Milo Ventimiglia

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Milo Ventimiglia
Milo Ventimiglia - SXSW 2010 (cropped).jpg
Ventimiglia at South by Southwest in 2010, speaking at "Big Campaigns on Digital Dollars"
Born Milo Anthony Ventimiglia
(1977-07-08) July 8, 1977 (age 36)
Anaheim, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1995–present

Milo Anthony Ventimiglia (/vɛntɪˈmljə/, Italian: [ventiˈmiʎʎa]; born July 8, 1977)[1][2] is an American actor best known for his role as Peter Petrelli on the NBC television series Heroes. Ventimiglia's first career break was in the Fox series Opposite Sex, playing Jed Perry, the main protagonist of the show. Ventimiglia was first noticed by fans during his three-year stint on the WB series Gilmore Girls, playing Rory Gilmore's love interest Jess Mariano from 2001 until his final guest appearance in 2006.[3]

After his own WB series The Bedford Diaries, a recurring role as Meg Pryor's love interest on NBC's American Dreams, and playing Rocky Balboa's son in the sixth and final installment of the Rocky series, Rocky Balboa, Ventimiglia's big break came in 2006 when he received the part of nurse-turned-superhero Peter Petrelli for four seasons on NBC's Heroes. He stars as Ian Mitchell in the Crackle original series Chosen.

Early life[edit]

Ventimiglia was born in Anaheim, California, the son of Carol (née Wilson) and Peter Ventimiglia.[4] His father is of Sicilian descent and his mother has English, Irish, Scottish, French, and Cherokee Native American ancestry.[5] His last name, Ventimiglia, meaning "twenty miles", is the name of the town of Ventimiglia in Liguria, Italy, which later gave its name to another city, Ventimiglia di Sicilia, and is derived from the fact that the members of his family claim descent from a branch of the medieval Italian nobility. The youngest of three children, he has two older sisters, Leslie and Laurel. He explained in an interview with USA Today that his "crooked mouth" is a result of dead nerves on the left side, which cause that side to remain immobile, much like, incidentally, actor Sylvester Stallone, with whom he worked in Rocky Balboa.[4]

Ventimiglia attended El Modena High School in Orange, California, where he wrestled, acted in drama productions and held the office of president in student government. He graduated in 1995. At eighteen years of age, Ventimiglia studied at the American Conservatory Theater for their summer program.[6] He attended UCLA as a theatre major before getting a scholarship to a music school in San Francisco.[7]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

At 18 years of age, Ventimiglia started auditioning, booking jobs, and working his way up. His first starring role was as a gay teenager in Must Be the Music, a short film released as part of Strand Releasing's Boys Life 2.[8] From there, Ventimiglia studied at UCLA before landing a role on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.[9] Ventimiglia has also guest starred on such television series as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Boston Public. He had the part of the main character, Jed Perry, in the short-lived FOX TV series, Opposite Sex. Milo also played a key role in an Apple advert for the Apple iBook.[10]

From 2001 to 2004, Ventimiglia played brooding teen Jess Mariano on Gilmore Girls; he was introduced in the second season as a main cast member. In season four he dropped down to a guest star/recurring cast member, and he came back for two episodes in season six. He signed on for a spin-off of "Gilmore Girls," entitled Windward Circle, which was going to be focused on the relationship between Jess and his estranged father (played by Rob Estes), but the proposed series never made it to air because of high filming costs. The season 3 episode Here Comes the Son was the pilot for the California-set spin-off, which would have starred Ventimiglia, Rob Estes and Sherilyn Fenn.

In the third and final season of the NBC drama American Dreams, Ventimiglia played Chris Pierce, the rebellious boyfriend of Meg Pryor (Brittany Snow). Pierce and his single mother, Shelly (Daphne Zuniga), a Playboy bunny, move into the house next to the Pryors. Chris Pierce evades the draft, fearing he will be forced to fight in the Vietnam War, where Meg Pryor's older brother, J.J. (Will Estes) was wounded. Chris and Meg escape Philadelphia in the series finale to Berkeley, California, much to the sadness of Meg's best friend, Roxanne Bojarski (Vanessa Lengies).

In 2005, he starred in the mid-season replacement series "The Bedford Diaries," for which he did not have to audition. The producers had only Ventimiglia in mind for the role. However, the show lasted only eight episodes and was one of several shows not picked up by the newly formed network The CW. During his off-time from television and production work, he has had supporting roles in horror films such as Cursed and Stay Alive as well as starring roles in the short-film Intelligence and the full-length feature Dirty Deeds. Most recently, he played Robert "Rocky Jr." Balboa, the son of Rocky Balboa, in the latest Rocky installment Rocky Balboa which was released in December 2006. Coincidentally, in the 2004 Gilmore Girls episode, "Nag Hammadi Is Where they Found the Gnostic Gospels", Lorelai Gilmore refers to Milo's character, Jess, as being able to "pull off an extremely convincing 'Adrian'", a reference likening Jess to Rocky Balboa.

Ventimiglia at the Heroes season three premiere, September 2008

In his biggest role to date, he starred as Peter Petrelli in the NBC program Heroes, a show about "ordinary" people discovering they have superpowers. Alongside his work in "Heroes," Ventimiglia has also taken on other projects. In mid-2007 he starred as the love interest of pop/R&B singer Fergie in the music video for "Big Girls Don't Cry". In 2008, he starred in the horror film Pathology. The movie co-starred Charmed actress Alyssa Milano and was directed by Marc Schoelermann for MGM.

After working with writers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor on Pathology, Ventimiglia appeared in the pair's next film, Gamer. He has called Neveldine and Taylor the "next big thing" in filmmaking and immediately agreed to play the part of Rick Rape in the futuristic thriller. When describing Rick Rape, Ventimiglia said that "Moonraker, silver grill, with a latex outfit making him look like a bumblebee. With the perverse nature of a teenage boy on speed."[11] Ventimiglia also starred in the Xavier Gens apocalypse thriller film The Divide.[12]

He was the voice of Wolverine in the English dub of the Marvel Anime: Wolverine anime series and reprised his role in an episode of the Marvel Anime: Iron Man and an episode of Marvel Anime: Blade. He did not return to voice Wolverine in Marvel Anime: X-Men, due to that series portraying an older Wolverine, instead Wolverine was voiced by Steven Blum.[13] Ventimiglia has been cast in Frank Darabont's pilot L.A. Noir for TNT as Ned Stax, a former marine.[14]

Production work[edit]

In addition to being hired as a second unit director for the 2003 and 2004 "Image Campaigns" for the former WB Network, Divide Pictures (the production company he co-owns and operates with best friend Russ Cundiff), Ventimiglia is now producing and developing a mini web-series called It's a Mall World as part of a marketing campaign for American Eagle Outfitters.[15] The webisodes are due to start airing on American Eagle's official, during episodes of the new season of MTV's The Real World, and in American Eagle stores nationwide on August 2. According to American Eagle's website, Ventimiglia will be directing the series, while his friend Cundiff will be producing it.

In 2005, Divide Pictures created the DSC, or Divide Social Club, an online and global social network for like-minded people[16] co-founded by Ventimiglia with his best friends Cundiff and Dino DeMilio, a radio producer for "The Tom Leykis Show". In addition to t-shirt production, Divide Social Club also produces "internet content" in the form of videos that have appeared on YouTube.

Ventimiglia, Russ Cundiff and Divide Pictures partnered with Top Cow to produce the comic series REST which will be a monthly limited series. The comic is about John Barret, a white-collar New Yorker whose life changes when he becomes addicted to a drug that prevents him from falling asleep. Divide also has a comic book called Berserker written by Rick Loverd.[17]

Ventimiglia will co-produce and appear in "Ultradome," a web series which will debate the comparative merits of science fiction characters. The project is a collaboration between Agility Studios and Ventimiglia's DiVide Pictures. In the first episode, Ventimiglia will argue in favor of Lord of the Rings' superiority over Star Wars.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Ventimiglia at a USO trip in Camp Striker, Iraq, in July 2008

Ventimiglia is a lifelong lacto-vegetarian and was named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' Sexiest Vegetarian in 2009.[19][20] He also does not smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol.[21] He is a fan of seminal British punk band The Clash,[22] and is an avid skateboard fan. He has three known tattoos: "S.L.R.S." on his left shoulder, a star on the inside of his right upper arm, and a dragon on his left calf.[citation needed]

Before being cast on Heroes, Ventimiglia had been living with close friends Steve Berra and Patrick Fugit.[23] He dated his Gilmore Girls co-star Alexis Bledel from December 2002 to July 2006.[24] He also dated his Heroes co-star Hayden Panettiere from December 2007 to February 2009.[25][26]

Ventimiglia took a United Service Organization tour from July 6 to 12, 2008 in support of American troops in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.[27] He is also active on behalf of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) helping in April 2009 to launch a national public service advertisement campaign, www.SupportYourVet.org, which gives friends and family of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans tools to support their transition home from war.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Boys Life 2 Jason (segment "Must Be the Music")
1999 She's All That Soccer Player
Speedway Junky Travis
2000 Massholes Doc
2001 Nice Guys Finish Last Josh
2003 Winter Break Matt Raymand
Blue Poles Miles Short Film
2005 Cursed Bo
Dirty Deeds Zach Harper
2006 Intelligence Colin Mathers
Stay Alive Loomis Crowley
Rocky Balboa Robert Balboa Jr.
2008 Pathology Ted Grey
2009 Gamer Rick Rape
Armored Officer Eckehart
2010 Order of Chaos Rick
2011 Divide, TheThe Divide Josh
2012 That's My Boy Chad
Static Jonathan Dade
2013 Kiss of the Damned Paulo
2013 Grown Ups 2 Frat Boy Milo
Killing Season Chris Ford
2014 Grace of Monaco Rupert Allan Post-production
Walter Vince Post-production
Heat Danny DeMarco Post-production
Tell Tell Post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, TheThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Party Guest #1 Episode: "Bourgie Sings the Blues"
1996 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Letterman Episode: "Terrible Things"
Saved by the Bell: The New Class Greg Episode: "Hospital Blues"
1997 EZ Streets Young Quinn Episode: "A Terrible Beauty"
1998 Brooklyn South Johnny Mancuso Episode: "Hospital Blues"
Kelly Kelly Steve Spencer Episode: "Bye Bye Baby"
One World Eric Episode: "Community Service"
2000 Opposite Sex Jed Perry Lead Role; 8 episodes
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Bobby Taylor Episode: "Friends & Lovers"
2001–2006 Gilmore Girls Jesse "Jess" Mariano 37 episodes
Main Cast (Seasons 2–3)
Recurring (Seasons 4 & 6);
2003 Windward Circle Jesse "Jess" Mariano "Pilot"; never picked up
Boston Public Jake Provesserio 4 episodes
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lee Healy Episode: "Escape"
2004–2005 American Dreams Chris Pierce 12 episodes
2006 Bedford Diaries, TheThe Bedford Diaries Richard Thorne III Main Role; 8 episodes
2006–2010 Heroes Peter Petrelli Lead Role; 70 episodes
Teen Choice Award Choice Actor, Action Adventure (2008)
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television (2009)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award Choice Actor, Action Adventure (2009)
Nominated – Golden Nymph Outstanding Actor, Drama Series (2008)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award Choice Actor, Drama (2007)
2008 Robot Chicken Green Arrow Episode: "They Took My Thumbs"
2011 Suite 7 Milo Episode: "That Guy"
The Temp Life Cook 2 episodes
Marvel Anime Wolverine 12 episodes
2013 Mob City Ned Stax Main Cast; 6 episodes
2013–present Chosen Ian Mitchell Lead Role; 12 episodes
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2011 X-Men: Destiny Grant Alexander
Director
Year Title Notes
2007 It's a Mall World Miniseries; 13 episodes
2009 Dave Knoll Finds His Soul
2010 Ultradome Episode: Han Solo vs. Indiana Jones
2011 Suite 7 Episode: "That Guy"
Writer
Year Title Notes
2010 Ultradome Co-creater
Producer
Year Title Notes
2007 It's a Mall World Producer; 13 episodes
Winter Tales Producer
2009 Dave Knoll Finds His Soul Executive Producer
2010 Ultradome Executive Producer; 3 episodes
2011 Suite 7 Producer; Episode: "That Guy"
2012 Static Executive Producer
2013 The PET Squad Files Executive Producer; 6 episodes
2013–present Chosen Executive Producer
2014 Tell Producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "– Milo Ventimiglia – Yahoo!TV". Tv.yahoo.com. 1977-07-08. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  2. ^ http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/milo-ventimiglia/166819 – Milo Ventimiglia News, Milo Ventimiglia Bio and Photos | TVGuide.com
  3. ^ Jess Mariano (Character) - Filmography by TV series
  4. ^ a b Keck, William (2006-12-18). "Yo! Ventimiglia gets into the tough-guy act". USA Today. Retrieved 2006-12-21. 
  5. ^ Ventimiglia, Milo (2002-05-14). "Milo Ventimiglia AOL Chat". AOL. Retrieved 2007-11-04. 
  6. ^ "Milo Ventimiglia Fan". 2002-04-21. Retrieved 2007-05-01. 
  7. ^ "An Actor's Life". Heroes Magazine. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Milo Ventimiglia at the Internet Movie Database
  9. ^ Morrow, Terry (2006-12-20). "Ventimiglia moves from super-rebel to superhero". Scripps Howard News Service. Retrieved 2007-01-07. [dead link]
  10. ^ Apple reunited with “Heroes” (via time travel, ‘natch)[dead link]
  11. ^ Jen Yamato (2008-04-17). "Milo Ventimiglia Gets Dark in Pathology, Talks Role In Neveldine & Taylor's Game". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
  12. ^ "Xavier Gens' Apocalypse 'The Divide' Encompasses Genre Cast". Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  13. ^ "Marvel Television Announces Adrian Pasdar & Milo Ventimiglia For Iron Man & Wolverine Anime Series To Air On G4 July 2011" (Press Release). Anime News Network. 2011-04-03. 
  14. ^ "‘Heroes’ Alum Milo Ventimiglia To Star In Frank Darabont’s TNT Pilot ‘L.A. Noir’". Deadline. February 21, 2012. 
  15. ^ Howard, Theresa (2007-05-09). "American Eagle Outfitters plans Web comedy". USA Today. 
  16. ^ "The Dsc – Divide Social Club". Dividesocialclub.com. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  17. ^ Woman, The (2010-01-29). "Top Cow Preview: Berserker #4". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  18. ^ "Milo Ventimiglia’s new project: Star Wars vs. LOTR". The Live Feed. May 3, 2009. [dead link]
  19. ^ Albert Kim,"Milo Ventimiglia," Men's Fitness accessed April 12, 2012.
  20. ^ Wendy Koch, "Sexiest Vegetarian? PETA's Contest Goes Beefcake," USAToday March 3, 2010.
  21. ^ "Men's Fitness Interviews: Milo Ventimiglia". [dead link]
  22. ^ Milo Ventimiglia (2007-08-31). Jo Whiley. Interview with Jo Whiley. BBC Radio 1. 
  23. ^ The Berrics – Department 8[dead link]
  24. ^ "Gilmore Girls' Alexis Bledel, Boyfriend Split". People.com. Retrieved 2006-07-06. 
  25. ^ "Trevor and Zena meet Milo Ventimiglia". 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  26. ^ "Hayden Panettiere & Milo Ventimiglia Split - Breakups, Hayden Panettiere, Milo Ventimiglia". People.com. 2009-02-17. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  27. ^ Milo Ventimiglia's USO tour

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