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Peter Facinelli



Though he could have easily fallen into a "nice guy" Hollywood stereotype, clean-cut actor Peter Facinelli refused to be pigeonholed in one set category or type of role; that very versatility, in turn, became one of Facinelli's trademarks. He grew up amid a large Italian-American family in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens, NY, studied at St. Francis Preparatory High, and then enrolled at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School in Manhattan, where his mentors included Giancarlo Esposito, William H. Macy, and Felicity Huffman. By the mid- to late '90s, Facinelli made a beeline for the West Coast and, in seemingly no time at all, began to build a hefty résumé of acting roles, occasionally in a lead capacity.



Early projects included the 1998 slice-of-lifer Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 (as a wealthy young man eager to leave his Texas town with his buddies and start over in L.A.), the 1998 teen-oriented romantic comedy Can't Hardly Wait, and -- as largely a showcase for Facinelli's acting chops -- the stagy ensembler The Big Kahuna (1999), with Facinelli, Kevin Spacey, and Danny DeVito as industrial lubricant salesmen sharing a hotel suite. In that film, Facinelli played a born-again Christian who threatens to alienate his colleagues when he inadvertently lets their prize client slip through his fingers.



In 2001, Facinelli married 90210 actress Jennie Garth, whom he had met when they co-starred together in the 1996 TV movie An Unfinished Affair (the pair divorced in 2013). He also began to find even greater success on the big screen in 2001, appearing as Takmet in the Rock-headlined blockbuster action movie The Scorpion King, and in a small part in the Penny Marshall-helmed comedy drama Riding in Cars with Boys, starring Drew Barrymore.



In addition to his successful film career, Facinelli found a good deal of exposure on the small screen. His first major TV role was on the short-lived Fox series Fastlane (2002-2003); on that Fast and the Furious-like action program, produced by McG, he starred alongside Bill Bellamy and Tiffani-Amber Thiessen as undercover cop Van Ray. In 2004, Facinelli landed a small recurring role on the critically lauded HBO drama Six Feet Under as Jimmy, one of Claire's (Lauren Ambrose) friends at art school. A few years later, in 2007, the actor cropped up on television again, this time in a recurring role on the suspenseful basic-cable mystery drama Damages, starring Glenn Close; he portrayed Gregory Malina, a seemingly small player early on in season one of that series, who ends up having a pivotal part in the elaborate mystery of that season.



Meanwhile, Facinelli was still active in features, appearing in such films as sci-fi thriller Hollow Man 2 (2006) and the comedy Finding Amanda (2008). He finally appeared in a giant success when he landed the role of Edward's father, Dr. Carlisle Cullen, in the phenomenally successful Twilight films.



In 2009 he began a successful run on the small screen in the award-winning series Nurse Jackie, and in 2011 wrote the gentle family crime film Loosies. The Twilight Saga wrapped in 2012 and Facinelli maintained his role on Nurse Jackie through seven seasons, in addition to a guest arc on Glee. In 2015, he joined the new CBS series Supergirl, playing one of the show's antagonists.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
58% Walter
  • Jim Benjamin
2015
33% Freezer
  • Detective Sam Gurov
2014
49% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
  • Dr. Carlisle Cullen
2012
19% Loosies
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Bobby
2012
24% Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
  • Dr. Carlisle Cullen
2011
No Score Yet Enfants Terribles
  • Actor
2011
49% The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
  • Dr. Carlisle Cullen
2010
28% The Twilight Saga: New Moon
  • Carlisle
2009
48% Twilight
  • Dr. Carlisle Cullen
2008
40% Finding Amanda
  • Greg
2008
No Score Yet Arc
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Arc
  • Paris Pritchett
2007
No Score Yet The Lather Effect
  • Danny
2006
No Score Yet Touch the Top of the World
  • Erik Weihenmayer
2006
No Score Yet Hollow Man 2
  • Frank Turner
2006
No Score Yet Mighty Warriors of Comedy
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Stealing Time
  • Alec Nichols
2003
41% The Scorpion King
  • Takmet
2002
49% Riding in Cars With Boys
  • Tommy
2001
No Score Yet Rennie's Landing
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Tempted
  • Jimmy Mulate
2001
No Score Yet Welcome to Hollywood
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Honest
  • Daniel Wheaton
2000
74% The Big Kahuna
  • Bob Walker
2000
10% Supernova
  • Karl Larson
2000
No Score Yet Blue Ridge Fall
  • Danny Shepherd
1999
40% Can't Hardly Wait
  • Mike Dexter
1998
80% Dancer, Texas Pop. 81
  • Terrell Lee
1998
20% Telling You
  • Phil
1998
No Score Yet Touch Me
  • Bail
1997
No Score Yet After Jimmy
  • Jimmy Stapp
1996
30% Foxfire
  • Ethan Bixby
1996
No Score Yet Calm at Sunset
  • James Pfeiffer
1996
No Score Yet An Unfinished Affair
  • Rick Connor
1996
No Score Yet Angela
  • Devil
1996
No Score Yet The Price of Love
  • Actor
1995

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
52% American Odyssey
2015
  • Peter Decker Peter Drucker
97% Supergirl
2015
  • Maxwell Lord
96% Damages
2007-2012
  • Gregory Malina
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Shane Sutter
70% Glee
2009-2015
  • Rupert Campion
No Score Yet Six Feet Under
2001-2005
  • Jimmy
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
84% Nurse Jackie
2009-2015
  • Dr. Fitch Cooper
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest

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