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 29)
Downingtown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Education Lecanto High School
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. Born in Pennsylvania and an alumnus of NYU's 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 and his role 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.

Early life[edit]

Teller was born in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, the son of Merry, a real estate agent, and Michael Teller, a nuclear power plant engineer.[4] His father is from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and his mother is 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]

In 2014, he co-starred in the comedy That Awkward Moment, alongside Zac Efron and Michael B. Jordan, 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.[23] 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.[24] '

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).[25] He also starred as Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic in the film Fantastic Four (2015).[26][27]

Teller played real life arms dealer David Packouz, opposite Jonah Hill, in the Todd Phillips-directed film War Dogs (2016),[28] and will headline the upcoming biopic Bleed for This (2016), playing boxer Vinny Paz.[29] In January 2014, Teller was cast to portray Dan Aykroyd in Steven Conrad's untitled John Belushi biopic.[30]

Personal life[edit]

In 2007, Teller was in a near-fatal car accident, leaving him with multiple scars on his face and neck.[31] Since 2013, he has been in a relationship with model Keleigh Sperry.[32][33]


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
2011 Footloose Willard Hewitt
2012 Project X Miles Teller
2013 The Spectacular Now Sutter Keely
2013 21 & Over Miller
2014 Whiplash Andrew Neiman
2014 That Awkward Moment Daniel
2014 Divergent Peter Hayes
2014 Two Night Stand Alec
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent Peter Hayes
2015 Fantastic Four Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic
2016 The Divergent Series: Allegiant Peter Hayes
2016 Get a Job Will Davis
2016 War Dogs David Packouz
2016 Bleed for This Vinny Pazienza Post-production
2016 Thank You for Your Service Adam Schumann Filming
2017 Granite Mountain Brendan McDonough (Donut) Filming

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2013 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Acting (shared with Shailene Woodley) The Spectacular Now Won
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Depiction of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction Nominated
Indiana Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (shared with Shailene Woodley) Nominated
Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards Best Actor Whiplash Nominated
BAFTA Rising Star Award Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actor Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Male Performance Nominated
#WTF Moment Nominated
Best Musical Moment Nominated
2015 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 Nominated


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  28. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (February 12, 2015). "'Whiplash' Star Miles Teller Joins Jonah Hill In 'Arms And The Dudes'". Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Aaron Eckhart, Miles Teller Board Vinnie Pazienza Boxing Biopic". Variety (magazine). February 3, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
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