Jeremy Piven

Actor, Theater producer
Though he made his breakthrough as a neurotic comedy writer on "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-98), actor Jeremy Piven was forever associated with the foul-mouthed, high-strung and fiercely loyal ber-agent Ari Gold ... Read more »
Born: 07/25/1965 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (101)

Entourage 2015 (Movie)

Ari Gold (Actor)

Manny 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Daphne and Me 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Mr. Selfridge 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Waska 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Conan 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bryan Callen: Man Class 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Love, Marilyn 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Pirates! Band of Misfits 2012 (Movie)

Black Bellamy (Voice)

Angels Crest 2011 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Entourage 2003 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Hi-Tech 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

I Melt With You 2011 (Movie)

Ron (Actor)

So Undercover 2011 (Movie)

Armon (Actor)

Spy Kids: All The Time in The World 2011 (Movie)

Danger D'Amo/Tick Tock/Time Keeper (Actor)

With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Chicago Hope 1994 - 2000, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Coach 1995 - 2000, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friday Night With Jonathan Ross 1995 - 2000, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grace Under Fire 1995 - 2000, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Drew Carey Show 1995 - 2000, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

24/7 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Big Brother 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2009 ESPY Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard 2009 (Movie)

Don Ready (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Guest

Dateline NBC: Going for Gold 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Fashion Rocks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Golden Globe Winner Special 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

RocknRolla 2008 (Movie)

Roman (Actor)

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Smokin' Aces 2007 (Movie)

Buddy Israel (Actor)

The Kingdom 2007 (Movie)

Damon Schmidt (Actor)

Al Pacino: An American Cinematheque Tribute 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Cars 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Harv (Actor)

Keeping Up With The Steins 2006 (Movie)

Adam Fielder (Actor)

TV Land Awards 2006 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 American Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 21st Independent Spirit Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big in '05 Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Justice League Unlimited 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 2005 MTV Video Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Two for the Money 2005 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

Chasing Liberty 2004 (Movie)

Alan Weiss (Actor)

Old School 2003 (Movie)

Gordon Pritchard (Actor)

Runaway Jury 2003 (Movie)

Lawrence Green (Actor)

Scary Movie 3 2003 (Movie)

Ross Giggins (Actor)

Spider-Man 2003 (Tv Show)

Voice

Disney/Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

The Twilight Zone 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Black Hawk Down 2001 (Movie)

Chief Warrant Officer Cliff Wolcott (Actor)

Rush Hour 2 2001 (Movie)

Versace Salesman (Actor)

Serendipity 2001 (Movie)

Dean Kansky (Actor)

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Ellen 1995 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Partners 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Red Letters 2000 (Movie)

Thurston Clarque (Actor)

The Crew 2000 (Movie)

Detective Steve Menteer (Actor)

The Family Man 2000 (Movie)

Arnie (Actor)

Will & Grace 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cupid 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Write 1998 (Movie)

Harold Mc Murphy (Actor)

Music From Another Room 1998 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Phoenix 1998 (Movie)

Fred Shuster (Actor)

Very Bad Things 1998 (Movie)

Michael Berkow (Actor)

Extreme Comedy 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Grosse Pointe Blank 1997 (Movie)

Paul Spericki (Actor)

Kiss the Girls 1997 (Movie)

Henry Castillo (Actor)

Layin' Low 1997 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

Larger Than Life 1996 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

Dr. Jekyll and MS. Hyde 1995 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

Heat 1995 (Movie)

Dr Bob (Actor)

Miami Rhapsody 1995 (Movie)

Mitchell (Actor)

Pride & Joy 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Car 54, Where Are You? 1994 (Movie)

Herbert Hortz (Actor)

Floundering 1994 (Movie)

Guy (Actor)

Livers Ain't Cheap 1994 (Movie)

John (Actor)

PCU 1994 (Movie)

Droz (Actor)

Twogether 1994 (Movie)

Arnie (Actor)

Wavelength 1994 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

12:01 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Judgment Night 1993 (Movie)

Ray Cochran (Actor)

Seinfeld 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

Candle Seller (Actor)

Singles 1992 (Movie)

Doug Hughley (Actor)

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Steve Reeves (Actor)

Carol & Company 1989 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Grifters 1990 (Movie)

2nd Soldier (Actor)

White Palace 1990 (Movie)

Kahn (Actor)

Say Anything 1989 (Movie)

Mark--Gas 'N Sip Boy (Actor)

Lucas 1986 (Movie)

Spike (Actor)

Don King: Only in America (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Though he made his breakthrough as a neurotic comedy writer on "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-98), actor Jeremy Piven was forever associated with the foul-mouthed, high-strung and fiercely loyal über-agent Ari Gold on the popular cable series, "Entourage" (HBO, 2004-2011). Piven so epitomized the manic agent that people often mistook him for Gold in real life, while some even took verbatim one of his more memorable lines and asked him to "hug it out, b*tch!" in public. Prior to playing the role that made him a star, Piven cut his teeth on the stage, then racked up a long résumé full of television and film roles with "Say Anything" (1989) opposite childhood friend John Cusack, and "Judgment Night" (1993). He had a starring role in the college comedy "PCU" (1995) before turning to television sitcoms as Ellen DeGeneres' cousin on the hit sitcom "Ellen" (ABC, 1994-98). Though he continued to appear in movies like "Old School" (2003), "Runaway Jury" (2003), "Smokin' Aces" (2006), and "RocknRolla" (2008), Piven made his biggest waves for playing Gold on "Entourage," whose acerbic wit often translated off the screen as well. Despite the long road to stardom, Piven nonetheless relished his success once he achieved it, particularly when he began a string of Emmy and Golden Globe wins that confirmed the enormity of his talent and popularity.

Relationships

Camilla Cleese

Companion
Daughter of comedian John Cleese Began dating in summer of 2008

Adam McKay Producer

Brother-In-Law
Former "Saturday Night Live" writer and comedy director; married to Shira Piven since 1996

Byrne Piven Actor

Father
Born Sept. 24, 1929; co-founder of the Piven Theatre Workshop Died Feb. 18, 2002

Joyce Hiller Piven Actor

Mother
Born Feb. 21, 1930; co-founder of the Piven Theatre Workshop

Shira Piven Actor

Sister
Born Oct. 8, 1961

EDUCATION

National Theatre

Piven Theatre Workshop

Evanston , Illinois
Founded by his parents Byrne and Joyce Piven both of whom were actors and drama teachers

National Theater Institute

Waterford , Connecticut

New York University

New York , New York

Drake University

Des Moines , Iowa
Member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity

Evanston Township High School

Evanston , Illinois

Milestones

2012

Voiced Black Bellamy in the animated adventure "Pirates! Band of Misfits"

2011

Landed a featured role in "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D"

2011

Co-starred in Mark Pellington's "I Melt with You"

2009

Played a used-car liquidator in "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard"

2008

Made Broadway debut in a NYC production of David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow"; ended his run early due to a condition caused by a high mercury count

2007

Co-starred in the action-comedy "Smokin' Aces" directed by Joe Carnahan

2007

Cast in the Peter Berg directed "The Kingdom"

2006

Cast as powered Hollywood agent throwing his son the ultimate Bar Mitzvah in the comedy "Keeping Up with the Steins"

2005

Cast opposite Al Pacino in the sports gambling drama "Two for the Money"

2004

Played a secret service agent in the comedy "Chasing Liberty"

2004

Cast as Ari, the ruthless high power agent on the HBO series "Entourage," produced by Mark Wahlberg; earned Golden Globe (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009), Emmy (2005) and SAG (2007, 2008, 2009) nominations for Supporting and Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

2003

Once again teamed on screen with longtime friend John Cusack in "Runaway Jury," based on a John Grisham novel

2003

Cast as Dean Gordon Pritchard in Todd Phillips' comedy "Old School," also starring Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn

2001

Teamed on screen with John Cusack as best friends in "Serendipity"

2001

Hired to replace Frank Whaley on the FX black comedy series "Bad News, Mr. Swenson"; left project due to family issues

2000

Had supporting role in "Family Man"

1998

Cast in featured role of a man who accidentally kills a prostitute during a bachelor party in "Very Bad Things"

1998

Played the title role on the ABC series "Cupid"

1997

Once again teamed with Cusack in "Grosse Point Blank"

1995

Joined cast of the sitcom "Ellen" (ABC), playing the title character's cousin

1994

Had starring role in the feature comedy "PCU"

1993

First substantial film role, "Judgment Night"

1993

TV-movie debut, "12:01" (Fox)

1992

Appeared as a regular on HBO sitcom, "The Larry Sanders Show"

1989

Appeared as a regular in the variety series, "Carol & Company" (NBC) starring Carol Burnett

1989

First film with Cusack, "Say Anything"

1987

TV acting debut in an episode of "Jack and Mike"

1986

Made feature acting debut in "Lucas"

Joined the Second City National Touring Company

Co-founder (with childhood pal John Cusack) of New Criminals theater group

Acted as a child in his parents theater company The Piven Theatre Workshop

Raised in Evanston, IL

Bonus Trivia

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"It would be nice to cultivate a relationship with a fern or something. I have the social skills of a nine-year-old geisha boy. Does that make any sense?" – Piven quoted in Entertainment Weekly, Dec. 22, 1995

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"People are always disappointed when they meet me, because I'm not ripping off someone's head or tearing their skin off to make ponchos out of it. They address me as an aggressor. There's a lot of barking, a lot of slapping." – Piven quoted in GQ, Dec. 2005

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In 2006, while standing in line at a club bathroom, Piven reportedly told fellow actor Stephen Dorff (who attempted to cut to the front): "You are going to wait in line like the rest of us, you privileged, spoon-fed son of a bitch."

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"The life of an actor is that you do have to go in there and claw for every break, but at a certain point you have to stand up." – Piven on not wanting to audition for the role of 'Ari Gold' to GQ, June 2006

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"I guess in some ways I'm a late-bloomer – with my career, my relationships. But what seems like late-blooming to some might be exactly the way I'm supposed to bloom." – Piven to Emmy magazine, Issue No. 3, 2006

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"It's tough when people are celebrated or become famous before they grow into themselves as an actor and as a human being. I'm just incredibly lucky to be so unpopular and uninteresting for so long." – Piven on getting a supporting actor nod for "Entourage," People.com, Aug. 2006

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"At the exact moment, I'm happy with where I'm at. At the same time, there's nothing premeditated about this state. I am very much open to the possibilities of settling down. I've grown closer to being able to step up to that." – Piven to Esquire magazine, June 2007

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