Milo Ventimiglia

Milo Anthony Ventimiglia (/vɛntɪˈmljə/, Italian: [ventiˈmiʎʎa]; born July 8, 1977) is an American actor, director and producer. After several roles in television series and parts in independent films, he gained recognition for his roles as Jess Mariano on the television series Gilmore Girls from 2001 to 2006, and as Peter Petrelli on the NBC series Heroes from 2006 to 2010. He has starred as Jack Pearson on the NBC drama This Is Us since 2016.

Milo Ventimiglia
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Ventimiglia at the premiere of The Art of Racing in the Rain in 2019
Milo Anthony Ventimiglia

(1977-07-08) July 8, 1977 (age 44)
Anaheim, California, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
Years active1995–present

Ventimiglia debuted on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1995), subsequently cast in the short-lived Fox series Opposite Sex in 2000. Subsequent roles included Jess Mariano on Gilmore Girls, Richard Thorne on The WB's The Bedford Diaries, a recurring role as Meg Pryor's love interest on NBC's American Dreams, and as Rocky Balboa's son (Rocky Jr.) in the sixth and eighth installments of the Rocky series, Rocky Balboa (2006) and Creed II (2018). He starred as Peter Petrelli on NBC's Heroes from 2006 to 2010, receiving nominations for Teen Choice, Saturn and People's Choice Awards. He also had roles in the horror films Pathology (2008) and Kiss of the Damned (2013).

Ventimiglia appeared as Ian Mitchell on the Crackle original television series Chosen. as well as Sean Bennigan on The Whispers. In 2015, Ventimiglia reprised his role as Jess Mariano on Netflix's reunion miniseries, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016), and currently[when?] stars as Jack Pearson on NBC's This Is Us (2016–present). For his role as Jack Pearson, Ventimiglia has received three Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series nominations. As a member of the This Is Us cast, he won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2018 and 2019.

Early lifeEdit

Ventimiglia was born July 8, 1977.[1] in Anaheim, California, the youngest child of Carol (née Wilson) and Peter Ventimiglia,[2] a Vietnam War veteran.[3] He has two sisters, Leslie and Laurel.[1][4] His father is of Italian-Sicilian descent and his mother is of English and Scottish ancestry.[5] Ventimiglia has a self-described "crooked mouth," having been born with damaged facial nerves causing the left side of his mouth to remain immobile – much like actor Sylvester Stallone, with whom he worked in Rocky Balboa.[2]

Ventimiglia attended El Modena High School in Orange, California. During high school, Ventimiglia wrestled, acted in drama productions and served as student government president, graduating in 1995. At eighteen, Ventimiglia studied at the American Conservatory Theater for their summer program,[6] subsequently attending the University of California, Los Angeles as a theatre major.[7]


Early roles and breakthroughEdit

At eighteen, Ventimiglia pursued an acting career, first starring as a gay teenager in Must Be the Music, a short film released as part of Strand Releasing's Boys Life 2.[8] He enrolled at UCLA before landing a role on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, guest starring on television series including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Boston Public. He played Jed Perry, in the short-lived Fox TV series, Opposite Sex, which originally aired in 2000.[9]

Ventimiglia at the season three premiere of Heroes, 2008

From 2001 to 2006, Ventimiglia played brooding teen Jess Mariano on Gilmore Girls; he was introduced in the second season as a leading cast member. He signed on for a spin-off of Gilmore Girls called Windward Circle which was to be focused on the relationship between Jess and his estranged father (played by Rob Estes), but the proposed series never made it to air.[10] Afterward, he dropped down to a guest star/recurring cast member, and he came back for four episodes in season four and two episodes in season six. In the third and final season of American Dreams, Ventimiglia played Chris Pierce, the rebellious boyfriend of Meg Pryor (Brittany Snow);[11] Pierce and his single mother, Shelly (Daphne Zuniga), a Playboy bunny, move into the house next to the Pryors. In 2005, he starred in the mid-season replacement series The Bedford Diaries. The producers had only Ventimiglia in mind, but the show lasted only eight episodes and was one of several shows not picked up by the newly formed network The CW.

Heroes; film and production workEdit

In between television work, Ventimiglia had supporting roles in the horror films Cursed (2005), directed by Wes Craven, and Stay Alive (2006), as well as starring roles in the short film Intelligence and the full-length feature Dirty Deeds (2005). The same year, he was cast as Robert "Rocky Jr." Balboa, the son of Rocky Balboa, in the sixth Rocky installment Rocky Balboa which was released in December 2006.[12]

He starred as Peter Petrelli in the NBC series Heroes, a show about "ordinary" people discovering they have superpowers, and portrayed the character until the series' conclusion in 2010. Ventimiglia also produced and developed a mini web-series called It's a Mall World as part of a marketing campaign for American Eagle Outfitters in 2007.[13] In mid-2007 he starred as the love interest of pop/R&B singer Fergie in the music video for "Big Girls Don't Cry". In 2008, he starred as a medical student in the horror film Pathology. The movie co-starred Charmed actress Alyssa Milano and was directed by Marc Schölermann for MGM.[14]

In 2005, Divide Pictures created the DSC, or Divide Social Club, an online and global social network for like-minded people[15] co-founded by Ventimiglia with his best friends Russ Cundiff and Dino DeMilio, a radio producer for The Tom Leykis Show. Ventimiglia, Cundiff, and Divide Pictures partnered with Top Cow to produce the comic series REST which will be a monthly limited series. The comic is about John Barrett, a white-collar New Yorker whose life changes when he becomes addicted to a drug that prevents him from falling asleep. Divide also has a comic book called Berserker written by Rick Loverd.[16]

Film and television; This Is UsEdit

Ventimiglia with David Mazouz promoting Gotham, London, 2017

After working with writers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor on Pathology, Ventimiglia appeared in the pair's next film, Gamer.[17] Ventimiglia also starred in the Xavier Gens apocalypse thriller film, The Divide.[18]

Ventimiglia was the voice of Wolverine in the English dub of the Marvel Anime: Wolverine anime series and reprised his role in an episode of the Marvel Anime: Iron Man and an episode of Marvel Anime: Blade. He did not return to voice Wolverine in Marvel Anime: X-Men, due to that series portraying an older Wolverine, instead Wolverine was voiced by Steven Blum.[19] He played Ned Stax, a former marine, in Frank Darabont's short-lived neo-noir crime drama Mob City for TNT.[20] He also reprised his role as Jess Mariano in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life in November 2016. After this, he reportedly told USA Today that, "I hear rumors that they're bringing back everything that I've ever been a part of... I think it's exciting. At times, though, I think it's too much. There are more stories to tell with a lot of these characters, but at the same time some of these characters for some of us actors are more than a decade in the past. It was exciting going back to Gilmore Girls for the four Netflix movies, but I'm satisfied with it. I think the stories were told. I think it was great for the audience and fans to get just one small taste of that world again. But, at the same time, I think people should not get so greedy."[21]

Beginning in the fall of 2016, Ventimiglia starred opposite Mandy Moore in the critically acclaimed[22] NBC period drama series This Is Us playing Jack Pearson, the patriarch of a middle-class family in late 1980s early 1990s America.[23] Ventimiglia stars in the upcoming suspense thriller Devil's Gate, alongside Amanda Schull.[24] For his role as Jack Pearson, Ventimiglia received his first Emmy nomination in the category Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.[25]

In 2019, Ventimiglia starred opposite Amanda Seyfried in the film adaptation of The Art of Racing in the Rain, based on the novel by Garth Stein.[26]

Personal lifeEdit

Ventimiglia and fellow former Gilmore Girls co-star Alexis Bledel were in a relationship from 2003 to July 2006.[27] Ventimiglia also dated his Heroes co-star Hayden Panettiere from December 2007 to February 2009.[28][29]

Ventimiglia and his sisters were raised as lacto-vegetarians, and he has maintained the diet as an adult.[30] He was named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' Sexiest Vegetarian in 2009.[31][32] He also does not smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol.[31] He is a fan of The Clash[33] as well as The Smiths and Morrissey.[34]

Ventimiglia took a United Service Organization tour from July 6 to 12, 2008, in support of American troops in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.[35]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Boys Life 2 Jason Segment: "Must Be the Music"
1999 She's All That Soccer Player
Speedway Junky Travis
2000 Massholes Doc
2001 Nice Guys Finish Last Josh Short film
2003 Winter Break Matt Raymand
2005 Cursed Bo
Dirty Deeds Zach Harper
2006 Intelligence Colin Mathers Short film
Stay Alive Loomis Crowley
Rocky Balboa Rocky Balboa Jr.
2008 Pathology Dr. Ted Grey
2009 Gamer Rick Rape
Armored Officer Jake Eckehart
2010 Order of Chaos Rick
2011 The Divide Josh
2012 That's My Boy Chad Martin
Static Jonathan Dade
2013 Kiss of the Damned Paulo
Grown Ups 2 Frat Boy Milo
Breaking at the Edge Ian Wood
Killing Season Chris Ford
2014 Grace of Monaco Rupert Allan
Tell Ethan Tell
2015 Walter Vince
Wild Card Danny DeMarco
2016 Madtown Denny Briggs
2017 Sandy Wexler Barry Bubatzi
Devil's Gate Jackson Pritchard
2018 Creed II Rocky Balboa Jr.
Second Act Trey
2019 The Art of Racing in the Rain Denny Swift


Year Title Role Notes
1995 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Party Guest No. 1 Episode: "Bourgie Sings the Blues"
1996 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Letterman Episode: "Terrible Things"
Saved by the Bell: The New Class Greg Episode: "Hospital Blues"
1997 EZ Streets Young Cameron Quinn Episode: "A Terrible Beauty"
1998 Brooklyn South Johnny Mancuso Episode: "Hospital Blues"
Kelly Kelly Steve Spencer Episode: "Bye Bye Baby"
One World Eric Episode: "Community Service"
1999 Promised Land Tony Brackett Episode: "In the Money"
2000 Opposite Sex Jed Perry Main role; 8 episodes
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Bobby Taylor Episode: "Friends & Lovers"
2001–2006 Gilmore Girls Jess Mariano 37 episodes
2003 Windward Circle Jess Mariano Unsold pilot
Boston Public Jake Provesserio 3 episodes
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lee Healy Episode: "Escape"
2004–2005 American Dreams Chris Pierce 12 episodes
2006 The Bedford Diaries Richard Thorne III Main role; 8 episodes
2006–2010 Heroes Peter Petrelli Main role; 70 episodes
2008 Robot Chicken Aqualad (voice) Episode: "They Took My Thumbs"
2010 The Webventures of Justin and Alden Himself Episode: "The Last Episode"
2011 Suite 7 Milo Episode: "That Guy"
The Temp Life Cook 2 episodes
Wolverine Wolverine / Logan (voice) 12 episodes
2013 Mob City Ned Stax Main role; 6 episodes
Chosen Ian Mitchell Main role; 11 episodes
2015 Gotham Jason Lennon / The Ogre 3 episodes
The PET Squad Files Cash Buggiardo 4 episodes
The Whispers Sean Bennigan Main role; 13 episodes
The League Agent Baker Episode: "The Block"
2015–2016 Ultimate Spider-Man Spider-Man Noir (voice)[36] 4 episodes
2016 Relationship Status Jack Web series; 3 episodes
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Jess Mariano 2 episodes
2016–present This Is Us Jack Pearson Main role

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Role
2007 "Big Girls Don't Cry (Personal)" Fergie Love interest
2014 "I Can't Make You Love Me" Priyanka Chopra

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2011 X-Men: Destiny Grant Alexander Voice role


Year Title Notes
2007 It's a Mall World Miniseries; 13 episodes
2009 Dave Knoll Finds His Soul
2010 Ultradome Episode: Han Solo vs. Indiana Jones
2011 Suite 7 Episode: "That Guy"
2019 This Is Us Episode #59: "Storybook Love"
2021 Episode #87: "Jerry 2.0"


Year Title Notes
2007 It's a Mall World Producer; 13 episodes
Winter Tales Producer
2009 Dave Knoll Finds His Soul Executive producer
2010 Ultradome Executive producer; 3 episodes
2011 Suite 7 Producer; episode: "That Guy"
2012 Static Executive producer
2013 The PET Squad Files Executive producer; 6 episodes
Chosen Executive producer; 18 episodes
2014 Tell Producer


Year Title Notes
2010 Ultradome Co-creator



  1. ^ Shared with Lonnie Chavis for the scene "Jack and Randall at Karate"


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