBS in the United States.
Sexual harassment allegations
On October 30, 2017, adult film actress and reality television personality Ariane Bellamar made accusations via Twitter, that Piven had groped her. The next day, Piven responded to these allegations writing, "I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me. It did not happen". Cassidy Freeman came to Bellamar's defense in an Instagram post, alluding to her own troubling past with Piven, who the actress claims engaged in "predatory behavior" toward her when she was "far too young". On November 9, advertising executive Tiffany Bacon Scourby alleged that Piven had attacked her in 2003, stating that he had "jumped on" her, "exposed his genitals, held her hands down and began rubbing against her body until he ejaculated". Piven responded to the allegations, calling them "absolutely false and completely fabricated". A representative for Piven said the actor was "looking at legal options".
On November 13, 2017, Piven voluntarily took a polygraph test in which he was asked a series of questions about each allegation, which allegations he again denied. He passed the test with "no signs of deception". The polygraph test was administered by a member of the American Polygraph Association.
Later that month, Anastasia Taneie, who worked as an extra on Entourage, alleged that Piven "confronted her in a dark hallway and groped her breast and genitals as he forcefully pushed her against a wall". On November 27, 2017, CBS decided not to order a full season of Wisdom of the Crowd, following weak ratings and allegations of sexual harassment involving Piven. In January 2018, BuzzFeed published an article in which three more women accused Piven of "sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior". They alleged Piven pinned down one woman on a couch after following her to her trailer on the set of a film in 1985, engaged in "physically aggressive" behavior with another while on a date, and attempted to force himself on the third woman in a hotel room around 1994. BuzzFeed News corroborated the stories with eight people who said the women had shared the encounters with them in the years since. Piven "vehemently denied" all the allegations, and his lawyer called them "works of fiction", saying they were opportunistic efforts to "obtain attention and/or money". Piven submitted a written statement to BuzzFeed, in which he referred to the lie detector test he had taken and asserted: "I have never forced myself on anyone, nor have I ever exposed myself or restrained anyone against their will. To the contrary, if any woman ever said no, I stopped".
|One Crazy Summer||Ty|
|1990||The Grifters||Sailor – Freshman|
|1992||The Player||Steve Reeves|
|Bob Roberts||Candle Seller|
|There Goes The Neighborhood||Albert Lodge|
|1993||Twenty Bucks||Nervous Quick-Mart Clerk|
|Judgment Night||Ray Cochran|
|1994||Car 54, Where Are You?||Herbert Hortz|
|PCU||James "Droz" Andrews|
|Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde||Peter Walston|
|1996||Livers Ain't Cheap||John|
|E=mc2||Prof. Paul Higgins|
|Larger Than Life||Walter|
|Layin' Low||Jerry Muckler|
|1997||Just Write||Harold McMurphy|
|Grosse Pointe Blank||Paul Spericki|
|Kiss the Girls||Henry Castillo, LAPD|
|1998||Music from Another Room||Billy Swan|
|Very Bad Things||Michael Berkow|
|2000||The Crew||Det. Steve Menteer|
|The Family Man||Arnie|
|2001||Rush Hour 2||Versace Salesman|
|Serendipity||Dean Kansky||Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Black Hawk Down||Clifton "Elvis" Wolcott|
|2003||Old School||Dean Gordon "Cheese" Pritchard|
|Runaway Jury||Lawrence Green|
|Scary Movie 3||Ross Giggins|
|2004||Chasing Liberty||Alan Weiss|
|2005||Two for the Money||Jerry|
|Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?||Rock Rivers||Voice|
|2006||Cars||Harv||Voice, American version|
|Keeping Up with the Steins||Adam Fiedler|
|Smokin' Aces||Buddy "Aces" Israel|
|2007||The Kingdom||Damon Schmidt|
|2009||The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard||Don Ready|
|2011||I Melt With You||Ron|
|Spy Kids: All the Time in the World||Timekeeper/Danger D'Amo|
|2012||The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!||Black Bellamy||Voice|
|Welcome to Me||Additional Voices|
|2014||Edge of Tomorrow||Colonel Walter Marx||Uncredited role|
|Sin City: A Dame to Kill For||Bob|
|2020||Crabs in a Bucket||Mick||Post-production|
|2020||Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind||Narrator|
Awards and nominations
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- SNL Archives | Episode Archived 2007-10-11 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved October 10, 2007.
- Docs Tell Piven: Broadway is Bad for Your Health TMZ, December 17, 2008
- on YouTube
- "Discussion of the possible cause of poisoning". Jdc325.wordpress.com. December 19, 2008. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
- Jeremy Piven Abruptly Departs Broadway's Speed-the-Plow Archived 2008-12-20 at the Wayback Machine Playbill, December 17, 2008
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- "Jeremy Piven wants to play Keith Moon?". Keithmoonmovie.com. August 15, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
- "Umphrey's McGee Live at Irving Plaza on 2004-12-10". December 10, 2004. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
- "Artists For Bernie". Bernie Sanders.com. Archived from the original on January 4, 2016. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
- "Jeremy Piven juggles movie premiere, watching Bears". ESPN. Retrieved February 15, 2011.
- Cronin, Melissa (April 18, 2014). "'Millionaire Matchmaker' Porno Scandal: Series Star Ariane Bellamar's X-Rated Past Revealed PLUS What Patti Stanger Doesn't Want You To Know". Radar Online. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
- Nyren, Erin (October 31, 2017). "Jeremy Piven 'Unequivocally' Denies Groping Allegations". Variety. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
- Messer, Lesley; Chervokas, Jason (November 1, 2017). "Jeremy Piven 'unequivocally' denies 'appalling' groping allegations". ABC News. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
- Delbyck, Cole (November 2, 2017). "'Smallville' Actress Cassidy Freeman Calls Out Jeremy Piven's 'Predatory Behavior'". Huffington Post. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- Evans, Greg (November 10, 2017). "Jeremy Piven Says Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Him 'Are Absolutely False & Completely Fabricated'". Deadline. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
- "Jeremy Piven on Hollywood sex scandal: 'Careers are being destroyed based on mere allegations'". The Independent. November 10, 2017. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
- "Jeremy Piven has taken a lie detector test after sexual misconduct allegations". The Independent. November 21, 2017. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
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- "Another woman has accused Jeremy Piven of sexual misconduct on the set of HBO's 'Entourage'". Business Insider. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
- Schwartz, Ryan (November 27, 2017). "Wisdom of the Crowd Cancelled Amid Jeremy Piven Sexual Assault Scandal". TVLine. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
- "Exclusive: Three More Women Are Accusing Jeremy Piven Of Sexual Misconduct". Buzzfeed. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
- "Jeremy Piven Faces Sexual Misconduct Allegations From 3 More Women". Time. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
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- Jeremy Piven collected news and commentary at The Guardian
- "Jeremy Piven collected news and commentary". The New York Times.
- Interview on WHO.com with Jeremy Piven and Doug Ellin
- Piven on "Speed-The-Plow" and Mercury Poisoning at Yahoo!
- Jeremy Piven at Emmys.com