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, United States
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. Born in Pennsylvania and an alumnus of the Tisch School of Arts, he appeared in several short films and television movies before making his feature film debut in Rabbit Hole (2010). He had supporting roles in Footloose (2011) and Project X (2012), before garnering critical acclaim for his leading performance as Sutter Keely in The Spectacular Now (2013), for which he was awarded the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Acting.

In 2015, Teller gave a highly critically acclaimed leading performance as Andrew Neiman in Whiplash, for which he was nominated for the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actor, the Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture, and the BAFTA Rising Star Award. Teller received further recognition when he portrayed Peter Hayes in the commercially successful Divergent (2014), followed by the film's sequels Insurgent (2015) and Allegiant (2016). He starred as Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic in the film Fantastic Four (2015), and will headline the upcoming biopic Bleed for This (2016), playing boxer Vinny Paz.

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, Erin and Dana.[7][8] His paternal grandfather was of Russian Jewish descent, while his other ancestry is English, Irish, Polish, and French.[9][10]

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.[11] He also lived in Pennsylvania and Delaware.[12] Teller attended Lecanto High School, Florida, where he played the saxophone, was a drummer for a church youth group band, and was president of the drama club.[4][13] He can also play piano and guitar and was on the baseball team, hoping to turn professional.[14][15] Aside from high school, Teller worked as a server at a restaurant called Crackers.[16] 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.[17][18]


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,[17] he made his debut in 2010's Rabbit Hole, after Nicole Kidman handpicked him for the role.[19] Teller appeared in the stage musical Footloose in high school.[19] 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.[20]

In 2013, he starred in 21 & Over, written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.[21] 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.[22]

Also in 2013, he appeared in an in-depth interview and photo shoot in Hero magazine.[23] 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,[24] 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.[25] 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.[26]

In 2015, Teller received a nomination for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.[27] He reprised his role of Peter Hayes in The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015), which was released on March 20, 2015.[28]

In 2015, he starred in a new film version of the Fantastic Four, as Mister Fantastic, alongside Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara.[29][30] He will star in the upcoming film Bleed for This (2015) with Aaron Eckhart and Katey Sagal, as boxer Vinny Paz.[31] In February 2015, it was announced that Teller would join Jonah Hill in the Todd Phillips directed film Arms and the Dudes (2016).[32] In January 2014, Teller was also cast to portray Dan Aykroyd in Steven Conrad's untitled John Belushi biopic.[33]

Personal life[edit]

In 2007, Teller was in a near-fatal car accident, leaving him with multiple scars on his face and neck.[34] Since 2013, he has been in a relationship with model Keleigh Sperry.[35][36]


Year Film Role Notes
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 Supporting Character
2011 Footloose Willard Hewitt Supporting Character
2012 Project X Himself Supporting Character
2013 The Spectacular Now Sutter Keely Main character
2013 21 & Over Miller Main character
2014 Whiplash Andrew Neiman Main character
2014 That Awkward Moment Daniel Supporting Character
2014 Divergent Peter Hayes Supporting Character
2014 Two Night Stand Alec Main character
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent Peter Hayes Supporting Character
2015 Fantastic Four Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic Main character
2016 The Divergent Series: Allegiant Peter Hayes Post-production
2016 Get a Job Will Davis
2016 Arms and the Dudes David Packouz Post-production
2016 Bleed for This Vinny Pazienza Post-production

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2013 Sundance Film Festival Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Acting (shared with Shailene Woodley) 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
CinemaCon Award Ensemble Award (shared with Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell) Fantastic Four Won
Teen Choice Awards Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Scene Stealer The Divergent Series: Insurgent Nominated
2016 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Screen Combo (shared with Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell) Fantastic Four Pending


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