Piven in February 2009
Jeremy Samuel Piven|
July 26, 1965
Manhattan, New York, U.S
|Alma mater||Drake University (attended but did not graduate)|
Shira Piven (sister)|
Adam McKay (brother-in-law)
Jeremy Samuel Piven (born July 26, 1965) is an American actor and producer. He is best known for his roles as Ari Gold in the comedy series Entourage, for which he won a Golden Globe Award and three consecutive Emmy Awards, and as Spence Kovak on Ellen DeGeneres's sitcom Ellen. He also starred in the British period drama Mr Selfridge, which tells the story of the man who created the luxury English department store chain Selfridges.
Piven is a native of New York City, born in Manhattan, the son of Byrne Piven (1929-2002) and Joyce Hiller Piven (née Goldstein), both of whom were actors and drama teachers. He grew up in Evanston, Illinois. Piven 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 Bernardo in West Side Story there. In Illinois, he trained at Piven Theatre Workshop, founded by his parents. He also attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he departed after his sophomore year to attend New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He left Tisch during his senior year to pursue his acting career and is an alumnus of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He spent a semester at the National Theater Institute (NTI) at the The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center 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.
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 was a supporting cast member on the last three seasons of the sitcom Ellen where he played the part of Ellen's cousin, Spence. He was also the star and producer of the short-lived ABC dramedy series Cupid and voiced Elongated Man in three episodes of Justice League Unlimited
Beginning in 2004, Piven achieved significant success playing 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 the show. He also received Golden Globe nominations from 2005 to 2010 for the role, winning in 2008.
Piven has appeared in numerous 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.
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 the 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 drummer from the Who, Keith Moon. From 2013 to 2016, he played the title role in the British television drama series Mr Selfridge, the semi-fictional story based on the life of Harry Selfridge, the founder of the London department store Selfridge's. The show aired on the ITV network in the United Kingdom and PBS in the United States.
Piven was born to Jewish parents (of Russian origin) and considers himself Jewish. He starred in the Travel Channel special Jeremy Piven's Journey of a Lifetime detailing his journey across India. Piven resides in Malibu, California. His sister is director Shira Piven, whom he has described as one of his first acting teachers; his brother-in-law is director Adam McKay.
|One Crazy Summer||Ty|
|1990||Grifters, TheThe Grifters||Sailor – Freshman|
|1992||Player, TheThe Player||Steve Reeves|
|Bob Roberts||Candle Seller|
|There Goes The Neighborhood||Albert Lodge|
|1993||Twenty Bucks||Nervous Quick-Mart Clerk|
|12:01||Howard Richter||Television movie|
|Judgment Night||Ray Cochran|
|Car 54, Where Are You?||Herbert Hortz|
|PCU||James "Droz" Andrews|
|Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde||Peter Walston|
|1996||Larger Than Life||Walter|
|E=mc2||Prof. Paul Higgins|
|Layin' Low||Jerry Muckler|
|Livers Ain't Cheap||John|
|1997||Just Write||Harold McMurphy|
|Don King: Only in America||Hank Schwartz||Television movie|
|Grosse Pointe Blank||Paul Spericki|
|Kiss the Girls||Henry Castillo, LAPD|
|1998||Music from Another Room||Billy Swan|
|Very Bad Things||Michael Berkow|
|2000||Crew, TheThe Crew||Det. Steve Menteer|
|Family Man, TheThe Family Man||Arnie|
|2001||Serendipity||Dean Kansky||Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Rush Hour 2||Versace Salesman|
|Black Hawk Down||Clifton "Elvis" Wolcott|
|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|
|2006||Keeping Up with the Steins||Adam Fiedler|
|Smokin' Aces||Buddy "Aces" Israel|
|Cars||Harv||Voice, American version|
|2007||Kingdom, TheThe Kingdom||Damon Schmidt|
|2009||Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, TheThe Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard||Don Ready|
|2011||I Melt With You||Ron|
|Spy Kids: All the Time in the World||Timekeeper/Danger D'Amo|
|2012||Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!, TheThe Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!||Black Bellamy||Voice|
|2014||Edge of Tomorrow||Colonel Walter Marx||Uncredited role|
|Sin City: A Dame to Kill For||Bob|
Awards and nominations
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- "Piven, Byrne". Chicago Tribune. 2002-02-21.
- Jewish Daily Forward: "Actor ‘Hugs Out’ His Jewish Side" By Jordana Horn May 12, 2006
- Dandelife.com : Story : "poo is in *newsweek*", by caroline m Archived October 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Piven Theatre Workshop – Home". Piventheatre.org. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
- "Jeremy Piven, Employing His Acting Skills". washingtonpost.com. 2004-07-14. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
- "List of famous PIKES". Iastatepikes.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
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- SNL Archives | Episode. Retrieved October 10, 2007.
- Docs Tell Piven: Broadway is Bad for Your Health TMZ, December 17, 2008
- NFI Response to Jeremy's Piven's Claims About Fish and Mercury on YouTube
- "Discussion of the possible cause of poisoning". Jdc325.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
- Jeremy Piven Abruptly Departs Broadway's Speed-the-Plow Playbill, December 17, 2008
- Silverman, Stephen M. (2008-12-18). "Jeremy Piven Abruptly Abandons Broadway Play". people.com.
- WWE Summerfest on YouTube
- "Jeremy Piven wants to play Keith Moon?". Keithmoonmovie.com. 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
- "Jeremy Piven Gets A Body Double". YouTube. 2009-04-22. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
- "Jeremy Piven Discusses American Muscle Cars, Hot Wheels, and Being a Jewish Buddhist". Complex. 2011-02-18. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
- "The Star Online eCentral: Jeremy's journey". Star-ecentral.com. 2006-10-17. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
- "Interview: Shira and Jeremy Piven Discuss Their Indie Comedy, "Fully Loaded"". ulu.com. 2013-04-01. Retrieved 2014-09-13.
- "Jeremy Piven juggles movie premiere, watching Bears". ESPN. Retrieved February 15, 2011.
- Jeremy Piven on Twitter
- Jeremy Piven at the Internet Movie Database
- Jeremy Piven on Charlie Rose
- Works by or about Jeremy Piven in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- "Jeremy Piven collected news and commentary". The Guardian.
- "Jeremy Piven collected news and commentary". The New York Times.
- Interview on WHO.com with Jeremy Piven and Doug Ellin
- Piven on "Speed-The-Plow" and Mercury Poisoning at Yahoo!
- Jeremy Piven at Emmys.com