In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about television actor Jeremy Piven, including net worth, upcoming movies and more.
Jeremy Piven Net Worth: Facts To Know About the Actor
Age, Movies & More
Jeremy Piven is an American actor who’s been active in the industry since 1986. Best known for his work on the critically acclaimed TV show “Entourage,” his brand new sunglasses line, and his ability to make any character he plays likable, Piven is one of Hollywood’s hidden gems. Piven’s a face you’re greeted with often when you turn on your television screen. He’s appeared in over fifty films and more than twenty television shows. Piven’s hard work over his three-decade-long career has led to a net worth of an impressive 20 million dollars. At the age of fifty-two, Piven doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
Early Life and Career
Born to a pair of actors turned drama teachers, Piven was destined to break out into the world of acting. He trained at the Piven Theater Workshop in Evanston, Illinois, a professional training facility founded by his parents. Other notable alumni include Joan and John Cusack, Aidan Quinn and Kate Walsh. Piven attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, but left during his senior year to pursue his professional acting career full time. His first break out role came in 1992 when he was cast as a regular on “The Larry Sanders Show,” playing head writer Jerry. Piven appeared in 26 episodes of the sitcom before leaving to pursue more satisfying roles. In 1995 Piven got his wish, landing the role of Spence Novak in the sitcom “Ellen” about stand-up comedian Ellen Degeneres. Piven played the titular character’s cousin from New York for the final three seasons of the series. He appeared in several movies throughout the nineties, typically in supporting roles, but it wasn’t until 2004 that Piven really made his mark on the industry.
In 2004, Piven’s life would drastically change when he landed the role of a lifetime. Piven officially hit superstardom when he started playing the role of Ari Gold in HBO’s “Entourage.” The dramedy series followed A-list actor Vincent Chase and his closest friends as they worked to further their careers. Based loosely on the life of Mark Wahlberg, many of the characters and situations are fictionalized versions of people and events of Wahlberg’s life. Piven’s character Ari Gold was Chase’s brash agent who was so charming audiences couldn’t help but love him. Often seen as the breakout star of the series, Piven consistently stole the show in his scenes, and his work earned him multiple Emmy wins and nominations. By the last season, Piven was making $350,000 per episode, contributing a hefty amount to the actor’s well deserved net worth.
Awards and Nominations
Piven was nominated for the award of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series at the Primetime Emmy Awards four times during the show’s seven year run. He walked away with the award three times in a row, only losing once when he was nominated for the first season. He had less success winning at the Golden Globes, where he only took home one award out of six nominations. Piven was also nominated both as supporting actor and alongside the “Entourage” ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, but the series failed to earn any wins. Still, “Entourage” is one of HBO’s most successful and beloved TV shows. The series was so successful that four years after the series finale, the cast reprised their roles, Piven included, for an “Entourage” film.
Like many actors, Piven fell in love with acting while on stage. He has a background in the theater, having gone to theater camp as a teenager. Piven played the role of Bernardo in Harand Theater Camp’s production of “West Side Story,” and after that, there was no doubt in his mind that acting was what he wanted to pursue in life. Piven’s most notable stage work during his career came in 2008 when he starred in the revival of David Mamet’s “Speed-the-Plow.” The show was slated for a limited engagement, an expected five-month run, but unfortunately, Piven wouldn’t be present during the entire production. It opened for previews in the beginning of October and by mid-December Piven was forced to pull out of the show. After twenty years of getting protein solely from fish, Piven was diagnosed with mercury poisoning in the middle of the show’s run. Piven hasn’t returned to Broadway since his exposure to mercury forced him to end his run with the production, but it’s an avenue he’d love to go back to someday.
While starring on multiple television shows, Piven’s found a way to also appear in countless films. Earlier in his career he had a habit of showing up in John Cusack’s movies, as the two were roommates at one point and have been friends since high school. Piven appeared in “Say Anything,” “The Grifters,” and “One Crazy Summer” alongside Cusack. One of Piven’s first big roles on the silver screen came in 1994 when he starred in the raunchy comedy “PCU.” Piven played James “Droz” Andrews, a frat boy with a flair for noisy parties at the fictional Port Chester University (PCU). Piven starred alongside Jon Favreau and David Spade in the comedy, which was ranked one of the top ten college movies by The Huffington Post. Now Piven has an array of hit movies under his belt, providing comedic relief to even the darkest of pictures and showing off his dramatic chops as well. Piven’s lent his talents to both critically acclaimed and award-winning films throughout the course of his career. Some of his best work can be seen in “Black Hawk Dawn,” “Smokin’ Aces,” “Serendipity,” and “Old School.”
Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Recently there’s been an influx of brave women coming forward about the sexual misconduct they’ve experienced throughout their time in Hollywood. Actress Ariane Bellamar, who had a brief appearance on “Entourage,” accused Piven of sexually harassing her in her trailer, on set. Piven denied the accusations, stating he’s never engaged in any form of sexual misconduct. He’s had the support of “Entourage” co-stars, who claimed Piven was simply a victim of a witch hunt. Piven was given a polygraph test about the issue during CBS and HBO’s investigations, and he passed. He hopes that this false claim doesn’t distract from the actual true stories being revealed about wrongdoing across the entertainment world.
Other Endeavors and the Future
Piven’s kept himself busy throughout the entirety of his career and he doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. He has an affordable luxury sunglasses line currently available and the CBS drama “Wisdom of the Crowd” currently airing on the network. The allegations raised against him were proven to be untrue, so now there’s nothing stopping him from keeping his career on track. Keep an eye on Piven, he’ll be accepting more awards soon, from his talent to his charm, and there’s no way he doesn’t continue to thrive in Hollywood.