Pete Ploszek

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Pete Ploszek
Born Peter Daniel Ploszek
(1987-01-20) January 20, 1987 (age 31)
Hinsdale, Illinois
Residence Los Angeles, California
Education St. Charles East High School
Alma mater Princeton University
Occupation Actor
Years active 2012–present
Spouse(s) Daniela Kende (m. 2012)

Peter Daniel "Pete" Ploszek (born January 20, 1987) is an American actor best known for his roles as Leonardo in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films. He is also known for his role as Garrett Douglas on the MTV supernatural drama series Teen Wolf.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Ploszek was born in Hinsdale, Illinois, the son of Karen, a special education teacher, and Mike Ploszek, a vice president at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington.[2] He has three brothers and a sister.[2] Ploszek grew up across New Jersey, Maine, and Ohio before his family returned to the suburbs of St. Charles, Illinois in 1998.[2] As a football player at St. Charles East High School, Ploszek earned all-area, all-conference, and all-state honors as a senior running back/wide receiver.[2] In 2009, he graduated from Princeton University, where he was a four-year member of the Princeton Tigers football team. He graduated with a MFA in Acting from the USC School of Dramatic Arts in 2012.[2][3]

In 2013, Ploszek was cast as Leonardo in the reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.[4] However, prior to the film's release, his voice work was dubbed over by actor Johnny Knoxville.[5] Ploszek voiced Leonardo in the sequel to the 2016 film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.[6]

In 2016, he published his first book, Get Fast and Crush the Combine, described as "a no frills guide for aspiring high school athletes" who want to run faster than everyone else.[7] It's designed to help those who dream of playing college football to beat the combine by teaching them how to "drop times, build core strength, and increase hops from your own backyard."[1]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Outage: WME Colin Reno's Assistant Short film
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo Motion-capture only
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Leonardo Motion-capture and voice
2016 The Wedding Party Zeb
2019 Captain Marvel Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Parks and Recreation Ellis Episode: "Soda Tax"
2013 Shameless Goff Episode: "El Gran Cañon"
2014 TakePart Live Himself Season 3, Episode 67
2015 Workaholics Brock Episode: "Dorm Daze"
2016–2017 Teen Wolf Garrett Douglas Recurring role; 7 episodes
2018 Liberty Crossing Steven Hathaway Main role; 8 episodes
2018 9-1-1 Connor Episode: "Full Moon (Creepy AF)"


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