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Jeremy Piven is a television and film actor who won multiples awards for his work on the HBO series Entourage.
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Born on July 26, 1965, in New York City, as part of an acting clan, actor Jeremy Piven went on to be featured in a diverse array of films such as Say Anything, Bob Roberts, Heat, Kiss the Girls and Cars. Having had a role in Ellen DeGeneres's '90s sitcom, Ellen, and the supernatural Cupid, Piven later found much acclaim as agent Ari Gold on HBO's Entourage, winning three Emmy Awards.
Jeremy Samuel Piven was born on July 26, 1965, in New York City. Growing up in the northern Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois, Piven attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Throughout his life, he has been involved with the acclaimed Piven Theatre Workshop, which was founded by his parents, Byrne and Joyce Piven. Jeremy received his comic training as a member of the Second City National Touring Company.
Jeremy Piven soon moved from theater to the big screen, appearing in small roles in several films, including 1989's Say Anything, 1992's Singles and 1995's Heat. The actor has been most acclaimed, however, for his television work, beginning with HBO's The Larry Sanders Show in 1992 and Ellen in 1995. Around this same time, he starred on and produced the short-lived ABC dramedy Cupid (1998–99).
In 2004, Piven was cast as agent Ari Gold on the hit HBO series Entourage, winning Emmy Awards for his performance as the fast-talking Hollywood agent three years in a row—in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
In December 2008, Piven became the subject of some ridicule for leaving the cast of a Broadway revival of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow before the end of its run. He was reportedly too ill to perform and was said to be suffering from mercury poisoning—reportedly a result of eating too much sushi. Some did not believe Piven's claims, including playwright David Mamet. Mamet quipped at the time, "My understanding is that he is leaving show business to pursue a career as a thermometer." While the incident may have affected his future on the stage, Piven has remained a popular actor on TV and in film.
Entourage ended in 2011, after nearly 100 episodes. Not long after, media outlets reported that a movie based on the popular series was in the works.
Piven's later credits include the TV series Mr Selfridge, which premiered in 2013, and the action/science-fiction film Edge of Tomorrow (2014), starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.
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