Milo Ventimiglia

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Milo Ventimiglia
Milo Ventimiglia August 2015.jpg
Ventimiglia at the Wizard World Con, August 2015
Born Milo Anthony Ventimiglia
(1977-07-08) July 8, 1977 (age 39)
Anaheim, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1995–present

Milo Anthony Ventimiglia (/vɛntɪˈmljə/; born July 8, 1977)[1][2] is an American actor. After a series of recurring television roles including the protagonist on the short-lived Fox series Opposite Sex, he landed his breakthrough role as Jess Mariano on the television series Gilmore Girls, on which he appeared between 2001 and 2006.

Ventimiglia's later roles include Richard Thorne on The WB's The Bedford Diaries, a recurring role as Meg Pryor's love interest on NBC's American Dreams, and Rocky Balboa's son in the sixth installment of the Rocky series, Rocky Balboa (2006). He starred as Peter Petrelli on NBC's Heroes from 2006 to 2010, for which he received nominations for Teen Choice, Saturn and People's Choice Awards. Ventimiglia also appeared as Ian Mitchell on the Crackle original series Chosen as well as Sean Bennigan on The Whispers. He reprised his role as Jess Mariano on Netflix's reunion miniseries, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016), and currently stars as Jack Pearson on NBC's This Is Us.

Early life[edit]

Ventimiglia was born in Anaheim, California, the son of Carol (née Wilson) and Peter Ventimiglia,[3] a Vietnam veteran.[4] His father is of Sicilian descent and his mother is of English and Scottish ancestry.[5] The youngest of three children, he has two older sisters, Leslie and Laurel. Ventimiglia was born with a self-described "crooked mouth" that is the result of damaged 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.[3]

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 the University of California, Los Angeles as a theatre major[7]



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. He has 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.[citation needed]

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 called Windward Circle which was 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.[citation needed]

Ventimiglia at the Heroes season three premiere, September 2008

In the third and final season of 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. 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. 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 but 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 sixth Rocky installment Rocky Balboa which was released in December 2006.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

After working with writers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor on Pathology, Ventimiglia appeared in the pair's next film, Gamer.[9] Ventimiglia also starred in the Xavier Gens apocalypse thriller film, The Divide.[10]

Ventimiglia at South by Southwest in 2010, speaking at "Big Campaigns on Digital Dollars"

Ventimiglia 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.[11] He played Ned Stax, a former marine, in Frank Darabont's short-lived neo-noir crime drama Mob City for TNT.[12] Ventimiglia stars in the upcoming suspense thriller Devil’s Gate, alongside Amanda Schull.[13]

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 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.[14] 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 the producer. In 2005, Divide Pictures created the DSC, or Divide Social Club, an online and global social network for like-minded people[15] co-founded by Ventimiglia with his best friends Cundiff and Dino DeMilio, a radio producer for The Tom Leykis Show. Ventimiglia, 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 Barrett, 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.[16]

Personal life[edit]

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

Ventimiglia and fellow former Gilmore Girls co-star Alexis Bledel were in a relationship from December 2002 to June 2006.[17] Ventimiglia also dated his Heroes co-star Hayden Panettiere from December 2007 to February 2009.[18][19]

Ventimiglia is a lifelong lacto-vegetarian and was named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' Sexiest Vegetarian in 2009.[20][21] He also does not smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol.[20] He is a fan of seminal British punk band The Clash,[22] and is an avid skateboard fan.[citation needed]

Ventimiglia took a United Service Organization tour from July 6 to 12, 2008 in support of American troops in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.[23] He is active on behalf of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) helping in April 2009 to launch a national public service advertisement campaign,, which gives friends and family of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans tools to support their transition home from war.[citation needed]



Acting roles in film
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Boys Life 2 Jason Segment: "Must Be the Music"
1999 She's All That Soccer Player
1999 Speedway Junky Travis
2000 Massholes Doc
2001 Nice Guys Finish Last Josh Short film
2003 Winter Break Matt Raymand
2005 Cursed Bo
2005 Dirty Deeds Zach Harper
2006 Intelligence Colin Mathers Short film
2006 Stay Alive Loomis Crowley
2006 Rocky Balboa Robert Balboa Jr.
2008 Pathology Dr. Ted Grey
2009 Gamer Rick Rape
2009 Armored Officer Jake Eckehart
2010 Order of Chaos Rick
2011 The Divide Josh
2012 That's My Boy Chad Martin
2012 Static Jonathan Dade
2013 Kiss of the Damned Paulo
2013 Grown Ups 2 Frat Boy Milo
2013 Breaking at the Edge Ian Wood
2013 Killing Season Chris Ford
2014 Grace of Monaco Rupert Allan
2014 Tell Ethan Tell
2015 Walter Vince
2015 Wild Card Danny DeMarco
2016 Madtown Denny Briggs
2016 Devil’s Gate Jackson Pritchard In post-production


Acting roles in TV
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"
1996 Saved by the Bell: The New Class Greg Episode: "Hospital Blues"
1997 EZ Streets Young Cameron Quinn Episode: "A Terrible Beauty"
1998 Brooklyn South Johnny Mancuso Episode: "Hospital Blues"
1998 Kelly Kelly Steve Spencer Episode: "Bye Bye Baby"
1998 One World Eric Episode: "Community Service"
1999 Promised Land Tony Brackett Episode: "In the Money"
2000 Opposite Sex Jed Perry Main role; 8 episodes
2000 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Bobby Taylor Episode: "Friends & Lovers"
2001–06 Gilmore Girls Jess Mariano 37 episodes
2003 Windward Circle Jess Mariano Unsold pilot
2003 Boston Public Jake Provesserio 3 episodes
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lee Healy Episode: "Escape"
2004–05 American Dreams Chris Pierce 12 episodes
2006 Bedford Diaries, TheThe Bedford Diaries Richard Thorne III Main role; 8 episodes
2006–10 Heroes Peter Petrelli Main role; 70 episodes
2008 Robot Chicken Green Arrow Episode: "They Took My Thumbs"
2011 Suite 7 Milo Episode: "That Guy"
2011 The Temp Life Cook 2 episodes
2011 Wolverine Wolverine / Logan 12 episodes
2013 Mob City Ned Stax Main role; 6 episodes
2013–14 Chosen Ian Mitchell Main role; 12 episodes
2014 Ultimate Spider-Man Spider-Man Noir[24] 2 episodes
2015 Gotham Jason Lennon / The Ogre 3 episodes
2015 The PET Squad Files Cash Buggiardo 4 episodes
2015 The Whispers Sean Bennigan Main role; 13 episodes
2015 The League Agent Baker Episode: "The Block"
2016–present This Is Us Jack Pearson Main role
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Jess Mariano 2 episodes[25]
Ventimiglia at the William S. Paley Festival for Heroes
Ventimiglia with Heroes co-star Hayden Panettiere (right)
Voice roles in video games
Year Title Role Notes
2011 X-Men: Destiny Grant Alexander

Other credits[edit]

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"
Year Title Notes
2007 It's a Mall World Producer; 13 episodes
2007 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
2013–14 Chosen Executive producer; 18 episodes
2014 Tell Producer
Year Title Notes
2010 Ultradome Co-creator

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2007 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Drama Heroes Nominated
2008 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on Television Heroes Nominated
2008 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Action Heroes Won
2009 Heroes Nominated
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Actor in a New TV Series This Is Us Nominated


  1. ^ "–Milo Ventimiglia – Yahoo!TV". 1977-07-08. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  2. ^ – Milo Ventimiglia profile,; accessed April 13, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Keck, William (2006-12-18). "Yo! Ventimiglia gets into the tough-guy act". USA Today. Retrieved 2006-12-21. 
  4. ^ TV Guide. September 8–14, 2008. p. 20. 
  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. ^ "NOTABLE ALUMNI ACTORS". UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ Milo Ventimiglia at the Internet Movie Database
  9. ^ Jen Yamato (2008-04-17). "Milo Ventimiglia Gets Dark in Pathology, Talks Role In Neveldine & Taylor's Game". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
  10. ^ "Xavier Gens' Apocalypse 'The Divide' Encompasses Genre Cast". Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ "'Heroes' Alum Milo Ventimiglia To Star In Frank Darabont's TNT Pilot 'L.A. Noir'". Deadline. February 21, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Schull to Star in Thriller 'Devil's Gate'". April 15, 2015. 
  14. ^ Howard, Theresa (2007-05-09). "American Eagle Outfitters plans Web comedy". USA Today. 
  15. ^ "The Dsc – Divide Social Club". Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  16. ^ Woman, The (2010-01-29). "Top Cow Preview: Berserker #4". Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  17. ^ Gilmore Girls' Alexis Bledel, Boyfriend Split - Breakups, Alexis Bledel, Milo Ventimiglia:
  18. ^ "Trevor and Zena meet Milo Ventimiglia". BBC. April 22, 2008. Retrieved April 22, 2008. 
  19. ^ "Hayden Panettiere & Milo Ventimiglia Split". People. February 17, 2009. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  20. ^ a b Kim, Albert. "Milo Ventimiglia". Men's Fitness. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  21. ^ Wendy Koch, "Sexiest Vegetarian? PETA's Contest Goes Beefcake",, March 3, 2010.
  22. ^ Milo Ventimiglia (2007-08-31). "Jo Whiley". BBC Radio 1 (Interview). Interview with Jo Whiley. 
  23. ^ Milo Ventimiglia's USO tour
  24. ^ Cavanaugh, Patrick. "Check out these Guest Voices from Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors". Retrieved September 6, 2014. 
  25. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 10, 2016). "'Gilmore Girls': Milo Ventimiglia Confirmed to Return for Netflix Revival". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 10, 2016. 

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