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Milo Anthony Ventimiglia (born July 8, 1977) is an
American actor. He may be best known for his role as Jess Mariano in the
television comedy-drama Gilmore Girls.
Birth name Milo Anthony Ventimiglia
Date of birth July 8, 1977
Place of birth Anaheim, California, United States
Notable roles Jess Mariano on
An Orange County native, Ventimiglia attended El
Modena High school in Orange, CA, where he wrestled and held the office of
president in student government(ASB). He is of Sicilian descent on his father's
side and a combination of Irish, English, Scottish, French, Cherokee, and Indian
descent on his mother's.
At 18 years old, he started auditioning, booking
jobs, and working his way up. He received a scholarship to attend the American
Conservatory Theater in San Francisco for their summer program. From there, Milo
studied for a while at the University of Southern California and the San
Francisco American Conservatory Theater.
Milo left USC in his freshmen year to perform on
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Ventimiglia has also guest starred
on series such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and
From 2001 to 2003, Ventimiglia played broody teen
Jess Mariano on Gilmore Girls. He signed on for a spin-off of Gilmore Girls,
entitled Windward Circle, which was to have focused on the relationship between
Jess and his estranged father, but the proposed series never made it to the air.
He also directed the 2003 and 2004 WB Image Campaigns for the WB.
He recently starred in The Bedford Diaries in 2005,
but the show lasted for only a few episodes. Currently, he stars in Heroes, a
show about ordinary people discovering they have superpowers. He also is slated
to play Robert "Rocky Jr." Balboa, the son of Rocky Balboa, in the new Rocky
film Rocky Balboa coming out in December 2006.
Ventimiglia is a lacto-vegetarian.
He has two older sisters, and goes to weekly family dinners when he
can. He was romantically linked to his former Gilmore Girls
co-star, and on-screen girlfriend, Alexis Bledel. He confirmed in a July 2006
interview with TV Guide that he is now single. He and Alexis split in early
spring 2006 after 3 and half years together.
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Must Be the Music Jason One of four shorts
comprising 1997's Boys Life 2
1997 Rewind Young Rob
1999 She's All That Soccer player
Speedway Junky Travis
2000 Opposite Sex Jed Perry recurring
2001-2006 Gilmore Girls Jess Mariano
2001 Nice Guys Finish Last Josh
2003 111 Gramercy Park Billy Hammond, Jr. unaired
2003 Winter Break Matt Raymand
2003 Windward Circle Jess Mariano Spinoff of
Gilmore Girls which was filmed but not picked up; pilot episode was edited into
Gilmore Girls episode #3.21, "Here Comes the Son"
2004-2005 American Dreams Chris Pierce recurring
2005 Cursed Bo
Dirty Deeds Zach Harper
2006 Intelligence Colin Mathers
Stay Alive Loomis Crowley
2006 The Bedford Diaries Richard Thorne, III
2006-Present Heroes Peter Petrelli
2006 Rocky Balboa Rocky Balboa, Jr.
1 Milo Ventimiglia AOL Transcript :: aol.com
(English) (2002-04-21). Retrieved on 2006-06-29. “My father is 100% Sicilian and
my mother English/Irish/Scottish/French/Cherokee Indian and Indian from India.”
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