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Miles Alexander Teller[1] (born February 20, 1987)[2][3] is an American actor. Born in Downingtown, Pennsylvania and an alumnus of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, he appeared in several short films and television movies before making his feature film debut in Rabbit Hole (2010). He had supporting roles in Footloose (2011) and Project X (2012), before garnering good notices for his leading performances as Sutter Keely in The Spectacular Now (2013) and as Andrew Neiman in Whiplash (2014). He has since starred in Fantastic Four (2015) as Mister Fantastic, War Dogs (2016) opposite Jonah Hill, and boxing biopic Bleed for This (2016).

Miles Teller
Miles Teller by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Miles Alexander Teller
(1987-02-20) February 20, 1987 (age 30)
Downingtown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Education Lecanto High School
Alma mater Tisch School of the Arts
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present

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Early lifeEdit

Teller was born in Downingtown, Pennsylvania,[4] of parents Merry and Mike.[5] He has two older sisters, Erin and Dana.[6][5] His paternal grandfather was of Russian Jewish descent, and his ancestry also includes English and Irish.[7][8] The family moved to Citrus County, Florida, when Teller was 12.[4] He also lived in Pennsylvania and Delaware.[9] At Lecanto High School,[5] he played the alto saxophone in a rock band, was a drummer for a church-youth group band, and was president of the drama club.[10][11] He can also play piano and guitar and was on the baseball team, hoping to turn professional.[12][13] Aside from high school, Teller worked as a server at a restaurant called Crackers.[14] He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where he studied method acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.[15][16]

In 2007, he was a passenger in a car that lost control at 80 mph and flipped eight times, he was ejected through the window. He has multiple visible scars on his face from the accident.[17]

CareerEdit

 
Teller at the film premiere of Divergent in March 2014

Before making his feature film debut Teller appeared in many short films. After graduating from Tisch School of the Arts in 2009,[15] he made his debut in 2010's Rabbit Hole, after Nicole Kidman handpicked him for the role.[18] Teller appeared in the stage musical Footloose in high school.[18] Years later, he was cast in the film remake of Footloose (2011) starring Kenny Wormald, in which he played the same character as in his high school musical.[19]

In 2013, he starred in 21 & Over, written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.[20] That year, he began reaching critical success after starring in the James Ponsoldt film, The Spectacular Now, for which he won the Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, with co-star Shailene Woodley.[21]

In 2014, he co-starred in the comedy That Awkward Moment, alongside Zac Efron and Michael B. Jordan, and starred as a drummer in the well-reviewed drama Whiplash (2014), which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and opened in theaters in October 2014.[22] He was nominated for the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actor, the Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture, and the BAFTA Rising Star Award.[23]

Teller received further recognition when he portrayed Peter Hayes in the commercially successful Divergent (2014), followed by the film's sequels Insurgent (2015) and Allegiant (2016).[24] He also starred as Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic in the film Fantastic Four (2015).[25][26]

Teller played real life arms dealer David Packouz, opposite Jonah Hill, in the Todd Phillips-directed film War Dogs (2016),[27] and headlined the biopic Bleed for This (2016), playing boxer Vinny Paz.[28] In January 2014, Teller was cast to portray Dan Aykroyd in Steven Conrad's untitled John Belushi biopic.[29]

Personal lifeEdit

Teller is a loyal fan of the Philadelphia Phillies.[30]

Since 2013, he has been in a relationship with model Keleigh Sperry.[31][32] They became engaged August 20, 2017, at the Molori Safari lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve while on an African safari.[33][34]

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role Notes
2004 Moonlighters Miles Short film
2007 A Very Specific Recipe Lee Short film
2008 The Musicians Miguel Short film
2009 The Unusuals James Boorland TV series (Episode: "Boorland Day")
2010 The Track Meet Andrew Short film
Rabbit Hole Jason
2011 Footloose Willard Hewitt
2012 Project X Miles Teller (not himself)
2013 The Spectacular Now Sutter Keely
21 & Over Miller
2014 Whiplash Andrew Neiman
That Awkward Moment Daniel
Divergent Peter Hayes
Two Night Stand Alec
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent Peter Hayes
Fantastic Four Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic
2016 The Divergent Series: Allegiant Peter Hayes
Get a Job Will Davis
War Dogs David Packouz
Bleed for This Vinny Pazienza
2017 Only the Brave Brendan "Donut" McDonough
Thank You for Your Service Adam Schumann
2018 The Ark and the Aardvark Gilbert (voice) In Production

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
2013 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Acting (shared with Shailene Woodley) The Spectacular Now Won
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Depiction of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction Nominated
Indiana Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (shared with Shailene Woodley) Nominated
Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
2014 BAFTA Rising Star Award Whiplash Nominated
Gotham Independent Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Male Performance Nominated
#WTF Moment Nominated
Best Musical Moment Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actor Nominated
2015 CinemaCon Award Ensemble Award (shared with Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell) Fantastic Four Won
Teen Choice Awards Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Scene Stealer The Divergent Series: Insurgent Nominated
2016 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Screen Combo (shared with Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell) Fantastic Four Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Miles Alexander Teller Voting Record". Find The Data. Florida Department of State. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ Teller, Miles [@Miles_Teller] (February 20, 2014). "Happy bday to me.." (Tweet). Retrieved January 19, 2014 – via Twitter. 
  3. ^ Setoodeh, Ramin (January 23, 2014). "Miles Teller on his Breakout 'Whiplash' Role and Blushing for Nicole Kidman". Variety. Retrieved June 19, 2017. Teller, 26... 
  4. ^ a b "Rabbit Hole presskit" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on November 5, 2015. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Persall, Steve (November 11, 2014). "Snoopy? How rising star Miles Teller, a Lecanto High grad, found acting (w/video)". Tampa Bay Times. Florida. Retrieved August 6, 2015. Teller's father, Mike...; His household was musical 'controlled chaos' with Miles, sisters Erin and Dana, and mother Merry. 
  6. ^ Greco, Patti (August 27, 2013). "Miles Teller on The Spectacular Now, Moonwalking, and the Divergent–Hunger Games Comparisons". Vulture.com (New York). Retrieved December 10, 2013. ...my two older sisters — Dana, who is like eighteen months older... 
  7. ^ Miller, Gerri. "Hollywood Now: That Awkward Moment, Labor Day, Somewhere Slow". InterfaithFamily. Archived from the original on February 9, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2014. Teller, who is Jewish on his father’s (father’s) side, and Christian on his mother’s side... 
  8. ^ O'Hare, Brian (November 14, 2016). "Something to Believe In: Bleed For This' Ben Younger, Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart Will Their Way to Greatness". MovieMaker. Archived from the original on December 12, 2016. Retrieved June 19, 2017. So how did English/Irish/Russian-Jewish Teller from Lecanto, Florida... 
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  10. ^ Swanson, Carl. "Miles Teller on Awkward, Fame, and Efron". Vulture.com (New York). Archived from the original on February 22, 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2014. Teller played baseball, saxophone, and drums—in a church youth-group band, briefly 
  11. ^ Connor, Katie L. (August 30, 2013). "Unexpected Crush Alert: Miles Teller". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved December 10, 2013. I was Homecoming King but I was in all AP classes. I played alto saxophone in Jazz Band and drums in a rock band. I was the president of the Drama Club. I was in National Honor Society and Student Council for a little bit. 
  12. ^ Weston, Hillary (October 7, 2014). "Miles Teller: Cinema's Next Great Bad Ass?". Blackbook. Retrieved August 6, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Mr Fantastic Miles Teller on baseball dreams and growth spurts". Belfast Telegraph. February 6, 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015. 
  14. ^ Apatow, Maude (August 8, 2013). "Maude Apatow Gets the Scoop from Miles Teller on 'The Spectacular Now'". Teen Vogue. Retrieved August 6, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b Morris, Alex (December 2, 2014). "How Miles Teller Drummed His Way to the Top". Vulture. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  16. ^ Kaufman, Amy (October 8, 2014). "'Whiplash' director, stars march to a friendly beat — off-screen". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 22, 2015. 
  17. ^ Valiente, Alexa (August 19, 2016). "Miles Teller on How a Car Accident that Nearly Killed Him Changed His Life". ABC News. 
  18. ^ a b Yamato, Jen (November 8, 2010). Miles Teller on Rabbit Hole, Nicole Kidman and Cutting Footloose. Movieline
  19. ^ Durbin, Jonathan (2011). Miles Teller. Interview
  20. ^ Weinstein, Joshua L. (May 26, 2011). Miles Teller Joins Relativity's '21 and Over.' The Wrap
  21. ^ Hynes, Eric; Jeremy Kinser; Nate von Zumwalt (January 26, 2013). "2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards Updates". Sundance Film Festival. Sundance Institute. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  22. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (January 17, 2014). "Sundance: 'Whiplash' is the movie that could make Miles Teller a star". Entertainment Weekly. CNN. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  23. ^ Denham, Jess (January 7, 2015). "Baftas 2015: Jack O'Connell, Margot Robbie and Shailene Woodley among rising star nominees". The Independent. Retrieved January 7, 2015. 
  24. ^ Williams-Shaw, H. "'Divergent' Sequels Get Release Dates; Director Neil Burger Not Returning". Screenrant. Retrieved June 7, 2015. 
  25. ^ Kroll, Justin (February 19, 2014). "'Fantastic Four' Cast Revealed". Variety. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  26. ^ "'What's the Deal?': Jeff Sneider on 'Fantastic Four' Casting, Fan Expectations (Video)". The Wrap. February 21, 2014. 
  27. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (February 12, 2015). "'Whiplash' Star Miles Teller Joins Jonah Hill In 'Arms And The Dudes'". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Aaron Eckhart, Miles Teller Board Vinnie Pazienza Boxing Biopic". Variety. February 3, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  29. ^ Kit, Borys (January 18, 2014). "Miles Teller to Play Dan Aykroyd in Belushi Biopic, Says Star Emile Hirsch". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  30. ^ "The Q&A ... with Hollywood actor and loyal, long-time Phillies fan Miles Teller". Philly Voice. Retrieved March 24, 2017. 
  31. ^ "The Hollywood Reporter & Samsung With The Cinema Society Host A Screening Of A24's 'The Spectacular Now'". Getty Images. Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  32. ^ "Miles Teller On Viagra, Vegas, And Those Shailene Rumors". Elle. Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  33. ^ "Miles Teller Is Engaged to Longtime Girlfriend Keleigh Sperry". People. August 22, 2017. Retrieved August 22, 2017. 
  34. ^ "How Miles Teller Turned His African Safari Into a Wedding Proposal". Retrieved October 17, 2017. 

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