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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 26 July 1965Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameJeremy Samuel Piven
Nicknames Jez Piv
The Piv
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Manhattan and raised in Evanston, Illinois, he is an alumnus of the Piven Theatre Workshop founded by his parents (Byrne Piven and Joyce Hiller Piven) and a one time Chicago stage actor.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Dan Hartung <dhartung@mcs.com>

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Trivia (26)

Was a graduate of Evanston Township High School.
Shared an apartment with John Cusack.
Attended, with Billy Zane, Harand Theater Camp in Elkhart Lake, WI, as a teenager. He played Bernardo in "West Side Story" there.
Parents ran a theatre school in Chicago which John Cusack, Joan Cusack and Ann Cusack attended.
Frequently acts in movies with John Cusack, such as: Bob Roberts (1992), Elvis Stories (1989), Floundering (1994), The Grifters (1990), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), One Crazy Summer (1986), The Player (1992), Say Anything... (1989), Serendipity (2001), Runaway Jury (2003).
Younger brother of Shira Piven.
Brother in-law of Adam McKay.
He was also supposed to star alongside his best pal John Cusack in High Fidelity (2000), but had to pull out due to other commitments.
Attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. While in school, he performed in plays such as "Julius Caesar.".
He got malaria while filming PCU (1994) and had to be rushed to the hospital.
Was considered for the role of Dolarhyde in Red Dragon (2002).
Was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
His character Ari in HBO's Entourage (2004) is based on real-life Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel.
Divides his time between Malibu, California and Chicago.
He owns a house in Malibu, California, which he purchased from hockey star Chris Chelios.
Has played drums for most of his life, and plays them quite well.
Avid fan of the Chicago Bears.
In Cincinnati Bell commercials [2005]
On Broadway in Speed the Plow [November 2008]
He is of Russian Jewish and Ukrainian Jewish descent.
Studied acting at the National Theatre in London.
Studied acting at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT.
Was twice released from contracts for Broadway plays due to professional disputes with producers. These were the only two New York plays in which he was ever cast.
Endorsed Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election of the United States.

Personal Quotes (10)

[on how to make an impression in small roles] From the get-go, I'd keep talking and never stop. Literally, I would take single lines and just keep going. In Runaway Jury (2003), there are so many great actors but I got lucky because I'm standing next to Dustin Hoffman! That's the secret; Get next to him and they can't cut you out!
John Cusack and I have been friends since childhood, and the fact that we're in so many films together is, no pun intended, serendipitous. I audition and, after I find out I've got the job, I call Johnny and say "Hey, man, we're going to be in New Orleans together". And because we've done a bunch of films, people connect the dots. But that's not the case.
When I was in London I saw Ralph Fiennes in "Brandt". My mother and I went to the stage door, because we were so blown away by it. We were just gushing American fans. And then this guy went, Omigod, Jeremy Piven!" And he started giving it up in a very un-British way. It was a strange moment.
[on Chicago] I have a place in Chicago and I get there as much as I can . . . The city is so unbelievably beautiful. It's one of the greatest cities on the planet. My heart beats differently when I'm in Chicago. It slows down and I feel more at ease.
It's your job as an actor to fill out the blanks. I love doing that. To fill in the bones.
I'm a stage actor. That is what I do.
If I have a rapper like Common rolling hard with me at a club and I hand him a microphone and he hits five songs in a row and the crowd goes crazy, I don't feel guilty about drinking on the house.
[To participants at the launch of the 2011-12 TV season] I'm just basically trying to work on impressing my nieces, who think I work for the bus company because they saw a picture of me on a bus.
(2011) I grew up in a family where my parents are theater artists; we grew up in essentially what was an old folks' home, because we didn't have any money. So I was surrounded with people with neck braces and in wheelchairs and whatnot, because that's what you do to save a bunch of money when your parents are hardworking artists. They're theater actors who simply don't get paid. And that's the way I grew up. I was incredibly lucky, and I wouldn't change it for the world. So those are my roots. I'm just some boring thespian from Chicago...
(2011, On I Melt with You (2011)) This movie isn't for everyone - and, I think, in a really great way. If you don't want to even approach the idea of addressing who you are in this life, it's gonna be a difficult movie for you to sit and watch. It can be very polarizing; at the same time, you could recognize totally committed people and you may not love these characters but... listen, I knew this movie wouldn't be for everyone, but it's for me. And that's why I totally, emotionally, committed to this movie in every way, shape, and form. And I'm very, very proud of it. I like that it evokes very strong feelings, good or bad, in people. I think we've done our job.

Salary (2)

Entourage (2004) $350,000 /episode (2010-11)
Entourage (2004) $350 000/episode (2010)

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