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Wentworth Miller

Wentworth Miller, October 2008
Born Wentworth Earl Miller III
June 2, 1972 (age 37)
Chipping Norton, England, UK
Years active 1998–present

Wentworth Earl Miller III (born June 2, 1972) is an English-born, American actor who rose to stardom following his role as Michael Scofield in the Fox Network television series Prison Break.

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Life and career

Early Life

Born in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England, Miller is the son of Joy Marie Palm, a special education teacher, and Wentworth Earl Miller II, a lawyer and teacher.[1] Miller's father, a Rhodes Scholar, was studying at Oxford at the time of Miller's birth. Miller is of multiracial origins; his father is of African American, Jamaican, Native American,English, and German descent, and his mother is of Russian, Greek, and Lebanese ancestry.[2] He has two sisters, Leigh and Gillian. Miller attended Midwood High School in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He was a member of SING!, an annual musical production that was started by Midwood. His family moved to a town outside of Pittsburgh PA. Where he graduated from Quaker Valley High School, in Leetsdale, PA in 1990. He graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in English Literature. While at Princeton, he performed with the a cappella group the Princeton Tigertones and was first a member of the Quadrangle Club, and later the Colonial Club. [3]

Career

Wentworth Miller signing autographs after "Prison Break" in Beverly Hills, California

In 1995, he went to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.[4] He has stated about his rocky road to stardom that "it was a long time in the coming and there were a lot of upsets and a lot of failures and roadblocks, but I couldn’t walk away from it. I needed it like I needed air, it was just something I had to do."[5]

Miller's first starring role was as the sensitive and introverted David in ABC's mini-series Dinotopia. After appearing in a few minor television roles, he moved on to co-star in the 2003 film The Human Stain, playing the younger version of the Anthony Hopkins character, Coleman Silk. He identified strongly with the core dilemma of the movie, being that of a man struggling with his heritage. Miller worked extensively on the role, not only in researching Anthony Hopkins, but by embarking on a 4 month regime to accurately portray Silk as a boxer.

Miller's first TV appearance was as student-turned-sea monster Gage Petronzi on Buffy the Vampire Slayer ("Go Fish", 1998).

In 2005, Miller was cast as Michael Scofield in Fox Network's television drama Prison Break. He played the role of a caring brother who created an elaborate scheme to help his brother, Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) escape death row after being found guilty of a crime he did not commit. His character had a full upper body (front and back) tattoo. Covering both the front of his torso and his back, along with both arms from shoulders to wrists, the special effects for the tattoo took over four hours to apply. His performance in the show earned him a 2005 Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series.[6]

Miller appeared in two Mariah Carey music videos, "It's Like That" and "We Belong Together" as a party guest. Director Brett Ratner, who directed the pilot episode of Prison Break, was signed on to also direct the two Carey videos. Ratner brought up the idea to Carey about using Miller in the videos. After showing her Miller's picture, she agreed to use him. Since both the videos and the pilot episode of Prison Break were being filmed at the same time, a special set was constructed on the set of the videos, so that Miller would be able to work simultaneously on both projects. He says, "Mariah's an international icon. The two days I spent working on her video did more for my career, gave me more exposure, than anything I had done before Prison Break. I'm grateful for the opportunity."[7]

Miller also guest starred on the season 11 premiere of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit as Detective Nate Kendall, a detective from Precinct 24 of the NYPD.[8][9] Miller is also confirmed to star in the upcoming Resident Evil: Afterlife as Chris Redfield, "Claire's brother and popular character from the game series".

Was on Entertainment Weekly's 2003 "It List" as the IT Hot-Rodder.

Was named one of People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in the world (2007).

Miller has obtained a surprising level of fame in Korea, where he is affectionately known as “Suk-ho-peel” (석호필) after the surname of his Prison Break character, Michael Scofield. Miller has recently been named the frontman for Bean Pole International, a popular men’s high-fashion line in South Korea.

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2001 Room 302 Server #1 Short film
2003 The Human Stain Young Coleman Silk Based on the novel The Human Stain (2000) by Philip Roth.
Underworld Dr. Adam Lockwood
2005 The Confession The Prisoner/Tom Short film
Stealth EDI Voice
2009 Prison Break: The Final Break Michael Scofield Straight to DVD (USA), Was shown in UK on Sky 1 and in Israel on yes stars Action
2010 Resident Evil: Afterlife Chris Redfield
Prison Break: The Conspiracy Michael Scofield Video Game, voice
2010 The Mourning Portrait (Photographer) Feature Film
2011 Mary Mother Of Christ Gabriel/Lucifer Rumored
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Gage Petronzi Season two, episode 20: "Go Fish"
1999 Time of Your Life Nelson Season one, episode 6: "The Time the Truth Was Told"
2000 Popular Adam Rothschild Ryan Season one, episode 16: "All About Adam"
Season one, episode 18: "Ch-Ch-Changes"
Time of Your Life Nelson Season one, episode 11: "The Time They Got E-Rotic"
ER Mike Palmieri Season seven, episode 1: "Homecoming"
2002 Dinotopia David Scott Television miniseries
2005 Joan of Arcadia Ryan Hunter Season two, episode 21: "Common Thread"
Season two, episode 22: "Something Wicked This Way Comes"
Ghost Whisperer Sgt. Paul Adams Season one, episode 1: "Pilot"
2009 Family Guy Jock #4/ Popular Kid #2 Season seven, episode 13: "Stew-Roids"
2005–2009 Prison Break Michael Scofield Nominated: Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama
2009 Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Nate Kendall Season eleven, episode 1: "Unstable".

References

  1. ^ "Wentworth Miller Biography (1972-)". http://www.filmreference.com/film/14/Wentworth-Miller.html. 
  2. ^ "BEING WENTWORTH MILLER: The star of Fox’s upcoming “Prison Break” navigates Hollywood's biracial politics.". EURWeb.com. 2005-06-27. http://www.eurweb.com/story/eur21031.cfm. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  3. ^ "From Princeton to Primetime". The Daily Princetonian. 2005-11-10. http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/2005/11/10/13734/. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  4. ^ Dutch television program Jensen!, 10 September 2007.
  5. ^ Rob Owen (2007-09-16). "'Prison Break' role reversals energize Wentworth Miller". Pittsburgh Post-Gazettek;lk;kl;;. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07259/817330-237.stm. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  6. ^ "2006 Golden Globe Nominations & Winners". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. 26 January 2006. http://www.hfpa.org/nominations/year/2005. Retrieved 2007-02-26. 
  7. ^ "Wentworth Miller says he’s not gay, just shy and concentrating on career @ Flylip.com - Latest Breaking Celebrity News, Celebrity Photos And Celebrity Gossip From Around The Web. The latest celebrity news from the webs best celebrity blogs". http://www.flylip.com/news/story.php?id=89303&title=Wentworth+Miller+says+he%26rsquo%3Bs+not+gay%2C+just+shy+and+concentrating+on+career. 
  8. ^ Posted 2009-09-03 16:45:29 (2009-09-03). "Wentworth Miller Photo". tv.com. http://www.tv.com/wentworth-miller/person/714/viewer.html?flag=1&i=210&gri=714&grti=104. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  9. ^ "News | Wentworth Miller Joins SVU". TV Guide Magazine. 2009-06-29. http://www.tvguidemagazine.com/news/wentworth-miller-joins-svu-1564.html. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 

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