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Jeremy Piven


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Jeremy Samuel Piven (born July 26, 1965) is an American film producer and actor best known for his role as Ari Gold in the television series Entourage for which he has won one Golden Globe Award and three consecutive Emmy Awards as well as several other nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

Early years

Piven was born in Manhattan, New York City, and grew up in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb north of Chicago. He was raised in a Reconstructionist Jewish household. He graduated from Evanston Township High School, and attended Harand Theater Camp in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, as a teenager. He played the part of "Bernardo" in West Side Story there. In Illinois, he trained at Piven Theatre Workshop, founded by his parents, Byrne Piven and Joyce Hiller Piven (née Goldstein), both of whom were actors and drama teachers. He also attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa where he earned a degree in theatre, and is a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He spent a semester at the National Theater Institute in Waterford, Connecticut. He has appeared in a number of films with John Cusack, who is also from Evanston and is a fellow alumnus of the Piven Theatre Workshop (as are Cusack's sisters Joan and Ann). Piven and Cusack once shared an apartment and have been friends since high school.

Career

Piven's first important role came in 1992 when he became a regular cast member on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show, in which he played the head writer Jerry. In 1993, he portrayed George Costanza on the show-within-a-show scene in the Seinfeld episode, "The Pilot". Piven has appeared in several successful films, including Lucas, Grosse Pointe Blank, Singles, Very Bad Things, The Family Man, Black Hawk Down, The Kingdom, Heat, PCU, Old School, Rock N Rolla, Serendipity, Smokin' Aces, and Runaway Jury. He has also made cameo appearances in Rush Hour 2 and the US release of Cars and God Made Velcro's 1998 music video "Shock the Mind".

Beginning in 2004, Piven scored a significant success playing a fast-talking, acerbic Hollywood agent Ari Gold in the HBO series Entourage. He received Emmy nominations for best supporting actor four straight years from 2005 to 2008, and won the award in 2006, 2007, and 2008. 2009 was the first year in which he did not receive an Emmy Award nomination for his work on Entourage. Piven was also the star and producer of the short-lived ABC dramedy series Cupid, and was a supporting cast member on the last three seasons of the sitcom Ellen. He played the part of Ellen's cousin, Spence. He also voiced Elongated Man in three episodes of Justice League Unlimited.

In 2007, Piven appeared in the video for "Drivin' Me Wild", the third single taken from rapper Common's seventh album Finding Forever. The two were co-stars in Smokin' Aces, and appeared together when Piven hosted SNL in January 2007.

Piven appeared in the first Broadway revival of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow, co-starring Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss and three-time Tony nominee Raul Esparza. The production began preview performances on October 3, 2008, and opened on October 23, 2008; the play was due to run through February 22, 2009. After Piven missed several performances, on December 17, 2008, Piven's rep announced that due to an undisclosed illness, Piven would be ending his run in the play effective immediately. The illness was revealed to be hydrargaria, a disease caused by exposure to mercury or its compounds, though the source is unknown. Rumours have indicated that the high level of mercury could potentially have been caused by Piven's habit of consuming fish twice a day for the past 20 years. An alternative explanation is that the herbal remedies Piven was taking were responsible for his high levels of mercury.

Mamet joked that Piven was leaving the play "to pursue a career as a thermometer." On September 1, 2009, Piven, in a guest appearance on Late Show with David Letterman, explained that he had given up red meat and poultry, and had been getting all of his protein from fish for the past 20 years. William H. Macy and Norbert Leo Butz replaced Piven in the Broadway show.

In August 2011, Piven stated he was interested in portraying the late drummer from The Who, Keith Moon. In 2013 he played the title role in the British television drama series Mr Selfridge, the story of the London department store Selfridges. The show airs on the ITV network in the United Kingdom and PBS in the United States.

Personal life

Piven was born to Jewish parents (of Russian origin) and considers himself a Jewish Buddhist. He starred in the Travel Channel special Jeremy Piven's Journey of a Lifetime detailing his journey across India. Piven resides in Malibu, California. He is also a knowledgeable fight fan and was recently ringside for Derreck Chisora's sixth round knockout over the previously unbeaten American Heavyweight Malik Scott.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Lucas Spike
One Crazy Summer Ty
1989 Say Anything... Mark
1990 ' Sailor " Freshman
White Palace Kahn
1992 ' Steve Reeves
Bob Roberts Candle Seller
Singles Doug Hughley
There Goes The Neighborhood Albert Lodge
1993 Twenty Bucks Nervous Quick-Mart Clerk
Judgment Night Ray Cochran
1994 Floundering Guy
Car 54, Where Are You? Herbert Hortz
Twogether Arnie
PCU James "Droz" Andrews
1995 Miami Rhapsody Mitchell
Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde Peter Walston
Heat Dr. Bob
1996 Larger Than Life Walter
E=mc2 Prof. Paul Higgins
Layin Low Jerry Muckler
1997 Just Write Harold McMurphy
Grosse Pointe Blank Paul Spericki
Kiss the Girls Henry Castillo, LAPD
1998 Music from Another Room Billy Swan
Phoenix Fred Shuster
Very Bad Things Michael Berkow
2000 ' Det. Steve Menteer
' Arnie
2001 Serendipity Dean Kansky
Rush Hour 2 Versace Salesman
Black Hawk Down Clifton "Elvis" Wolcott
2002 Highway Scawldy
2003 Old School Dean Gordon "Cheese" Pritchard
Runaway Jury Lawrence Green
Scary Movie 3 Ross Giggins
2004 Chasing Liberty Alan Weiss
2005 Two for the Money Jerry
Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy? Rock Rivers Voice,
Direct-to-video
2006 Keeping Up with the Steins Adam Fiedler
Smokin' Aces Buddy "Aces" Israel
Cars Harv Voice
2007 ' Damon Schmidt
2008 RocknRolla Roman
2009 ' Don Ready
2011 I Melt With You Ron
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World Timekeeper/Danger De Amo
2012 ' Black Bellamy Voice
So Undercover Armon
2014 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Bob Post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Carol & Company Comedy sketch characters Unknown episodes
1992"1998 ' Jerry Capen 15 episodes
1993 Seinfeld Michael Barth 3 episodes
' Howard Richter Television Film
1995 Chicago Hope Godfrey Nabbott 2 episodes
Pride & Joy Nathan Green 6 episodes
1995"1998 Ellen Spence Kovak 72 episodes
1997 ' Spence Kovak 1 episode
Grace Under Fire Spence Kovak 1 episode
Coach Spence Kovak 1 episode
Duckman Victor DeMann Voice; 1 episode
Don King: Only in America Hank Schwartz Television Film
1998"1999 Cupid Trevor Hale/Cupid 15 episodes
Producer
2000 Will & Grace Nicholas 1 episode
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Brain Pod #57 Voice; 1 episode
2002 Rugrats Additional Voices 1 episode
' Tyler Ward 2 episodes
2003 Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Roland Gaines Voice; 2 episodes
2004"2005 Justice League Unlimited Elongated Man Voice; 3 episodes
2004"2011 Entourage Ari Gold Main cast
2013 Mr Selfridge Harry Gordon Selfridge 10 episodes

Awards and Nominations

|- ||2002 |Serendipity |Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor | |- |rowspan="2"|2005 |rowspan="17"|Entourage |Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor " Comedy Series | |- |Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor " Series, Miniseries or Television Film | |- |rowspan="3"|2006 |Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor " Comedy Series | |- |Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor " Series, Miniseries or Television Film | |- |Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor " Series, Miniseries or Television Film | |- |rowspan="4"|2007 |Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor " Comedy Series | |- |Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor " Series, Miniseries or Television Film | |- |Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series | |- |Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series | |- |rowspan="4"|2008 |Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor " Comedy Series | |- |Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor " Series, Miniseries or Television Film | |- |Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series | |- |Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series | |- |rowspan="3"|2009 |Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor " Series, Miniseries or Television Film | |- |Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series | |- |Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series | |- |2010 |Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor " Series, Miniseries or Television Film | |}



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