Jeremy Piven

BATD ON Oct 16, 2009 AT 10:43 am

Jeremy Piven

Jeremy Piven

Manhattan-born Jeremy Piven shows no signs of slowing these days. It’s been an absolute riot for Piven since the debut of his hit HBO series Entourage in 2004. That’s not to say, however, that his early career was any less exciting. Raised in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illionois, he received early performance training in the workshop founded by his parents and enjoyed roles like Bernardo in “West Side Story” in his teen years. His studies included stints at Drake University as well as the National Theatre Institute of Connecticut.

Jeremy with his Emmy

Jeremy with his Emmy

His deadpan delivery earned him role after role as a young adult. Although he claims it was purely by chance, he also managed to appear in over a half dozen films alongside childhood friend John Cusack. Following his first significant role—on HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show—he enjoyed a long string of successful films including Grosse Pointe Blank, The Family Man, Black Hawk Down, PCU, Old School, and Runaway Jury.

With the role of the quick-talking Ari Gold on Entourage, Piven truly got a new boost to his career. He earned Emmy nominations for best supporting actor four years running, successfully taking the award in 2006, 2007, and 2008. He’s also starred in ABC’s Cupid and the last three seasons of the sitcom Ellen. In 2008, he even tried his hand at Broadway, appearing for a short time in David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow.

Piven’s most recent project is the Neal Brennan directed comedy The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. He plays Don Ready, a used-car liquidator out to save the day at a failing auto dealership. Performances from Ed Helms and Jordana Spiro—not to mention a cameo from co-producer Will Ferrell—also help drive the movie, pun intended. Look out for other projects, as Piven has an exciting slate of movies slotted for the next several years.

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