Ventimiglia at the premiere of The Art of Racing in the Rain in 2019
Milo Anthony Ventimiglia
July 8, 1977
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
Milo Anthony Ventimiglia (//, Italian: [ventiˈmiʎʎa]; born July 8, 1977) is an American actor, director and producer. After several roles in television series and parts in independent films, he gained recognition for his roles as Jess Mariano on the television series Gilmore Girls from 2001 to 2006, and as Peter Petrelli on the NBC series Heroes from 2006 to 2010. He has starred as Jack Pearson on the NBC drama This Is Us since 2016.
Ventimiglia debuted on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1995), subsequently cast in the short-lived Fox series Opposite Sex in 2000. Later roles included 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 (Rocky Jr.) in the sixth and eighth installments of the Rocky series, Rocky Balboa (2006) and Creed II (2018). He starred as Peter Petrelli on NBC's Heroes from 2006 to 2010, receiving nominations for Teen Choice, Saturn and People's Choice Awards. He also had roles in the horror films Pathology (2008) and Kiss of the Damned (2013).
Appearing on television as Ian Mitchell on the Crackle original series Chosen as well as Sean Bennigan on The Whispers in 2015, Ventimiglia reprised his role as Jess Mariano on Netflix's reunion miniseries, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016), and stars as Jack Pearson on NBC's This Is Us (2016–present). For his role as Jack Pearson, Ventimiglia received three nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. As member of the This Is Us cast, he won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2018 and 2019.
Ventimiglia was born July 8, 1977 in Anaheim, California, the youngest child of Carol (née Wilson) and Peter Ventimiglia, a Vietnam War veteran. He has two older sisters, Leslie and Laurel. His father is of Italian-Sicilian descent and his mother is of English and Scottish ancestry. Ventimiglia has a self-described "crooked mouth," having been born with damaged nerves causing the left side of his mouth remain immobile — much like actor Sylvester Stallone, with whom he worked in Rocky Balboa.
Ventimiglia attended El Modena High School in Orange, California, where he wrestled, acted in drama productions and served as student government president, graduating in 1995. At eighteen, Ventimiglia studied at the American Conservatory Theater for their summer program, subsequently attending the University of California, Los Angeles as a theatre major.
At eighteen, Ventimiglia pursued an acting career, first starring as a gay teenager in Must Be the Music, a short film released as part of Strand Releasing's Boys Life 2. He enrolled at UCLA before landing a role on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, guest starring on television series including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Boston Public. He played Jed Perry, in the short-lived Fox TV series, Opposite Sex, which originally aired in 2000.
From 2002 to 2006, Ventimiglia played brooding teen Jess Mariano on Gilmore Girls; he was introduced in the second season as a leading cast member. 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. Afterward, he dropped down to a guest star/recurring cast member, and he came back for four episodes in season four and two episodes in season six. 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. In 2005, he starred in the mid-season replacement series The Bedford Diaries. 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.
In between television work, Ventimiglia had supporting roles in the horror films Cursed (2005), directed by Wes Craven, and Stay Alive (2006), as well as starring roles in the short-film Intelligence and the full-length feature Dirty Deeds (2005). The same year, he was cast as Robert "Rocky Jr." Balboa, the son of Rocky Balboa, in the sixth Rocky installment Rocky Balboa which was released in December 2006.
He starred as Peter Petrelli in the NBC program Heroes, a show about "ordinary" people discovering they have superpowers, and portrayed the character until the series' conclusion in 2010. Ventimiglia also produced and developed a mini web-series called It's a Mall World as part of a marketing campaign for American Eagle Outfitters in 2007. 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 as a medical student in the horror film Pathology. The movie co-starred Charmed actress Alyssa Milano and was directed by Marc Schölermann for MGM.
In 2005, Divide Pictures created the DSC, or Divide Social Club, an online and global social network for like-minded people co-founded by Ventimiglia with his best friends Russ 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.
After working with writers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor on Pathology, Ventimiglia appeared in the pair's next film, Gamer. Ventimiglia also starred in the Xavier Gens apocalypse thriller film, The Divide.
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. He played Ned Stax, a former marine, in Frank Darabont's short-lived neo-noir crime drama Mob City for TNT. He also reprised his role as Jess Mariano in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life in November 2016. After this, he reportedly told USA Today that, "I hear rumors that they're bringing back everything that I've ever been a part of... I think it's exciting. At times, though, I think it's too much. There are more stories to tell with a lot of these characters, but at the same time some of these characters for some of us actors are more than a decade in the past. It was exciting going back to Gilmore Girls for the four Netflix movies, but I'm satisfied with it(.) I think the stories were told. I think it was great for the audience and fans to get just one small taste of that world again. But, at the same time, I think people should not get so greedy."
Beginning in the fall of 2016, Ventimiglia starred opposite Mandy Moore in the critically acclaimed NBC period drama series This Is Us playing Jack Pearson, the patriarch of a middle-class family in late 1980s early 1990s America. Ventimiglia stars in the upcoming suspense thriller Devil's Gate, alongside Amanda Schull. For his role as Jack Pearson, Ventimiglia received his first Emmy nomination in the category Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
Ventimiglia and fellow former Gilmore Girls co-star Alexis Bledel were in a relationship from December 2002 to June 2006. Ventimiglia also dated his Heroes co-star Hayden Panettiere from December 2007 to February 2009.
Ventimiglia and his sisters were raised as lacto-vegetarians and he has maintained the diet as an adult. He was named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' Sexiest Vegetarian in 2009. He also does not smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol. He is a fan of The Clash as well as The Smiths and Morrissey.
|1997||Boys Life 2||Jason||Segment: "Must Be the Music"|
|1999||She's All That||Soccer Player|
|2001||Nice Guys Finish Last||Josh||Short film|
|2003||Winter Break||Matt Raymand|
|Dirty Deeds||Zach Harper|
|2006||Intelligence||Colin Mathers||Short film|
|Stay Alive||Loomis Crowley|
|Rocky Balboa||Rocky Balboa, Jr.|
|2008||Pathology||Dr. Ted Grey|
|Armored||Officer Jake Eckehart|
|2010||Order of Chaos||Rick|
|2012||That's My Boy||Chad Martin|
|2013||Kiss of the Damned||Paulo|
|Grown Ups 2||Frat Boy Milo|
|Breaking at the Edge||Ian Wood|
|Killing Season||Chris Ford|
|2014||Grace of Monaco||Rupert Allan|
|Wild Card||Danny DeMarco|
|2017||Sandy Wexler||Barry Bubatzi|
|Devil's Gate||Jackson Pritchard|
|2018||Creed II||Rocky Balboa, Jr.|
|2019||The Art of Racing in the Rain||Denny Swift|
|1995||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Party Guest #1||Episode: "Bourgie Sings the Blues"|
|1996||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Letterman||Episode: "Terrible Things"|
|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"|
|Kelly Kelly||Steve Spencer||Episode: "Bye Bye Baby"|
|One World||Eric||Episode: "Community Service"|
|1999||Promised Land||Tony Brackett||Episode: "In the Money"|
|2000||Opposite Sex||Jed Perry||Main role; 8 episodes|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Bobby Taylor||Episode: "Friends & Lovers"|
|2001–06||Gilmore Girls||Jess Mariano||37 episodes|
|2003||Windward Circle||Jess Mariano||Unsold pilot|
|Boston Public||Jake Provesserio||3 episodes|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Lee Healy||Episode: "Escape"|
|2004–05||American Dreams||Chris Pierce||12 episodes|
|2006||The Bedford Diaries||Richard Thorne III||Main role; 8 episodes|
|2006–10||Heroes||Peter Petrelli||Main role; 70 episodes|
|2008||Robot Chicken||Green Arrow (voice)||Episode: "They Took My Thumbs"|
|2010||The Webventures of Justin and Alden||Himself||Episode: "The Last Episode"|
|2011||Suite 7||Milo||Episode: "That Guy"|
|The Temp Life||Cook||2 episodes|
|Wolverine||Wolverine / Logan (voice)||12 episodes|
|2013||Mob City||Ned Stax||Main role; 6 episodes|
|Chosen||Ian Mitchell||Main role; 11 episodes|
|2015||Gotham||Jason Lennon / The Ogre||3 episodes|
|The PET Squad Files||Cash Buggiardo||4 episodes|
|The Whispers||Sean Bennigan||Main role; 13 episodes|
|The League||Agent Baker||Episode: "The Block"|
|2015–16||Ultimate Spider-Man||Spider-Man Noir (voice)||4 episodes|
|2016||Relationship Status||Jack||Web series; 3 episodes|
|Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life||Jess Mariano||2 episodes|
|2016–present||This Is Us||Jack Pearson||Main role|
|2007||"Big Girls Don't Cry (Personal)"||Fergie||Love interest|
|2014||"I Can't Make You Love Me"||Priyanka Chopra|
|2011||X-Men: Destiny||Grant Alexander||Voice role|
|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"|
|2019||This is us||Episode: "Storybook Love"|
|2007||It's a Mall World||Producer; 13 episodes|
|2009||Dave Knoll Finds His Soul||Executive producer|
|2010||Ultradome||Executive producer; 3 episodes|
|2011||Suite 7||Producer; episode: "That Guy"|
|2013||The PET Squad Files||Executive producer; 6 episodes|
|Chosen||Executive producer; 18 episodes|
|2007||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor: Drama||Heroes||Nominated|
|2008||Saturn Awards||Best Supporting Actor on Television||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor: Action||Won|
|2017||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Actor in a New TV Series||This Is Us||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|MTV Movie & TV Awards||Tearjerker||Won|
|2018||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Won|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2019||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Won|
|Hasty Pudding Man of the Year||N/A||Himself||Won|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||This Is Us||Nominated|
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