Miles Teller

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Miles Teller
Miles Teller by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Miles Alexander Teller
(1987 -02-20) February 20, 1987 (age 28)
Downingtown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Education Bachelor of Fine Arts
Alma mater Tisch School of Arts
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 2004–present

Miles Alexander Teller[1] (born February 20, 1987)[2][3] is an American actor and musician. 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), and 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[edit]

Teller was born in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, the son of Merry (née Flowers), a real estate agent, and Mike Teller (born 1954), a nuclear power plant engineer.[4] His parents are from Carneys Point, New Jersey.[5][6] He has two older sisters.[7] His paternal grandfather was of Russian Jewish descent, while his other ancestry is English, Irish, Polish, and French.[8][9]

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.[10] 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.[4][11] He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where he studied method acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.[12][13]


Teller at the film premiere of Divergent in March 2014

Before making his feature film debut Teller appeared in many short films. After graduating from Tisch School of Arts in 2009,[12] he made his debut in 2010's Rabbit Hole, after Nicole Kidman handpicked him for the role.[14] Teller appeared in the stage musical Footloose in high school.[14] 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.[15]

In 2013, he starred in 21 & Over, written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.[16] 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.[17]

Also in 2013, he appeared in an in-depth interview and photo shoot in Hero magazine.[18] 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,[19] 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.[20] 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.[21]

In 2015, Teller received a nomination for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.[22] He reprised his role of Peter Hayes in The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015), which was released on 20 March 2015.[23]

In January 2014, Teller was cast to portray Dan Aykroyd in Steven Conrad's untitled John Belushi biopic.[24] 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.[25][26] He will star in the upcoming film Bleed for This (2015) with Aaron Eckhart and Katey Sagal, as boxer Vinny Paz.[27] In February 2015, it was announced that Teller would join Jonah Hill in the Todd Phillips directed film Arms and the Dudes (2016).[28]

Personal life[edit]

In 2007, Teller was in a near-fatal car accident, leaving him with multiple scars on his face and neck.[29] Since 2013, he has been in a relationship with model Keleigh Sperry.[30][31] In May 2015, while at a beach in Miami with Sperry, Teller and Sperry rescued a terrified pregnant woman who was caught in a riptide.[32]


Year Film Role -
2004 Moonlighters Miles Short film
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
2010 Rabbit Hole Jason
2011 Footloose Willard Hewitt
2012 Project X Miles Cameo appearance[33]
2013 21 & Over Miller
2013 The Spectacular Now Sutter Keely
2014 That Awkward Moment Daniel
2014 Divergent Peter Hayes
2014 Whiplash Andrew Neiman
2014 Two Night Stand Alec
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent Peter Hayes
2015 Get a Job Will Davis
2015 Fantastic Four Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic Post-production
2015 Bleed for This Vinny Pazienza Post-production
2016 Arms and the Dudes David Packouz Post-production
2016 The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1 Peter Hayes Filming

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
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
#WTF Moment Nominated
Best Musical Moment Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Scene Stealer The Divergent Series: Insurgent Pending


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