Adrian Grenier (born July 10, 1976) is an American actor, producer, director, musician and environmentalist. He is best known for playing Vincent Chase in the television series Entourage (2004–2011). He has appeared in films such as Drive Me Crazy (1999), The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and Trash Fire (2016).
Grenier in 2014
Grenier was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the son of Karesse Grenier and John Dunbar. His parents were never married. He was raised by his mother in New York City. His father was from Ohio, and has English, German, Scottish and Irish ancestry. His mother was born in New Mexico, to a family of mostly Mexican (Indigenous, Spanish) and some French descent.
A DNA test on the series Finding Your Roots showed Grenier to have approximately 8% Native American ancestry and that his direct matrilineal line is Native American. The program determined that his ancestor Diego de Montoya (born in Texcoco, New Spain, in 1596) was the leader of an encomienda, a protectorate of Puebloan peoples in Pueblo San Pedro in New Mexico. He shares this ancestor with author and commentator Linda Chavez, making them ninth cousins.
Grenier graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and attended Bard College in New York.
In 1997, Grenier left Bard to embark on a film career. He made his film debut in the independent drama, Arresting Gena, then in 1999 played opposite Melissa Joan Hart in Drive Me Crazy and in 2001 starred in James Toback's Harvard Man.
In 2004, Grenier played Vincent Chase in the HBO series Entourage, gaining his most substantial notability and success. The series followed the triumphs and trials in the life of Chase, as the movie star character and his friends lived the good life in Los Angeles. It ran for eight seasons, from 2004–2011, and was nominated for numerous Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series. In 2006, he played Nate Cooper, the boyfriend of Andrea Sachs (Anne Hathaway) in The Devil Wears Prada.
In 2013, he starred in the post-apocalyptic film Goodbye World alongside Gaby Hoffmann. It premiered at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival where it received good reviews. The film made its cinematic release in the United States on April 4, 2014.
Grenier stepped back in front of the camera in 2015 to reprise his role of Vincent Chase in the Entourage film adaptation. Filming began in January 2014 and the film was released in June 2015. He is a campus advisor for Academy for Global Citizenship in Chicago, Illinois.
Directing and producingEdit
As a vehicle for Grenier to transition between acting, directing and producing, with some partners, he started Reckless Productions in 2001. The company focused on producing socially minded films. One of its first, Shot in the Dark, chronicled Grenier's journey to reconnect with his estranged father, Dunbar, with whom his mother broke up when he was still a baby. Grenier and Dunbar remained estranged for 18 years until he began work on the documentary in an attempt to forge a relationship with him. The two eventually reunited and continue to remain in contact. This was Grenier's directorial debut and the film premiered at the 2002 Tribeca Film Festival. HBO distributed the documentary and it premiered on the channel on June 3, 2007.
On June 2, 2008, Grenier premiered a new television series, Alter Eco, for which he was the producer. The show aired on the Discovery communications channel, Planet Green, and featured Grenier and a team of green experts showing changes that can be made to live a more eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle.
On September 27, 2010, HBO premiered Teenage Paparazzo, another documentary directed by Grenier and produced by Bert Marcus. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film focused on 13-year-old paparazzo, Austin Visschedyk, and the celebrity obsessed world in which he operates. It also featured interviews with celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, Alec Baldwin, and Whoopi Goldberg. Grenier worked on the documentary for three years as a producer as well. Aside from HBO, Teenage Paparazzo premiered on 40 other outlets around the globe. In addition to its theatrical release, Grenier took the documentary to College campuses nationwide in the Teenage Paparazzo "Experience Tour." The tour included a  call for art to be included in a traveling gallery that challenged the traditional understanding of celebrity and modern media.
In 2010, Grenier began working as a producer alongside producer Bert Marcus and director Matthew Cooke on the full-length feature documentary, How to Make Money Selling Drugs. The film was a tongue-in-cheek look at what is considered to be one of the worst domestic policy failures in recent American history. It featured actual dealers and even celebrities commenting on the subject including; 50 Cent, Eminem, Susan Sarandon and David Simon, head writer of acclaimed HBO series The Wire. It was released in the summer of 2013 on Amazon.com in addition to iTunes and received positive reviews.
An advocate of sustainable living, Grenier and his business partner, film producer Peter Glatzer founded the lifestyle brand SHFT.com in 2010. SHFT is a brand which promotes sustainability through film, design, art and culture and lives both online and offline. Its mission is to nudge sustainable ideas and products into pop culture, and to provide context for an inspiring, modern, sustainable way of life.
SHFT has partnered with brands such as; Ford Motor Company, AOL/Huffington Post, Virgin America, Stonyfield Farm, The W Hollywood, The Weather Channel, and Estée Lauder. In its second year, SHFT won two Webby Awards for best website in its category.
In 2014, Grenier and Glatzer partnered with Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture to create SHFT Mobile Kitchen Classroom – a teaching kitchen on wheels for high-school students in New York City. Through lessons on cooking, science, technology, and sustainability, it is designed to help teenagers understand how the food choices they make relate to broader issues of personal and environmental health.
Grenier plays guitar, bass, drums and harmonica. He was a member of two New York bands: the lead singer in Kid Friendly and the drummer in The Honey Brothers before moving on to build Wreckroom, a music incubator and recording studio in May 2012.
His intentions were to create a space for friends to write, perform and record music. However, the equipped studio eventually evolved, becoming a breeding ground for fresh talent. Over fifty artists made use for twenty spaces from the basement in Brooklyn. The next year, Grenier started Wreckroom Records and described as "the manifestation of a boyhood dream." Importantly to Grenier, Wreckroom requires that artists participate in the community. As he told Billboard in 2015, "You don't just come in, take your record and go and promote yourself. You become part of the family."
Artists are vetted by Grenier and his team: Damien Paris, Mike Frankel and Brian Koerber. Selected musicians join the team for a full day session, in which they professionally record an original song and film a live-style music video. Wreckroom releases EPs in addition to a video series of cover songs, titled "Under the Covers" and two bands, Missouri "punk 'n' roll" trio Radkey and metal-spined Brooklyn five-piece The Skins, released EPs on the label in 2013. Wreckroom also hosts curated music showcases in both Brooklyn and Austin, the latest a 3-day takeover of Arlyn Studios in 2016.
The Skins were one of the first bands to record in the Wreckroom and their talent led Grenier to not only sign the group to Wreckroom but also to agree to manage the band. The group is based in Brooklyn and consists of siblings Bayli, Reef, and Kaya Mckeithan, along with guitarists Daisy Spencer and Russell Chell.
United Nations Environment Goodwill AmbassadorEdit
On World Environment Day 2017, Grenier was appointed as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme. Grenier was chosen due to his work with the Lonely Whale Foundation. https://www.lonelywhale.org/ In his new role, Grenier will advocate for reducing single-use plastic and for the protection of marine species, as well as encourage his followers to make conscious consumer choices to reduce their environmental footprint.
In 2009, Grenier launched an eco-themed app for the iPhone and Android mobile platforms. The app, called Ecohero, incorporated a barcode-scanning technology to help consumers weigh products' environmental and health impact. Ecohero also contained other functions, such as a carbon calculator and eco-encyclopedia.
|1998||Fishes Outta Water|
|1998||The Adventures of Sebastian Cole||Sebastian Cole|
|1999||Drive Me Crazy||Chase Hammond|
|2000||Cecil B. Demented||Lyle|
|2001||Harvard Man||Alan Jensen|
|2001||Artificial Intelligence: AI||Teen in van|
|2002||Freshening Up||Noah||Short film|
|2002||Love in the Time of Money||Nick|
|2002||Hart's War||Pvt. Daniel E. Abrams|
|2003||Bringing Rain||Clay Askins|
|2003||Anything Else||Ray Polito|
|2004||Tony N' Tina's Wedding||Michael|
|2005||A Perfect Fit||John|
|2006||Across the Hall||Julian||Short film|
|2006||The Devil Wears Prada||Nate|
|2007||Off Hour||Bruno||Short Film Award Best Actor|
|2008||Adventures of Power||Dallas Houston|
|2015||Sex, Death and Bowling||Sean McAllister|
|2018||Affairs of State||Rob Reynolds|
|2019||Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays||Owen Read||Hallmark Movie|
|2004–2011||Entourage||Vincent Chase||Lead role; 96 episodes|
Nominated – ASTRA Award for Favourite International Personality or Actor (2009)
Nominated – Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor, Comedy Series (2008, 2010)
Nominated – PRISM Award for Performance in a Comedy Series (2011–2012)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2007–2009)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer TV Star: Male (2009)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor Comedy (2007)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Chemistry (shared w/ cast) (2006)
|2008||Alter Eco||Himself||Docu-serie; 9 episodes|
|2010||90210||Himself||Episode: "Age of Inheritance"|
|2011||Vietnam in HD||Barry Romo||Voice; Main role; 6 episodes|
|2015||Wahlburgers||Himself||Episode: "Drama Meets Drama"|
|2015–17||Miles from Tomorrowland||Captain Joe Callisto||Voice; Recurring role; 12 episodes|
|2017||Love at First Glance||James Fielding||Television film|
|TBA||Clickbait||Nick Brewer||Upcoming miniseries|
|2002||Shot in the Dark|
|2005||Across the Hall||Short film|
|2008||Alter Eco||9 episodes|
|2009||Waiting For The Light To Change|
|2010||Don't Quit Your Daydream|
|2012||My Name Is Faith|
|2012||How To Make Money Selling Drugs|
|2015||52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale|
|2002||Shot in the Dark|
|1999||(You Drive Me) Crazy||Britney Spears||Cameo appearance|
|2018||Out For Love||Bayli||Lawyer|
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