Today we salute and wish a happy birthday to Jeremy Samuel Piven. Jeremy was born in New York but he is considered a Chicago boy. His parents are Joyce and Byrne Piven who are the founders of the legendary Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston . He also has a sister , Shira , who I interviewed earlier this year. You could say that show business was definitely in his blood . Jeremy attended Evanston Township High School and Drake University in Iowa where he was a Pi Kappa Alpha. Here is a look at his life and the memorable roles that he has played.
This is Jeremy’s Bar Mitzvah . The man that is with him is his late father , Byrne.
Wasn’t Jeremy a handsome young man?He spent most of his teen years and in college acting on stage.
Jeremy has appeared as a guest star on many tv shows. Here he is on “Will and Grace” as Nicholas , a former love of Grace’s who wanted a three some.
Jeremy played Spence on the historical series “Ellen” Here he is with the cast of the ABC show.
Jeremy also played an actor who was auditioning for the part of George in the classic “Seinfeld” episode “The Pitch” where Jerry and George are trying to sell their series to the network.
Jeremy starred in the cult favorite “PCU” as “Droz” an overgrown frat boy who rages war on the snobs of the school. The movie also starred Jon Favreau as a burnout.
Jeremy has shown himself as a versatile actor. Here he is in the hit movie “Old School” where he plays Dean Pritchard , the evil dean that wants to shut down the fraternity that Vince Vaughn and his cronies start.
Betcha didnt know that Jeremy has done a chick flick? He was in one of the most romantic movies of all time , “Serendipity” with John Cusack. John is his best friend and also a fellow Piven grad.
Here he is in the role that made him famous, “Ari Gold” on the HBO series “Entourage” Ari is Vince’s agent that will stop at nothing to get what he wants. A devoted family man, Ari sometimes forgets that work isn’t everything. In the end he realizes what matters. Jeremy won an Emmy for the part of “Ari”
His heritage is important to Jeremy. Here he is in the movie “Keeping Up With the Steins” . It is a hilarious account that deals with the trials and tribulations of a family as they plan for their sons Bar Mitzvah. Ari also held true to Jeremy’s Jewish roots.
One of his most recent roles is “Don Ready” in the hilarious movie “The Goods” Jeremy plays a man whose whole life has been selling used cars. He wanders from place to place as a used car hustler.
Jeremy also appeared on Broadway in David Mamet’s “Speed the Plow” An illness cut his time in the play short.
Chicago is very much a part of Jeremy since he has thrown out the first pitch at Wrigley. Every year theatre lovers look forward to the annual Piven Theatre Benefit. In past years it has been held at Rockit Bar and Grill on Hubbard Street.
The proud Piven family, Joyce , Jeremy and Shira
Here is our own Jen at the Piven Benefit with Jeremy.
And here I am at the same benefit with Jeremy and also one of his dearest friends , Billy Dec , who is the CEO of Rockit Ranch Productions.
To a great actor and a great guy , Chitownstarconnections wishes a Happy Birthday to Jeremy.