Jeremy Piven

Jeremy Samuel Piven (born July 26, 1965[1]) is an American actor, comedian, and producer. He is known for his role as Ari Gold in the comedy series Entourage, for which he won a Golden Globe Award and three consecutive Emmy Awards.[2] 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, and portrayed Spence Kovak on Ellen DeGeneres's sitcom Ellen.

Jeremy Piven
Piven in February 2009
Jeremy Samuel Piven

July 26, 1965 (age 53)
ResidenceMalibu, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian, producer
Years active1986–present
FamilyShira Piven (sister)
Adam McKay (brother-in-law)

Early years

Piven was born in Manhattan, New York, and raised in a Reconstructionist Jewish[3][4] family, of Ukrainian Jewish descent.[5][6][7][4]

His parents are Byrne Piven (1929–2002) and Joyce Hiller Piven (née Goldstein), both of whom were actors and drama teachers.[1][8][9] 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.[10]

He grew up in Evanston, Illinois[1] and graduated from Evanston Township High School.[11] As a teenager, he attended Harand Theater Camp in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, where he played Bernardo in West Side Story. In Illinois, he trained at Piven Theatre Workshop,[12] 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[13] and is an alumnus of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.[14] He spent a semester at the National Theater Institute at 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.


One of Piven's early roles was Spike in Lucas (1986). 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. He left the show in the second season after growing tired of playing Jerry, because his character was not given much of a background.

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, wherein 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 the fast-talking, acerbic Hollywood agent Ari Gold in the HBO series Entourage. He received Emmy[15] 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, and win in 2008.

Piven has appeared in numerous successful films, including 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 U.S. release of Cars.

In 2007, Piven appeared in the video for "Drivin' Me Wild", the third single from the 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.[16]

Piven appeared in the first Broadway revival of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow. 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 representation announced that due to an undisclosed illness, Piven would be ending his run in the play effective immediately.[17] 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.[18] An alternative explanation is that the herbal remedies Piven was taking were responsible for his high levels of mercury.[19] Mamet joked that Piven was leaving the play "to pursue a career as a thermometer."[20] 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. [[21]

On August 3, 2009, Piven guest hosted the WWE Raw wrestling program. In August 2011, Piven stated he was interested in portraying the drummer from the Who, Keith Moon.[22] 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, who founded the London department store Selfridge's. The show aired on the ITV network in the United Kingdom and PBS in the United States.

Personal life

Piven starred in the Travel Channel special, Jeremy Piven's Journey of a Lifetime, detailing his journey across India. He resides in Malibu, California.[10]

Piven plays drums, and has played on stage with the notable Chicago-based progressive rock / jam band Umphrey's McGee in 2004.[23]

In 2016, Piven endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for President of the United States during the 2016 presidential election.[24]

Piven is a fan of the Chicago Bears.[25] In 1998, he appeared in commercials for the Chicago Blackhawks.


On October 30, 2017, actress Ariane Bellamar accused Piven of several instances of sexual harassment and assault.[26] The next day, Piven responded to these allegations writing, "I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me. It did not happen".[27] Cassidy Freeman came to Bellamar's defense in an Instagram post, alluding to her own troubling past with Piven, who the actress claims engaged in "predatory behavior" toward her when she was "far too young".[28] On November 9, advertising executive Tiffany Bacon Scourby alleged that Piven had attacked her in 2003, stating that he had "jumped on" her, "exposed his genitals, held her hands down and began rubbing against her body until he ejaculated".[29] Piven responded to the allegations, calling them "absolutely false and completely fabricated". A representative for Piven said the actor was "looking at legal options".[30][29]

On November 13, Piven voluntarily took a polygraph test in which he was asked a series of questions about each allegation, which allegations he again denied. He passed the test with "no signs of deception". The polygraph test was administered by a member of the American Polygraph Association.[31][32]

Later that month, Anastasia Taneie, who worked as an extra on Entourage, alleged that Piven "confronted her in a dark hallway and groped her breast and genitals as he forcefully pushed her against a wall".[33] On November 27, 2017, CBS decided not to order a full season of Wisdom of the Crowd, following weak ratings and allegations of sexual harassment involving Piven.[34] In January 2018, BuzzFeed published an article in which three more women accused Piven of "sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior". They alleged Piven pinned down one woman on a couch after following her to her trailer on the set of a film in 1985, engaged in "physically aggressive" behavior with another while on a date, and attempted to force himself on the third woman in a hotel room around 1994. BuzzFeed News corroborated the stories with eight people who said the women had shared the encounters with them in the years since. Piven "vehemently denied" all the allegations, and his lawyer called them "works of fiction", saying they were opportunistic efforts to "obtain attention and/or money". Piven submitted a written statement to BuzzFeed, in which he referred to the lie detector test he had taken and asserted: "I have never forced myself on anyone, nor have I ever exposed myself or restrained anyone against their will. To the contrary, if any woman ever said no, I stopped".[35][36]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Lucas Spike
One Crazy Summer Ty
1989 Say Anything... Mark
1990 The Grifters Sailor – Freshman
White Palace Kahn
1992 The Player Steve Reeves
Twogether Arnie
Bob Roberts Candle Seller
Singles Doug Hughley
There Goes The Neighborhood Albert Lodge
1993 Twenty Bucks Nervous Quick-Mart Clerk
Judgment Night Ray Cochran
1994 Car 54, Where Are You? Herbert Hortz
Floundering Guy
PCU James "Droz" Andrews
1995 Miami Rhapsody Mitchell
Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde Peter Walston
Heat Dr. Bob
1996 Livers Ain't Cheap John
E=mc2 Prof. Paul Higgins
Larger Than Life Walter
Layin' Low Jerry Muckler
1997 Just Write Harold McMurphy
Grosse Pointe Blank Paul Spericki
Kiss the Girls Henry Castillo, LAPD
1998 Music from Another Room Billy Swan
Phoenix Fred Shuster
Very Bad Things Michael Berkow
2000 The Crew Det. Steve Menteer
The Family Man Arnie
2001 Rush Hour 2 Versace Salesman
Serendipity Dean Kansky Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Black Hawk Down Clifton "Elvis" Wolcott
2002 Highway Scawldy
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 Cars Harv Voice, American version
Keeping Up with the Steins Adam Fiedler
Smokin' Aces Buddy "Aces" Israel
2007 The Kingdom Damon Schmidt
2008 RocknRolla Roman
2009 The 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 The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! Black Bellamy Voice
So Undercover Armon
Welcome to Me Additional Voices
2014 Edge of Tomorrow Colonel Walter Marx Uncredited role
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Bob
2015 Entourage Ari Gold
2019 All-Star Weekend Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Carol & Company Various Unknown episodes
1991 Rugrats Hank Episode: "Touchdown Tommy"
1992–1998 The Larry Sanders Show Jerry Capen 26 episodes
1993 Seinfeld Michael Barth 3 episodes
12:01 Howard Richter Television movie
1995 Chicago Hope Godfrey Nabbott 2 episodes
Pride & Joy Nathan Green 6 episodes
1995–1998 Ellen Spence Kovak 72 episodes
1997 The Drew Carey Show Spence Kovak Episode: "Drew Gets Married"
Grace Under Fire Spence Kovak Episode: "Vegas"
Coach Spence Kovak Episode: "Viva Las Ratings"
Duckman Victor DeMann Episode: "Ebony, Baby"
Don King: Only in America Hank Schwartz Television movie
1998–1999 Cupid Trevor Hale/Cupid 15 episodes
2000 Will & Grace Nicholas Episode: "Love Plus One"
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Brain Pod #57 Episode: "Star Crossed"
2002 The Twilight Zone Tyler Ward "The Lineman" parts 1 & 2
2003 Spider-Man Roland Gaines 2 episodes
2004–2005 Justice League Unlimited Elongated Man 3 episodes
2004–2011 Entourage Ari Gold 96 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2006–08)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2005–07, 2009–10)
Nominated—Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (2008, 2010)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (2007–09)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2007–09)
2007 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Jeremy Piven/AFI"
2009 WWE Raw Host/Himself Episode: "August 3, 2009"
2013–2016 Mr Selfridge Harry Selfridge 39 episodes
2017-2018 Wisdom of the Crowd Jeffrey Tanner Main role
13 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Association Category Result
2002 Serendipity Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2005 Entourage Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2006 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2007 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2008 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2009 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2010 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated


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External links

Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

The Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film is an award presented annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). It is given in honor of an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting role on a television series, miniseries or motion picture made for television for the calendar year. The award was first presented at the 28th Golden Globe Awards on February 5, 1971 to James Brolin for his role on Marcus Welby, M.D.. It was presented under the title Best Supporting Actor – Television Series before changing to its current title in 1980.

Since its inception, the award has been given to 45 actors. Alexander Skarsgård is the current recipient of the award for his portrayal of Perry Wright on Big Little Lies. Ed Asner has won the most awards in this category, winning three times. Sean Hayes and Jeremy Piven have each been nominated for the award on six occasions, the most within the category.

Judgment Night (film)

Judgment Night is a 1993 American action thriller film directed by Stephen Hopkins and starring Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jeremy Piven and Stephen Dorff as a group of friends on the run from a gang of drug dealers (led by Denis Leary) after they witness a murder. The film was released on DVD on January 20, 2004.

List of awards and nominations received by Entourage

This is the list of awards won and nominations received by the American television series Entourage.


Pride is an inwardly directed emotion that carries two antithetical meanings. With a negative connotation pride refers to a foolishly and irrationally corrupt sense of one's personal value, status or accomplishments, used synonymously with hubris. In Judaism, pride is called the root of all evil. With a positive connotation, pride refers to a humble and content sense of attachment toward one's own or another's choices and actions, or toward a whole group of people, and is a product of praise, independent self-reflection, and a fulfilled feeling of belonging.

Philosophers and social psychologists have noted that pride is a complex secondary emotion which requires the development of a sense of self and the mastery of relevant conceptual distinctions (e.g. that pride is distinct from happiness and joy) through language-based interaction with others. Some social psychologists identify the nonverbal expression of pride as a means of sending a functional, automatically perceived signal of high social status. In contrast, pride could also be defined as a lowly disagreement with the truth. One definition of pride in the former sense comes from St. Augustine: "the love of one's own excellence". A similar definition comes from Meher Baba: "Pride is the specific feeling through which egoism manifests."Pride is sometimes viewed as corrupt or as a vice, sometimes as proper or as a virtue. While some philosophers such as Aristotle (and George Bernard Shaw) consider pride (but not hubris) a profound virtue, some world religions consider pride's fraudulent form a sin, such as is expressed in Proverbs 11:2 of the Hebrew Bible. When viewed as a virtue, pride in one's abilities is known as virtuous pride, greatness of soul or magnanimity, but when viewed as a vice it is often known to be self-idolatry, sadistic contempt, vanity or vainglory. Pride can also manifest itself as a high opinion of one's nation (national pride) and ethnicity (ethnic pride).

So Undercover

So Undercover is a 2012 American action-comedy film directed by Tom Vaughan and written by Allan Loeb and Steven Pearl. Starring Miley Cyrus, Jeremy Piven, and Mike O'Malley, the film was released for the first time in the United Arab Emirates on December 6, 2012 and released direct-to-video in the United States on February 5, 2013. The film has been released in theatres of only 13 countries worldwide.

Very Bad Things

Very Bad Things is a 1998 American black comedy film directed by Peter Berg and starring Cameron Diaz, Jon Favreau, Daniel Stern, Jeremy Piven, Christian Slater, Leland Orser and Jeanne Tripplehorn.

Wisdom of the Crowd

Wisdom of the Crowd is an American drama television series based on the Israeli series of the same name by Shira Hadad and Dror Mishani. The series premiered on CBS October 1, 2017 and ended on January 14, 2018. On November 27, 2017, CBS cancelled the show and opted not to order more than 13 episodes following weak ratings and allegations of sexual harassment involving Jeremy Piven.

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