Vincent Kartheiser

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Vincent Kartheiser
Vincent Kartheiser at PaleyFest 2014.jpg
Kartheiser at PaleyFest in 2014
Vincent Paul Kartheiser

(1979-05-05) May 5, 1979 (age 43)
Years active1993–present
(m. 2014; div. 2022)

Vincent Paul Kartheiser (born May 5, 1979)[1] is an American actor. He played Pete Campbell on the AMC television series Mad Men, for which he received six Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and won twice along with the cast. He had starring roles in the films Alaska, Masterminds, and Another Day in Paradise.

Kartheiser also played Connor on The WB television series Angel and Dr. Jonathan Crane in the third season of the HBO series Titans.

Early life[edit]

Kartheiser was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Janet Marie (née Gruyé), who ran a nursery, and James Ralph Kartheiser, who sold construction equipment.[2][3]

The youngest of six children, he has four sisters, Andrea, Colette, Elise and Theresa, and a brother, Nathan.[4] He is of Luxembourgish, German, and to an extent Polish, Finnish, and Swedish ancestry.[5] Kartheiser attended Apple Valley High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota, but dropped out at age 15 because he "wanted to make money."


Some of Kartheiser's first acting experiences were on stage of Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis, including roles in Pippi Longstocking, Our Town, Dr. Seuss' The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.[6]

He made his screen debut with a bit role in the 1993 film Untamed Heart. Kartheiser found himself cast in mostly family fare, including The Indian in the Cupboard (1995) and a starring role in the film Alaska (1996). The film led to Kartheiser getting the lead role in Masterminds the following year.

He was next cast as Bobby, a drug-addicted, homeless street urchin in Larry Clark's Another Day in Paradise. He had two explicit sex scenes with Natasha Gregson, one of which was cut from the film in order to avoid an NC-17 rating. The film earned the young actor significant accolades, and he went on to appear in Strike! (later retitled All I Wanna Do) and Crime and Punishment in Suburbia.

Screened at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, Crime and Punishment in Suburbia was a moody, updated take on Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, set in a modern high school. Kartheiser co-starred on the supernatural drama series Angel in 2002, playing Connor, the son of the title character Angel, appearing in a total of 28 episodes.[7] Returning to film work, Kartheiser starred in the well-received coming-of-age drama Dandelion, which was shown at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

Kartheiser in 2009

Kartheiser played the role of ambitious young ad man Pete Campbell in the AMC television series Mad Men (2007–2015). Along with the rest of the show's cast, Kartheiser won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2009 and 2010.[8]

Kartheiser filmed his role as Fielding in the BBC's two-part adaptation of Martin Amis' novel Money in the winter of 2009. The adaptation began airing on BBC Two on May 23, 2010. In 2011, he appeared in In Time and provided a voice for Rango.

Kartheiser's short film, Fruit of Labor, made its Orange County debut at the Newport Beach Film Festival in April 2013.[9] In the summer of 2013, he returned to his theatrical roots in Minneapolis to portray Mr. Darcy in an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice at the Guthrie Theater.

In 2021, Kartheiser appeared in season three of Titans as Jonathan Crane. Kartheiser was the subject of at least two complaints and two internal investigations by Warner Bros Television over allegations of disruptive, juvenile behavior and inappropriate comments on set. The first investigation concluded that Kartheiser's behavior warranted corrective action. The second complaint was received several weeks later and resulted in the studio assigning a representative to monitor Kartheiser on set. There were reportedly other complaints of alleged misconduct which were investigated but not corroborated. Kartheiser denied the allegations, with his spokesperson stating, "Warner Bros investigated this matter and made clear to Mr. Kartheiser its expectations for behavior on the set, and he agreed to comply with their directives."[10]

Personal life[edit]

Kartheiser dated The Hairy Bird co-star Rachael Leigh Cook for four months in 1998. He began dating actress Alexis Bledel in mid-2012.[11] He and Bledel announced their engagement in March 2013,[12] and were married in California in June 2014.[13] They have one son, born in 2015.[14][15] The couple sold their Brooklyn duplex penthouse for $1.32 million in May 2016.[16] On August 10, 2022, Kartheiser filed for divorce from Bledel;[17] the divorce was finalized on August 26.[18]

In a 2010 interview with The Observer, Kartheiser revealed that he eschewed the extravagant lifestyle of a Hollywood celebrity in favor of simple living.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Untamed Heart Orphan Boy
1994 Little Big League James
Heaven Sent Eddie Chandler
1995 The Indian in the Cupboard Gillon
1996 Alaska Sean Barnes
1997 Masterminds Ozzie Paxton
1998 Another Day in Paradise Bobbie
All I Wanna Do/Strike! Snake – Flat Critter
2000 Crime and Punishment in Suburbia Vincent
Preston Tylk Dillon
Ricky 6 Ricky Cowen
Luckytown Colonel
2001 The Unsaid Thomas Caffey
2004 Dandelion Mason Mullich
2005 Shakespeare's Sonnets Sebastian Short film
2006 Alpha Dog Pick Giaimo
Waning Moon Michael Short film
2007 Killing Zelda Sparks Craig Blackshear
2010 Elektra Luxx Jimmy
2011 Rango Ezekiel / Lasso Rodent (voice)
In Time Philippe Weis
Fruit of Labor Alfred Short film
2012 Cussing in the Workplace Jack Short film
2014 Beach Pillows Nick
Red Knot Peter Harrison
2015 Winter Light Samuel Short film
Day Out of Days Tark
2016 The Second Sound Barrier Charles Michael Fortitude as The Artist Short film
A Kind of Murder Detective Lawrence Corby
2017 The Most Hated Woman in America William J. Murray III
My Friend Dahmer Dr. Matthews
2018 Most Likely to Murder Lowell
2019 American Hangman Henry David Cole
Crypto Ted Patterson
2020 The Social Dilemma A.I.
2021 Ultrasound Glen


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Sweet Justice Nicholas Episode: "Story of My Life"
1999 ER Jesse Keenan Episode: "Truth & Consequences"
2002–2004 Angel Connor 28 episodes
2007–2015 Mad Men Pete Campbell 87 episodes
2010 American Experience Thomas Nickerson (voice) Episode: "Into the Deep: America, Whaling, & the World"
Money Fielding Goodney 2 episodes
2011 The Cleveland Show (voice) Episode: "Like a Boss"
2013 Axe Cop Bat Warthog Man (voice) 2 episodes
2013–2015 High School USA! Marsh Merriwether (voice) 12 episodes
2015 Inside Amy Schumer Juror #4 Episode: "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer"
Saints & Strangers William Bradford 2 episodes
2016 Casual Jordan Anderson 7 episodes
2017 Genius Raymond H. Geist 2 episodes
2018 The Path Congressman Buck Harbaugh 4 episodes
2018–2020 Das Boot Samuel Greenwood 10 episodes
2019 Proven Innocent Bodie Quick 13 episodes
The OA Pierre Ruskin 4 episodes
2019–2020 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Steve Getz 2 episodes
2021 Titans Dr. Jonathan Crane Main (season 3)

Video game[edit]

Year Title Role
2011 L.A. Noire Walter Clemens (voice)


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  2. ^ "Vincent Kartheiser Tampa Convention 2006". YouTube. Archived from the original on December 7, 2015.
  3. ^ Garrahan, Matthew (April 12, 2013). "Vincent Kartheiser: As the sixth season of 'Mad Men' gets under way, the actor describes what it's like to play Pete Campbell, the most odious man on television". FT Magazine. Retrieved April 13, 2013.
  4. ^ "Cast Bio: Vincent Kartheiser". AMC. Archived from the original on December 22, 2008.
  5. ^ "The Truth About Vincent Kartheiser". BlackBook. June 20, 2013.
  6. ^ "Children's Theatre Company -Curtain Call Ball". September 10, 2011. Retrieved December 27, 2011.
  7. ^ "Vincent Kartheiser". IMDb. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "Streep, Penn Win Top SAG Awards For Film"
  9. ^ of Labor Newport Beach Film Festival 2013 Screenings”
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 13, 2021). "'Titans' Star Vincent Kartheiser Was Subject Of Multiple Investigations Over On-Set Misconduct Claims". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on August 18, 2022. Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  11. ^ Gay, Verne (June 20, 2012). "Report: Alexis Bledel, Vincent Kartheiser an item". Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  12. ^ Ravitz, Justin (March 20, 2013). "Alexis Bledel, Vincent Kartheiser Engaged! Mad Men Costars to Marry". Us Weekly. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  13. ^ Loinaz, Alexis (August 6, 2014). "Vincent Kartheiser and Alexis Bledel Are Married!". People. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  14. ^ "Alexis Bledel Is a Mom! Gilmore Girls Star and Husband Vincent Kartheiser Welcomed Son Months Ago". Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  15. ^ "Alexis Bledel Is a Mom! Gilmore Girls Welcomes Baby With Husband Vincent Kartheiser". E! Online. May 18, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  16. ^ Mark David. "Vincent Kartheiser and Alexis Bledel Sell Duplex Penthouse in Brooklyn". Variety. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  17. ^ Wynne, Kelly (August 17, 2022). "Vincent Kartheiser Files for Divorce from Alexis Bledel After 8 Years of Marriage". People. Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  18. ^ Bacardi, Francesca (August 31, 2022). "Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser finalize divorce weeks after filing". Page Six. Retrieved August 31, 2022.
  19. ^ Adams, Tim (April 25, 2010). "Vincent Kartheiser: 'I definitely do psychopathic. I don't try to, but it just sneaks out'". The Observer. Retrieved November 17, 2013.

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