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Miles Alexander Teller[1] (born February 20, 1987)[2][3] is an American actor. An alumnus of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, he made his feature film debut in Rabbit Hole (2010), which he followed with supporting roles in Footloose (2011) and Project X (2012). Teller rose to prominence with his roles as Sutter Keely in the romantic drama The Spectacular Now (2013) and Andrew Neiman in Whiplash (2014). He has since starred in the dystopian action film Divergent (2014), the superhero film Fantastic Four (2015) as Mister Fantastic, the war comedy War Dogs (2016), opposite Jonah Hill, and portrayed boxer Vinny Paz in the biopic Bleed for This (2016).

Miles Teller
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Teller at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
Miles Alexander Teller

(1987-02-20) February 20, 1987 (age 32)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materNew York University
Years active2004–present
Keleigh Sperry (m. 2019)

Early lifeEdit

Teller was born in Downingtown, Pennsylvania,[4] the son of Merry, a real estate agent, and Michael Teller, a nuclear power plant engineer.[5][6] He has two older sisters, Erin and Dana.[5][7] His paternal grandfather was of Russian Jewish descent,[8] and his ancestry also includes English and Irish.[9][10] The family moved to Citrus County, Florida, when Teller was 12.[4] He also lived in Pennsylvania and Delaware.[11] 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.[12][13] He can also play piano and guitar and was on the baseball team, hoping to turn professional.[14][15] Aside from high school, Teller worked as a server at a restaurant called Crackers.[16] 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.[17][18]

In 2007, Teller was a passenger in a car that lost control at 80 mph and flipped eight times. Teller was ejected through a window; he has multiple visible scars on his face from the accident.[19]


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,[17] he made his debut in 2010's Rabbit Hole, after Nicole Kidman handpicked him for the role.[20] Teller appeared in the stage musical Footloose in high school.[20] 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.[21]

In 2013, he starred in 21 & Over, written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.[22] 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.[23]

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.[24] 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.[25]

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).[26] He also starred as Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic in the film Fantastic Four (2015).[27][28]

Teller played real life arms dealer David Packouz, opposite Jonah Hill, in the Todd Phillips-directed film War Dogs (2016),[29] and headlined the biopic Bleed for This (2016), playing boxer Vinny Paz.[30] In 2017, he starred in two drama films based on true stories, Only the Brave, about the Granite Mountain Hotshots, and Thank You for Your Service, about returning military veterans.

Personal lifeEdit

Teller is a loyal fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Flyers, and Philadelphia Eagles.[31] Since 2013, he has been in a relationship with model Keleigh Sperry.[32][33] They became engaged August 20, 2017, at the Molori Safari lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve while on an African safari.[34][35] Teller and Sperry got married on September 1, 2019 in Maui, Hawaii.[36]



Year Film role Notes
2010 Rabbit Hole Jason
2011 Footloose Willard Hewitt
2012 Project X Miles
2013 The Spectacular Now Sutter Keely
2013 21 & Over Miller
2014 Whiplash Andrew Neiman
2014 That Awkward Moment Daniel
2014 Divergent Peter Hayes
2014 Two Night Stand Alec
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent Peter Hayes
2015 Fantastic Four Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic
2016 The Divergent Series: Allegiant Peter Hayes
2016 Get a Job Will Davis
2016 War Dogs David Packouz
2016 Bleed for This Vinny Pazienza
2017 Only the Brave Brendan "Donut" McDonough
2017 Thank You for Your Service Adam Schumann
2019 The Ark and the Aardvark Gilbert (voice) In production
2020 Top Gun: Maverick Bradley Bradshaw Post-production
TBA Flag Day[37] Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Unusuals James Boorland Episode: "Boorland Day"
2019 Too Old to Die Young Martin Jones Main cast

Short filmsEdit

Year Film Role Notes
2004 Moonlighters Miles
2007 A Very Specific Recipe Lee
2008 The Musicians Miguel
2010 The Track Meet Andrew

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


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