Jeremy Piven was a household name as foul-mouthed Hollywood talent agent Ari Gold on the hit HBO series Entourage, which ran from 2004 to 2011. He was also a regular on the comedy series The Larry Sanders Show and in various movies such as Rush Hour 2.
The actor has earned a number of accolades over his career. He has won three Emmy Awards and was nominated for four more, as well as a Golden Globe Award and a Satellite Award. In addition to his acting, he hosts a podcast titled How U Livin’ featuring interviews with a variety of personalities from entertainment and business.
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Piven was born in New York City but grew up in Evanston, a suburb north of Chicago. He attended the Piven Theatre Workshop in Illinois and trained at the National Theater Institute in Waterford, CT. He also attended the University of Iowa and Drake University in Des Moines, where he graduated with a degree in theatre.
After college, Piven worked as a writer for the sketch comedy program The Larry Sanders Show and had a minor role in the movie Rush Hour 2 and the television drama Cruising with Richard Pryor. He then had a supporting part in the film John Cusack’s 1995 breakthrough film Old School. The film’s success led to a more substantial acting role for Piven, who later appeared in the romantic comedy Serendipity with Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack, both of whom were fellow alumni of the Piven Theatre Workshop.