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Peter Facinelli Poster

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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 26 November 1973Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Peter Facinelli was born in Queens, New York, the youngest child of Bruna (Reich) and Pierino Facinelli, a waiter. His parents are Italian immigrants, originally from Trentino, Northern Italy. He has three sisters. Peter was educated at St. Francis Preparatory School in Fresh Meadows, New York, and went on to attend St. John's University, but left after a year to follow his interest in acting at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, also in New York. There Facinelli was taught by such distinguished actors as Academy Award nominees William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman.

He made his screen debut in 1995, appearing in Rebecca Miller's Angela (1995) and has worked consistently ever since. Notable projects include The Price of Love (1995), An Unfinished Affair (1996) (where he met his future wife, Jennie Garth), Touch Me (1997) and The Scorpion King (2002). Facinelli has also had re-occurring roles in such TV shows such as Fastlane (2002), Six Feet Under (2001), Damages (2007) and Nurse Jackie (2009). In 2008, he won the role of Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the wildly popular Twilight (2008) and its sequels.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Naomi

Spouse (1)

Jennie Garth (20 January 2001 - 11 June 2013) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (9)

Daughter, Luca Bella, with Jennie Garth. [1997]
Met Jennie Garth while filming An Unfinished Affair (1996).
Grew up in Ozone Park, Queens, New York.
Studied acting at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, New York City, New York under such teachers as William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Giancarlo Esposito and Camryn Manheim.
Italian-American.
(December 6, 2002) Birth of his second daughter, Lola Ray (7 lbs. 7 oz., 18 inches) with wife, actress Jennie Garth.
Attended St. Francis Preparatory High School in Fresh Meadows, New York.
Peter and his wife, Jennie Garth, became the parents of their third child, a girl named Fiona Eve Facinelli, on September 30, 2006. Fiona weighed in at 7 lbs. 8 oz.
Was engaged to actress Jaimie Alexander from March 2015 to February 2016.

Personal Quotes (17)

(2011, on career choices) I switch it up and do something different. I get bored if I do the same thing over and over. When I look back at the characters I've played, they've all been so distinctly different from each other. "Mike Dexter" from Can't Hardly Wait (1998) is completely different than the character I played in The Scorpion King (2002), which is completely different than the Riding in Cars with Boys (2001) role or the role I played on Damages (2007). Put that next to the guy that I played in Fastlane (2002), then put the character in "Fastlane" next to Twilight (2008)'s "Carlisle", and put that character next to Nurse Jackie (2009)'s "Dr. Cooper", and they're all so vastly different that, whenever my agent says, "What do you want to do next?", I say, "Whatever I haven't done before". I like shaking it up and doing different things.
I remember waiting in line all away around the block for Superman premier and I thought "wow this is amazing, all those people are here to see this movie, it must be something special". And then you come to Comic-Con and people camp out for days and it puts things to perspective, like how amazing movies are and how movies can bring groups of people together for their passion, and they make friends... I thing anytime something can bring people together in a positive way it's a great thing.
Last week I was in London at an awards show, then I flew home and was in an RV park with my wife and kids in our motorhome, this week I'm in NY doing a charity event, and tomorrow I'll be coaching my daughters soccer practice. I guess the range of roles I play on film stem from the range of roles I play in real life.
There were days when I was literally running for hours in the forest and then I'd jump on a plane and then I'd be on the Nurse Jackie (2009) set. I was going from Vancouver to New York every three days. For me, it was really invigorating.
What I like about the third movie is you get to see a side of Carlisle you haven't seen before. You actually get to see what his vampire capabilities are because there's some great battle sequences. It's my favorite book. Carlisle is holding on to that humanity. He doesn't want to be a vampire.
Everyone has a different path. I knew no one in the acting industry growing up. I never did a play until college. I was not outspoken when I was younger and I hated being the center of attention. But I had a dream of being an actor. I went to NYU and studied theatre. I learned a craft. And began my career straight out of college.
I like playing the contrasting roles. It what inspires me to act. If I look back on my career I am happy that I have gotten to play a wide variety of different roles, from Mike Dexter, to Van Ray in Fastlane (2002), to Dr. Cullen to Coop.
When I was younger I saw a movie called Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) with Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Those two actors and that movie was my inspiration to want to be an actor.
I enjoy what Twitter is because I can really connect with the fans and it's a great way to share information with them and it's also a great way to entertain. I like being able to put a smile on people's faces and letting them know what I'm doing.
My advice has always been to study the craft of acting if you want to be an actor. There are many great schools that teach acting. NYU being one of them.
I like to keep my Twitter pure. I don't want to sell my followers anything.
I don't know what the future holds. I just try to do roles that I haven't done before.
On the end of the Twilight saga: We had a wrap party in Louisiana so we had a crew there to say good-bye. And then I think we had a wrap party in Canada. But people wrap at different times, so by the time we got to the wrap party in Canada, a lot of the cast had been wrapped. It's not like there was a big final day where everyone was gone. We shot the wedding scene last, which I think Bill [Condon] did on purpose, because almost everyone was in the wedding scene. We got to all say good-bye to each other on set, but it was like four o'clock in the morning, in the rain, after we had been shooting for like 16 hours. So everyone was diving for their cars.
We've been shooting the last two weeks with a lot of vampires. I don't want to give away too much, but if you've read the books, it's the standoff with lots of vampires in play. There's like 70 people going through the works at once. It's a little maddening, but fun. We shot pretty much the ending of the two movies the other day.
On his character Carlisle: I've mourned all of my characters but I haven't really mourned him yet. Maybe in December, I'll have a little vigil for Carlisle. Usually, when I wrap a character, there's a three-to-five day depression that I go through because a part of you is gone. You'll never get to play that character again. I got so used to playing Carlisle, though, that I never had to mourn the loss of him because I knew I would revisit him at some point. When we wrapped last time, I think we shot for six months. I wasn't ready to mourn him; I was just thankful to be done. I knew that also I would have Comic-Con and there would be press [for the movie], so he is kind of still with me. But I think in December, there is no more to talk about. It'll be complete.
It's a little sad. I'm going to miss the fans. They've treated us so well, at Comic-Con especially. But just because the movies are over doesn't mean the fans will disappear. I hope. Otherwise it will be me standing outside with a bunch of markers and no one who wants an autograph.
It definitely gets challenging at times. I travel a lot more now, and its never easy having to leave the kids, even if its for a few days.

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